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On-Set Color and LUTs

In addition to helping the DP with exposure and technical aspects of the camera, a DIT creates a look using LUTs (Look up Table) that can be used to just make dailies or passed down through the entire workflow.  These LUTs are applied to the viewing monitors while shooting but usually not to the original footage itself which allows flexibility and changes later on in post production.  Most times the LUTs are used on set to transcode the footage into dailies, ensuring the footage is seen as the DP intended it.

Log Images and ACES

Most high end digital cameras record in what is know as Log (Log-C, S-Log C-Log). Sometimes mistakenly referred to as RAW, a log image is an image with an even or logarithmic contrast curve.  This allows the capture of the maximum dynamic range giving the most flexibility for later color correction.  Because these images are flat looking with low saturation, they require a LUT to give them a pleasing look.  To ensure consistent colors, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have developed ACES (Academy Color Encoding System) which is used by certain cameras, hardware and software to streamline color workflow. This helps DIT’s important job of creating looks that accurately represent the DP and director’s vision of the final image.

DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve is the standard software used in post houses around the world for final color on finished project.  The newest version is much more focused on-set and can be used for both live grading and for transcoding dailies.  There are other color systems such as Technicolor’s DP Lights, TrueLight or LiveGrade; these are all essentially similar and used for live grading on set.  The benefit of DaVinci on set is that it offers many more tools to create a look that can be passed down and used as a starting point of the final color grade.  The thing to remember is that the looks created by a DIT on set are generally ‘one-light’ quick passes that are simply for making dailies and editing transcodes.  The final colorist will have more time and more tools to create a more complex grade inspired by the on-set color created by the DIT.

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