FCPX LUT Loader

LUT Loader for Final Cut Pro X

With the FCPX LUT Loader from Pixel Film Studios, editors can quickly and easily load a CUBE file directly into Final Cut Pro X to color correct or grade their footage without having to use another software. A LUT is a Lookup Table that contains a mathematical formula for modifying an image. The LUT changes every pixel’s color to the corresponding color indicated by the table.

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Color Grading with FCPX LUT Loader in Final Cut Pro X

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What is a LUT?

A LUT is a Lookup Table that contains a mathematical formula for modifying an image. The LUT changes every pixel’ color to the corresponding color indicated by the table. By manipulating each pixel, LUT’s can change each color range differently, giving the user more control over their look.

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LUT Loader for FCPX

CUBE LUT files are extremely versatile. They can be used in many different softwares and be created to color correct specific digital cameras. Now, with the FCPX LUT Loader from Pixel Film Studios, editors can quickly and easily load a LUT file directly into Final Cut Pro X to color correct or grade their footage without having to use another software. Users can simply drop the loader on top of their footage and then, use the drop down menu to select or import a CUBE file.

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Color Correct Your Footage

LUT’s are commonly used for Color Calibration. Users can use a LUT to quickly get their footage from a flat, Cinestyle or Log image to the monitor normal Rec709 grading.

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Creative Grading

In addition to color correcting your image to Rec709, LUT’s can be used for creative color grading. With an already properly color corrected image, users can apply a LUT to create a film look.

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Control Your LUT

If the LUT doesn’t fully achieve the desired look, editors can use the built-in customization controls to adjust the strength, contrast, brightness and saturation of their image.

Installing FCPX LUT Loader

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How do I Install FCPX LUT Loader in Final Cut Pro X?

Here's how to install FCPX LUT Loader for any mac operating system.

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Sierra Instructions

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Pre-Sierra Instructions

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How do Uninstall LUT Loader in Final Cut Pro X?

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  1. Go to this directory: Macintosh HD>Library>Plug-Ins>FxPlug
  2. Delete any file that starts with FCPXLUTLOADER
  3. Empty the trash
  4.  Go to this directory Movies > Motion Templates > Effects
  5. Delete the "Pixel Film Studios – FCPXLUTLoader" Folder
  6. Empty the trash can
  7. Clear the effect from your timeline and shut down FCPX

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Unidentified Developer and Won't Install

The Message you got was to inform you the app wasn't purchased in the Mac App Store.

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FCPX LUT Loader Tutorial for Final Cut Pro X

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How do I use FCPX LUT Loader?

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Step 1 - Preparing the Timeline

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  1. Let's begin by selecting a clip in the FCPX media library and dragging it to the timeline.
  2. Now, let’s go to the Final Cut Pro effects library to locate the FCPX LUT Loader preset.
  3. Once you have the preset located, drag and drop the effect from the library onto your footage in the timeline.

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Step 2 - Loading a Cube Lut File

Now that we have our timeline setup, it’s time to load our LUT Cube file. If you purchased one of our LUT packs, the cube files will already be loaded into the drop down menu upon installation.

  1. If you have made your own LUT file or downloaded one on-line, you can import it using the “External Lut Button.”
  2. Clicking on the button will launch a finder window that will allow to locate your file.
  3. Select your file and click the open button.
  4. Once you have your Cube LUT loaded, you can use the mix slider below the import button to control the strength of the LUT grade.

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Final Touches

Now for some final touches.

  1. Use the Image Controls to adjust the look of your image. Different LUT packs will feature different controls in this section.
  2. For this example, we are using the free FCPX Loader which allows you to adjust the image’s saturation, contrast, pivot, and colors

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Additional Information

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If you would like your LUT to show up in the Loader drop down menu, you can move the Cube file to this directory in your finder: Macintosh HD > Library > Plug-Ins > FxPlug > FCPXLutLoader.fxplug > Contents > Resources > LUTS

FCPX LUT Loader Frequently Asked Questions

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Are The LUT's Preview-able?

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The FCPX LUT Loader is a look-up-table file loader tool built with real-time application in mind. The LUT files are designed to populate in a drop-down menu, which can only be previewed by selecting the LUT when its already applied to a clip.

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Can The LUT Files be Adjusted?

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The FCPX LUT Loader includes opacity adjustments, Vignette controls, and also gives users the ability to add tints to their Lighter Tones, Mid-Tones, and shadows. This adjustment has a Mix control allowing the effect to be strong or subtle, depending on the users liking.

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How Can I add other LUT's to the Drop Down Menu?

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To load an external LUT, the location of the LUT file itself isn’t important. So long as the user knows where the LUT is located (i.e. the desktop), it can be loaded from anywhere. To make things easier for the user, it’s possible to populate the dropdown list by adding LUT files to the directory: /Library/Plug-Ins/FxPlug/FCPXLutLoader.fxplug/Contents/Resources/LUTS Just make sure that you’re using the correct “Library” folder. There are a number of other “Library” folders in varies places that the user could mistake for the correct one. The first / means that you’re at the root level on the hard drive. To get there, open up any finder window and press Cmd+Shift+g. This will bring up the go to folder command. The simply type “/“ without the quotes and press enter. The user may need administrative privileges to get to the folder and change it’s contents. If the LUT files don’t show up in the dropdown list after adding them to the directory, try restarting Final Cut.

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Where do I find FCPX LUT Loader?

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Once the installation is complete, you can find FCPX LUT Loader in the FCPX effects library.

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Where is your tutorial for FCPX LUT Loader?

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You can search for the tutorial on the actual product page located at the bottom under the tutorial tab (if one is available). Keep in mind not all tutorials are available yet for each plugin. We are working daily to update new lessons for older and new plugins.

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I installed the LUT Loader and see a red screen similar to this.

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Why is this Happening:

This means that Final Cut Pro is currently out of date.

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What is the Solution:

Update Final Cut Pro. You can update by going to the app store.

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FCPX LUT Loader Troubleshooting

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Plugin isn't working, doesn't have a drop down menu, is missing controls.

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Why is this Happening:

If you are missing controls or a drop down menu, it is due to an installation issue.

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What is the Solution:

Completely uninstall what you installed, then reinstall the product. These instructions are located under the installation tab.

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I installed the FCPX LUT Loader and see a screen similar to this.

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Why is this Happening:

This means that Final Cut Pro is currently out of date.

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What is the Solution:

Update Final Cut Pro. You can update by going to the app store.

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I installed the FCPX LUT Loader and see a screen similar to this.

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Why is this Happening:

This may happen if you make an updated to Mac OS or Final Cut Pro. You will need to reinstall this plugin. 

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What is the Solution:

Uninstallation and Installation instructions are in the instructions tab. If you need a new download, contact out email at pixelfilmstudios@gmail.com with the plugin name, purchase date, and order ID. The order ID starts with PIX. You can find the order ID in your purchase history or confirmation email for your purchase.