There’s a lot of misinformation regarding the use and application of LUTs. In this tutorial, you’ll not only learn what they are, but how to use them appropriately to give you the maximum control of your image during color grading.
Explore a Gallery of LUT Options
So many LUTs so little time. This tutorial will show you some insanely fast workflows for previewing your LUTs and you’ll learn the best ways to apply them to groups of clips in your timeline.
There’s a LUT for That
Because many of today’s cameras shoot in either LOG or RAW formats, you’ll explore different approaches for normalizing your footage using Resolve’s built-in Color Management and some great 3rd-party tools to expand your creative options.
Applying a LUT to Incorrectly White Balanced Clips
Applying a LUT to a Raw Clip
4. Evaluating LUTs
Using Test Charts to Evaluate LUTs
Setting up Your Scopes
Evaluating a Technical LUT
Evaluating a Creative LUT
Visually Evaluating LUTs with LUT Gallery
Using Powergrades instead of LUT Gallery
Taking a Second Look at Lattice
5. Working with Technical LUTs
Normalizing Footage with Technical LUTs
Using LUTs to Help Match Shots
Retrieving Highlight Data
Correcting Images Before the LUT
Understanding Floating Point
Normalizing GoPro Shots with Third Part LUTs
Grading After the LUT
Monitor Calibration LUTs
6. Working with Creative LUTs
Creating an Additional Node for a Look LUT
Adjusting your Grade Before the Look LUT
Using the Key Output Parameter
Applying a LUT to an Entire Timeline
Applying a LUT to Groups
Combining LUTs With a Parallel Mixer Node
Layering LUTs with the Layer Mixer Node
7. Using Resolve Color Management
Why You Should use Resolve Color Management
Choosing Color Science
Input Color Space
Timeline Color Space
Output Color Space
Tone and Gamut Mapping
Choosing Individual Clip Input Color Spaces
How Resolve Color Management Handles Raw Clips
The Benefit of Using Resolve Color Management
8. Using the Color Transform Effect
Why use the Color Transform Effect?
Applying the Color Transform Effect
Using Tone Mapping
Using Gamut Mapping
9. Creating & Installing LUTs
What Corrections are Included in a LUT
Exporting a LUT
Who this Tutorial is for:
This tutorial was designed for any video content creator who wants to understand how to work with Look Up Table (LUTs) to augment or improve their color grading workflow. This tutorial assumes a basic familiarity with DaVinci Resolve user interface and basic workflows.
Jason Bowdach, C.S.I. is a professional colorist, finishing artist, and post production engineer based in Los Angeles, CA. Jason’s color work spans the gamut from corporate projects for clients such as Adobe and Google to independent short and feature films. He is the post production engineer for the broadcast network The Africa Channel; a Blackmagic Design certified trainer, and a member of the Colorist Society International.Full Bio
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