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, camera settings, 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 Color Decision List (CDL) on daily basis and, if requested, "look up tables" (LUTs) for the post-production. On top of everything, the D.I.T. deals with settings in the digital camera's menu system, such as recording format and outputs.

Next to the D.I.T., the Data Wrangler position is created as a support role for managing, transferring and securing all the digital data acquired on-set via the digital cinematography cameras, interacting with the 2nd AC. Depending on the scale of the project, the D.I.T. can be the Data Wrangler but never the opposite. [3] 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.

Prior to the D.I.T 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.

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