Leeming LUT One for Panasonic Cameras to get Version 503 before Mid-Year with Even Better Colour and Tone than Ever – UPDATE

Paul Leeming of Leeming LUT One and Visceral Psyche Films is like a dog with a bone that he just will not let go insofar as improving and updating Leeming LUT One, “the world’s first unified, corrective Look Up Table (LUT) system for supported cameras, designed to maximise dynamic range, fix skin tones, remove unwanted colour casts and provide an accurate Rec709 starting point for further creative colour grading.”

Paul Leeming of Leeming LUT One and Visceral Psyche Films in V-Log L footage made with Panasonic Lumix GH5 then processed with Leeming LUT One for Panasonic cameras, version 503 beta.

Mr Leeming has just shared an early version 503 beta for Panasonic V-Log L with me and, after applying it to some V-Log L footage of my own, it is clear that he has worked out how obtain even better, even more realistic colour and tonal rendering than before.

The more accurate and true-to-life the starting point obtained by applying Leeming LUT One before adding creative aka looks LUTs and other colour grading controls in your non-linear editing suite or colour grading software of choice, the richer and more satisfying the final result.

While this first version 503 beta is only for Panasonic V-Log L footage, Leeming LUT One version 503 for Panasonic cameras will be released for Cinelike D, HLG and V-Log L.

If version 503 has you as excited as I am, please do not put off purchasing it until later this year as version 502 is already streets ahead of any other camera LUT that I have tried out so far and purchasers of 502 now will receive 503 when it is finalized.

Leeming LUT One for Panasonic V-Log L 503 beta, footage by Paul Leeming

Leeming LUT One for Panasonic V-Log L 502 compared to 503 beta

Leeming LUT One for Panasonic V-Log L version 502
Leeming LUT One for Panasonic V-Log L version 503 beta
Leeming LUT One for Panasonic V-Log L version 503 beta plus Leeming LUT Quickie Basic Brighter v2

Leeming LUT One 503 beta as a base for creative LUTs

Leeming LUT One for Panasonic V-Log L version 503 beta plus Leeming LUT Quickie Basic Brighter v2 plus LookLabs Digital Film Stock Fuji 64D
Leeming LUT One for Panasonic V-Log L version 503 beta plus Leeming LUT Quickie Basic Brighter v2 plus LookLabs Digital Film Stock Fuji Reala 500D
Leeming LUT One for Panasonic V-Log L version 503 beta plus Leeming LUT Quickie Basic Brighter v2 plus LookLabs Digital Film Stock Kodak 5245

Sneak Peek, Leeming LUT One 601 for Panasonic, Cinelike D

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Leeming LUT One 601 for Panasonic Cinelike D, from 8-bit 4:2:0 4K UHD video shot on Lumix GX8 with Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 lens, LUT plus other minimal grading applied.

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Paul Leeming’s Leeming LUT One for the Panasonic GH5 Now at Version 502 for HLG, V-Log L and Cinelike D – UPDATED

Australian cinematographer/director Paul Leeming has issued the version 502 update to his unified corrective LUT (Look Up Table) system Leeming LUT One for the Panasonic Lumix GH5 and its three major video picture profiles, HLG, V-Log L and Cinelike D. 

Australian director/cinematographer Paul Leeming of Leeming LUT One fame with his Panasonic Lumix GH4 rigged for shooting feature films.

The Leeming LUT One system was developed in order to help cinematographers obtain the best image quality from their cameras by providing custom settings and LUTs to maximize dynamic range while minimizing noise and other artefacts such as banding and YUV chroma smearing.

Mr Leeming advises cinematographers to adhere to the expose-to-the-right aka ETTR principle, which he demonstrates in his website.

Still frame of Paul Leeming, shot on Panasonic Lumix GH5 in HLG HDR mode then processed in Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio 14 using Leeming LUT One for Panasonic HLG version 501.

He has produced Leeming LUT One custom settings and LUTs for cameras including those made by Canon, DJI, GoPro, JVC, Panasonic, Sony with potential support for cameras made by FujifilmDigital Bolex and Samsung should there be sufficient demand.

Panasonic Lumix GH5 HLG Footage and Leeming LUT One for HLG, Before and After

Still frames from GH5 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 HLG footage exposed using ETTR, the ‘Leeming LUT One – Panasonic HLG v502.cube’ applied followed by ‘Leeming LUT Quickie – Basic Balanced v2.cube’ from ‘Leeming LUT Quickies 1 version 2’.

Mr Leeming will be updating his free ‘Leeming LUT Quickies’ collection soon to reflect the improvements made to the most recent version of Leeming LUT One for Panasonic cameras.

Our recent weather has been heavily hit by the effects of extreme climate change and global warming, and we have experienced few pristine Sydney summer days with their classic cobalt skies for some time now.

With many skies almost becoming high ultra-violet light boxes, the excellent highlight roll-off of the HLG profile in the GH5 is becoming even more important, and Leeming LUT One for HLG does a great job of maintaining the original look and feel of a scene while preserving realistic colour and especially skin colour.

Initial grading as in these still frames provides a good starting point that can be further enhanced with some of the many creative aka looks LUTs or analog film simulation being made available by a range of LUTs makers.

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Taking a Panasonic Lumix GH5 Equipped with a Guerrilla G-Cup for GH5 on a Brisk Walk Through Gloomy Sydney

I took a much-needed break from fulltime caring to travel into the city of Sydney CBD for a walkabout with the Panasonic Lumix GH5, Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Probreakthrough  standard zoom lens, Breakthrough Photography X4 ND and X4 UV filters and Guerrilla G-Cup for GH5 replacing the GH5’s provided eyecup, all carried in Cosyspeed’s excellent Camslinger Streetomatic Plus camera bag in black faux leather.

Panasonic Lumix GH5 with Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro zoom lens with Breakthrough Photography X4 UV filter, and Guerrilla G-Cup for GH5 attached instead of the GH5’s supplied eyecup. I usually attach Peak Design Clutch and Cuff camera straps to my cameras.

The day was dark and gloomy with prevailing light far from my favourite for putting hardware and software to the test.

My intention was to shoot HLG HDR (hybrid log-gamma high dynamic range) footage for sharing as SDR (standard dynamic range) as below after applying the latest iteration of Paul Leeming’s Leeming LUT One camera settings, camera LUT and custom LUT for the Panasonic GH5 HLG.

The latest version of Leeming LUT One for Panasonic cameras was 501 at the time but that has since been replaced with version 502, offering some refinements for a current limitation in Apple’s otherwise excellent Final Cut Pro X non-linear editing suite.

I also applied a small selection of analog film simulation LUTs from LookLabs’ Digital Film Stock (DFS) 3D LUT collection to some of the footage to enhance the look and feel of the scene depicted.

Still frames from Panasonic GH5 HLG HDR footage

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Paul Leeming’s Leeming LUT One for Panasonic GH5 Soon the be at Version 501 for HLG, V-Log L and Cinelike D

NOTE: Since this article was written some time ago, Leeming LUT One has been updated and improved again with version 502.

You may wish to read this more recent article here:

Australian cinematographer/director Paul Leeming is about to issue the latest update to his unified corrective LUT (Look Up Table) system for a range of popular hybrid mirrorless and DSLR cameras and camcorders, Leeming LUT One, with first camera to receive the version 501 update for V-Log L and Cinelike D being the Panasonic Lumix GH5. 

Panasonic’s VariCam 35 3DLUT V-Log to V-709
Leeming LUT One for Panasonic GH5 V-Log L version 405
Leeming LUT One for Panasonic GH5 V-Log L version 501

The Leeming LUT One system was developed in order to help cinematographers obtain the best image quality from their cameras by providing custom settings and LUTs to maximize dynamic range while minimizing noise and other artefacts such as banding and YUV chroma smearing.

Mr Leeming has produced Leeming LUT One custom settings and LUTs for cameras including those made by Canon, DJI, GoPro, JVC, Panasonic, Sony with potential support for cameras made by Digital Bolex and Samsung should there be enough demand.

Selected still-frames from GH5 V-Log L footage

The GH5’s 10-bit 4:2:2 colour and V-Log L really come into their own when shooting long dynamic range subjects and especially those containing whites as below. The GH5’s expose-to-the-right enabling exposure zebras are also an asset in setting optimum exposure and one that Fujifilm, for instance, can learn from.

More GH5 V-Log L still frames processed with Leeming LUT One version 501

Mr Leeming has not notified us of when to expect the version 501 Leeming LUT One update for the Panasonic Lumix GH5 but we will report here at ‘Untitled’ when it becomes available.

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Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review Loaner Arrives, Testing With Leeming LUT One and Seercam Cube GH5 Cage – UPDATED

A review loaner of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 arrived yesterday afternoon and it immediately found its way into Seercam’s Cube GH5 camera cage with Extension Kit for Cube GH5. Then I attached a Manfrotto Pixi Table Tripod-cum-handle to the Extension Kit’s coldshoe mount, ready for action should it occur.

First thing the next day, I was pleasantly surprised by a visit from Petra, one of the three young female brush turkeys whom we raised almost from the time they leaped out of their eggs on the mound next door. I grabbed the GH5 plus Seercam cage, hoped that the Griffin Hammond GH5 camera settings file I had installed late the night before would be up to the task, and jumped out the door. 

It was excellent to finally be able to try out Seercam’s one-piece cage for Panasonic’s Lumix DC-GH5 camera.
The Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 review loaner camera arrived minus several items including the eye cup, USB 3 cable and lens hood for the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Aspheric Power OIS zoom lens.
The Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 review loaner camera arrived minus several items including the eye cup, USB 3 cable and lens hood for the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Aspheric Power OIS zoom lens. We later improvised a temporary solution for the GH5’s eye cup from a spare eye cup from my GH4, attached with UHU Yellow Tack and hope.

We helped Petra recuperate from attacks by dogs who had stripped her of tail and wing feathers twice over the past six months, and she has grown up into a beautiful, confident young adult who now, it seems, has formed her own little tribe of three young brush turkeys whom she was leading about.

Still frames from my first GH5 video shoot of Petra and her friends

The footage reveals that I will need to reinforce the way we have attached the spare GH4 eye cup to the GH5 as critical focus was missed on several crucial shots due to relying solely on the monitor with focus peaking while shooting in semi-darkness.

I will be trying the GH5 out on some stills photographs next and then will load up Paul Leeming’s Leeming LUT One settings for Cinelike D and V-Log L on the GH5 for further video shoots over the two-week loan period.

I will be editing and grading GH5 footage in DaVinci Resolve Studio 14 and Final Cut Pro X and processing stills in a number of image editors, LUTs and color grading plug-ins, and raw processors. I will be relying on Lesspain Software’s excellent Kyno media management and productivity software throughout.

Snapshots from my second day with the GH5

It usually takes me a few days to start to understand and get the best out of a new camera and even longer to understand a new lens, and the GH5 and its Panasonic Leica 12-60mm kit zoom is no exception. Another factor is that it can take a while for software companies to fully support new cameras and at the moment none of them appears to perfectly support this specific lens and camera combination.

At the moment I am defaulting to Adobe Camera Raw with VSCO presets and Photoshop, but once I know enough about what the GH5 and this lens can do then I will explore how other raw processing and image editing software interprets images from them. So far, though, the images look impressive.

My current Seercam Cube GH5 cage configuration for stills and video

I often go into situations where I may need to shoot stills and video, and so a minimal rig is most useful, allowing me the flexibility to make photographs while holding the camera in vertical/portrait or horizontal/landscape mode, or quickly switch over to video without having to add extra items.

I often use my GH4 and GX8 in minimalist rigging like here, in the GH4’s case in a Motion9/Seercam CubeMix GH4/3 cage and for the GX8 a SmallRig cage. I also like going even more minimal with my GH4 and attach just a battery grip and a microphone.

A GH5 is definitely high on my wishlist, reinforced by my experience so far with the camera, and I will be adding a battery grip, XLR audio adapter and, when Seercam comes out with its special battery pack that mounts in the GH5’s rod riser, will add one of those too.

A number of GH5 users report that the camera rips through batteries especially when shooting 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 video and using stabilization. I have experienced that myself already. I will need to at least double my collection of batteries for the GH5 and look at other power options too.

Some GH5 owners have stated that they have bypassed all other brands of cages for the GH5 and have opted for the minimalist SmallRig cage due to it being one of the first to have strap-mounting holes on the camera right side. It is easy to attach straps to any cage by screwing strap-mounting into your cage’s 1/4-20 tapped holes.

Right now I am using Peak Design Pro Drive Screws as they are the only ones I found in a local camera store but other moviemakers tell me they use other, smaller screws in preference. I am sure that camera accessories makers could come up with much better optional strap-mounting drives.

On another note, I have been using a spare eye cup from my GH4 to temporarily replace the one missing from the review loaner GH5. I have tried gaffer tape, Blue-Tack and UHU Yellow Tack – proper name Sticky Tack or Poster Putty – but found that the UHU Yellow Tack works best, though the eye-cup has fallen off a few times anyway.

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Paul Leeming’s Leeming LUT One for the Panasonic GH5 Now at Version 405 for Cinelike D and V-Log L

NOTE:

Since this article was written quite some time ago, Leeming LUT One has been updated and improved many times with support for the Panasonic Lumix GH5’s new Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) added in a recent update. 

You may wish to read those more recent articles by typing “Leeming LUT” into this website’s search box. 


05/17/2017:

Cinematographer/director Paul Leeming has released version 405 of Leeming LUT One for the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Micro Four Thirds Super 16 stills/video hybrid camera and he has nailed it in obtaining the best video tone, colour and dynamic range of which the camera’s sensor is capable. Leeming LUT One version 405 for the GH5 comes in two versions, one for Cinelike D and one for V-LogL. 

Leeming LUT One version 4.0.5 for Panasonic Lumix GH5 applied to V-Log footage along with a looks LUT for a filmic look and feel. Footage shot with Contax Zeiss 35mm f1.4 lens at f2, mounted on Metabones Speed Booster after modification.
Leeming LUT One version 405 for Panasonic Lumix GH5 applied to V-Log footage along with a looks LUT for a filmic look and feel. Footage shot by Paul Leeming with Contax Zeiss 35mm f1.4 lens at f2, mounted on Metabones Speed Booster after modification.

Mr Leeming also supplies a GH5 monitoring LUT, LL1_V40x.vlt, for viewing the corrected colour and tonal range in camera, or an external monitor or monitor/recorder such as those made by Atomos, Blackmagic Design, Convergent DesignSmallHDVideo Devices and others.

From the evidence, Panasonic has got it right with V-LogL given the GH5’s 10-bit 4:2:2 option that was unavailable on its predecessor the 8-bit 4:2:0 GH4.

Mr Leeming’s recommended settings whether using Cinelike D or V-LogL in combination with expose-to-the-right (ETTR) making shooting  great footage an attractive possibility for GH5 owners including those less experienced in grading now that version 4.0.5 of the Leeming LUT One for the GH5 is available.

Shot on GH5 with V-LogL, Leeming LUT One version 405 for V-Log applied, no looks LUTs, before and after

Shot on GH5 with Cinelike D, Leeming LUT One version 405 for Cinelike D applied, no looks LUTs, before and after

Add the current generation of LUT-savvy NLEs, plug-ins and colour grading suites into the mix and getting the best out of the GH5’s Rec. 709 Cinelike D or flat logarithmic V-LogL footage is the easiest it has ever been.

Another benefit of Mr Leeming’s effort to create a version of Leeming LUT One for every popular video-shooting camera upon which he can lay his hands upon is ease of colour matching footage from a range of cameras used in the same project.

Using a mix of cameras, sensors and thus native colour science has become common but colour matching footage without benefit of a tool like Leeming LUT One is a time-consuming chore better spent elsewhere.

I look forward to Mr Leeming releasing versions of Leeming LUT One for other cameras that I use to shoot video, soon.

Testing the GH5 Cinelike D Leeming LUT One with Lumix GX8 Cinelike D footage

Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GX8 rangefinder-style is one of my favourite cameras for shooting stills and video, and is favoured by other moviemakers like documentary cinematographer Rick Young of Movie Machine.

The GX8’s sensor has been described by some as between those in the GH4 and the GH5 in quality and colour response. Paul Leeming is working on a version of Leeming LUT One for the GX8, and tells me that it may work well with his GH5 Cinelike D Leeming LUT One.

I tried it out during an overcast late autumn day and here are the results. I applied some looks LUTs from the Leeming LUT Quickies free collection to some of these screenshots, on top of the GH5 Leeming LUT for Cinelike D.

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