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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. 

A source for information from the Societies and consultants...

The DCP USB on a Mac; CineTechGeek to Digital Cinema Tools, v1b

James Garner posts another timely and excellent video piece on Cine Tech Geeks about making a DCP on a Mac. See: How to Read/Write to Cinema DCP disk on Mac or Windows. To get it to a listenable length (18 minutes), James gets straight to the point, telling and showing the interested what to do and what to expect while creating a non-permanent Linux (Ubuntu 14) system, and the steps beyond. Of course, it presumes some knowledge and appreciation of nuance, skipping over parts that the average joe may not be able to get past.

Being the certified 'dullest crayon in the drawer', and having fought for hours to get a very similar set-up, this article gives a slower glimpse and goes a bit deeper into other tools that can be used once the basic system is made. 

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Soundly Said | Mel Lambert Gets Immersive

Before CinemaCon is NAB. Before NAB is a SMPTE gathering on Technology In Cinema. Thousands travel to this annual event that is fashioned to give detail to what would otherwise be mere rumors to those who have to make a living in the post and broadcast fields – so this is knowledge dissemination by SMTPE at its best.

Mel Lambert has been writing articles on Immersive Sound for the Film Editors Guild and others for the past two years. Having attended the SMTPE event, he brings us more nuance to understand how this technology will affect the cinema auditorium.

D-Cinema Summit: standardization of immersive sound formats

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But there is a competition, so when you join – Click Here Now. Use the Code: MGAM – these are the Jedi mind tricks that you are looking for – please tell them that C J Flynn sent you. Then get someone else to join and tell them to say that CJ sent them as well. 

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Technology Summit on Cinema | SMPTE/NAB2015

Technology Summit on Cinema | SMPTE/NAB2015Kicking off the yearly SMPTE program at NAB is a symposium with Bill Mead and featuring Tim Reed of Alamo Drafthouse, David Pflegl of Carmike, Steven Tsai or Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sean Romano of Deluxe Digital and Wendy Aylsworth.

Covering the entire breadth of the history and ending with, "Has the Industry done a good job?", Digidia has presented all the YouTube videos on their site at:

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and

NAB sponsored Technology Summit on Cinema


What they said - These are some of the interesting postings seen on the web recently. (There may be more than one a week.)

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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.