Hi, I am about to edit video shot in Cinestyle with Canon 5D Mark IV. I was wondering what sort of workflow you typically have in FCP for adjusting these sorts of cine profiles. Should I use FCP's color adjustment functions or use external program?
I shoot Canon Log 2 on a C300 mkII and apply the LUT at clip level via the setting menu. I like working this way because I can set the LUT directly after import by just selecting all new clips and chose the LUT I want via the settings. Because this is done at the clip level, no matter where I use the clip I do not have to apply it again. In addition the clips while browsing already have the LUT applied which makes for a much nicer viewing experience. This applies also to exported versions of your project which makes for a nicer viewing experience for directors/producers etc.
Once I get to grading I most of the times grade the clip with the LUT applied because when exposed correctly 90% of the colour correction is already done with the LUT. If I have a super difficult shot, I might turn the LUT off in the settings and start the grade from scratch. Overall this makes an easy and efficient workflow.
I have to add that I do not grade to get a specific look. We do docs and what I'm after is the most natural representation of what we're filming. If you want specific looks that are baked into a custom LUT(s) it might be better to apply the LUT via an effect to have more control at what stage the LUT is applied. Because when you, as I do it, apply the LUT at clip level, every additional colour correction is applied after that (master) LUT.