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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.

Managing Digital Formats: Choosing the Right Lens

In the film world, it is necessary for each format to have a dedicated lens with fixed focal lengths, calculated based on the architecture of the room.) In most theaters, projectors are equipped with three turrets for the three most common formats: 1.66, 1.85 and 2.39 Cinemascope.

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Appeals Judgement in DCN VPF...

digitAll, the Australian supplier and integraor received a nice holiday present in the form of a judgement from the Australian Federal Appeals Court, with significant implications for the independent cinema industry. The case regards the negotiation of Virtual Print Fee (VPF) contracts with six Hollywood studios and digitAll's partnership DCN...and others.

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ShowEast [Update]: HFR, 3D Sound, HI/VI Glasses, Test Tools and Duqu

Perhaps the industry is maturing finally. Looking at the  ShowEast Press Releases, many are expressing nuanced and sophisticated changes instead of heavy iron/brute force advances. We read about compliance with unknown standards in High Frame Rate projectors (Christie) and interesting installations of 3D Sound systems by Barco, wonderful Closed Caption glasses from Sony, and quality control test tools from Harkness and USL...oh, and a new variant on the Stuxnet virus coming to computer systems everywhere...but that's a different story.

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Shubin Reports: World Opera Project Needs Help

Those of you who follow my activities know that one of them is discussing how, over the course of the last four centuries, opera helped create the modern media world: electronic home entertainment, stereo-sound transmission, pay-cable, headphones, movies, and more. Here’s a press release about a recent lecture I did on that subject at the Library of Congress:>World Opera Project Needs Help

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[Reply: NATO] Sony and the Un-free glasses

[Updated] Sony Pictures has announced that beginning in summer 2012 they will not be paying for the RealD glasses anymore. It was a legacy issue that had promised to leave for a long time anyway, and with Spiderman and Men In Black III coming out, it isn't like the exhibitors are going to say 'screw it, no movies from you.' 

Interesting side note is that the Sony projector system can only use the RealD system...well, it only uses the RealD system – they could as easily have chosen a better system that doesn't use a light pulverising silver screen, but they didn't go that way.

[Sperling has an excellent article at: Celluloid Junkie » A Deeper Look At Sony’s Battle With Exhibitors Over 3D Glasses

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DCinema Projectionist and Tech Survey – November 2011

Hello; a friend is giving a presentation at Camera Image Conference at the end of November 2011.

We would appreciate it if you could give us as many answers that you have time for, and ask friends to fill in the form. Be as detailed or quick as you can.

Many thanks.

Go to this Google Form Site, please:

DCinema Projectionist and Tech Survey – November 2011

Movies, The Other Alternative Content

Giving proof to Tim Sinnaeve's concept that it isn't "Alternative" Content, but rather "Additional" Content, IMAX is putting up Inception, Star Trek and Fast Five for a week at $7.00 US each. 

'Inception,' 'Star Trek' and 'Fast Five' Returning to IMAX for One Week |


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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.