Using LUTs in Wondershare Filmora 7.8+


Filmora is a non-linear editing program (NLE) designed to keep things simple, creating a smooth editing system which is great for beginners and professionals alike.

Version 7.8 saw the introduction of LUT functionality within the software, meaning it's user can now use the full power of LUTs in their color corrections workflow.

 

Here's a short video on how to apply LUTs to your footage in Filmora 7.8 and later:



1. Start with a clip selected on your timeline.

Using LUTs in Filmora 7.8+

 

2. Click on the button to open the Advanced Color Tuning menu.

Using LUTs in Filmora 7.8+

 

3. Under the White Balance tab, adjust the Temperature and Tint to correct the footage’s White Balance.

Using LUTs in Filmora 7.8+

 

4. You can correct the image further using the other tabs such as the Light tab.

Using LUTs in Filmora 7.8+

 

5. To apply a LUT to the footage, go to the 3D LUT tab, and choose “Load new LUT” from the dropdown menu.

Using LUTs in Filmora 7.8+

 

6. Navigate to the folder on your computer where the LUT files (.cube or .3dl) are stored, choose the LUT you wish you apply and click Open. This will apply the LUT.

 

7. Readjust the White Balance and other settings to suit the footage and finish your color grading work. When you are finished, click the OK button to return to editing.

Using LUTs in Filmora 7.8+

 



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 adjusting the White Balance settings or the Light settings to suit the image. LUTs should always be used as a starting point in your color correction workflow, and are not a “one-click done” solution.