May 2020

How to use LUTs in Premiere Pro

Mac and PC

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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 Premiere Pro (with and without installation), for Mac and PC users.

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 DJI, Canon, GoPro, Sony and RED.

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.

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Applying a LUT in Premiere Pro without installation - QUICK VERSION
(Mac and PC)

  • Unzip the downloaded file (All of our LUTs are provided in ZIP files).
  • Open Premiere Pro on your computer.
  • Go to your effects panel and search for 'Lumetri Color'.
  • Drag Lumetri Color onto the clip you want to apply the LUT to.
  • Once applied the effect, find your 'Effects Controls' panel, this is where you can import the LUT.
  • Under the ‘Creative’ tab, select the ‘Look’ drop-down menu and click on 'Browse…'.
  • Choose a look from the downloaded and unzipped file and voilà: your footage is graded!

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 LUTs look. 

Applying a LUT in 10 Seconds

Installing multiple LUTs in Premiere Pro
(Mac)

  • Unzip the downloaded file.
  • Open a Finder window and go to Applications. Open the Adobe Premiere Pro CC folder.
  • Right click on Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Select 'Show Package Contents'. Open the 'Contents' folder.
  • Open the Lumetri folder. Then open the LUTs folder. Then open the ‘Creative’ folder.
  • Drag and drop the downloaded and unzipped LUTs folder into the ‘Creative' folder.
  • Restart Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
  • Click the 'Color' workspace at the top of Premiere Pro, go to the ‘Creative’ tab. Under ‘Creative’, select the 'Look' drop-down menu.
  • Choose a LUT from the list and voilà: your footage is graded!
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Installing multiple LUTs in Premiere Pro
(PC) 

  • Unzip the downloaded file.
  • Go to the C:// folder, open 'Program Files'. Open 'Adobe', then open 'Adobe Premiere Pro CC'.
  • Drag and drop the downloaded and unzipped LUTs folder into the ‘Creative’ folder.
  • Restart Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
  • Click the 'Color' workspace at the top of Premiere Pro, go to the ‘Creative’ tab. Under ‘Creative’, select the 'Look' drop-down menu.
  • Choose a look from the list and voilà: your footage is graded! Remember to play with the sliders in your color tools to get an optimal result.
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How to Apply a LUT in Premiere Pro
in 10 Seconds

This method is similar in all other editing software. Very simple and straight forward way to import a LUT in Premiere Pro. This process is very similar in all major editing software. All you need to do is find the effect inside the software that will import the LUT.

Please ensure you have corrected the exposure and white balance on your footage to see optimal results using our LUTs.

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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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