How to Install and Use LUTs in Your Canon Workflow

How to Install and Use LUTs in Your Canon Workflow

Color grading is an integral part of the post-production process, adding depth and emotion to your footage. For Canon users, Look-Up Tables (LUTs) are a valuable tool for achieving the desired aesthetic quickly and efficiently. Here’s a beginner-friendly guide on how to install and use LUTs in your Canon workflow.

Step 1: Understanding LUTs

Before diving into the installation process, it’s important to understand what LUTs are. LUTs are files that map the color values from your camera to the desired output, providing a simple way to apply complex color grades.

Step 2: Choosing the Right LUTs

There are many LUTs available, both free and paid. Choose LUTs that are compatible with the Canon Log profile you’re using, whether it’s Canon Log, Canon Log 2, or Canon Log 3.

Step 3: Installing LUTs

The installation process varies depending on your editing software. Generally, you’ll import the LUT files into your software’s LUT folder. For example, in Adobe Premiere Pro:

  1. Go to the ‘Lumetri Color’ panel.
  2. Under ‘Creative’, click on ‘Look’.
  3. Select ‘Browse’ and navigate to the LUT you want to install.
  4. Click ‘Open’ to apply the LUT.

Step 4: Applying LUTs to Your Footage

Once installed, applying a LUT is straightforward:

  1. Import your Canon Log footage into your project.
  2. Drag the clip onto your timeline.
  3. Go to the ‘Lumetri Color’ panel.
  4. Under ‘Basic Correction’, select the ‘Input LUT’ dropdown menu.
  5. Choose the LUT you installed.

Step 5: Adjusting Your Footage

After applying a LUT, you may need to make further adjustments to exposure, contrast, and saturation to fine-tune the look of your footage.

Step 6: Saving Your Custom LUTs

If you’ve made adjustments you’d like to reuse, you can save your settings as a custom LUT:

  1. In the ‘Lumetri Color’ panel, right-click on your adjustment settings.
  2. Select ‘Export Look’.
  3. Save the file in a location you’ll remember.

LUTs are a powerful tool in your Canon video editing workflow, allowing you to achieve professional color grading with ease. By following these steps, you can install and use LUTs to enhance your footage, bringing your creative vision to life.