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. 

There are a lot of experts in security out there. What they write is often dry as a bone. But there are a few sites that stay on top of the events, and express themselves in ways that us mere mortals can comprehend.

Bruce Schneier -  He wrote the books, he writes the newsletters, he has the blog. Top of the list for a reason. The link is to his monthly CryptoGram...subscribe now.

Hagai Bar-el - Information Security Specialist whose websites focus on security engineering and on managing innovation processes. Good source for definitions. There is also a blog and RSS feed.

Handbook of Applied Cryptology - All Chapters are free for the download. Get them off the cloud now.

Security of Things – Schneier of Things

With terrific focus and perhaps no small degree of overkill, digital cinema has provided a secure distribution path for artists' valuable materials without any history of break-in. 

But as security specialist Bruce Schneier draws out, none of us live in a one computer environment anymore. 

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Barcodes And Security – Notice

Kreb's On Security has all the info. What’s in a Boarding Pass Barcode? A Lot.

It isn't just that the barcode told of the persons future flight, the information granted an unauthorized person enough info to get online and change that data. Think of the repurcussions for any barcodes used in your facility, and how it is outside sources like this that allowed sensational breaches such as Target and Home Depot custormer data being exposed.


Security Alert – Firefox Users

Visit a site, find security issues and send them home to hackers.

What looks like, and acts like – and is – a legit Add-On for Firefox has been compromised to assist in the compromise of others. For more information on how the Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant does this, see: Botnet Enlists Firefox Users to Hack Web Sites — Krebs on Security

Super 3D Watermarking Article

Technicolor's Security Newsletter Issue #20 has a superb article on watermarking stereoscopic 3D. It starts slow (first the dinosaurs died and they all turned into 3D pixels), but it ramps up fast and includes tiny Greek symbols for those who are inclined to such things.

But generally it fills in a lot of details that are not often discussed outside the hallowed halls:
 Watermarking 3D Movies, Security Newsletter 20, Security Newsletters - Technicolor

It doesn't mention it directly, but it is another wake-up call for getting a picture meta-data protocol and/or standard in the film-to-post realm.