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. 

Another Future of Film

It seemed impossible that another view of Entertainment Technology focusing on the “Future of Film” was possible (or required) after 4 days of CinemaCon, 3 days of SMPTE Future of Cinema and 4 days of NAB, and a full weekly dose of Industry News from the Showbiz Sandbox podcast. But like a football replay from a stadium ringed with simultaneously exposing cameras, rocking back and forth over some hidden angles was beneficial – the Digital Hollywood event titled The Future of Film filled in several hidden holes in the very complicated perspective.

Originally posted at Celluloid Junkie: Another Future of Film

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MenuMeters for El Capitan is back

Just a quick note for those who need but can't find the open source OSX system monitoring tool MenuMeters, which got lost in the OSX 10.11 upgrade.

Go to: MenuMeters for OS X El Capitan 10.11

It works. It is a simple port and the changes are well explained by the author. There is an install quirk that the first time you double-click on the program that it won't install. Close the Preferences Application. Double-click on the menumeters preference pane again and it will install.

2020 Details from Barco Demo w/CineTech Geek

The Future of Better Pixels has many vectors, most brilliantly steradianed by a projector with a laser light engine pushing out the photons. Not only are more able to be more efficiently used before burning up the system, but they can be effected to deliver a wider gamut so we can enjoy those deep muddy browns, those barely red brick colors in the shadows and some very heady Hawaiian Blue Hibiscus...which according to the shirt I saw are actually a Cyan mixed with Riviera Mediterranean.

Notwithstanding, Mr. CineTech Geek – James Gardiner – organized a Barco presentation recently, then put it on the interwebz for us all to learn from. Great conversations, great data and great thanks for the great amount of work that went into this. Extra bagels for this man while at CinemaCon.

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Looking Through "Dynamic Release Windows"

J. Sperling Reich shows why he is partnered with Patrick von Sychowski at Celluloid Junkie, with an in depth look at Paramount's Dynamic Release Window:

Crunching The Numbers On Paramount's Dynamic Release Windows

There are too many variables to know before it is possible to understand how this will play out. It is an interesting experiment but it is playing with fire for everyone involved. I'll be glad to be the 3rd party that gets to look at the studios books and tell the exhibitors whether they were getting the proper cut.