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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. 

Artist's Intent Exposed~! See it here first. Where? In the cinema, the temporary home provided by exhibitors.

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Infrastructure for Digital Cinema facilities is the main focus of this forum. Normally, this means the ancillary equipment, (boxes, cables, software) and the talent required to get the entertainment from the distributor to the projector.

But, one cannot let pass without comment, the largest infrastructure event in DCinema's evolution.

The Players:
Digital Cinema Implementation Partners - DCIP; the combined forces of the AMC, Regal and Cinemark cinema chains, with approximately 14,000 screens, 45% of the US market (and 55% of ticket sales.) This group has an earlier partnership that brought digital advertising to the theaters, and another ongoing venture named Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (DCDC) with Warner Bros. and Universal to provide an entertainment distribution network.

Warner Bros. is missing from the list of studios who have signed a VPF agreement with DCIP. So is Sony.

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Concepts in Exhibition...Making money with Digital

We all know that digital is not magic, but we do constantly forget. In the case of D-Cinema, the digital part is just a platform and we are just now seeing what that platform is good for.

If it was just movies, then the platform of a digital server and projector, and perhaps a management system, would be enough. But cinema theaters cannot survive on movies alone, regardless of what inflation makes the numbers look like.
Thus, Alternative Content becomes a platform of its own. It offers something different to draw crowds, and it has a different monetary structure...the cinema gets to keep more of the income flow. 

Live opera, F1 and wrestling get the fanfare, but commercials lead the way.

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Force of Law; France Issues DCinema Document

The document Digital Projection in Cinema has been released by the CNC (National Centre of Cinematography), dated June 2007.

Among the general details about implementation of equipment, on Page 3 they make the statement:

Later on, the standard published by the SMPTE will probably be brought into line with the international ISO norm. However, while this ISO standardisation would give the SMPTE standard an undeniable legal foundation, it is clear, as is the case, for example, in the field of HD television, that the SMPTE standard would have force of law on an international level.

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DCinema Daily/Monthly Inspection Forms Available

Standard Procedures and Routines require Standard Forms. The DCinemaCompliance Group has developed a set of forms and the databases to store them in.

These forms are put in the Public Domain with the GNU Copyright. They are every persons dream for making certain that your facility stays in compliance with the pertinent SMPTE and DCI Specifications.

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The technology of exhibition explained; from media players and projectors, to memory and local storage, from satellites and devices for the hearing and visual or read it here.

Uncountable little pieces of experience add to a wealth of knowledge that should be shared for the betterment of the community. Please contribute.

The feet hitting the street. This is where it all plays out.

Digital, though costing more, allows for more variety, sometimes at a lower cost and a better return. That variety is called "alternative content."

Building auditoriums for the Arts is a tradition from the Greeks. Projection has since been added.