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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 – Then There Were Three [Updated]

The DCIMovies website now lists 3 NEC, 2 Chrisite, and 3 Barco projectors as having passed the Compliance Test Plan detailed procedures. All 3 manufacturers are utilizing the same version of the Texas Instruments (TI) Enigma board and what appears to be similar versions of software. Details are on the linked site above.

Christie Press Release         Barco Press Release            NEC Press Release

Christie has just announced that their CP 2220 Series 2 projector has passed muster at CineCert for DCI Compliance. The sentence that says that they are the first has me in an infinite loop, which prevents me from reading any more. There is probably some nuance that says that they did something that Barco didn't do, but who knows...the rest of the press release just seems so release-y after that.

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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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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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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.

Help with connecting the dots...