VM378 Basic 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)

Tascam DR40 

  • 48Khz / 24bit WAV

Nick’s 10 Step Guide Link  

For Post-Production

These guides walk through transcoding and importing media for editing.  

Post Production Guide for C100


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:



Avid Workshop I

In Avid Workshop I, students learn project and file management, importing footage, 4k workflow, basic editing, exporting, and saving their project.

Avid Workshop II

In Avid Workshop II, students learn color correction, effect editing, sound editing, titles, and transitions.

Premiere Workshop

In the Premiere Workshop students learn project and file management, how to properly backup and import footage, 4k workflow, basic editing, exporting, saving, color correction, effect and sound editing, titles, and transitions.

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.


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