Free Cinematic LUTs from Hollywood Films

Hey guys my name is Denver Riddle and I’m
a colorist I want to share with you how you can get that big budget look with my
free cinematic luts that you can download in the description. So if you’re
struggling with coming up with looks or getting that film look that sets you
apart then these are for you. Now unlike a lot of the other LUTs that are out
there that may leave much to be desired or are just simple color washes or color
tints these LUTs are actually based on Hollywood films looks that you’re
gonna be getting and are based on such films as Drive, Mad Max: Fury Road and Moonrise
Kingdom. Plus you’ll be getting other LUTs based
on complex looks, a few film print emulations and a collection of Log to
Rec709 LUTs for converting your flat looking Log footage from your camera
into something more pleasing. Alright let’s jump into this so after
downloading the zip you’ll want to double click on it to reveal the LUTs.
Inside you’ll find that they’re categorized into three folders for film
looks emulating 35mm film, Log to Rec709 LUTs for several
different cameras and look LUTs for applying creative and other distinct
looks from popular films. Now I’m going to show you how to get these into and
start using them in Adobe Premiere, DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X and
Cinema Grade on the Mac. You can skip directly to your application by clicking
on the time stamp for your software in the description. Let’s start with
Premiere simply go to Library Applications Support Adobe then Common
folder here you should find a folder named LUTs if it’s not there just
create it and inside add two folders named Creative and Technical.
Now you just want to copy and paste entire folders here. Now let’s open
Premiere in the Basic Correction panel you’ll find the log to rec 709 LUTs in
the Input LUT drop down menu. If you’ve recorded in log just simply find the LUT
for your camera and that’ll give you a good starting point. Now I want to
emphasize something here if you use LUTs to address log I only suggest using them
if you’re in a hurry because color correcting the image manually and adding
your own contrast is going to give you the best results. Okay now once you’ve
gotten your footage to a good base starting point you can then add a
creative look so if you go to the Creative panel you’ll find a drop down
menu of the different LUTs. I’m going to apply the Drive LUT because I love its
sweet awesomeness! Now here’s the thing if a LUT is too strong that’s actually
not a bad thing because we can dial it back to taste with the intensity slider.
What we’re effectively doing here is changing the LUTs opacity. Now if you
don’t like choosing LUTs from a drop-down list or find the built-in
preview limiting because it doesn’t show changes we made in the base correction
panel with Cinema Grade for Premiere running on the Mac you can actually
organize and preview all your LUTs as thumbnails so this makes finding the
right look for your project faster and easier. Okay now for DaVinci Resolve open
the Project Settings window and select Color Management. Here you’ll find the
open LUTs folder button so go ahead and click on it to take you to a folder.
We’ll find all of the DaVinci LUTs here we’ll paste our three LUT folders. Back
in DaVinci we then just need to click Update List and don’t worry if this
takes a while it’s just refreshing the LUT directories in DaVinci. Okay so now in
the 3d LUT section in the nodes drop-down menu we’ll find the three
folders. Again if you’ve recorded in log just simply find the LUT specific for
your camera and that should give you a good starting point. If we need to make
additional changes we can do that with the color controls. I personally prefer
to color correct log footage manually to give me the best results but if you’re
in a time crunch the log to Rec709 LUTs can come in handy. Okay so now that we’ve established a good base correction in
the first node let’s add another node where we can begin working on a look. Now
what’s really cool about DaVinci is that we can preview luts as thumbnails so we
can actually see what they do before applying them. To do that we’ll open the
LUTs window and hover our cursor over the LUTs to see a preview. I’ll choose
the Mad Max LUT and double-click to apply it. It’s too strong here so a
clever trick is to go to the Key panel and dial back the look to taste with the
Key Output Gain control and that’s it! We can refine look further if we need to
with the color tools. And finally in Final Cut Pro X to import the LUTs so
we can begin using them we’ll apply a Custom LUT effect under Video Effects and in the
inspector we’ll open the LUT drop-down menu and click the Choose Custom LUT
option. From here we can either import a single LUT or a folders of LUTs. In this
case I’ll import the log to Rec709 folder and choose a LUT specific to my
camera there that gives us a good starting point. From here we can add the
Color Wheels effect and position it above the Custom LUT Effect. We can now
make additional exposure and color balance changes until we have a good
base correction. Now we’re to the exciting part of exploring different
looks so why not apply a Hollywood film look like Moonrise Kingdom? To do that we
need to add another Custom LUT Effect and we’ll leave it at the bottom of the
stack. We’ll then import the Looks folder and choose the Moonrise Kingdom LUT. Now
if it’s too strong that’s perfectly okay, we’ll just dial back the look to taste
with the mix control and Bon Appetit! Now if you don’t like choosing LUTs from
a list which is kind of like banging your head against a desk. With Cinema Grade
you can get real-time previews of all your favorite LUTs making it faster and
easier to choose the right look for your project. Okay so how this works is you go
to the Cinema Grade menu LUTs then Reveal in Finder here we’ll paste all of
our look LUTs. Then back in Cinema Grade in the Look Selection panel under
LUTs will find a preview of all of our LUTs. We’ll choose the look that we want
then click accept and then just dial it back and voila!
With Cinema Grade it’s a fast and easy way to organize and preview LUTs plus it
has really cool on-screen grading controls. So you can get these LUTs learn
more about Cinema Grade or sign up for our free online color grading workshop
then click the links below in the description. We want to help you make the
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Alright over and out enjoy the free LUTs!

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