I posted this in color grading and give it got a response so I thought I would post it here..
Probably very simple answer, but was curious...
OK you see a lot of information about downloading luts and applying them, but how can I create a lut to export and share??! I am using Final Cut Pro and I have color finale and I know I am able to create presets to use on other clips just like with Final Cut Pro Board... but are you able to output a lut file from That? because that is all a lut is correct? Just a preset color grading? So I guess how do I get my saved presets into a lut file to be used as a "lut"?
Or I'm I missing something here!?
Yeah you can create your own LUT but keep in mind they are intended to create a specific effect using a specific source camera. Just applying any LUT to any footage will result in wildly different results. It's not so much about making/sharing styles. It's about deriving a certain specific final look from footage originated from a specific camera/source. I.e. applying an ARRI Alexa LUT to a Canon C300 is not going to make it look like footage from an Alexa, instead it will produce unexpected results. Think of a LUT as a translator from source to final look.
You can generate LUTs with LUT Generator. From any app, doesn't matter - if you can import and export PNGs, you can generate a LUT.
Basically you grade your image, apply the same grade to a special image, export it and convert it with LUT Generator to a cube LUT.
You could grade something in Lightroom and export the grade to FCPX. Or export a Color Finale and Color Board grade to Davinci. I guess it's not 100% accurate but it works really good.
That's what I was wondering how to actually creat a Lut! So looks like that Lut generator is what I need... I also saw that I guess you can create them in Lightroom also... but just wasn't sure if the file extension would work/be the same and carryover like it is suppose with correct colors etc...
But it sounds like that's how you do it with still pictures and them create a file which I guess is a standard LUT file format that stays constant and works across programs, video and stills...
Thanks our FCPX forum is way better than the others! Lol
You guys the best!