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. 

ADA Proposed Rules re: CC and Audio Description

It is just a proposed set of rules, but years after the drama of public hearings and the settling of lawsuits and the installation of thousands of pieces of equipment for the deaf, hard of hearing, blind or those with low vision, the ADA has finally said they are ready to set the rules.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Under Title III of the ADA to Require Movie Theaters to Provide Closed Movie Captioning and Audio Description

 


 

Questions and Answers about the Department of Justice's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Under Title II

Here is a...perhaps the...takeaway sections of the FAQ that the DoJ put out.

4.) Under what circumstances does the rule propose to require movie theaters to provide closed captioning and audio description?

The proposed rule does not interfere with a theater owner's choices as to which movies to exhibit. Whenever a theater intends to exhibit a movie that is available with captions and audio description, then the proposed rule would require the theater to acquire and then exhibit that movie with captions and audio description at all scheduled screenings, unless doing so would result in an undue burden or fundamental alteration. If a particular movie is not produced with captions or audio description, then the proposed rule would still allow a theater to exhibit that movie. The rule does not require movie theaters to add captions or audio description to movies that are not otherwise produced or distributed with these features.

For background on this long involved process, following are links to articles in this journal very particularly on the DoJ topic. (Yes, I clicked on the Search button above and come up with these.)

Questions from DoJ Request for Comment; Movie Captioning, etc.

Transcript DoJ hearing 16 Dec, 2010 Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemakings-Wash

NATO | HoH Representatives in Chicago DoJ Hearing.pdf

NATO Verbal Testimony to DoJ Chicago Hearing | 18 Nov 2010

San Francisco | DoJ Hearings | Highlighted Cinema-centric comments

DoJ Transcripts: Official Submissions

There are more if you hit search above.

Promoting Open Subtitles in the Cinema

Even the Trailers are being promoted~!

Subtitled Trailers! at Your Local Cinema .com - Subtitled and Audio Described cinema

In the US, the Department of Justice ruling on how to handle the situation is still expected this year (1012), according to this document.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (DOJ) Statement of Regulatory Priorities January 20, 2012

Go to Page 4 unless you are interested in other agenda items.

Cinema Accessibility to Inclusion – A White Paper

Cultures and technologies advance, not always simultaneously nor without mess excitement interesting times.

This white paper describes the film to digital transition with focus on the evolution of equipment that assists the deaf, blind, hard of hearing and partially sighted cinema patron. It includes the background cultural and legal trends in Australia, England, and the United States. It includes an Equipment Table for Closed Captions and Assisted Listening Equipment.

Please address any questions or comments to the editor of DCinemaTools, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who is responsible for the contents of this document.

Accessibility to Inclusion in Cinema – White Paper

Post CinemaCon HI/VI Review–Sony CC Glasses

A few years ago the multi-category manufacturer USL showed a wonderful set of glasses built for the cinema audience. They handled three major problems that viewers of closed caption devices have: a) The need to focus/refocus repetitively on the words in the "Rear Window" reflective mirror, then focus up on the screen, then looking down again and up againanddown againandupagain over and over, all movie long and b) the distraction that those systems cause surrounding audience members and c) the effect of being different.

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Subcategories

  • White Papers HI/VI
    The philosophy, legal concepts, and technology of digital cinema's approach to handling the needs of the hearing and visually impaired audience explained...place or read it here.
  • Articles and News

    Special Focus: Hearing Impaired/Visual Impaired, Articles and News

    Rapidly evolving science and politics in the HI / VI world of DCinema.

  • HI/VI Standards and Best Practices

    Special Focus: Hearing Impaired/Visual Impaired (HI/VI)

    Defining Documents and Best Practices

    It was a decade ago when DCinema standards started on their process. Finally, process has evolved to progress...and though not alway up to full potential, finally corners are being turned. This Spring begins a 1 year evolution that migrates from the InterOp format to full SMPTE compliance DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages.) That, combined with a migration to what are called Series 2 projectors and finally the Hearing Impaired community will get some of the benefits of dcinema technology - in the projection room, that means distinct Hearing Impaired (HI) and Visually Impaired Narrative (VI-N) tracks in all DCPs, coordinated with standards for Closed Captions.

    Topics to cover: ADA Title III; 28 CFR Part 36: Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities; SMPTE 429-2, 430-10, 430-11

  • HI/VI Suppliers and Links

    Special Focus: Hearing Impaired/Visual Impaired Suppliers and Links

    If this were a Thesauras, the words nascent, vibrant, critical, ‘seriously in need of high-level attention and broad understanding’ would be the listing. But this is instead a listing of hearing and visually impaired technology providers.