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DxO Labs have just launched version 4.5 of their photographic film emulation software, DxO FilmPack. This update adds Agfa Scala 200X and Kodak Ektar 100 film renderings, provides new creative looks, and improves its palette of special effects. "Thanks to DxO Labs’ exclusive calibration technologies, the two new film renderings achieve an unrivaled level of quality and fidelity," the company claims. "DxO Labs perfectly reproduced the grain, quality, and style of these two films by following a rigorous scientific process: taking carefully-controlled photos with the analog films; developing the photos using two renowned professional photo development laboratories; and carefully scanning, digitizing, and analyzing the developed shots." This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO FilmPack 4, as well as for photographers who acquired a DxO FilmPack 3 licence on or after 1 March 2013.
Dxo Press Release
DxO FilmPack v4.5 perpetuates the legend of analog film and provides new original looks for an even richer creative experience
All the characteristics of Agfa Scala™ 200x and Kodak Ektar™ 100 films faithfully reproduced, thanks to DxO Labs know-how
Special Holiday Season discounts on all DxO products through December 25, 2013
December 4, 2013 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO FilmPack v4.5, an update of its famous analog film simulation software. DxO FilmPack v4.5 offers two new legendary film renderings, provides new creative looks, and improves its palette of special effects so as to let photographers give their images an even more unique style, whether in color or in black & white.
Acclaimed by professionals for the fidelity of its analog film renderings, DxO FilmPack lets photographers apply to their digital images all of the characteristics of famous films that have made photo history, along with many original looks, filters, tonings, and visual effects. All of these film renderings and effects can be infinitely combined and customized for unlimited creativity.
Available in two editions, Essential and Expert, DxO FilmPack v4.5 can be used under one license as both a standalone application for OS X and Windows, and as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture, and DxO Optics Pro.
All the emotion of Agfa Scala™ 200x and Kodak Ektar™ 100 faithfully reproduced
DxO FilmPack v4.5 enhances its selection of film renderings with two new films: the legendary Agfa Scala 200x, a now-discontinued black & white slide film that offers an extraordinarily nuanced palette, exceptional patterning, and a high level of detail, and the luminous Kodak Ektar 100, an ultra-vivid color-negative film with very fine grain.
Thanks to DxO Labs’ exclusive calibration technologies, the two new film renderings achieve an unrivaled level of quality and fidelity. DxO Labs perfectly reproduced the grain, quality, and style of these two films by following a rigorous scientific process: taking carefully-controlled photos with the analog films; developing the photos using two renowned professional photo development laboratories; and carefully scanning, digitizing, and analyzing the developed shots.
New presets and creative effects
Ever offering even more creative possibilities, DxO FilmPack v4.5 provides six new Designer presets (Expert edition), two of which are also included in the Essential edition. These presets combine intensity of grain, contrast and saturation, color filtering, texture and framing, to give photos a unique atmosphere.
DxO FilmPack v4.5 has also added features to facilitate original renderings: a new Tone Curve tool (Expert edition) provides perfect mastery of contrast and luminosity, and an automatic control that protects saturated colors (Expert edition) lets users preserve textures and details in vividly-colored images.
In addition, frame and light leak effects can now be more accurately adjusted (Expert edition) and toning effects can be applied to just the image itself, or also to the special effects as well (Expert edition).
Finally, DxO FilmPack 4.5’s new Export to Facebook feature lets users share their images via the popular social network. In just a few clicks, photographers can send a JPEG image to an album in their Facebook profile, and even add a comment about it.
Compatibility with DxO Optics Pro 8 and 9
DxO FilmPack v4.5 is available as a plug-in for DxO Optics Pro starting with version v9.1 (likewise available). Users of DxO Optics Pro 8 will need to update their software to v8.5 to be able to take advantage of all of DxO FilmPack v4.5’s features.
Availability and prices
Both the Essential and Expert editions of DxO FilmPack v4.5 for Mac and Windows are immediately available in the DxO Labs online store (shop.dxo.com) and at photo resellers at a special discount price through December 25, 2013:
Essential Edition: $49 instead of $79
Expert Edition $99 instead of $129
Essential Edition: 49€ instead of 79€
Expert Edition: 99€ instead of 129€
(Suggested retail price, tax included)
Essential Edition: £39 instead of £59
Expert Edition: £79 instead of £99
(Suggested retail prices, including VAT)
This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO FilmPack 4, as well as for photographers who acquired a DxO FilmPack 3 license on or after March 1, 2013.
Presentations about our software, trial versions, demo images, and packaging visuals are available in our Press Lounge: http://www.dxo.com/intl/dxo-filmpack-press-lounge