Sin City

Sin Ciy is a plugin for use within Final Cut Pro or Motion that gives you the ability to create stylized "looks" for your footage reminiscent of the movies Sin City, The Spirit, and more.

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The film Sin City has been called "The most visually inventive comic book adaptation to make its way to a movie screen", "a visually arresting blitzkrieg" "like a comic book brought to life and pumped with steroids", "The look is almost like a futuristic black and white, shiny and grey with the occasional splash of a bright color..."

The essence of the Sin City look is a deep, rich, contrasty black and white with a light diffusion on the highlights and occasional use of spot color - often red. Using the simple controls of the Sin City plugin, it is easy to achieve this look in Final Cut Pro or Motion.

Sin City is an FxPlug plugin for use in Apple's Final Cut Pro and Motion software. It is compatible with FCP 6 and higher and Motion 3 and above. It requires at least 10.5 (Leopard) of the operating system. As with most FxPlug plugins, Sin City makes use of the power of your GFX card to do its rendering, thus does not load down your CPU. Sin City uses a properly weighted calculation to arrive at the black and white image instead of the simpler RGB channel averaging more commonly found. To generate the mask for the spot color, Sin City performs a chroma key operation.

    Thru simple controls, Sin City gives you ultimate control over your cinematic masterpiece. Just follow the supplied tutorials and you'll be an expert in no time.

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    The filter can be found under the Effects/Video Filters/Sheffield Softworks/ menu.