SpeedLooks from Color by LookLabs: Explained

May 14, 2018

Personality, character, feel, beauty … all words we use to describe the unique look of film. LookLabs color correction technology, SpeedLooks, revolutionized the industry by bringing the unique look of film to digital projects. We are the industry leader. That’s why the world’s two largest non-linear editing companies, Adobe Premiere and Avid, both carry our suite of products opening up the world of color correction to editors everywhere.

There are two common color spaces for recording video. Rec. 709 and LOG. Log allows for maximum color manipulation in post-production. But logs vary from camera to camera. No two are the same. That’s were LookLabs color science comes in. Our software is designed specifically for each camera we test. We create a unique camera patch LUT for every camera. Once that camera patch LUT is applied in a grading application or non-linear editor, the camera’s original log image is transformed into what we call VS-log or, Virtual Speed LOG. If you are recording in REC. 709 we have you covered with our Universal camera patch.It translates REC. 709 to VS LOG.

LookLabs has revolutionized the production world for directors, DPs, colorists and editors. Now virtually any combination of cameras can be used in production and our camera patches will create one consistent look. Fine color correcting can still be done even with the camera patch applied. This is where SpeedLooks come into play. Once the camera patch is applied, leveling out the image in VS-Log, an overall SpeedLook can be layered onto your footage. Those looks that instantly tell the audience they are watching an epic drama or science-fiction film.

All of our SpeedLooks emulate the look and feel of 35 mm film. Everything from film Noir to a big blockbuster look is available. And every look creates beautiful and even skin tones. Flawless faces especially close up. SpeedLooks can even be applied in the field so you know what your going to look like even before making the first edit.

You can purchase our SpeedLooks Complete Bundle for $89 USD or, combine it with our DFS Bundle (Digital Film Stock) which sells for $119 USD and get an even better deal for $159 for both? With SpeedLooks and camera patches, LookLabs offers total workflow solutions. The digital production playing field has been leveled. Visit looklabs.net/ to learn more about SpeedLooks and how you can easily achieve a great color finish on your next project.


From the LookLabs Vault - SL3500 Kodak C

May 11, 2018

SpeedLooks color grading bundles work with all types of native camera footage. Our friends over at dissolve.com provided us with stock footage from their collection of over 500,000 clips. We chose some clips, created a sequence and then applied SpeedLooks to them. The results are impressive, the footage responded easily to SpeedLooks and in no time at all, we had a beautiful looking sequence of shots color graded to look cinematic and stunning. By using SpeedLooks Clean KODAK, this mini video takes on a nice, clean, professional look and feel.

This piece features a fit man going for a morning run and was shot at a higher frame rate to give it a nice slow motion effect. While some of the shots were a little under exposed, SpeedLooks had no problem normalizing the exposure while keeping image noise to a minimum.


DFS, SpeedLooks and our intermediate VS-LOG process combined with our exclusive camera patch technology offers a total workflow solution for your color correction needs. Color by LookLabs … revolutionizing the digital production world… one image at a time, all with the click of a button. Find out more at looklabs.net/

From Dim Light Pictures - Union Leader

May 10, 2018

Resigned to his fate as a worker in a notoriously shoddy chemical plant, Jay realizes that he must not only find a way to support his family, but also overcome grave social and legal injustice in the system. Union Leader is inspired by real-life events and tells the story of Jay who struggles to support his family while overcoming corporate greed and legal injustice.

Writer, Producer and Director Sanjay Patel approached LookLabs for the final color grade on his feature film Union Leader. Finishing was completed using DFS Kodak 5217 to create a brilliant film look with rich and warm skin tones, deep and realistic industrial scenes and an overall beauty enhancing the storyline of oppression and victory.

DFS (Digital Film Stock) is the last piece of the puzzle to achieving the look of film. They accurately map the beautiful colors of the most popular film stocks for all digital cameras. DFS Complete comes in both Linear (rec.709) and LOG formats. You even have the flexibility of using them on-set to pre-visualize your look. A total of 28 camera patches are included in the bundle to help perfectly match your LOG footage. VS-LOG (Virtual Speed-LOG) and our camera patch technology is the other major ingredient in our color science. By creating a virtual LOG baseline, you can now match all cameras. This allows us to guarantee consistent, beautiful, filmic looks every time you use them, regardless of the camera used. DFS Complete sells for $119 USD.

Check out this color reel and see the beauty of DFS Kodak 5217.


DFS, SpeedLooks and our intermediate VS-LOG process combined with our exclusive camera patch technology offers a total workflow solution for your color correction needs. Color by LookLabs … revolutionizing the digital production world… one image at a time, all with the click of a button. Find out more at looklabs.net/


LookLabs Staff Pick - Hostiles

May 4, 2018

"Growing up in Alberta Canada I have always enjoyed a good Western movie", states LookLabs Chief Colorits Jeff August. Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale), who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to tribal lands. Hostiles also stars Rosamund Pike, and Peter Mullan.

"This is a beautiful movie when it comes to its look and feel. It takes me right back to my all-time favorite western - Unforgiven - which was shot not far from our offices. The look is classic Kodak film stock. To recreate this look I would use SpeedLooks 3500 - Clean Kodak HDR or if you are using DFS I would suggest DFS - Kodak 5218. With a few adjustments, your skin tones will be a rich orange/brown color and your primaries will pop so nicely. You can’t go wrong with our Kodak LUT's - have fun re-creating this classic look. Check out the official trailer for a true classic look.


DFS, SpeedLooks and our intermediate VS-LOG process combined with our exclusive camera patch technology offers a total workflow solution for your color correction needs. Color by LookLabs … revolutionizing the digital production world… one image at a time, all with the click of a button. Find out more at looklabs.net/


Blackmagic's NEW 4K Pocket Cinema Camera

Apr 27, 2018

If there’s one camera maker that’s going to make 4K UHD video recording a priority for its budget film maker products, it would definitely be Blackmagic Design. The pro video recording camera maker doesn’t have much previous experience when it comes to compact 4K pocket shooters but their chops in the areas of pro video apparatus, including cameras, broadcast equipment, other accessories and even industry-leading color grading software are well established. Throughout the development of all these other devices, reasonable prices and 4K video have been key parts of these Blackmagic technologies for years now.

With that in mind, we have some high hopes for the new Pocket Cinema Camera, which promises effective, pro-sumer ultra HD video recording at a very decent price (another thing that Blackmagic has been big on for some time now). Check out the full article from Stephan Jukic and the folks at 4k.com. http://4k.com/news/of-course-blackmagic-built-a-ne...

Also, you can check out the Blackmagic Design website: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/ca/products/black...



DFS, SpeedLooks and our intermediate VS-LOG process combined with our exclusive camera patch technology offers a total workflow solution for your color correction needs. Color by LookLabs … revolutionizing the digital production world… one image at a time, all with the click of a button. Find out more at looklabs.net/

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