I am very excited to announce that today I am releasing 3 brand new Cinematic LUT packs through NoamKroll.com! Many readers of this site have been asking me to deliver more color grading tools and resources, which is why I’ve decided to release these Cinematic LUT packs exclusively through my blog as of today.
As a director and colorist, I have spent countless hours color grading hundreds of projects of all shapes and sizes. From commercials and music videos to feature films and television content, I have been through the wringer and back in the color grading suite. During this time I created dozens of creative LUTs that I would later use to speed up my workflow and improve the quality of my work. Drawing inspiration from many of these LUTs that were created in the field and on real world projects, the LUTs included in this series have all been crafted around the same goal: To give filmmakers a means to improve their color quality dramatically while mitigating post-production time.
Unlike simple translation LUTs, which are typically designed to convert color spaces (for instance converting Log footage to Rec. 709), the LUTs that I have created are stylistic in nature. They are intended to be used as creative tools that will help filmmakers experiment with different color looks quickly and easily, giving them more freedom to work creatively and spontaneously in post.
These LUTs can be used with footage from virtually any camera. Whether you are grading RAW footage from a RED or Blackmagic camera, ProRes from an Alexa, H264 from a DSLR, or any other format for that matter – the Look Up Tables included in these 3 packs will work every time.
Many of the other LUT packs that are currently available online are far too extreme in nature, at least in my opinion. Some of these extreme LUTs will only work well on daylight shots, while others might only look good when applied to low-light footage. While those types of LUTs may be useful in some scenarios, they are far less universal than the ones that I have created, which are designed to be used with the widest variety of footage possible, while still delivering a distinct presence to the images.
The full range of 36 LUTs have been organized into three individual packs of 12: Vintage, Summer, and Winter.
A brief description of each pack along with some sample images graded with the LUTs can be viewed below:
The timeless looks included in the Vintage Pack are specifically designed to evoke the feeling of nostalgia in the viewer. Warm, desaturated tones on certain LUTs call back a mid 1970’s vibe, while the stark black and white aesthetic offered on another creates a powerful film noir look. In this pack you’ll also find a poppy and colourful 1960’s look, a washed-out & faded film look, and much more. These looks are perfect for adding that unique vintage quality to your footage, even without using any film emulation.
Each and every one of the looks in the Summer Pack is designed to deliver a beautiful, warm aesthetic in their own distinct way. Some looks combine lifted shadows with varying degrees of warmth to create a soft, hazy look, while other offer a more raw, punchy aesthetic that is undeniably bold. Whether you just want to add a touch of warmth to your footage to make it more inviting to the viewer, or you’re looking to create the look of a total heat wave, this pack can do it all.
The looks included in the Winter Pack have been carefully crafted to deliver beautifully cool tones across the board, and are designed to evoke a slightly unsettled feeling in the viewer. Some looks utilize heavier contrast in combination with an ice-cold color balance to leave their mark, while others take a more subdued approach by reducing contrast and limiting the cold-tones to more specific areas of the color spectrum. No matter which LUT you apply from this pack, you can expect a chilling look that still feels organic.
The video below demonstrates the dynamic effects of three LUTs (one from each pack) on a single shot:
Many similar LUT packs sell online for anywhere from $50 – $100, but in the interest of allowing these LUTs to reach a wider audience I have priced them at only $36 per pack. Additionally, all three packs can be purchased together for a discounted rate of $89.
The packs themselves each come with 12 individual LUTs (or 36 LUTs if you purchase the full pack), all of which come as .cube files – the industry standard file type for LUT management.
In addition, you will receive a 4 page PDF with your purchase that will provide instructions for installing and applying your LUT files in various software programs, including: DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer, and Adobe Photoshop.
To purchase the packs individually or together, you may do so using the links below. Happy coloring!