The cinematic look can transform average B-roll in to spectacular and captivating footage. Here's how you can apply it to your own videos just using Adobe Premiere Pro.
Cinematic looking videos are so stylish and so commonplace I almost don't want to like them anymore. I keep waiting to feel as if it's all over done and I just can't stand the style anymore, but I don't believe it's ever going to happen. If you capture high resolution, correctly exposed footage of almost anything, it seems as if you're 3 steps from a great clip. Step 1: slow it down. Step 2: color grade it with a LUT. Step 3: add some melancholic indie music. The formula really seems to be as simple as that, but it's just so effective.
In this tutorial, Christian Maté Grab goes through his method for making footage look cinematic using Adobe Premiere Pro. For the uninitiated, it's straightforward and simple to the point of being almost ridiculous. The look is achieved via a Lookup Table (LUT) which is essentially a preset for your footage that is added over the top like an adjustment layer. As you can see in this video, Grab turns average and bland footage in to something more in line with a short film.
What's your best trick for transforming your footage from bland to cineamtic?