Color Grading
with LUTs

What is a LUT and how to use it?

First of all

What is a LUT?

Color Lookup Tables

How to use a LUT?


to save time & work at color grading

How to use LUTs in your Video Editing Software

Using LUTs in Final Cut Pro X

If you want to use LUTs in Final Cut Pro you need to search for CUSTOM LUT within the Effects tab and drag it over onto your clip or adjustment layer. FCPX does not include native adjustment layers but don't worry. You can download my FREE ADJUSTMENT LAYERS for Final Cut Pro X. 

After applying the effect you can find the Custom LUT tab within the Video Inspector as shown above. There you can select your LUT and change the color space as well as the Mix which is basically the intensity of your LUT. For example: If your image is too contrasty, lower the Mix to 70% to decrease the LUT intensity.

Using LUTs in Premiere Pro

In Adobe Premiere Pro it's even easier to apply a LUT to your footage. Simply select the clip or adjustment layer in your timeline that you want to add your look to and click on the COLOR TAB in the upper menu. This opens up LUMETRI COLOR on the right side of the program which lets you change all kinds of settings for color grading your videos. 

If you want to add a stylized look you should select your .cube LUT in the CREATIVE TAB under LOOK. If you first need to convert your footage to the Rec.709 color space (for example if your footage is shot in a flat picture profile like LOG) you should add your conversion LUT to the BASIC CORRECTION.

What else to know?

Understanding Color Space & Picture Profiles

My Cinematic LUTs

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How to get the Cinematic Look in Premiere Pro?

If you want to learn how I use my cinematic LUTs to bring my Videos to life,
here is a full video on my editing process and color grading with LUTs.