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The ready-to-go DIT kit
DIT agency 4K London offer a wide range of equipment for rent, from
laptops to fully loaded DIT carts. One option is the company’s ‘On Set
Colour Management Kits.’
The Truelight-based package consists of: two TVLogic XVM 24-inch
Grade 1 monitors; two Leader 5380 waveform monitors; four IDX V-
Lock batteries; two Blackmagic Design HD Link Pro LUT boxes; a 15-
inch or 17-inch Apple MacBook Pro; and a custom DIT cart (including
UPS, smart video hub, patch panel, and Ethernet hub, cabling,
mounts, cases and accessories). The package also includes Blackout
Tent, Looms and Drums.
In a similar way, Digital Orchard offers what it calls its ‘OnSet DIT
Station Digital Lab’. This option is for doing one light grades and for
the creation and application of LUTs but also facilitates backups,
transcoding, onset download and onset QC.
Built around Assimilate’s Scratch, it can accommodate Red Rocket
cards, Codex transfer docks, LTO decks and fi bre or SAS RAID
storage. The DIT station in a ﬂight case
If you’re looking for something so mobile that you can take in on a
place and store it in an overhead locker, DIT Station’s Rogue4 may be
up your street.
Designed for data management, LUTs, onset colour correction and
dailies, it costs about £6000 (not including the laptop) to buy and
comes in a military-grade resin fl ight case.
The Rogue 4 is built around Thunderbolt connectivity to offer
workstation quality in a notebook size and form factor and uses
Sonnet’s Echo Express expansion chassis to provide four PCIe slots
for things like Red Rocket cards and up to 12TB of RAID storage.
Files can be ingested from SxS cards, REDMAG SSDs, SD and
CompactFlash while other features include a Wi-Fi router and an iPad
mount. If you’re looking to hire, rather than buy something like this then
Glasgow-based Futurist Digital has a mobile DIT “Shadow” case.
A camera agnostic option, capable of handling Red, Alexa, Sony
F65, Canon C300 and more, this option allows for digital negative
offl oading and checking, audio sync, backups, LUTs, transcoding and
deliverables. Based around a portable Peli case the kit is made up of a MacBook
Pro with a 15-inch Retina screen, 8TB of internal RAID storage, a RED
Rocket card, outputs to eSATA, Thunderbolt and USB3 and readers
for SxS, RED, SSD, CF and SRMemory cards. Like the Rogue4 it is
suitable as carry-on fl ight luggage.
The DIT suite on wheels
Options for DITs don’t end at fl ight cases or
carts. Now, thanks to engineering ingenuity,
commercial vehicles can be kitted out as
mobile DIT suites too.
Alongside its inventory of DIT carts and
data wrangling equipment, Coach House
Studios, now based at Twickenham
Studios, currently hires out two DIT vans
for doing on-set deliverables, transcoding,
media management, grading and assembly
editing. Independent, uninterruptable power is
crucial. As such, both vans can be powered
from the mains or make use of on-board
generators. Importantly, they also have large
battery packs attached to the UPS that
stabilises the supply. This all means the vans
can run for several hours on battery power
alone, which is crucial if silent operation is
required (as it often is on set).
Highly specced workstations form the
backbone of these customizable vans with
Hewlett Packard Z820s and Z800s the
norm. For grading and colour correction
they can be fi tted with Da Vinci Resolve or
A colour accurate Sony Trimaster monitor
can also be included plus plenty of RAID
storage connected by 10Gb Ethernet.
Various communications options are
available as is air-con and heating.
Coach House Studios is not the only
company to offer DIT vehicles. Bristol-based
Non-Linear Evolution has its ‘DIT Van Lab’,
a converted Volkswagen long wheelbase
Transporter that can be used for data
wrangling, transcoding, editing and grading.
As with the Coach House offering, power
supply is crucial. The Non-Linear Evolution
vehicle can power a laptop and external
hard drives for a full day - or a Mac Pro and
display and several external hard drives for
up to four hours - without having to use