Short course


Delivered in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom, accessed via Zoom.  

This half-day course, led by Grant McPhee, is designed to give you an 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 practical course Data Wrangling.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £75
Corporate Rate: £125

The course fee advertised is subsidised for freelancers by ScreenSkills with support from the BFI, awarding National Lottery funds as part of its Future Film Skills strategy; as part of work to diversify the screen industry workforce, this year there is also a further reduction in fees of up to 50% available for freelancers with disabilities and/or who are from black, Asian or minority ethnic groups. Please advise in your application statement if you are eligible and are applying for this reduction. 

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


The NFTS Scotland bursary fund is currently closed for this course and we encourage you to seek alternative avenues of funding to support the cost of this course if required. 

Please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please allow yourself enough time to secure funding when considering your application.

How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

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