Let’s start up with a question: what is a LUT? LUT is actually an acronym that stands for Look Up Table. This is essentially a mathematical formula which tells a piece of software how to color an image. The benefit of this tool is that it can quickly and easily give you a specific look to your image. But how do you create a LUT, and how to you save it once you’ve put the work in? We’re going to be answering both of those questions, so open up Premiere and let's learn to create LUT’s together!
Creating Your LUT
The first step is to open up Premiere Pro and bring your footage onto your timeline. The nice thing about Premiere Pro is that you can create a LUT from right within the Lumetri Color panel, so all you have to do to start is color and stylize your footage like you normally would. Once your footage looks the way you want it to, go to the top panel title of Lumetri Color, right click, and select Export .cube.
Saving Your LUT
Fortunately .cube files are actually used in a variety of programs outside of Premiere Pro, so if you’re working with someone who wants you to export a LUT for them to use, chances are the format will not be an issue. Once you’ve clicked on ‘Export .cube’ you should be greeted with a window to save your LUT. Our suggestion would be to save it into a specific folder and name your file something that will help you to distinguish it as a particular look. Some people like to give artistic names while others like to describe the look in the file name, but the choice is yours.
Great! You’ve created your own LUT! But how do you use it again once it’s created?
Importing Your LUT
To import and use a LUT inside of Premiere Pro, go to the ‘Creative’ section of Lumetri Color and select the dropdown beside ‘Look.’ From here you should be able to use a variety of LUTs that Premiere has provided as free templates. But to import your own LUTs, select ‘browse’ and then find your .cube LUT file from within your computer. Now that it’s imported, select it to use within Lumetri Color and you’ve applied the look to your footage.
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