Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance


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.

Matching Lenses and Sensors–Optics White Paper

Remember: A lens is not guaranteed to perform in a 5-Mpixel camera simply because it is specified as a 5-Mpixel lens.

Edmund Optics and Schneider Optics explain aspects of matching one technology's advances with another's.

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Matching Lenses and Sensors

With pixel sizes of CCD and CMOS image sensors becoming smaller, system integrators must pay careful attention to their choice of optics

Greg Hollows and Stuart Singer—Mar 1, 2009

Each year, sensor manufacturers fabricate sensors with smaller pixel sizes. About 15 years ago, it was common to find sensors with pixels as small as 13 µm. It is now common to find sensors with standard 5-µm pixel sizes. Recently, sensor manufacturers have produced pixel sizes of 1.4 µm without considering lens performance limits. It is also common to find sensors that contain 5 Mpixels and individual pixel sizes of 3.45 µm. In the next generation of image sensors, some manufacturers expect to produce devices with pixel sizes as small as 1.75 µm.

Ten Ways The iPad Could Enhance The Film Scoring Process

While some pundits in the tech press have been delivering lukewarm reviews of the new Apple iPad, I believe for our industry it could be the beginning of a huge leap forward in how we work as composers and musicians.

Based on the iPad as it was announced this past week by Apple, here are ten ideas for usages of the iPad based on existing published specs for the device that I think could change the ways musicians and composers work in our industry.

SketchPad – With the addition of stylus input, ...

MIDIPad – The iPad with its advanced multitouch input system ...

VideoPad – Using the iPad as an advanced audio or video editing tool, ...

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3D Ethics–Imagine Imagina 2010

Imagina 2010 logoAfter the "24/7 3D Fest" of CES reporting and Avatar, it is interesting to note 3D with a different focus.

Work on an Ethical Charter for 3D began in 2008, under the auspices of the Institut géographique national of France, the Principality of Monaco, the Federal Office for Topography of the Swiss Confederation, the Republic and Canton of Geneva, Lyon’s Urban Planning Agency, the city of Montreal and the Géovision-Avenir urban design and planning agency.

There will be a presentation signing at Imagina 2010, at the Monaco Chamber of Economic Development stand on 4 February.

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RED Studios Hollywood Announced

RED Studios Hollywood LogoIn a surprise move, RED announced that they have purchased the property formally known as Ren-Mar Studios (Website History Page) and have (will?) renamed it as RED Studios Hollywood.

Jim Jannard says, "There are 5 stages at RED Studios Hollywood. RED will take one for demos, etc. and the others will remain as working stages for various productions." And to the question of, "Why RED Studios Hollywood. Why not just RED Studios. Are you suggestiong more acquisitions in the future?" he answers, "So as not to confuse with RED Ranch in Las Vegas."

The RED Ranch in Las Vegas was announced last year. Current news is that the site has yet to be built upon, but that doens't mean that work isn't being done on the design and permitting side.

Meanwhile, the famous lot that was at one time the DesiLu Studios at 846 N Cahuenga Blvd, and which has long been used for everything from movies to TV shows to music videos and band rehearsals, appears to be on its way to being a showcase for the new line of RED cameras, while generating income as a normal lot.

The Lake Forrest facility that now manufactures and repairs the RED cameras will also remain open.

Here is a link to the property map


  • Storage

    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?

  • Workflow

    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.

  • CGI

    Camera, but virtual. 

  • DI

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

  • Cameras
    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.