Aug 2020

How to use LUTs in Vegas Pro

New & Updated 2020

how to use luts vegas pro

Talking about LUTs and color gradient, it’s very important to be able to use your favorite settings across all the video editing programs you may use. Today, we’ll tackle a look at how to use LUTs in Vegas Pro, and how you can really have your signature look everywhere.

LUTs are generally used in order to enhance videos, and from there, you can create your own style, and have everyone know that you created that footage. These look-up tables are super easy to use and will make any video absolutely amazing. 

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 Vegas Pro

1. Download and unzip the LUT

The first step is to find yourself some LUTs you like. After that, download them, and extract the files in a location that’s easily accessible for you. The LUT must go well with your project and if you’re not sure, you can always check out our collection.

2. Open the 'Media FX' tab

From the project manager, you can right-click on any footage in order to open the 'Media FX' tab. From there, you will be able to import LUTs into Vegas Pro.

media fx vegas luts

3. Add the Vegas 'LUT Filter'

From the 'Media FX' panel you can install plug-ins for your program, so go ahead and install the 'Vegas LUT Filter'. You can find it in the 'OFX' tab.

vegas pro lut

4. Add your LUT

In the next tab that opens, you can create a new LUT preset. Choose a name, and import the file you extracted in the first step of this tutorial. 

import lut vegas pro

5. Apply your LUT

Now that everything is set, you can apply the preset containing the LUT to any project you need. It’s super straightforward, and you can save a lot of time when editing.

By using this method you can apply the LUT to one video, or the whole timeline in order to maintain consistency.

It’s quite easy to use LUTs in Vegas Pro, but if you do have any problems, you can always reach out to us either by email at support@bouncecolor.com or by 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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