DxO introduces PhotoLab 5 and FilmPack 6: between fine adjustments and time travel, the tour of new features

DxO PhotoLab 5 © DxO

There is no doubt that DxO’s expertise in image processing is a major asset when choosing a photo editing software. Behind each update of its products is a meticulous research work that makes it possible to draw the best lessons from film photography and to inject it into the heart of the digital shots that make up our daily lives. The editor behind Nik Collection and View Point wants to provide its users with the best possible experience by improving the performance of its software, without forgetting what drives its teams: the soul of photography.

The company continues its homage to film photography by offering a range of ever more sophisticated tools and renderings. It is ” restore gramophone crackles to Dolby Digital », according to the analogy of Jean-Marc Alexia, vice-president Marketing and Product Strategy at DxO Labs, during the press conference. For this, the publisher unveils the fifth version of its PhotoLab software and the sixth version of FilmPack. More precise settings, increased performance, new renderings and even time travel: let’s discover together what the new features introduced by the latest versions of this software have in store for us.

The software now integrates more precise control of details by enriching the U-points, its local retouching and adjustment technology. In addition to control points, DxO offers users of its software to take control lines. Indeed, this tool allows retouching over large areas without going with a trowel.

The sensitivity of each control point and line is now adjustable, which allows perfect control of its settings. DxO provides with this software an even more precise and efficient tool to offer photographers total control of their images. Thus, with an action on the chrominance and luminance of each zone, localized processing is more relevant, and local retouching has never been so simple.

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When you switch from one photo processing software to another, optimizing your photo library can quickly become a laborious task. Add to that many images from two desynchronized boxes, and it turns into a nightmare! To clean up this merry mess, PhotoLab 5 now processes IPTC and EXIF. It allows for finer metadata management and classification, which therefore leads to faster navigation within the publisher’s software, but also third-party editing applications.

DxO PhotoLab 5 © Dxo

DxO PhotoLab 5 © DxO

Flagship product of DxO laboratories, DeepPrime technology has been improved. Dedicated to the development of RAW photos and digital denoising, this tool is based on an artificial intelligence enriched with deep learning. It is therefore a supercharged DeepPrime that PhotoLab 5 introduces, since it is now four times faster during execution and export. Likewise, it is compatible with Apple Silicon and its SOC M1 released a few months ago.

Finally, we can say that the Fujifilm community has finally been heard! Indeed, DxO has announced the upcoming support for X-TRANS files. In beta version for now, the solution compatible with Fuji cameras is being refined thanks to feedback from the photographers concerned. Currently, 18 Fujifilm cameras are affected, including the recent X-T4. In addition to the Fuji boxes, there is the compatibility of eight additional devices: Canon EOS Ra, DJI Air 2S & Mini 2,
Nikon Z fc, Olympus PEN E-P7, Panasonic GH5 II, Pentax K-3 III and Sony ZV-E10.

FilmPack 6: the photographers of today under the aegis of those of yesterday

With FilmPack 6, DxO goes further in its quest for analog aesthetics. In addition to offering new effects, the software takes its users on a time travel to the heart of the history of photography. A gimmick? Far from there !

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The time machine, or time machine, is a unique display mode that lets you dive into the archives that have left their mark on the history of photography through 14 eras. The user can then browse through time as he pleases and go from reference shots, such as the photo of Albert Einstein sticking his tongue out, to the big names in photography, without forgetting some significant events, such as the assassination of JF Kennedy.

Beyond the purely exciting aspect for any history buff, supported by both technical and historical documentation, it is a particularly playful interface. The idea behind this leap in time is of course to draw inspiration from past decades to apply the aesthetics to his own shots.

DxO FilmPack 6 © DxO

Imagine giving your children’s photos the color, grain and texture of snapshots from your own childhood! FilmPack 6 enables that peek in the rearview mirror and goes beyond simple vintage aesthetics. This is the whole point of DxO with its time machine: to go further than the stupid and wicked application of a preset or any predefined parameter. This is about transforming his retouching process by relying on a common history larger than us. A beautiful idea admirably realized thanks to the assistance of the association of the Friends of the French Museum of Photography of Bièvres.

FilmPack 6 is also enriched with 15 new renderings, seven simulation modes taken from Fujifilm-branded digital cameras, and six cinematic renderings that draw their inspiration from well-known cinematic grading techniques. Added to this are 15 new light leak effects (veil effect, zoom, spots, etc.), 20 new textures (crumpled paper, drops) and 15 new frames. Whatever the user’s creative need, FilmPack 6 will give that silver patina that gives our digital photos the soul of a paper photo.

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DxO FilmPack 6 © DxO

DxO FilmPack 6 © DxO

Finally, the HSL adjustment (hue, saturation, luminosity) is now finer and more precise, because it benefits from a new color rendering engine which no longer relies on six channels, but on eight. The key is better control over the hue of shadows and lowlights as well as a fully modifiable partial toning.

Price and availability

PhotoLab 5 is available from today on the DxO website. Divided into two editions, the software benefits from an introductory price until November 14, 2021:

  • PhotoLab 5 Essential Edition: 109.99 euros instead of 139 euros;

  • PhotoLab 5 Elite Edition: 164.99 euros instead of 219 euros.

After purchase, the software can be installed on two workstations for the Essential edition and on three workstations for the Elite edition. Finally, only holders of a PhotoLab 3 or PhotoLab 4 license can benefit from an update to DxO PhotoLab 5 by logging into their customer account on the publisher’s website.

For its part, FilmPack 6 is also available now on the publisher’s online store, at the following launch prices:

  • DxO FilmPack 6 Essential Edition: 54.99 euros (instead of 85 euros);
  • DxO FilmPack 6 Elite Edition: 109.99 euros (instead of 139 euros).

Note that it is possible to take advantage of a trial version of DxO FilmPack 6 for one month. Owners of the previous version of the software, FilmPack 5, can take advantage of an update to the sixth version. Neither license requires a subscription.

Source: DxO Labs press release

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