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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. 

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.

Great Camera Shoot Out...Film Not Dead [Updated]

Regarding the Great Camera Shoot-Out 2010, Philip Bloom says on his site (where there are also behind the scene photos: 

The webisodic series showcases the top performing hybrid HD-DSLR cameras: Canon: 5D MKII, 7D, 1D, 550D/T2i Rebel, Nikon D3s, Panasonic GH1 and compares the image quality of these cameras against the gold standard of 35mm film. In addition, the Canon 5D MKII test includes the new 24p firmware. 

The Vimeo site where the films prints files are also posted:

Each webisode of the series features various controlled camera assessment tests which include: resolution, latitude, sensitivity, speed & ultra high speed, noise, color & green screen. The battery of tests were administered under strict controls and conducted by Robert Primes ASC, Gary Adcock, Philip Bloom, Jens Bogehegn and colorist Ryan Emerson. See the reactions to this test following 2K screenings, where “HD DSLR is compared to 35mm Film”. The test results were projected in a 2K theatrical environment at three screening locations: Stag Theater at Skywalker Ranch, LucasFilms Ltd., AFI (American Film Institute) Theater in Hollywood and the FilmWorkers Astro Color Timing Theater in Chicago. Hear commentary from the screenings by top ASC, Hollywood, Indie Film and Event & Convergence Photographers.

There is nothing this author can say that the Zacuto website and comments don't.

[Update: There are now 3 in the series. Look out for the tabs at the same Zacuto Shootout link.]

Matching Lenses and Sensors–Optics White Paper

Remember: A lens is not guaranteed to perform in a 5-Mpixel camera simply because it is specified as a 5-Mpixel lens.

Edmund Optics and Schneider Optics explain aspects of matching one technology's advances with another's.

Pictures and arrows at the following link:

Matching Lenses and Sensors

With pixel sizes of CCD and CMOS image sensors becoming smaller, system integrators must pay careful attention to their choice of optics

Greg Hollows and Stuart Singer—Mar 1, 2009

Each year, sensor manufacturers fabricate sensors with smaller pixel sizes. About 15 years ago, it was common to find sensors with pixels as small as 13 µm. It is now common to find sensors with standard 5-µm pixel sizes. Recently, sensor manufacturers have produced pixel sizes of 1.4 µm without considering lens performance limits. It is also common to find sensors that contain 5 Mpixels and individual pixel sizes of 3.45 µm. In the next generation of image sensors, some manufacturers expect to produce devices with pixel sizes as small as 1.75 µm.

Ten Ways The iPad Could Enhance The Film Scoring Process

While some pundits in the tech press have been delivering lukewarm reviews of the new Apple iPad, I believe for our industry it could be the beginning of a huge leap forward in how we work as composers and musicians.

Based on the iPad as it was announced this past week by Apple, here are ten ideas for usages of the iPad based on existing published specs for the device that I think could change the ways musicians and composers work in our industry.

SketchPad – With the addition of stylus input, ...

MIDIPad – The iPad with its advanced multitouch input system ...

VideoPad – Using the iPad as an advanced audio or video editing tool, ...

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3D Ethics–Imagine Imagina 2010

Imagina 2010 logoAfter the "24/7 3D Fest" of CES reporting and Avatar, it is interesting to note 3D with a different focus.

Work on an Ethical Charter for 3D began in 2008, under the auspices of the Institut géographique national of France, the Principality of Monaco, the Federal Office for Topography of the Swiss Confederation, the Republic and Canton of Geneva, Lyon’s Urban Planning Agency, the city of Montreal and the Géovision-Avenir urban design and planning agency.

There will be a presentation signing at Imagina 2010, at the Monaco Chamber of Economic Development stand on 4 February.

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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?

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.

Camera, but virtual. 

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

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.