Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance

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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. 

Digital Cinema | Web Posting of the Week

A source for information from the Societies and consultants...

Kommer Kleijn On the Importance of the DCP

Kommer Kleijn brings insight to the value of the DCP. Copied with his permission.


Recently there was a mail thread on the ISDCF reflector that included the following superb response from  to a paragraph. I am writing this as a cinematographer and as a representative of IMAGO, The European Federation of Cinematographers. 

I can fully understand any festival which wants open, non-encrypted ProRes (or any other common codec) files for playing them "risk free" from a cheap playback system. The festival poeple can check the movies beforehand, if necessary at home. Ok, there is a risk of pirarcy here. But that is always there. Small movies will hardly have the legal power to follow up a piracy copy made from a DCP projection. And Hollywood doesn't send movies to small festivals...

I know many people see encryption as the only important difference between DCP and other formats, but please let us not forget that the DCP format provides SEVERAL major functionalities (a part from image quality) that other electronic picture formats do not have.

One family of functionality is, for sure, piracy protection and the auto-destruct (time-limit) function, both provided by the encryption and KDM system.

However, another very important difference between a DCP and any other video system or file formats is what we call 'The calibrated Chain'.

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A QA Checklist and Information Repository for the Rest of Us – Part 1

A Quality Assurance Checklist / Information Repository for the Rest of Us

  • A detailed, cinema-centric inventory for all aspects of the facility.
  • A repository for both audio and picture calibration setup notes.
  • A set of checklists for checking different sectors on a Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Quarterly and Yearly basis.
  • Built from open source and free tools; MySQL, Joomla, and Fabrik. (more below the fold)

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DoJ Links...and others

Maybe you're researching:

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design [Large PDF; Search on "219.3 Receivers."]

Digital accessibility: Exhibition industry aims to deliver entertainment for all

Feds consider movie-captioning rule : Hearing Loss Law

Live Webcast - ANPRM Hearing in Washington, DC - open captions

Digital Cinema Specification Documents FAQ from a software writer and all around nice guy, Wolfgang Woehl

‎isdcf.com/papers/20091111-TimelineForAccessibility.pdf 

Troubles getting CSP/RPL protocol through SMPTE

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability: Movie Captioning and Video Description [DoJ Proposed Rule]

Movies | Hearing Loss Association of America [Great List of Advances]

Captionfish - a Captioned Movies Search Engine: The latest captioning technology - a 2011 CinemaCon report

showusthecaptions [licensed for non-commercial use only] / Show Us the Captions! Online Press Room

Enabling the Disabled in Digital Cinema [Kaagsian Article]

Update on Digital Cinema Support for Those with Disabilities: December 2010 [Karagosian Site]

Subtitled cinema - why it matters - Action On Hearing Loss: RNID

Fire Alarm to Protest Against a Captioned Movie? | Audio Accessibility

Captioning, Subtitles, Accessibility, Technology, CART, STTR, Language, Literacy, Translation, Interpretation

showusthecaptions [licensed for non-commercial use only] / Show Us the Captions! Online Press Room

‎www.titrafilm.com/uploads/Sourds_malentendant_audiodescription_TITRA_FILM.fr.pdf

‎www.uslinc.com:8880/ftp/CCE-100/Cce100manual.pdf

Your Local Cinema .com - Subtitled and Audio Described cinema

Community and Culture - Frequently Asked Questions | National Association of the Deaf

Agreement on Terminology – International Federation of Hard of Hearing People

‎Washington State Communication Access Project Final Order (pdf)

 Accessibility at AMC Theaters - In Theaters and Online

Association of Science–Technology Center; What Captioning Is and Who Uses It

NATO Comments. April 2000; Washington DC Movie Captioning Lawsuit

Report to Film Council - UK Film Council - British Film Institute

Inclusion Daily Express -- One In Seven UK Cinemas Offers Captioning And Audio-Description | Cinema Technology Article - September 2008

Digital Screen Network Content Specification V1.1; 20 December 2005 [pdf]

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities

Digital Cinema Specification Documents List

Screen Australia: Research - Cinema - Screens and theatres - Totals | - By exhibitor

showusthecaptions [licensed for non-commercial use only] / Show Us the Captions! Online Press Room

Subtitled cinema - why it matters - Action On Hearing Loss: RNID

Open captions for movies – the real story | Media Access Australia

Fire Alarm to Protest Against a Captioned Movie? | Audio Accessibility

Deafness Council Western Australia Inc

Captioned movies

Deaf Chat | People Deaf Culture - AllDeaf.com

Captioning, Subtitles, Accessibility, Technology, CART, STTR, Language, Literacy, Translation, Interpretation

Buzzword Compliance at SMPTE/NAB/CinemaCon

There are a couple of concepts in the security world that became took some apparent relavence this last few weeks as engineers from all over got together to share their recent discoveries and show their wares. The first is what is known as Schneier's Law: 

Anyone, from the most clueless amateur to the best cryptographer, can create an algorithm that he himself can't break. It's not even hard. What is hard is creating an algorithm that no one else can break, even after years of analysis. And the only way to prove that is to subject the algorithm to years of analysis by the best cryptographers around.

Schneier on Security: "Schneier's Law"

The other principle is discussed on Schneier's and other security sites and is called Security by Obscurity. In the security world these quickly turn the conversation to the topic of open and closed source software. And this is the subject of the Buzzword Compliance Award for 2013.

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Digital Process Workflow at Createasphere

This press release is so buzz-word compliant that I almost threw it away. But the concept of a Digital Process Workflow at a convention actually sounds like a good idea.

I take no responsibility for breaking any one's BS detector just for reprinting the press release.  

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What they said - These are some of the interesting postings seen on the web recently. (There may be more than one a week.)

The technology of advice explained; from the societies we cherish, to consulting we rely upon, from the courses we need or give and the blogs we get our doses of data from...place or read it here.
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Resources would be another name. People with their feet getting dirty on the street...then talking about it.

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