If you are a fan of film photography and want to recreate the look and feel of analog images in your digital videos, you might be interested in the Dehancer plugin for Premiere Pro. Dehancer is a powerful tool that allows you to apply various film profiles, grain, halation, bloom, vignette, and other effects to your footage with just a few clicks. In this blog post, I will give you my honest review of the Dehancer plugin and show you some examples of how it can transform your videos.
It is a complex plugin that simulates the entire film processing workflow, from the film stock to the print. You can choose from dozens of film profiles, including Kodak, Fuji, Ilford, Polaroid, and more. You can also adjust the exposure, contrast, color, and tone of your footage using the built-in tools or the curves panel. Dehancer also lets you add realistic film grain, halation (the glowing effect around bright areas), bloom (the softening of highlights), and vignette (the darkening of corners). You can fine-tune each effect to your liking or turn them off if you prefer.
You don’t have to render your footage or wait for previews. You can see the results instantly on your timeline and make adjustments as you go. Dehancer also supports 4K resolution and higher bit depth formats, so you don’t have to compromise on quality.
It costs $449 for a lifetime license or $299 for a yearly subscription. However, I think it is worth the price if you are serious about film emulation and want to achieve professional results. Dehancer is not a plugin that you will use for every project, but it is a great tool to have in your arsenal when you want to add some cinematic flair and nostalgia to your videos.
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I have prepared some before and after examples using some footage, I shot with my Sony A7RIII. You can see how Dehancer changes the mood and atmosphere of each clip with just a few tweaks. I hope you enjoy them and find them inspiring.
– Use the Film Profile tool to choose from over 60 film stocks and create a cinematic look for your footage. You can adjust the exposure, contrast, saturation, and colour temperature of the film profile to suit your preferences.
– Use the Grain tool to add realistic film grain to your video. You can control the amount, size, and softness of the grain, as well as the film format and ISO. You can also use the Grain Variance tool to create a more dynamic and organic grain effect.
– Use the Halation tool to simulate the light scattering effect that occurs when bright areas of the film are overexposed. You can adjust the intensity, size, and threshold of the halation, as well as the colour and hue shift.
– Use the Bloom tool to create a soft glow around bright areas of the video. You can adjust the radius, threshold, and opacity of the bloom, as well as the colour and hue shift.
– Use the Expand tool to increase the dynamic range of your video and reveal more details in the shadows and highlights. You can adjust the black point, white point, and mid tones of the video, as well as apply a tone curve.
I highly recommend giving Dehancer a try. It is one of the best film emulation plugins I have ever used and I am very impressed with the results. Dehancer is not only a plugin, but also a creative tool that can enhance your storytelling and vision.