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Understanding Scopes

AbelCine Training
Access Period – Unlimited
In this course you will learn the use of waveforms, vectorscopes, and other exposure measuring tools on set. This course runs about 28 minutes and is broken into 6 modules.


This online course covers the use of waveforms and vectorscopes on set. The workshop also demonstrates the use of many other tools used by modern 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.  

Topics include:

  • 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
    • Zebras
    • Histograms


Nic Somera
Nic Somera

Nic Somera is the Technical Sales Manager at Tiffen and is the lead instructor for both Steadicam Silver and Steadicam Bronze workshops. 

Nic previously worked at AbelCine as a Camera Technology Specialist, and has a freelance production background as a Camera Operator, 1st Assistant Camera, DIT, and Gimbal Technician. 

Nic holds a BS in Film Studies from Full Sail University, where he graduated as valedictorian.

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