Digital imaging technician

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A Digital Imaging Technician (D.I.T.) works in the motion picture film industry. The D.I.T. position was created in response by the transition from the long established film movie camera medium into the current digital cinema era.[1] The D.I.T. is the camera department crew member who works in collaboration with the Cinematographer on work-flow, systemization, signal integrity and image manipulation to achieve the highest image quality and creative goals of cinematography in the digital realm.[2]

The D.I.T.'s role on-set has become especially prevalent through assisting Cinematographers, normally accustomed to film stock, in achieving their desired look digitally. This is accomplished by the D.I.T. through monitoring picture exposure, setting up "look up tables" (LUTs) and dialing in settings in the digital camera's menu system.

The D.I.T. may also be in charge of transferring, managing and securing all the digital data acquired on-set via the digital cinematography cameras which are operated by Camera Operators. Additionally, the D.I.T. is responsible for securing the digital audio recorded by the external digital audio recorder operated by the Production Sound Mixer. In some instances, the D.I.T. will work with a separate camera crew member called the Digital Loader.

Prior to the DIT position, several other positions, such as Video Controller, Video Shader or Video Engineer, performed similar functions of exposure and color control over the live video image. While these positions continue to exist, especially in live broadcast and studio television, the DIT position has become entrenched in Cinema, Commercials and Higher End television.