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. 

HDMI 2 is going to be released soon...and we mean to tell you about it and a whole lot more.

Testing!!! Audio Quality Control Possible (Meyer Sound)

Every convention brings a new tool for bring better audio or picture to the screen. If there is anyone left with the talent to use them regularly is a different essay. Perhaps someone has some data about how many cinemas don't have any projectionists, or just one or two 'booth attendants' to ingest hard disks and...and whatever else is required in a digital cinema.

CineEurope will see a new device from Meyer Sound,

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DCI Compliance–Stuck in the Projector

Doremi has done it again, this time with an IMB.

Projector manufacturers were the first to get their paperwork saying that they got through the Compliance Tests, one by one the TI OEMs. Then recently Sony managed to get the 4K and its SMS through. But since their entire assembly is one huge secure chamber, the SMS almost becomes an internal media block...which is a technicality that shouldn't interest anyone. 

Logically, an IMB would be the next to roll-out of the Compliance Test Lab. And it was. Still, no server has been through which is an interesting political situation. If a manufacturer can get the IMB Compliant, so much of the SMS is redundant. To get it tested by both NIST and the Compliance Lab – that's a big cost for something that is going to be outmoded in a couple years.

Still, they have come this far – but what a moving target, getting through the InterOp to SMPTE transition – when do you call it quits, shot the engineer (off to a new project) and get things tested? It would be tough to get through the tests and then find you have to make a big change somewhere. (Little changes in the code can be mutually looked at through the AskanceLensing System.) 

None of this matters to the Doremi IMB team. They got through this week. Salutations! 

iApp 2012

Since a discussion with friend Seth Krugliac of the post house and audio specialist 5 Guys Named Moe...geez, that's a long sentence already. Anyway, he was developing an iApp...no, I mean, actually developing one, not like me and 50,000 other people who are just waiting for some version of hardware and software that will eventually do what we need to make the app-of-a-lifetime actually work. Yet again...not to the point...Anyway, Seth has finished that app before I got the iApp article written that I was hoping for.

Certainly, no one can write a iApp article without giving homage to Taz Goldstein's Hand Held Hollywood website. It has a great collection of reviews, plus a directory that seems to include everything.

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3Questions: OpenDCP – Now with GUI

3 Questions with OpenDCP creatorThe dream of creating DCPs for local commercials and film festivals by artists using simple yet affordable tools just took a monumental step forward with the latest advance of OpenDCP.

Created by a theater owner and long-time computer engineer, this tool uses a combination of Open Source tools to take a finished 'movie' and turn it into a package that can be played by a digital projection media player and projector. And, it is free.1

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