In our last lesson, learning DaVinci Resolve, we talked about secondary color correction and working with Qualifiers. In this lesson, I want to talk about 3rd Party LUT’s, how to install them, and how to find them after that.
For the purposes of our lesson, we’re going to deal with the most common type of LUT, and that is a .CUBE lut, and we’re also going to be talking about LUT’s in a stylistic way, not in a technical way (converting color spaces, etc). One thing that’s great about the internet, besides all the obvious things, is that it’s a great place to find free LUT’s for you to use in your workflows. Simply head over to a site that offers free LUT downloads, make sure they’re .CUBE files, and once they’re downloaded, you’re all set to go. Now, at this point most people will be putting file paths for you to copy your LUT’s over to, so that you have access to them inside of DaVinci Resolve. We’re not going to be doing that. To install LUT’s on your system is pretty simple and straightforward. No matter whether you’re on Mac or Windows, you can navigate to your Project Settings>Color Management, and there is a button to “Open LUT Folder”.
Now, it doesn’t matter whether you’re on Mac or Windows, Resolve will open the folder that it stores all its LUT’s in, and now you can copy your downloaded LUT’s into this folder. I would, however, recommend putting them in subfolders, if they aren’t already, to make your life easier when looking for them. Now, the easiest way to apply your new LUT’s is in the Color module, head over to the NODE window, right click on the current Node (you can add a new serial node if you wish to have the new LUT added as a separate element), navigate to 3D LUT, and you’ll now see the folder you copied in to the LUT’s folder. In our case it’s called “35 Free LUTs”.
You’re now ready to add whatever creative LUT you like, and give your footage a new and stylized look!
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