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The EDCF Guide to Digital Cinema Production by Lars Svanberg

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5Introduction to the Digital Intermediate Process

Steve Shaw

Digital Intermediate vs. Digital Film

The term ‘digital intermediate’ describes a process that is nominally one-third of the operation loosely termed digital film. The other two-thirds encompass acquisition (the obtaining of the source material through some form of capture) and presentation (the distribution, projection and/or transmission of the final result, also known as D-cinema or E-cinema, although these terms are also used to mean the whole digital film chain – see Chapter 1 for definitions).

A major point about these three processes is that they are all independent of one another, and inclusion of one process in a project does not immediately require the involvement of the other ...

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