If you are familiar with a photo editor, like Photoshop, you can create your own LUTs without the need to buy or depend on others for their Color Lookup Tables (LUTs).
There’s some very good sources to get info on doing this, so I recommend the following links:
Open a still frame from your video in Photoshop, or open the video itself in Photoshop.
Exporting a Video Frame
If your using something like Hitfilm, you can export a frame from the video by clicking Options > Export Frame:
Loading in a Video via Photoshop
This is fairly simple in Photoshop. Just File > Open and find the movie clip and it will load in the video which can be scrubbed along a timeline.
I’m pretty good with Photoshop, and if you are too, you can go to work on building out color adjustment layers to modify the impact of the image. I won’t go into details in regards to this, but would rather refer to the links at the top of this post.
Exporting the LUT
Once you’re happy with the color treatment of the frame, you need to convert the video layer to a flat image. This can be done by clicking on the video layer, and then: Layer > New > Background from image.
Now, click on File > Export > Color Lookup Table. From here a modal will load. Just fill out the description, and choose which LUT formats you want to use. Everything I buy or get is in CUBE format and that works great for both Photoshop and Hitfilm.
Loading LUTs in Hitfilm
Once done, you can load that LUT into your video editing software. HitFilm Express does not come with LUT capability in the Free version. To acquire this, you can buy an upgrade from Hitfilm, which will contain a ton of upgrades for $40. Or, you can buy it a la cart [link].
I’ll describe its workflow:
- Open Hitfilm
- Add media into Hitfilm
- Drag the media to the timeline OR conversely you can create a composite from the media file itself. Either way the media will be on a timeline.
- In the Effects tab, either open Color Grading and look for LUT, or simply type “LUT” in the search field on the Effects tab.
- Once you find the LUT effect, drag it onto the video in the composite or general timeline.
- This will add a LUT option in the Effects section of that video:
Click the browse icon (the “folder”) and navigate to your LUT file on the filesystem.
That’s it. The LUT will be applied.
In Hitfilm, you can right click a LUT effect on the video and duplicate it… this is a quick way to stack multiple LUTs together.