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. 

[Update] Deluxe/Technicolor Agree–Death Rattles of Film

Update; At least the PR from Deluxe pretended to be written to the industry. Technicolor's PR (below) is clearly written to stockholders, with specific numbers of laid off workers and capex figures predominating, and an insistence that they will be competing where they compete. We've quoted from Digital Cinema Buyers Guide - Latest News for the Technicolor data at the end of this piece. End Update.

Deluxe has announced an agreement today (18 July 2011) that it and Technicolor have essentially entangled each other into one another's film-centric strong suit: In the US, Deluxe will print the films, Technicolor will distribute them. In the UK, negative processing will go to Technicolor while release prints will come from Deluxe.

Both companies have gotten into digital post and distribution services in a big way, Deluxe purchasing several companies recently and making agreements with companies such as EchoStar for satellite distribution direct to cinemas. Technicolor has been growing into these services more organically. But as the 50% penetration of digital media players and projectors is approaching and the tipping point of more digital 'prints' than film prints is also reached, film becomes legacy.  

No news about who gets the volume discount remuneration from Kodak at the end of the year or how studios will mark up the interstitial services.

Original SOURCE Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc.-18 July 2011

Technicolor Source:Digital Cinema Buyers Guide - Latest News

Signs subcontracting agreements with Deluxe for Film services in North America, Thailand and UK

Technicolor announces the launch of phase II of its photochemical film activities optimization. This follows the completion of the first phase of rationalization launched in October 2010, and will enable the Group to optimize worldwide 35mm print manufacturing capacities as well as leveraging its North American theatrical distribution infrastructure.

This phase II is structured around subcontracting agreements with Deluxe, covering:

· 35mm release print manufacturing

· Subcontracting agreement from Technicolor to Deluxe in North America

· Subcontracting agreement from Deluxe to Technicolor in Thailand

· Subcontracting agreement from Deluxe to Technicolor for negative development in the UK

Theatrical distribution

Subcontracting agreement from Deluxe to Technicolor for the distribution of photochemical film prints in the US

Technicolor will continue to service its clients, and Technicolor and Deluxe remain competitors in all markets where they operate. Technicolor maintains its front end activities in North America and remains the key provider of 65/70mm film printing worldwide.

Following the rapid shift to digital cinema since 2010, the Group launched phase I of its photochemical film optimization in the fourth quarter of 2010, with the closure of its North Hollywood facility and rationalization across European operations. Phase II subcontracting agreements lead the Group to cease its release printing manufacturing operations in Mirabel (Canada), employing 178 people, with immediate effect.

This enables the Group to have a more flexible cost structure with the share of variable costs moving from 60 to 85% in North America. In addition, the cash restructuring costs linked to the implementation of this phase II are expected to be offset by savings on photochemical maintenance capex and by the favorable impact of incremental distribution volumes.

The phase II will ensure that the Group focuses its investments in digital services where it already benefits from market leading positions, while continuing to serve its customers through the tail of film processing.