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Description

Dfx v3 features multiple masking and layering capabilities with its Photoshop and Aperture plug-ins and a host of other features including more than 2000 standard, exclusive and special effect filters.

Based on the success of its original award-winning Dfx Digital Filter software, Tiffen now introduces Dfx v2 that now features multiple masking and layering capabilities with its Photoshop and Aperture plug-ins and a host of other features including more than 2000 standard, exclusive and special effect filters.



New in Tiffen DFX Version 3.0:

Boasting enhanced multi-processor acceleration for faster interaction and rendering of images, 10+ brand new filters for optical effects, interface improvements, and more, Tiffen Dfx V3 takes still images to the next level of visual brilliance. New filter and effects capabilities include:

Color Shadow:  Creates a high contrast image overlayed with a gradient, simulating the look and feel of those colorful iPod® commercials.

DeBand: Removes banding artifacts from an image by smoothing pixels in banded areas while retaining detail. Banding frequently occurs, in blue skies for instance, with DSLR’s as well as digital cameras. DeBand effectively smooths out this unwanted banding

DeBlock: Removes blocking artifacts created as a result of high compression factors, such as overly compressed JPG images which often cause square blocking artifacts.

DeNoise: Grain and noise from digital cameras, whether still or video, is a common problem. DeNoise removes the grain and noise while still retaining detail.

Film Stocks: Simulates 113 different color and black & white photographic film stocks. For those desiring the look of either old or current film stocks, there are simulations of many of the popular
brands from Kodak®, Fuji®, Agfa®, Polaroid®, and Ilford®.

Glow Darks:  Glows and grows the dark areas of an image, creating a stylized, dreamy dark glow.

Key Light:  Relights images with a directional or point light. Changing the lighting after an image has been photographed gives the photographer/editor control to fix or enhance their images, as well as create interesting lighting effects.

Rays:  Creates stunning and realistic light ray effects quickly and easily. Rays can add shafts of light streaming through clouds, rays filtering through a forest canopy, beams of light on a foggy night, or rays shooting through an interior window. Rays adds a striking and dramatic quality to any image.

Texture:  Applies textures to an image for a stylized look. Adding texture to an image is a great way to create a unique and customized look.

Match:  Matches the color, detail, gradient, and tone of one image and applies it to another.

 


Features:

Stand-alone Changes
View > Window > Reset

  • Resets the window layout the next time Dfx is started. This is useful if you have tweaked your windows beyond recognition.
Edit Layout: 
  • The Edit Layout accessed with the View menu or the F3 key now has Presets on the left side of the Viewer and Parameters on the right side.
Horizontal and Vertical Split Comparison:
  • Horizontal and Vertical Split Comparison icons replace the single Split Comparison icon. You can also now drag the comparison bar inside the Viewer.

Mask Icons

  • Icons have been added to the various mask controls that previously were text only.

Layer Opacity

  • A Layer Opacity control has been added to the right of the layer name.

Reset

  • A Reset icon has been added to the Toolbar to reset Dfx back to the original image with nothing applied to it.

EZ Mask

  • Blur controls have been added for the EZ Mask masks.
  • The Generate Mask icon was changed.

Batch Processing Optimized

  • Batch processing has been optimized for use with longer sequences.

DPX Interpretation Preference

  • Dfx tries to figure out whether a DPX file is logarithmic or linear based on the file’s header information. Sometimes the program used to create the DPX file writes the wrong information into the header causing Dfx to think it is Logarithmic when it is Linear and vice versa. To explicitly set whether or not the file is Logarithmic or Linear, you can do so by setting File > Preference > DPX Interpretation.

Smooth Animation in Viewer

  • The Viewer animates images smoothly when they are loaded, closed and when the comparison modes are used.

Color Management

  • The Color Management system has been re-written and now operates like other competitive programs.
  • If an image has an embedded color profile, that color profile is preserved.
  • If an image does not have an embedded color profile, color management is disabled in Dfx.- The Color
  • Management now makes use of your system's graphics card. It is much faster now.

Photoshop/Aperture Changes
Enhanced User Interface

  • The Photoshop/Aperture versions of Dfx now look and work like the Dfx Standalone version.

Filter Layering

  • Filters can now be added as layers allowing you to add multiple filters to your image.
Masking
  • Seven different types of masks can be used to isolate where a filter will be applied. Gradient, Spot, Path, Snap, EZ Mask, Selection and Paint masks can be applied and combined together to form a cumulative mask.
Macintosh Minimum System Requirements
  • The Macintosh minimum system requirements have been bumped up to Photoshop CS2 and above and Photoshop Elements 4 and above.
Filter Changes – All Versions Light
  • A Subtract blend mode has been added to the Light > Blend menu. This allows you to use the light patterns to add shadow instead of light.- Light > GamColor Presets have been renamed to Gels.
  • The Light > Displacement algorithm was re-written.
  • Shapes have been categorized according to their series.
  • Shape > Gam Pattern has been renamed to Category.
  • The Shape group has been renamed to Gobo.

Rack Focus

  • A Threshold parameter has been added to limit the amount of out-of-focus points of light.

Vari-Star

  •  A Threshold parameter has been added to limit the amount of stars.
Saturation
  • Saturation algorithm has been improved in all filters.
Color Correct Group
The Color Correct group has been added to the following plug-ins:
  •     Black Pro-Mist
  •     Bronze Glimmer Glass
  •     Cool Pro-Mist
  •     Diffusion
  •     Glimmer Glass
  •     Pro-Mist
  •     Warm Black Pro-Mist
  •     Warm Pro-Mist
  •     Glow

Licensing

  • New, easy to use and highly reliable licensing system for all editions

New Filters Ambient Light

  • Ambient creates light without a defined source and contributes to the overall brightness of a scene without casting shadows.

Close-Up Lens

  • Simulates close-up lenses that allow you to zoom in extra close using high quality digital filtering.

Dot

  • Dots are circular lighting control devices used to create shadow areas on a motion picture or photographic set. This concept has been extended to a digital flag so that areas of the image can be selectively darkened.

Eye Light

  • Creates a targeted light to be placed around a person's eyes.

Flag

  • Flags are rectangular lighting control devices used to create shadow areas on a motion picture or photographic set. This concept has been extended to a digital flag so that areas of the image can be selectively darkened.

Gobo

  • Gobo is similar to the Light filter except it uses Rosco gels and gobo patterns. The Rosco range presently includes over 1300 standard gobo designs in the following categories: Breakups, Foliage Breakups, Trees & Flowers, Abstract, Graphics, Graphics & Grills, Rotation, Symbols & Signs, World Around Us, Churches & Heraldics, Windows, Doors & Blinds, Boundaries & Wildlife, Clouds & Sky, Water & Sky, Fire & Ice, Architectural & Retail, Occasions & Holidays and Text.

HFX® Star

  • Exciting and dazzling star effects are generated from original point or reflected light sources with the added glitter and sparkle of these exclusive, natural looking asymmetrical designs and shapes. Great for water scenes, candle flames, street lights and more.

Haze

  • Reduces excessive blue by absorbing UV light and eliminates haze which tends to wash out color and image clarity.

High Contrast

  • Creates an extreme high contrast image.

Ice Halos

  • Ice halos are created when small ice crystals in the atmosphere generate halos by reflecting and refracting light. Most notably, circles form around the sun or moon as well as rare occurrences when the entire sky is painted with a web of arcing halos.

Rainbow

  • Recreates arced rainbows of spectral colors, usually identified as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, that appear in the sky as a result of the refractive dispersion of sunlight in drops of rain or mist.

Sepia

  • Creates a warm brown tone for that nostalgic feeling.

Sky

  • Reduces UV light, haze and is pink tinted for added warmth and better colors. It is especially useful for images shot in outdoor open shade and on overcast days.

Soft Contrast

  • Soft Contrast diminishes highlights while retaining the darker look of the shadows.

Soft Light

  • Provides soft, digitally diffused and virtually shadowless light.

Warm Center Spot

  • Combines the benefits of Center Spot with a warming filter making it ideal for portraits and skintones.

Warm Polarizer

  • Combines the benefits of the Polarizer with a warming filter making it ideal for portraits and scenics.

Water Droplets

  • Simulates the circular, rainbow colored optical effects produced by tiny water droplets in clouds, mist and fog.

Wide Angle Lens

  • Simulates the effect of a wide angle lens.

812® Warming

  • The 812® Warming filter, a Tiffen exclusive, improves skintones and is ideal for portraits taken on a cloudy day or in outdoor shade on a sunny day.

 


Version / Release Updates

Tiffen Dfx 3 now supports Apple® Final Cut Pro® X &  Apple Motion® 5
Tiffen has expanded support for its Dfx version 3 software plug-in for moving images. With added support for Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5 Tiffen leads the industry with support for Apple Final Cut Pro 6/7/X, Avid Systems®(including 64 bit), Adobe®Creative Suite®5/6 including Premiere®CS5/6, After Effects®CS 5/6 host software. Only one license is required to support all of these hosts on the same machine.
If you already own Tiffen Dfx 3 plug-in for moving images, you only need to download the update to add support for these new hosts.In addition, Tiffen Dfx offers a Standalone version for still images with support for Mac OS® and Windows® as well as a plug-in version for still images with support for Apple Aperture® 3 Adobe Photoshop® CS4/5/6, Lightroom® 3/4 and Photoshop Elements® host software. Like the moving image plug-in, one license supports all hosts on the same machine!

 


 

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Specifications & Licensing

System Requirements

Dfx is compatible with the most popular still and film/video post-production applications for Windows or Macintosh. Also available are Stand-alone Editions for Windows or Macintosh.

Minimum software requirements for still image Stand-alone Editions:
Windows
  • Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
  • 1.0 GHz processor or faster
  • Intel or AMD processor
  • 1GB RAM (2 GB+ recommended)
  • 1GB available disk space for caching and temporary files
  • Open-GL capable graphics card
  • Display with 1280 x 1024 resolution or higher
  • Three-button mouse
  • Wacom Intous 3 and 4 support

MAC OS X

  • Mac® OS X 10.6.x - 10.7.x
  • Macintosh Multicore Intel® processor
  • 1GB RAM (2 GB+ recommended)
  • 1GB available disk space for caching and temporary files
  • Display with 1280 x 1024 resolution or higher
  • Three-button mouse
  • Wacom Intous 3 and 4 support
Minimum software requirements for still image Plug-In Editions:

Adobe Photoshop 7.0 and above (Win)
Photoshop Elements 3.0 and above (Win)
Adobe Photoshop CS2 and above (PowerPC Mac)
Adobe Photoshop CS3 and above (Intel Mac)
Photoshop Elements 4.0 and above (PowerPC Mac)
Photoshop Elements 6.0 and above (Intel Mac)
Apple Aperture 2.1 and above (Mac)
Film/Video Post-Production Plug-In Editions:

Adobe After Effects 7.0 and above or After Effects-compatible plug-in applications (Win)
Adobe After Effects 7.0 and above or After Effects-compatible plug-in applications (PowerPC Mac)
Adobe After Effects CS3 and above or Universal After Effects-compatible plug-in applications (Intel Mac)
Adobe Premiere Pro 2 and above
Autodesk Combustion 4 (Limited functionality. See knowledgebase.)
Avid Symphony, Media Composer, Adrenaline, Nitris, MCXpress 1.5 (Win)
Avid Xpress 2.0, DV, Pro (Win)
Avid Media Composer Systems (Mac OS X 10.4.6 and above)
Avid Xpress Pro Systems (Mac OS X 10.4.6 and above)
Avid DS (32 bit systems)
Apple Final Cut Pro 6 and above
Apple Final Cut Express 4 and above

 Licensing

When you select Activate Dfx, you have four options to activate the software:

Internet Activate (Recommended)
Activates DFX over the Internet.This is the preferred method.

Request License from Self-Service Website
If you do not have an Internet Connection on the computer where you want to run Dfx, use this option. The
self-service website will generate a license file which you can then transfer to the desired computer.
The web address is:   http://tiffen.softwareactivate.com/activate/
You will need two pieces of information:
host/installation id: this comes from the pull down menu from choosing self-serve activation
product/license key ( alpha code). Once entered, you will be able to download a license file.
Once you have your license file, you can transfer it by usb stick, cd, dvd etc.. to your target computer.
On your targeted machine, use the activation box, to install the license file.

Telephone Activation
Allows you to activate Dfx when you do not have access to the Internet at all.  Although we encourage the self service activation via the web method if you may have the opportunity in the future to transfer your license to another machine.

Install a License File
Loads a license file obtained from the self-service website or received by email.

Additional Info

Upgrades / Support

Upgrades 

  • Complete Stand-Alone Edition - Version Upgrade Dfx Essentials to v2

Support

RFX is available for all your support needs.

Tiffen offers the following support options:

  •  Tiffen provides support for all registered users of its products free of charge.
  • Priority technical support is provided via email.
  • If you have not registered your software, you must do so to receive support.
  • You may register your product online.
  • If you are evaluating the software for purchase, you do not need to register to ask us questions.
  • Online forums
  • Knowledgebase