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DIT Glossary

Welcome to the Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) Glossary, a collection of terms and concepts essential to the realm of digital image acquisition and management. This glossary serves as a reference for professionals, enthusiasts, and learners navigating the intricate landscape of modern digital cinematography and photography.

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Near Set DIT

The role of a near-set DIT is characterized as a hybrid position, encompassing both data management and certain aspects of traditional on-set DIT responsibilities. This role is often employed when productions have budget/specific location restrictions that mean the use of an on-set DIT and it’s requirements are not possible.

Due to the near-set role undertaking tasks related to data management as well as other DIT functions, it is advisable for the technician not to directly handle live camera feeds or manage exposure settings.Instead, the near-set DIT typically focuses on tasks such as overseeing data transfer, ensuring the integrity and organization of digital assets, and collaborating with the camera team members to oversee workflow, camera setup and basic colour management.

By concentrating on data management aspects, the near-set DIT contributes to the overall efficiency of the production process without directly engaging in tasks that might be more appropriately handled by the on-set DIT, such as adjusting exposure or handling live camera feeds. This division of responsibilities allows for a streamlined workflow, with each role playing to its strengths and ensuring optimal performance in both data management and DIT tasks.

On-Set DIT

A DIT on set, often known as a “Livegrade DIT” owing to the specific software utilized, is widely recommended for productions where meticulous color management, live QC and exposure management is crucial. In this specialized role, the technician actively engages with a live feed from the camera, employing a series of precise color transforms within an approved color management system tailored to the project’s requirements.

Within the context of on-set operations, the division of responsibilities becomes crucial for optimizing workflow. Typically, data management tasks are entrusted to an assistant or a dedicated data manager, often supported by a dailies lab. This strategic allocation of responsibilities ensures that the DIT can focus on real-time color adjustments and image enhancement without being encumbered by data management duties.

Conversely, the practice of managing data on a mobile cart that traverses the set and various locations is discouraged. This approach is considered suboptimal, as it may not only compromise the integrity of the data but also limit the technician’s capabilities, particularly in terms of comprehensive image analysis. By centralizing data management responsibilities and adhering to a more controlled environment, the on-set DIT can concentrate on refining and perfecting the visual aspects of the production, ultimately contributing to the overall quality of the final product.

Digital Lab / Dailies Lab

A Digital Dailies Lab is a central facility in contemporary film production dedicated to processing and reviewing daily footage captured during shoots. Managed by experienced technicians, the lab ensures a swift and secure transfer of raw digital files from set cameras. It conducts rigorous quality control, applies preliminary colour grading, and securely stores the material for subsequent post-production stages. The lab offers filmmakers early visual feedback, expediting decision-making and fostering collaboration among key stakeholders.

Digital Dailies Labs provide a rapid turnaround for reviewing daily footage, allowing for informed creative decisions and efficient problem-solving. This centralized approach offloads technical responsibilities from on-set crews, enabling them to focus on capturing high-quality footage. By streamlining communication between on-set and post-production teams, the lab contributes to a more efficient workflow, ultimately enhancing the overall success of film production.


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