VM478 Advanced Cinematography


The resources on this page are geared specifically toward the Intro to Cinematography classes.   


For Production

While the camera and audio gear allotted to this class may have various format options, we recommend using the following settings.  


Recommended Settings and Specs


Internal Picture Settings

  • 1920x1080 @ 24P (23.98)
  • Picture Profile: C8 - Wide DR
  • Codec: AVCHD
  • Chroma Subsampling: 4:2:0
  • Bit Depth: 8-bit
  • Bit Rate: 24 Mbps

Internal Audio Settings

  • Use 24 Mbps, 48Khz / 16 bits
  • Linear PCM 2 Channels (Ext Mics via XLRs if possible)


Internal Picture Settings

  • 1920x1080 @ 24P (23.98)
  • Picture Profile: C8 - Wide DR
  • Codec: XAVC-L (MXF Wrapper)
  • Chroma Subsampling: 4:2:2
  • Bit Depth: 10-bit
  • Bit Rate: 50 Mbps
  • Gamma: Slog3Cine

Internal Audio Settings

  • Use XAVC : Linear PCM 2ch, 24bit, 48kHz (Ext Mics via XLR-type 3-pin if possible)

10 Step Camera Configuration Guide

Sound Devices 722

    • 48Khz / 24bit WAV


For Post-Production

These guides walk through transcoding and importing media for editing.  

Post Production Guide for C100

Post Production Guide for FS5


We highly encourage you to sign-up for the Premiere and/or Avid workshops.  Sign-up sheets can be found on the 8th floor across from room 809.  

You can see the calendar for this semester here:



Color Correction Workshops

We offer color correction workshops.  Please visit the post workshops calendar for dates.  It is highly recommended that you and your colorist attend these workshops.  If a workshop does not have any students signed-up 6 hours prior to the start time, we will cancel the workshop so please sign up ASAP.


Please sign-up for workshops here:

Advanced Color Correction Workshop Part 1 

This workshop will cover how to move from your NLE (Premiere or Avid) into Resolve, best practices for media management, primary correction, scopes and rendering your corrections to go back to editing software.  Demo media will be provided.

Advanced Color Correction Workshop Part 2 

This workshop will delve into how to think through the grading process creatively with tips and tricks from professional colorist Rob Bessette from FinishPost.  Rob will walk you through grading Log footage, day for night, shot matching, and mixed lighting.  If you have questions about a specific shot or scene from your project, we encourage to bring your media already loaded into a Resolve project to the workshop.  You should try to grade the material prior to the workshop so you can ask specific questions.

On Wednesday 11/29 from 5-10pm (Ansin 810) we will offer Adv. Color Correction Support Hours in Prep for Part 2 workshop in Avid or Premiere if you need additional assistance getting your footage into Resolve.  


Additional Resources:

Exporting in Premiere

Using Lumetri Color in Premiere

Basic Color Correction in Avid

Intro to Color Correction

Basic Color Correction - Lynda.com - A step by step guide with exercise files showing basic color correction concepts.

LUT Overview - gives overview of LUTs and how to Import a Custom LUT into Resolve

Applying a LUT in Premiere

No Film School - Everything You Need to Know about the Sony FS5  

PXW-FS5 Official Tutorial Video #1 "Picture Profiles" | Sony Professional


Need additional help?  See a lab assistant in room 810. You can see the Lab Assistant schedule here.