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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. 

Hardware and Software, Miscellaneous. Typically, connecting equipment that doesn't fit into the other categories.

DCI Compliance–Stuck in the Projector

Doremi has done it again, this time with an IMB.

Projector manufacturers were the first to get their paperwork saying that they got through the Compliance Tests, one by one the TI OEMs. Then recently Sony managed to get the 4K and its SMS through. But since their entire assembly is one huge secure chamber, the SMS almost becomes an internal media block...which is a technicality that shouldn't interest anyone. 

Logically, an IMB would be the next to roll-out of the Compliance Test Lab. And it was. Still, no server has been through which is an interesting political situation. If a manufacturer can get the IMB Compliant, so much of the SMS is redundant. To get it tested by both NIST and the Compliance Lab – that's a big cost for something that is going to be outmoded in a couple years.

Still, they have come this far – but what a moving target, getting through the InterOp to SMPTE transition – when do you call it quits, shot the engineer (off to a new project) and get things tested? It would be tough to get through the tests and then find you have to make a big change somewhere. (Little changes in the code can be mutually looked at through the AskanceLensing System.) 

None of this matters to the Doremi IMB team. They got through this week. Salutations! 

Thunderbolt FAQ - CNET

Intel's Thunderbolt: What you need to know (FAQ)

Intel's long-awaited Light Peak technology, now known formally as Thunderbolt, is finally available on its first consumer device, and the company today unveiled more details about when we'll be seeing it in consumer PCs and gadgets.

First unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum back in 2009, the data transfer tech promises to replace a handful of ports with one that can do more things, and do them faster.

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3Questions: OpenDCP – Now with GUI

3 Questions with OpenDCP creatorThe dream of creating DCPs for local commercials and film festivals by artists using simple yet affordable tools just took a monumental step forward with the latest advance of OpenDCP.

Created by a theater owner and long-time computer engineer, this tool uses a combination of Open Source tools to take a finished 'movie' and turn it into a package that can be played by a digital projection media player and projector. And, it is free.1

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KODAK Advances Lasers' March on DCinema

One of the hassles in the background of converting digital cinema projectors from Xenon heat and light gobbling devices into elegant and refined reflectors of light amplified by stimulated emission of radiation (laser) is the fact that laser light has more safety restrictions. 

An industry group was formed late last year to work on redefining a laser used in cinema use away from the over-arching category defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, which is in charge of ensuring laser equipment safety. In the entertainment world, laser light shows were their previous concern, and each one had to get a special variance from the FDA. [Un-researched: how is this handled in the EU and other market areas?]

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HDMI 2 is going to be released soon...and we mean to tell you about it and a whole lot more.

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