How to Install LUTs in Final Cut Pro X

Learn how to install LUTs in Final Cut Pro X for color grading video footage.

Final Cut Pro X is a powerful video editing program from Apple. With this software you can create short films and special effects, color grade your footage, and much more.

In this tutorial, we’ll be covering how to install LUTs in Final Cut Pro X. LUTs are lookup tables that allow you to apply effects to your clips and raw footage. Read more about LUTs here.

Here are the basic steps to install LUTs, you can view a video tutorial of this below as well:

1. Import Your Clips

Start by importing the clips you’d like to use for your project. You can create a project to organize all of the footage into one end video.

importing clips to final cut pro x

2. Open the Effects Browser

Once you have your clips ready, navigate to the right side of your screen and click the two overlaid boxes icon to show the Effects Browser. The Effects Browser is home to hundreds of effects you can apply to both video and audio components of your project. These include 360° and VR video, distortion effects for audio, keying/masks, and of course the color presets along with the Custom LUT effect.

effects browser final cut pro x

3. Add the ‘Custom LUT’ Effect to Your Clip

After you open the Effects Browser, click ‘Color’ in the left tab and look for the Custom LUT effect on the right side once there.

Click and select ‘Custom LUT’ and drag it over to apply on your clip.

Custom LUT Final Cut Pro X

4. Choose a Custom LUT to Apply to Your Clip

Now for the next part, you need to make sure the Inspector is showing. You can show/hide the inspector by clicking the button in the top right of the screenshot below with the three lines and sliders on it.

Once you have that showing, you’ll see the Custom LUT effect applied to your clip. Click the drop-down bar next to LUT and select ‘Choose Custom LUT…’.

choose custom lut in final cut pro x

This will open up your files allowing you to find the LUT of your choice to apply to your clip. For this tutorial I’m using the free cinematic LUTs pack.

Find the .cube file and click ‘Open’ to apply the effect to your clip.

import luts fcpx

5. Adjust the Intensity of the LUT

You can adjust the intensity of a LUT once you’ve applied it to your clip by adjusting the ‘Mix’ slider. Simply slide left to reduce the intensity and fade the effect or leave the slider at 1 (all the way to the right) to leave the effect at 100% intensity.

lut intensity final cut pro x

6. Import Folder of LUTs

If you’re working with more than one LUT at a time, you can import an entire folder at once. This way, the folder title will show up when you click the LUT drop-down allowing you to choose from each set.

This especially comes in handy when you have multiple LUTs packages on your computer that you need to pull from for a project.

import luts package folder into final cut pro x

Watch the video tutorial on how to import and apply LUTs in Final Cut Pro X

Hope this tutorial was helpful to you! If you have any questions about the specifics or you are running into any errors, feel free to leave a comment below. We’re happy to take a look and do our best to help you out.

Find more presets, tutorials, and resources for Final Cut Pro X below.

More Final Cut Pro Resources

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6 Replies to “How to Install LUTs in Final Cut Pro X”

  1. Rose Rai says:

    Hi, I cannot find the custom lut under the color section or even under the effect section..can you please help me

    1. Jway9019 says:

      download Mlut by motionVFX !! Watch Ryan Nangle on youtube search LUT stuff he is great!

  2. christian says:

    this was very hepful, thank you

    1. Mike says:

      Glad to hear that Christian, thanks for taking the time to comment!

  3. Joshua Lutz says:

    It seems FCP 10.3.4 doesn’t have Custom Lut options… is that correct???

    1. Mike says:

      I am pretty sure it does, unless something has changed. This support doc from Apple details more info about LUTs with FCPx, last updated Mar. 22, 2019:

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