For Those “When Life Gives You Lemons…” Kind of Days

January 08, 2015 by Adam Dolan | Blog, Filters 3 Ultimate

As editors, we're often handed lemons and asked to make lemonade. C’mon, you know it’s true. Sometimes we use a few artful cuts. Other times, we overlay a look or a quick repair. If we do the job right, no one knows the better.

(For proof that that last statement, see David Bell’s 6 Movie Plot Holes You Never Noticed Thanks to Editing.)

Making the proverbial lemonade out of lemons is exactly why we created the NewBlue Filters, a wide variety of plugins to help you quickly modify, fix and stylize your footage.

What's in Filters 3 Ultimate? Over 250 presets in 22 video effects that instantly enhances video through an array of unique looks like Fish Eye, Day for Night, and color correction tools such as Selective Tint. And more.

You can find the exact color balance with ColorFast’s streamlined color correcting and grading workflow. Or shape the mood with a full suite of stylish aesthetics from Film Color and Old TV to Tilt Shift and Dream Glow.

Filters 3 Ultimate works well all major professional NLEs, such as Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Black Magic Da Vinci Resolve, Grass Valley Edius, Sony Vegas and more.

Let’s take a closer look at a few of the features in Filters 3 Ultimate.

Color Correction Made Easy with ColorFast
ColorFast is the flagship plugin in the Filters line. It brings gorgeous color correction and grading to every shot and provides over 20 presets to get you the look you want - fast. 

This powerful plugin allows you to easily control primary and secondary color correction, highs/mids/shadows, and provides a unique skin preservation and custom shape-matting mask to adjust your secondary colors while preserving true skin tones.

Blur It Out With Soft Focus
Sometimes you need to create a surreal effect, which is why we created Soft Focus. Control both the defocus and the mix to design the look you need. Turn up the blur and keep the mix high to emulate defocused, blurred vision. Reduce the mix while superimposing blurred and sharp images together for a soft and ethereal effect.

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Make the Grass Greener With Selective Tint
Color your images in select regions with Selective Tint. Control inner and outer colors with a flexible four-point mask. Create a warm center and de-saturated edges to drive focus to your subject. Even overlay a color boost with blending modes for richer skies or greener grass.

Set The Mood With Diffusion
Create compelling atmospheric effects with Diffusion in the Ultimate line. Control color, glow and ambiance to set the mood. Keep it white and voluminous for a foggy memory. Or dial in brilliant colors and a tight pattern to emphasize engine glows, light sources or auras.

Bring it Back With Old TV
Take your content and grunge it up with Old TV, an effect you can find in the Ultimate line. Choose from over ten presets to dial in a certain era, or simply emulate a fuzzy tube. Control scan lines, sync, noise, curvature and color adjustments for a wide range of looks. Turn up the scan lines, phasing and color-cast for a surveillance monitor. Or go crazy with sync issues to mimic the effects of an electrical storm.

Change Focus With Tilt Shift
Draw attention to subjects and blur distracting backgrounds with Tilt Shift (otherwise known as “rack focus”). Control the amount of defocus, shape, location, feathering and blur angle. Keep the defocus and spread broad to minimize distracting areas. Or place the defocus over your foreground to mimic a shallower depth of field.



Create a Film Look With Film Color
Stylize projects with the unique look of film with Film Color. Control tint, contrast, saturation, diffusion and more. Add a subtle tweak to create a bleach bypass, or stylize an entire sequence to achieve an aesthetic worthy of a classic.

These are just some of the ways you can make lemonade out of those lemony takes.  There’s much more to Filters 3 Ultimate. To see the full collection of video effects visit here.

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Adam Dolan

San Diego, CA

As an avid fan of all things technology, marketing and film, Adam serves as the marketing manager for NewBlueFX. He prides himself on his ability to discover the latest gear, tech and...