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Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance


Cinema Test Tools for the Non-Technical Manager 

  • A free resource for the cinema industry
  • Tuned most particularly for the non-technical manager.
  • Tools include:
    • Several DCPs for testing the sound and picture quality
    • Lessons on sound and light
    • Written to help communicate with the technicians

The key is a free Online 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. 

Signing at the Movies

Movies at the cinema, a cultural phenomena that involves a blend of technology and groups of people, is taking one more step into Inclusiveness. The imperfect solutions for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Blind and Partially Sighted are more and more part of every cinema facility – either special glasses that present words in mid-air or equipment that places words on at the end of bendable post, and earphones that transmit either a special enhanced (mono) dialog track or a different mono track that includes a narrator who describes the action.

Work is now in progress to put together the technology required to include a new group of people into the rich cultural experiences of movie-going. The tools being added are for those who use sign language to communicate. As has been common for the inclusion path, compliance with government requirements are the driving force. This time the requirement comes from Brazil, via a "Normative Instruction" that by 2018 (the time schedule has since been delayed) every commercial movie theater in Brazil must be equipped with assistive technology that guarantees the services of subtitling, descriptive subtitling, audio description and Libras

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Cinema Accessibility to Inclusion – A White Paper

Cultures and technologies advance, not always simultaneously nor without mess excitement interesting times.

This white paper describes the film to digital transition with focus on the evolution of equipment that assists the deaf, blind, hard of hearing and partially sighted cinema patron. It includes the background cultural and legal trends in Australia, England, and the United States. It includes an Equipment Table for Closed Captions and Assisted Listening Equipment.

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Accessibility to Inclusion in Cinema – White Paper

ADA Proposed Rules re: CC and Audio Description

It is just a proposed set of rules, but years after the drama of public hearings and the settling of lawsuits and the installation of thousands of pieces of equipment for the deaf, hard of hearing, blind or those with low vision, the ADA has finally said they are ready to set the rules.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Under Title III of the ADA to Require Movie Theaters to Provide Closed Movie Captioning and Audio Description



Questions and Answers about the Department of Justice's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Under Title II

Here is a...perhaps the...takeaway sections of the FAQ that the DoJ put out.

4.) Under what circumstances does the rule propose to require movie theaters to provide closed captioning and audio description?

The proposed rule does not interfere with a theater owner's choices as to which movies to exhibit. Whenever a theater intends to exhibit a movie that is available with captions and audio description, then the proposed rule would require the theater to acquire and then exhibit that movie with captions and audio description at all scheduled screenings, unless doing so would result in an undue burden or fundamental alteration. If a particular movie is not produced with captions or audio description, then the proposed rule would still allow a theater to exhibit that movie. The rule does not require movie theaters to add captions or audio description to movies that are not otherwise produced or distributed with these features.

For background on this long involved process, following are links to articles in this journal very particularly on the DoJ topic. (Yes, I clicked on the Search button above and come up with these.)

Questions from DoJ Request for Comment; Movie Captioning, etc.

Transcript DoJ hearing 16 Dec, 2010 Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemakings-Wash

NATO | HoH Representatives in Chicago DoJ Hearing.pdf

NATO Verbal Testimony to DoJ Chicago Hearing | 18 Nov 2010

San Francisco | DoJ Hearings | Highlighted Cinema-centric comments

DoJ Transcripts: Official Submissions

There are more if you hit search above.

Promoting Open Subtitles in the Cinema

Even the Trailers are being promoted~!

Subtitled Trailers! at Your Local Cinema .com - Subtitled and Audio Described cinema

In the US, the Department of Justice ruling on how to handle the situation is still expected this year (1012), according to this document.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (DOJ) Statement of Regulatory Priorities January 20, 2012

Go to Page 4 unless you are interested in other agenda items.


The philosophy, legal concepts, and technology of digital cinema's approach to handling the needs of the hearing and visually impaired audience or read it here.

Special Focus: Hearing Impaired/Visual Impaired, Articles and News

Rapidly evolving science and politics in the HI / VI world of DCinema.

Special Focus: Hearing Impaired/Visual Impaired (HI/VI)

Defining Documents and Best Practices

It was a decade ago when DCinema standards started on their process. Finally, process has evolved to progress...and though not alway up to full potential, finally corners are being turned. This Spring begins a 1 year evolution that migrates from the InterOp format to full SMPTE compliance DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages.) That, combined with a migration to what are called Series 2 projectors and finally the Hearing Impaired community will get some of the benefits of dcinema technology - in the projection room, that means distinct Hearing Impaired (HI) and Visually Impaired Narrative (VI-N) tracks in all DCPs, coordinated with standards for Closed Captions.

Topics to cover: ADA Title III; 28 CFR Part 36: Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities; SMPTE 429-2, 430-10, 430-11

Special Focus: Hearing Impaired/Visual Impaired Suppliers and Links

If this were a Thesauras, the words nascent, vibrant, critical, ‘seriously in need of high-level attention and broad understanding’ would be the listing. But this is instead a listing of hearing and visually impaired technology providers.