At NAB, Filmlight was showing its on-set look creation tool Prelight 5.0 that’s currently in public beta.


The tool is designed to give some visual reassurance to DoPs and DITs on set and incorporates version 5.0 of the core Baselight software and is now integrated with the ARRI Alexa SXT, the Alexa Mini and the Panasonic Varicam. 


FilmLight was showing Prelight in operation at its stand with both cameras supporting the BLG (Baselight Linked Grade) and grade metadata natively; it was also demonstrated with LUT boxes including the Flanders Box IO, the Teradek COLR and the Wowow.


Prelight allows the DoP to retain control of the look of a movie on set, by being able to preview the camera output with the preferred LUT or with looks developed by the colourist, and by reference to the director or DoP’s own stills. The application was recently used on upcoming Disney comedy Magic Camp, directed by Mark Waters. 


The free version of the macOS software allows looks to be adjusted and applied to still pictures and exported as BLG files; the commercial version (at $995 per licence) gives real-time colour management, ensuring on-set monitors and editorial outputs have the best look possible, and allows export of LUTs as well as the option to embed BLG or grade metadata inside supported Alexa and Varicam cameras.


Users can use the full grading functionality but Prelight can also be used just to get a consistent and reliable viewing environment on set, without having to worry about colour science or LUTs. 


Jon Creamer

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