May 2020

How to Use LUTs in Filmora 9

New & Updated 2020

how to install luts in filmora

Apassion project or a professional campaign, the process is always more or less the same: you pick up your camera, you follow your vision and get your shots and then go to your computer to transfer your footage over and get editing. Color grading is usually the last and arguably one of the most important steps in this long creative process. We have all wished there was a way to make this process a little quicker and thankfully, there is! Enter: LUTs.

In case you are new to them, LUTs are a quick and easy way to simplify the color grading process and help you get the best results for your work and better realize your vision. This tutorial will show you how you can install and use LUTs straight onto your desktop computer. Our hassle-free guide has been created by experienced professionals and all you have to do is follow the steps below to get started.

In this guide, you will find tutorials on how to install your LUTS in Filmora.

You will also find a tutorial on what camera settings to use when you shoot. This will help you get the best possible results when you transfer your footage on your desktop for editing and apply your LUTs.

Video shooting gear covered in the tutorial is for Blackmagic, DJI, Canon, GoPro, Sony, RED and Panasonic.

Note:

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

You can find a variety of cinematic LUTs available, expertly developed by our professional team of videographers, simply by following this link: View Film LUTs

Good rules to follow BEFORE applying a LUT

  • 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.

How to add LUTs in Filmora:

Filmora is pretty straight-forward, it does not require a lot of in-depth knowledge or advanced skills to use. Follow the steps below to import your LUTs and get creative with your work.

Visual Process | Apply a LUT in Filmora in 10 Seconds

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Written Instructions:

1. Import your video

Drag and drop your video into your timeline then click on the video so it is selected. 

apply a lut in filmora

2. Click on 'Tools' then click 'Color Correction'

Click on the 'Tools' (Circled in the image below) and then click 'Color Correction', this will load a window where you can import LUTs.

apply a lut in filmora tools

3. Click the '3D LUT' arrow.

This will open up the LUT importer drop-down.

Note:

For this 3D LUT, you can adjust the Color, Light, HSL or add a Vignette and you can save any such adjustments as a user preset for future use.

3d lut filmora

4. Click the drop-down and then click 'Load new LUT'.

load new luturban dark lut import

You can now select your LUT. LUTs featured in this example are the Urban Dark LUTs created by Bounce Color.

5. Click OK

Once yo uhave selected the LUT, click the 'OK' button.

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You are done! Have fun using the LUTs!

Note:

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

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