Camera Settings for LUTs

Canon, Sony, RED, DJI, Panasonic, Blackmagic etc.

settings for red camera luts

Rules to follow before applying LUTs:

  • Ensure white balance is corrected before applying the LUT. This is important.
  • Ensure your exposure is correct. Expose your image so the Histogram is centered.
  • It’s better to under-expose your footage, than over-expose. (Safer to enhance the darks as you cannot recover blown-out highlights).
  • Lower the ISO, the cleaner/better the image quality. High ISO = Noise.
  • In general on most cameras, it is good practise to have the sharpness level at the lowest. This gives the cleanest image when using LUTs and sharpness can be added easily in post if wanted.

As every video is different (exposure, white balance, etc.), small adjustments are recommended to achieve an optimal result. Again, please ensure your White Balance is correct before applying a LUT. This can drastically change the LUTs look.

Camera settings for optimal results: 

We've all been there, you pick up your camera, put in the work, get your amazing shots and then transfer your footage over for editing, excited to use those new LUTs you just got the other day. Only when you apply the LUTs to your footage it just looks all wrong. Well we can help with that. More often than not, the way LUTs look on raw footage will be massively impacted by the way the shots were taken.

So let's talk camera settings for optimal results!

Blackmagic:

  • Shoot in Blackmagic Film (BMDFilm) and you're good to go!
  • We have included in our packs a BMDFilm to Rec709 Standard conversion LUT.
  • We also have a well crafted Enhancement LUT specially created for all Blackmagic cameras. Take a look here:

Blackmagic Enhanced Rec709 LUT:

Blackmagic BMDFilm Enhanced LUT
dji logo

DJI:

Log:

  • Shoot in D-LOG.
  • PLEASE make sure that you turn your sharpness to 0 as DJI tends to have a very sharp look which doesn't look good when grading. Also it odes not match other cameras well at a high sharpness value.
  • Expose your image so the Histogram is centred.

Rec709 (Standard Color):

  • Shoot in a neautral color profile.
  • Expose your image so the Histogram is centred.
  • It should look close to the one shown on the right:
dji logo

Canon:

Log:

Shoot in Canon C-Log. This is best to maintain a high dynamic range. When using C-Log please use our Canon C-Log LUT provided.

Rec709 (Standard Color):

Use a neutral picture profile. Canon has a color profile called 'Neutral' we would recommend to use this. Please ensure that you lower the sharpness as this will improve the look of your image and you can add sharpness in post if needed.

When using neutral please use our Rec709 LUTs.

CLOG Enhanced Rec709 LUT:

Canon CLOG Enhanced LUT
canon logo

GoPro:

Make sure you have ProTune turned ON.

The settings best to use are:

  • ProTune: ON
  • White Balance: AUTO
  • Color: GoPro Color
  • Shutter: AUTO 
  •  ISO: 800
  • Sharpness: MED or LOW (depending on your taste)
gopro

Sony:

Log:

  • Shoot in SLOG2 or SLOG3 if available for your camera.
  • Don’t overexpose or underexpose! Use the Histogram to help with this.
  • Rule of thumb: Better to underexpose rather than overexpose to maintain highlights, although grading with SLOG2/3 footage, it’s good to keep on +2 exposure while recording as when you grade, the footage darkens roughly -2 exposure.
  • We have a LUT created to help with grading your SLOG2/3 back to a clean look.
    Take a look here - Clean LUT

SLOG2 Settings:

  • Black Level: 0
    Gamma: SLOG2
    Black Gamma: Middle, Level: 0
    Color Mode: S-Gamut
    Saturation: 0
    Color Phase: 0
    Color Depth: 0

SLOG3 Settings:

  • Black Level: 0
    Gamma: SLOG3
    Black Gamma: Middle, Level: 0
    Color Mode: S-Gamut3.Cine
    Saturation: 0
    Color Phase: 0
    Color Depth: 0

Rec709 (Standard Color):

  • We would suggest to shoot in Cine4, then use our Rec709 LUTs. You may need to adjust contrast slightly to find your optimal results.
  • Rule of thumb: Better to underexpose rather than overexpose to maintain highlights.
  • Black Level: +5
    Gamma: Cine4
    Black Gamma: Middle, Level: 0
    Color Mode: Cinema
    Saturation: +3
    Color Phase: 0
    Color Depth: 0

Sony SLOG2/3 Enhanced Rec709 LUTs:

Sony SLOG2/3 Enhanced LUTs
sony

RED:

Log:

  • Shoot in RED RAW always.
  • We use Gamma Curve: REDLOGFILM

Rec709 (Standard Color):

  • Shoot in RED RAW always.
  • We use Gamma Curve: GAMMA3 (this works best for our Rec709 LUTs)
red gemini

Panasonic:

Shoot in VLOG if available on your camera. If it is not available then use a neutral color profile & use Rec709 LUTs.

Panasonic VLOG Enhanced Rec709 LUT for GH5:

Panasonic VLOG Enhanced LUT

All other cameras:

  • You can use any camera with LUTs. You will just need to find the optimal setting that works for you. All of our LUTs come with Rec709 versions, so you can apply these to any standard color footage from any camera.

And you're done!

Now you can go ahead and get your favorite LUTs installed on your computer and apply them on your video footage to get the best out of your work. Get those creative juices flowing!

Should you find yourself troubled with any of the above, fear not, we've got you! Just let us know by emailing us at support@bouncecolor.com and we will get you going in no time.

Have fun!

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