Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance

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Cinema Test Tools for the non-Technical Manager – Post Installation Quality Assurance Has Begun

Cinema Test Tools is a free resource for the cinema industry, tuned most particularly for the non-technical manager. The tools include several DCPs, all with interesting means of testing the sound and picture quality for the interested by lightly trained staff. The lessons on sound and light are written to provide a foundation to communicate with the technician who must respond quickly and well to the information that they discover.

The key is a free Managers Walk Through Checklist that correlates with the many DCPs. It helps bring an understanding of the many nuances of the auditorium's situation in a straightforward way. 

Lens Tangents | DCinema Acquisition

Capture – with lens or microphone, perhaps moving electrons around with a stylus, or perhaps conversion from an analogue form. Regardless, the beginning is acquisition.

Jackson, Hobbit, 3D & 30 RED EPIC Cameras

Hobbits on Red Epics. It was announced over the weekend (via Engadget) that Peter Jackson will shoot the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit in 3D next year using state-of-the-art RED EPIC cameras which have an "epic" 5K resolution. The RED EPIC was announced this year and can shoot up to 120 frames per second and has a new HDRx mode for the highest dynamic range of any digital cinema camera ever made. Remember, Jackson and his cast/crew will be shooting for around 380 days next year, so they really need the best equipment, and they'll be working with "at least thirty cameras." This is going to look amazing!

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H. Potter kills 3D; RED kills Low Dynamic Range

One rule in 3D production or post is to take off the glasses. There's a lot to see in the overlap of images.

On the other hand, if you have a 2D movie in front of you, close one eye and a lot of the 3D detail comes out. You get back some of those 3D cues/clues that the eye/brain complex merge when two eyes are open and staring at a flat screen (and realize "Hey–dis be flat!) – clues like occlusion, size of familiar objects, size of comparative objects, texture detail, distance color shift, haziness, all get un-merged. 

Un-Merged is how Harry Potter will be delivered on November 19th.

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ASC Digital Assistant–The iPhone App

toland fov viewAn iteration of the American Cinematographer Manual has been introduced by the iPhone developers, Chemical Wedding. Bringing the venerated 70 year old set of tools into a modern structure, the American Society of Cinematographers partnered with Chemical Wedding to deliver the Toland ASC Digital Assistant for the iPhone or iPod Touch.

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Subcategories

Storage. It wasn't that long ago that trying to get a 9 Gig RAID working on a sophisticated LAN was monumental, if not impossible. 9 years perhaps?

Now, terabyte drives are here. Enough to go with holographic storage soon?

There is a thrust for acquisition to take on some of the aspects of post. We are way to conservative for something fancy like that. But, we'll let you modern people talk about it.

Camera, but virtual. 

Film has higher resolution, no matter what that means. It is important.

We are hoping that we won't be talking much about how many electrons in the full well capacity, but we might...never know. There is just so much new coming out, that cameras and their accessories need a whole category by themselves...and here it is.