These FREE LUTs are perfect for professional video editors. Make your footage more cinematic with these free color grading tools.
Whether you are a professional colorist or a novice filmmaker, these free LUTs are perfect for giving your video footage a cinematic look. All of these LUTs do different things, but they have one thing in common: they’re all 100% free!
Type of LUTs: Conversion and Stylistic LUTs
Ground Control Color is a website that specializes in creating color LUTs for a variety of different cameras and recording formats. In addition to having a pretty impressive series of products, they also give give away a good selection of nine free LUTs for video editors. From the ‘Free LUTs’ page, users can download six free conversion LUTsand three stylistic color LUTs.
Video still from Ground Control Color ‘Falcon‘ LUT Pack
Type of LUTs: Print LUTs that can double as Stylistic LUTs
LUTs aren’t always just used to stylize footage. Sometimes they can actually be a good tool for making sure your colors are displayed accurately. This free LUT pack from Juan Melara is intended to be used to accurately export your footage for print reproduction. However, even if you don’t want to create a video for film distribution, these free LUTscan actually be used to add subtle stylization to your footage.
This awesome video created by Melara shows his free LUTs in action. Notice how the colors are more subtle than the other LUTs on this list. This free LUT pack is great if you’re trying to create a modern-style cinematic color grade. Melara also has a really detailed article covering how to use these LUTs to create a beautiful color grade.
Type of LUTs: Stylistic LUTs
If you’re an aspiring colorist or a video editor who takes color seriously, you really should know about Color Grading Central. CGC specializes in all things color grading. From grain to LUTs, their website is a great place to find a lot of really good color-related products. They also happen to give away a lot of free color grading resources to their email subscribers.
In addition to giving away seven free color LUTs, they’re also giving away an assortment of color presets, grains, and burns just for signing up for their email list. If you like giving your footage a shot-on-film look, I highly recommend checking them out.
Video still from the Osiris LUT Pack
Type of LUTs: Stylistic LUTs
If you aren’t already familiar with SmallHD, the company primarily focuses on creating some of the best portable on-set monitors in the world. They also give away free LUTs for real-time on-set monitoring. This free pack (appropriately labeled the Movie Look LUT pack) gets its inspiration from modern films in seven various styles. If you want to give your footage a dramatic and familiar look, I highly recommend checking out this free LUT pack from SmallHD.
A small sample of the free ‘Movie Look’ LUT pack from SmallHD
Type of LUT: Stylistic LUT
While LUTs aren’t traditionally used for creating hipster-style footage, this free LUT from DeLUTs is a great tool for giving your footage a nice hipster vibe. The stylistic LUT brings up the blacks and creates nice deep blues and warm highlights. Perfect for every hipster filmmaker.
A still of the free LUT from DeLUTs in action
Type of LUT: Emulation LUT
Despite having the latest in filmmaking technology at our fingertips, there’s just something about a vintage film look that looks amazing. Frank Glencairn has created a cool K-Tone LUT designed to emulate the style of vintage Kodachrome film.
(Bonus) PremiumGrades: Twenty Free Color Presets for After Effects
Type of Preset: Stylistic Color Preset
While technically not a color grading LUT, these twenty free presets from right here on PremiumBeat are perfect for giving your footage a vintage look. The twenty free presets are designed to work with After Effects, so if you’re working on a motion graphic or video editing project in Adobe, these free presets are perfect for you.