Tiffen DFX Video/Film Filter Plug-In Version 3.0, Compatible with Macs and PCs, 8 or 16 Bit Image Processing, 121 Individual Filters


About Tiffen DFX 3

The Tiffen DFX Video/Film Filter Plug-In v3.0 is a suite of 121 digital optical filters that can be customized to simulate over 2000 Tiffen glass camera filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction as well as natural light and photographic effects.

The suite can be used for film and video editing, including visual effects editing. One license will run across all compatible programs, which consist of Adobe After Effects and Premiere CS5 and up, Avid Media Composer, Newscutter, Symphony and Xpress Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro 6 or 7. In early 2012, Final Cut Pro X is not supported but is being looked into by Tiffen. The DFX is compatible with both Macs and PCs.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to navigate (14),Accurate colors (11),Versatile (9),Easy to customize (5),Easy to collaborate across programs (4)
Not very powerful (4)
Best Uses:
Professional quality (9),Presentations (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Quality oriented (14),Budget shopper (10)

Tiffen DFX 3 Features

  • Texture: Applies textures to images for stylized looks
  • Key Light: Relights images with a directional or point light
  • Rays: Creates realistic light ray effects quickly and very easily
  • DeNoise: Removes grain/noise from images while retaining detail
  • Glow Darks: Glows dark areas of images, creating dreamy dark glows
  • Color Shadow: Creates very high contrast images overlayed with gradients
  • DeBlock: Removes blocking artifacts that result from high compression factors
  • Film Stocks: Simulates 113 different color and black & white photographic stocks
  • Match: Matches color, detail, gradient, and tone of an image and applies it to another
  • DeBand: Removes banding artifacts by smoothing pixels in banded areas but retains detail

Tiffen DFX 3 Specifications

Software Compatibility
Adobe After Effects CS5 and up
Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and up
Apple Final Cut Pro 6 and 7
(In early 2012, FCP X is not supported but is being looked into)
Avid Media Composer, Newscutter, Symphony, Xpress Pro
Hardware Compatibility
Mac OS X 10.6.x - 10.7.x
Macintosh Multicore Intel processor
1GB RAM (2 GB+ recommended)
Wacom Intous 3 and 4 support
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
1.0 GHz processor or faster
Intel or AMD processor
1GB RAM (2 GB+ recommended)
1GB available disk space for caching and temporary files
Open-GL capable graphics card
Display with 1280 x 1024 resolution or higher
Three-button mouse
Wacom Intous 3 and 4 support
Filters 1
Ambient Light, Auto Adjust, Black and White, Black/White Looks, Black Diffusion/FX, Black Pro-Mist, Bleach Bypass, Blur, Bronze Glimmerglass, Center Spot, Chromatic Aberration, Close-Up Lens, Color Correct, Color-Grad, Color Infrared, Color Looks, Color Shadow, Color Spot, Cool Pro-Mist, Cross Processing, Day for Night, DeBand, DeBlock, DeFog, DeFringe, DeNoise, Depth of Field, Diffusion, Dot, Double Fog, Dual Grad, Edge Glow, Enhancing, Eye Light, Faux Film
Filters 2
Film Stocks, Flag, Flashing, Fluorescent, Fog, F-Stop, Gels, Glimmerglass, Glow, Glow Darks, Gobo, Gold Diffusion/FX, Gold Reflector, Grain, Halo, Haze, HDTV/FX, High Contrast, HFX Star, Ice Halos, Infrared, Kelvin, Key Light, Lens Distortion, Levels, Light, Low Contrast, Match, Mono Tint, ND-Grad, Night Vision, Nude/FX, Old Photo, Overexpose, Ozone, Paint, Pencil, Photographic, Polarizer, Printer Points, Pro-Mist, Rack Focus, Radial Exposure, Rainbow
Filters 3
Rays, ReLight, Selective Color Correct, Selective Saturation, Sepia, Sharpen, Sky, Silver Reflector, Smoque, Soft Contrast, Soft/FX, Soft Light, Split Field, Split Tone, Star, Streaks, Strip Grad, Sunset/Twilight, Telecine, Temperature, Texture, Three Strip, Tint, Two Strip, Ultra Contrast, Vari-Star, Vignette, 812 Warming, Warm Black Pro-Mist, Warm Center Spot, Warm Polarizer, Warm Pro-Mist, Warm Soft/FX, Water Droplets, Wide Angle Lens, and X-Ray

Tiffen DFX 3 Reviews

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Reviewed by 24 customers


Easy software


from Las Vegas  -  Value Oriented

Very easy to use. Has enough filters for basic creativity. Good for starting out!


Good free-standing filter set


from Greensboro, NC  -  Quality Oriented

There are several filter plug-ins for Photoshop and other programs; this one is very good for just a quick fix without having to wait for the big programs. I like some filters better than those in Photoshop or NIK, for example, and some not so well. At the current discounted price, however, it is worth having.


Tiffen DFX Essentials Digital Filter Sof


from Woodstock, NY  -  Quality Oriented

This is a great addition to any software editing program. It adds to the art of photography.


I Love Tiffen Dfx Essential


from Albany, Ga  -  Quality Oriented

This software has some really good features.. It's not made for windows 7, but after I lowered the account control setting I was able to installed Tiffen Dfx Essential on my 64 bit windows 7 pc... this is a great software program for anyone who takes pictures.. I Love Tiffen Dfx Essential !!!!!


Does not work with Windows 8


from Oakland, CA  -  Quality Oriented

This software does not work with Windows 8. It will not install. I asked Adorama for help, and got zero reply. So I am rating both the Tiffen DFX and Adorama 1 star. Usually each of them is much better.




from Wheaton, Il  -  Quality Oriented

I use the program for fun. Photography is a hobby that I have had for over 50 years

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Sold as new, software more than 4y old


from Alexandria VA  -  Quality Oriented

Adorama has sold me old software with more than 4 years old it does not work with the current operating system. It seems incredible in the company as part of a serious and known as Adorama.


Nice product.


from MExico  -  Value Oriented

Standar product.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Does not work with MAC


from Port Richey  -  Quality Oriented

works fine with windows but not with new Mac iOS. Very Disapointed


nice adition


from ventura,ca.  -  Value Oriented

Good value for the money.

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