Two New FREE Tools for Color Grading & Color Decisions

Apr 8, 2011 20399 13 Share
Aharon Rabinowitz
Aharon Rabinowitz

Essential color tools for filmmakers around the world

At Red Giant Software we believe not only in providing powerful, valuable tools for professionals, but also in contributing to the filmmaking community. We believe that some basic things, such as creating and sharing creative color choices in industry-standard formats, should be free to all filmmakers.

– Stu Maschwitz, Creative Director for Magic Bullet products at Red Giant Software


Magic Bullet Colorista Free: Color correction for every artist

Colorista Free is a simplified, elegant color corrector that anyone can share and use. You get exactly what you need with basic controls designed by experienced colorists, like the 3-Way wheels from our popular Colorista II and numeric sliders for precise numerical accuracy. For high-level work, Colorista Free is workflow-ready to share Color Decision List (CDL) values with CDL-compliant host apps and conform your color work to industry standards. Set your colors free.  

LUT Buddy: Make LUTs, share LUTs, use LUTs

LUT Buddy was created for the professional colorist and came directly out of the film work of Stu Maschwitz, our Creative Director. The plug-in runs in desktop apps like After Effects and FCP, then exports its LUT output to communicate with higher end systems ranging from DaVinci Resolve to Panasonic displays. If you’re already using 1D or 3D LUT’s in your workflow, this tool was designed for you to share values between compliant software and devices.    

Why are we giving away color tools for free?

Red Giant is a company that makes software products. But the people who work here are filmmakers, photographers, designers and artists… just like you. We value tools that help us share and communicate, and we feel that some basic things should be free. That’s why we are giving away Colorista Free and LUT Buddy, two new tools that make color grading accessible to the filmmaking community. We hope our gift inspires you to do something that adds to the creative movement because we can’t really share until everyone has the tools.

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  1. Thank you RED GIANT, a very special gift for all filmmakers…….!!

  2. Many thanks for these excellent free plugins which I have downloaded. May I suggest that you add Lightworks to the list of Editors on your download page. Some (but not all) 3rd party Premiere and AE plugins work in Lightworks. The free version of Lightworks is currently being beta tested and it is projected to go open source sometime ijn 2011 as soon as the source code is prepared technically and legally.

  3. Great stuff guys and useful.will be using it tonight on a small project I’m working on for an ad.

  4. Thank you! It really is a nice gesture.

  5. No sony vegas 🙁

  6. For this, i might just have to invest in particular…
    Thank you Red Giant!!!

  7. Great gift, but unfortunately AE CS5 (10.0.1) freezes the moment I apply Colorista Free. Works great in PPro CS5, though.

  8. Hi Hampus, thanks for your note. I notified our customer service department of the freezing issue that you reported. However, they cannot reproduce the problem. If you would like help using Colorista Free in AE 10, please email with more details. Refer to your blog comment and they will recognize who you are!

  9. Very useful tool and the best part its free! Regards.


  11. Thank you sooo much, I am really lost of words to show my appreciation, it is absolutely wonderful. God bless you all @ RED GIANT, you are really Giant indeed. Thank you.