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At AJA’s booth, I got a chance to take a look at their new LUT-box, which, true to its name, allows you to load 3D LUTs and output to HDMI and SDI monitors. Approximately the same size as one of AJA’s mini-converters, the LUT-box supports multiple LUT formats and can be easily controlled via the free MiniConfig software. The LUT-box should be available starting next month, so watch my video above for more details.

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One of the most popular blog posts I’ve written was a guide to Applying LUTs to Log Footage in various NLEs. Since I posted it, a lot has changed in the popular NLEs; the tools used to apply Look Up Tables are now included in many of them, and they are generally better than ever. Here is a break down of how to apply LUTs to Log footage (or any footage) in Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Avid Media Composer 7, and Resolve 10

…continue reading An Updated Guide to Applying LUTs to Log Footage

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Topics Canon, Featured

Canon has Look Up Tables (LUTs) on their website for their Cinema EOS line of cameras – the C100, C300 and C500. These LUTs are designed to convert from Canon Log to Rec709 or Cineon. Originally, they were published with only the C300 in mind, but they were later updated to work for the C100 and C500 as well. They are stored in a 10-bit CSV (comma separated value) format and are designed to work with full range (extended) data found in the C500′s Raw mode, which makes them perfect for use in a color grading suite. However, these LUTs are not directly readable by many color grading programs, most of which are expecting some sort of 3D (cube) LUT. Also, sometimes it is necessary to use a ‘legal’ LUT, versus a full range LUT, for delivering content for television or web viewing. 

To make things a little easier for you, we’ve taken the Canon LUTs and modified them for use in various programs. Additionally, we’ve thrown in some versions with our popular AbelCine scene files applied. Plus, we’ve made both legal and full range versions available for each. 

…continue reading Canon LUTs for the C100, C300 and C500

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A little while ago, Sony released the latest firmware for the F5 & F55 cameras, as well as the AXS-R5 Raw recorder. Version 1.15 of the F5/F55 firmware has some small incremental updates, with mostly bug fixes included. However, some big changes include improved naming conventions on the AXS card, de-anamorphic function on the viewfinder, and a warning when you haven’t black balanced in a while. Sony is well on the way toward the next big release, version 1.20, which aims to give a vast array of new functions. For now, you can download version 1.15 from Sony’s website; make sure to read the details on what is and is not currently working. (Note: v1.15 includes all the updates in v1.14, in addition to another small update.) 

…continue reading New Firmware & LUTs for the Sony F5 & F55

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The Sony F65 had a number of innovations over previous Sony cameras: Raw recording, 8K horizontal resolution, and a mechanical spinning shutter. Another innovation that was added in a later firmware upgrade was the inclusion of a new Sony Log mode, S-Log2. This Log curve offers more dynamic range then the original S-Log curve, which is required with Sony’s new line of sensors. The good news for anyone interested in the Sony F5 or F55 is that S-Log2 is included in those cameras as well. Since these cameras claim up to 14 stops of dynamic range, this is a great option; S-Log2 is said to have 1300% dynamic range, versus the 1000% of the original S-Log. Here is a chart comparing the two curves:

If you are asking yourself what those input percentages mean, you’re not alone – here’s a brief explanation: 

…continue reading Sony’s S-Log2 and Dynamic Range Percentages

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2012 was a very busy year for us here at AbelCine, and we are excited to make 2013 even better. Here is a list of our top blogs for the year. Hitting the top of the list are our scene file blogs, workflow blogs and some new product announcements. We’ll keep this type of content flowing if you keep stopping by. 

…continue reading Top 10 AbelCine Blog Posts of 2012

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Pomfort has put together a new tutorial on how to use their LiveGrade software in conjunction with DaVinci Resolve to create dailies. LiveGrade can be used with hardware like the BlackMagic HD Link Pro to create LUTs live. I outlined how to apply different LUTs in a previous blog, but Pomfort has put together a very simple way to work with ASC-CDL (Color Decision List) files in DaVinci Resolve. LUTs, or Look Up Tables, are offsets that can be used to adjust the color and contrast of video shot in Log. No doubt this process will be even more simplified and improved when Resolve 9 comes out, since it will support audio syncing and a straight-forward LUT importing process. Check out Pomfort’s tutorial here. LiveGrade is now available for purchase from AbelCine.

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