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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. 

A source for information from the Societies and consultants...

AES @ NAMM 2020 – Free Membership

Upping their game again for the 2020 NAMM Convention in Anaheim, AES is offering a one year membership in the non-member price for this years AES Academy. 


Click the graphic for the link.

The price of admission might be covered just be attending the "Set Up a Dolby Atmos Compliance Studio" session with Gary Epstien and Lon Neumann. But there are many other events to round out the days. 

If that doesn't do it, then consider the Mr. Bonzai Presentation: Birth of a Record Special Edition: Remembering Ed Cherney which will be  at the California Ballroom A in the Hilton, Level 2. 

Amazing how this NAMM adventure with AES has evolved over the years. A huge difference from the AES Conventions at the Downtown LA Hilton in the 70s. 

More after it happens!

AES Academy 2020: Schedule

Be Aware: Open Source Considerations

Modern Cinema technology rotates around Open Source code: JPEG, TIFF, AES encryption, the intra- and interwebz tech, among many other tools. 

One of the great aspects is that everyone gets to peek at the code so that if anything untoward is allowed in that it can be caught by the group and changed. This article extols that and other benefits and points out the weakness.  ...and calls for some solutions. 

OpenSource Heartbleed Problem

 The Internet Was Built on the Free Labor of Open Source Developers. Is That Sustainable?The Internet Was Built on the Free Labor of Open Source Developers. Is That Sustainable?

Susie Beiersdorf and "that rarest of commodities"

The Ken Mason Inter-Society Award recipient for 2019 will be awarded at CinemaCon to Susie Beiersdorf, by Paul Holliman, President of The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation (and also Vice President, Sales & Non-Theatrical Distribution at Disney.)

"...outstanding long-term contributions leading to the overall improvement of the motion picture experience..." is the background phrase for this award, and there are plenty of people who will attest to the background work that Susie has contributed over many years.

But her big boss (Jack Kline, Chairman, President and CEO of Christie) proclaimed a nice summation: “In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Susie Beiersdorf has always devoted that rarest of commodities—her personal time—to advance technologies and drive initiatives to enhance the motion picture experience.” 

Update: Photo added 5April, following ceremony:

Susie Biersdorf accepts InterSociety Mason Award at CinemaCon 2019

Nominations Open for Celluloid Junkie’s Top Women in Global Cinema 2019

As Celluloid Junkie gets its nomination list on for this years Top Women in Global Cinema 2019 recognition fest, (, and coming off of another year that SMPTE pushes hard on the technical side of Women in Cinema, we note an interesting article on the subject.

If you think women in tech is just a pipeline problem, you haven’t been paying attention comes in strong with data data data about 'natural bias' (among other problems) and some good news in the end. ...and things that can be done more better in the future.


What they said - These are some of the interesting postings seen on the web recently. (There may be more than one a week.)

The technology of advice explained; from the societies we cherish, to consulting we rely upon, from the courses we need or give and the blogs we get our doses of data or read it here.
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Resources would be another name. People with their feet getting dirty on the street...then talking about it.

Societies really imply a lot of special efforts by individual. Here's some news from some of the many in this field.