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Tiffen DFX 3.0 Review/Tutorial

November 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

Tiffen, I know you have been in the film/video world for years and are well established too. But I had no idea about your sweet plugins for FCP.

Tiffen Dfx Video/Film Plug-in is a top of the line plug-in suite that incorporates filters and lenses that Tiffen is so well known for and infuses it into Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Premiere Pro and Avid. It is a complete plug-in suite that adds glass filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction, plus natural light and photographic effects.

One of the best features of this plug-in is the usability. The Dfx Interface allows you to preview the tons of presets each filter comes with. Within the Dfx Interface you can customize the parameters of a preset to make it yours while viewing it in real-time.

There are so many different film looks it is absolutely ridiculous…which is a great thing. In the past I never dabbled with different film stocks because of price and I didn’t shoot with a film camera. Now that everything is digital those looks are fresh to a new generation of video editors.

Some of my favorite filters from Tiffen Dfx are the Light filters. You can add lights, gobos and even flags to your video. I love the gobo, simply adding a gobo to an interview gives the interview a fresh look. I’m so glad to have this product in my effects library. It will turn good looking video into beautiful looking video…but let’s not kid ourselves. It is always important to shoot it right the first time, great lighting, lenses and composition will always keep you looking like a pro. Now Tiffen Dfx 3.0 will make you stand out in the crowded field of professionals.

$599…yeah, that stings the purse a bit especially with FCP X out and about and this is not yet ready for FCP X. The price of these filters are more than the upgrade to FCP X, there is a reason for that…the effects are amazing. But ask questions and research before you buy any plug-ins set. Will they upgrade to allow you to use these with FCP X? I mean FCP 7 will eventually fade once Apple gets it right with FCP X. Until then, if you have FCP 7 check out these filters for FREE for 15 days and do a cool project and impress your client or wow the audience at a film festival.

Tiffen Dfx Video/Film Feature Highlights

  • 121 individual filters
  • Thousands of customizable presets
  • Simulation of Tiffen glass camera filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction as well as natural light and photographic effects
  • Rosco and GamColor Gel libraries
  • Rosco and Gam Gobo libraries for lighting effects
  • 8 or 16 bit image processing
  • Multi-processor acceleration

Tech Specs / Requirements

  • Adobe After Effects CS5 and up
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and up
  • Apple Final Cut Pro 6 and 7
  • Avid 64-bit systems, Media Composer®, and Symphony™ v6.0 as well as NewsCutter® v10.0.


  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, 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 10.6.x – 10.7.x
  • Macintosh Multicore Intel® processor
  • 1GB RAM (2 GB+ recommended)
  • Wacom Intous 3 and 4 support

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