Using LUTs in Sony Vegas 15+


Sony Vegas Pro is a non-linear editing program (NLE) used by professional video editors for Windows. Its simple to use interface allows for a smooth editing experience, while still including all the tools and functionality needed for professionals.

Sony Vegas 15 (and later) supports the use of LUTs for color grading, making it easier for editors to utilize the power of LUTs in the workflow.

 

Here's a short video on how to use LUTs inside Sony Vegas 15 and later:



1. Start with a clip on your timeline.

Using LUTs in Sony Vegas 15+

 

2. Make sure you are in the Default Layout. Click View on the top menu, go to Window Layouts, and choose Default Menu.

Using LUTs in Sony Vegas 15+

 

3. Open the Effects list by click the Video FX tab above the timeline.

Using LUTs in Sony Vegas 15+

 

4. Click the plus “+” symbol next to the "All" folder to expand the menu of effect.

Using LUTs in Sony Vegas 15+

 

5. Make initial correction to your clip by adding the White Balance effect. Drag the effect onto the clip in the timeline.

Using LUTs in Sony Vegas 15+

 

6. Press the “Select white color” button and use the dropper tool to choose an area of your footage that is white. Then adjust the “Amount of correction” slider. Also, you can increase or decrease the footage’s exposure using the “Brightness” slider. Then close the window.

Using LUTs in Sony Vegas 15+

 

7. Scroll to the LUT filter effect in the list and drag it onto your clip in the timeline.

Using LUTs in Sony Vegas 15+

 

8. Click Browse to open the explorer window.

Using LUTs in Sony Vegas 15+

 

9. Navigate to the folder on your computer where the LUTs files are stored. Choose your desired LUT, and click Open.

Using LUTs in Sony Vegas 15+

 

10. You can change the “Interpolation” setting to “Tetrahedral (best)” for better results.

Using LUTs in Sony Vegas 15+

 

11. Adjust the Strength slider to control the amount the LUT effects the image. For a more natural look, you can decrease the Strength.

Using LUTs in Sony Vegas 15+

 

12. While in the Video Event FX window, click back to the White Balance effect, and readjust the settings to suit the footage. When you are finished, close the window to continue editing.

Using LUTs in Sony Vegas 15+



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 color balance, exposure and white balance 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.