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A huge part of the video post-production process is color correction. It's one of the last things that you do before finishing any video, and it can drastically change the feel and tone. However, there are many ways to handle the color during post-production, one of which involves using lookup tables, often referred to as LUTs. Here is why you should be using LUTs in your workflow.
LUTs Make Flat Video Look Great Instantly
The picture quality of the video on set looks very different when compared to the finished product. The goal is to actually shoot the picture with a flat look, which helps preserve the various parts of the color spectrum and makes it easy to correct in post-production. After all, you cannot correct details in the picture if they are not there in the first place. Your rough cuts and first drafts are not going to look as great as they could with that flat color, and a LUT is going to get you close to the final color without having to do much work. You simply apply the LUT, and the color is transformed into something that looks much better.
LUTs Help Apply Experimental Looks
Are you looking to create a different look for your video that is different than what it looks like in the real world? It could involve giving your video a certain hue of color to match the mood of what is going on in the story, or even experimenting with different types of black and white color with different black levels. LUTs can help you experiment with these looks quickly. You can preview what the LUT looks like over a single frame of video, and then apply it to the rest of the clips instantly. Play the cut back, see how it feels, and change it to something different if you want to. You can use the look for your final color correction, or tweak the LUT further to fine-tune it.
LUTs Help With Client Reviews
Are you working with a client that has trouble viewing things as a work in progress? They may not understand that the flat color of the raw footage is not representative of the final product. A LUT is going to help give the video a look that will allow them to focus less on the color and more on the content. You can also previous various LUTs with the client to get an idea of what they want the final color to look like.
For more information about LUTs, contact a provider of free LUTs, like Color Grading Central.