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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. 

Since we became our own secretaries, it seems that we have to know nearly everything these days.

Knoting Laser Light

Knot Light ImageLight, in general, and color in particular are the mainstays behind the science and art of cinema: in front and behind the lens, bouncing off the micromirrors or LCD, the compression. Though very tangential to any practical application, this article speaks to some fundamentals of light that have been predicted for hundreds of years. And given "All 3D, All the Time", the control of light in this manner will not stay tangential for long.

Imagine taking a beam of light and tying it in knots like a piece of string. Hard to fathom? Well, a group of physicists from the UK have achieved this remarkable feat, and they say understanding how to control light in this way has important implications for laser technology used in wide a range of industries.

"In a light beam, the flow of light through space is similar to water flowing in a river," said Dr. Mark Dennis from the University of Bristol and lead author of a paper published in this week. "Although it often flows in a straight line – out of a torch, laser pointer, etc – light can also flow in whirls and eddies, forming lines in space called 'optical vortices.' Along these lines, or optical vortices, the intensity of the light is zero (black). The light all around us is filled with these dark lines, even though we can't see them."
Optical vortices can be created with holograms which direct the flow of light.

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50 Years of Crash Tests Anniversary Video

Destruction in the name of Science? What a wonderful world.

In the following video, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety commemorates 50 years by answering the question;

What happens when a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu share temporal space?

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Blu-ray 3D specification details-InAVate

Details emerge on Blu-ray 3D specification06 January 2010–Following the announcement of the Blu-ray 3D specification, further information has been released on the detail of the standard.

The initial announcement was made in late December by the BDA (Blu-ray Disk Association). The specification calls for encoding 3D video using the Multiview Video Coding (MVC) codec, an extension to the H.264 advanced video coding (AVC) codec currently used by Blu-ray players.

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