Short course


Delivered in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom, accessed by 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.


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

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. 

Please note that bursary funding availability from NFTS Scotland is limited and we encourage you to seek alternative avenues of funding as soon as possible as well. 

Please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.

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

The bursary deadline for this course is 16th November at 9am. 

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form 



How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

Please complete the application form to apply. You will be asked to upload your CV. 

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