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Header image for article Live Color Grading with the VariCam: Part 1 - Camera Setup

Live Color Grading with the VariCam: Part 1 - Camera Setup

 

One of the great features of the Panasonic VariCam 35 is its built in color management. The camera can record in VariCam Log while applying look up tables (LUTs) to all outputs, including the viewfinder.

The camera can load in both 3D LUTs for full color adjustment, as well as CDLs (Color Decision Lists) for basic Lift, Gamma, Gain and Saturation adjustments. While these LUTs and CDL files can be loaded in via an SD card, what really makes this camera unique is that it can also be live graded.

Using Pomfort's LiveGrade software and a network connection (wireless or wired), the software can directly talk to the camera and adjust colors - no LUT box needed. This feature allows you to make color decisions on the fly, while still recording in high quality Log internally on the camera. All 3D LUTs and CDL adjustments are made live as metadata on each recording. Watch my video above to learn how to set up the camera to enable this function, and stay tuned for the second part on enabling LiveGrade.

Watch Part 2 here: Live Color Grading with the VariCam: Part 2 - Working with Pomfort

Andy Shipsides
Chief Technology Officer / Camera Tech Specialist, AbelCine LA

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