How to Easily Color Grade S-Log Footage

Hey guys, today we're going to talk about how you can use FilmConvert to easily color grade your S-Log footage.

Shooting in S-Log is a great option if you want a high level of control over the image in post-production, and are looking to give it a very cinematic or specific “look.” However, a lot of people feel somewhat intimidated by color grading, or they simply just don’t have much time to spend doing it. 

So today we’re going to talk about a really great tool that I use on my wedding films called FilmConvert that you can use to easily and efficiently color grade your S-Log footage.

So what exactly is FilmConvert? In short, it’s a film stock emulator designed for multiple cameras and gamma settings. The really cool thing about it is that they have profiles for all types of cameras and gamma settings, so this will benefit you even if you’re not shooting in S-Log. Actually, it will benefit you even if you’re not shooting on a Sony. I’ve been using FilmConvert since back when I was still shooting on Canon.

You take your footage, tell it what type of camera you’re shooting on, what picture profile you’re using, and FilmConvert translates your image to one of 19 different film stocks. You can add grain, increase or decrease the color temperature, or use the color wheels to manipulate the highlights, mid tones, or shadows. 

FilmConvert is available from filmconvert.com and costs $149 for the FinalCut Pro plug-in, which is what we’ll be using today. It’s also available in a stand-alone, or for Adobe Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and Avid Media Composer.

I’d like to point out I’m in no way affiliate with FilmConvert, nor have I ever been paid by them for anything. I just stumbled upon their product, from Philip Bloom’s blog actually I think, and I’ve been using it ever since!

FilmConvert makes grading S-Log footage so quick and so efficient, but it’s also robust enough to allow me to really dig in and tweak and adjust the image as much as I want.

I use it to grade not just footage from my Sony cameras, but also my DJI Phantom 3 and my DJI Osmo, and I’ve used it to grade Panasonic GH4 and Canon footage in the past as well. 

If you guys have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them down below! Until next time.