Last updateMon, 29 Jan 2018 2pm


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. 

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

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.


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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Professional Differences - Set Top Boxes

Buried in an annex to an instructive piece by Arqiva is a chart that deals with the differences between Professional and Consumer (politely called 'Domestic') Set Top Boxes.
Why is this important? Does the DCinema professional need to think about:

  • Encryption?
  • Remote Management?
  • Remote Tuning?
  • Professional Interface Connectors?

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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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ISDCF Brings Light To Series II Issue

The ISDCF has issued an alert aimed at those who are deploying digital cinema projectors known in the industry as 'Series II'. The notice details a subtitle and open caption feature which was expected (by some) but not delivered with the Texas Instruments-based units shipped earlier in this well as those shipped until new software is released by TI, and then implemented by TI's OEM manufacturers. TI expects their release later this month, and manufacturers are expected to implement the software into their code in later June or early July.

In a rare public statement on their website:

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