Developer John Hable has released Ginger HDR, his tonemapping plugin for After Effects, in open beta.
Ginger HDR, formerly known as Natural HDR, is intended to provide an intuitive way for users to adjust colour and light levels in footage without landing in what Hable calls ‘HDR Purgatory’.
According to the Ginger HDR website: “That’s when some combination of parameters gives you a look that you sort of like. The catch is that you don’t quite know how the parameters work so it’s hard to know which one is messing you up.”
Demo videos are available on the Ginger HDR website, while the open beta itself lasts until 8 January 2012. The software is currently Windows-only, but an OS X version is a “number 1, 2 and 3 priority”.
Visit the Ginger HDR website (includes download link)