Last updateFri, 07 Feb 2020 10pm


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. 

Resources would be another name. People with their feet getting dirty on the street...then talking about it.

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?

Tech Potential and Promise of CinemaCon 2017 – Part 1.5

CinemaCon is a NATO construct built on the pillars of The Exhibitor’s movie palaces, The Studio’s mix of movies, and The Techniques and Technology that brings them to life. The pillars sit on a wild and nuanced history which reflects forward to a constantly changing future…

…and then it’s nuance, all the way down.

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Manice Goes English

Manice dot org has long been a great digital cinema resource...or one should say une resource de le cinéma numérique...first as a blog followed in 2008 by a more news and education format. The only trouble for many of us was that the information is in French.

Now, Manice dot net is available in English. It brings news and a great deal of dcinema background material and sports a glossary made for executives who just want the data without all the complications that one is usually presented with.


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CineEurope Basics – Barcelona, 18-21 June

CineEurope 2012 will be held in Barcelona this year, not Amsterdam. ISE tried this twice, going to Brussels once, then Barcelona, just to avoid the inevitable of Amsterdam...expensive, gangly, but able to accommodate 100,000 people, Amsterdam. The dates are 18-21 June, with equipment exhibits on the last 3 days.

But CineEurope is not as huge as IBC or ISE, so perhaps a little corner of the El Centro de Convenciones Internacional de Barcelona will be just right.

We'll be updating this article frequently with links to sources of info. The first is a map of the public transportation of Barcelona. You can find the convention center at the Forum exit of the T5 Glories Line...which follows the end of the Diagonal if you are looking at a map map.

This site points out which public transport card to purchase:Barcelona Metro, Subway System, Barcelona Underground Guide

Monday thru Thursday, 18-21 June. Click for CineEurope Schedule of Events

The winner of the UNIC competition will be announced at the:

Operating in a Digital World – Digital Innovation Award (Room 112, Level 1)15.15–16.30

Mark de Quervain, Sales and Marketing Director, Vue Entertainment
Jan Runge, CEO, UNIC
Pete Buckingham, Kube Consulting

Digitizing cinema screens is part of a wider revolution in the way people find out about film content.

Growth in smartphone use and tailored ‘apps’ offer huge potential for better engagement with the cinema-going audience.

This session will see the culmination of a competition which invited software developers and others to put forward proposals for a cinema-related ‘app’. After a judging process, dozens of entrants have been reduced to a shortlist of three, who will explain their application and how it would benefit the sector. The convention audience will then have a chance to vote on the winner.

Disability and Access (Room 120, Level 1) 13.00-13.45

Cinema operators across the World are coming under increasing pressure to make their cinemas more accessible to disabled customers, particularly those with hearing or sight problems. In this session, some of the foremost companies offering equipment to deal with these issues will explain the potential that currently exists, and look ahead to future developments.Disability and Access

Clint Koch, Sales Director, USL, Inc
Chris Mullins, Product Manager, Sony Professional Solutions Europe
Herve Baujard, EMA Sales Director, Doremi Cinema
Moderator: Phil Clapp, CEO, UK Cinema Exhibitors’ Association

Entertainment Technology Center–3DTV Resources

The Entertainment Technology Center has put up a series of FAQs and other information about 3D named 3D Resources for Industry and the Press. It seems quite 3DTV Centric, which means that all the information will be wrong within a moment of publication, but it is a good idea.

The first article (that your editor saw, 15 things your salesperson should know, or s/g like that) played a bit fast and loose with the definition of high definition, but it is better then nothing.

Nothing will help; 3DTV is doomed to fail in the present configuration. It is barely good enough when hot-rodded by gamers. Home users at a close distance with ambient light providing mismatched eye info will not have a fun time. Odd generations of set top boxes mis-matching with TV inputs...who could ask for a worse situation during a depression?