To apply LUTS to your footage in Adobe Premiere Pro, you’ll need to open up the Lumetri Color Panel (Windows > Lumetri Color). From the Basic Correction section, you’ll be able to select a new “Input LUT” from the dropdown. This is where you can select “Browse…” to import one of Gal’s free log to rec.709 conversion LUTS. You’ll also notice that there is already a list of LUTS in the dropdown.
To add all of the new free conversion LUTS to this dropdown (so you don’t have to browse everytime) you’ll need to create a new LUTs folder within Adobe’s Common Folder.
Watch how to create a LUTs folder and add your LUTS here in this video. Windows Users Go to C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Common.
Mac Users Go to /Users//Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common. Within the Common folder create a folder called “LUTs” (if you haven’t already) and within that folder make two more folders: “Technical” and “Creative.” If you want the LUTS to appear under your Basic Correction input dropdown, drag all of the LUT files into the “Technical” folder.
Then restart Premiere Pro and they will appear in Lumetri color! If you’re curious how to grade log footage from start to finish I recommend watching this free 20 minute course on color grading.
You learn how to apply LUTS, create your own LUTS, as well as how to use the basic and secondary color controls with Lumetri Color and Lumetri Scopes.
Safer to enhance the darks as you cannot recover blown-out highlights).
High ISO Noise. In general on most cameras, it is good practise to have the sharpness level at the lowest.
This gives the cleanest image when using LUTs and sharpness can be added easily in post if wanted.
As every video is different (exposure, white balance, etc.), small adjustments are recommended to achieve an optimal result.
Again, please ensure your White Balance is correct before applying a LUT.
Camera settings for optimal results: Weve all been there, you pick up your camera, put in the work, get your amazing shots and then transfer your footage over for editing, excited to use those new LUTs you just got the other day.
Only when you apply the LUTs to your footage it just looks all wrong.
More often than not, the way LUTs look on raw footage will be massively impacted by the way the shots were taken.
So lets talk camera settings for optimal results Blackmagic: Shoot in Blackmagic Film (BMDFilm) and youre good to go We have included in our packs a BMDFilm to Rec709 Standard conversion LUT.
We also have a well crafted Enhancement LUT specially created for all Blackmagic cameras.
Take a look here: Blackmagic Enhanced Rec709 LUT: Blackmagic BMDFilm Enhanced LUT DJI: Log: Shoot in D-LOG.
PLEASE make sure that you turn your sharpness to 0 as DJI tends to have a very sharp look which doesnt look good when grading.
Also it odes not match other cameras well at a high sharpness value.
It should look close to the one shown on the right: Canon: Log: Shoot in Canon C-Log.
Canon has a color profile called Neutral we would recommend to use this.
Please ensure that you lower the sharpness as this will improve the look of your image and you can add sharpness in post if needed.
CLOG Enhanced Rec709 LUT: Canon CLOG Enhanced LUT GoPro: Make sure you have ProTune turned ON.
Dont overexpose or underexpose Use the Histogram to help with this.
Rule of thumb: Better to underexpose rather than overexpose to maintain highlights, although grading with SLOG23 footage, its good to keep on 2 exposure while recording as when you grade, the footage darkens roughly -2 exposure.
Take a look here - Clean LUT SLOG2 Settings: Black Level: 0 Gamma: SLOG2 Black Gamma: Middle, Level: 0 Color Mode: S-Gamut Saturation: 0 Color Phase: 0 Color Depth: 0 SLOG3 Settings: Black Level: 0 Gamma: SLOG3 Black Gamma: Middle, Level: 0 Color Mode: S-Gamut3.Cine Saturation: 0 Color Phase: 0 Color Depth: 0 Rec709 (Standard Color): We would suggest to shoot in Cine4, then use our Rec709 LUTs.
You may need to adjust contrast slightly to find your optimal results.