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Offline Matthew Lynn

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What is a .cdl file, and is it important?
« on: July 15, 2014, 05:10:23 PM »
Hi,

I work in visual effects primarily and I would like some clarification on what a .cdl file is used for. I often see this file included with footage off of digital cinema cameras, such as the Alexa and more recently with the F55.

I've tried to apply the .cdl as a LUT in nuke on top of F55 footage, but it doesn't seem to change anything at all. I'm more accustomed to .3dl or .cube files when applying a LUT as a compositor, and some software like After Effects won't even read the .cdl files coming from the F55.

So could someone please explain what this .cdl file is, and when it's important?

Thanks!

- Matt