Tiffen Dfx video/film plug-in review

Tiffen Dfx Video/Film Plug-in – review

Filters are still an essential part of any videographer’s kit, but optical filters can be expensive. Tiffen, a company renowned for making high quality photographic filters, also produces a series of digital filters including the Dfx Video/Film Plug-in that simulates most of their award winning traditional glass filters.  Whilst simple filters can be easily simulated within most video editing applications, the Tiffen plug-in includes numerous special effect filters which would be very hard to replicate. The Dfx Video/Film Plug-in runs as a plug-in in the following applications Adobe After Effects, Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro.

The Tiffen Dfx Video/Film Plug-in comprises of 100 filters with each offering many pre-defined presets, giving you effectively 2000+ filters. The Dfx suite also gives you the ability to customise the filters and save them as your own unique filters, effectively allowing you a limitless collection of unique filters for your production.  The Dfx filter suite is also available for stills photography as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Elements, Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture or as a Standalone application. The features in each version are more or less the same.

The Tiffen filters in the Premiere Pro Effects panel

Using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, the filters are installed as seven sub folders in the Effects > Video Effects folder. These are; Tiffen Dfx v3 Film lab (9 filters), HFX Diffusion (12 filters), HFX Grads/Tints (15 filters), Image (17 filters), Lens (11 filters), Light (22 filters) and Special effects (14 filters).  Although the Tiffen web site claims 121 filters I could only find 100, although some of the filters do have two or more names e.g. Soft F/X and Warm Soft F/X. However, having said that, most of the filters contain numerous presets, for example the Film Labs contains 37 pre-defined film looks which includes most popular film types from B/W to Kodak Gold and Lomo effects. To add to the versatility, you can create your own custom preset from scratch or alter any of the preset filters’ parameters and save them as a custom filter.

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