In order to have a proper understanding of how look up tables (LUTs) work, you first need to understand what color spaces are and how they relate to log footage captured by your camera. In the first part of the tutorial, Mark lays the groundwork by explaining these terms, so that you can confidently work with LUTs in any video application.
Camera and Creative LUTs in Final Cut Pro
When should you use a camera LUT? Should you use Final Cut Pro’s built-in camera LUTs or use custom camera LUTs? Where can you get custom camera LUTs? Should you use a creative LUT instead of a camera LUT? Can you use both? You’ll find answers to these questions and more in this tutorial.
LUTs in the Grading Workflow
You’ll learn how to think about LUTs in the context of your overall color grading workflow, including where they should be placed in the image processing pipeline. With that understanding, Mark will show you different approaches for mixing and matching LUTs to achieve the look you’re after.
Fixing LUT-induced problems
Learn different strategies for solving problems when LUTs don’t work as intended, including how to change Final Cut Pro’s effect processing order to avoid clipping, and when to apply LUTs in conjunction with manually grading your footage.
Mark Spencer is a bay-area based producer, editor, teacher and writer. Mark is also an Apple-certified instructor for Final Cut Pro and Motion 5 and the author or coauthor of 5 books on Motion, including the Apple Pro Training Series Motion 5, all from Peachpit Press.Full Bio