On 13.10.2016 16:03, Tobias Ellinghaus wrote:
Well, there are several places where a LUT can be applied. Once in the
beginning, to get you recorded video data to a known state (kind of replaces
input color profile), then there are final looks LUTs that are to be applied in
the very end (to make the linear pixels look ok, adding a gamma curve and
maybe some film emulation, so basically the final grading). And then there are
intermediate ones like you ask for.


That's true. If we want Darktable to process video footage (which happens to me from time to time), then that would be the perfect way. There is usually LUT converting from given camera's colour space characteristics to some common space, like Cineon or rec709, then artistic grading or film emulation LUT, then LUTs converting to colour spaces of distribution mediums, like film print. For photography, since there are no LUTs (at least known to me) that are designed to work with, for example, CR2 raw files, then LUT module in the middle of the pipeline would be enough (that's for me).

We discussed that a few times internally and while I would like to support
that, there is the problem of WHERE to have such a module in the pipe. Or if
we should add LUT support in a single new module plus the the input/output
color profile modules? So many options ... If you have more insight I would
like to hear about it.

Could color profile modules be extended to do what they do now plus LUT transformation? This and new module in the middle (after some basic luma and colour correction modules, because LUTs are usually picky on what they get on input) could be solution which does not increase UI entropy too much.

I wouldn't like to add that dependency as it's a rather big one and somewhat
opposed to the ICC based workflow we use. But we don't need it anyway, I
already have written some test code that reads cube files and applies them.

Great! :)

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Best regards,
Seweryn Niemiec

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