Digital version of the old fashioned color timing.
Digital intermediate refers to a process where scanned motion picture negative is conformed and color timed digitally prior to creating IN (internegative). The digital process offers unprecedented control unattainable by using the traditional photochemical process.
The process has more in common with telecine coloring than with photochemical color timing. The colorist has greater control and immediate feedback allowing precise adjustments. Manipulations such as adjusting color of a limited area of the frame or adjusting a limited range of colors are possible.
As high definition and D-cinema acquisition are gaining ground the term DI is also used to designate color timing of electronically acquired material intended for transfer to film.