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Download My Free “Classic Chrome” Inspired LUT Here!

Recently, I’ve been shooting a lot of footage on the Fuji X-T2, and have been absolutely loving the film simulation modes. In particular, I really love the “Classic Chrome” film simulation that this camera (and others by Fuji) offer, and I certainly know I’m not alone.

Many Fuji DPs and photographers swear by the Classic Chrome look, and shoot much of their footage with it as a means to achieve the beautifully organic, muted tones that this simulation mode is known for.

While I have been thoroughly enjoying shooting with Classic Chrome on the X-T2, the majority of my projects are not shot on this camera, and as such when I work on other systems I don’t have any way to achieve this look… That was until I decided to create a LUT to solve that problem.

This week I spent some time shooting quite a lot of test footage with the X-T2 in Classic Chrome, as well as some footage using the more neutral Provia film simulation mode, which gave me a baseline to create a Classic Chrome style LUT from, which I’ve called CHROMATIC.

I’ve been applying this new LUT to footage shot on other cameras, including the Arri Alexa, Lumix GH4, Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K, and others, and have been quite happy with the results!

Take a look at the shots below.

The first is an image shot on the Fuji X-T2 in Provia (the more standard/neutral film simulation mode) –

Next is the same image shot in Classic Chrome –

And finally, here is the original version again, but with my new LUT (CHROMATIC) applied –

While there are some subtle differences between the true Classic Chrome profile and my LUT, the images are quite close… I’ve also been finding that this LUT works equally well on all sorts of different types of material, not just landscapes.

Here are some sample images of the LUT applied to footage with people in the frame –

Below, I have included a free download link for the CHROMATIC LUT, but there are couple of important things to note before putting it to use:

This is a stylistic LUT, much like those found in my Cinematic LUT Packs, and it is not a translation LUT.

This means, if you’ve shot in LOG you will need to first add contrast to your image (or use a translation LUT to convert to Rec. 709) before applying CHROMATIC. And even if your image wasn’t shot in Log, to get the best results you should first pre-grade it to make it as neutral as possible. In other words, you’ll want to tweak your contrast, white balance, saturation, and overall color balance slightly before applying this LUT if your image wasn’t well balanced in camera.

As you can see in my demo video for my Cinematic LUT – Genre Pack, a base grade is created before any of the LUTs are applied. This is always the workflow you want to use –

So without further ado, you can download my CHROMATIC LUT by clicking here!

If you’re never installed a LUT on your system before, it’s actually quite simple. Just download the .cube file above and copy it into the LUT folder for DaVinci Resolve (or whatever platform you are using). For Resolve, these are the file paths that you can follow:

MAC

/Library/Application Support/Blackmagic Design/DaVinci Resolve/LUT/

PC

ProgramData\Blackmagic Design\DaVinci Resolve\Support\LUT

This .cube file is also compatible with virtually any other color grading software, editing platform, or even cameras that allow you to load custom LUTs.

Some editing software, such as FCP X, will require that you to install a plugin to load your LUTs inside of the application, and there are plenty of free options out there for those of you looking to apply this look in FCP X. Premiere Pro users can load the LUT into their session by using the Lumetri color panel.

If you are interested in my full Cinematic LUT Packs, you can learn more about them here! They have been carefully designed for filmmakers and cinematographers looking to achieve bold color results, while minimizing time in post-production. They also come with a 4 page PDF guide that outlines how to install the LUTs on popular software, such as DaVinci Resolve, FCP X, Premiere Pro, and even Adobe Photoshop.

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About Author

Noam Kroll is an award-winning Los Angeles based filmmaker, and the founder of the boutique production house, Creative Rebellion. His work can be seen at international film festivals, on network television, and in various publications across the globe. Follow Noam on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more content like this!

12 Comments

  • Jouni
    July 8, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Hi – looks great, thank you for sharing!

    How do you get to your base grade from raw or flat prores blackmagic footage?

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    • Noam Kroll
      July 22, 2017 at 2:45 am

      Thank you! I typically do the base grade manually (I don’t use a conversion LUT), and add contrast/saturation to the image until it starts looking right. Then I start to tweak the color balance and move on from there…

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  • blank
    June 21, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Hello there
    can you tell me what picture style/profile was the girl (blue eyes ) shot with ?
    thanks `

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    • Noam Kroll
      June 22, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      Yes – the shots in the video were actually taken with an URSA Mini 4.6K, shooting in RAW, but graded using BMD Film color space.

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  • Peter Price
    June 4, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Hey Noam – It’s great to hear you’ve started shooting with the X -T2. I’ve had the X-T2 since it came out last year and have totally fell in love with it as a stills camera and never really thought to use it for video until I read your article the other day. And to my surprise the video quality was amazing!
    In some example footage I researched in the past on Vimeo and YouTube I often found the footage too sharp and motion to look too video looking so when I did my own experimenting I set sharpness and noise reduction all the way down to negative 3 and now find it to look a lot more filmic. It’s amazing how fully baked and ready to go footage shot on Classic Chrome looks. If this camera had IBIS it quite possibly could be the best mirrorless video camera out there. Can’t wait to see your footage!

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    • Noam Kroll
      June 6, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Very cool to hear Peter! And so glad you are enjoying the camera… I’ve been having a great time with it too over the past few weeks.

      Also – great suggestions with regard to sharpness/NR settings. I’ll need to test that out myself! Thanks for sharing this.

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  • Steve M.
    May 28, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Hey Noam,

    Classic Chrome is a very nice simulation with the Fuji cameras! I also shoot Pro-Neg-Standard, as that tends to be the flattest out of them all. Astia Soft is also one you should play around with, very nice, especially when shooting female talent!

    Your LUT is also known as a finishing LUT, and for those that need a loader, Pixel Film Studios had a free download for a LUT loader!

    Going to give this LUT a try! Thank you for your generosity!

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    • Noam Kroll
      May 30, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      Many thanks for the input, Steve! Great points all around. I’m really looking forward to experimenting further with the X-T2 and some of the other film simulation modes. Looking forward to sharing more here in the future…

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  • Stéphane Tranquillin
    May 25, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks for the reply !
    I myself tweaked it just a bit and love the result so far. I may try to use the PRO Neg.Std and tweak it a bit also as some DPSs says it’s the flattest PP you can get without using Flog and external recorder.
    Thanks for this website, and i’m looking forward to the next XT2 related blog posts.

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    • Noam Kroll
      May 30, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      Very cool! I will need to experiment more with PRO Neg Std in the future too… Thanks for the tip. Looking forward to seeing you around the site soon!

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  • Stéphane Tranquillin
    May 25, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Thanks a lot I downladed it !
    On my XT2 i use Classic Chrome for 95% of my videos and photos I’d say.
    Do you use it on default usine mode or did you tweaked it in camera (color, grain, highlights and shadows) to make your own version of the Classic Chrome film simulation?

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    • Noam Kroll
      May 25, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Awesome! So far, I’ve just been using it as it comes out of the box, but will definitely experiment with some custom settings in the future. Thanks for the note.

      Reply

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