Sep 2020

How to use LUTs in Pinnacle Studio

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New & Updated 2020

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In order to enhance your colors, you may need to know how to use LUTs in Pinnacle Studio. This is a very straight forward video editing software, and you will be surprised to see how easy it is to add basically any LUT.

LUTs are also known as Look-Up Tables, and they are an important process of color correcting and grading, as well as developing your own editing style that you can apply on many projects. Let’s now go ahead and see how you can add LUTs in Pinnacle Studio and what you need to know when it comes to it. 

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 Use LUTs In Pinnacle Studio

1. Download and unzip the files

In order to be able to add the LUT into the program, you first need to download some LUTs and unzip them in an easily accessible folder. You can find some pretty impressive LUTs in our online store, so don’t forget to also check that out!

2. Identify the color editing panel

The first thing you need to do in order to add a LUT in Pinnacle Studio is to go into the 'Effects' tab and chose 'Color'. From that screen, you can either choose an already existing LUT or import your own. 

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3. Import your LUTs

In this screen, you will see all the pre-existing LUTs in Pinnacle Studio, and you can also import your own. The import button is above the main screen.  

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What’s great about Pinnacle Studio is the fact that you can sort your LUTs based on their names, date, tag and you can even rate them so you know exactly what you like.

4. Apply The LUT

The last step is, of course, applying the LUT to your project. You can easily do that by dragging and dropping on your footage. Additionally, you can set keyframes, and create neat transitions.

If you encounter any problem with your LUTs, let us know. You can do it by sending us an email using the form on the contact page.

Note:

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.

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