The Foundry Does It Again! (Part Two)

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If you do not have the time to read this entire review, then here are the vital statistics:

Product Name: FurnaceCore
Product Manufacturer: The Foundry
Product Type: motion-picture repair, improvement, and time-adjustment plug-in for Final Cut Pro
Price: 500 United States Of America Dollars
Is It Worth The Price? Definitely. It would still be worth the price if it cost 7,000 USD (which would be 1,000 USD per function).
Available From: www.thefoundry.co.uk
Rating: 5 Stars!

The employees who work at The Foundry are brilliant.

FurnaceCore is an Academy Award®-winning set of professional tools for filmmakers. It is available for Final Cut Pro, versions 6 and 7. The plug-ins include grain tools, automated dirt detection and removal, slow-motion using proprietary advanced motion-estimation technology, motion-blur, flicker reduction, and a tool to match colour grades between shots.

FurnaceCore costs only five-hundred USD, but I say that it is worth one-thousand USD per function because of its ability to restore a poorly-maintained film, or save a director who was unfortunate enough to obtain unsatisfactory results during principal photography. I offer as evidence:

1. If rapidly-fluctuating illumination is the problem in a shot, then FurnaceCore is the solution. Using footage from the tutorial section of The Foundry’s website: the left-side example contains erratic background-lighting that was caused by non-synchronized fluorescent lamps. The right-side example is the result of the application of “F_DeFlicker” to the footage. Click the image below in order to view the compare-and-contrast video-clip.

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2. Utilizing screen-captures from the tutorial section of The Foundry’s website, notice how a grainy image (left) has been smoothed by the “F_DeNoise” function (right). Click the image below in order to view larger versions of the compare-and-contrast photographs.

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3. In order to emphatically apply pressure to the “F_DirtRemoval” function, I created a QuickTime file of a shot from my video-testimonial for Film School On Demand. Applying FCP’s “Film Noise” filter to the shot, I specified maximum hair length & density, and maximum dust size & density. FurnaceCore easily removed most of the offending material from the shot. I imagine, with any amount of dirt that is less than the extreme filth which I applied in this test, that FurnaceCore will produce an image that appears as though it had never been contaminated. Click the image below in order to view larger versions of the compare-and-contrast photographs.

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4. “F_Kronos” provides various adjustments for motion acceleration and deceleration, which allow for uniform, erratic, fluid, or choppy time re-mapping of source footage. Compare and contrast these variations of a London street-scene from the tutorial section of The Foundry’s website. Click the image below in order to view the video-clip.

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5. If unwanted chroma or luminance variations exist between shots, then “F_MatchGrade” will eliminate them. From the tutorial section of The Foundry’s website, photograph #1 is the source-image, with its original chroma-values and luminance-values. Photograph #2 is the image that photograph #1 should match in chroma-values and luminance-values. Photograph #3 is photograph #1 with the application of “F_MatchGrade.” Notice that photographs #2 and #3 appear to be of the same colour-design-theory. Click the image below in order to view larger versions of the compare-and-contrast photographs.

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6. Using footage from the tutorial section of The Foundry’s website: “F_MotionBlur” can add a natural-looking sense of speed to non-blurred photography. Click the image below in order to view the compare-and-contrast video-clip.

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7. From my video-testimonial for Film School On Demand: “F_ReGrain” can make video-imagery appear to be film-imagery, and can increase the grain size & density of film-imagery. Click the image below in order to view larger versions of the compare-and-contrast photographs.

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Also providing great value is FurnaceCore’s ability to significantly decrease the amount of time that is spent on repetitive, meticulous chores. All of the above-mentioned processes, which I often performed in PhotoShop— on a frame-by-frame basis— in order to add visual-effects to stop-motion animation or to enhance live-action footage, I can now assign to FurnaceCore. Work that required days and sometimes weeks for me to perform manually can be accomplished in a matter of hours, and sometimes minutes, when I apply this plug-in to the task!

The employees who work at The Foundry are brilliant; with the FurnaceCore software and instruction-manual, they have done it again!

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