Panasonic Releases Free VariCam LUT Library Allowing Filmmakers to Create Unique Looks
Panasonic has launched the free VariCam LUT Library to help filmmakers create a variety of looks with VariCam and EVA1 cinema cameras. The VariCam LUT Library contains 35 unique 3D LUTs (Look Up Tables), created by Panasonic in conjunction with Local 600 D.I.T.s. The VariCam LUT Library contains display conversion LUTs, as well as artistic look LUTs. In camera, on set, or in post, users can preview or capture various looks using a high-contrast black-and-white LUT, a warm golden hour LUT, a colorful high fashion LUT, a faded vintage LUT, or many others.
“The VariCams and the EVA1 can capture a huge range of exposure as well as color,” explained Mitch Gross, Panasonic Cinema Product Manager. “The VariCam LUT Library is a great communication tool. An enormous variety of looks are possible, and it’s far easier for a producer or director to understand and appreciate the look the cinematographer is trying to achieve by seeing it right on the screen. Having a LUT on set also allows the cinematographer to light and expose precisely to the look he or she is trying to capture. Finally, with the matching LUT available for post, the colorist knows what the cinematographer was working toward.”
The VariCam LUT Library comes in three formats: .VLT for loading into VariCam cameras; E-E.CUBE for post color grading; and E-L.CUBE for monitoring LUT box devices. Note that the EVA1 Compact Cinema Camera can record in a matching V-Log/V-Gamut format, so the VariCam LUT Library can also be applied to EVA1 footage in post color grading and on set LUT boxes.
When acquiring in native V-Log/V-Gamut, the VariCam and EVA1 lineup of cinema cameras capture more than 14 stops of Dynamic Range and a wide color spectrum. The VariCam LUT Library webpage features a preview tool to allow viewing of the LUTs on three sample images: a person, an urban indoor scene and an outdoor nature scene.
To explore the VariCam LUT Library and download the free LUT files, visit https://info.panasonic.com/varicam-LUT-library.html.