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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. 

Diversity of Thought; Successful Employee Training

Taking a deep dive into the fundamentals of diversity learning, deJongh noted that training must be part of a comprehensive program that includes mentoring and must be mandatory. "When we think about how we can raise our game in diversity and inclusion, training is an important component," says deJongh.

From 6 Secrets for Highly Effective Diversity Training - There are 7 excellent videos for your employees to watch.

How can you execute an effective diversity-training initiative? Here are six best practices deJongh shared with DiversityInc's audience:

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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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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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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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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.