Here in this post, we will show you the basic quick and easy workflow how I color grade with LUTs and and make it as easy as possible so I have to say this again I’m not a professional colorist or professional movie blockbuster editing guy but I like to make my videos aesthetic and artistic and this is one of the most asked questions on my channel of all time what is my color grading workflow. Gotta go to the other room because this huge screen they sent me doesn’t fit on that table over there because this is my main setup over there in the corner with the iMac Pro but yeah it doesn’t fit on that table so I had to set it up in the other room so make sure to stay until the end because I’m doing a small contest or giveaway where you can win one of those great 34 inches screens and a backpack and some LUTs some preset stuff and whatever let’s go yo so here we are look at that big screen that is that’s insane like so much space, nice! 38 inch first of all I gotta say this is more of a tutorial for beginners like I got a ton of messages every day like how do I apply LUTs so if you’re more advanced video editor or you got your hands on already on that stuff this is not for you! okay here we are in premium pro I just selected some some random clips from our USA road trip and just put them into the timeline because that’s basically how I start my editing just just selecting the clips and now you do all these stuff you want to do your editing transitions or whatever and now let’s say you want to add some color grading so first of all we’re gonna add an adjustment layer on top here we are drag it over all of your clips and now here’s what I do really basic really simple we are going to add that artistic or stylized look onto that adjustment layer and then I’m working the clip itself to adjust further yeah that’s basically it so here we are adjustment layer selected go over to your lumetri color tab if you can find it try to search for it on the top over here like click on color or maybe you can find it on the window and you have to enable it and then it should pop up on the right side so here we are let’s open up the creative tab that’s where I have my LUTs onto because the good thing about this is you can just turn down or turn up the intensity of this LUT like let’s say you want to add some extreme teal and orange look you can just play around with the intensity to make it more or less visible and so I’m selecting my Canon 2018 LUT because that’s my all-time favorite i I just used it for the Canon but I’m using it as well for Sony shots so here we go and as you can see it already looks nice so you can either take a look at myself like shop which is linked down below or you can find a million of other LUTs online so there’s basically a lot for every kind of style you have ever seen in your life so I’m choosing the Canon la 2018 and yeah it looks nice already so I just keep the intensity at 100 that’s perfect so and that is basically all I do with the adjustment layer so now what I do is just leave the adjustment layer on top and go to each clip – to see if we can tweak some stuff so now I’m selecting the clip underneath the adjustment layer and we are heading over to the basic correction now so the good thing about this is you can always keep your look on top which stays the same and you just do the editing or the adjustments on the clips itself like and this one my already turned down the highlights like let’s turn it back like this and he I just want to make the sky more more I don’t know like more textured so we try to bring down the highlights so if you know me you know that I don’t like to shoot with and these or stuff and I like to to just running gun and when you film running gun shooting like picking up the camera real fast you don’t always get the exposure right so here’s what you can do like turn down the highlights a bit bring up the shadows add some more contrast and yeah maybe some situation if you want to and yeah that’s the procedure now we’re going on to this one I already tweeted so let’s put this back to zero here we are so the same thing over here I just want to get a bit more of details in highlights so we got to bring that down for the sky yeah it’s basically all I do it’s no magic nothing special real easy I don’t say that this is the best or the right way it’s just my way and you asked for it so so here it is yeah let’s take another one yeah it looks great let’s say you want to make this a bit warmer then you just select the clip again go to temperature and you can play around like bring it up if you want to get that sunny mood and yeah that’s it and this one I totally messed up the exposure so so it doesn’t help a lot if I bring down the highlights because there’s simply no information left but I think it’s a nice shot anyway because my my my back and my silhouette is exposed correctly so you just have to try it for yourself what works for you and you don’t have to get after that rules always like there are so many people there hating that you are not correctly exposing why you don’t choose with n DS and stuff and I always say I’m making videos on myself like for keeping memories and creating stories short vlogs whatever and it doesn’t always have to be that perfect cinematic movie like quality you know so fuck it okay so I’m fine with that it seems like I’m turning down the highlights almost in every clip it looks so much better especially if you’re shooting on a bright sunny day with with harsh lights it often helps to just bring down the highlights and as you can see it looks nice perfect so there’s another thing you can do in the latest version of Premiere Pro which is called colorways and match that’s turn this one on for example you go to color with a match and you say comparison view so what it does is to to show you the reference image like the first one and then you can scroll down your timeline to the next shot and there’s now a feature that allows you to to match those two images without doing anything but let’s let’s do it apply match here we are and now it matched the scene but for my opinion it’s way too cold and it looked way better without that correction but sometimes I think for skin tones it works quite fine let’s let’s let’s delete this yeah if you see like this this looks way more natural like and pleasing to the eye I think you can just compare it to another one let’s try it on this one apply match it brings it down to that cold temperature because of that blue sky and the left image I think so yeah sometimes it works but I like to do it manually it it works better for me yeah so now you got to turn off that comparison view again to bring back to normal timeline and yeah that’s all I do when it comes to color grading maybe we can add some some film great now on top and stuff but that’s not the part of this video so I just wanted to give you a quick overview of how to apply lots into the creative tab and how I further just this is the single clips a lot of you told me under the I make video that final cut works so much better on a Mac I made the switch and I’m super happy now and final cut but I know a lot of you are using Premiere Pro so I did this in Premiere but if you want to apply the same procedure into Final Cut it’s no problem at all the only thing you need is like an adjustment layer because there are no adjustment layers and Final Cut by default so you have to either create your own or you can just download two adjustment layers and 1080 and 4k I did for you on myself I stole a link is down below so it’s free just get it just drag it to your motion templates folder and that’s it you can use adjustment layers and Final Cut and it works like a charm so yeah that’s it for today so if you got something to add feel free to share it in the comments so regarding the giveaway if you want to participate the only thing you have to do is to edit a short clip max 60 seconds upload it to Instagram follow me on Instagram and tell you with these hashtags over here you can find all the information below in the description as well and then you’re in so and one lucky winner will win a 34 inch monitor from LG especially for video and photo editing it’s super cool to have that much space second price will be a wander’d backpack because I said I think a lot of my followers love that backpack so I just put that as a second price and the third price will be a big lock pack with all of my lots and Lightroom presets so just read the description below to get all the information again so that’s it with LG Auto high class for today so I’m super excited now to to go out and and shoot some stuff because ten minutes ago my Mavic to parole arrived so stay tuned I will definitely upload some stuff on from the local forest so see you in the next video choose
What is a LUT? a short form LUT for lookup table essentially it’s a file that contains code and once you put that file on your footage it makes your footage look a certain way so because you guys asked for it today I have made my 7 left available for purchase using the link below you can check that out you can download those apply them to your footage and get the same kind of look that you see in my cinematics cuttings and the vlogs and the b-roll stuff that I do before we go any further I want to show you what these seven left actually look like in premiere on some footage that I’ve shot in the past we’re going to do that and I want to show you a little technique that I use to get the most out of them so when you’re using them on your own footage you’ll get the very best results so let’s go do that right now okay so let’s run through how to apply these lots to your footage a little bit about what they look like when you can use them when you should use them and the best way to get the most out of them.
When you open up the file you’re going to see these seven cubed files you can’t really double-click them and open them they’re not really going to do anything but we’re going to use only through Premiere Pro and apply them to our Clips check this out let’s close that firstly save them to somewhere you’re not going to lose them Dropbox maybe you have something locally on an external and McLeod three things are always a good way to backup the file so check this out we’ve got a clip here of me shooting some b-roll in the forest we have a clip here of the street from an airplane and a dude busting a manual in Venice Beach what come over here in your media bin right click new item adjustment layer enter that’s going to make an adjustment layer in our media bin now we’re going to apply this on top of our clip like so you can be blade to cut that at the end a back to the arrow and delete and we’re going to apply this to all of the clips for this reason hold down alt drag that over hold down alt drag that over and drag that out and we’ll cut off this one I think it’s better to apply a lot and an edit to the adjustment layer on top of the footage that way we can always just delete this adjustment layer we can hide it and we’re always going to have that fresh file underneath okay make sure your limit REIT AB is open hit window down here under limit or E that’s available in the CC version of Premiere Pro
It’s going to give you this tab on the side here I always like to just slightly edit this a little bit maybe up the color up the saturation depending on what it means or what it doesn’t mean and we drop those highlights a little make it a little brighter a little more white a little less black boom kind of giving it like a base coat before I apply the LUT now this is what I do I come over to the first frame here of the cliff making sure that adjustment layer is selected in your luma tree panel over here it says input luck you’re going to click on that menu hit browse and that’s going to open you’re going to navigate to where you saved those Luntz and now you have access to them you get arctic circle black I clean and tidy fade out Kodak killer Noir and peel it on so let’s start with Arctic Circle it’s going to make things look colder that’s why I created it hit open right away I can tell you that it’s coming on too strong like someone else got some bad Cologne and you’re like yeah this is why you apply to an adjustment layer come over here to effect control so you’ll probably be here default click on effect controls for that adjustment layer and we can change the opacity of the lux that’s applied to this clip we start that at zero and then introduce it a little bit until you’re happy with it good around 50% most people left are now they come on strong because sometimes they look great at full stop and sometimes they look better when there’s only a little bit of it introduced so in this case 50% looks pretty good and that’s designed to just give off a more of a cold cool feel for shooting the mountains for snowboarding if it’s at nighttime blue filters why I call this Arctic Circle are good choices to go with if you want to clear that off you can just right click on this adjustment layer hit enable and now you’re back to your raw footage and you don’t have to actually edit or touch that clip below same thing to get it back reverse it you’re back now if you don’t want the sluttin you want to try something else come up here to the input tab hit none and then just browse and pick something up let’s go black eye pretty cool now we didn’t change the opacity of this before we applied this again so it applied a black eye at 50% at 100% way too strong but like I said you can dial that back to zero slowly introduce it I think it let’s get around like 35 even not 50 might even be too much and then you can tweak from there from your luma tree panel maybe a more exposure to get a little more contrast and a little more white and there we had a pretty cool-looking clip now if you don’t like that you can bring this back up to 100 click none and let’s try something else at Kodak killer is one of my favorites it’s kind of like a film emulation kind of vintage so warm feel to it it’s what I use in 80% of my blogs when I do cinematic b-real sequences so that’s when you guys will probably really like check that out Wow look at that it’s just cool there’s just something about it it looks good that’s all that matters is that you are happy you’re having fun there’s no right there’s no wrong sure there’s things that look better or look worse but that’s all subjective if you like it and you’re happy then it’s good to go now it’s in my professional opinion and if you’re doing a job for somebody typically if you take on a filter and it’s that like a hundred percent and it’s coming in hot it tends to be a little more on the amateur side but like I said sometimes I just like to I like to do that because I’m having fun with it so toning them back usually is a little more of a professional look to it so check this out so that was a hundred percent we make this like 45 that looks a lot better in my opinion watching that clip than it did if it was out a hundred so it looks cool but it looks a little more intentional at 45 the teal and orange when you guys have all been wanting and asking for there it is at 100% I typically arrest that that’s at 100% I typically keep it at around 50 or 45 I add a little bit of orange that and drop the exposure a little bit and I up the contrast a little more black.
That is typically what I use when I shoot for the feeling orange let’s try a different clip let’s try this one here at the city let’s throw kodak killer on this city clip so i’m at a hundred percent though it’s pretty good maybe a little more brightness a little more contrast and i’m happy with that that’s one that looks good at full stop come over here noir is a really nice black and white it’s really clean crisp black and white that just looks fresh super big fan of this one it looks good on just about anything you put it on to note any percentage let’s go over here hit none let’s browse is that 48% let’s add noir to that and pump that up to a hundred still looks pretty cool it’s just I’m a big fan of that one so that’s cool Kodak Euler is great in the teal and orange obviously they took a really popular cinematic trend right now in footage on YouTube in different videos essentially just desaturate the footage plays with the shadows a little bit but give you a really kind of flat feel now if you drop that down to like 65 or 75 it’s a really cool cinematic look that’s pretty easily obtainable
This is good on drone footage it looks good with cars and you’re going to notice that there’s certain lusts that look good with certain Clips at certain times of day and that’s when you start to get really good footage and you start thinking hand in hand to the edit while you’re out there shooting so that’s pretty much it that’s the fast way to apply a lust to an adjustment layer on your footage within Premiere Pro.
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