Quick Tip: DaVinci Resolve Basics of Using LUTs
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In this Kino5D short tip video, I'll show you how to work with LUTs in Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve and how to avoid a mistake many Resolve users make when starting with LUTs. This tip is relevant for both the studio and free versions of DaVinci Resolve.

Credit: inema5D

A few words first

I have learned a lot online that I have learned about software and techniques over the past ten years.
There are many free and paid tutorials on the Internet. Some are better than others, but with time and effort it is possible to learn almost anything, including post-production software and film techniques.
I love comprehensive, hour-long, step-by-step instructions that guide you through entire software packages. But what I love even more are these little ones that focus on a certain piece of knowledge.

I find it exciting to learn a new little trick that speeds up my workflow, improves quality, or lets me do cool new things.

Since I think that you might also be interested in such small knowledge nuggets, I will tell you what I have collected over the years.

Oh, and one last thing: I've taught something in the past, but it's the first time that I speak directly in front of the camera – like most cameramen, I don't want to stand in front of the lens, but I bit the bullet for it Your. 🙂

To the LOG or not to the LOG

Since I wanted to know what was included in this first quick tip video when I started using Resolve, I decided to start with a tip about LUTs.

Since the advent of cameras that record LOG-Gamma, many filmmakers have used LUTs very often to normalize their footage to REC.709 or REC.2020, convert color spaces, and make their productions creative.

I don't particularly like using LUTs – mostly because they "throw away" image information, as you'll see in the video – but sometimes this is inevitable or convenient.

DaVinci Resolve is a powerhouse of a software package, but does not hold your hand in any way and it is easy to make mistakes that can significantly affect your work.

In this tutorial I covered the basics of using LUTs correctly for any purpose. I used a LUT that normalizes LOG to REC.709, but the principles apply generally to using LUT.

If you have any questions, ideas, suggestions or maybe have a little gem of knowledge to share yourself, please add them in the comments!

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