Create 3DLUTs in Photoshop to colour match multiple video cameras

Jul 1, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Create 3DLUTs in Photoshop to colour match multiple video cameras

Jul 1, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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One of the trickier aspects to shooting video is dealing with multiple cameras, and more specifically having to match the colour and contrast of footage recorded by each of those cameras to each of the other cameras.

Well, in this video from IWLTBAP, your life’s about to get a whole lot easier. In it, we see how to use Photoshop to correct a frame of a clip from one camera, to a frame of a clip from another, using Photoshop’s Match Color feature and then export out a 3DLUT using their free LUT Generator.

Photoshop CC does have the ability to generate its own LUT files, based off the adjustment layers used in your image, but this method offers a little more freedom, allowing you to generate look up tables using a wider array of colour modification tools within Photoshop.

Unfortunately, their free LUT Generator only appears to be available for the Mac, which means that Windows folks are out of luck, for now.

Hopefully if enough of us say please, they’ll make a version for us, too!

I’ve been using LUTs with video for a long time. They’re amazing things, and can help to speed up your workflow by making your project use less memory overhead while editing (a simple LUT for each clip requires less memory and less processing power than a bunch of stacked adjustment filters).

They seem to be getting more common stills workflows these days, too, although I’ve yet to work with them much myself in Photoshop.

Do you guys use LUTs in your stills or video workflows? What do you use them for? For correcting cameras? For your finished looks? For something else? Let us know in the comments.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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One response to “Create 3DLUTs in Photoshop to colour match multiple video cameras”

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    bibi

    Thank you so much ! Exactly what I wanted to do ! I couldn’t find a way to export the photoshop “color matching” :)
    (And the LUT generator is also available on windows now)