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Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance


Cinema Test Tools for the Non-Technical Manager 

  • A free resource for the cinema industry
  • Tuned most particularly for the non-technical manager.
  • Tools include:
    • Several DCPs for testing the sound and picture quality
    • Lessons on sound and light
    • Written to help communicate with the technicians

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.

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?


Country Codes and TV Broadcast Standards — WORLD TELEVISION SIGNAL GUIDE

Ethernet Physical Data — 10 | 100BaseT | RJ-45 connectors — a Tutorial 



Taste Treat: The Schubin Cafe

Mark Schubin PhotoOne could try to be clever, and say about Mark Schubin’s new online magazine, ”From ten eighty to nine eleven, the new Schubin Cafe brings together a myriad, perhaps a nearly complete assembly, of Mark’s writings from over the years.”

But that would be wrong. For one, the words ’try to be clever’ and Mark Schubin do not belong in the same paragraph, much less the same sentence – Mark deals in making certain that the facts are straight – cleverness has nothing to do with it.

Second, neither the alleged HDness of 1080 or the (im)politics of 9/11 limit the scope or texture of what Mark has to write about. In addition, the Schubin Cafe contains sound and moving pictures…so writing is not a limit either.

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It's Microsoft Patch Tuesday: September 2009

Microsoft Patch Tuesday BugThis month’s patch release is about average for Microsoft Patch Tuesday, but there were a huge number of out of band patches in late August. I’m really not a big fan of that for non-critical security patches. It makes sense, though; the patches are related to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, both of which RTMed recently and are just now finding their way onto systems.

By reader request, I am now listing the updates’ approximate sizes. I am rounding the numbers, so don’t treat the numbers as accurate to the byte; the numbers are meant to let you know if this is worth the download in locations with restricted or metered bandwidth. Please let me know in the forums whether you find this change useful or think it adds clutter to the report.

We are continuing to use our new rating system, where one flag means “patch only if applicable,” two flags means “patch during your next regularly scheduled patch cycle,” and three flags indicates “patch immediately.”

[Editor's Point] Why is this important? Well, obviously, it ain't. Most of the production and post and exhibition machines are, a) not connected to the internet and b) are not Windows machines.

Not so obviously, how many of us get a USB stick with a file we need from a Windows machine? or where the original information came from a Windows machine? Those ads that need playing before the movie may or may no have come from a hard disk that come from a Windows machine, but I'll bet money that the key distribution system is on a Windows machine.

Is there a recorded instance where a Unix virus was put onto a USB stick that got inserted into a film play-out server? I don't know. But constant vigilance and watching the buts of our co-workers is going to save more than one problem in the future. 

Tech Republic is a responsible journal for this type of info. If they say Update Now, please, Update Now.

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