How to Install LUTs for Final Cut Pro X (And Keep Them for Future Projects)

by | Jan 22, 2021 | Final Cut Pro X, Tips and Tutorials

Today, I’m excited to share a quick and efficient way to add LUTs (Look-Up Tables) into Final Cut Pro X. This method will not only save you time but also keep your LUTs organized and readily available for future projects. Let’s dive into the details.

What Are LUTs?

Before we begin, let’s briefly touch on what LUTs are. Think of them as advanced Instagram filters for your videos, but with a more technical aspect. They are fantastic tools for speeding up your color grading workflow. However, this post will focus on the installation process rather than the technicalities of LUTs.

Installing LUTs in Final Cut Pro X

The process of adding LUTs to Final Cut Pro X is straightforward. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Choose a Clip: Open Final Cut Pro X and select any clip from your project.
  2. Access Effects Tab: Navigate to the ‘Effects’ tab on the right-hand side and go to the ‘Color’ section.
  3. Apply Custom LUT: Drag the ‘Custom LUT’ effect onto your selected clip.
  4. Open LUT Options: In the inspector panel, you’ll find the ‘Custom LUT’ section. Click on the dropdown that says ‘LUT: None’.
  5. Reveal in Finder: Instead of navigating to your LUT file each time, choose ‘Reveal in Finder’. This will open the ‘Custom LUTs’ folder in Finder.
  6. Organize Your LUTs: You can directly paste your LUTs into this folder. For better organization, keep them in separate folders, like I do with my favorite sets.

Navigating to the Custom LUTs Folder

The ‘Custom LUTs’ folder is located in the Library under Application Support > Pro Apps. However, accessing it directly can be cumbersome. The ‘Reveal in Finder’ option in Final Cut Pro X is a quicker and more efficient way to access this folder.

Benefits of This Method

  • Ease of Access: Your favorite LUTs will be readily available in all future projects.
  • Organization: Keeping LUTs in folders within the ‘Custom LUTs’ folder allows for better organization and quicker selection.
  • Efficiency: This method saves time, especially if you frequently use the same LUTs across multiple projects.

Conclusion

Installing LUTs in Final Cut Pro X using this method is a game-changer for video editors. It simplifies the workflow, keeps your LUTs organized, and ensures they are always at your fingertips for any project.


Note: For the complete visual guide and additional tips, make sure to watch the accompanying YouTube video.

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