Video LUTs (Look-Up Table)

What are video LUTs? These are simply put color tables where a certain command in video editors goes to “look” at how it will display colors. There are many of these records or tables on the market, some for free, others for a fee. But what they all have in common is that it gives your video a touch of color. LUT video contains information about colors, contrasts, brightness, etc. They simply illustrate e.g. simulation of retro 16mm film camera, various filters, heat or cool tones. Video LUT is mostly used by more complex video editors such as DaVinci, Adobe Premier, Final cut, ….

We can also make a LUT video ourselves. The easiest way is as follows: In a program such as Lightroom, we process some of our RAW photos with filters, adjust contrasts, brightness, color tone and the like until we are satisfied with the look. We then open the neutral LUT card, which we also previously imported into the program. It looks like this (you can also download it for your needs here):

We copy all the settings we used to process the test photo to it and then export it to the hard drive. The processed LUT card is then inserted into the LUT generator
The resulting file can then be used to process the video. Usually we find “Custom LUT” among the filters and when the program asks us for the file, we find the path to where we saved it from the LUT generator.

This may seem a little complicated at first glance, but it really isn’t.