Final Cut Pro terms

Custom LUT Effect

Applying custom Look-Up Tables to clips.

What is a custom LUT effect in Final Cut Pro?

A custom LUT (Look-Up Table) effect in Final Cut Pro is a tool used for color grading and color correction in video editing. It is essentially a mathematical formula that remaps the colors in the video footage. This tool allows editors to apply a specific color grade to a clip, a group of clips, or an entire project, ensuring color consistency and coherence throughout the video.

Custom LUTs are often used to give a video a specific look or mood, such as a vintage effect, a cinematic look, or even to mimic the color grading of a particular movie. They can also be used to correct color imbalances or inconsistencies between different clips. Final Cut Pro supports both 1D and 3D LUTs, and users can import custom LUTs created in other applications, offering a wide range of creative possibilities for video editing.

How to use custom LUT effect in Final Cut Pro?

To use a custom LUT effect in Final Cut Pro, you first need to import your custom LUT. Go to the "Effects" panel and select "Color" category. Scroll down until you find the "Custom LUT" effect. Drag and drop this effect onto the clip you want to apply the LUT to. Once the effect is applied, go to the "Inspector" panel on the top right of the screen. Under the "Effects" section, you will see the "Custom LUT" effect you just applied. Click on the "LUT" dropdown menu and select "Choose Custom LUT". A file browser will open, allowing you to navigate to the location of your custom LUT file. Select the file and click "Open".

After you've imported your custom LUT, you can adjust its intensity to suit your needs. In the "Inspector" panel, you'll see a slider labeled "Mix". This slider allows you to control the intensity of the LUT effect. Slide it to the right to increase the intensity, or to the left to decrease it. You can also toggle the effect on and off by clicking the blue checkbox next to the "Custom LUT" label. This allows you to easily compare the original footage with the LUT-applied footage.

How to import a custom LUT into Final Cut Pro?

To import a custom LUT into Final Cut Pro, you first need to ensure that your LUT file is in the correct format (.cube or .mga). Once you have your LUT file ready, open Final Cut Pro and navigate to the project or clip you want to apply the LUT to. Select the clip in the timeline and then go to the "Inspector" window. If the Inspector window is not visible, you can open it by clicking on the Inspector icon at the top right of the interface.

In the Inspector window, click on the "Info" tab and then click on the "Settings" view. Scroll down to the "Camera LUT" section and click on the dropdown menu. Select "Add Custom Camera LUT" and then navigate to the location of your LUT file on your computer. Select the LUT file and click "Open". Your custom LUT will now be imported into Final Cut Pro and applied to the selected clip. You can adjust the intensity of the LUT using the "Mix" slider in the "Camera LUT" section.

How to create a custom LUT for Final Cut Pro?

Creating a custom LUT (Look-Up Table) for Final Cut Pro involves a few steps. First, you need to create a color grading setup that you like. This can be done using a software like Adobe Photoshop or DaVinci Resolve. In Photoshop, you can use adjustment layers to create your desired look. Once you're satisfied with your color grading, you can export it as a LUT. In Photoshop, this can be done by going to File > Export > Color Lookup Tables. Choose a name for your LUT and save it in a format that Final Cut Pro can read, such as .cube.

Once you have your LUT file, you can import it into Final Cut Pro. Open Final Cut Pro and go to the Effects panel. Under the Color category, you'll find an effect called "Custom LUT." Drag and drop this effect onto the clip you want to apply the LUT to. In the Inspector panel, you'll see a section for the Custom LUT effect. Click on the "Choose a Custom LUT" dropdown and select "Add Custom LUT." Navigate to where you saved your LUT file, select it, and click "Open." Your custom LUT should now be applied to your clip.

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