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DxO Labs announces FilmPack 3.1 film simulation software

By dpreview staff on Nov 15, 2011 at 14:00 GMT

DxO Labs has announced FilmPack v3.1 Essentials and Expert, the latest versions of its film simulation software. The biggests changes are to the more expensive, Expert edition with the addition of 25 'Creative Renderings' that offer stylized effects rather than just simulating film. These preset renderings can be user-adjusted, exported and imported so that they can be shared, or packages of presets from DxO added. The interface has also been improved in both versions, including the addition of a full screen view and a resizable filmstrip view, as well as a handful of minor updates.

DxO FilmPack 3.1 adds numerous creative renderings and an enhanced user interface

Special discount on DxO FilmPack 3.1, the leader in silver halide simulation software, now through December 24, 2011

Paris – November 15, 2011 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability DxO FilmPack 3.1, the latest version of its famous silver halide simulation software. DxO FilmPack 3.1 adds a line of 25 new creative renderings and an improved user interface.

For world-renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado, “DxO FilmPack is an indispensible link to my previous photographic work.” DxO FilmPack has allowed him to faithfully reproduce in his digital image workflow the exact look and feel of Kodak® Tri-X film.

DxO FilmPack 3.1 brings to photos all the emotional impact of silver halide photography. Using an intuitive interface, beginners and experts alike can apply the characteristic tint, grain, and rendering of a traditional silver halide film type to any digital image, regardless of its source. Thanks to DxO Labs’ advanced calibration technology, DxO FilmPack 3.1 offers a renderings palette of unparalleled authenticity for 62 legendary film types —positive and negative color, black & white, and cross-processed.


DxO FilmPack 3.1 (Expert Edition) offers a line of 25 new creative renderings. The experts at DxO Labsgave utmost consideration to the aesthetic qualities and creative dimensions for each rendering to ensure that they would lend images real emotional impact.

Vintage effects, color nuances, sepia variations, partial desaturations: each rendering is based on a very subtle combination of grain intensity, film style, vignetting, and color filters — “intelligent” renderings for outstanding images.

Users can use the same settings as for film renderings to fully customize each creative rendering, thus offering the possibility of numerous possible combinations. Batch processing allows for a huge increase in productivity.


Thanks to DxO FilmPack 3.1’s large number of presets, photographers can give free rein to their creativity by combining, for example, the color settings of one film rendering with the grain of another, thus creating their own personalized film look. A new import rendering function including in the Elite Edition of DxO FilmPack 3.1 lets DxO FilmPack users share one another’s customized film looks. Users can simply import custom renderings, rename them, and save the parameters of intensity, grain, contrast, and so on in their own settings library to apply to their own images.


  Designed to satisfy both beginners and experts, DxO FilmPack 3.1’s easy-to use interface allows users to freely explore all the possibilities of the film and creative renderings provided.

Thanks to its resizable filmstrip-style preview system, DxO FilmPack 3.1 allows users to better visualize renderings before applying them to their images.

DxO FilmPack 3.1 now offers a full-screen mode for greater comfort. Among the many other improvements to the interface, the channel mixer now incorporates color sliders, making their use even more intuitive.


Compatible with Mac and Windows, DxO FilmPack 3.1 comes in 2 editions Essential and Expert which differ in terms of number of film renditions and features.

The two editions of DxO FilmPack 3.1 are available as standalone applications and as plugins for DxO Optics Pro®, Adobe® Photoshop CS®, Adobe® Lightroom® and Apple® Aperture®.


Both the Essential and Expert editions of DxO FilmPack v3.1 are now available for purchase in the DxO Labs online store ( and at photo resellers at a special discount from now through December 24, 2011:


  • DxO FilmPack 3 Essential Edition: $49 instead of $79
  • DxO FilmPack 3 Expert Edition: $99 instead of $129
  • DxO FilmPack 3 Expert Upgrade from DxO FilmPack 1 or 2: $39 instead of $49


  • DxO FilmPack 3 Essential Edition: 49€ instead of 79€
  • DxO FilmPack 3 Expert Edition: 99€ instead of 129€
  • DxO FilmPack 3 Expert Upgrade from DxO FilmPack 1 or 2: 39€ instead of 49€
    (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)


  • DxO FilmPack 3 Essential Edition:      £49, instead of £69
  • DxO FilmPack 3 Expert Edition:           £79, instead of £99
  • DxO FilmPack 3 Expert Upgrade from DxO FilmPack 1 or 2: £29 instead of £39
    (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

Upgrade to version 3.1 is free of charge to owners of DxO FilmPack version 3.0.
A fully-functional free trial version of DxO FilmPack v3.1, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website at

System Requirements

  • PC: Microsoft® Windows® XP 32 bits, Windows® Vista® 32 or 64 bits, Windows® 7 (32 or 64 bits) and Intel® Pentium® 4 processor or equivalent AMD®
  • Mac: Mac OS® X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS® X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS® X 10.7 Lion and Mac Intel® Processor
  • Minimum of 2 GB of RAM and 400 MB available disk space


Total comments: 22
Paul Storm
By Paul Storm (Aug 26, 2012)

having used it for some time i have had to drop it as i can detect repeating grain patterns in every photo. see for yourself - take a pic of an overcast sky (something neutral) and go to the black & white films, select large format and you will see as clear as day repeating regions. it is in every format.

once you look into the details of the pictures, you spot repeats everywhere. their grain engine is totally substandard.

disappointed as i have now so many photos to throw out out over the last 2 years.

By Scorpius1 (Nov 20, 2011)

Its not worth considering unless the developers add 64bit support.. how could you run this on large medium format files in 32bit form? on a macpro with 48gb ram you can only access 4gb ram in P.S 32bit mode... better to look at Nik silver efexs or Alien skins Exposure.. if they add 65 bit then it will be a damn good app as the actual effects are very good..

By stevenstreet483 (Nov 20, 2011)

I switched to 100% film 2 years ago, its a beautiful medium. Digital photography just isn't there yet.

Jay Jenner
By Jay Jenner (Nov 18, 2011)

I kind of like the look of this. As I started photography over 30 years ago I have experience with, and affection for a lot of those films. I use Lightroom 3.5 and I really wonder just what this program can do that Lightroom cannot. It already has great B/W control, plus noise reduction and grain. So obviously FilmPack has these instant looks, but with a bit of work you could make them yourself within Lightroom I would think.
But if I did not have it, I'd be all over this.

By healer81 (Nov 18, 2011)

I think the 25mp limit is only for the photoshop plugin

By BillCat (Nov 16, 2011)

The last one had a 25 mega pixel file limit which was a deal killer for me. Anyone know if this new version has fixed it?

Kenneth Svedlund
By Kenneth Svedlund (Nov 16, 2011)

There is this thing with digital that people like, including myself. It's control and speed. But at the same time, of course the film look is desirable. There is no reason anymore to get only one of them and not both worlds? So I don't think it's constructive to say "just shoot film". We have more options than ever now, be happy about that, I am. I think it's a great plugin.

However, I admit that I don't know much about the technical stuff, 32-bit versus 64-bit and such. I just use it and think it looks really good.

Improvements that I would like to see is: being able to use check boxes for turning a certain adjustment on/off. Since we are faking it anyhow, why not add polaroid boarders and sloppy edges? and lastly, to work with meta on the original file like aperture does instead of making a new TIFF file, that would be great as well.

By jcb9001 (Nov 16, 2011)

Or, you know, you could just shoot some film.

By MPA1 (Nov 16, 2011)

So...we replace film with digital.

Then buy software to make it look like film......

May as well have kept film!

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By Agasfer (Nov 16, 2011)

The film was replaced by digital not because it was bad looking ...

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By worldcup1982 (Nov 15, 2011)

Previous version was working fine with elements 9, now, it does not...not anymore...plug-in not working...jehhh

By HiRez (Nov 15, 2011)

I look forward to the day when these can ship as true plugins to Aperture and Lightroom, when they can work non-destructively within the app 's workflow.

Ken Aisin
By Ken Aisin (Nov 16, 2011)

It works non-destructively with DXO Optics Pro. But then DXO Optics Pro is so clunky and sluggish. I gave up and switched back to Lightroom 3. Besides, Lightroom 3's high ISO output is much cleaner and has more detail than those from DXO Optics Pro.

By Snaaks (Nov 18, 2011)

wrong thread

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By bloodnok (Nov 15, 2011)

totally useless: the photoshop plugin is 32bit only. d'oh!

By newe (Nov 15, 2011)

Needs on-line activation...plenty of other programs as good, cheaper, no online activation nonsense...move on.

By Faintandfuzzy (Nov 15, 2011)

Really? Could you point out film simulation packages with this many options for less than $99?

By patriciosfo (Nov 15, 2011)


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By DaveinOC (Nov 15, 2011)

Flare is actually a very nice app to quickly add effect to your pics !!
Found it thanks to the review on
It's got tons of free effects you can get from the publisher's website too...

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By Snaaks (Nov 18, 2011)

Reading this thread I decided to have a go with that Flare-app. It really works well for 10 dollars. it will do most tricks very easy. No need for expensive filter-software.
Thanks for the tip.

Ole Moller
By Ole Moller (Nov 15, 2011)

No support for Photoshop CS5 64 bit?
Thats bad.

By tkbslc (Nov 15, 2011)

It would still work as a standalone app.

Total comments: 22