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Video Tutorial: Using Creative LUTs In Your Color Pipeline

As a filmmaker that has long been obsessed with the power of color, I figured it was about time that I released a color grading video tutorial. Many of you have been writing in and asking for more color-related content, so this video is the first installment in what may eventually become a series.

I wanted this tutorial to focus on 3 key methods that I follow when integrating creative LUTs into my pipeline. This is something I get asked about often, as the 9 packs of cinematic LUTs I’ve released through this blog are now being used by thousands of filmmakers, some of whom have been very curious about how I use them on my own projects.

One of the things I love most about using LUTs – besides them allowing me to achieve better results in less time – is that they are so versatile. Everyone uses them in different ways. For instance, some use them to quickly audition various looks for their clients, while others may primarily apply them as a blanket effect on an entire project.

There are a million and one ways to use LUTs, and with today’s video I certainly didn’t attempt to cover all of them. Instead, I focused on the 3 cornerstones my LUT workflow for editing and color correcting narrative and commercial projects.

So without further ado, please check out the tutorial below:

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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!

6 Comments

  • Seth
    April 8, 2018 at 12:28 am

    Great info here, I would like a request for the future, and it’s one I make of all Tut creators… for some reason everyone leaves the keyframe editor visible (and no one uses it except in rare instances) and they hide the scopes. Please show the scopes in every tut you make.

    Reply
    • Noam Kroll
      May 4, 2018 at 7:20 pm

      Noted, Seth! Thanks for the suggestion and will definitely do this next time around.

      Reply
  • Talia
    April 2, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Hello Noam,

    Would you recommend the DaVinci Resolve software oer Final Cut Pro X for a beginner?

    Thanks!

    Talia

    PS: Your blog is really inspiring and I always very enjoy coming back to it!

    Reply
    • Noam Kroll
      May 4, 2018 at 7:13 pm

      Thanks again Talia! I think FCP X is an easier starting place for a beginner, but still very capable of professional level workflows if you need to use it for more complex projects down the road. Hope this helps…

      Reply
  • Demi
    March 23, 2018 at 2:11 am

    This was so helpful! Color correcting is one of my weaker points in editing, will be referencing this in the future

    Reply
    • Noam Kroll
      April 2, 2018 at 4:10 am

      Great! Glad it’s a help, Demi.

      Reply

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