Short course


This one-day course, led by Grant McPhee, is designed to give you a more advanced overview of the DIT's skills beyond data management.

You will learn how to control camera data after it has been securely backed-up to maintain a correctly managed colour pipeline, allowing the director and Director of Photography the reassurance that what they see on set is what they will see in the edit suite. This will cover transcoding, metadata, monitor calibration and onset live grading.

The course will cover:

  • An overview of current digital camera formats and codecs
  • How to create a full colour managed workflow document to insurance recognised standards
  • LUT and CDL overview
  • Simple colour correction and transcoding of original camera data to editorial requirements
  • Onset Live Grading: Filter and Exposure management, Metadata; and Monitor Calibration
  • The politics of a film set: who is who, what to do and when to do it

You may also be interested in our introductory course Data Wrangling.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £225
Corporate Rate: £345

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available for those who are eligible.


Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are available for those who are eligible.

As an entry level vocational course, this course is also part of the Channel 2 Bursary Scheme. 

The Channel 2 Bursary Scheme aims to improve access to Scotland’s Film and TV industry by helping people from low-income backgrounds access entry level training with vocational outcomes. The bursary fund is aimed at people who, without financial support, would find it difficult to access training and therefore job opportunities within the sector. 

The Channel 2 Bursary Scheme was created by individuals working within the Film & TV industry, the funds are raised by individual sponsorship from industry practitioners.

Read about the fundraising here

If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria or are able to pay for the course. 

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application should be submitted to

Channel 2 Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form (Please also use this form for Channel 2 Bursary Applications)

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland or Channel 2 bursary, please also read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.


Course applicants for NFTS Scotland courses listed on ScreenSkills Skills Passport are now also eligible to apply for the Skills Passport Bursary (as long as they fit the eligibility criteria of the course itself) whilst the course is featured by ScreenSkills. Please follow the links for more information and to apply. 


How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

This course is not currently open for applications. Please register your interest here.