Using LUTs in Adobe Premiere CC

Adobe Premiere CC is a non-linear editing program (NLE) based around a timeline designed for video editors. It is part of the subscription based Adobe Creative Cloud suite, and has quickly become one an industry standard for professional creatives.

Adobe Premiere CC allows users to apply LUTs to their footage using the Lumetri color engine, enabling editors to quickly and easily apply color grades to their footage and sequences. 


Here's a short video on how to apply LUTs to footage inside Adobe Premiere CC:

1. Begin with a clip in a sequence on the timeline.

Using LUTs in Adobe Premiere CC


2. Next, you need to change your Workspace to the Color. Go to “Window”, then hover of “Workspaces”, and finally choose “Color”. This will change the layout in Premiere CC.

Using LUTs in Adobe Premiere CC


3. Once in the Lumetri Color panel, open the Basic Correction tab. Make the initial color corrections such as adjusting the Temperature, Tint, Exposure etc. (If starting with LOG footage do this after applying the LUT).

Using LUTs in Adobe Premiere CC


4. Next, open the Creative tab and choose “Browse” from the dropdown menu.

Using LUTs in Adobe Premiere CC


5. Navigate to the folder on your computer where your desired LUT is stored. Select the LUT file (.cube) you wish to apply and click Open. This will apply the LUT to your footage.


6. Adjust the Intensity slider setting to change the desired intensity of the LUT. If you wish to have more of the effect, increase the intensity. If you wish to have less of the effect, decrease the intensity

Using LUTs in Adobe Premiere CC


7. Finally, go to the Basic Correction sub-menu re-adjust the color correction by adjusting the Tone (Exposure, Contrast etc) and White Balance (Temperature, Tint etc). You can also adjust settings in the other tabs in the Lumetri panel such as the Curves, Color Wheels and Vignette.

Using LUTs in Adobe Premiere CC




Which LUT should I apply to my footage?

LUTs usually come in two formats – “Rec 709” and “LOG”. Depending on the picture profile you shot the footage in will depend on which version you use. If you shot in a standard picture profile, you should start with a “Rec 709” version LUT. If you shot in a flat of LOG profile, you should start with a “LOG” version LUT.


When I click “Browse” to look for the LUT file on my computer, I can’t see it.

If you have downloaded a .zip file that contains the LUT files, ensure it has been unzipped to a folder on your computer. Some operating systems will not recognize files if they are still inside a .zip file.


After I apply the LUT, everything looks too dark/bright or warm/cold.

You need to correct you footage’s tone and white balance to match the LUT. After you apply your LUT, try adjusting the Temperature, Tint and Exposure of your clip. LUTs should always be used as a starting point in your color correction workflow, and are not a “one-click done” solution.


How do I apply a LUT to my entire sequence instead of individual clips?

If you wish to apply a LUT to an entire sequence, or to multiple clips on a timeline, you can add an “Adjustment Layer” above the clips you wish to correct, then add the Lumetri Color effect with the Adjustment Layer. However you will still need to correct each clip individually for white balance and exposure.


How do I install the LUTs into the dropdown menu in Lumetri?

You can install the LUTs into a specific folder on your computer so that each time you use the dropdown menu, your LUTs will appear in a list. To install LUTs, please follow the instructions on the Adobe Website.