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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 Online 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. 

Hardware and Software, Miscellaneous. Typically, connecting equipment that doesn't fit into the other categories.

The Laser Trend

Laser Light Engines Logo"Our business model is very much in line with the trend to replace low-efficiency lamps with solid-state solutions, offsetting higher up-front price with lower total cost of ownership."

This is the take-away quote from Bill Beck of Laser Light Engines in an article that appears in after a ShowEast with a good bit of laser buzz. LLE started the trend with an announcement linking them and a large screen project (and investment) with IMAX. Kodak followed this with invitations to see their technology which interestingly uses many lower powered lasers, in a project that will take another two years before productization.

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Ongoing 3D Tools Article

This article will highlight 3D tools that sail past the author's eyes. They may get more full articles in the appropriate sections if someone writes it, or may not.


3D movie Calculator | Stereographers calculator for iphone

Not only an essential tool, but the front page of the website has a concise set of details about 3D principles that should be known by rote.


Open Source Tools - Ongoing Series

To the uninitiated: Open Source can be defined very specifically, but there is a lot of nuance that comes with the evolution of the theory, and with variables in the way that an author allows the use of code or words to paper. Generally, the formats developed in the last 2 years are better described and more easily understood. The definition given in the first paragraphs at Open Source Initiative is quite condensed, each word meaning a specific purposed concept. Let's simplify a little and just say that Open Source software is software that has been developed by people who don't want the copyright process to allow the code to become proprietary. The software is therefore open to any developer who would like to examine it, and typically, to any developer who wants to contribute to it.

A by-product of this is that the virtues, benefits, and flaws are in the open. Unlike with proprietary software, an enduser is able to see into the code, for example, to see if it leaves the users computer vulnerable, or if it really meets the specification as described, and without phoning home with vital information from the user's network. 

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4K; And Then There Were Two

4K DLP chips are shipping today, according to the Texas Instruments Press Release. The three authorized OEMs, Barco, Christie and NEC will now be able to ship the digital cinema products which their catalogs now call 4K ready.

There is some data missing from the PR. For example, Barco is advertising that there are two sizes of 4K chips expected, one to match the 0.98" C range projectors, and one to retrofit the 1.2" B range projectors that they offer in their product line. (Christie and NEC only mention retrofitting the 1.2" chip versions.) We believe that what TI has just released is the 1.38" 4K chip, which will retrofit into the three 1.2" positions in the larger Christie (CP2220 and CP2230) and NEC projectors and the B Series Barco projectors. [This has been confirmed–Editor]

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Many of us are the technology equivilents of trans-spotters. Here's cool stuff from other expertises.

HDMI 2 is going to be released soon...and we mean to tell you about it and a whole lot more.

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