Why LUTs

3D LUTs or Look Up Tables are nothing more than a table of numbers that apply a color transform to an image.  What makes them unique however is their ability to apply complex color grades that can imitate the look of major motion picture films.  It's now possible to accurately emulate all the subtle nuances and color shifts of your favorite film!

Color grading systems like Adobe Premiere, DaVinci Resolve and Final Cut Pro X support 3D LUTs as well as other editing applications that support LUTs in the .cube format.  

Another NEW phenomenon is the ability to see the LUTs as real-time previews as thumbnails BEFORE they are even applied.   This is possible in DaVinci Resolve 14 (Win/Mac) and Final Cut Pro X with the LUT Gallery or Color Finale plugin.

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What's the Difference

A very common question I get asked is,  "What is the difference between Motion Picture Film LUTs and ImpulZ?" 

The Motion Picture Film LUTs are a collection of LUTs based on 22 iconic looking films that we recreated the look of so you can get the same look on your footage as the films they are based on.   The films the LUTs are based on are: 80s*, Amelia, The Aviator, Blade Runner: 2049, Buffalo 66, The Devil's Rejects, Drive, Enemy, The Graduate, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Hannibal, Her, Let The Right One In, Llewyn Davis, Mad Max, Mafia*, Moonrise Kingdom, The Revenant, Sci Fi*, Seven, Steel Assassin*, Super Hero*
* Alternate names used for films with trademarked names

I recommend the MPFL's for beginners all the way to advanced for quick stunning results without requiring a lot of effort.  There are three levels or packages to choose from.  The Basic version includes versions for Rec709, the Pro includes versions for specific camera Log profiles and the Filmmaker version includes our Color Grading Academy that teaches you the art and fundamentals of color grading step-by-step.

ImpulZ on the other hand is a system of LUTs that accurately emulates unprocessed 35mm film stocks for a large number of precisely pre-calibrated camera profiles and sensors.  In other words Kodak and Fuji film stocks can be emulated specifically for YOUR camera be it Arri Alexa, Blackmagic Camera, Canon, GoPro, GH4, Sony A7S(ii)/FS7/F55/65, etc.  These require a little bit more effort to get use to but yield better results and more creativity.

I do want to point out that the FREE ImpulZ Basic is only designed for generic Log and Rec709 profiles.  If you want the LUTs to work best with your specific camera or picture profile you'll need to consider the ImpulZ Pro or ImpulZ Ultimate.

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