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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. 

Australian HRC: Cinema captioning and audio description: Refusal of temporary exemption

By this instrument, the Australian Human Rights Commission (‘the Commission’) rejects the application of Village Roadshow Limited, Amalgamated Holdings Ltd trading as Greater Union Cinemas, Event Cinemas and Birch Carroll & Coyle, Reading Cinemas Pty Limited and The Hoyts Corporation Pty Limited (the Applicants) for a temporary exemption pursuant to s 55(1) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992(Cth) (DDA).

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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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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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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.