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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. 

Report: 2010 Digital Captioning Symposium

keen logoHow I became a Foreign Film Buff – In 1994, my dad ambitiously told me that captioning was coming to our movie theater in Winston-Salem, NC. I don’t know where he heard that, but for two years, I habitually asked theatre managers if captioning was available, only to find out that it was not. When we assumed that it would be a long time coming for captions, we decided to try foreign films because of the English subtitles, and it was a great experience that we continue to enjoy today with my visits back home.

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Memo cinema chains: the deaf enjoy movies too

In the late 1920s, sound came to the cinema, and the silent movie era came to an end. Incredible as it sounds today, deaf people in the United States protested. The silent movies' version of present-day captions was called intertitles, and served both deaf and hearing audiences. Intertitles disappeared with the introduction of sound, and deaf people were left out.

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While more needs to be done...Phil Clapp

ST, AD and Narration symbolsOver recent years, a minor – some might say ‘quiet’ – revolution has taken place in UK cinemas. As a result, the UK can justifiably claim to lead the world in access to film for people with a serious sight problem, or who are deaf or hard of hearing. As the figures below indicate, from a standing start in the early 2000s, by the middle of 2008 there were 300 UK cinemas equipped to screen the latest films with on- screen subtitles for hearing impaired people, and a narrated soundtrack (audio description) for visually impaired people. More than 700 films are now available in accessible formats with around 2,000 subtitled screenings per month nationwide.

The potential benefits for sight and hearing disabled audience members seem obvious. Many now enjoy cinema with family and friends in a way that would have been impossible only a few years ago.

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Our rights to cinema access

Our governments say that people with a disability should be able to join in community life. But not all people with a disability can access things like the movies. People who have a vision impairment need special headsets. The headsets describe what is happening in movies. People who have a hearing impairment need captions on movies. The captions let you read what people are saying in the movie. But hardly any movies have headsets or captions. Many people are now demanding change.

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The philosophy, legal concepts, and technology of digital cinema's approach to handling the needs of the hearing and visually impaired audience or read it here.

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

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

Special Focus: Hearing Impaired/Visual Impaired (HI/VI)

Defining Documents and Best Practices

It was a decade ago when DCinema standards started on their process. Finally, process has evolved to progress...and though not alway up to full potential, finally corners are being turned. This Spring begins a 1 year evolution that migrates from the InterOp format to full SMPTE compliance DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages.) That, combined with a migration to what are called Series 2 projectors and finally the Hearing Impaired community will get some of the benefits of dcinema technology - in the projection room, that means distinct Hearing Impaired (HI) and Visually Impaired Narrative (VI-N) tracks in all DCPs, coordinated with standards for Closed Captions.

Topics to cover: ADA Title III; 28 CFR Part 36: Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities; SMPTE 429-2, 430-10, 430-11

Special Focus: Hearing Impaired/Visual Impaired Suppliers and Links

If this were a Thesauras, the words nascent, vibrant, critical, ‘seriously in need of high-level attention and broad understanding’ would be the listing. But this is instead a listing of hearing and visually impaired technology providers.