LUTs can be an amazing resource for anyone creating video content. They can help transform your footage with minimal effort, but if you don’t know what you’re doing they can be tough to use.
It’s also important to understand what a LUT is and how to use them, so this article is going to cover the basics of LUTs so that you are better prepared to use them for your video footage. And check out our comprehensive list of the best free video luts available for download here.
This list includes free cinematic LUTs and free conversion LUTs for Premiere Pro, Davinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro, and After Effects. And don’t forget to check out the 10 FREE VIDEO LUTs we’re giving away at the bottom of the article.
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FREE CINEMATIC LUTS
WHAT IS A LUT?
LUT stands for “look-up table”, and means that a LUT transforms color input values to different output values based on a calculation. In simpler terms, a LUT is a preset color grade for your video that can be applied to your footage during filming or in post production. There are also many types of LUTs that can be used for many different purposes.
We’ve created 10 free video LUTs that can be applied to directly to rec 709 footage. This means that if your footage is LOG, you just need to use a LOG to Rec 709 LUT before applying our LUT, which you can find here. These are .cube files, so they can be used in most NLEs, like Premiere Pro CC, FCPX, After Effects CC, DaVinci Resolve, etc.
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Check out some sample images below of before and after applying these free LUTs. Also, we put together a list of 266 free cinematic LUTs we’ve found online. These LUTs can be used with LOG or Rec 709 footage and can be used in almost any video editing software.