Hoping to learn how folks are implementing a LMT in Davinci Resolve.
FWIW, we have a Look Transform that gives the RRT-ODT a more neutral low contrast look, as described here . It’s a ASC-CDL file that I have converted to a cube 1D LUT since reading CDL files in Resolve is a PITA.
Conceptually this LMT would be applied across an entire scene or show, downstream of the per shot grades, but before the Output Transform. So I’m thinking therefore that one would not apply the LUT to a clip, but rather in Project Settings > Color Management > Lookup Tables.
Since applying the LUT in the Video monitor lookup is “only temporarily applied for purposes of monitoring; they’re never applied to rendered media” I’m thinking that this should instead be applied in the Output Lookup table. I therefore made a 1D LUT from the ASC-CDL transform I’m using for the LMT. This clipped at first in the Output Lookup table, but setting the range to 0-15.77610126 seems to fix this.
It would be nicer of course to just use the CDL rather than a 1D LUT. Resolve however does not make it easy to do this (requiring the unintuitive workflow of reading in an EDL via ColorTrace linked to a CDL!).
Anyway, this seems to work, but I’d love to hear from others if they have easier/better workflows! Where do you apply an LMT in resolve? Do you use CDL? LUT?
The Davinci manual says “This drop-down menu lets you choose how you want to
process CLF LUTs that are added to nodes in your grades while working in ACES, such
as Look LUTs in on-set or VFX workflows.” implying that an LMT LUT would be applied on a node per shot. That seems sort of tedious, but maybe there is a way to batch apply this globally to all shots (and toggle it off if desired) I’m not aware of?