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Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance

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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.

Blackmagic secures first sales after DaVinci buyout

New orders for BlackM_DaVinciBlackmagic Design has sold two Resolve colour correction systems to Smoke and Mirrors just days after completing the purchase of all the assets of DaVinci Systems LLC.

The takeover deal saw Blackmagic pick-up the Resolve DI color correction systems and the Revival film restoration products, both of which it will now sell worldwide.

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Best IBC Article 1 - BROADer Issue

davinci_blackmagic_and_othersIn amongst the press releases for upgrades, enhancements, new features, latest sales successes and so on, two pre-IBC stories stand out for me so far, and they're both about company acquisitions.

First up is Blackmagic Design's purchase of grading technology company DaVinci for an (as yet) undisclosed sum. Then, barely a day later, arrives the news that Avid has bough Maximum Throughput (Max-T), a post production storage, workflow & infrastructure company that has more recently been working on network-based editing technology.

While product synergies and future developments are dissected & debated over the coming days in bars & coffee shops throughout Amsterdam, for me, the story's in the fact that these acquisitions have happened at all.

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DVS@IBC; new workflows for RED™ & 3D

DVS Venice IBC logoCLIPSTER® enters the third dimension with its innovative feature for 3D DCI Mastering. Real-time RED™ workflows also play a key role at booth 7.E21.

A friendly Cinematographer-hyphenate with years of RED experience notes that, "If DVS can deliver what they are promising, this fills a need in the community...a major asset of the RED system is also an encumbrance...so much data...from the PR, it looks as if DVS has a handle on this.

Visitors to the DVS booth will experience the real-time processing of RED™ data with DVS’s flagship CLIPSTER®. CLIPSTER‘s remarkable new hardware decodes and debayers RED™ RAW files in full quality at 4K 12 bit RGB mode. All of CLIPSTER’s real-time effects can be used up to 4K.

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Apple ships new Final Cut Studio with advanced codec support - Ars Technica

Final Cut Pro 7 shotIn addition to a new version of Logic Studio, Apple has also announced a major upgrade to its suite of professional video and film editing tools known as Final Cut Studio, last updated two years ago. Included in the suite is Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, Color 1.5, and Compressor 3.5. Unsurprisingly, DVD Studio Pro stays at version 4. The entire suite, which got over 100 new features, also got a $300 price drop. Final Cut Server, used in larger production environments to manage assets and workflow, was also updated to version 1.5.

Final Cut Pro 7, the latest and greatest in non-linear editing, includes major updates to codec support. Apple has extended its ProRes family of codecs, including a ProRes 422 Proxy format for remote editing. Apple also added a ProRes 4444 format at the high-end for compositing, effects, and digital cinema work. FCP 7 also has native AVC-Intra support for working in real-time with footage from the latest top-end Panasonic cameras, and optimized rendering for XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX, interlaced HDV, and interlaced XDCAM HD 422.

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3 Gb/s SDI and optical fiber SDI scopes-Blackmagic

Alignment WaveformBlackmagic Design is claiming the world’s first 3 Gb/s SDI and optical fiber SDI scopes designed for editors and colorists, with technical accuracy for broadcast engineers. We're not certain why only broadcast engineers will love the accuracy, or why it is a PC only card, but we don't understand a lot of things, and Blackmagic has certainly proven their ability to listen to clients with a long trackrecord.

Their PR continues: 

If you’re tired of hard to use and ugly waveform monitoring, then you’ll love Blackmagic UltraScope. We have included all the features you need when editing or color correcting, and then, combined it with an elegant user interface that looks great when added to your studio! Simply plug into any compatible Windows™ computer with a 24 inch monitor, and Blackmagic UltraScope will display 6 live scope views simultaneously! UltraScope is engineering accurate and includes 3 Gb/s SDI plus 3 Gb/s optical fiber SDI. UltraScope auto detects SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI inputs.

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