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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 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 Tools for Acquisition

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.

Mac ZFS is dead - Storage Mojo

PC file system progress took a giant step back this week with the news on MacOSforge that Apple’s ZFS project has been discontinued. Apple announced in June ‘08 that Snow Leopard server would support ZFS. But things came apart early this year.

  • ZFS Project Shutdown 2009-10-23
  • The ZFS project has been discontinued. The mailing list and repository will also be removed shortly.

What happened?

Jeff Bonwick, ZFS architect, posted Saturday on an earlier quoted comment:

> Apple can currently just take the ZFS CDDL code and incorporate it
> (like they did with DTrace), but it may be that they wanted a “private
> license” from Sun (with appropriate technical support and
> indemnification), and the two entities couldn’t come to mutually
> agreeable terms.

I cannot disclose details, but that is the essence of it.


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ASSIMILATE is announcing today at the REDucation Community Day in Los Angeles a new ROCKET FUEL bundle that includes an Nvidia Quadro FX3800 SDI board, RED’s RED Rocket card, and ASSIMILATE’s SCRATCH® CINE 4K post workflow, for a price of $10,999 USD. This price is half the cost of SCRATCH CINE alone!

Lucas Wilson from ASSIMILATE gave a presentation and added additional bundles which they have worked out with partners. First he pointed out that the price before the $10,999 bundle for the Nvidia Quadro FX3800 SDI board + a RED Rocket card + SCRATCH® CINE would be $27,000.

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Hollywood places biggest 3-D bet yet on ‘Avatar’

James CameronSAN DIEGO — When James Cameron directed his first 3-D film, “Terminator 2: 3-D,” for Universal Studios theme parks more than a decade ago, the bulky camera equipment made some shots awkward or impossible.

The 450-pound contraption — which had two film cameras mounted on a metal frame — was so heavy that producers had to jury-rig construction equipment to lift it off the ground for shots from above. The cameras, slightly set apart, had to be mechanically pointed together at the subject, then locked into place like an unwieldy set of eyes to help create the 3-D effect.

At $60 million, the 12-minute film was the most expensive frame-for-frame production ever.

Now, five months from its release, Cameron’s “Avatar,” the first feature film he has directed since “Titanic” (1997), promises to take 3-D cinematography to an unrivaled level, using a more nimble 3-D camera system that he helped invent.

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Sony SxS Pro Memory Card Update

Sony SxS LogoAnswer is: <Sony Software Update Page for SxS Pro Memory Card – http://www.sony.ca/promedia/drivers.htm>

Question: How to save your mind while upgrading Final Cut Pro/FCP6 on your Mac.