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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.

Laser Light Engines gets IMAX funding– Putting Light on the Subject

Laser Light Engines LogoIMAX to Form Strategic Partnership With Laser Light Engines Through Equity Investment – Subtitle: Develop High Brightness Laser Light Technology Systems Exclusively for IMAX Digital Theatre Systems and Provide Additional Outsourced Research & Development for IMAX

The path to fully compliant digital cinema presentations is littered with 'almost' technologies which the studios allowed until looked aside from until the appropriate technology (one that actually met the spec) was commercially available. Examples of this are the transition from MPEG to Motion JPEG, and the transition from how security keys were handled 5 years ago and how they are handled today.

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DCI Compliance – Then There Were Three [Updated]

The DCIMovies website now lists 3 NEC, 2 Chrisite, and 3 Barco projectors as having passed the Compliance Test Plan detailed procedures. All 3 manufacturers are utilizing the same version of the Texas Instruments (TI) Enigma board and what appears to be similar versions of software. Details are on the linked site above.

Christie Press Release         Barco Press Release            NEC Press Release

Christie has just announced that their CP 2220 Series 2 projector has passed muster at CineCert for DCI Compliance. The sentence that says that they are the first has me in an infinite loop, which prevents me from reading any more. There is probably some nuance that says that they did something that Barco didn't do, but who knows...the rest of the press release just seems so release-y after that.

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100BaseT HD A/V Spec Released/Promoted

Valens semi new HD over ethernet chartPromoting a new standard that carries "Uncompressed Full HD" Video, Audio, 100baseT ethernet, power and control over RJ-45 cable, LG, Samsung and Sony (Pictures) are all backing a new technology named HDbaseT. 

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Excellent Analysis of Dolby's 7.1 – DCinema Report

Digital Cinema Report has an excellent analysis of the reasons and technology of Dolby's new 7.1 Audio system. There is no need for a pull-quote as it is all good. Read it at:

A Sound Idea

Bloomberg has a good article as well:
Pixar Gets Dolby to Invent 'Rain of Sound' to Match 3-D Movies

The current setup in most theaters, known as 5.1, couldn't direct sounds precisely enough to specific parts of the theater, says Paul Cichocki, post-production supervisor at Pixar. The audio didn't feel like it was putting the viewer in the middle of the action, he says.

"We really wanted to take sound to the next level, and we just weren't able to do much in 5.1," Cichocki said. "If we could put sound in the right places, it helps your brain look in the right place."

That's why Pixar urged Dolby Laboratories Inc. to develop a new version of its sound system, the dominant audio technology in theaters. The resulting Dolby Surround 7.1 standard lets movies deliver sounds through seven speakers, plus one subwoofer, which handles bass. For Dolby, the technology helps the company keep pace with other cinema improvements -- from crisper digital images to reclining seats -- and give audiences a reason to keep coming back.


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