Following on from the success of his KinoLUT and VistaLUT movie looks LUT collections, John Hope of Cineplus has released SpectraLUT, a 24-strong set of looks LUTs for instant application of color-rich enhancements to your video footage.
From my own tests and the examples shown off at the Cineplus website and product page, SpectraLUT is a great way to change the look of your footage for added emotional value. Each LUT comes in two versions, cool and warm, and can be used as a base on which to apply plenty of other grading decisions and they can stand up in their own right.
Each LUT in the SpectraLUT set is best applied to footage shot flat in-camera or flattened in your NLE or color grading suite via a Rec.709 to Log technical LUT like the one Australian colorist Juan Melara gives away and that is available via an article on the Cinetics Studio website.
The difference between a technical LUT like Juan Melara’s ‘Video2LogHR150.cube’ and looks or film emulation LUTs like those made by Cineplus, LooksLabs, Rocket Rooster and a number of other LUT vendors is that technical LUTs are designed to convert footage characteristics from one color space to another.
Looks LUTs, film emulation LUTs and hybrid LUTs with the qualities of both are chosen when you want to underscore a particular emotion, simulate the look and feel of a classic analog negative or print stock or enhance skin and hair. Some LUTs can stand on their own without further enhancement but usually you will find yourself applying plenty of other tone and color manipulations too.
When using looks LUTs such as those in the SpectraLUT collection, the best advice to is look at your footage, consider the emotion you want to underscore then choose the LUT accordingly. That is exactly what I did in my rather quick and dirty but effective tryout below.
Just one image, just three different quick and dirty looks. For more and better renditions of some of the many possibilities with Cineplus' SpectraLUT set applied to a range of original footage and lighting conditions, I recommend the many excellent before-and-after examples in the SpectraLUT product pages linked to below.
Looks LUT sets like SpectraLUT that can instantly enhance your footage with a simple drag-and-drop application are an excellent introduction to the wonderful world of color grading with look-up tables. You can use them as-is or push them as far as budgets, needs and available time permit with almost limitless further enhancements.Cineplus releases SpectraLUT, an expressive collection of looks LUTs for instant enhancement. Click To Tweet
24 instant organic LUTs | The 24 finest grading nuances.
Bored by teal-orange schemes? SpectraLUT creates an instant film look that goes beyond the Teal-Orange tradition. With the finest color nuances, SpectraLUT is aimed at filmmakers who want to get rid of the digital looking footage, with warm or cool light interpretations. LUTs can be used on almost any editing sytem and color grading suite, and it's a drag and drop instant grading method. The only parameters that you will want to adjust before the LUT are the color temperature and the exposure, to maximise the LUT's beauty.
LUTs are documents (Look Up Tables) and need a plugin to host them:
Premiere CC: OK, Davinci: OK, FCPX: needs Lut Utility, FCP7: needs Lut Buddy
Read more at Cineplus.
(cover photo credit: snap from Karin Gottschalk)