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02 Jun ADDING LUTS TO THE FUJI XPRO2 VIDEO IMAGEBecause of the…

ADDING LUTS TO THE FUJI XPRO2 VIDEO IMAGE

Because of the limited internal image controls the Xpro2 has for video capture, it is imperative that you use a LUT, or several LUTS in this case to create a cinematic image! Now I know the term cinematic is subjective, but I’ll use it anyway, because that’s what I’m after in grading any of my video images. I will say, I haven’t tested all of the film simulations within the Xpro2, but we have to start somewhere! The film simulation (Astia Soft), is what I have been using, this seems to have some nice color reproduction that isn’t as contrast heavy as the rest, however, you will still need to raise the black levels, and the mid levels with this setting. You will also need a LUT loader, I use FCPX and Color Finale’s LUT Utility, however, there are a few free versions, I believe one from Pixel Farm Studios called LUT Loader. This is necessary to load the .cube file that will manipulate the image. I use two LUTS, the first is to flatten the Xpro2 image, and the second is to add a look. Both of these LUTS are free from Casey Wilson DP, and they were created for the Samsung NX1, just download his NX1 LUT pack. The first thing I do is correct the images crushed black and mid levels. Next I apply Casey’s Flat LUT, and dial that back to 75%. Next I apply another LUT from