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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.

Other Industries and Accessibility

It’s easy to call Lori Golden one of the most passionate disability advocates in Corporate America. At Ernst & Young, she helps embed a culture of disability inclusiveness among the accounting firm’s 38,000 employees in the Americas region, starting with AccessAbilities, the employee network she heads up. She also guides clients and other corporations on making their workplace more disability-friendly. For these efforts, DiversityInc just named Ernst & Young No. 2 in its 2009 Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities list.

Q: Lori, congrats on helping Ernst & Young win the No. 2 spot. The company didn’t make the cut last year; what’s changed?
Well, last year we began auditing some of our U.S. offices and revamping them for design accessibility — beyond what the Americans with Disabilities Act requires.

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9th Circuit Court Returns Harkins

"In sum, the district court was correct in holding that the ADA does not require Harkins to utilize open captioning as a matter of law. However, the district court erred in holding that closed captioning and descriptive narration are not required by the ADA. Our holding does not necessarily mean that Plaintiffs will be entitled to closed captioning and descriptive narration in Harkins’s theaters. Harkins may still be able to avail itself of several defenses, such as the contention that the devices would fundamentally alter the nature of its services or constitute an undue burden. See 42 U.S.C. § 12182(b)(2)(A)(iii); 28 C.F.R. § 36.303(a)."

And so, what looked inevitable during the hearings, became fact. It will take some time to analyse the full extent of this ruling that sends the case back to trial, but the early win of getting the whole matter thrown is gone. The ruling is attached to this document and available to registered users. 

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How to Find a Captioned Movie

Ironic, as Avatar is about a man with a disability.

Now that the thrust of the holiday movie season is upon us, let’s talk about something not so cheerful: Going to a film and not being able to hear it. Thousands of people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing miss out because they can’t follow dialogue on the big screen.

Big chains like AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment, having been sued countless times for not having captioning systems, have agreed to settle lawsuits by installing some caption systems, in some cities. As a result, some U.S. movie theaters have this technology in place.

The bigger nut to crack is finding a particular film, when you want it, where you want it.

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Universal Offers Open and Closed Captions to Wolfman


Universal Pictures informed their U.S.A. and Canadian exhibitor partners that digital cinema open captions and closed captions are available for “The Wolfman”.

As a matter of choice for the facility, the open captions can appear on-screen for all patrons to see, while the closed captions provide data to reflective display systems for the use of select patrons in the audience.

The captions are made possible through the use of separate supplemental Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs) – one DCP for open captions, another DCP for closed captions. These supplemental DCPs must be used in addition to the regular feature DCP and each requires its own key delivery message (KDM).

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TV industry turns blind eye to non-3D viewers

When it comes to 3D television, I don't see it. Literally. The technology that's supposed to convince me that a 3D image exists when I look at a 2D screen doesn't work for me. Nor does it work for a small but significant percentage of the population--4 percent to 10 percent, depending on which expert you ask. Millions of people like me are being left behind by content and hardware companies as they move to 3D.

I don't mean to complain. It's not the end of the world. Flat-viewers, like me, can watch 2D versions of 3D content. I saw "Avatar" in the non-3D version. As a bonus, the theater was nearly empty--the 3D showing down the hall was more crowded. Plus, we didn't have to wear those dorky glasses.

Of course, we are social beings, and not being able to view 3D means that group or family outings to 3D showings are awkward for the flat viewers, who may have to sit through a showing that will cause headaches or just look bad to them.

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