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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.

Should Know About Color Correction

You don't do it maybe, but you should know about it and Steve Hullfish tells it well.

Steve Hullfish Color Correction Tips on Vimeo

Ouch~! If I can't bankrupt a Post House...DD, 3D, In3, Disney

Can't say for certain if a particular post site owner / producer actually said that he wasn't trying hard enough if he couldn't bankrupt a post house during one of his movie's post. But like shuffling lounge chairs on the Titanic, Digital Domain and In-Three and Disney are all involved in the dustup coming from that mentality. 

Disney Seeks to Protect Right to Create 3D Movies in Digital Domain Bankruptcy - Hollywood Reporter

Beginning To Color

Someday there will be a person needing to make a commercial for their local cinema, who used a nice camera and while editing everything realizes that the lights in the mall required some color tools...and knowledge. 

Here's a nice place to start:

Magic Bullet Colorista II Tutorials by Stu Maschwitz on Vimeo

with some free tools:

Prolost - Blog - Two Free Color Correction Plug-ins from Red Giant Software

File Festival Deliverables

The days of delivering expensive film prints to film festivals is nearly over. While the percentage of digital projectors in the field is still less than 70%, it is possible the percentage is much higher at the leading exhibition facilities which are used for the festivals. And don't forget that the number of skilled projectionists is going down, as well as the maintenance of that equipment.

The International File Festival in Melzo, Italy (just outside of Milan at the Arcadia Cinemas) is leading (as Arcadia always does) in this field. File Festival–Melzo, International

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Interesting MIST – DCI Mastering at NAB

It is an age-old tradition for products announced at NAB to be a deliverable by IBC, and here is someone playing by the rules...telling enough about an intriguing idea to get their PR printed...nice going.

(Geneva, Switzerland--March 21, 2012) Marquise Technologies announced today the new powerful DCI mastering features available for the DI deck M I S T.

The DCI mastering in M I S T is an option providing a tool-set of functionalities for mastering and encoding a DCP in real-time. The assembling of the elements needed for the package and their control are done naturally in the Time Line of M I S T, giving the ability to control the process at any time. Whatever the digital source master is made of, no need to pre-transcode, as M I S T works natively with all major formats, including DPX, TIFF, Apple ProRes, QuickTime, Sony XDCAM or H264 from DSLRs like Canon 5D, independently of resolution or frame rate.

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