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.