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  • My BMDFilm LUT

    Hey guys,

    I'm sharing my LUT for Resolve i made that i designed to work with BMDFilm footage (RAW or Prores).

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/k1bj22z0zi...DFilm2Vid.cube

    This is a revised version of the above lut:
    http://www.captainhook.co.nz/LUT_Hoo...2Vid_V1.1.cube

    And a version for Lut Buddy for those who don't use Resolve (add curves and other adjustments BEFORE Lut Buddy):

    http://www.captainhook.co.nz/LUT_Hoo...MDFilm2Vid.mga

    If you find my LUT useful, please post a link here to anything you used it on, or mention that you used it in your video description (if possible). You can also send me money ($10NZD) if you REALLY find it useful:



    I spent a while creating this and used it as a starting point for every shot in my BMCC Auckland video:



    https://vimeo.com/61492349

    The idea behind this LUT is to get me to a place i am 90% happy with, with minimal adjustments needed after. This is not a 'neutral' LUT, but has a 'look' to it that suits my aesthetic and what i like to see, but is generally flexible enough to suit most things i need to do. Its not for everyone but if some people find it useful it's worth me sharing.

    Also for anyone interested, i posted a Grading Showreel with breakdowns last night (many shots using this LUT):



    https://vimeo.com/63309770

    I've also been able to use this LUT with DSLR footage from the 5Dmk3 and other "video" sources not shot in LOG by using Juan's "Video 2 LOG" lut here in the 3D Input LUT section of Resolve (or you could put it in your first node, and make a 2nd for offset etc adjustments):
    http://juanmelara.com.au/downloads/video2log_lut.zip

    The way this is intended to be used is to be loaded as a 3D Output LUT in resolve as shown here (or used in the last node of your tree without adjustments made in the node itself):



    Your RAW tab should be set to "BMDFilm", or what i've done is make a preset in Resolve that sets all CinemaDNG's to BMDFilm and also loads my output LUT.
    From there it should be a simple exposure/wb/tint adjustment to get you 90% there, and perhaps some saturation tweaks (i still sometimes increase/decrease sat by up to 10 'points').
    This workflow should literally take a few seconds to get you going since any added clips will already be in BMDFilm with my output LUT added and you don't even need to make any 'node' adjustments!

    For Prores, it's exactly the same with the output LUT except i use the Offset control in the LOG tab to control overall exposure/wb to get started. And saturation again if needed. Some grades will only need this one node adjustment to be 'done'.
    The offset wheel is the last wheel on the right shown here:




    Here's some examples using my LUT with the ONLY changes made being either exposure/wb/saturation for the RAW shots, or 'LOG Offset Wheel' exposure/tint/saturation:

    RAW Shot:

    Before (BMDFilm including exposure/wb adjustments):



    After (only my LUT added):




    A shot i did in Prores - before (straight out of camera):



    After (LUT plus Offset exposure/tint/saturation in one node)




    Prores - before (sooc):



    After (same procedure)



    John's Raw (everyone knows this image - as before in BMDFilm etc)



    After (only my LUT added)



    RAW from Kholi (as before)



    After (LUT only)



    RAW from Kholi (as before)



    After (LUT only)



    I know John said it's not possible with current BMC hardware that adding your own custom LUT could be implemented, but i hope i can find a decently priced monitor (Odyssey7??) that will allow custom LUTs so i can use this while shooting.


    Hope some people find this useful!
    Last edited by CaptainHook; 02-10-2014, 01:43 PM. Reason: added revised version
    Blackmagic Design
    My BMD LUTs.

    **Any post by me prior to Aug 2014 was before i started working for Blackmagic**

  • #2
    Heck yeah, Cap'n!!!!

    Thanks man, getting this right now.

    I've been nagging BMD about custom luts, this would be amazing to have in camera.

    SKYPE (best way to talk to me): Camera_Kholi | twitter
    Avery and Pete: Superseeds Feature Film Trailer

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    • #3
      You're welcome!
      Yeah it would be great in the BMCC (i would make a slight adjustment to this and lower the exposure so that the sensor was still "fed with light" but what you see on screen looks more 'normal' exposure wise) but John said it's not possible with the current hardware in the BMCC. This made me quite sad. Haha. I hope the Odyssey7 has custom LUTs, that would work for me and it's priced pretty well for monitor only (no record functions).
      Blackmagic Design
      My BMD LUTs.

      **Any post by me prior to Aug 2014 was before i started working for Blackmagic**

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      • #4
        I'm looking at the Odyssey as well, and hoping that the color is better than the TVLogic.

        Also looking at the Flanders for production monitoring.

        About to try this tonight, my friend! Thanks for all of your community support, footage looks killer.

        SKYPE (best way to talk to me): Camera_Kholi | twitter
        Avery and Pete: Superseeds Feature Film Trailer

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        • #5
          Let us know what you see at NAB in terms of monitors and anything else, would be appreciated!
          Thanks, and no problems.
          Blackmagic Design
          My BMD LUTs.

          **Any post by me prior to Aug 2014 was before i started working for Blackmagic**

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          • #6
            Good stuff CaptainHook. Thanks!
            Push for greatness. Live to inspire.

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            • #7
              First blush, this is a very impressive piece of work. One node of saturation, 75.00, almost over-saturated.

              Very well balanced for Blackmagic shooting practice/DNGs, and doesn't blast highlights into the atmosphere.

              Actually makes me want to try more diffusion, strangely, to see how the highlights transition with your lut.

              Still messing, thanks a ton for sharing, Hook. Would love to have this in camera.

              One of the things I pitched to BMD guys was "curating" profiles from the community that they allow you to put on your camera via an optional firmware update. That way it's not just people messing up their footage, but ones that BMD deems worthy for the camera, and would like to let others use it.

              SKYPE (best way to talk to me): Camera_Kholi | twitter
              Avery and Pete: Superseeds Feature Film Trailer

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              • #8
                @CaptainHook

                any simple step by step workflow for those who are not really familiar with Resolve?

                Thanks in advance.
                Last edited by kicap; 04-04-2013, 11:07 PM.

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                • #9
                  That would be very cool Kholi.
                  Push for greatness. Live to inspire.

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                  • #10
                    Click to get the 1080 JPEG -- SLRmagic HyperPrime 25/0.95 @ 0.95, 800ISO, 180 Shutter, DNGs.

                    BMD FILM (No Lut):


                    HOOKS_LUT (Zero Nodes):


                    HOOKS_LUT (Three nodes):


                    So much faster, and I like the results with minor tweaking. Also, yeah, an extra ten on saturation generally does the trick, no need for several nodes to get there.

                    @kicap - It's generally up to taste once you've loaded the LUT, check Hook's first post, there're some basic tips that pretty much work.

                    SKYPE (best way to talk to me): Camera_Kholi | twitter
                    Avery and Pete: Superseeds Feature Film Trailer

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                    • #11
                      Wow, the bottom image looks great Kholi ! Very exciting to see that, thanks! Especially with my LUT being used!

                      Something i love about using the LUT is that it makes grading BMCC footage (and other footage actually) much faster which generally leads to me making better decisions overall since your first reaction is so crucial and your brain adjusts and starts to filter what you see (and hear/smell/etc) so quickly. It's that "wake up the next day and immediately see what you need to do to fix yesterday's work" effect.. if you can stay in that place by working quicker (and with other techniques) there's less chance of needing to revise your work i've found.

                      Great idea about getting select LUT's onto the camera.. it just occurred to me while reading what you wrote that if not possible to load up the camera with extra LUTs etc, it MIGHT be possible to 'replace' the default 'Video' LUT with your own (or options chosen by BMD as you suggest) by firmware 'updating' - the same way i've noticed that say changing from Prores to DNxHD recording on the hyperdeck shuttle seems to actually load different firmware on the unit (from what i can tell) and requires the unit to be connected to your computer. Maybe we should start to nag BMD more and get a response either way if it's possible or not.

                      @kicap - i think if my first post isn't helpful you might be after more of a general resolve step-by-step guide which there are already many good ones of. But if this seems to be a common request i'll look at putting one together.
                      Blackmagic Design
                      My BMD LUTs.

                      **Any post by me prior to Aug 2014 was before i started working for Blackmagic**

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                      • #12
                        That's incredible Captain, thanks for sharing.

                        Frank
                        Blog: http://frankglencairn.wordpress.com/

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                        • #13
                          Thanks Frank! Hope you find it useful.
                          Blackmagic Design
                          My BMD LUTs.

                          **Any post by me prior to Aug 2014 was before i started working for Blackmagic**

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                          • #14
                            Oh yeah, I do. I really do.
                            Blog: http://frankglencairn.wordpress.com/

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                            • #15
                              This looks great; maybe just what I need to start using Resolve more. Thanks for putting it up!
                              Test footage Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/romanalaivi

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