Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) Workflows

TWO-DAY COURSE
Presented in association with Peter Wilson, HDDC Ltd.

The Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) is a fast-evolving on-set role with ever increasing responsibilities. In the film world this function would have been carried out by the Clapper Loader, but in Digital Cinema the role has expanded immensely.
This two-day seminar and workshop is aimed at existing professional camera crew, as well as post-production personnel such as data wranglers, who need digital imaging and data management skills to increase their employment prospects.

On Day One of the course, the attendees receive theoretical training in a diverse range of subjects, including image capture, quantisation, digital theory, camera chip formats, the meaning of RAW, colour separation, true resolution, gamma and log processing, compression schemes and pitfalls, recording systems, file formats, storage operating systems, workflows, metadata and logistics.

On Day Two, attendees cover practical hands-on experience with products from several supporting organisations, such as ARRI Alexa camerasCodex onboard recordersAssimilate Scratch Lab and YoYotta ‘dailies’ software.

The course is aimed at existing professional camera crew, as well as post-production personnel such as data wranglers, who need digital imaging and data management skills to increase their employment prospects. Theoretical training will be given, followed by practical hands-on experience with several commonly-used products from supporting organisations.

Contents

  • The role of the DIT
  • The role of the Data Wrangler
  • The basics of digital cameras
  • Sampling theory
  • The implications of camera imaging sensor choice on system requirements
  • MTF and sampling
  • The various forms of colour coding & colour spaces
  • What gamma and log processing means
  • What RAW means and how to digitally process it
  • Compressed file systems
  • Uncompressed file systems
  • Connections & interfaces
  • Common camera media types
  • Common file formats
  • Metadata handling
  • eXtensible Markup Language (XML)
  • What ingest means and how to organize it
  • Asset management
  • On-set grading
  • Data wrangling workflows
  • Dailies
  • Common distribution formats

I have delivered this course:

  • Twice at the BFI Southbank, London for Creative Skillset
  • Twice in Wales for Creative Skillset Cymru
  • At the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School at Tallinn University, Estonia
  • RED Europe, Pinewood Studios
  • Here are further details:
    http://www.hddc.co.uk/DIT/dit4pinewood.html