Understanding LUTs: Theory and Application

AbelCine Education Team

Understanding LUTs: Theory and Application

AbelCine Education Team
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The application of LUTs goes well beyond a “creative look” to plug in to your final project, and in this beginner’s course, AbelCine’s technology specialists Geoff Smith and Ian McCausland give you a thorough understanding of LUTs, their various applications, how to create your own and how to best utilitize them throughout production and post-production.

Subtitles available: English



In the introductory module to the course, Geoff Smith breaks down what a LUT is, what is varied applications are and how these differ from Looks and Scene Files, so you have a concrete understanding of exactly how a LUT can be used in the filmmaking process.

Subtitles available: English


In this lesson, Ian McCausland introduces us to a professional DIT (Digital Imaging Technician) Cart and its various components including the LUT box, control surface and Pomfort LiveGrade Pro.

Subtitles available: English


Here we discover how LUTs are created on-set for both delogging and creativity in Pomfort LiveGrade and how to import those looks into your camera.

Subtitles available: English


In the final module for the course, Ian shows us how to apply the LUTs we’ve created during post-production using Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve.

Subtitles available: English

About the Educator

AbelCine Education Team

Camera Technology Specialists

5 Courses

One of the world’s leading providers to the cinema and filmmaking industry, AbelCine offers a wide range of services including sales, rental, service and education. Education and the sharing of knowledge is at its core, and its education team is comprised of experienced, knowledgeable camera specialists including Megan Donnelly, Ian McCausland, Nic Somera, Corey Christian and Geoff Smith.


Pretty good content. Some of the initial "theory" stuff seemed to have been a bit rushed through. Loved the hands on stuff with the software though. Thanks!
Christian Pokrywka
Very useful, awesome hosts, but a little bit generic.
aniello ferrone
Very good course. It helped solidify a lot of terms and concepts. I agree with another reviewer that the first video was a little rushed, but otherwise it was presented well and very informative.
Cory Sheets
There was useful information in this course, including the introduction portion and the brief bit about working with LUTs in post. I found the middle portions (which were dedicated almost entirely to very specific workflows using specific software) to be less useful. I also would have appreciated a little more detail in the final video regarding when/why you would use the various looks/LUTs/CDLs in a real world situation. The WHY is equally as important as the HOW.
Joe Henry

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