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. 

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Country Codes and TV Broadcast Standards — WORLD TELEVISION SIGNAL GUIDE

Ethernet Physical Data — 10 | 100BaseT | RJ-45 connectors — a Tutorial 



Taste Treat: The Schubin Cafe

Mark Schubin PhotoOne could try to be clever, and say about Mark Schubin’s new online magazine, ”From ten eighty to nine eleven, the new Schubin Cafe brings together a myriad, perhaps a nearly complete assembly, of Mark’s writings from over the years.”

But that would be wrong. For one, the words ’try to be clever’ and Mark Schubin do not belong in the same paragraph, much less the same sentence – Mark deals in making certain that the facts are straight – cleverness has nothing to do with it.

Second, neither the alleged HDness of 1080 or the (im)politics of 9/11 limit the scope or texture of what Mark has to write about. In addition, the Schubin Cafe contains sound and moving pictures…so writing is not a limit either.

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3D? Opera? Celluloid Junkie calls the Tune

Cinema Junkie Logo ish

If it were just two great articles in a row, or three, one could say they were lucky. But a hit every shot out is a great record for a blog.

Celluloid Junkie is handled nicely by 2 industry veterans, Patrick von Sychowski of Adlabs and Sperling Reich of DTS. Their range and depth make their commentary critical for an understanding of the implications in the industry.

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It's Microsoft Patch Tuesday: September 2009

Microsoft Patch Tuesday BugThis month’s patch release is about average for Microsoft Patch Tuesday, but there were a huge number of out of band patches in late August. I’m really not a big fan of that for non-critical security patches. It makes sense, though; the patches are related to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, both of which RTMed recently and are just now finding their way onto systems.

By reader request, I am now listing the updates’ approximate sizes. I am rounding the numbers, so don’t treat the numbers as accurate to the byte; the numbers are meant to let you know if this is worth the download in locations with restricted or metered bandwidth. Please let me know in the forums whether you find this change useful or think it adds clutter to the report.

We are continuing to use our new rating system, where one flag means “patch only if applicable,” two flags means “patch during your next regularly scheduled patch cycle,” and three flags indicates “patch immediately.”

[Editor's Point] Why is this important? Well, obviously, it ain't. Most of the production and post and exhibition machines are, a) not connected to the internet and b) are not Windows machines.

Not so obviously, how many of us get a USB stick with a file we need from a Windows machine? or where the original information came from a Windows machine? Those ads that need playing before the movie may or may no have come from a hard disk that come from a Windows machine, but I'll bet money that the key distribution system is on a Windows machine.

Is there a recorded instance where a Unix virus was put onto a USB stick that got inserted into a film play-out server? I don't know. But constant vigilance and watching the buts of our co-workers is going to save more than one problem in the future. 

Tech Republic is a responsible journal for this type of info. If they say Update Now, please, Update Now.

Read the entire article at: It's Microsoft Patch Tuesday: September 2009 | Microsoft Windows |

Great Online Glossary of Terms

Many of us will remember the great Digital Fact Book that Quantel used to supply us at conventions during the 80s and 90s. It went online in 2015, just at the time that Quantel was bought by Snell.

That great glossary is now published by Snell by arrangement of the broadcast and media industry trade association as the IABM Glossary of Terms. 

The link for the Glossary is: IABM Glossary of Terms.

And this is the link for the IABM. 


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 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.