If you've read my previous article about LUTs, you learned all about the different variety of LUTs, how they're different, stupid, not magical, and all that fun stuff. In this article, we are going to take a look at "Vengeance", a stylized LUT package designed specifically for the Blackmagic family of cameras. This package comes from the guys over at Ground Control Color, who have graciously provided this pack for testing and review. While some may frown on the limited audience for these LUTs, there are a LOT of new Blackmagic owners out there (or there will be very soon due to the pocket cinema camera "fire" sale that recently occurred). From what I see, these LUTs are best suited for those looking for a nice looking image or at least a decent starting point to grade quickly & easily while using a cinema camera with a true log & raw capture ability.
After some experimentation, I see the Ground Control LUT package as an quick & easy way to get some decent stylized looks and\or a good basic starting points for your color grade (combined with opacity to adjust for intensity) for your Blackmagic LOG & Rec709 footage. Included in the package are 10 Look LUTs, in both LOG & Rec709 form, and a technical conversion LUT for BMDFilm (Log) to Rec709, which you can also get for free on their website.
As you can see in some examples below, it becomes especially important to isolate skin tones with certain aggressive looks (as I've left some unisolated purposely to illustrate what happens in general with aggressive color correction and sensitive colors ranges such as skin tones and black levels). This illustrates nothing negative with the LUTs, as this would occur with any type of aggressive color correction, but I thought I would use them to illustrate my point.
Be sure to check out Ground Control Color's website, where you can grab the LUTs for a $19.99. I would definitely recommend these if you are a Blackmagic Camera owner looking for some easy but unique looks to stylize your footage. These LUTs can be used in any editing platform or color correction application, and I've found them quite flexible and subtle. Below you will find a few samples of the LUTs applied to some footage that I shot on a BMCC 2.5k in RAW, and graded in DaVinci Resolve. No noise reduction was used on the images, so they may seem slightly noisy\grainy. Huge thanks to Stephanie Duchaine for being such a great model .