FilmLight Upgrades STUDENT Software in v5 Update

Colour grading and management developer FilmLight has introduced the latest version of its macOS application. Baselight STUDENT v5 now incorporates features from the most recent version of FilmLight’s flagship product, including a new media manager feature and a range of manipulation tools.

STUDENT was designed by FilmLight to be a way for colourists starting out in the business to prepare for working with the full Baselight program. This updated release has many features found on version 5 of the top-end system, chief of which is Base Grade. This was designed to imitate how the human eye operates and provide a different take on how to manipulate colours.

Additional tools include Boost, which expands an image's dynamic range during conversion from SDR( standard dynamic range) to HDR (high dynamic range) through the use of local tone mapping. This is intended to produce an image that is appears more natural, with better contrast reproduction. The Boost algorithm is also able to remove noise problems in extended highlights and improves the up-conversion process to produce better dynamic range.

As well as this grading improvement, there are 'beauty tools', including Texture Equaliser, Paint and Grid Warp. Also included is the FLUX Manage media management feature, which again originated on Baselight v5. This replaces previous browser and manager applications and is claimed to significantly speed up browsing, multi-insertion, copying and deletion.

STUDENT is a software version of Baselight that is able to run on Mac systems with GPU rendering. As the name implies, it is intended as a learning and skills development platform rather than a commercial production system. Because of this the output formats are limited to H.264 movies and JPEG still images. The program can be run using the FilmLight Slate controller.

Users are expected to register for the Baselight Learning Programme, after which they will gain a 90-day licence. Extensions to the user period can be applied for if a colourist is working on a short personal project or starting academic year projects.

Colourist and finishing editor Justin Tran commented, "Having access to the same toolset and colour science as in Baselight is invaluable. As a freelancer, Baselight STUDENT allows me to keep up to date, develop and improve workflows."

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