Color grade your content with LUTs

Give your videos beautiful dimension and consistency with the help of LUTs. Between your colorful creativity and Runway’s selection of color grading effects, you can transform any project into a high-quality, cinematic experience.

Find your film’s colors

Tired of color-grading individual clips one by one? Establish remarkable ambiance in your film by using LUTs to change a kaleidoscope of colors instantly. Whether creating a high-concept sci-fi film or a bright and bubbly commercial campaign, you can quickly discover the perfect match for your video’s theme, mood, and style.
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How to use LUTs with Runway

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Import
Upload your desired videos straight to the cloud. For best results using LUTs, ensure that there are no other effects previously applied to the video clips.
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Add LUT
Find Runway’s growing library of LUTs under “Effects and Filters” in the right-hand panel of the editor. Select your clip and simply click to add the LUT of your choosing. Use adjustment sliders to further refine for just the right look.
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Export
Once you’re satisfied with the look of your clip, you can continue editing your composition, or export your finished creation in a variety of resolution and formatting options, like 4K or ProRes.

Benefits

So, do you want to know what LUTs are and how can they help you? The answer is easy. Implementing LUTs into your editing workflow can help you achieve high-quality, color-corrected visuals without the hassle of constant tweaking. Elevate your final product with color-grading effects that look rich, professional, and consistent.

Color grade quickly

LUTs can help cut down your time in the editing lab while delivering stunning results. With a suite of color adjustment effects at your disposal, you can apply effective filters to any clips.

Enhance visual quality

LUTs can give any project an impression of excellence. Count on professionally made color-grading effects to enrich and maximize your overall look. Each preset comes with color, light, and shadow perfectly balanced for instant application.

Ensure continuity

Use pre-made LUTs to give all of your clips the same consistent color qualities. Reduce the margin of error by opting for a more comprehensive approach.

Why Runway?

Create stunning effects and crisp, quality content with Runway. In such a highly visual medium like film, color is a core component of your final product. Make sure colors pop—and fade—just the way you want them to, and add other filters and templates to create the perfect image.

Share your art with anyone

Video editing doesn't have to be a solo project. Tell your story with ease by sharing it instantly with other Runway users. Using this online, cloud-enabled, browser-based platform, you can collaborate during the editing process or send your final product to anyone in the world. Whether seeking professional feedback or a spark of inspiration, Runway can help you put your content in front of the right people.

Become an editing pro with all-in-one software

Thanks to Runway’s intuitive design and wide range of accessible features and effects, you can become a master video editor in no time. With easy-to-use tools and streamlined editing mechanics, you can complete your projects quickly and move on to your next big thing without even switching tabs.

Unlock and unleash your creativity

With Runway’s simple editing functionality and endless options, you can uncover a new level or style of creativity that’s been just out of reach. Become an expert in visual effects, a connoisseur of color-grading, a Green Screen magician, or a sound mixing mastermind—all these and more with Runway.
FAQs
Are LUTs, presets, and filters the same thing?
No, they all have their own definition, uses, and benefits. While LUTs, presets, and filters can all help with color manipulation, they do so in different ways. Knowing the difference between these functions can help transform your media to align with your vision.
  • What do LUTs stand for in video? – The term LUT is an acronym for “Lookup Table.” A LUT is essentially a formula that you can apply to an image or video footage that will re-map the existing color composition. By introducing a LUT to your media, you can enhance or adjust the color or tone of your image. You can opt for a LUT that focuses on illuminating one specific color or one that brings out a wide range of colors. You can also add LUTs in layers, allowing you to adjust the opacity to achieve the perfect color-corrected look. Regardless of the custom LUT you choose, you can use them to convey a specific mood or atmosphere within your media for a more cinematic and homogenous approach to your project. LUTs can be useful tools while learning how to animate pictures or how to make motion graphics.
  • What are presets in video? – While a preset can contain a LUT within it, you wouldn’t refer to a LUT as a preset. The term “preset” refers to a custom, cohesive look you can apply to images or videos. While a preset sounds similar to a LUT on the surface, the main difference comes from the color qualities they modify. While LUTs focus primarily on overall color and tone, presets can rework more advanced color functions such as curves and RGB attributes. Presets may work in your favor if you’re looking to achieve an overall level of consistency for multiple media projects such as an Instagram page or a YouTube channel.
  • What are filters in video? – Filters typically initiate a range of fundamental changes in a video or image, including exposure, brightness, and saturation. You can think of filters as more of an overlay, while LUTs and presets change the very chemistry of color within an image or video.
When creating your artistic vision, knowing the difference between LUTs, presets, and filters will work to your advantage as you learn to manipulate the attributes that will yield the best results. LUTs can also remedy the quality of your video footage, such as correcting a subject's skin tone and other basic correction for video color.
Can I use LUTs directly on my raw footage?
Technically, you can apply LUTs to your media whenever you’d like, but it’s in your best interest to use LUTs after you’ve gone through your color correction process. This is because LUTs are used for grading rather than correcting colors in an image.
You’ll want to ensure your footage looks as natural as possible to reduce any risk of discoloration. Luckily, with Runway’s suite of intuitive color-correcting tools, you can prep your clips to take on color in no time.
What types of LUTs are there?
There are countless individual LUTs, but they tend to fall under one of two categories: conversion and creative. Depending on the color grading you’re looking for, you can find the perfect LUT to fit your needs:
  • Conversion LUTs – These can help you accomplish objectives, including correcting colors, enhancing details, and maintaining continuity. For example, with a conversion LUT, you can adjust LOG—or flat—footage from a milky tone to a more vibrant one. This practice can ensure you maintain the sharp details from your LOG footage while introducing standard color back into each scene.
  • Creative LUTs – These help you achieve cinematic looks that can effectively display mood. Creative LUTs can offer any number of looks to your video. Whether you’re hoping for a vintage nostalgia feel, a sense of eerie, dramatic tension, or a romantic glow, a creative LUT can help you achieve your desired effect on the final cut.
  • LUTs can help you through multiple steps of your editing process. Opting for a conversion LUT before implementing your creative LUT can help your video footage look sharper, brighter, and more dynamic.
What’s the difference between 1D LUTs and 3D LUTs?
During your LUT research, you may have stumbled across LUTs designated as 1D or 3D. Both of these LUTs can prove incredibly useful in your editing process, but knowing how to use them correctly can help yield the best results for you and your project:
  • 1D LUT – 1D LUTs use direct, 1:1 values to adjust the color grading of individual pixels—for example, from 10 to 150. In a 10-bit video clip, you’ll have 1024 values to remap using this 1:1 system. A 1D LUT can come in handy if you’re looking to create color consistency or convert LOG to linear footage. However, when it comes to creating visuals that match the real-world dynamics of colors, 1D LUTs are not quite as effective as 3D LUTS.
  • 3D LUT – 3D LUTs offer a more complex and stylish effect because they manipulate multiple color qualities. A 3D LUT can modify a color’s hue, saturation, and brightness. As a result, 3D LUTs can help your footage pop since the colors will change and morph as your footage does, rather than adjust according to a linear scale.
Remember, you can always layer your LUTs. So you can feel free to use a 1D LUT to correct balance before adding a 3D LUT on the top to maximize color luminosity on the final cut.
Where can I find LUTs?
Once you know the answer to the question, “what are LUTs?” you may begin to ask yourself, “so where can I find them?”
Part of the beauty of LUTs is their easy accessibility. You can discover new and exciting LUTs in various places to spice up your latest project, including:
  • Editing software LUTs – Many editing platforms provide specialty, free-to-use LUTs. Reduce editing time by selecting a LUT within your editing software instead of uploading from a third-party source. At Runway, you can browse through our selection of stylistic and comprehensive LUTs to find one that can take your film to the next level. We also have several video templates you can use along with the LUTs.
  • Downloadable packages – In addition to built-in, readily available LUTs, you may want to search for something hyper-specific to create a unique look. Since LUTs are essentially formulas, you can upload any LUT into an editing software that understands the algorithm, from technical LUT, video LUT, calibration LUT, creative LUT, cinematic LUTs, etc. Feel free to browse the internet for free downloadable LUTs packages. From there, all you need to do is upload them to Runway to make your vision a reality.
With so many Lookup Tables available, you can create an entire LUT pack to revisit whenever you please.
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