The Filmmaker's Guide to Digital Imaging: for Cinematographers, Digital Imaging Technicians, and Camera Assistants

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It’s a whole new world for cinematographers, camera assistants, and postproduction artists. New equipment, new methods, and new technologies have to be learned and mastered. New roles such as that of the DIT (Digital Imaging Technician), Digital Loader, and Data Manager are integral to today’s motion picture production process. Take your mastery of these new tools, techniques, and roles to the next level with this cutting-edge roadmap from esteemed author and filmmaker Blain ...

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Overview

It’s a whole new world for cinematographers, camera assistants, and postproduction artists. New equipment, new methods, and new technologies have to be learned and mastered. New roles such as that of the DIT (Digital Imaging Technician), Digital Loader, and Data Manager are integral to today’s motion picture production process. Take your mastery of these new tools, techniques, and roles to the next level with this cutting-edge roadmap from esteemed author and filmmaker Blain Brown.

The Filmmaker’s Guide to Digital Imaging covers both the theory and the practice, featuring full-color, in-depth coverage of essential terminology, technology, and industry-standard best-practices. Brown covers new industry-wide production standards such as ASC-CDL and the ACES workflow. Interviews with professional cinematographers and DITs working on Hollywood productions equip you with knowledge that is essential if you want to work in today’s motion picture industry, whether as a cinematographer, DIT, Digital Loader, Data Manager, camera assistant, editor, or VFX artist.

Topics include:

  • Digital sensors and cameras
  • The structure of digital images
  • Waveform monitors, vectorscopes, and test charts
  • Using linear, gamma, and log encoded video files
  • Exposure techniques for HD and UltraHD
  • Understanding digital color
  • Codecs and file formats
  • The DIT cart
  • Downloading, ingesting, and managing video files
  • Workflow from camera to DIT cart to post
  • Using metadata and timecode

The companion website (www.focalpress.com/cw/brown) features additional material, including demonstrations and interviews with experienced DITs and cinematographers.

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Editorial Reviews

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"It's been a painful transition from film to digital for many cinematographers. Brown takes the mystery out of it and presents the technical aspects of this change seamlessly. It is, after all, about art!"

- Judy Irola, ASC, Conrad Hall Chair in Cinematography and Color Timing, USC School of Cinematic Arts

"As a practicing cinematographer who also teaches, I consider The Filmmaker’s Guide to Digital Imaging essential reading for my students. Blain Brown demystifies the technical processes of digital cinematography from the most basic to the more complex. Given the recent rapid development in this field, working professionals too will find this is a must-have guide. I'm one of them."

- Anthony Jannelli, Head of Graduate Cinematography, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415854115
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/20/2014
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 734,198
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Blain Brown has worked in the motion picture industry for over 30 years as a cinematographer, director, producer, and screenwriter. His previous books include:
Cinematography: Theory and Practice
Motion Picture and Video Lighting
The Filmmakers Pocket Reference

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Sensors & Cameras

The Digital Image

Measurement

Linear, Gamma, Log

Exposure

Digital Color

Codecs & Formats

Image Control

The DIT Cart

Data Management

Workflow & ACES

Metadata & Timecode

Acknowledgements

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