June 28, 2016

Need to Match Colors Between Two Different Cameras? Here's a LUT That Can Do It

Color matching footage shot with different cameras can be a huge undertaking—unless, of course, you have a little help.

Unless you shoot footage with the same camera at the same time and with the same lighting setup, you're going to have to do some color matching to make sure your shots blend in seamlessly with each other. And this process is very, very time consuming—and not that sexy. This tutorial from Benjamin, a Paris-based graphic designer, shows you how to create a 3D LUT that will do all of that tedious work for you.

Benjamin put this LUT to the test by throwing a couple of major issues at the footage he used. Not only did he shoot with two different cameras, he also changed up his lighting setup.

Camera-A has the good colors but Camera-B was shot with another camera and different lighting. Using Adobe Photoshop and LUT Generator you'll be able to harmonize global atmosphere in few steps. 

If you've never made a LUT before, don't be scared off. This tutorial does an excellent job of walking you through each individual step. And even if it is a little complicated for you, it's worth it in the end to have a secret weapon you can pull out of your arsenal when it comes time to color match your footage—especially if you don't have access to programs like SpeedGrade that has built-in color matching tools, like Shot Matcher.     

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Very cool technique.

June 28, 2016 at 10:44AM, Edited June 28, 10:44AM

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Stu Mannion
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Is it just me or has NFS become cookie cutter in its posts?

The recent routine seems, post video from other filmmaking channels and write a small description about the video. Rise and repeat.

Where are the original articles or stories written by filmmakers on this site? I am starting to doubt if some of the writers here work in the industry.

June 28, 2016 at 10:54AM

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It's not just you.... AND the writing is horrendous from some of the contributors...impossible to get a smooth quick read with so many typos. I read an article the other day that I think covered every type of grammatical error there is. I don't even think half of them read what they write.

June 28, 2016 at 11:35AM

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I totally agree.

I assume that if they did not do this (posting videos + some text),
NFS would have no content at all.

And what I hate most here at NFS is, that authors uses phrases like
"mind-blowing and never seen before bla bla bla bla"

That is tabloid style.

June 28, 2016 at 12:04PM

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JeffreyWalther
Steadicam Operator/Owner
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Here's a thought....instead of being "that guy" bitching and complaining from behind your keyboard, Why don't you write and article and submit it to NFS so we can all learn from you and your vast wisdom.

Or just take a hike and go troll elsewhere.

June 28, 2016 at 1:00PM, Edited June 28, 1:00PM

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Offered last year to post a BTS episode of a feature I had the pleasure to work on but was never contacted back.

It would be great if NFS did more original articles from user submitted stories.

June 28, 2016 at 1:17PM, Edited June 28, 1:17PM

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-Cameron

Why are you defending lazy articles? Typos and grammatical errors should almost be nonexistent on a website like this.

This isn't some blog written by a high school student. Though sometimes it seems that way.

June 28, 2016 at 6:39PM

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Nick Rowland
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You should NEVER defend typos and unprofessional writing. Its 1/2 the internet, and as time goes on, more people just accept it, which is sad.

June 28, 2016 at 8:33PM

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Josh.R
Motion Designer/Predator
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It's*

June 29, 2016 at 3:54PM

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Maybe don't use random internet terms without understanding their meaning first? Complaining about the quality of a website is in no way trolling.

Besides, the website is not free labor of love either -- it's makes money off of ads and sponsorships.

If they're making money off of their readers, then the readers DO have a right to complaint for bad content -- and the complaint is beneficial to the owners of the site too as a warning of a increasingly dissatisfied readership. Much more beneficial than people just quitting reading the site.

June 30, 2016 at 7:21PM, Edited June 30, 7:22PM

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mmmm it is kind of trolling when a group of people rant about spelling mistakes in the comment section of said website. Trolling is simply making a provocative statement to get a rise out of people. Correct me if I am wrong, but you are saying in your post that these comments are meant to bring NoFilmSchool's attention to them...when people are calling the writing horrendous and cookie cutter, that is trolling. If it were really about trying to insight change, the most effective way to do so is to get a group of people to write direct messages to the site rather than in the comments.

May 8, 2017 at 2:50PM

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Jeremy Dulac
Director/Cinematographer/Editor
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I could've used this about a month ago when I had to match GH4 V log to DJI osmo D Log....

June 28, 2016 at 11:01AM

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Nicholas Ortiz
Director/Writer/Stuntman
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Thanks for this informative tutorial!

June 28, 2016 at 7:58PM, Edited June 28, 7:58PM

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