Ultimate way make any 8-bit footage look like film (FilmForever)

Here's a quick way to make your 8-bit footage look like Film. This one is simple to use, quick and produces good results with widespread jobs. And yes, it works with non-studio resolve versions as well.

Many of you have requested the “2838 Film Emulation” tutorial for 8-bit footage. So we made one. This one is simple to use, quick and produces good results with widespread jobs. And yes, it works with non-studio resolve versions as well.

Our footage was shot on a Sony A7iii. This is an eight-bit footage captured with Rec709 Matrix and S-log 2 profile. Edou Hoekstra provided this for us. Check out his profile here. And as usual, we’ll use our FilmForever Power Grades. If you want to check out FilmFoever PowerGrades, you can do so, here.

Footage Provided by Edou Hoekstra 

Step 1.

First, we’ll go ahead and Import the 2383 power grade from the Volume 2 Folder into our workstation. Following that, we’ll navigate to the media storage section. In order to import all three essential files into the media pool as matte, we’ll navigate to “import film essentials” and select “Import as matte”. Do note that FilmForever Also works with non-studio versions of Davinci Resolve. Thanks to our Film Assets. 

Step 2.

Next, let’s go ahead and apply our power grade. 

It’s essential that we change the Input Color Space to Rec709 and Input Gamma to S-Log2. Remember that these are the profiles our footage was shot in. We’ll make a couple of adjustments to fix our white balance, contrast, and overall exposure.


For this shoot, we are going to apply Kodak Vision3 5230 in the Film LUT node. I like the subtle warmth it adds to our shot. We’re gonna make sure that we repeat the steps for further shots in the timeline. Check out before and after below. We’ve compared Rec709 with FilmForever Output.

Sony A7III, Rec709 (Converted from Slog-2) 

FilmForever 2383 Kodak Print Film Emulation Power Grade

FilmForever 2383 Kodak Print Film Emulation Power Grade

As you can see, there’s a significant difference, as well as a gorgeous split toning in the skin. Despite the fact that it is a Sony footage, the skin tone already appears to be excellent, which is unusual for people who have trouble with skin tones. It also contributes to the distinctive contrasty appearance which is a key characteristic of the film. Not to mention the fact that this is coming from an 8-bit image, which means FilmForever is working perfectly without breaking our footage.

Of course, FilmForever allows for more customization based on your individual artistic preferences; nonetheless, FilmForever is a fantastic starting place, especially for those who are new to color correction. FilmForever allows professional colorists to alter the images and elevate their look-building skills to the next level, creating their own signature looks.

Check out the video tutorial for a better understanding of Film Look in 8-bit footage.

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What are FilmForever™ DaVinci Grades?

We rebuilt Kodak 2383 LUT as a Power Grade. Why? You ask. Power grade rebuild allows you to add or delete aspects from a base “Film” appearance to create your own unique variations of the Print Film LUT. As a colorist or a director, your brand name can be associated with a particular appearance. We’ve also written a detailed 25-page user guide on how to get started with our Power Grades in Davinci Resolve.

Before applying the 2383 characteristics, we enhanced the appearance of the base image using our specialized image processing pipeline. In addition to artistic and technical Power Grades, the bundle contains film emulation options that are mathematically correct. Power Grade, unlike most plugins, enables you to see exactly how each step impacts the image. Thus, you’ll be able to create the most innovative alterations to the design going forward.

If you’re interested, here are the links to FilmForever Emulations.

BMPCC 4K, Rec709 (Converted from B-Raw) 

FilmForever 2383 Kodak Print Film Emulation Power Grade

If you’re looking for some serious color grading inspiration, check out our Instagram. It’s a treasure trove of cinematic images. A diverse selection of visually appealing photos is made available to you courtesy of our team. Think of this as an increase in the number of mood boards to use as inspiration for your own work. Follow us on Instagram at coloristfoundry

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