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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.

Combine 3, Drop 2, 120 becomes 24

Trumbull. Showscan. Digital.

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NY Times Article: Trumbull Honored (with a PR piece. Good for him. 5 Feb 2012)

Showscan Digital Website: ShowscanDigital Website

Showbiz Podcast

Showbiz Sandbox LogoThere are many who know more about movie equipment than they do about all the fluff and glamor which pays for it all. Showbiz Sandbox is the kind of podcast that a technical insider needs to hear just to get a little balance.

Subscribe in iTunes – Highly Recommended~!

Many will already know Sperling Reich from the ISDCF, Celluloid Junkie and DTS. He and New York associate Michael Giltz give intelligent statistics and observations that fill an interesting hour each week.

Managing Digital Formats: Choosing the Right Lens

In the film world, it is necessary for each format to have a dedicated lens with fixed focal lengths, calculated based on the architecture of the room.) In most theaters, projectors are equipped with three turrets for the three most common formats: 1.66, 1.85 and 2.39 Cinemascope.

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Laser Projection Group Introduction

The Laser Illuminated Projector Association (LIPA) has released a pdf that outlines their purpose. Generally speaking, there are many international rules that require laser-based equipment to go through regulatory agencies which might make sense for other products (which might use focused light in the output), but don't make sense for laser-based projectors (which use a diffuse light that substitutes for the xenon bulb.)

The pdf is here: Introducing LIPA

The LIPA website with much more information is: LIPA Website

Appeals Judgement in DCN VPF...

digitAll, the Australian supplier and integraor received a nice holiday present in the form of a judgement from the Australian Federal Appeals Court, with significant implications for the independent cinema industry. The case regards the negotiation of Virtual Print Fee (VPF) contracts with six Hollywood studios and digitAll's partnership DCN...and others.

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Light Levels In Cinema – From the Screen's Viewpoint

"Because of the low light efficiency of all 3D systems (some are better than others but all lose a lot of light) the de facto screen brightness standard for 3D presentations is 4.5 Foot Lamberts (fL) which is only one third of the agreed standard for 2D of 14fL."

So says the introduction to the Harkness Screens free webinar (29 February: 15:00 GMT/10AM Eastern US/ 7AM Pacific US).

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Shubin Reports: World Opera Project Needs Help

Those of you who follow my activities know that one of them is discussing how, over the course of the last four centuries, opera helped create the modern media world: electronic home entertainment, stereo-sound transmission, pay-cable, headphones, movies, and more. Here’s a press release about a recent lecture I did on that subject at the Library of Congress:>World Opera Project Needs Help

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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.

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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.