Installing and Setting Up Technicolor Cinestyle

25 Mar 2013 - Video Production, Professional Video, Post-Production

From: Vincent Laforet

In this video, Vincent Laforet walks through how to setup the Canon 5D MKII DSLR camera for video. The principles explored here are applicable to the 5D MKIII, as well as other cameras in Canon's range. Vincent is a director and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer known for being a pioneer in tilt-shift and aerial photography, as well as for working with HD-capable DSLR cameras.

Vincent's video offers a comparison between Canon's standard picture profile, the profile he uses, and Technicolor's CineStyle's profile.

You can visit Vincent's blog for a written version of the the instructions given in this video.

From: Matt Dennie

Matt Dennie provides a step-by-step guide to installing Technicolor CineStyle, and making the most of their profile with their .LUT file.

In case you find my monotonous narration unbearable here are some written instructions.

  1. Download the CineStyle Profile (requires filling out a form).
  2. Make sure you have the EOS Utility installed. Plug in your camera and set it to manual mode “M”.
  3. Go to “Camera Settings/Remote Shooting” and click “Register User Defined Style”.
  4. Select the cinestyle .pf2 file you downloaded earlier.
  5. *Critical: Set your camera settings to Contrast: -4 and Saturation: -2.
  6. Record some footage.
  7. Go to Red Giant Software and download and install LUT Buddy (for Win or Mac).
  8. Open Adobe After Effects or Premiere (or Final Cut).
  9. Apply LUT buddy to your footage, go to options and import this .LUT file.
  10. Apply your color correction on top of this.

The whole point of the .LUT file Technicolor provides is to give your footage a log profile. It adds contrast around the midtones while giving highlights and shadows a smooth roll off. If you just apply your color correction without using the .LUT you will be losing a lot of detail.

Technicolor also offer this User Guide.