Baselight Grading Extended to Flame 2018

UK colour grading and management developer FilmLight used the recent 2018 NAB Show to expand its Baselight Edition range of plug-ins for the leading video and graphics workstations in use by major post-production facilities. BLG for Flame has been designed specifically for the Autodesk visual effects system, allowing it to apply Baselight grades to VFX projects automatically.

FilmLight already offers BLG for Avid and Foundry NUKE systems and has now made the software available for Flame 2018. This allows a grade performed on one of FilmLight's colour correction workstations - Baselight, Prelight or Daylight - or on an Avid or NUKE system running Baselight Editions, to be loaded into Flame. Grades are imported into a directory as BLG files, with the software matching footage using timecode and automatically applying the changes. The next release, Flame 2019, will allow a grade to be taken directly from a Baselight scene, even if the correction process is still taking place on the grading system.

By using BLG for Flame, the VFX artist is able to preview their creations with the grade in place. This is seen as a faster and more efficient way of working because it means the colourist does not have to be on hand to help the VFX operator call up graded footage. Will Harris, Flame family product manager at Autodesk, described BLG for Flame as a "metadata-only workflow between Flame and Baselight". He added that the plug-in allowed BLGs to be added to images either on the whole timeline or as individual scenes in Batch.

BLG for Flame is due to begin shipping during the second quarter of 2018. Flame 2019 was demonstrated on the FilmLight stand during the NAB Show, while Autodesk showed the software as part of its Autodesk Suite demos.

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