Vintage

The Vintage plugin emulates the look of early color film techniques by mathematically recreating the conditions of the original physical process.

Compatible with Final Cut Pro 6, 7 and X, Motion 3, 4 and 5, After Effects CS3, CS4, CS5 & CS5.5.


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At the beginning of the last century there were a number of competing methodologies used to bring color to black and white film. Some of these processes used reduced color recording techniques, like Multicolor and Technicolor 2 Strip. Others, like Technicolor 3 Strip, recorded the full color palette, but in a way that differs from modern color film. Vintage provides settings for:

  • Technicolor 3 Strip.
  • Technicolor 2 Strip.
  • Multicolor.

All of the film techniques emulated by Vintage recorded color by passing the image thru colored filters and exposing separate images on black and white film. Technicolor 2 Strip recorded the red and green images, Multicolor recorded red and blue. Both of these techniques could reproduce decent skintones, but Multicolor could not reproduce greens, and Technicolor 2 Strip had no blue channel. Technicolor 3 Strip recorded red, green, and blue. Because of this and the separate strip recording, 3 Strip produced the beautiful technicolor spectrum.

For each of the 3 processes emulated, Vintage provides a normal and a "quick" mode. The quick mode renders faster, but you can't tweak the settings.

    If you're tired of Sepia, try Vintage to spice up your project.



    Clicking on the thumbnail above will open a larger example image. Clicking on the example image will step you thru example preset settings.
    You can take a look at the instructions in a separate window.
    You can watch the tutorial in a separate window.
    The filter can be found under the Effects/Video Filters/Sheffield Softworks/ menu.