Using LUTs in Final Cut Pro X 10.4+


Final Cut Pro X is a professional non-linear editing program (NLE) for Mac OS which allows users to edit together video projects using a range of different controls and effects.

With the released of version 10.4, Final Cut Pro X now supports native support for LUTs without the use of a third party plugin. This means users can take advantage of the power of LUT to color grade their projects quickly and efficiently.

 

Here's a short video guide on how to install and apply LUTs inside Final Cut Pro X version 10.4:



1. Start with a clip select on your timeline.

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2. Click on the button in the top right to open the Inspector Window.

Using LUTs in Final Cut Pro X 10.4


3. Open the Effects Panel by clicking the button on the right adobe the timeline.

Using LUTs in Final Cut Pro X 10.4


4. Select Color from the menu, and scroll down to the Custom LUT effect.

Using LUTs in Final Cut Pro X 10.4


5. Drag the Custom LUT effect onto your footage in the timeline.

Using LUTs in Final Cut Pro X 10.4


6. In the inspector window under the Custom LUT effect’s setting, select “Choose Custom LUT” from the dropdown menu. This will open the Mac Finder.

Using LUTs in Final Cut Pro X 10.4


7. Navigate to the folder on your computer where the LUTs are stored. You can choose LUT files (.cube) individually, or as a whole folder. Once you’ve selected, click “Open”.

Using LUTs in Final Cut Pro X 10.4


8. Now in the dropdown menu, you will be able to choose from the list of LUTs you have imported. If you imported a folder, you can navigate through the folders by hovering your cursor over the folder name.

Using LUTs in Final Cut Pro X 10.4


9. Adjust the Mix slider to increase or decrease the amount the LUT has an effect on your image.

Using LUTs in Final Cut Pro X 10.4


10. Try changing the Input and Output settings to achieve a slightly different effect that the LUT will have on your footage.

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    Troubleshooting

     

    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.

    Ensure that the Cinematica .zip file 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.

    Both versions of the LUTs are generic, meaning the LUTs are not specific to any camera’s picture profile. This means you need to correct you footage’s tone and white balance to match the LUT. After you apply your LUT, try adding additional color effects to adjust the White Balance, Exposure and Tint of the footage. LUTs should always be used as a starting point in your color correction workflow, and are not a “one-click done” solution.