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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. 

DCinema Hearing and Visually Impaired Technologies: Standards and Best Practices

Special Focus: Hearing Impaired/Visual Impaired, Articles and News

Rapidly evolving science and politics in the HI / VI world of DCinema.

Request for Comments: DoJ: Movie Captioning, Video Description

HI/VI Issues LogoThe US DoJ has put a document into the Federal Register of July 26, 2010 that describes many aspects of the cinema industry conversion to digital from film, especially as it relates to the hearing and visual impaired audience(s). The title is:

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Movie Captioning and Video Description

On page 13 of the attached PDF (transcribed in whole from the Federal Register, with a link to the original), there are a series of 26 questions that the Department of Justice are inviting comment on. The final date for comments is: January 24, 2011.

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New Accessibility Law Passes | TV, Internet and ???

21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Legislation Passes [This was a Senate passed bill that the House just passed with only 23 Republican nay votes. It still must be signed by the President.]

WASHINGTON, DC – September 29, 2010 – The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) commends the U.S. Congress for passage of the “Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.” On September 28, the bill cleared its final legislative hurdle by passing the House and is expected to go soon to President Obama for signature.

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21st Century Communications/Video Accessibility Act

H.R. 3101, the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009 is proceeding through the channels of government. See its progress here.

For an insight on what the Bill is and isn't, here is the first paragraphs of a recent article by Suzanne Robitaille of For those who say this is just more government intrusion, let us remember that the internet, the airwaves, and so much more, is owned by several tens of millions of hearing and visual impaired citizens, so when we give companies the rights to use our common assets, they should utilize them for the benefit of us all. A Cautious Hooray for Captions:

Amid all the Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary celebrations last week, it’s worth noting that the U.S. House passed a bill that’s crucial to the deaf and hard of hearing population. H.R. 3101 would extend protections from the Telecommunications Act of 1996 — the law that made closed captioning on T.V. mandatory — to the Internet.

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Hearing and Vision Impaired Audiences and DCinema

Presentation given by Charles 'C J' Flynn to the European Digital Cinema Forum at the IBC 2010 (International Broadcast Convention) on Issues of the Hearing and Visually Impaired Audiences and Digital Cinema's response. 


Download the PDF of the Keynote slides and notes, complete with web links.

"...this form of discrimination is not acceptable..."

Media Access Australia commends the Federal government announcement today that will see every major cinema chain location made more accessible for patrons who are deaf or blind by the end of 2014.

The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, said today, “At the moment people with impaired hearing are being forced to travel across town to catch a Wednesday matinee, because there are so few cinemas offering captions. I am excited that major cinemas have recognised that this form of discrimination is not acceptable, and that they will improve their business by attracting a new group of customers.”

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