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Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance

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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.

All-In-One Microdisplay from Compound Photonics

image.pngChris Chinnock, of Insight Media notes that Compound Photonics has been an innovator in microdisplay technology for decades (under previous names as well). The press release below shows they are now at the forefront of microdisplay technology for AR/MR applications. Their focus is on monolithic, very-small-pixel displays for waveguide integration and their new backplane architecture can support both LCOS and microLED frontplanes. I have never heard of a backplane with both voltage drive for LCOS and current drive for microLEDs, but they have one. And, some may recall that it was the CP Nova backplane that was bonded to a microLED frontplane from Plessey Semiconductor (now part of Facebook). This new architecture addresses all the current pain points in AR/MR microdisplay devices, as they note in detail below. I look forward to learning more during Mike Lee’s SID Business Conference presentation on Aug. 3.

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Barco Breaks Lasers Into Normal (Updated)

CinemaCon is starting with a bang, with Barco announcing its first range of large to small laser light engine projectors, with a press announcement – exhibits open soon enough, so more details later.

Barco launches full portfolio of laser-illuminated cinema projectors

Link for data: Discover the full fleet of Barco laser cinema projectors

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Two (Now Sony), Who'll Be The Next In Line? LED Wall Wars, 2018/2019

Within a day of the finish of the Display Summit 2018 seminar that described the inevitability and technology of not only holograms (in the long term) but LED walls (in the mid to short term) in cinema exhibition, player 2 formally gets announced with their inclusion of the Sony ZRD-2 Crystal LED Display System with controllers secure processing 'box' as Compliant Equipment having passed the DCI Compliance Test Plan (CTP).

The Sony system will have some of the same problems as the Samsung ONYX LED wall, having to go to great extremes to put audio in the correct position – seeming to come from the on-screen speaker's mouths as they move across the screen. They are both modular displays, but they do not have the holes that a projection screen does to pass sound waves through.

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Digital Test Tools Introduces The New Age of Quality Assurance

After years, it can be announced:

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Can an Art be duplicated by a machine? For certainly, a technician judging the audio and picture quality of a theater auditorium is an Art as well as a Science.

Can a machine duplicate the patern recognition capabilities of an interested and intelligent human being walking through a room with, or even without, a sound and light meter?

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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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