How to Set up and Work with Video Router Control in LiveGrade Pro 6 min read

How to Set up and Work with Video Router Control in LiveGrade Pro

Integrating a video router on a DIT cart enables flexible setups that would be hard to handle otherwise (e.g. switching 5 camera inputs at one monitor), but it also introduces a new level of complexity that needs to be managed by the DIT. When working with LiveGrade Pro, this complexity can be reduced with certain setups. In this article we outline three of them.

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How to Determine Expected Copy Speed for a Drive 6 min read

How to Determine Expected Copy Speed for a Drive

The article will outline why it’s important to know the performance of a hard drive before using it for backing up movie data on a film set, and evaluates different methods of determining the expected copy speeds reliably.
Additionally it will outline a few additional factors that can influence copy speeds and therefore should be kept in mind when comparing numbers.

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4 Reasons to Live Grade Your Next Movie 7 min read

4 Reasons to Live Grade Your Next Movie

Digital cinematography enables (and sometimes even requires) post-production related activities to be taking place already on the film set. In this article we want to focus on one such activity: The interactive work with the digital look of camera images on set, also known as “live grading”.

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DIT Jason Naran: The Role of Live Color and Look Information on “Mortal Engines” 7 min read

DIT Jason Naran: The Role of Live Color and Look Information on “Mortal Engines”

The creative look that the DP has in mind during shooting serves as an important basis for subsequent production steps. Making sure that it is maintained throughout the shoot and communicated all the way into post, however, is not always easy. On the production of Peter Jackson’s new blockbuster movie “Mortal Engines”, DIT Jason Naran helped achieving this using LiveGrade Pro.

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Live Grading a Horror Classic: DIT Andy Bader on the Production of “Halloween” 6 min read

Live Grading a Horror Classic: DIT Andy Bader on the Production of “Halloween”

Horror movies are a genre of their very own, captivating viewers with their extremely thrilling and often dark and gruesome story lines. Out of the many horror movies out there, few manage to do this as well as the “Halloween” movies. And the movie series’ newest addition is no exception to that. Andy Bader recently worked as the main unit DIT on the new “Halloween” movie.

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6 Examples of How Offload Software Makes Your Life on Set Easier 4 min read

6 Examples of How Offload Software Makes Your Life on Set Easier

A film set is a busy place. If you are responsible for offloading footage – either as part of other responsibilities, or as a designated data wrangler – there are always a lot of things to take care of. Usually more than expected. Therefore it makes sense to look out for helpers that reduce manual work, help you deliver a great job and give you time to focus on all those other things that also need your attention.

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Camera “Log” Signals in Production: Part 2 – Typical Use Cases For Working With “Log” Signals 7 min read

Camera “Log” Signals in Production: Part 2 – Typical Use Cases For Working With “Log” Signals

Part one of this article discusses the origin and ideas behind “log” images as produced in almost every camera system in digital cinematography. In this second part we want to take a closer look at how you work with these images – be it as the “log” live output of the camera as an HD-SDI signal, or as the “log” footage recorded on camera media. We will discuss how to benefit from typical look workflows on set within the camera department and beyond. As the setup for dealing with log signals on set varies with the expected level of interactivity, we illustrate the benefits in five scenarios.

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5 Examples: How Others Benefit From the DIT’s Work 5 min read

5 Examples: How Others Benefit From the DIT’s Work

The DIT handles a variety of different tasks on set. While the creation of camera backups might still be the most well-known to others, his work in fact goes far beyond that. And so do the benefits he creates for others. In this article we will outline 5 examples that show how others benefit from the work of the DIT and discuss how professional software can support the DIT.

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My DIT Cart – Sam Petrov 6 min read

My DIT Cart – Sam Petrov

A DIT cart can be a heavy and complex piece of equipment, with tons cords and data cables hanging everywhere – but it doesn’t have to be. The cart of DIT Sam Petrov for example follows a sleek design where not a single cord is visible from the front. In a recent interview Sam shares some details on his equipment, and explains what Steve Jobs has to do with the design of his cart.

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