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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. 

You know, I kept seeing that 3D stuff, and seeing that 3D stuff, and never getting it. Then I saw the same clips with a great audio system, and what do you know...the pictures looked better. 

Alan Parsons Gets Creative Review

If you are one of the many people working in film and broadcast that has been wanting to sharpen your skills in audio production -- or just become more aware of its principles and dynamics -- I'd like to point out a series that is near to guaranteed to expand your working knowledge of audio. I know of experienced engineers who admit to having learned new tricks from it.

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CML Artists on Music Libraries

An editor posted a question on the Cinematography Mailing List (CML), first bashing music library companies, and their needs and methods - closing with "...are music library licenses a scam?"

It was great to get some very reasoned views on the issue. For those who aren't on the CML list (Subscribe here), here are some excepts. [Editor: If we can get permission from the CML and the authors, we'll attribute the quotes and expand the excerpts.]

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Roger Nichols Needs Help

ONE OF THE GREAT ENGINEERS OF ALL TIME, Roger Nichols, needs your help. And he’s not looking for an assistant engineer or someone to help dust his Grammy Awards. Roger quite literally is fighting for his life. 

Last summer, Roger was diagnosed with Phase 4 Pancreatic cancer. Although quite serious, many of those afflicted survive for years with proper treatment. Unfortunately, the medical costs and bills have devastated the Nichols family, leaving them nearly bankrupt, making any chance of Roger taking part in some promising new treatments nearly impossible. 


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Art of Mixing Motion Pictures

As 3D conquers popular cinema, how are audio playback formats being developed to match? Mel Lambert reports

For the motion-picture industry, big has always been beautiful – large, projected images accompanied by fully enveloping soundtracks. But with the rapid success of the new wave of 3D, major film post-production centres are focusing on how to increase the experience of sound-conscious audiences. So how are audio playback formats changing as a result?

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SoundToys Donates to Gulf

On Thursday, July 15th, 2010, SoundToys will donate 100% of its online profits to the Gulf Restoration Network. The Gulf Restoration Network is a non-profit organization working to provide assistance to the people, wildlife, and wetlands affected by the BP oil spill. We are pleased to offer this contribution to the Gulf Restoration Network at such a critical time.

The idea to help this cause came to life when the Gulf Restoration Network recently partnered with music venues across the country to put on The Gulf Coast Benefit,

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