PremiumBeat takes a look at the evolving role of Digital Imaging Technicians (DIT) to the filmmaking and television production industry. It's a very important and technical role that is crucial for todays digital workflows. This article gives you a breakdown of the constantly changing and evolving DIT's job.
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PremiumBeat by Michael Maher
What is a Digital Imaging Technician? What is their role on set?
A Digital Imaging Technician is a position that has evolved from a camera engineer. Originally, DITs would manage and troubleshoot cameras and color correct during shoots. They would then transfer tapes to the post-production suite. As more productions moved from film to digital files, the DIT became responsible for signal and data management, file distribution, and quality control.
Just downloading footage doesn’t make a person a DIT. (Someone who only handles the digital files is a Data Wrangler.) The DIT job requires a vast technological knowledge that assists with monitoring exposure levels, color correction, creating look up tables (LUTs), and the creation of dailies. The DIT has different duties on every set. For commercial shoots, the DIT is usually a last minute hire.
Hiring a DIT became much more common after the release of digital cinema cameras from RED and ARRI. However, as commercial shoots are usually controlled by an ad agency, the work of the DIT mostly comes down to data transfer and dailies. The data and dailies are sent to the editor, and the final color and look of the project is decided by the agency. DITs are much more involved on television and film sets. read more...