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How to apply a 3D LUT to your video project in Adobe Premiere Pro.

There are several ways you can apply 3D LUTs in Adobe Premiere Pro. However, only Premiere Pro CC and above support 3D LUTs natively.

Here we’ll cover two options of applying a 3D LUT to your video project inside Premiere Pro. Please note that Premiere Pro refers to applying a 3D LUT as Lumetri Color.

Adding a Lumetri Color effect to your video clip.

1. Load your project.

2. Open the Effects tab.

3. Go to Video Effects > Color Correction > Lumetri Color.

4. Drag the Lumetri Color effect onto your clip.

5. Under Effects Control load the 3D LUT you’d like to apply to your clip.

6. If you’re loading a Log normalization LUT, go to Basic Correction > Input LUT > Browse and choose the desired log normalization LUT.

7. If you’re loading a creative LUT, go to Creative > Look > Browse and choose the desired creative LUT.

8. Your chosen 3D LUT is applied.

 

Using the Color interface tab (Premiere Pro CC 2015)

1. Load your project.

2. Click on the Color interface tab or go to Window > Workspaces > Color or press Alt + Shift + 3.

3. Select your clip.

4. If you’re loading a Log normalization LUT, go to Basic Correction > Input LUT > Browse and choose the desired log normalization LUT.

5. If you’re loading a creative LUT, go to Creative > Look > Browse and choose the desired creative LUT.

6. Your chosen 3D LUT is applied.

 

To enable the ability to change the strength/opacity of the 3D LUTs in Premiere Pro you should apply them to Adjustment Layers.

Reducing the strength/opacity of a 3D LUT

1. Create an Adjustment Layer by clicking on the New Item button and than choose Adjustment Layer.

2. Drag your newly created adjustment layer and position it above your clip. Adjust its length so it affects the clip you’d like to color grade. Please note that adjustment layers will affect anything below them, so make sure your adjustment layer covers only the required clip/clips.

3. Apply the 3D LUT to the adjustment layer

4. Select the adjustment layer on timeline, go to Effect Controls and change the opacity of the adjustment layer.

5. You’ve reduced your 3D LUT opacity.

 

Increasing the strength/opacity of a 3D LUT

1. Create an Adjustment Layer by clicking on the New Item button and than choose Adjustment Layer.

2. Drag your newly created adjustment layer and position it above your clip. Adjust its length so it affects the clip you’d like to color grade. Please note that adjustment layers will affect anything below them, so make sure your adjustment layer covers only the required clip/clips.

3. Apply the 3D LUT to the adjustment layer

4. Create another adjustment layer, position it above the current one and apply the same 3D LUT to it.

5. Go to Effect Controls and change the opacity of the second adjustment layer if the effects is too strong.

6. If you wish to push the effect even further, you may create additional adjustment layers to further increase the effect 3D LUT has.

7. You’ve increased your 3D LUT opacity.

Please note, in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 you can change the strength of the LUTs by changing the value under Intensity in either Color Interface Tab or under Effects Control.

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