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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. 

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.

Captioned Movie Locators

Finding A Captioned Movie

United States

Captionfish Logo-Closed Caption Movie Locator

Captionfish is a cinema locator for finding theaters with Closed Caption equipment near you.

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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 www.abledbodied.com. 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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"...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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The philosophy, legal concepts, and technology of digital cinema's approach to handling the needs of the hearing and visually impaired audience explained...place 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.