29 Free LUTs for Video
These FREE LUTs are perfect for professional video editors. Make your footage more cinematic with these free color grading tools.
LUT stands for Lookup Table, a coded equation that you can plug into your NLE to change the color of your footage. LUTs are indispensable to color grading, and they can easily transform the look of footage. 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!
If you’re wondering how to use all of these free LUTs, check out the video below. It walks you through how to work with LUTs in your NLE and shows you how they can change the entire look of your footage.
Update: This updated list now contains 33 free LUTs – but that’s not all! We added 72 more FREE LUTs and presets at the end of this article so that you have even more creative options for grading your footage. Keep scrolling to find all the download links.
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 away a great selection of thirteen free LUTs for video editors. From the “Free LUTs” page, users can download ten free conversion LUTs and three stylistic color LUTs.
Video still from Ground Control Color FREE Sony S-Log 2 to Rec.709 LUT Pack
Type of LUTs: Print LUTs that can double as Stylistic LUTs
LUTs aren’t just used to stylize footage. Often they are used as a tool for color correction, to make sure your colors are displayed accurately for different formats. This free LUT pack from Juan Melara is intended to help you accurately color correct your footage for printing on film stock. Even if you don’t plan to send your footage to print, these free LUTs will add subtle stylization to your footage.
This 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.
Some of these LUTs are also offered as DaVinci PowerGrades. They work in the same way as LUTs by color correcting your footage, but you’ll have more control over specific components of the PowerGrade.
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. Some LUTs also have free samples available, so you can test them out before you buy.
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 Color Grading Central Motion Picture Film LUTs
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 of Movie Look LUTs gets its inspiration from seven modern films, including the warmth of Apocalypse Now and the green overtones of The Matrix. If you want to give your footage a dramatic and cinematic feel, take advantage of this free LUT pack from SmallHD.
A sample of the free ‘Movie Look’ LUT pack from SmallHD
Type of LUT: Stylistic LUT
This free LUT from DeLUTs is a great tool that brings up the blacks and creates nice deep blues and warm highlights. Perfect for anybody trying to pull off a washed out, VSCO filter inspired look.
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. Once used by widely by photographers and filmmakers, this film grade lost favor to the rise of digital cameras. Now you can mimic the look, with retro-looking red, blues, and yellows, using this free LUT.
An example of a classic film style color grade
BONUS: 72 More Free LUTs and Color Presets
Type of LUT: Stylistic LUT
Head over to RocketStock for a wide variety of LUTs for vintage or cinematic looks. They’re easily customizable in any NLE for the perfect color grade.
- Vintage LUTs for faded and film looks
- Cinematic LUTs for bold color and dark shadows
- Standard LUTs for soft color
Type of LUT: LOG Footage LUT
The Wanderlust pack of free LUTs comes with presets inspired by travel and travel footage. With a variety of color grading styles, you can choose you own path from seventeen available!
Type of Preset: Stylistic Color Preset
While not technically a color grading LUT, these twenty free presets from right here on PremiumBeat are perfect for giving your footage a vintage look. The presets designed to work with After Effects, so if you’re working on a motion graphics or video editing project in Adobe, these free presets are perfect for you.
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