How to use LUTs to color grade Sony a7S III, FX3, & A1 LOG Footage in Premiere Pro

Save time color grading with my LUTs

Here’s how to use Look Up Tables (LUTs) to quickly color grade your videos in Premiere Pro and make them look awesome!

What is a LUT? In the simplest terms, a LUT is a preset file that contains color, contrast, brightness, and saturation information in the .cube format. LUTs are used for a lot of reasons, including simulating film stock looks, emulating camera colors, or even color calibration. What we will be using them for today though, is to provide a starting point for your color grading. It can save you a lot of time, and allow you to explore new creative colors that you may not have considered before.

What is not a LUT? A LUT is NOT a one-click color grade for your film. You can’t just slap one on and render your film. LUTs often don’t take into consideration your white balance and exposure settings, so you will still need to color grade your film. With a LUT though, the amount of color grading you will have to do is probably less than you would if you were grading from scratch.

Watch my a7S III Color Grading Tutorial first

SAVE LOCATIONS FOR LUTS IN PREMIERE

Windows: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\LUTs\Creative

Mac: Applications Folder – Adobe Premiere Pro CC – Right-click and select “show package contents” – Lumetri – LUTs – Creative

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My Favorite Picture Profile For The Sony A7S III, FX3, A1, & FX6 (MattFlat 2.0)

Color Presets For My Favorite Picture Profile

Which picture profile should you choose when shooting with Sony’s latest cameras like the a7S III, FX3, A1, etc? After extensive testing and research, I have a new favorite picture profile that works perfectly with these new cameras.

But what if you’re using a mix of new and old Sony cameras? I have a picture profile recommendation for filmmakers using an a7 III, a6600, a6500, a6400 etc. as well! These two picture profiles should result in your getting beautiful footage with high dynamic range.

PICTURE PROFILE SETTINGS FOR SONY A7S III, FX3, A1, & FX6
Select PP8 in the Picture Profile Menu
Film 1.7 to 2.0 stops overexposed

PICTURE PROFILE SETTINGS FOR A MIX OF NEW (A7S III ETC.) & OLD SONY CAMERAS (A7III ETC.)
Select PP8 in the Picture Profile Menu
Switch Gamma from SLOG3 to CINE4
Film .3 to .7 stops overexposed

I hope these picture profiles help you film incredible footage with your Sony cameras!

Custom Buttons Setup | Fast Filmmaking Settings For The Sony a7Siii & FX3

😍 Download my a7S III Settings Preset

Here is how to setup the custom buttons, function menu, mode dial, and custom menu for FAST filmmaking with the Sony a7S III and FX3! These “Run & Gun” settings will put everything you need at your fingertips, meaning you essentially never have to dive deep into the menus.

If you missed part one, it will show you how to setup every single menu item to film as fast as possible. Watch it here!