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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. 

Artist's Intent Exposed~! See it here first. Where? In the cinema, the temporary home provided by exhibitors.

Update: Countering the "Maltin Rant"

I love a good rant as much as the next person, but I don't like it when it doesn't stay on point, is too anecdotal, or uses too many "everybody knows" to make the argument…all of which I think the film critic Leonard Maltin got trapped in during his now infamous rant about…well, watch it yourself at:

▶ Leonard Maltin's First Rant - YouTube

It's his first rant. Maybe he'll get better when he has ranted more. My counter-points can be seen after clicking the Read More button.

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States of Exhibition–Evolution


Snippet of Drawing: DCinema Facility

DCinema could be said to have started before the turn of the century, or possibly when George Lucas pushed so hard to get the first 100 systems installed to light up Attack of the Clones in 2002. My moment of 'made it' came during the set-up week prior to the Cannes Film Festival in 2004, when projector-derived subtitles were working on a 2K projector.


So choosing that date as when the R&D project stopped and real products began, we're closing in on 10 years of evolution. Some tools came very recently, such as implemented standards and products for the deaf/blind/hard of hearing and visually impaired audience members. In North America there has been several chains which are now 100% covered for 100% of movies with closed caption and enhanced and descriptive audio. Obviously 3D got past the needles-in-the-eyes stage of Chicken Little, and it will only get better when laser light engines get integrated with HFR...and by that one presumes it will have to be after all the NIH leaves the projector manufacturers and 48fps leaves the field of HFR.

Here's a drawing that tries to show the evolution to the degree that a 2D drawing can show such details. Anyone who wants to help map it into HTML for some obvious cool tricks is invited to write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - likewise, anyone who needs to strip the sponsored bits to make the drawing into a teaching device...please write. It is an evolving drawing as well, so if you'd like to be informed when revisions are've got the address.

The full drawing is at: 

Captioning CinemaCon 2013–CineTech Geek

James at Cine Tech Geek has a major project on captioning and accessibility in the works. It is quite ambitious as should be an incredible summary of all that the dcinema industry and the various clients have been through and need to know for the future.

Part of that effort is this series of YouTube videos from CinemaCon 2013.

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Naming Convention #9

After a great deal of effort, the latest version of the digital cinema Naming Convention has hit the streets. Look at ‎ early in the week for the official update from Version 8.3

Also look at the ISDCF site page Digital Cinema Versions for the latest in projector and SMS software and firmware version numbers.

CinemaCon 2013: Maturity Brings Discussions of Quality in Digital Cinema

Wherever one looks at CinemaCon 2013 there is the smell of Quality Control in the air. Examples:

Jack Cashin, President of USL – famous for their test and measurement systems as well as quality systems for the deaf/hard of hearing/blind/partially sighted audiences and multi-projector movie distribution systems – is awarded the Ken Mason Inter-Society Award. They introduced a QC system last CinemaCon.

Highlands Technologies introduces the QALIF Calibration system [QALIF  Digital projection System Measurement Tool] and arranges for West US distribution with Charles Flynn of Digital Test Tools (+1 818 877-6149) — See attached presentation

Harkness Screens introduces iPad apps – Digital Screen Modeller and in particular the Digital Screen Archiver – will assist in changing people's view of their valuable data as well as helping projectionists keep track of reality. — See attached press releases

...and last but not least...

RealD is showing the new "Precision White Screen" technology that the spoke about at last years SMPTE October event. If they can make a screen that not only broadens the sweet spot of 3D movies but is more efficient then they can do the industry a great deal of actual good.More on this after the demos. — See attached press releases


Although some say that new audio systems are just a way to fill the coming income void resulting from a market that is now nearly digital saturated, in fact with larger ceiling'd rooms there is a need to fill the room better. Technology has moved on from the simplicity of the 1990s' and Atmos and Auro are taking advantage of new potentials of faster chips and algorithms that were impossible last decade.

For a decade the industry was fighting to just handle the influx that the digital transition kept piling on them. Now post-installation can be discussed.

Live SMPTE webcast tonight Pacific Time

Today and Tomorrow 18-19 June 2013  SMPTE is holding it's first ever conference at the 1878 home of motion picture technology, Stanford University.  (see

"Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age" addresses technical and business issues which arise from the increased capability of the Internet to deliver very high quality video content.  300+ attendees and presenters from major studios and internet companies (Apple being the one exception) attest to the importance of this subject matter to both content creators and internet service providers.

Information about the conference can be found at   For those of you who are unable to attend in person, go to that link to watch live tonight's session "Legal and Illegal Distribution Over the Internet: Can We Find Common Solution(s)?" 18:30-20:15 PDT.

Post-Installation Cinema Test Tools; USL LSS-100 and DTT Digital eXperience Guardian

Post-Installation Quality Control for the Cinema Auditorium is finally getting some tools fit for the modern digital age. Two companies are putting network products into the sector which, up until now, was only filled with multi-thousand dollar test rigs or hand held units. (No smear intended on the new Meyer Sound X12 and Harkness Screen test devices released in the last 6 months – both are nice hand held units and fit for their purpose.)

First, the USL LSS-100 Light & Sound Sensor measures sound pressure level, luminance and chromaticity from its mounted position on the back wall of the theater auditorium. The 2 degree spot measurement is transmitted to the user as XYZ and x, y points and CCT, with great precision. The audio section measures C weighted pink noise, giving the level in the room in tenths of a dB.

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The technology of exhibition explained; from media players and projectors, to memory and local storage, from satellites and devices for the hearing and visual or read it here.

Uncountable little pieces of experience add to a wealth of knowledge that should be shared for the betterment of the community. Please contribute.

The feet hitting the street. This is where it all plays out.

Digital, though costing more, allows for more variety, sometimes at a lower cost and a better return. That variety is called "alternative content."

Building auditoriums for the Arts is a tradition from the Greeks. Projection has since been added.