FilmLight Baselight for Avid

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FilmLight Baselight for Avid

Available as a standalone system or an AVX plugin for Avid, we believe that Baselight is the most capable grading system available, in terms of both technology and operation. From ‘Coronation Street’ to ‘Wolf Hall,’ on TV and ‘The King’s Speech’ to ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ in the cinema, top colourists worldwide choose Baselight as their system of choice.
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Baselight Editions provide the same core toolset as the full Baselight systems, with the same graphical user interface but as a software-only package which can be incorporated into an existing Avid workstation. This approach delivers FilmLight’s high quality grading tools and Truelight colour management directly into your workstation, and as the Editions share the same data structures as the full Baselight systems, projects can be seamlessly transferred and shared between users and facilities.

Baselight for Avid enables you to quickly add high quality colour corrections to your shots in either Media Composer or Symphony, using a comprehensive subset of the powerful grading tools and other features available on full Baselight systems.

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Description

Everything you do within Baselight for Avid—or a full Baselight system—is saved within the project and can be embedded in an AAF file. The grade can be exported from a full Baselight suite and imported into Avid so you can apply a full, complex grade in a matter of seconds—without rendering. It includes all tracking information and even keyframes so no manual adjustment is needed.

And the workflow is fully bidirectional—the grade can be changed in Avid and exchanged with a Baselight system or even another Avid suite just as easily, with all edits intact.

As well as modifed AAF files to exchange grades, Baselight for Avid supports the FilmLight BLG file format. The BLG file is a small and portable data file that enables looks to be exchanged with all Baselight systems including Daylight and FLIP. Not only that, but with the Baselight Lens you can auto-load grades from a directory of BLG files – based solely on video.

To find out more about renderless worklows with Baselight for Avid – either via AAF or using BLG files and the BAselight Lens – watch this video.

Features

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Instant grade recall with Scratchpad

The Scratchpad is designed for fast and simple saving and retrieval of looks (or grade stacks). Grab versions of stacks, cycle through Scratchpad slots, compare two versions or show all versions for a quick, at-a-glance view of the Scratchpad contents.

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Tangent control

Baselight Editions now support the Tangent Wave and Element control surfaces. You can also use the Avid Artist Color and Transport panels and, of course, our new Slate panel.

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Unlimited Layers of Colour

Baselight can be applied to any or all clips in your timeline allowing you to add multiple grading layers to each shot. There is no limit to the number of layers you can ‘stack’ allowing you to build up complex corrections to obtain the exact look you require.

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Built-in Keyers and Matte Generation

Two separate grading or filter effects can be applied ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ of a matte, within any layer of a Baselight grading stack. Mattes are generated using a combination of built-in luma/chroma/3D keyers, bezier shapes and various modifiers allowing full adjustment of roll-off, softness, choking and so on. Baselight also provides variable shape feathering, so shapes can have differential softness, but without ever suffering from the folding and edging that occurs with other solutions.

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GPU Scopes

Baselight includes built-in Vectorscope, RGB Parade, YCbCr Parade and Luma Waveform displays plus a high-precision histogram. Accurate levels are displayed along with an indication of ‘illegal’ colours. Each scope can be displayed within the Baselight UI.

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Automated Tracking

Baselight’s automatic tracking system provides several options so you can track objects throughout a shot: one-point, two-point, or the area-based tracker. The area tracker allows you to define an area in the image rather than individual points and the system will accurately track the translation, rotation and scale of the object.