Rocket Rooster Releases Rocket Rooster GH4 Log Looks, Brilliant 150-Strong LUT Package for Panasonic GH4 V-Log L Footage

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    Rocket Rooster releases looks and analog film emulation LUTs, color presets and other software products in a fairly regular basis and we have covered a number of them over the last year or so.

    The latest Rocket Rooster product to hit the shelves, as it were, is Rocket Rooster GH4 Log Looks, designed for the log gamma aka photo style Panasonic makes for use in its Lumix GH4 4K hybrid movie/stills camera as well as in its Micro Four Thirds-chipped AG-DVX200 4K handheld camcorder.

    But that is not all. Rocket Rooster has essentially doubled the value and the potential user base for its GH4 Log Looks pack by providing a second set of LUTs designed for the Cinelike D Rec. 709 photo style. In doing so, the company is thoughtfully catering for shooting with a range of Panasonic cameras whether they have V-Log or not.

    For example, I now shoot videos (and stills) with my GH4 and my GX8, and may well add a GH5 when it appears sometime next year to complete a planned three camera – two-for-movies and one-for-stills – on-location documentary production kit. It is good to know that, should I rent or borrow an Panasonic AG-DVX200 sometime, I can shoot V-Log L on it and easily edit the footage into video shot with the GH4 or GH5, and grade it using LUTs from GH4 Log Looks.

    Kodak Cine4.cube from Rocket Rooster GH4 Log Looks.

    Kodak Cine4.cube from Rocket Rooster GH4 Log Looks.

    Log to Linear 4.cube LUT, from the V-Log L Log to Linear subset in Rocket Rooster GH4 Log Looks. All footage shot on Panasonic Lumix GH4 with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 lens adapted with Metabones EF to M43 Smart Adapter and using Genustech 77mm ND Fader with lens hood.

    Log to Linear 4.cube LUT, from the V-Log L Log to Linear subset in Rocket Rooster GH4 Log Looks. All footage shot on Panasonic Lumix GH4 with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 lens adapted with Metabones EF to M43 Smart Adapter and using Genustech 77mm ND Fader with lens hood.

    Choice is good and so is flexibility. At the moment I am shooting a small series of web shorts for a colleague, with a two-camera rig, and she is mixing GH4 Cinelike D footage with GX8 Cinelike D footage in her edit, and you can’t tell which footage comes from which camera. In other current projects, we are mixing V-Log L footage with Cinelike D, matching them up in grading.

    Hollywood 10.cube from Rocket Rooster GH4 Log Looks.

    Hollywood 10.cube from Rocket Rooster GH4 Log Looks.

    A LUT or two, some tweaks in grading, and they mesh together perfectly. These days I often use Visceral Psyche’s Leeming LUT One profile customization and input LUT when shooting in Cinelike D, then apply looks LUTs over that. Being able to marry together V-Log L footage with Cinelike D footage in the same project via looks LUTs that work with both is a real advantage.

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    Empire 25.cube from Rocket Rooster GH4 Log Looks.

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    Mono 15.cube from Rocket Rooster GH4 Log Looks.

    Rocket Rooster’s GH4 Log Looks package simplifies and speeds up the process. I discovered that all I need do with V-Log L footage is apply a LUT, tweak it a little and bingo, a top notch starting point for further much more subtle tweaks if needed.

    Rocket Rooster’s GH4 Log Looks package contains a generous set of looks LUTs divided up into five subsets, in V-Log L and Cinelike D versions. This makes it a pleasure applying variations within a subset to a project for variations in look and feel.

    Rocket Rooster's GH4 Log Looks package contains a generous set of looks LUTs divided up into five subsets, in V-Log L and Cinelike D versions. This makes it a pleasure applying variations within a subset to a project for variations in look and feel.

    I did very little tweaking with the examples on this page – most of the work was done by carefully choosing from amongst 150 different LUTs in the set based on the emotion and color rendering I desired. It can be that easy.

    Recommended reading:
    Oliver Peters is another moviemaker who has written about Rocket Rooster LUTs and presets here. Mr Peters is an independent post-production professional who contributes to several industry print magazines and his writing is highly recommended.

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    Rocket Rooster GH4 Log Looks, for Vlog and Cine D

    Via Rocket Rooster:

    Choose from over 150 LUTs with looks based on Hollywood blockbusters, Cinema film stocks, alternative looks and classic monochromes. The pack can be used in most NLEs and grading software and is compatible with both the GH4 and GH4R.

    Learn more at Rocket Rooster.

    (cover photo credit: snap from Karin Gottschalk)


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