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Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance


Cinema Test Tools for the non-Technical Manager – Post Installation Quality Assurance Has Begun

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 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. 

Societies really imply a lot of special efforts by individual. Here's some news from some of the many in this field.

SMPTE Numbers Get New View

The Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers has sent an email to membership giving details of a new normalization of their document numbering system. It mentions that the use of SI Units is the preferred set of units of measurement in all SMPTE Engineering Documents...which implies that the previous use of an "M" in document names (to designate the metric version) will no longer be needed. Further, the numbers will be in effect for new documents, but only changed in existing documents as they are revised. Thus, documents referenced in new documents might have the new or old style. 

What follows is the data sent in the letter from SMPTE.

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IBC Don't Miss Events and Booths

IBC LogoDigital Cinema Conference and Booths

Saturday – 11 September, 2010

No DCinema Seminars – Hit the exhibits

Saturday Night Movie: Toy Story 3 in 3D

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Call for Papers–SMPTE 2010 Annual Tech Conference

SMPTE logoSMPTE is pleased to once again be holding its Annual Conference at the 
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel

Fall Conference - Register Early & Save Up To 25%

I also want to encourage you to save the date for the SMPTE Annual Conference & Expo, which takes place Oct. 26-28 in Hollywood - and to take advantage our early-registration discounts.

Early conference registration opens on 6 August, 2010. To register for the event and receive up to a 25% member discount, please visit
You can also visit the same site to reserve your hotel room at a discounted rate today.

We plan to get you updates shortly with regard to the speaker and presentation lineups for this event - and look forward to seeing you in California this Fall.

Implications of Having Crossed the Chasm

Moore's Technology Adoption Cycle v DCinema Installations 2009Those who follow such things say that Screen Digest's Senior Analyst, Head of Film and Cinema David Hancock correctly predicted the number of DCinema screens at the end of 2009. The April 2009 report, Digital Cinema Takes off Worldwide isn't so bold in making predictions, nor was David's presentation at CineExpo, except to note a half billion euro shortfall in the amount of money available to completely saturate the market. (Discussed here at Other aspects of this can be heard and read at: State of European DCinema Conference.)

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State of European DCinema Conference


Using a presentation topic of DCinemaTango to describe the renewed vigor of european digital cinema's recent explosion from the chasm of stalled installations, the European Audiovisual Observatory in Cannes held a seminar during the Cannes Film Festival. Several speakers gave details of the past, current issues and financing. Two interesting presentations spoke of the legal aspects of EU financing that will both assist and hinder the expansion of digital presentation equipment's evolution to the next phase of the exhibitor (and patron) base.

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