Ingest material

Business Sectors (Suites): Post Production
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 01 Jan 2017


This Standard is about ingesting, copying or scanning raw material ready for the next stage of the workflow. The electronic material resulting should be in the right format and resolution, in the right location, logged and with its security ensured. This Standard should apply to anyone who is involved with ingesting material.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. obtain information on required formats, resolution, quality,

    metadata and future uses from reliable sources

    1. resolve inconsistencies in metadata in line with specified


    1. store media in specified folder structures in agreed workspaces

    2. use equipment and techniques capable of converting raw material

    to desired format and quality

    1. check that material that has been copied, scanned or ingested is


    1. identify visual or sound problems that will affect future workflow

    and correct them where possible

    1. discuss the implications of problems and how to resolve them with

    colleagues and report outstanding problems to relevant people

    1. check that material is available for viewing in expected locations

    and is accessible to tools for viewing

    1. check that material is in format and of visual quality suitable for its


    1. supply complete and accurate data about problems that cannot be

    fixed to support facilities

    1. log clear and accurate data on the content of outputs in line with

    company requirements

    1. maintain safe storage and security of the originating material and

    backups in line with company requirements

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. what to expect of input material, accompanying documentation

    and metadata

    1. how to handle and protect materials physically and electronically,

    including the safe back up of master files

    1. when master files need to be stored in multiple locations for

    insurance purposes

    1. how to estimate and optimise time and resources needed for


    1. how to anticipate and mitigate problems and risks

    2. types of fault that may occur in acquisition and ingest equipment

    and how to resolve them

    1. current camera and recording standards and ingest tools

    2. copying and scanning equipment and software and its secure


    1. technical capabilities of material for storage and use

    2. workspace and folder structures

    3. naming conventions

    4. principles of management of metadata and its importance

    5. the needs of other people in the workflow for quality and

    availability of ingested material

    1. principles of standard and non-standard deliverables, file formats,

    digital interconnectivity and elements of audio and video signals

    1. colour science and the application of Lookup Tables (LUTs)

    2. company systems for storage, back up and security


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





Links To Other NOS

External Links

Version Number


Indicative Review Date

31 Jan 2020





Originating Organisation

Creative skillset

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Post Production Professionals

SOC Code



Post production; Production; Film; Tv; Ingest; Material; Vfx; Lut's