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Understanding Scopes Online


This workshop covers the use of waveforms and vectorscopes on set, as well as many other tools used by digital cinematographers, including false color, zebra lines, and histograms. Understanding Scopes is designed to give both a technical and practical knowledge of how these tools are used.

This online workshop includes two hours of video content, divided into hour-long sections. Once you enroll, you will gain access to a recording of the workshop for three months and you will be able to follow along with the instructor’s presentation on your screen while watching the video. All videos can also be downloaded for later viewing. Additionally, you’ll receive access to class documents, including the instructor’s presentation, related articles, and downloads.


Price: $99.00 for 3 months

Understanding the Waveform

  • Reading the waveform
  • Sweep, display modes, calibration
  • Live examples

Understanding the Vectorscope

  • Gain & calibration
  • Live examples

Other Video Analysis Tools

  • Off color / cine zones / false color
  • Using zebras
  • Histograms (F3, RED One / Epic)

Camera Matching

  • Using a paint box
  • Matching with scopes

This workshop is for digital cinematographers and aspiring digital cinematographers who want to learn the use of waveforms and vectorscopes on set.

ANDY_bio3Andy Shipsides is AbelCine’s Director of Education. He received his B.A. from the University of Florida and received his MFA in Film & Television from SCAD. Andy joined AbelCine in 2007 and has become a trusted resource, both within the company and in the industry at large. As a Camera Technology Specialist, he has provided technical support to numerous features and TV shows; he also continues to teach specialized camera classes. Andy serves as a Technical Editor for CineTechnica, AbelCine’s technical blog, and is also an active contributor to publications such as HD Video Pro. Follow Andy on Twitter: @AndyShipsides

Workshop Details:


2 hours of content


HD Resolution H.264 (MP4 wrapped) Compression. iOS and Android Compatible.


Access to the class website for 3 months.


Keynote presentation (pdf), workshop videos, Leader Instruments presentation (pdf), Tektronix presentation (pdf), links to additional resources and software

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Upcoming In-Person Workshop Dates

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.
Location: TBD

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