I am now a judge in the competition for FilmConvert read about it here.
So what is FilmConvert and how can in enhance your drone footage?
FilmConvert is both a software plugin for editing packages and also a standalone software that helps enhance and make easier the colour grading of your footage.
What is brilliant about it is it’s very easy to use and also they have camera profiles including ones for drones.
You can download a version for free to try it out and then if you decide to purchase you can then take the watermarks off your footage.
My clients love films I create using FilmConvert, I have been able to enhance and change the mood with the use of colour grading and the filmic look. One example is a cycling film I have just created for a brand where the client wanted it to look bleak and wintery. Filmed in the summer this was possible, I was blessed that day with cloud cover mostly so this helped but its down to the use of FilmConvert that I was able to achieve the brief. I can’t share this with you yet as the brand launch hasn’t taken place as yet and is still under wraps.
Sometimes I use the camera profiles and sometimes I don’t as they may not exists for your exact drone camera that’s ok you can still use the software. I can’t rave about it enough.
This video by my fellow judge in the FilmConvert 2017 film comp, premiere gal aka Kelsey Brannan here in this video she explains what FilmConvert is and how to load it and how to use it.
Recently there was a discussion on one of the drone forums how should you deliver your footage colour graded or not? What camera profile? My advice ask the client do they want a flat image that needs grading or do they want it graded? Using FilmConvert may not be the ideal solution for your client because you could be adding grain and the rest of the footage they may not be able to match up in the edit. This goes for any software not just FilmConvert. Using FlimConvert you can still fine tune the exposure and change the white balance. It’s probably a lot easier using FilmConvert.
The consensus on the forum is that your footage is a reflection of you and that if someone questions the quality who shot this rubbish it’s your reputation so you should colour correct before you send and I would beg to differ. You should always check what the client wants however you may be able to rescue some bad mistakes you have shot but don’t do this too much you risk things not matching up in the edit if there is another camera being used.
I have managed to match footage up from the Inspire 1, GoPro 5 and panasonic GH5 using FilmConvert but then I was delivering the whole film to the client my fully edited and colour graded. This is because of the camera profiles it is very sophisticated
I hope this explained a bit more about FilmConvert but for more in-depth explanations please visit the FilmConvert and check out the tutorials and information
Have a great day may it be filled with colour
The Drone lass
Please visit the FilmConvert website