The Digital Intermediate process (DI), or conversion of film to digital bits and then back to film again, has great potential to revolutionize the postproduction process. The skill set to photochemically process a movie and pop it into a canister for the postal service to send around to all of the movie houses and the skill set to digitally master and create a file that is distributed globally via the Internet and satellites are completely different. One of these entirely new processes is that of the digital intermediate. The DI has tremendous advantages, ranging from improved quality (first "print" is as good as the last) to cost savings (no re-mastering) to digital distribution (bits and bytes: no film in canisters). The DI influences everything from on set production to the delivery of content to consumers and everything in between.
Digital Intermediates for Film and Video teaches the fundamental concepts and workflow of the digital intermediate process. Covers basics of film first, and then introduces the digital world--including a tutorial on digital images, asset management, online editing, color correction, restoration, film and video output, mastering and quality control.
Jack's clear and easy-to-follow explainiation of Hollywood buzz words and components facilitates the spill over to anyone who has a vested interest in the quality and cost of the movie.
Table of Contents
The Digital Intermediate Paradigm; Video; Photographic Film; Digital Media; Acquisition; Asset Management; Conforming; Color Grading; Retouching and Restoration; Digital Effects and Titles; Output; Quality Control; The Future of Digital Film; Virtual Cinematography; Appx A: References; Glossary; Bibliography, Index
It's a rare techie out can make the whole moviemaking process easy to understand, but James is one of the chosen few - and it's this talent that makes his book worthwhile.
Lily Percy & Jennifer M. Wood
- MovieMaker Magazine