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Von ThomasArticle: A DIT Tells All
by on Mar 21, 2012 at 4:37:10 pm


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A DIT Tells AllA DIT Tells All

You've heard of on-set file-based workflow? That's Von Thomas. Here's an inside look at his gear, and management secrets that can work for you too.

Feature   03/21/2012
Author: Von Thomas



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Daniel LawrenceRe: Article: A DIT Tells All
by on Mar 23, 2012 at 4:12:57 am

Really interesting and informative article Von! As someone who has mostly been on the post side of productions, I find it very educational to see what the modern digital work flows are, on the set, that get the footage from production into post. Thanks for sharing!


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John-Michael Seng-WheelerRe: A DIT Tells All
by on Apr 6, 2012 at 4:33:47 pm

How do you fit five PCIe cards in your mac? Hmm? Is there some secret you're keeping from us?

You list:
GPU
RED Rocket
eSATA card
SAS card
and Matrox Max....


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Von ThomasRe: A DIT Tells All
by on Apr 6, 2012 at 4:42:10 pm

Your Mac doesn't have 5 PCIe slots? Well, I actually have a second Mac Pro, and it houses the extra goodies. Both are networked, and I use screen sharing to control them.

Von

Von Thomas
RED DP / Workflow Guru


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Von ThomasRe: A DIT Tells All
by on Apr 6, 2012 at 4:43:32 pm

If you look on the left side on the top picture of you'll see the second tower.

Von Thomas
RED DP / Workflow Guru


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John-Michael Seng-WheelerRe: A DIT Tells All
by on Apr 8, 2012 at 3:04:44 am

I saw the other Mac, I was just being funny.

Any more info on your dual mac workflow would be interesting though.


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Von Thomas@John-Michael Seng-Wheeler
by on Apr 8, 2012 at 5:47:53 am

You'll have to take my workshop.

Von

Von Thomas
RED DP / Workflow Guru


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John-Michael Seng-Wheeler@Von Thomas
by on Apr 8, 2012 at 5:49:54 am

That would be neat, but unless you're coming to the east coast I doubt that'll happen...


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Matt GerardRe: @John-Michael Seng-Wheeler
by on May 10, 2012 at 8:55:12 pm

Curious, when do you hold your workshops? I might be coming to cali for some reducation sessions this summer (just picked up an EPIC at by production shop), would be great to get both done in one trip. Do you have a site that you list your workshop dates on?

Thanks for the informative article, looking to hijack a couple of your ideas for my own DIT workstation.

Matt

Its more fun to ride a slow motorcycle fast than a fast motorcycle slow...


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Dustin ParsonsRe: A DIT Tells All
by on Apr 27, 2012 at 1:24:15 am

Awesome. Thanks for posting this, it was very informative. I love color grading and am ridiculously organized so I've been considering the DIT side of things for a while but I also love editing and doing motion graphics so it'll probably be impossible for me to work on anything that impressive until I decide which track I want to focus on more.


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Von ThomasRe: A DIT Tells All
by on May 19, 2012 at 2:03:29 am

Since this article, I've added the nVidia Quadro 4000, and for monitoring exposure on set, Black Magic UltraScope, both help make my life easier.

Von Thomas
DIT / On-Set Dailies Colorist


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Tim WilsonRe: A DIT Tells All
by on May 21, 2012 at 5:10:29 pm

Tell a little bit more, please. You said in the article that you were thinking about the Quadro 4000 - what made you pull the trigger?

And how are you using UltraScope?

Thanks again for a great article!

Tim Wilson
Associate Publisher, Editor-in-Chief
Creative COW Magazine
Twitter: timdoubleyou



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Simon LewisRe: A DIT Tells All
by on Oct 9, 2012 at 10:45:02 am

Thanks for this Von, it's been a great help.


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Von ThomasRe: A DIT Tells All
by on Oct 11, 2012 at 3:35:41 am

I was asked about Ultra Scopes. I need a way to monitor exposure , especially with cameras that don't have exposure tools (such as a histogram). I need to see if highlights are being blown, or if shadow detail is being crushed too much from under exposure. With Ultra Scopes, I'm connected directly with the cameras HDI out, so I get a clean signal.

I will be doing a 2 day class very soon here in LA. The organization I'm working with also plans to put my workshop online, for those outside the Los Angeles area.

Von Thomas
DIT / On-Set Dailies Colorist


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Chris LawesRe: A DIT Tells All
by on Dec 6, 2012 at 5:30:58 pm

Great article! I have a question about the end, "THE OUTPUT" You say "I have to output to both Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD." What software do you use to output your DNxHD and Prores files if you are working with a non-RED camera like the F3? Do you use Media Composer to natively crunch through the files or another dedicated transcoding tool? Very interested in finding a better transcoding tool other than Avid, curious what people doing things the right way (like yourself) do.


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Shlomo HazanRe: A DIT Tells All
by on Feb 17, 2013 at 6:12:37 pm

Excellent article which I am happy to share with friends.
Does the quad-core Westmere give a smooth playback with Prores 4444 on Media Composer 6.5+ and Resolve?


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Von Thomas@Shlomo Hazan
by on Feb 17, 2013 at 10:24:48 pm

Playback for Prores 4444 is smooth at 24fps. This is both on Resolve and Avid MC. I am running nVidia GPU to help things along.

That reminds me, my computers config has changed since the I wrote the article last year. I'm now running a GTX 580 and GT 120 in my tower. With this setup, renders are very fast, but this is just not a plug and play, it requires a bit of modification to fit the necessary power supply, to use with the GPU. You can elect to have an expansion chassis, but space on my cart is at a premium, so mine are all internal.

Von Thomas
DIT / On-Set Dailies Colorist


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Diego GillyRe: A DIT Tells All
by on Mar 1, 2013 at 1:37:08 am

Hello Thomas! Thank you for the article.
I have an urgent question, I am a DP in LA and I just created my own LUTs in RED CineProX as RMD files... Is there an actual way to load these files into the Red Epic to be able to see it in the camera screen on set?
Thank you


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Von Thomas@Diego Gilly
by on Mar 1, 2013 at 4:15:05 am

Create the Look, save it as a preset, then go to File>Save Current Look for Epic/Scarlet, transfer to SSD, load to camera.

Von

or hire me...

Von Thomas
DIT / On-Set Dailies Colorist


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Diego Gilly@Von Thoma
by on Mar 1, 2013 at 4:26:21 am

Hahaha! Once I have enough money to hire you I will for sure Von, I owe you one!!! I produce most of my own projects right now... THANK YOU SO MUCH for the swift response my friend!
Shoot me an email with your info if you can! Cheers!!!

Diego Gilly
hifidg@yahoo.com
Cinematographer/Director


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Mike RickardRe: A DIT Tells All
by on Apr 20, 2013 at 7:03:08 pm

Are there any NY workshops coming up?


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Kenneth Kellem@A DIT Tells All
by on Jul 1, 2013 at 9:32:40 pm

I am a London-based post production op about to start my DIT training next week. Fantastic blog, very useful.
Thanks

Ken


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Von Thomas@A DIT Tells All
by on Jul 1, 2013 at 9:54:09 pm

For all those wanting a DIT workshop, now is your chance.

ICA - DIT On-Set Dailies Workshop - Los Angeles / 2 Day Event

Von Thomas
DIT / On-Set Dailies Colorist


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