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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. 

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

Excellent Analysis of Dolby's 7.1 – DCinema Report

Digital Cinema Report has an excellent analysis of the reasons and technology of Dolby's new 7.1 Audio system. There is no need for a pull-quote as it is all good. Read it at:

A Sound Idea

Bloomberg has a good article as well:
Pixar Gets Dolby to Invent 'Rain of Sound' to Match 3-D Movies

The current setup in most theaters, known as 5.1, couldn't direct sounds precisely enough to specific parts of the theater, says Paul Cichocki, post-production supervisor at Pixar. The audio didn't feel like it was putting the viewer in the middle of the action, he says.

"We really wanted to take sound to the next level, and we just weren't able to do much in 5.1," Cichocki said. "If we could put sound in the right places, it helps your brain look in the right place."

That's why Pixar urged Dolby Laboratories Inc. to develop a new version of its sound system, the dominant audio technology in theaters. The resulting Dolby Surround 7.1 standard lets movies deliver sounds through seven speakers, plus one subwoofer, which handles bass. For Dolby, the technology helps the company keep pace with other cinema improvements -- from crisper digital images to reclining seats -- and give audiences a reason to keep coming back.

ISDCF Brings Light To Series II Issue

The ISDCF has issued an alert aimed at those who are deploying digital cinema projectors known in the industry as 'Series II'. The notice details a subtitle and open caption feature which was expected (by some) but not delivered with the Texas Instruments-based units shipped earlier in this well as those shipped until new software is released by TI, and then implemented by TI's OEM manufacturers. TI expects their release later this month, and manufacturers are expected to implement the software into their code in later June or early July.

In a rare public statement on their website:

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Professional Differences - Set Top Boxes

Buried in an annex to an instructive piece by Arqiva is a chart that deals with the differences between Professional and Consumer (politely called 'Domestic') Set Top Boxes.
Why is this important? Does the DCinema professional need to think about:

  • Encryption?
  • Remote Management?
  • Remote Tuning?
  • Professional Interface Connectors?

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All 3D–All The Time...Over?

The 2007 Cookson prediction that the manufacturers of consumer equipment wouldn't stop at a quality equivalent of what is seen in the theater proved true with a twist at CES 2010. Instead of educating their market, pointing out that with the latest USB 1.4 and Blu-ray specs they are able to saturate the screen with more colors and higher frame rates, they put their chips into the 3D basket. Maybe it will play out for them.

Looking at the professional market, one has to suspect that if an exhibitor didn't change for Avatar, they are going to wait until everything makes sense. The Series II projectors will help – perhaps getting some equipment through the compliance check-out pipeline would help as well. Likely, it is greater availability of money. Not a great time for Mr. Iger to be changing the rules for Disney releases as far as the cinemas are concerned. [Is there a master plan behind Disney's house cleaning?]

Notwithstanding, there are movies in the pipeline, and from the looks of things, the ability to make 3D movies is becoming commoditized. I'll have to wait until there's an iPhone app. (Reminds me...did everyone pick up the AJA iPhone app?)




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