One of the more well known ways to use a Lookup Table, also known as a LUT, is to color correct footage so you get the contrast and detail you want. How do you prepare footage for a LUT? In this movie, author Patrick Inhofer demonstrates how to use the three-node approach to prep an image for a LUT in DaVinci Resolve.
- [Instructor] The easiest reason to explain…why I like this three-node setup for…working with LUTs is demonstrated…by coming down to our grayscale.…And we're going to start connecting with this grayscale.…I'm going to make sure that it's back to default…by selecting Reset All Grades and Nodes,…right-clicking in there.…We're back to default, I'm going to switch us up…to the waveform so I can get a nice look…at what a LUT is going to do.…And I'm going to right-click on this node…and select the same LUT we've been using,…the Black Magic designed 4k film…to rec 709, and look at what it's done to this grayscale.…
As I toggle this node on and off,…look at the grayscale there and see…what it's doing to the image.…And notice how, on these highlights here,…it's almost like everything at about 768…is being pulled up, and anything above that,…any grayscale values between 768 and 1023,…are being pushed straight up to 1023.…We're losing all of that detail.…If there was detail in there, if there was a window,…that window detail would be gone.…
Once you're familiar with the differences between log, raw, and flat recordings, explore two different methods for color correcting that footage. First, Patrick shows you how to color correct manually, using the traditional tools in DaVinci Resolve. Then, he explains how to use lookup tables (LUT), and discusses LUT strengths and limitations.
- Differentiating between raw and log recordings
- Differentiating between cameras that record flat vs. log
- Setting project-wide raw and LUT preferences
- Applying LUTs to footage
- Exporting LUTs from Resolve
- Color correcting raw footage
- Color correcting log footage
- Using LUTs with log, raw, and flat footage
- Importing, exporting, and managing LUTs in Resolve