Color Finesse 3 PI
Color Finesse 3 gives you the high-end color correction and enhancement tools you need as a plug-in for your favorite applications—including Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CS5 and later (including CC 2020).
Control the gain, gamma, pedestal, hue and saturation of your images. Work in HSL, RGB, CMY, or YCbCr color spaces. Control the overall image, or work with individual color channels. Flexibility is the key to getting just the look you want, and flexibility is what Color Finesse offers with its myriad controls and tools. Individually adjustable color channel curves (both RGB and HSL) let you define exactly how color levels will be processed. Levels control determine input and output black, white, and gray points.
Secondary Color Correction
Want to change the color of a scarf or punch up a bland gray sky? Color Finesse's six-channel secondary color corrector allows you to isolate up to six separate colors which can be adjusted for hue, saturation, and hue offset. Each of the six channels defines a color range based on up to four color samples with settable luma and chroma tolerance, and a range softness control, allowing you to easily isolate colors without harsh edges.
Single Button Color Correction
Color Finesse 3's Auto-Color and Auto-Exposure buttons give one-click access to your color correction starting point, eliminating color casts, improper white balance, and establishing your black and white points.
Automated Color Matching
Need to match the color in one frame to a color in another frame? Color Finesse provides single-button color matching to provide natural-looking color matches without fiddling.
Smart Color Limiting and Soft-Clip
Color Finesse's 32-bit floating-point color space allows you to make radical changes in color and luma levels without clipping, but before final output you'll need to bring things back into range. Color Finesse provides accurate luma soft-clipping, as well as color limiting to meet broadcast standards.
Plug-in User Interface
The plug-in user interface gives you access to the most commonly used correction controls directly in the host application. Available controls include HSL and RGB corrections, the hue offset wheels, curves, the auto-correction buttons, and the broadcast limiter.
You don't need to invoke the full Color Finesse UI just to make simple changes, although it's always there when you want it.
Color correction is important, but no one has all day to wait for it. That's why Color Finesse is optimized for use on multi-processor systems, and takes full advantage of the SSE instructions on Intel processor systems.
And as a software color corrector, Color Finesse 3 doesn't require a specific video card, specific type of slot, or limit you to workstation-style systems with multiple monitors. Use Color Finesse on a laptop, on a desktop system, or anything else you'd like.
Preview and Reference Options
While making your color corrections, Color Finesse previews your results with options for split-screen wipes to easily compare before-and-after images. The split can be done at any angle to make it easy to compare the part of the image that matters to you.
A reference gallery of images make it easy to compare frames from different scenes to accomplish color matching.
Previews can be directed to a second computer monitor for full size previews, or sent to an external video monitor via a video output device, including Blackmagic Design, AJA Kona (Mac only), and nVidia Quadro SDI (Windows only).
Control Surfaces for Color Finesse 3
Color Finesse is designed to be used either via keyboard and mouse, or using a dedicated control surface. Learn more about Color Finesse and control surfaces.
Color Finesse Showcase
See examples of Color Finesse at work in our Color Finesse Showcase.
“Synthetic Aperture Color Finesse 2 is a powerful tool that every editor will want to investigate. It is designed in an intuitive manner that editors will find easy to use. Whether you're just trying to fix that DV footage or doing DI on the desktop, Color Finesse is one of the tools that will make your job not only affordable but also quite enjoyable.”
Oliver Peters, Videography Magazine
“The new simplified plug-in interface allows for much quicker adjustments over 90 percent of the necessary color decisions without the need for launching the full interface. Improved secondary control and refined luma level controls move Color Finesse into a league of its own for color correction.”
Jack Tunnicliffe, Java Post Production
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Scott Smith, RES Magazine
“...one of the most sophisticated color-matching systems this side of a multi-million dollar post facility.”
Scott Billups, MovieMaker Magazine
Color Finesse 3 PI is designed for use with Adobe After Effects CS5 and later, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and later.
Color Finesse 3 PI is compatible with Macintosh OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) and later, and Windows 7 SP1 64-bit and later. MacOS 10.15 (Catalina) not supported.
There are no special hardware requirements for Color Finesse 3 PI. All processing is done by your system's CPU without the need for a specialized graphics card or GPU.