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. 

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Filmmaker Ang Lee Becomes a Humble Technology Ambassador at IBC

Ang Lee and Julian Pinn

As was the case at this year’s NAB conference in April, Ang Lee became the main attraction at this year’s IBC in Amsterdam receiving the IBC International Honour for Excellence at Sunday’s Award Ceremony for his contributions toward pushing big screen technology, as previously seen in his masterful use of 3D and CGI in “Life of Pi”, for which he won his second Academy Award for Best Director.

The following day (Monday, 12 September) the filmmaker delivered the Big Screen Experience keynote address at the RAI Auditorium “on his creative artistry and transformational vision of cinema.”

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Barco Breaks Lasers Into Normal (Updated)

CinemaCon is starting with a bang, with Barco announcing its first range of large to small laser light engine projectors, with a press announcement – exhibits open soon enough, so more details later.

Barco launches full portfolio of laser-illuminated cinema projectors

Link for data: Discover the full fleet of Barco laser cinema projectors

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Digital Test Tools Introduces The New Age of Quality Assurance

After years, it can be announced:

Digital eXperience Guardian Eyes and Ears Banner

Can an Art be duplicated by a machine? For certainly, a technician judging the audio and picture quality of a theater auditorium is an Art as well as a Science.

Can a machine duplicate the patern recognition capabilities of an interested and intelligent human being walking through a room with, or even without, a sound and light meter?

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Update: Laser v Xenon; Let's See...the End Game

Update: There is now a reservation website for the 7 public demonstrations...REGISTRATION | Laser Projection Demonstrations

The reservation form says that the 3D events will be on a silver screen, showing both laser and xenon while the Side-by-Side demos will include split screen on both white and silver screens.

There is also a notice that the sponsors of this technology event are NEC, Ballantyne Strong and Qube.

While we try to get more technical details, I would appreciate it if you wrote me with questions or comments that you have on the demos in particular or the technology.  Write to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


LLE makes splashy entrance for side by side demo

Research. Develop. Productize. It isn't as if the first two are a piece of cake, but the latter begets loving descriptions. For example: The first 90% takes 90% of the time. The last 10% takes the other 90%. And that is often a serious underestimate.

Laser engines for high end projectors is such a natural. Doubtless, every chief engineer at every manufacturing company looks at the fundamentals thinking that there must be a way to glue everything together by now, nothing to hamper putting the building blocks together. And yet, years later, the concept and reality of laser engines is still R&D.

It was bold of Christie to put two demonstrations out there late last year and early this. The IBC 2012 presentation included a clip during the pre-show that was mostly shadow when the playback was at 10 candela/m2 (3.5 fL), while the same clip at 48 cd/m2 showed that people had been walking in the same space. Seeing the full 126 minutes of Hugo Cabret with 4 times the light that night was a 3D revelation.

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Interesting Immersive

The politics of immersive audio is proving to be more difficult than the technology. No writer is able to tell the whole story, even if someone was able to figure all the angles.

Here are a couple of good articles, one on the technology, one on the politics.

From Page 15 of CineMontage – The Editor's Guild Magazine, May/June 2013 – Mel Lambert details technology and interviews to give an excellent impression of immersive audio's status at that time.

Rivalries go deep in immersive cinema - Professional Sound News | Sound & Audio Industry News | PSNE

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