When Software Gets In The Way, Part 2

Previously, I talked about how Adobe Premiere Pro “helps” by automatically applying a LUT when you bring in files. The LUT is applied via a Lumetri to each clip and is accessed via the Master tab in the Effects Controls for the clip.

The LUT is easy to remove: Double-click on a clip to load it into the source window, then go to the Master tab and turn off the effect by clicking on the fx button to toggle the effect off.

While easy to remove a LUT, it’s not very convenient if you have hundreds of clips. Instead, you can use effects presets to get rid of the LUT. It seems a bit counterintuitive to add an effect to remove an effect, but you’re really just adding an empty effect.

First, create the preset. Here’s an easy way to do it:

  • In the source monitor, open a clip that has a LUT that was applied automatically. Then, open up the Lumetri Color panel using the Window pull-down menu.
  • When the panel opens, look at the Basic correction setting. There’s no “input” LUT applied. Open the Creative section. There’s no “look” LUT applied either. Actually, one has been applied, it just doesn’t appear in the panel.
  • Now, go to the Lumetri Color tab at the top of the panel and click the panel menu icon to the right of the panel name—it looks like three horizontal lines. From there, select “Save Preset…”.
  • Give the preset a name that indicates what it does—Auto-LUT Removal, for example—so you remember why you created it. (A description won’t hurt either.) Then save it.
  • The preset is saved into the Effects Presets folder. You’ll need access to this folder, so open up the Effects panel via the Window pull-down menu. Open up the Presets folder and you’ll see the preset you just saved.
You can find your presets in the Effects Presets folder.
  • Click on the Effects panel menu icon and select Undock Panel. This will separate the dock from the rest of the panels in your project area. This makes it easier to drag the preset later on in the process.

Next, find the clips that contain the unwanted LUT. If they’re all in the same bin, you’re ready to move on to step 3. If your clips aren’t all in the same bin, use the Search function in Premiere Pro to create a temporary search bin. The search function is accessed via the Project window. Type a term that will help select the clips, for instance.mov or your reel numbers/names. Then, click on the folder button to create the temporary bin.

Now that you have the temporary bin of found clips, select all the clips and drag the Auto-LUT Removal preset that you created in Step 1 onto the highlighted clips. The LUT will be removed. You can then delete the temporary search bin if you don’t need it anymore.

A couple things to note. First, the Master effect tab is slightly different than a Source effect tab. It can only contain one Lumetri Color effect. Unlike a source effect where you can apply multiple Lumetri Color effects to the clip, the master has just one.

Also, the special preset that you create only works on the Master effect tab. If you try to put it on the Source effect tab, it won’t appear in the effects area, probably because the effect has no modified settings.