If you are a lightroom user or if you use VSCO cam app on your phone then you already know how awesome VSCO film is.
Unfortunately VSCO doesn’t yet offer a plugin for FCPX, you can grade your videos in lightroom with VSCO film presets but you will be limited with the available controls for video inside adobe lightroom.
So I have tried to find a way to use their presets/filters directly in final cut pro & I think I have found a way of doing so via LUTs.
Okay, straight to the point, requirements:
The look converter is a handy tool that allow you to convert a certain look/effect/preset from an app or software (Instagram, lightroom, VSCO, etc) to a LUT that you can load from your preferred editing software or NLE & apply it directly to your footage.
If you use the new versions of Adobe Premier, After Effects or Davinci resolve then I believe they have their built-in LUT utility/loader
Steps & Workflow:
- Import the Neutral Filter that came with look converter in adobe lightroom
- Apply the VSCO Film effect (or any other effect) that you would like to load as a LUT in FCPX
- Make sure you remove any grain & sharpening from the effect
- Export/Save the Neutral filter image (Name it on the filter you’ve applied)
- Load the image/Neutral filter into look converter by clicking on 3D LUT
- Make sure that the destination folder where the LUT will be converted to is correct
- Open Final Cut Pro, from the effects browser drag the LUT Utility on to your footage
- in the inspector window, under Apply LUT click on the No LUT to select your freshly baked LUT from the drop down list.
- That’s it
Now you could tweak the workflow above by thinking out of the box
For example. take a snapshot of the video you are working on, import the image into lightroom and apply your adjustments first (shadows, highlights, temp) then apply your preferred filter & save it as a preset Then continue from step one from the list above onwards.
- Dont add sharpening to the Neutral Filter, you can add it later in FCPX
- Don’t apply grain to the Neutral filter, the grain will be static and it will look fake, apply the grain in FCPX.
- For best results, adjust the white balance (color correct) before adding the desired VSCO Preset to your footage
- in many cases, its recommended to denoise your footage before applying LUTs
Please share your results with me, I would love to see your work!
Happy LUTing 🙂