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 color 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.
Our various LUT Packs work with all flavors of FiLMiC Pro log including the latest 10-bit ProRes LogV3+. So that means LogV1, LogV2 and 10-bit LogV3 HEVC. We have separate LUT Packs for the different versions of FiLMiC Pro log as they all have their own distinct log profiles.
We now also offer LUTs for shooting in Cinematic Mode, standard video or ProRes - so that means non-log shooting, which can be really handy to help quickly create looks. Learn more about those here.
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 shooting Dolby Vision 10-bit HDR (with an iPhone 12 or later) we now offer LUTs for that footage too IF you edit in an SDR timeline - not HDR. By doing this in Premiere Pro or DaVinci Resolve the app doesn't see the HDR metadata and so you get a nice flat image to color grade. Learn more here.
More regarding Dolby Vision... In HDR 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). Again, you can edit HDR in an SDR project and typically you won't see the HDR metadata (depending on the editing app) 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.