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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, LLC, Again the First

Before Barco made their laser debut at CinemaCon last year, and before Christie showed Hugo at IBC 6 months later, Laser Light Engines of (near Boston) made a public demonstration of a Sony projector with a retrofit laser package at the SMPTE event prior to NAB. In the last year there have been several tentative announcements about working systems that might be delivered in the next year, but again, LLE has done it first.

The press release is attached, and not surprisingly it is missing the partners name. In big business this means that the partner has their own plans for their announcement. Let's see if there is anything else to parse:

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Beyond DCI – The Need for New D-Cinema Standards

The DCI spec was published seven years ago, designed to lead to the same kind of uniformity in equipment standards as that of 35 mm film. Although it has been a great boon for D-cinema, technological advances are moving so quickly that it is time to revisit these standards.

Filmmakers, exhibitors and viewers are demanding more lifelike 3D movies with fewer artifacts, less motion blur and more comfortable viewing. Inevitably, this means films need to be produced, packaged and exhibited at higher frame rates than they are now. Currently, digitally projected films run at 24 fps, but this is set to change with upcoming releases, most notably The Hobbit, scheduled for release in December, which is being shot in 3D at 48 fps, and the Avatar sequels, which we’ve heard that James Cameron plans to shoot at 60 fps.

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Laser Light Engines Addresses Maturing Market

Replacing the Xenon bulb with laser light via fibre to the projector head has made a few more advances and stumbles in the last 6 months. The requirement of screen shakers to avoid speckle took a dramatic hit this week (is moving standing waves an oxymoron? what if they are multi-colored?), even though high brightness 3D was seen by many and lauded at the same time.

As the industry matures to this obvious point, Bill Beck from Laser Light Engines has continued his educate motif and this week gave a presentation that changed from merely explaining important issues like why picking the correct laser primaries will affect efficiency (read: costs) to "Let's ask the Right Questions". Since this is CinemaCon week and there is no time to iterate on the nuance in these slides, we'll just post them as a PDF, then write another more detailed article next week.


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