Category Archives: Premiere

This Week’s Things: 05/18/2015

3D Software

 What is this thing: Software – 3D Compositing
Article Link:
Notes: Do you want to learn 3d Compositing on an industry standard platform? Nuke now offers a non-commercial, fully functional (almost) version. Have fun learning!image

Post Production

What is this Thing: Post Production Action Element
Things Type: Free post production video elements
Notes: You never can have enough action elements for your post production. Premium Beat has links to 329 free action elements. Go get ‘em!

image What is this Thing: Free HD Design Elements
Things Type: Free post production video elements (4K)
Notes: Love the free “real” video elements.

What is this Thing: Post Production After Effects
Things Type: 10 Free After Effects Assets
Notes: 10 After Effects assets such as preset, plug-ins, effects. Who doesn’t like free?

What is this Thing: Post Production After Effects
Things Type: Free Distortion Kit (template)
Notes: On a roll with the free After Effects templates!

image What is this Thing: Post Production After Effects
Things Type: Free Dynamic Car Gauges (template)
Notes: Rocketstock is giving away a car-gauge template for those street racing projects.

What is this Thing: Video Editing – Premiere
Things Type: Creative Cloud Next – 2015 Release What’s New
Notes: I’ve been an Adobe Premier/AE/Photoshop user for a very long time. Adobe continues to add more features to their suite of video/image editing with every release. A lot of people were upset with Adobe changing their licensing model. There are benefits to the cloud pricing model and there are liabilities. For me, the benefits outweigh the liabilities. I like the fact that I’m paying for the applications a little each month while I’m actually making money using them. The biggest benefit is that as Adobe adds features I get them. This thirty minute video cover in-depth some of the major updates to the next version of Premiere Pro. The second link is a five minute video interview with Patrick palmer of Adobe about some of the new features.image

What is this Thing: Video Editing – Premiere
Things Type: How to Move Audio Keyframe with a Keyboard Shortcut
Notes: I like keyboard shortcuts.

What is this Thing: Video Editing – Premiere
Things Type: Pull Selects Faster
Notes: There is more than one way to work within Premiere. Here’s a good tutorial on how to pull selects from the source monitor.

Video of the Week

The guys over at Film Riot are having a summer of shorts. This month they debut Seth Worley’s short film: Real Gone
Notes: There’s a lot of behind the scenes and general filmmaking goodness over at the FilmRiot.Com website.image


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LUT’s for The Beginner

Updated (July 8th, 2015):  Veteran Cinematographer and avid teacher of the cinematography arts, Shane Hurlbut has posted a free, four part tutorial on how to create 3D luts using DaVinci Resolve. Additionally, he has many of his custom made LUTs for sale on the site for a very reasonable price.

image How to Create 3D LUTs: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

In today’s world of cinematography learning how to light is a long journey, learning how to RUN a camera is  long journey. As difficult of a task those can be, learning how your footage goes from the camera to the screen is a long journey filled with a lot of technical jargon and intermediate steps.

Shooting what I call “natural sight” footage is what we start to do as camera operators. We know what the footage will look like because it looks like what you basically are seeing naturally with your eyes in the viewfinder.

Then, if you are lucky, or unlucky, you get a nice fancy camera that can shoot in a flat or log format. Most higher end cameras do this to help capture more dynamic range (ratio between the largest and smallest possible values of color and brightness).

With this benefit a price has to be paid. The price for dynamic range and more control in post is learning how to process the footage in post – funny how the truth sounds so obvious. For the DP’s who work on bigger budget projects, they have the advantage of a colorist working on the project. For us smaller independents we have to learn how to process the SLOG/flat footage.

With all that, it looks like LUTs are the first thing to understand – look up tables.

Jay Friesen gives a high level overview of a what LUTs are:

Andy Shipsides over at the AbelCine website wrote a good article on applying LUTs to Log Footage in FCP, Premiere, Avid and Resolve:
He then did an update here:
Abelcine has an online workshop on creating “on set” LUTs

Learning the history helps to learn the principles. LUTs are used to view SLOG footage. Mike Most pens an article telling us what a Log Is… and Isn’t:
Mike writes about Understanding Log Grading since you now know what a Log is – and no, it’s not that thing you flush down the toilet every morning! 😉 –
Here’s a good Arri article on Arrie LUTS:

Casey Faris uses cute little cats to explain the whole affair, plus a whole lot more, more than you ever wanted to know!:

Applying LUTs to Log footage…

I’m a practical guy. It is one thing to understand the concept. It is another to actually execute against the concept. For me, I like doing. I like playing with software and hardware. I enjoy exploring the details and when I can’t figure something out, I’ll pick up the manual or hit by best friend Google…  For me, I have an FS700 with an Odyssey 7Q and have been mainly shooting REC 709 with it. Now’s the time to learn to use the SLOG2 feature and learn how to color correct it. Since I use Premiere for editing I’ll search for those.

Here’s a nifty tutorial on how to apply a LUT in Premiere CC ‘14:
This article has two links to YouTube videos that explain how to use Premier’s Lumetri Effect and how to create custom looks.

Creating LUTs

For me, and let’s be clear, me is all that matters ;-), the easiest way to learn, manage and work with LUTs within Premiere, my editor of choice, is to use Lumetri or Red Giant LUT Buddy or the free version of Davinci Resolve (LUT export is built into the product). I’m much better at working with Premiere and Red Giant than withi Resolve. Although, I’m slowly picking up Resolve.
Here’s a great review of LUTs and using LUT Buddy:
Here’s a good video tutorial on installing and using LUT Buddy:

Buying LUTs, Acquiring LUTs

Why go through the hassle of learning about LUTs or creating LUTs when you can buy or otherwise acquire them? That’s a question you’ll have to answer when you’re all alone on the porcelain throne – just kidding.
Actually, I think learning by looking at what other people have done is one of the best ways to educated yourself. With LUTs there’s going to be more and more people creating LUTs and then either giving them away or selling them. Go out and get a few, play with them, manipulate them and create your own!
Here, Casey Faris gives a great tutorial on how to use LUTs within Premiere Pro utilizing Lumetri:
Here, James Miller discusses LUTs and has for sale some of his LUTs and he even will do custom LUTs for you if you’re really pinched for time!
LUT discussion:
LUTs for sale:

Ground Control coloring has a whole lip-smacking website full of coloring information, products and freebies! There’s a bunch of free LUTs there to get you started –

Now that’s a lot of information – hope you have fun learning LUTs and improving your footage!

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This Week’s “Things” – Week of 2/16/2015


imageWhat is this Thing: Setting up  a 5.1 Surround Sound in Premiere
 Things Type: Tutorial > Premiere > Sound
Notes: I haven’t done a lot of 5.1 so I found this to be worth while. Now, I think I’ll need to do a project and incorporate 5.1.

image What is this Thing: 15 Premiere Pro tutorials any Premiere Pro editor should watch.
 Things Type: Tutorial > Premiere
: Good review for the experienced editor and a great start for the new editor working with Premiere for the first time.


image What is this Thing: Rod Support System for Cameras/Gimbals
 Things Type: Atlas Camera Support
Notes: I was attending a lighting seminar and got the chance to use a Movi and after about 10 minutes of work my upper body was wore out. Three Axis gimbals bring a new tool to the filmmaker. However, it takes a lot of physical work to use these gimbals. If you have a gimbal, you need a support vest like this one.


What is this Thing: Fake TV
image Things Type: Equipment > Lighting Simulator
Notes: I came across this today and thought it was a good idea for filmmakers. Who wants to setup a real TV if you don’t have to? And for $ 31 bucks, you can’t go wrong.

What is this Thing: Fake Flames
 Things Type: Equipment > Lighting Simulator
Notes: And while we are on the fake lighting equipment, here’s a controller to make any light source flicker like a flame.


Special FX

imageWhat is this Thing: Gun Shot
Things Type: Gun Shot – How To Tutorial
Notes: When you gotta shoot someone on set and don’t want to do a full-on practical effect.




What is this Thing: A very harsh opinion on ready scripts for people.
Things Type: Writing Advice
 Notes: I’ve read a few script myself and I can say that a good story is hard to find. A well-written, good story is even harder to find. If after you read Josh Olsen’s article you still want to be a writer, great! If you are the type of writer who can’t listen to constructive criticism, you might want to do something else for a profession or hobby. Writing, like acting, like directing, like cinematography, like sound design, like the other visual art disciplines is an Art that requires constant development. Even if you are natural born killer writer, you can’t just “phone it in.” You have to develop the muscle. I don’t know if I agree with Josh’s harshness, but hell, he’s in the business at a high level and I’m sure he’s seen way more shitty screen plays than good ones. So, he might have some valid points to make.

What is this Thing: How to write a screenplay in 60 slides
Things Type: Writing Advice
 Notes: Victor Pineiro creates 69 slides that help explain how to write a screenplay. Even if you aren’t a writer, the slides are a good review on story structure.

Music Video of The Week

What is this Thing: Herschel’s MV Pick of the Week
Things Type: Music Video
Notes: We all need a break from equipment, editing tips, lens reviews and the whole process of making films. My MV of the week pick this week comes from a group called Rival Sons. This video was posted in May of 2011. I’m not sure from what source I got it – who cares? The video is one of the best “performance” music videos out there. A “performance” video is where the band “performs” for the camera as opposed to “story/concept” videos where a concept/story is being told during the video. The editing of this video is just off the chain. The cuts between each location keeps the pace of the video moving forward. With over 2.5 million views on Youtube I’d say this is a hit of a video.



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