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 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. 

Lens Tangents | DCinema Acquisition

Capture – with lens or microphone, perhaps moving electrons around with a stylus, or perhaps conversion from an analogue form. Regardless, the beginning is acquisition.

If U B M&E – Free 100TB | Caringo

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PRESS RELEASE                         
 
Caringo Offers No-Cost 100 TBs of S3 Accessible, Secure Scale-Out Storage to M&E Firms
 
Company removes security and cost barriers to entry for M&E firms wanting the benefits 
of object storage with no upfront cost
 
Austin, TX, August 29, 2017 –Caringo, a scale-out cloud & object storage platform company, today announced that it is offering at no-cost a full-featured 100 TB Swarm licenses to qualified Media & Entertainment (M&E) firms that are struggling to store, manage and protect their ever-growing library of digital assets while keeping them securely accessible. Qualified firms include but are not limited to recording studios, content creation and post-production houses, broadcasters, and studios.

“IT execs in the M&E space are under extreme pressure to provide long-term accessible storage and instant search and delivery to customers and viewers,” said Adrian Herrera, Vice President of Marketing at Caringo. “The cloud isn’t a viable option for many because of security and cost concerns. The solution to this is using the same technology that powers major clouds—object storage, secure in their data center. With our announcement today, we are making it easy for qualified firms to get started by offering 100 terabytes of storage for free.”

The complimentary 100 TB license and integration consultation is immediately available to qualified M&E firms. Interested parties can visit https://www.caringo.com/MandE/ for more information. 

Field-hardened, vetted and tested for over a decade to the highest standards of data integrity and reliability, Caringo Swarm serves as the foundation for securely accessible digital asset libraries and storage services for a wide range of government, telecommunications, education, corporate and entertainment organizations including the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, BT, iQ Media, Johns Hopkins University, British Telecom, NEP and hundreds more worldwide. Swarm installs on any mix of standard storage hardware, transforming it into a limitless and seamless pool of storage resources with asset protection, lifecycle management, search and security built in. 

The result is a solution that easily integrates into media production and post, distribution and archive workflows, delivering up to a 75% reduction in storage TCO through unique hardware, operational and workflow efficiencies including:

  • Industry-leading hardware and server utilization for your content. Use up to 95% of hard drive space and 100% of drive bays for digital assets. 
  • The ability to automatically add performance or capacity in 90 seconds and continuously upgrade hardware without downtime or disruption to asset accessibility.
  • Automated policy-based protection to optimize for rapid access or data center footprint delivering enterprise-grade durability while defending against ransomware attacks.
  • Cross-platform collaboration and access enabled by Write/Read/Edit via HTTP, S3 or NFS interchangeably. 
  • Rapid asset retrieval and instant delivery via integrated search with the ability to add custom metadata.

Caringo Swarm is the ideal solution for M&E firms looking to balance the industry expectations that storage should be free and assets should be immediately accessible from any device.  

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About Caringo
Founded in 2005, Caringo is committed to helping customers unlock the value of their data and solve issues associated with data protection, management, organization and search at massive scale. Caringo’s flagship product, Swarm, eliminates the need to migrate data into disparate solutions for long-term preservation, delivery and analysis—radically reducing total cost of ownership. Today, Caringo Swarm Cloud and Object Storage Platform is the foundation for simple, bulletproof, limitless storage solutions for iQ Media, Texas Tech University Systems, NEP, the Department of Defense, the Brazilian Federal Court System, City of Austin, Telefónica, British Telecom, Ask.com, Johns Hopkins University and hundreds more worldwide. Visit http://www.caringo.com to learn more.

 

Update: Serif Affinity Designer and other Mac Vector Graphics Programs

While searching for a new workflow into the 4K 2020 world, the program Affinity Designer was tried. The website has a Free Trial download, and it was quickly found that the rare 16 bit TIFF export was there. Joy.

OmniGraffle doesn't have 16 bit export and they are a bit overpriced, perhaps by double. They are like the Volvo of software companies...such a great reputation that if there is any problem one thinks that it must only be happening to you. (Not that they have real problems outside of needing AI to tell the user what their Export size and detail really means and charging an extra arm for the Pro version.)

Keynote doesn't have 16-bit TIFF export and they have several other problems with exporting, regardless of how precisely great the drawing features are. For example, a 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 QuickTime export can only be done in 30 frames – which may transform well, but not perfectly and who wants the agro. Also, if you try to make a 4096 x 2160 export...well, you can't. You are limited to 3840...so, two jumbles making it hard for for cinema workflow. Not only is the TIFF export only 8-bit, but it will often mistakenly and incorrectly anti-alias a set of close single pixel white lines – close like, separated by a pixel of black, turning them into grey spectacles, I can tell they've had their fun, and ...AND, somehow, a pdf export cuts off a row or 2...very depressing. Your author wakes every morning by going to the App Store and hoping for a new version that will cleanse the taste of people who continue to say that Keynote is not meant to be a professional program...even though it is used all over the world by professionals using 4K projectors and importing into FCPX and Motion.

There are a few other programs with trial versions, most with only 8 bit per channel export, and who knows about the ones that don't. Pixelmator looked very interesting, but it is more cumbersome to work with than Affinity Designer. Autodesk has bought up iDraw and renamed it "Graphic", so maybe there is some high def hope from there soon. Perhaps Sketch has it down with 16 bit, but like most subscription-ware, no trial. Inkscape has some promise though the UI is still in flux and can't be judged. It and GIMP are open source and free, so they have a lot of interest.

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Sony Studios hosts Sound for Film and Television Conference

CineMontage, the Editors Guild Magazine report from Mel Lambert:

On Saturday, September 17, Mix magazine presented its third annual Sound for Film and Television conference at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, in cooperation with the Cinema Audio Society (CAS) and the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE). This one-day event was subtitled “The Merging of Art, Technique and Tools” and included a keynote address by re-recording mixer Gary Bourgeois, CAS, panel discussions on the art of sound design, sponsored workshops hosted on the facility’s dubbing stages, and exhibits from leading technology suppliers — including Avid Technology, Auro-3D, Steinberg, JBL Professional and Dolby Laboratories.

Read the rest of this article at:

A Passion for Sound: Mix Magazine’s Annual Film & TV Conference

Subcategories

  • Storage

    Storage. It wasn't that long ago that trying to get a 9 Gig RAID working on a sophisticated LAN was monumental, if not impossible. 9 years perhaps?

    Now, terabyte drives are here. Enough to go with holographic storage soon?

  • Workflow

    There is a thrust for acquisition to take on some of the aspects of post. We are way to conservative for something fancy like that. But, we'll let you modern people talk about it.

  • CGI

    Camera, but virtual. 

  • DI

    Film has higher resolution, no matter what that means. It is important.

  • Cameras
    We are hoping that we won't be talking much about how many electrons in the full well capacity, but we might...never know. There is just so much new coming out, that cameras and their accessories need a whole category by themselves...and here it is.