Download over 200 free cinematic LUTs to improve the look of your video and footage.
Let’s start with the basics. A LUT or “Look Up Table” is a preset color profile for color grading footage or film in video editing software. You can use LUTs in Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Davinci Resolve, or Final Cut Pro.
In more technical terms, LUTs hold a set of numbers that your respective video editing software looks up to change the color of an image. The input value, which your camera recorded, is transformed into a desired color value for your output. For example, this free LUT will allow to convert Log footage into Rec. 709.
Without further ado, here free LUTs ready for download. We also provide a short description for each link. If there is a tutorial attached, we provide it too.
LUTs Color Grading Pack by IWLTBAP
Even though this is a paid pack, its author offers a good amount of free samples.
10+ Free Cinematic LUTs from IWLTBAP
This is a free sample from IWLTBAP’s paid pack. The author provides detailed instructions about how to import LUTs in your software. The tutorials are Vimeo-hosted videos.
35 Free LUTs from Rocketstock
These are 35 .CUBE files good for use in Premiere Pro, FCPX, Davinci, After Effects. See their trailer.
17 free LUTs for LOG footage
PremiumBeat offers 17 free LUTs for use in personal and commercial projets. The free LUTs are .CUBE files for use in Premiere Pro, FCP, DaVinci.
Free KODACHROME – K-Tone LUT
This LUT is useful to give that vintage look to your scenes. It’s a .CUBE file from Frank Glencairn, an established cinematographer.
Free 3D Cinematic LUT from SmallHD
SmallHD gives away this LUT pack. They will ask you a couple of questions before allowing to download it. Worth it!
13 Free LUTs from Ground Control Color
The LUTs are priced at $0. You will need to go through the checkout process to get these free LUTs.
20+ Free LUTs from PresetPro
Check out this collection of free LUTs. Each LUT comes as .CUBE and .3dk
5 Free Cinematic LUTs from Steven Van
Get these LUTs for free. You will need to go through the checkout process on his site. Here is the official trailer.
More about LUTs
You’re still here? Let’s dig into LUTs a little more. LUTs are simple to understand and powerful to use.
Spend several minutes to watch this video about LUTs. This video explains how LUTs can give your videos that beautiful cinematic look.
Frequently Asked Questions about LUTs
Are LUTs presets?
No, LUTs are not presets. But a preset in your video editing software can contain a LUT.
Can LUTs be edited?
Yes, you can edit LUTs and use them as layers. This allows you to adjust opacity and, thus, customize your look further.
How would you use LUTs?
Filmmakers and videographers use LUTs to create and save color grades. These grades can be used in multiple projects. With the help of LUTs flat footage can be so much better with new contrast and style.
Are LUTs compatible with all software?
LUTs come as .CUBE, .3DL. .LOOK files. They may be also .VLT, .XMP. Before downloading free LUTs or paid LUTs, you might want to make sure your software can use such files. A quick search on your preferred search engine can get you this info.
How to import LUTs in Premiere Pro?
- Import your footage and click on the clip you want to work with.
- In the Lumetri panel, open the Basic Correction tab.
- Under Basic Correction, select the Input LUT dropdown menu, and click on Browse.
- Go to the folder with the LUTs you downloaded and select the LUT of your choice.
How to import LUTs in Final Cut Pro?
- Once you have imported your footage, open the Effects Browser.
- Add Custom LUT Effect to your footage.
- Choose the LUT of your choice.
- Adjust the intensity of your LUT.
How to import LUTs in Davinci?
- Open DaVinci Resolve Project Settings.
- Click Open LUT Folder in the Color Management Section.
- Drag and Drop LUTs of your choice.
- Click Update Lists.
- Add LUTs to Footage from the 3D Input Lookup Table.
- Pick a LUT and Click Save.