WHAT ARE LUTS AND WHY DO YOU NEED THEM?
In basic terms, LUTs are "color presets" for your footage.
LUT stands for Lookup Table and is a common term used in video & film color correction. They are used to map one color space to another, typically with a 3D LUT. When you shoot in LOG the footage will usually be milky and desaturated as it preserves image detail and gives the most dynamic range (if shot properly).
SO WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH SMARTPHONES?
Until the last few years, not much (although you might've used LUTs for creating unique film looks and color grades), but now that you can shoot in a LOG or Flat profile using the FiLMiC Pro app, also the Moment app and several others too - it means a lot actually.
Applying 3D LUTs to footage shot in LOG, etc. can not only drastically speed up the post color correction and grading process, but maybe more importantly - LUTs can quickly and easily get your footage looking great without having to be an experienced colorist.
And please note our LUTs do work with the original FiLMiC Pro log and FiLMiC Pro LogV2 (learn more here). And now we have one new LUT pack ready for FiLMiC Pro 10-bit LogV3 (this is NEW for the 12 series iPhones... learn more here), and more LUTs coming soon.
Our 3D LUTs are compatible with most popular editing and color correction/FX software like Adobe Premiere, After Effects, FCPX, *Sony Vegas, Davinci Resolve/Studio, Magic Bullet Looks and the popular iPhone/Pad editing app LumaFusion. *Note that with a few of these you might need a 3rd party plugin to make them work.
By the way, If your footage was shot in the "Flat" or "Natural" color profiles with FiLMiC Pro - or in the default "standard" iPhone mode - you can still use LUTs. They are not just for LOG footage and would simply be applied differently (typically by lowering the "strength" or intensity depending on the shot and the app you're working in). This is a great way to add a stylized and/or cinematic look to your footage. And note too... We are creating additional LUT Packs for these specific color profile options (TBA).
And if you're now shooting Dolby Vision 10-bit HDR (with an iPhone 12) you can utilize the LogV2 LUTs as well (just edit in an SDR timeline - not HDR - and finesse them depending on the shot).
Regarding Dolby Vision... It is not necessarily designed for color grading (it's more of a "baked in" look), however, you can still definitely add style in post-production using LUTs and/or other color grading techniques. Note though, we'd primarily suggest using our LUTs when editing in SDR (standard dynamic range), not HDR (although you can). You can edit HDR in an SDR project and typically you won't see the HDR metadata and thus the footage looks similar to shooting "flat" and needs to be graded.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFO?
Watch the LUT overview video below from the guys at Film Riot. And to see our LUT packs in action go here.
Our LUT Packs are affordable, easy to use and available now for purchase and immediate download.
Android users note: This site is geared towards iPhone filmmaking, however, the LogV1 and LogV2 LUTs will work on log or flat footage captured with any smartphone using the FiLMiC Pro app - and the Moment app, too.