Data Management Workflow

SIMPLE DATA WORKFLOW
Let’s start with the simplest case.

1. Media is delivered from the camera.
2. DIT, Loader, or Data Manager downloads the media and backs it up to at least two separate hard drives or RAIDs—preferably three.
3. DIT scrubs through the shots to make sure everything recorded and downloaded properly. Scrubbing is viewing the footage at higher than normal speed for a quick look.
4. Media is delivered back to the set, ready for camera use.
5. Keep a detailed media log of all operations.


ADVANCED WORKFLOW
Now a slightly more advanced workflow:

1.Media delivered from the set.
2.Downloads and backs up.
3.Scrubs through the shots to make sure everything recorded and downloaded properly.
4.If requested, prepares LUTs for viewing and for the camera or applies previously developed LUTs for reviewing on the set and for dailies.
5.May do more advanced color correction for dailies.
4.Media sent back to the set ready for formatting.
5.Files are transcoded for dailies.
6.Keep a detailed media log of all operations.

[For much more on DIT workflow, LUTS, Looks, and media management see The Filmmaker’s Guide to Digital Imaging by the same author. It also covers digital files, transcoding, creating digital dailies, and camera-specific workflows in greater depth and detail.]


from Cinematography: Theory and Practice, Blain Brown