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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. 

3Questions on HI/VI Issues – European Union of the Deaf

EUD plus 3 Questions LogoThere are several groups who represent the varied and specific interests of the community of people with disabilities in the EU. Some campaigns are centered around specific issues, for example the 2006 campaign that resulted in Disabled Air Passengers’ Rights. Other campaigns focus upon accessibility to the internet, and this year mobility issues have been given a special international highlight.

Recently the work of one broadly focused activity came to fruition. As background, within the general portfolio of the United Nations International Bill of Human Rights are nine Core International Human Rights Instruments. They are all considered treaties which, though ratified within the UN, still need to be ratified and implemented at the country level.

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EU Ratifies UN Convention | Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Brussels, 5 January 2011 | The European Union has officially ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 23 December, becoming the first intergovernmental group to sign on to any human rights treaty. The European disability movement has been working hard to make sure the EU conclude the Convention by the end of 2010. The European Disability Forum welcomes this development, which is a significant landmark and will help improve the lives of 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe.

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DoJ Transcripts: Battle Lines Drawn

HI/VI Issues LogoThe US Department of Justice Request for Comments Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Movie Captioning and Video Description has been followed up with 3 public hearings. The first was held on November 18, 2010, in Chicago, Illinois, the second on December 16, 2010 in Washington, DC. Transcripts and video rebroadcast of these hearings are available through this link. Webcasts of Public Hearings on Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemakings(ANPRM).

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Deaf Sue Cinemark Chain

Going to the movies is central part of mainstream American life. More than 200 million Americans went to the movies last year according to the Motion Picture Association of America. But a lawsuit filed today in Alameda Superior Court alleges that the Cinemark movie chain, the third largest in the country, discriminates against the deaf and hard of hearing communities by failing to provide any captioned movies at its theaters in Alameda County.


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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.