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How to Create LUTs in DaVinci Resolve

Aug 31, 2020• Proven solutions

You will be glad to know that when you have DaVinci Resolve in your system, you can download LUTs from website, but also you can develop your personalized LUT with ease. There are generally two types of LUTs, 1D LUT and 3D LUT. DaVinci Resolve platform can be used to develop normal 3D LUT or Soft Clip LUT, namely both 1D and 3D LUTs. However, 1D LUTs are observed to provide much accurate results with the help of 1023 data points as compared to 33x33x33 cube of 3D LUT. Hence it is good to follow soft clip LUT for 1D LUT and apply 3D LUT on all other applications. The article below will help you to learn the techniques to develop Soft Clip LUT and normal 3D LUTs.

Easier Way to Use LUT in Wondershare FilmoraPro:

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The DaVinci Resolve Software is really a professional editor, but it is a little complicated for beginners. If you want to apply a LUT in your video easily and quickly, we recommend you to use Wondershare FilmoraPro which allows you to add a 3D Look-up Table with ease.

The built-in 3D LUT is comprehensive yet easy to use, which features effects including Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and House of Cards. What’s more, it also allows you to download a LUT from website. Let’s take a look at how to apply a LUT in FilmoraPro.

Step 1: Import your video. Go to effects tab to search "lut".

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Step 2: Drag it onto video clip. There are so many preset you can choose including 007 series, gravity and more.

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Step 4: Save and then upload.

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Part 1: Differences between 3D LUT and Soft Clip LUT:

The soft clip LUT has all the properties of regular LUTs with two additional features.

  • It possesses Forced highlight/shoulder roll-off that improves appearance of white clippings.
  • Forced shadow/tow roll off that makes black clippings more pleasing.

Note: Before you start creating on LUTs, it is important to understand native codec. Here are the important details:

Which camera you are using to capture shots? What are its end file formats? And does it possess its personalized codec? You should know answers for all these questions before starting development of LUTs.

In case if you are working on RAW workflow of Blackmagic (Cinema DNG), Arri (ArriRAW) or RED (REDCODE) then you will naturally have more control on white balances as well as on exposure including the colour control.

If workflow is having a non-RAW format like Canon XF or Apple ProRes then you will be able to have limited control. Here users also need to be very careful about the file importing process.

How to Create Soft Clip in DaVinci Resolve?

There are two techniques to complete soft clip generation task using DVR:

  • You can simply use the highlight shadow roll off to complete this task.
  • Make your grade LUT ready and then apply highlight shadow roll off for creation of new LUT.

Those who have already developed the grade can follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to the Project Settings and then hit Lookup Tables section.

Step 2: Update Lists and if your LUT does not appear then simply restart your DVR.

Step 3: As soon as your LUT is visible on screen, simple scroll down to Generate Soft Clip LUT portion.

Step 4: Choose 1D Lookup Table from available options and finally hit Generate button.

How to Create Normal 3D LUT?

It also has two options:

Method 1: Go to Project settings and then go to Lookup tables. Scroll down and generate LUT from current grade. Now use ‘Save LUT as’ option, enter its name and hit Generate button.

Method 2: When you are on the color page, simply right click on thumbnail over compressed timeline and the hit Generate 3D LUT button.

After selecting this option, a .CUBE file will be created, which allows you to load into various cameras, and monitors.

Watch the video below to check more detailed information about creating a 3D LUT.

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Liza Brown
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