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. 

To USB, or Not To USB...

This Wired article describes an innovative method to take over a computer: Why the Security of USB Is Fundamentally Broken | Threat Level | WIRED. The techniques have been shown to work, but the technique is not in the wild.

 

What would it mean in the projection booth? DCI hardware, software and firmware requirements are pretty redundant and keep many secrets deep in their mechanisms. The biggest trick would be to get enough data from one trusted device and be able to carry it to a different machine in such a way that it becomes a trusted device.

 

The way they talk about this USB incursion doesn't seem to lend that capability any more than if a knowledgable manufacturer tried to do that in their own offices. That route hasn't been done or, if done, exploited. The proof would be duplicated uncompressed movies with no forensic marking – which hasn't happened.

But giving away copyrighted materials isn't the only bad thing that could happen to a network with a projector on it. As the US Defense Department learned, an entire network can be infiltrated from one USB incursion.

All the more reason for firm policies/inspections/reports of locked doors and no even authorized persons allowed to roam around the facility.