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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. 

CGI, X'Y'Z' to P3, there are so many things going on. Here's the news.

Great Take on Editing; New Blog

Selected Takes: 3 Editing Lessons From Anne V. Coates

MusicBed Blog presents a new Blog "Inspired by "Selected Takes: Film Editors on Editing", we're sharing takeaways from film's most iconic editors."

Confusing Definitions – Home and Away | Dolby Vision 4 and More

Hollywood SMPTE event on Wednesday, 25 September featured the Transition to Wide Color Gamut and The LA Colorist Meetup had an event on Thursday 26 September that covered the same topic with two panelists describing tools and theories of how to get there...and all the mysteries were uncovered. They weren't solved, of course, but uncovered nonetheless. 

 And if the cinema exhibition side of the business thinks there is technology confusion in their field, they haven't looked into the consumer side well enough. The technology and rollout is rife with confusing nomenclature and mismatches, just as it was 4 years ago when their version of 'better bits' started getting shown. And, the panelist pointed out, there is more to come in Post, Exhibition and the various delivery vehicles of Consumer.

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DCI – New HDR and Direct View Display Docs

DCI has released two new documents for industry review, one dealing with emissive technology (describing them as 'often LED pixels', but leaving the door open for anything) and the other which deals with HDR – High Dynamic Range – displays in post-production and exhibition theaters "so that consistent and repeatable color quality can be achieved."

Both documents include a paragraph that begins: "This document is not a DCI Specification" plus a statement that invites review and comment and an email to send comments to, which other recent versions of these documents have done as well.

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Swatch Out; Secret Code for SMPTE Badge

No, there is no secret code on the SMPTE badge that I can tell you about...that is for certain.

But, take this test and put your score at the bottom corner of your badge and see if anyone else does...

Pantone Color IQ Test Pantone_Color_IQ_Test

Light Illusion IBC Show Specials | Probes and Software

We are delighted to announce that in partnership with some of our hardware manufacturers we are able to offer a range of 'IBC Show special discounts' to celebrate the fact that Light Illusion has ceased attending any and all shows, as the viability they used to offer no longer applies in today's world.

The discounts will be available throughout the duration of the IBC Show, and are limited to a set number of units as defined below.
When the limited number of units has been sold, the offer for that item is over.
(For all, other than the Jeti probes, this means the offers expire at the end of play on the 19th September)

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