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How to use a LUT

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Video Editing

LUT's, premiere pro, Quick Tip

Using a LUT on a log profile the Sony slog3 or Panasonic v-log L is something we hear a lot. In this video you learn how to use a LUT properly.

Everyone talks these days about using LUT’s and how it’s so great. But what exactly is so great about it? Well, so start with a LUT will alter the colors and exposure of your video. A reason could be to give your footage a different look. But also to make your flat image look “normal” again.

This flat image is something we can record in. You either set your camera profile to a very low contrast or you select a log profile if your camera can do that. The Sony cameras are famous for their slog profile and the Panasonic camera are known for their V-log profiles.

Even smaller cameras like the Lumix GH4 has the ability to shoot in that V-log profile. But when you do so, you will notice it’s extremely flat and unusable for delivery. You’ll have to add that contrast in post to make the clip look better again.

The advantage of applying your contrast in post rather than in camera is that the flat image is in the source. So if you wish to recover any highlights or shadows, you could do that.


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1 thought on “How to use a LUT”

  1. Hi. My camera, recording format, on-camera monitor and question are as follows: –

    Camera: Blackmagic Production Camera 4K EF
    Recording: 4K 12-bit RAW 4000×2160 Compressed CinemaDNG RAW
    On-camera monitor: Blackmagic Design Video Assist 4K 7; 1920×1200 touchscreen LCD

    Will you please recommend sources of various 3D LUTs that are suitable for uploading into the Video Assist, to view CinemaDNG RAW footage as if Rec.709



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