CineMatch review

CineMatch Review: Worth it or Not?

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

In this article, we give a quick review of CineMatch, looking at ease of use, pricing, settings and workflow.

Have you have ever struggled to match footage from multiple camera sources? Well, CineMatch could be the perfect solution for you!

It uses sensor and colour science to easily match footage from one camera to another. Also, it supports a range of common cameras like Red, Arri, Sony, GoPro and loads more.

Get access to all of their plugins with the Bundle License for $199, perfect if you work across more than one editing programme. Also, get 10% off CineMatch with our exclusive FilmConvert discount code. 🙌

What is CineMatch?

CineMatch by FilmConvert is a colour correction plugin with advanced camera matching features.

The idea is pretty straightforward. Most productions usually have the main camera (Camera A) with other cameras for different angles and cutaways (Camera B, C etc).

The main goal of Cinematch is to match the look of the other cameras to that of the main camera.

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Also, as a plugin, it saves you time and money by working within the editing programme you already use. Simply import your footage, place the CineMatch effect onto it and adjust your settings.

It’s compatible with the most popular editing software on the market like Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Davinci Resolve.

The software uses custom camera profiles for over 50 of the most common cameras available like:

CanonBlackmagic DesignGoPro
NikonARRIDJI
SonyRED Digital CinemaFujiFilm
Panasonic

So who’s it aimed at? CineMatch is perfect for anyone from first-time editors to professional colourists. It’s a real-time saver!

How Does It Work?

CineMatch Premiere Pro
CineMatch Review – Premiere Pro

Firstly, every camera has its own unique colour profile. The sensors and the colour science behind every camera are different. As a result, two shots from separate cameras can look completely different even if they have the same lighting.

Rebalancing shots is especially tough when mixing multi-cam footage. The uneven grade can distract from the story you are trying to tell with your shots.

This can be a big problem for any editor and something that can take a lot of time and effort to fix.

So how does CineMatch solve this? Well, in a nutshell, it works out your camera sensor characteristics and then applies colour science to get the most accurate match between colours.

Once you input your camera information, Cinematch automatically readjusts the look of your other shots based on your target camera.

So, we’ve touched on some of its features but let’s take look at what this plugin can do!

Features of CineMatch

CineMatch offers great value for money and has many high-end features. Even better, these features are super easy for both pros and beginners to get on board with.

Let’s round up some of our favourites!

Flexibility

You can use CineMatch to match footage from over 70 different cameras! Get a seamless baseline grade from the get-go, no matter what you film on.

Fix White Balance

White Balance
CineMatch Review – White Balance

Generally, in a perfect world, the camera crew are expected to maintain a proper white balance. Unfortunately, as we all know that rarely happens. With CineMatch, it has exposure and white balance controls for quick adjustments.

Single Click Conversion

You can perform a single click REC. 709 conversion for any kind of log source. It’s never been easier!

It’s Super Compatible

Do you already use FilmConvert Nitrate? Then CineMatch is the ideal companion. It was designed by the team behind Nitrate, so you can expect the same quality.

Use It in the Edit

The CineMatch plugin is compatible with popular editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro, Davinci Resolve and Final Cut Pro.

Adjust HSL Curves

HSL curves
CineMatch Review – HSL Curves

Use CineMatch HSL curves to finetune the match between source and target clips. There’s also a full range of secondary colour settings, including wheels, curves and levels.

False Color Guides

Use the False Color guides to set exposure and white-balance your footage accurately. This is perfect for anyone new to colour grading. Get the project started on the right foot!

Gives You Options

CineMatch makes it possible to work with footage from multiple sources at once. Work with shots from high-end cameras to drones, smartphones and stock footage without worrying about uneven grades.

This is a real game-changer for editors and DITs! No need to slow down your edit workflow.

CineMatch Workflow

CineMatch is surprisingly easy to use! As a Premiere Pro user, it was quick to install and get started straight out the box. Here is a short guide on how to use CineMatch in Premiere Pro.

Step 1: Add Footage To Timeline

Add two clips (or multiple clips) you want to match to your timeline. Leave clips in Log, don’t apply LUTs or make other adjustments.

Step 2: Add CineMatch Effect

Add CineMatch from the Effects menu to both clips.

Step 3: Sensor Match

Sensor Match

Firstly, choose your source camera settings. Then, select your target camera settings. Do this for both the A-CAM and B CAM footage. For example, if you are working with both Arri Alexa and GoPro Hero10 footage and you want it all to look like Arri footage then you need to do this:

For A CAM:

  • Set Source Camera Settings to Arri
  • Set Target Camera Settings to Arri

For B CAM:

  • Set Source Camera Settings to GoPro
  • Set Target Camera Setting to Arri

You will see results from this step alone. Feel free to export your footage or carry on editing.

Want to take it a step further? You can then use steps 2 and 3 to refine the match.

Step 2: Camera Adjust

Camera Adjust

Next, you can make adjustments to the Exposure, Temperature and more! You can also apply a Rec. 709 transform from here. This is also where the False Color guides come in handy. Use them to help evaluate your images.

Step 3: Match Refine

Match Refine

Need to tweak your footage even further? The HSL tools will correct any differences the sensor match may have missed.

Step 4: Secondary Controls

Secondary Controls

Lastly, you can manually fine-tune footage even further with secondary tools. Need to generate a 3D LUT? No problem there is an Export button at the top.

So now we know how it works, it’s time to talk money…

CineMatch Pricing

CineMatch pricing
CineMatch Review – Pricing

Firstly, CineMatch keeps its pricing nice and simple. It’s priced at just $139 for DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Premiere Pro (down from $179). Secondly, if you choose to buy the CineMatch Bundle, you can get it at $199 (which helps if you’re editing across different programmes).

However, if you want to take it for a quick test drive then you can get a free trial.

CineMatch Review – Worth it or Not?

In short, Yes! CineMatch is totally worth it. It’s a handy tool that can save you a lot of time and money in post-production. It does all of the tricky work so you can get back to focusing on telling your story (without the stress!).

So go on, give CineMatch a try today – you’ll be glad you did!

Shaquilla Alexander
Shaquilla Alexander
Award-winning writer and content creator for So The Theory Goes. She has a background in Editing & Post Production, and an unwavering curiosity about all areas of feature filmmaking.

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