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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...

SMPTE's Metamers

To Share. This is what the root word '-mer' brings to the words it gets incorporated with. So we have "isomers" – which, in the past the chemists called metamers – and which is defined as molecules with different chemical structures having the same molecular formula…and having different properties. The same root is "shared" with polymers, metamers and even the word 'merit'.

Metamer is used in color science in a similar manner,

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Security Updates; Warning Warning Warning Office and XP Users

8 April 2014 – Not only are the words Critical, Vulnerabilities, Actively Exploited, and other horrors used in today's Adobe and Microsoft Fix Day, but they also announced that THIS IS IT FOR XP and Office 2003 SECURITY UPDATES!!! Yelling much? Yes; the number of people using XP is amazing.

No more opinionating…read it best at Kreb's: Adobe, Microsoft Push Critical Fixes — Krebs on Security

Somehow, with CinemaCon 2014's Facebook page advertising the Biggest/Badest Con of All, I am reminded of the 13 Best Firefox Add-ons of 2013 and a look at the Krebs On Security page.

Sure enough, Security Updates for Windows, Java, Flash & Reader is the message of the day. Alas, one would have thought no one would use any of those tools anymore and the world could be at peace. Where's the UN Sanctions Committee when you need it.


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Update: CinemaCon/SMPTE/NAB 2014

CinemaCon has placed their Schedule of Events Online.

2014 Schedule of Events - CinemaCon -- Celebrating the Moviegoing Experience

March 24-27 – CinemaCon — March 24 - 27 (Monday thru Thursday)

SMPTE/NAB Technology Summit On Cinema April 5 and 6 (Saturday and Sunday before the NAB Exhibits open.

NAB Show — Exhibits April 7 – 10; Monday thru Thursday

Yes, this is a reversal from previous years. Somewhat the same time spans though. If one were to go to the CinemaCon, leaving Thursday, there would be 9 days before getting morning cakes and coffee and sitting for 2 days through several excellent SMPTE presentations.

There was a time when this event was the place for everyone to get caught up to the current methods that the digital cinema industry was developing and using to go from 100 to 1,000 to 10,000 installed systems. In a lot of regards it was catch and patch can. But for the last few years it has been more pointedly scientific reports on how to get to the next level, that level that is beyond the idiosyncratic 24 frame movie. It is hard to predict from the agenda how it could be better than the seminars of the last 2 years.

Meanwhile, CinemaCon gets to celebrate another year of record income and what looks like another good year following.

Blending the Basics of Audio and Light (Pictures): Part One

The day of the shoebox-shaped cinema auditorium is long passed. Even small rooms are built with stadium seating these days, which is a great benefit to audience' sight lines. But it is no favor to the audio equivalent, the audience' sound field.

There are a couple of reasons for this. One is due to the volume increase – the cubic meters of air to get vibrating increases with higher ceilings. Another is that the main speakers, which were somewhat pointed at the audience from behind the screen, are now pointed at only the front rows – the directionality of the voices and other objects that the sound mixer puts into space is somewhat (or a lot) messed up.

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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.
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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.