LUTx by Coremelt Kills!

LUTx from Coremelt Kills!

Yesterday Coremelt released a product I am absolutely excited to tell you all about. It is called LUTx and as the name suggests, it is a LUT utility. Quite different from others on the market because it is super useful, super easy and super affordable. I know, some others are free, but they don't come close to the utility that LUTx offers you, trust me!
Full disclosure; I was a beta tester, also, but paid for the full public release, as to not taint any reviews I may write here or anywhere else.

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Click here for more information directly from the Coremelt web site.


LUTx is a LUT utility that includes some nice features, and is, IMHO, more powerful and practical than any other I've used. What sets this one apart from the others is that it has so much extra functionality. It's not just about applying a LUT, but tweaking that LUT on two levels; Look and Camera. Plus, all of the great, very intuitive slider controls you have over your final results!

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So let's step through it. To start, you get four plugins:
Apply Basic LUT (see above image), Apply Camera LUT + Look, Apply Camera LUT, and Apply Look LUT. So a basic, a camera, a look, and a camera + look. Very nice set indeed!

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The first one,
Apply Basic LUT, allows you to apply a LUT you've got laying around, and do some adjustments. The adjustments alone are pretty cool. Such as Exposure, RGB sliders, Saturation and Mix, but the really useful think is the comparison OSC.

When any of the templates are applied and highlighted, there is a white cross shape to the left of the Viewer. Grab it and pull it towards the middle, or anywhere on the screen. When you click and hold on this shape, you see side by side comparison of your original, and the image with LUTx applied. You can change weather this shows a horizontal or vertical device. Super handy, super easy, and you can drag it all over the image, with the
Wipe Direction setting.

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The
Apply Camera LUT + Look plugin lets you pick from a stock Camera LUT, along with a Look LUT from the library. Or you an import a LUT file, in either .CUBE or .DAT, and either 1D or 3D format.

* FCPFREE.com has a bunch of free LUTs you can download and use (click here), also.
* And there are 40 film look LUTs included, designed by Shane Bartley, as shown in the image below.

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There are 16 Camera LUTs that cover cameras from RED, Sony, Arri, Nikon, Cannon, Blackmagic, Panasonic, etc. I've used camera LUTs before with my BMD 4K Production camera, shooting in RAW. I was never really satisfied with them, but these are really nice. And I still like Arri and RED LUTs applied to my BMD 4K images, just a personal quirk. The inclusion of a Technicolor S-curve LUT is really great, too. These camera LUTs help give a really nice starting place.

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The
Look part of these templates has a section to mix the LUT via Luma values of the image. Plus you can select from one of several gradient mask presets to help with the LUT spread over the image. Which can add the subtle touches that make or break your image.

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Of course the second two effects templates included let you apply only a Camera LUT or a Look LUT alone, with the really easy adjustment sliders included.

All in all, I think this is a fantastic product for FCPX user, which is a good deal at the normal price of $49. But for a short time Coremelt is offering an introductory price of $29. Which makes this a steal! Get it now, you won't regret it! Did I mention that Coremelt expects to have more LUTs from their own web site you will be abel to add to your collection, in the near future? Just fantastic!

Click here for more information directly from the Coremelt web site.

P.S. I am post-supervisor for a new reality TV show, and we were going to use this in our workflow. The show is on hold, but if/when we pick up again, we will be using this product, along with Color Finale, for all color grading/correction/effects work on the show. Just waiting for an unexpected accident (outside of the show) to clear up to move forward. But yes, we are going to use this in post for the show, coming to Discovery Channel.