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.

Sound Design For Film and TV –

Mel Lambert Reports from Sony Studios:

The third annual Mix Presents Sound for Film and Television conference attracted some 500 production and post pros to Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California, last week to hear about the art of sound design.

Subtitled “The Merging of Art, Technique and Tools,” the one-day conference kicked off with a keynote address by re-recording mixer Gary Bourgeois, followed by several panel discussions and presentations from Avid, Auro-3D, Steinberg, JBL Professional and Dolby.

During his keynote, Bourgeois advised, “Sound editors and re-recording mixers should be aware of the talent they bring to the project as storytellers. We need to explore the best ways of using technology to be creative and support the production.” He concluded with some more sage advice: “Do not let the geek take over! Instead,” he stressed, “show the passion we have for the final product.”

The rest of this Post Perspective article can be read, with pictures, at: Industry pros gather to discuss sound design for film and TV 

Democratization Everywhere

We've seen it in Post, with software editing tools being released for free or low-cost-monthly. We've seen it with cameras with specs impossible to attain a few years ago and impossible to avoid now. Of course, with software there is the need for a great computer and great deal of storage, and cameras need lenses. 

So it was a pleasure to meet some people at CineGear 2016 who offer all sorts of tools a la the great Panavision, but on a scale that Panavision would probably go out of business trying to match. And even though they promised that I would win this handy device at CineExpo, and didn't arrange it like they insinuated, give their site a look: Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4K Dual Action Camera from Borrow Lenses

The death of film need not be the death of the cinema.

So begins Harry Mathias' latest book, The Death & Rebirth of Cinema: MASTERING THE ART OF CINEMATOGRAPHY IN THE DIGITAL CINEMA AGE. Here is the link at Amazon.com: Harry Mathias, but once you get to Amazon you can do the google thing and find other less monolithic places to buy from. 

Many universities are using this book, from UCLA and USC, to Baylor and the facility he teaches at, San Jose State University. Graciously transmit and extremely knowledgeable are the first two thoughts that get attributed to Harry. It's great to see the respect that his forth book is getting.

Side note: Speaking of training, I can't get enough of FilmmakerIQ.com – everything on the site is well researched and interesting. I'm sure Harry won't mind your putting his book down for a few minutes between chapters to enjoy a video or two.

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.