5 Reasons to use FilmConvert – LUTs

5 Reasons to Love FilmConvert – LUTs

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In this post by our friends at Story & Heart, Justin Demers delves into one particular reason he loves FilmConvert: the ability to see your grading while you’re shooting using the power of LUTs.

Creating LUTs to use on set

One of the lesser-used features of FilmConvert is the ability to export an initial grade as a LUT, which you can then load onto a monitor or in-camera when you are shooting on location. Justin describes the workflow:

“Take your camera on your location scout, shoot a couple of shots, and then bring them into FilmConvert. After landing on a look that’s right for your film, you can export that color data (LUT) to an SD card, which you can apply to your external monitors on your production days (if your monitors allow for LUTs).

Voila. Now when you’re on set filming you can see what your film will look like graded.”

Justin has created a PDF on his post with a step-by-step guide on how to create and export a LUT from Adobe Premiere Pro to using in your shooting. Of course, you can export LUTs from any of our plugins – Davinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X and Sony Vegas all the ability to generate and import LUTs.

You can use LUTs on a monitor, such as the Atomos Shogun Assassin to see how your log footage will look in an initial grade – perfect for helping the director and cinematographer visualize their creative look and check exposure during shooting. The key to a smooth-functioning shoot on location is communication, and with FilmConvert on your footage, you can be sure everyone is on the same page with the visual style and what’s being committed to film (or memory card!)

Head over to Story&Heart.com to download their PDF and export your own FilmConvert LUTs!