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DxO releases FilmPack 4.5

By dpreview staff on Dec 8, 2013 at 06:00 GMT

DxO has announced an update to its FilmPack 4 software, with version 4.5 adding two new 'film renderings' - Agfa Scala 200x and Kodak Ektar 100. FilmPack aims to simulate the look of classic film emulsions and can operate either as a standalone program or as a plugin for Adobe, Apple and DxO software. 

Press Release:

DxO FilmPack v4.5 perpetuates the legend of analog film and provides new original looks for an even richer creative experience 

All the characteristics of Agfa Scala™ 200x and Kodak Ektar™ 100 films faithfully reproduced, thanks to DxO Labs know-how 

Special Holiday Season discounts on all DxO products through December 25, 2013

December 4, 2013 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO FilmPack v4.5, an update of its famous analog film simulation software. DxO FilmPack v4.5 offers two new legendary film renderings, provides new creative looks, and improves its palette of special effects so as to let photographers give their images an even more unique style, whether in color or in black & white.

Acclaimed by professionals for the fidelity of its analog film renderings, DxO FilmPack lets photographers apply to their digital images all of the characteristics of famous films that have made photo history, along with many original looks, filters, tonings, and visual effects. All of these film renderings and effects can be infinitely combined and customized for unlimited creativity.

Available in two editions, Essential and Expert, DxO FilmPack v4.5 can be used under one license as both a standalone application for OS X and Windows, and as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture, and DxO Optics Pro.

All the emotion of Agfa Scala™ 200x and Kodak Ektar™ 100 faithfully reproduced

DxO FilmPack v4.5 enhances its selection of film renderings with two new films: the legendary Agfa Scala 200x, a now-discontinued black & white slide film that offers an extraordinarily nuanced palette, exceptional patterning, and a high level of detail, and the luminous Kodak Ektar 100, an ultra-vivid color-negative film with very fine grain.

Thanks to DxO Labs’ exclusive calibration technologies, the two new film renderings achieve an unrivaled level of quality and fidelity. DxO Labs perfectly reproduced the grain, quality, and style of these two films by following a rigorous scientific process: taking carefully-controlled photos with the analog films; developing the photos using two renowned professional photo development laboratories; and carefully scanning, digitizing, and analyzing the developed shots. 

New presets and creative effects

Ever offering even more creative possibilities, DxO FilmPack v4.5 provides six new Designer presets (Expert edition), two of which are also included in the Essential edition. These presets combine intensity of grain, contrast and saturation, color filtering, texture and framing, to give photos a unique atmosphere.

DxO FilmPack v4.5 has also added features to facilitate original renderings: a new Tone Curve tool (Expert edition) provides perfect mastery of contrast and luminosity, and an automatic control that protects saturated colors (Expert edition) lets users preserve textures and details in vividly-colored images.

In addition, frame and light leak effects can now be more accurately adjusted (Expert edition) and toning effects can be applied to just the image itself, or also to the special effects as well (Expert edition).

Finally, DxO FilmPack 4.5’s new Export to Facebook feature lets users share their images via the popular social network. In just a few clicks, photographers can send a JPEG image to an album in their Facebook profile, and even add a comment about it.

Compatibility with DxO Optics Pro 8 and 9

DxO FilmPack v4.5 is available as a plug-in for DxO Optics Pro starting with version v9.1 (likewise available). Users of DxO Optics Pro 8 will need to update their software to v8.5 to be able to take advantage of all of DxO FilmPack v4.5’s features. 

Availability and prices

Both the Essential and Expert editions of DxO FilmPack v4.5 for Mac and Windows are immediately available in the DxO Labs online store (shop.dxo.com) and at photo resellers at a special discount price through December 25, 2013:

USD:

  • Essential Edition: $49 instead of $79
  • Expert Edition: $99 instead of $129

EUR:

  • Essential Edition: 49€ instead of 79€
  • Expert Edition: 99€ instead of 129€

(Suggested retail price, tax included) 

GBP:

  • Essential Edition:£39 instead of £59
  • Expert Edition: £79 instead of £99 

(Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO FilmPack 4, as well as for photographers who acquired a DxO FilmPack license on or after March 1, 2013.

A fully-functional trial version of DxO FilmPack v4.5, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website (http://www.dxo.com/intl/photo/free_trial_version).

Comments

Total comments: 36
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (4 months ago)

I'm one of those who prefer the real thing. No amount of editing can emulate what can obtained with a good film camera loaded with, say, Kodak Portra 160 or Ilford FP4. However, if Sebastião Salgado uses Film Pack, it can't be that bad...

4 upvotes
Dave Luttmann
By Dave Luttmann (4 months ago)

He uses it mainly because a lot of his airport experience makes film difficult.

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Yanko Kitanov
By Yanko Kitanov (4 months ago)

Every person who has experience with film can clearly see how FAR from the actual results are these crappy emulations, their hue shifts are not only inaccurate but simply opposite in most cases, e.g. Kodachrome 64 is one great slide-film that has absolutely nothing to do with the terrible emulations by DxO. And by the way we can all tweak hue, lightness and saturation and match the contrast so that we can produce accurate film imitations and at RAW level, not this crap.

3 upvotes
demarcuswood
By demarcuswood (4 months ago)

Yanko: What exactly make the emulations "crappy"? You gave your opinion, but I'm curious as to the specifics...

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Yanko Kitanov
By Yanko Kitanov (4 months ago)

@demarcuswood
A) Degrading the IQ of the picture in an unacceptable and irreversible way
B) Not matching at all the profile characteristics (tone curve and hue shifts, etc) of the claimed films

I have developed several film emulations at RAW level for Capture One and for Silkypix and if DxO care to check them and compare I am open to submit these to them for analysis together with well motivated explanations of the key characteristics of the emulations I made.

Cheers!

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TheChefs
By TheChefs (4 months ago)

$129? I can get 27 rolls of authentic ektar in 120 for that. So no thanks...

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thinkfat
By thinkfat (4 months ago)

Yup! They'd better add a function to convert a scanned film negative into something that looks authentic.

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stupidisanart
By stupidisanart (4 months ago)

What about developing, printing or probably just scanning? Why bother reading this if you don't like DXO. Just coming on here to complain.

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TheChefs
By TheChefs (4 months ago)

I like some software, but if someone tries to reinvent wheel. I think it's good idea to point it out.

For B&W doing self dev costs me around 10-20 cents per roll of film. But it is few more $ for colour. Scanning I do myself. No issues getting colours to look perfect.

Still, it does buy a lot of MF film for the authentic MF film look.

1 upvote
the-dude-75
By the-dude-75 (4 months ago)

I have a problem with that application, the results are looking very crappy

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Yanko Kitanov
By Yanko Kitanov (4 months ago)

It's not you it's the application :) it is crappy

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demarcuswood
By demarcuswood (4 months ago)

Again, what is "crappy"? Can you explain in specifics?

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Holger Drallmeyer
By Holger Drallmeyer (4 months ago)

Oh give me a break now. There is just absolutely no point in emulating film. It's like making Filet Mignon out of chuck eye.
Get a film camera and shoot some film if you like the look of it.

3 upvotes
raincoat
By raincoat (4 months ago)

I don't know how many types of film people want to emulate, but to 'add' 2 films a year and ask for the upgrade price is really trying hard.

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EricAotearoa
By EricAotearoa (4 months ago)

Why? because there are a great number of people who went digital for one reason. Film is made with gelatine, (ground up bone and sinuous body parts,) and vegetarian folk prefer not to use slaughtered animals in their lives. It's the only reason I went digital, otherwise I'd still be using film.

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Tom_A
By Tom_A (4 months ago)

I use it irregularly since v1, and mainly for black and white. I find that digital black and white sometimes looks too clean, depending on the topic. The simulated grain that Filmpack injects looks very believable, reminding me of my darkroom days, it does not look like a basic filter. The grain can really improve the atmosphere of a picture. Just don't overuse it.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (4 months ago)

EricAotearoa, what a nice idea to start a business: kosher and vegan film!

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Holger Drallmeyer
By Holger Drallmeyer (4 months ago)

EricAotearoa, on that note let me mix up a batch of albumen :) That's about the dumbest reason I've ever heard but if it helps I'll gladly donate my bones for the future of film and to make you happy :)

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TheChefs
By TheChefs (4 months ago)

I guess you should stop buying any type of electronics, because of the amount of poisoned marine life in China. Do they have any non-polluted rivers over there?

But I guess since it's not in your backyard, it doesn't matter. There's a name for people like that, it starts with Hypocrite.

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EricAotearoa
By EricAotearoa (4 months ago)

Wow, so personal and so defensive. Mind you there are a great many, dare I say, ignorant comments that show up in most article comments in DPReview that nothing surprises me. Holger Drallmeyer asked a simple question and I gave a supposedly benign answer. I guess anything to do with ethics can upset people, especially in regard to the way we treat or mistreat animals. People automatically get defensive and come up with spurious arguments, so no surprises really. In answer to the two negative comments, (1) I guess you'll not be buying any products yourself from China if you are so concerned about the pollution there, as you describe. (2) You obviously know albumin is an animal product, and I'm guessing you know your bones, dried up or not, are, it's a no thank you to both.

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Holger Drallmeyer
By Holger Drallmeyer (4 months ago)

Eric, let's not get silly here. The point of this discussion it a film editing feature offered by DXO.
Like it or not there are animal byproducts that are being used in all sorts of things. Where do you draw the line? Are you 100 percent sure no animals are harmed in making of your jeans? Discussions like this diminish fight against real animal cruelty. If you can't take a joke you might enjoy this:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-57528398-235/peta-wages-war-on-pokemon-for-virtual-animal-cruelty/
Have a great day ;)

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Sannaborjeson
By Sannaborjeson (4 months ago)

Appreciate when DXO adds new films... but the problem with their products is that they lack soul. The result always looks just like digital photo with filter applied.

For comparison: when you apply film presets from reallyniceimages.com (magic!) or vsсо (just good) to the same image - the result looks like analog film or print.

That's my experience.

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demarcuswood
By demarcuswood (4 months ago)

Do you have examples?

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CopCarSS
By CopCarSS (4 months ago)

I'm kind of curious why they included Ektar when it's one of the few color film options still available. Wouldn't it be far easier to get the Ektar "look" by, you know, shooting a roll of Ektar?

4 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (4 months ago)

I think most people today find digital photography to be much more convenient than film photography.

5 upvotes
mick232
By mick232 (4 months ago)

How exactly do you insert a roll of Ektar into a DSLR?

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Mark Smith
By Mark Smith (4 months ago)

Mick get yourself a full frame film SLR for £25 (OLY OM1 etc) and the money saved means you don't have to fork out for software to fake it.
Most Pro's always fake, when you get the real thing you'll see the earth move :)

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onlooker
By onlooker (4 months ago)

> Wouldn't it be far easier to get the Ektar "look" by, you know, shooting a roll of Ektar?

If you ignore the price and convenience, maybe. However, when you add up the cost of film, time, and drum scanning (you want good results, right?), shooting film is so vastly more expensive, that outside of perhaps highly specialized areas it is more of an affectation than a practical approach.

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Eric Hensel
By Eric Hensel (4 months ago)

I got my first camera in 1962, and was using 4x5 and 8x10, by high-school. I would quit shooting if I had to go back to film, and have no interest in emulating film, but I get why others do...

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Mark Smith
By Mark Smith (4 months ago)

You can get results from Ektar without a drum scan, the price of the film is about $5 a roll a top class 35mm camera $25-150 just shoot it and have package print done, for the odd occasion you need a high contrast film with massive range (equalled by only the best digital) its a good option.
Of course, there are those who want the look and are prepared to pay top dollar for that, neither is right or wrong I think people pay the extra for digital for the speed and flexibility I guess.
Me I prefer steak to TVP no matter how fast the latter is to cook.

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onlooker
By onlooker (4 months ago)

> just shoot it and have package print done

If you want to surrender an important part of the creative process to someone else, fine. Thankfully, with digital you don't have to do that, and you still can do it inexpensively (I don't get the "I think people pay the extra for digital for the speed and flexibility" - it's cheaper).

> Me I prefer steak to TVP no matter how fast the latter is to cook.

No, you just told us you prefer to go to McDonald's.

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Kelvin L
By Kelvin L (4 months ago)

Ektar is one of the hardest colour neg films to scan without bizarre colour casts creeping in.

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Mark Smith
By Mark Smith (4 months ago)

>If you want to surrender an important part of the creative process to someone else, fine.

No I have a lab who prints the the way I want them!
Works out WAY cheaper.

> No, you just told us you prefer to go to McDonald's.
Quite the opposite_if you acn read!

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Dave Luttmann
By Dave Luttmann (4 months ago)

Odd...I find Ektar the easiest film to scan.. I have found film cheaper to use...but what do I know.

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Toccata47
By Toccata47 (4 months ago)

DXO is in the EU.

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Deorum
By Deorum (4 months ago)

I always wondered why EU prices are the same number of € vs $. GBP is correctly about 1/2 of $.
What about €€???

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Total comments: 36