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. 

Post Production is post and prior—a lot of work taking other people’s material from dozens of sources and fitting it all into some other group's needs. Very technical.

Ubuntu/VirtualBox setup followup

When setting up VirtualBox there are two time sinks that one can be easily get trapped by.

The first is getting an Internet connection. In theory, the Internet link of the computer that you are setting the Virtual Machine onto will be automagically linked to. Open Firefox and off you go.

Yeah; until it doesn't auto set up. Then, it is poking around until you find the right combination of not-so-obvious tricks. And here is a synopsis that I just had to find and go through, and which hopefully will save you some time.

  1. Shut down the OS. Leave VirtualBox running.
  2. Click onto the Ubuntu VM
  3. Up above or on the right panel, choose Network
  4. Click Adapter 1 and set for NAT
  5. Click Adapter 2 and set for Bridged Adapter, then select the adapter that has the link: e.g., en0, Wi-Fi (Airport)
  6. Click OK.

As long as that is open,

  1. Click on Ports
  2. Click on USB. Make certain that the USB 3.0 Controller is selected. 
  3. Click OK.
  4. When you have the Virtual Machine running, click the icon on the bottom right that looks like a USB plug. Select USB Settings 
  5. On the right side click the icon with a Plus (+) symbol on the USB Plug.
  6. Select a plugged in drive from the list. If the drive that you expect to be showing isn't showing, it may have been captured by the computers native drive system. Every Operating System is going to have a little different method for disconnecting an attached drive. Technically, it is called an UnMount. It gets a 2nd dose of complication because you can't just say 'unmount'...you must say umt (or something like that) and the name of the drive...which you probably don't know. 
  7. If you are only going to do this once in a while, go to your Disk Utility, find the drive on the list and click unmount.

At some future date, this article may be appended to include some more clues about unmounting, but this articles purpose was to get the 1st two points onto this virtual tissue.

Backgrounds of Sounds – Oscars

The scripts for this years Oscar contending movies have been available for a while (Oscar's Scripts and Cameras), and now for it's 2nd year is The Dolby Institute Podcast Series featuring Conversations with Sound Artists: 2017 Oscar Edition.

Sound Artists and The Little PrinceThese are a set of conversations with the sound artists who've been nominated for Academy Awards for Best Achievement in Sound Editing and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing. They are made in association with the Sound Works Collection which is also a not-to-be-missed set of recordings. Now, if you're finished with bothering me, I'm listening to The Little Prince.

DCP Tools: Windows for Virtual Developers

Most everyone will want to have a Unix virtual machine on their Mac, but if there is a need for Windows inside your VirtualBox (or other VM), Microsoft offers a version of Windows so we don't have to spend $159.99 for a legal copy just, as their website says, "support the Windows 10 media creation tool." I'm guessing that they mean testing websites using Microsoft Edge. 

Download Windows 10 Disc Image (ISO File) – Note: the download is free, but the product key is not.

Here is a nice write up of the process of the entire virtual event. How to Run Microsoft Edge Web Browser in Mac OS X

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Sound Immersion at AES

Great to see an article where Immersion doesn't mean Immersive...Mel Lambert reports from the AES-LA 2016 for CineMontage, the Editors Guild Magazine.

The 141st Audio Engineering Society Convention, held recently in the Los Angeles Convention Center’s West Hall, attracted a record West Coast attendance, with a wide cross-section of brands showing their wares on the exhibition floor and companion demo rooms. Aimed squarely at evolving technologies via a special focus on new markets and trends, the four-day convention took the highly appropriate theme of Immersed in Audio. “That pretty well sums up where [our industry] needs to move forward in the world of new audio technologies,” noted AES president John Krivit. “Sound for picture, networked audio and game audio were all covered here with a full technical program of workshops, tutorials and exhibits.”

For more about the co-located Virtual Reality Convention and highlights from the seminars, see: 

Sound Immersion at AES - CineMontage

Subcategories

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    The technology of post production explained; from ingest, networks and storage, compression and conversion, audio and video processing, edge storage and transfer...place or read it here.
  • Edge Storage and Archiving

    If a few bits disappear, the oil company has to take tons of equipment back to the source and measure the sub-terrain again. The same production and post...except you ain't gonna get Clark Gable back to the shoot again.

  • Video Processing

    CGI, X'Y'Z' to P3, there are so many things going on. Here's the news.

  • Audio Processing

    You know, I kept seeing that 3D stuff, and seeing that 3D stuff, and never getting it. Then I saw the same clips with a great audio system, and what do you know...the pictures looked better. 

  • Storage and Networks

    There is a right way to do this and a wrong. There is faster and there is more faster. There are security issues and return on investment issues. 

  • Ingest

    Ingest...it just isn't the same anymore.