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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. 

H. Potter kills 3D; RED kills Low Dynamic Range

One rule in 3D production or post is to take off the glasses. There's a lot to see in the overlap of images.

On the other hand, if you have a 2D movie in front of you, close one eye and a lot of the 3D detail comes out. You get back some of those 3D cues/clues that the eye/brain complex merge when two eyes are open and staring at a flat screen (and realize "Hey–dis be flat!) – clues like occlusion, size of familiar objects, size of comparative objects, texture detail, distance color shift, haziness, all get un-merged. 

Un-Merged is how Harry Potter will be delivered on November 19th.

The previous Harry Potter movie was moved from December 2008 to July 2009. This time, instead of losing their December slot, thus pushing back a July 2011 Part II slot of the last Harry Potter movie, Warner Bros have decided not to wait to de-flatten the movie, but rather to release the movie in 2D on schedule. (So, close one eye to get some 3D feeling.)

 

Those who remember Warner Bros' Clash of the Titans will say that this is a good move. One could also say that Clash was an outlier, that the technology they chose was not ready for prime time, that post groups are now better geared up to make stereoscopic 3 dimensional conversions...

See: 
 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I' Loses 3D Release « FirstShowing.net

Or perhaps this is just a great way for the studio to release a 2D version of both movies, get the 3D right, then re-release to a great new box office.


More amazing is this clip from RED showing their new HDRx™ software in action. You can read the entire thread, but the shot is taken in a dark dark barn, with wide open doors and bright desert light outside, and in the distance is a building with a person sitting on the stoop. It would be difficult to make this work as HDR for a still. But the shot in the clip also shows a moving person going from light to dark, and an amazing amount of detail in the dark. The colors aren't graded, but the technology allows that each stream of dark and light could be worked on separately. A true game changer:

 

RED HDRx™ Walk Desert Barn scene