October 4, 2016

How to Import Third Party LUTs in Final Cut Pro X

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Three different plugins can do the job. 

If you're using Apple's Final Cut Pro X (v 10.2.3) to edit, you've probably run across its built-in LUT (Look Up Table) and found the inability to add your own LUTs natively. We found a few solutions to show you how you can. 

So what is a LUT? Jay Friesen went in detail about LUTs in a previous post, but essentially Look Up Tables are mathematical calculations that make up the difference between the source and result. They change the color of an image by capturing the in-camera log color space or flat profile, and then converting that image to the color space of the designed LUT. Adding a LUT to your footage is usually the first step in the color grading process, and if you're like me, usually the last, too. 

FCPX does provide several built-in LUTs in the Inspector under Log Processing—including ARRI LOG C, Blackmagic Design Film, Blackmagic Design 4K, Canon Log, Sony S-Log2 and Sony S-Log3—but, currently, you need to use a third-party plugin if you need to import your own custom LUTs.

Pixel Frame Studios

Pixel Frame Studios has a free plugin dubbed FCPX Loader that allows you to import your own designed LUTs. Once loaded, you can apply the LUT .cube files into your timeline to apply the grade. 

You can download the plugin here

mLUT 

Another free plugin, mLUT, gives the ability to load your own LUTs as well as five free LUTs designed by its creators. They also have two upgrades LUT packs: Blockbuster and Insta ($59) that come with a variety of cinematic looks. The plugin can be used in Motion 5 and Final Cut Pro X. 

You can download the plugin here

Color Grading Central 

The widely popular Color Grading Central LUT Utility plugin is their standalone product that goes for $29. They also offer a free trial version that allows you to apply LUTs to LOG exposed image in ARRI Log C, Blackmagic Camera Film, Canon C-Log, RED Filmlog, Sony S-Log and many other flat profiles like Nikon and Panasonic. You can also apply film print LUTs to emulate film stocks and processes with the LUT Utility, and it can be used in Motion 5 and FCPX. 

You can test drive the plugin here

Are there any other LUT plugins we missed that do the same thing? Let us know in the comments.      

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Hi!
There's also LUTx from CoreMelt.

October 4, 2016 at 3:33PM, Edited October 4, 3:33PM

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Frederic Monpierre
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Having an easy way to manage and use LUTs with Final Cut X makes editing so much easier. I've only used Color Grading Central LUT Utility and found it, along with some of their film stock grades, essential to using LOG footage.

October 4, 2016 at 5:33PM

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Yep LUTx from CoreMelt, in free or paid versions. If you go paid, you can test out lots of LUTs in a gallery browser, and a single effect which applies both a camera LUT (many Log options built in) and a look LUT.

http://coremelt.com/products/lutx/

(Disclosure: I made some of the demo videos for LUTx and other CoreMelt products.)

October 8, 2016 at 7:08AM, Edited October 8, 7:09AM

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Hi, does anyone know a good LUT for DJI Phantom 4 D-Log footage?
I can't seem to find one.

October 9, 2016 at 11:46AM

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