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.

MCE 8X Blu-ray Disc External Recordable Drive Drive delivers speedy performance via USB

The MCE 8X Blu-ray Disc External Recordable Drive is a desktop optical drive that connects to your Mac via USB 2.0 or eSATA. It can burn Blu-ray discs as well as dual-layer DVDs and CD-Rs. When attached via USB, the MCE proved to be a fast and reliable burner, but it had some problems when using the eSATA connection.

  • The case is bulky and not very attractive, with a rough metallic body and gray-tinted plastic on the front and back. The case has a small fan which is pretty noisy, even when the drive is not operating.

QuickTime X walks before it runs

QuickTime X may not have as many features as its predecessor, but Apple has taken the wise decision to focus on getting the basics right first.

For Mac users who use QuickTime Player and who have upgraded to Snow Leopard, Apple's decision to retain QuickTime 7 - either as an optional install or installed in the Utilities folder, depending on how you upgrade - is a blessing.

QuickTime X Player's interface may be slick and in-keeping with the likes of iLife, but there are so many missing features that for many serious users it's unusable. It almost feels like QuickTime Lite, so bereft is it of many of QuickTime's 7's most useful features. Gone is the ability to view and edit individual tracks along with the checkboxes for single field, de-interlace and high-quality. Gone also are QuickTime 7's masking features and the ability to inspect resources. QuickTime X also supports far fewer video formats, in particular older formats, than QuickTime 7. In short, QuickTime X is significantly less powerful as an application for editing and encoding video, rather than just viewing it, than its predecessors. And it's not just the player, everything your Mac does with video is driven by QuickTime. So, for example, if QuickTime X doesn't support an older format, neither will iMovie or Final Cut Pro.

While on the surface this seems to be a rather stupid move - unless you believe those who speculate that it's a deliberate decision to reduce QuickTime's usefulness as an editor in order to push us towards iMovie and Final Cut - there's a very good reason for it. QuickTime 7 is based on legacy code going back as far as the first version of QuickTime in the early 1990s, a time when the fastest Mac you could buy had a processor with a clock cycle of 25MHz.

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It’s an Analog World by Design - Adrian Nastase

My daughter, Laura, a lawyer now, asked me, what is Analog?  What is Mixed-Signal Design?  She is very familiar with the word digital.  Like many people I know who are professionals in other areas than Electronics, she was born in a digital world or got very accustomed to this word.  This is mostly due to the fact that digital, as a concept, is/was overused in the consumer market.  Today we buy digital TV sets, while the analog ones were popularized as being old.  In with the new, out with the old, right?  The analog TV bands were, well “disbanded” (pun intended), and are allocated now to digital devices.  We moved from the analog LPs (vinyl discs) to CDs (digital compact discs).  The land telephone was redesigned digital, and the new telephone, the cell phone, was invented directly in digital format.

It seems that everything around us is digital nowadays.  Then, why these words, “It’s an Analog World by Design”?  Why is the world analog and, what is analog?

Well, the world is what it is.  No matter your beliefs regarding how the world was created, the world exists and we, as humans, are passersby in this world.  We have to adapt to this world and take it as is in its complexity and self-reliance.  In order to survive in this world we rely on our sensors.  Whether they are optical, auditive, tactile, visual, we need these sensors to connect to our world.  Our sensors are limited.

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intoPIX showcases its new PRISTINE JPEG 2000 Board

The new OEM PRISTINE JPEG 2000 board offers an optimal encoding and decoding solution from HD up to 4K+, faster than real-time

IBC, Amsterdam -- intoPIX, expert in JPEG 2000 solutions, showcases today at IBC 2009 its new OEM PRISTINE JPEG 2000 board.

PRISTINE is a PCIe x8 board designed to handle uncompressed audiovisual material for its compression & decompression with JPEG 2000, faster than real-time. PRISTINE also provides a 3G- SDI interface with four 3G inputs and outputs. PRISTINE supports virtually all SD, HD, 2K and 4K formats and offers embedded audio channels. Up to four 3G-SDI links 4:4:4 are supported simultaneously. The new I/O board is ideal for implementing stereoscopic, multi-channel and multi- screen applications. PRISTINE also integrates the new intoPIX SDK for maximum flexibility.

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3Questions - Doremi's Streamer

Doremi's Cinema Player has a new satellite feature. We get 3 answers from Patrick Zucchetta:Question 1: Is this meant to be used at the Central Server, or can it be used without any other equipment at the Playout Server?
Doremi has a satellite receiver called STREAMER which inputs RF or ASI, then multicasts it over Gigabit Ethernet in the multiplex, thus allowing use of existing Cat5 or CAT6 infrastructure. The DCP-2000 players are able to intercept this stream.

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