First of all
A LUT (short for Color Lookup Table), is a small file used to describe an array of numbers that provide a shortcut for a specific computation. In the world of Color Grading, a LUT transforms color input values (footage from camera) to your desired output values (final footage/video).
To be less technical: LUTs can transform your flat or ungraded footage into cinematic looking, color graded videos. It changes the hue, saturation and luminance of your video so it looks finalized and finished.
And if that's still too complex for you: LUTs can basically be seen as Video filters (Like Lightroom Filters for photos).
Color Lookup Tables
You can use LUTs in almost every Video editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X or DaVinci Resolve or any other program that supports 3D .cube files. In most programs you can do so by adding a LUT Effect to your clip and then add the .cube LUT to your footage.
You can largely improve your videos quality, aesthetics and color while also saving a lot of time at color grading your videos if you learn how to use a LUT correctly.
What else to know?
Most new mirrorless cameras have the ability to shoot video in a flat picture profile like LOG, Cinestyle or HLG. If this source-footage is looked at without further Color Grading it looks really flat or "washed out". The reason for this is that the internal data of the camera (things like saturation, shadows, mids & highlights) needs to be as neutral as possible to give us the most dynamic range to prevent highlights to be blown out or colors to fall apart and bend.
In my opinion almost every camera nowadays can be a powerful tool to record professional video. My first camera when I started with Youtube four years ago was a Sony a6300 - A small mirrorless camera that let me shoot beautiful 4K Video. Later I got myself the Sony A7III - My first full frame camera that helped me to realize a lot of projects for Youtube and clients like Jeep, Jack Wolfskin or BMW. Over the years I tried several other camera brands like Nikon, Panasonic or Blackmagic Design while searching for my personal perfect setup. In the end for me it was the Canon EOS R that suits my needs better than any other camera. But let me tell you: All of the cameras out there can turn an idea into a masterpiece. It's really not about the specs but about knowing how to get the most out of your camera and tell stories that touch.
It's not about your gear.
I started to create my own LUTs in 2016, when I quit my job as a freelance graphic designer to build up a successful Youtube channel that's all about filmmaking, photography and documenting my life in a cinematic way.
Since then aspiring filmmakers, videographers & photographers from all around the world purchased my Cinematic LUTs to bring their videos to the next level. For me it's not about getting too technical in the end - It's about creating an emotion through my visuals and stories. You don't need expensive cinema cameras to create beautiful and eye-pleasing content. Sometimes a subtl change of your colors and mood is all you need to let the viewers of your film feel something. And this is what I want to share with all young creators & filmmakers around the globe.
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.