On-Set Monitoring Utilizing the Odyssey LUT System

There are several LUT boxes on the market, and numerous monitors and other devices include the ability to apply a LUT to an image. What makes the Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q LUT System so much more powerful and useful?

Where are the LUTs?

The Odyssey monitor/recorder holds a large LUT Library system within it. Open the LUT menu and there awaits a folder containing a number of preset LUTs provided by Convergent Design. Additional folders are available for users to load up to 150 more LUTs. There are a number available for download on the Convergent Design website, or one can create custom 3D-LUTs from popular programs such as DaVinci Resolve that output the industry-standard .cube file format. If using a .cube LUT, use the CD 3D-LUT Converter App (available for download from the Convergent Design website) to translate it into the binary structure that the Odyssey will read (and will keep your LUT safe from others stealing it). Pomfort LiveGrade will export LUTs directly in the native binary format of the Odyssey LUT System. Load this file onto an SSD and then insert that into the Odyssey. From there you can save LUTs into the folders, add additional info in the notes fields, etc.

Odyssey preset LUTs can be downloaded as individual .CUBE files or as a ZIP file containing either all of the built-in preset LUTs or all of the additional preset LUTs. 

Click here for the Odyssey LUT Download Page

3D-LUTs can also be downloaded from third-party sources or generated with software.

All LUT files must be converted for use with the Odyssey using the CD 3D-LUT Utility with can be downloaded here for MAC or PC. Once the file is loaded onto the Odyssey it cannot be exported or converted back into a .CUBE file. For that reason it is important to retain a copy of the original .CUBE file.

Additional information about the Odyssey LUT System can be found here.

Applying a LUT

LUTs can be applied to different locations. Once the desired LUT is selected in the LUT menu, tapping the LUT button will toggle it on & off the Odyssey OLED panel. That’s where most other devices stop. In the Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q there is the Customize Outputs button in the LUT Menu (replicated in several other locations in the Odyssey) to determine where else the LUT could go. It looks like this:


Here's how to translate this: Start with the Monitoring Tools (aka Image Analysis Tool) on the bottom. These are the exposure tools within the Odyssey monitor/recorder: False Color, Monochrome Viewing, Zebras, Waveform, and Histogram. Do you want these tools to measure the LUTted image or the original signal? Here is where you decide. LUT OFF means that the tools will always read the original signal, LUT ON means that the tools will always read the LUTted image, and Mirror OLED means that the tools will switch what they read based on what the OLED panel is showing (the OLED is controlled by tapping the LUT button to switch the LUT on/off). When the Monitoring Tools are reading a LUTted image, it is indicated by a green bar spanning between their tabs on the Lower Tool Bar.

Now to the video outputs. Each output (SDI A, SDI B, HDMI) can be addressed individually, both from one another as well as independent from the OLED display. LUT OFF means that the output always shows the original signal. LUT ON means that the output always shows the LUTted image. These function independently from the OLED. Mirror OLED (LUT & OVERLAYS) means that the output will show whatever the OLED panel is showing, including if a monitoring tool is displayed (meaning that a tool such as the waveform will be displayed on the output).


Here is a scenario showing how these settings can be used:

OLED set to LUT ON View the intended look to set your lighting and exposure.
MONITORING TOOL set to LUT OFF Meter the original signal so that you know how much room you have to adjust in color correction.
SDI A OUT set to Mirror OLED Send to a large monitor on set so that you can have the LUTed image and the unLUTed tool to view while adjusting lighting.
SDI B OUT set to LUT OFF Send to DIT to "pixel peep"
HDMI set to LUT ON Send to client monitor (possibly via video transmitter) so that the client always sees LUTted image with no Monitoring Tools in the way.

This is just one example illustrating how the Odyssey LUT System can route the video signals. The system is open for clients to use the tools in the manner that works best for them and their individual shoots. To replicate the above setup with other equipment would require a small DIT cart full of expensive gear. No other single tool can offer the functions built into the Odyssey LUT System.

Applies To

Odyssey7Q+, Odyssey7Q

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Created : 2016-02-25 13:10:43, Last Modified : 2016-02-25 13:10:43

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