Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance

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Cinema Test Tools for the Non-Technical Manager 

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 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. 

Post Production is post and prior—a lot of work taking other people’s material from dozens of sources and fitting it all into some other group's needs. Very technical.

[Update] Deluxe/Technicolor Agree–Death Rattles of Film

Update; At least the PR from Deluxe pretended to be written to the industry. Technicolor's PR (below) is clearly written to stockholders, with specific numbers of laid off workers and capex figures predominating, and an insistence that they will be competing where they compete. We've quoted from Digital Cinema Buyers Guide - Latest News for the Technicolor data at the end of this piece. End Update.

Deluxe has announced an agreement today (18 July 2011) that it and Technicolor have essentially entangled each other into one another's film-centric strong suit: In the US, Deluxe will print the films, Technicolor will distribute them. In the UK, negative processing will go to Technicolor while release prints will come from Deluxe.

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Technicolor Starting On the Long Glossary Road

Back in the late 80's the digital transition grabbing the attention of engineers was in the broadcast business...no, in the post-production equipment business...no, it was in the potential of both...actually, memory was still expensive and processing power was still locked by unreleased new versions of the Motorola 68000 and other chips which drove everyone's imagination with expectations of clever glued matrixes of parallel'd A/V ideas...most all failed as the latest versions didn't arrive until too late – well, not too late for those companies who bought the dreamer companies for pennies on the dollar.

Notwithstanding that tangent, it was interesting times with new names and acronyms and uses for ideas – and the clever folks at Quantel issued their first industry glossary. It got better and better with each edition. The latest is the 20th Edition, released in 2015...and available at this link: Quantel Digital Factbook

There are plenty of other Glossaries at the DCinemaTools Glossary page.

Technicolor has started on the road to a new glossary named the Next Gen Premium Entertainment Experiences, which sounds like something that should be given out by the Event Cinema Association. Instead, it is pages of explanations of better bits. Click on the title.

Five Reasons Classic Ethernet Switches Won't Support the Cloud

Your network may not be ready for the cloud. Classic Ethernet switches will have trouble supporting cloud computing and the data centers of tomorrow because they’re hierarchical, inefficient and they don’t scale.

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Post Site Links

  • Amatuer Media (Typography Specialist - including video tutorials)
  • Art of the Title Squence (See A Brief History of Title Design)
  • Cinema 5D (DSLR Filmmakers Forum - Ideas and Videos)
  • Clay Asbury’s Post Tips (FCP and AE Training Tips and Videos)
  • Digital Films (Oliver Peters - Tips and Video Examples, including RED, FCP, AVID)
  • FCP.co (Aiming to be the #1 FCP resource)
  • Filmmaker Magazine
  • Grayscale Gorilla
  • Lester Banks
  • Little Frog in High Def
  • motionographer
  • Pro Video Coalition
  • ProLost
  • Studio Daily
  • Tao of Color
  • LTO-5 Basics

    LTO 5 Chart SmallLTO-5 became officially available this year, with products coming fast from the large suppliers IBM, HP and Quantum (the originators of the open format standard), Sony, Oracle/Sun and Spectra Logic. Drives are easily available from Dell, reselling from other manufacturers such as Quantum's LTO-5 Half-Height Drive and Qualstar's smaller library systems.

    LTO-5 can read and write in the previous LTO-4 format, and read the LTO-3 format, while maintaining speeds and capacities that nearly double the LTO-4. As a side note, there is an industry association named Ultrium, whose website has more data than one would want to sift through...surprisingly, nothing negative at all–though it is hard to find much negative about the technology as it has evolved.

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    Subcategories

    From Category Set-up [SobiPro]
    The technology of post production explained; from ingest, networks and storage, compression and conversion, audio and video processing, edge storage and transfer...place or read it here.

    If a few bits disappear, the oil company has to take tons of equipment back to the source and measure the sub-terrain again. The same production and post...except you ain't gonna get Clark Gable back to the shoot again.

    CGI, X'Y'Z' to P3, there are so many things going on. Here's the news.

    You know, I kept seeing that 3D stuff, and seeing that 3D stuff, and never getting it. Then I saw the same clips with a great audio system, and what do you know...the pictures looked better. 

    There is a right way to do this and a wrong. There is faster and there is more faster. There are security issues and return on investment issues. 

    Ingest...it just isn't the same anymore.