Digital imaging technician
A digital imaging technician (DIT) works in collaboration with a 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.
A DIT's role is especially prevalent with the widespread use of digital imaging technology, and to assist cinematographers normally accustomed to film stock in achieving their desired look. They may also be in charge of transferring and managing the image data, replacing the traditional film loader position.
The Digital Imaging (or Image) Technician is a relatively new position on a motion picture set. The position was created as a response to the transition from the long established film medium into digital cinema, which utilizes various formats like HD, 2K, and 4K. Since video reacts very differently from film in many situations, the DIT's job is to work with the cinematographer and help achieve the best results. This includes but is not limited to: monitoring exposure, setting up "look up tables" (LUTs), set camera settings, and media management.
The DIT will also closely work and be associated with the data wrangler on set, to make sure that all the content that has been exposed by the Digital Camera has been safely and securely transferred and backed up.
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.
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