How To Be A DIT – Tutorials, Tools & Workflows
In the 10th instalment of my How To Be A DIT series I’ve put together an extensive round up of valuable insights from around the web for those looking to become Digital Image Technicians (DIT) or anyone else seeking to deepen their knowledge of the technical side of post-production.
To check out the rest of the How To Be A DIT series hit the entire DIT category here.
The hour long video kicking off this post is from the New York Post Alliance’s first seminar of 2014 with a panel of DITs and Assistant Editor’s talking about how the two sides of post fit together. Well worth a watch!
If you want a first-hand look at a working DIT’s on set workflow using Scratch Lab on a Microsoft Surface Pro then this interview with Colorist/DIT Lorne Miess is a great read and full of plenty of technical details.
What will happen is that when we need to figure out how we’re going to make a shot happen I can load an image from the set onto the Surface, and then create four or five different grades for the master shot. Michael can look through them and make an informed decision around what’s going to work best for his vision… When I was using other tablets, they were just still images on a non-calibrated screen. Using the Surface you can calibrate the display using Spectracal’s Calman Software, and I can bring either a clip to set or a series of stills and I can leave the Surface on-set while I take what I need via the USB stick.
For a very simple end-to-end overview of an intricate digital cinema then this page from an extensive post on the ASC website guides you through the Gravity project pipeline. If you like that, then check out my very lengthy making of Gravity round-up.
DIT Training and more from Light Iron Digital
Light Iron CEO Michael Cioni delivers this excellent talk on how Alexa XT 4:3 shooters can get the most out of their 3K sensor for a 4K workflow. Scroll down to the DIT Workflows section below for even more on working with Alexa footage.
In this 6K DI Diary case-study you can learn how best to manage, move, manipulate and monitor 6K footage (a la the RED Dragon), which is 9 times larger than 2K footage. This relies on some seriously high-end hardware from Quantel (Pablo Rio systems) that can throughput 8GB a second! This post is huge, click through to check it out!