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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.


NIST logo, smallCompliance in DCinema means compliance with the details of several standards groups and organizations. Video compression and Decompression will be compliant with JPEG 2000, a set of standards of the Joint Photographic Experts Group, audio formats are specified by AES (Audio Engineering Society) formats and encryption within the Advanced Encryption Standard of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Federal Information Procession Standards (FIPS). Of course, the over-riding standards group who tied all the nuance together is the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).

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The Laser Trend

Laser Light Engines Logo"Our business model is very much in line with the trend to replace low-efficiency lamps with solid-state solutions, offsetting higher up-front price with lower total cost of ownership."

This is the take-away quote from Bill Beck of Laser Light Engines in an article that appears in after a ShowEast with a good bit of laser buzz. LLE started the trend with an announcement linking them and a large screen project (and investment) with IMAX. Kodak followed this with invitations to see their technology which interestingly uses many lower powered lasers, in a project that will take another two years before productization.

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The ABCs (and 3Ds) of HDMI 1.4a

Just when you were getting used to HDMI 1.4, here comes the latest version, which adds a little "a" to the equation.

Released in March 2010, HDMI 1.4a is this latest version of High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI). It's also the coolest, because it's the one that will bring 3D technology into the home.

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Open Source Tools - Ongoing Series

To the uninitiated: Open Source can be defined very specifically, but there is a lot of nuance that comes with the evolution of the theory, and with variables in the way that an author allows the use of code or words to paper. Generally, the formats developed in the last 2 years are better described and more easily understood. The definition given in the first paragraphs at Open Source Initiative is quite condensed, each word meaning a specific purposed concept. Let's simplify a little and just say that Open Source software is software that has been developed by people who don't want the copyright process to allow the code to become proprietary. The software is therefore open to any developer who would like to examine it, and typically, to any developer who wants to contribute to it.

A by-product of this is that the virtues, benefits, and flaws are in the open. Unlike with proprietary software, an enduser is able to see into the code, for example, to see if it leaves the users computer vulnerable, or if it really meets the specification as described, and without phoning home with vital information from the user's network. 

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Many of us are the technology equivilents of trans-spotters. Here's cool stuff from other expertises.

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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