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Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance


Cinema Test Tools for the Non-Technical Manager 

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 Online Managers Online 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. 

Digital Cinema Tools for Acquisition

There is a thrust for acquisition to take on some of the aspects of post. We are way to conservative for something fancy like that. But, we'll let you modern people talk about it.

Ten Ways The iPad Could Enhance The Film Scoring Process

While some pundits in the tech press have been delivering lukewarm reviews of the new Apple iPad, I believe for our industry it could be the beginning of a huge leap forward in how we work as composers and musicians.

Based on the iPad as it was announced this past week by Apple, here are ten ideas for usages of the iPad based on existing published specs for the device that I think could change the ways musicians and composers work in our industry.

SketchPad – With the addition of stylus input, ...

MIDIPad – The iPad with its advanced multitouch input system ...

VideoPad – Using the iPad as an advanced audio or video editing tool, ...

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Conference for Visual Media Production - London/12-13 Nov

CVMP – Conference for Visual Media Production - (12-13 November) aims to bring together the worlds of academic algorithmic research and post production to discuss new advancements and innovative applications.

It is also a unique opportunity to network and pick each other’s brains. Who knows what ideas may form?

[Editor's Note: So says the press release for this conference. Looks like there is some potential here, and the location is right (although some of the papers seem a little obscure.) Does anyone have experience with this conference? Is there a back-story to the assertion of their marketing - it almost seems like they are trying to resurrect a dying brand.

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ASSIMILATE is announcing today at the REDucation Community Day in Los Angeles a new ROCKET FUEL bundle that includes an Nvidia Quadro FX3800 SDI board, RED’s RED Rocket card, and ASSIMILATE’s SCRATCH® CINE 4K post workflow, for a price of $10,999 USD. This price is half the cost of SCRATCH CINE alone!

Lucas Wilson from ASSIMILATE gave a presentation and added additional bundles which they have worked out with partners. First he pointed out that the price before the $10,999 bundle for the Nvidia Quadro FX3800 SDI board + a RED Rocket card + SCRATCH® CINE would be $27,000.

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Mac ZFS is dead - Storage Mojo

PC file system progress took a giant step back this week with the news on MacOSforge that Apple’s ZFS project has been discontinued. Apple announced in June ‘08 that Snow Leopard server would support ZFS. But things came apart early this year.

  • ZFS Project Shutdown 2009-10-23
  • The ZFS project has been discontinued. The mailing list and repository will also be removed shortly.

What happened?

Jeff Bonwick, ZFS architect, posted Saturday on an earlier quoted comment:

> Apple can currently just take the ZFS CDDL code and incorporate it
> (like they did with DTrace), but it may be that they wanted a “private
> license” from Sun (with appropriate technical support and
> indemnification), and the two entities couldn’t come to mutually
> agreeable terms.

I cannot disclose details, but that is the essence of it.


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Sony SxS Pro Memory Card Update

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Question: How to save your mind while upgrading Final Cut Pro/FCP6 on your Mac.