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Dit Gear

Magazine article Filmmaker

Dit Gear

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While gear doth not a DIT make, DITs definitely need gear. Here's a general overview.

MEDIA MANAGEMENT

A modern computer system with at least Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity. Lighter media loads can be managed with a laptop and external shuttle drives; heavier duty may require workstations with SAS or fibre channel PCI cards for high throughput to a large-capacity RAID.

Software such as ShotPut Pro (entry level) or Pomfort Silverstack (professional) for safe, checksummed, multi-destination downloading.

SIGNAL MONITORING

High-quality, professionally calibrated HD (occasionally UHD) monitors are probably the most important tools a DIT can have. Flanders Scientific and Sony tend to be go-to brands.

In addition to being viewed, the signal must be analyzed. On the lower end, you can sometimes get away with the waveform function built into most professional video monitors. …

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