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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. 

CGI, X'Y'Z' to P3, there are so many things going on. Here's the news.

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iPad - Cut Notes

Digital Rebellion LLC today announced the availability of Cut Notes for iPad, a tool for taking timecode notes on set or during a screening. If you are a Producer, Director or Editor that still hand-writes timecode during a screening, say Hello to Cut Notes.

As simple as tapping Play along with your Editor, you'll never again worry about manually writing timecode next to your thoughts during a screening.

With a single tap of a Note Key, your notes can be a short as one word or an entire phrase, all added instantly at the current timecode. Cut Notes frees you from looking at what you're writing and allows you to focus on what's important: the cut.

Change any Note Key, create new pages of Note Keys, all centered around your workflow. Cut Notes tailors to your Post Production needs.

Cut Notes is platform independent. Whether you're screening a DVD, a QuickTime file the Editor sent out, or sitting in an edit bay with your team, Cut Notes just works. After you've made your notes, Cut Notes can e-mail Avid Locator or Marker List files, which can be imported into NLEs like Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, and more. Cut Notes can also e-mail, copy, and print your notes using AirPrint. Importing a Marker List into Final Cut Pro requires the free Cut Notes Marker Import utility for Mac OS X available from

Swipe all the way to the left to make notes with the keyboard if a Note Key doesn't apply.

Have as many projects as you want, at any of the common frame rates. Inside each project you can have an unlimited number of cuts. You'll always be able to reference an older cut in case you think your Editor missed something from the last round of notes.

"Cut Notes is a perfect example of how an iPad can supplement production & post production workflows." 
- Craig Bergonzoni, Editor/Producer 

"I'm really happy with the software… I'd feel comfortable using Cut Notes in a screening with executives." 
- Chris Chris Losnegard, Story Producer

Cut Notes is priced at $7.99 and is available for the iPad on the iTunes App Store.
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About Digital Rebellion
Digital Rebellion LLC specializes in workflow tools for post production professionals. Our other products include FCS Maintenance Pack – a must-have tool for maintaining, optimizing and troubleshooting Final Cut Studio - and FCP Versioner, a utility that backs up every revision to a Final Cut Pro project and generates changelogs between versions - making it an essential tool in fast-paced collaborative post production environments.
Our products are used daily by Fortune 500 companies and studios on projects including NCIS:Los Angeles and Cougar Town.
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DCPC - Digital Cinema Package Creator

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Ideas for mastering DCPs

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