DxO FilmPack 4 verdict: Is it any good?
There’s a lot to like in FilmPack 4, and it’s certainly much better than the previous version. The faded and distressed ‘retro’ effects are really good and, if you go to the trouble of saving your own presets, they’re quick to apply too. It’s not the only program to do this, though, and Analog Efex Pro (Google Nik Collection) is just as good.
DxO’s film simulations are less convincing, partly because they don’t always look much like the films they’re supposed to represent (in my opinion), and partly because they leave unanswered questions. Why are there two versions of Kodachrome 64 (one is ‘generic’) with very different colour renditions? And how are these film simulations supposed to be accurate when DxO has no control over what’s been done to the images or what the ‘baseline’ colour rendition is like before you start?
I really like the ‘looks’ DxO FilmPack 4 can produce, but I’m very dubious about the ‘science’ of duplicating old film emulsions digitally. I also have a problem with the Aperture plug-in, which works for a short time after a fresh installation but then the Save button disappears.
Rating: 4 stars