Last updateThu, 21 Dec 2017 2pm


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...

Kommer Kleijn On the Importance of the DCP

Kommer Kleijn brings insight to the value of the DCP. Copied with his permission.

Recently there was a mail thread on the ISDCF reflector that included the following superb response from  to a paragraph. I am writing this as a cinematographer and as a representative of IMAGO, The European Federation of Cinematographers. 

I can fully understand any festival which wants open, non-encrypted ProRes (or any other common codec) files for playing them "risk free" from a cheap playback system. The festival poeple can check the movies beforehand, if necessary at home. Ok, there is a risk of pirarcy here. But that is always there. Small movies will hardly have the legal power to follow up a piracy copy made from a DCP projection. And Hollywood doesn't send movies to small festivals...

I know many people see encryption as the only important difference between DCP and other formats, but please let us not forget that the DCP format provides SEVERAL major functionalities (a part from image quality) that other electronic picture formats do not have.

One family of functionality is, for sure, piracy protection and the auto-destruct (time-limit) function, both provided by the encryption and KDM system.

However, another very important difference between a DCP and any other video system or file formats is what we call 'The calibrated Chain'.

Read more ...

Visions of NAB Past...About the Future

Since my involvement in SMPTE committee work last year, when I swore to never reveal anything that was mentioned in a SMPTE committee – which is everything~! – I can never seem to put pixel to screen anymore. James Gardiner has figured a way to put pixel to screen though, which is to do video interviews and video lessons on dcinema.

Or, in this case, a great swath of NAB seminars – and in this case SMPTE sponsored events~! absolutely great stuff, and a great follow-up to the CinemaCon work he posted as well.

Read more ...

A QA Checklist and Information Repository for the Rest of Us – Part 1

A Quality Assurance Checklist / Information Repository for the Rest of Us

  • A detailed, cinema-centric inventory for all aspects of the facility.
  • A repository for both audio and picture calibration setup notes.
  • A set of checklists for checking different sectors on a Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Quarterly and Yearly basis.
  • Built from open source and free tools; MySQL, Joomla, and Fabrik. (more below the fold)

    Read more ...

Sound's Like A Big Thing – CineTechGeek

For a quick review of Audio Basics, the ICTA presentation slides of Barry Ferrel's Audio Basics for Cinema Sound Engineers can't be beat (named Amplifier Power, at Film-Tech. Barry is very generous with time and knowledge, giving this type of presentation at several technical seminars of the ICTA (where he was President), and ShowWest/CinemaCon. Scour the interwebz for other examples, including his notes on Alternative Content.

Read more ...


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

The technology of advice explained; from the societies we cherish, to consulting we rely upon, from the courses we need or give and the blogs we get our doses of data or read it here.
Full Disclosure: We recommend many courses, including our own.

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.