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. 

Digital Cinema Tools for Acquisition

Ten Ways The iPad Could Enhance The Film Scoring Process

While some pundits in the tech press have been delivering lukewarm reviews of the new Apple iPad, I believe for our industry it could be the beginning of a huge leap forward in how we work as composers and musicians.

Based on the iPad as it was announced this past week by Apple, here are ten ideas for usages of the iPad based on existing published specs for the device that I think could change the ways musicians and composers work in our industry.

SketchPad – With the addition of stylus input, ...

MIDIPad – The iPad with its advanced multitouch input system ...

VideoPad – Using the iPad as an advanced audio or video editing tool, ...

[Editor's Note: Mark Northam at FilmMusic Magazine has written the only interesting article that I've seen about the iPad. In reference to this 3rd idea, porting something like the Lemur or Dexter App to the iPad would be very cool.]

TrackPad – ... laying at roughly the same angle as your computer keyboard does now and functioning as a huge trackpad ...

DemoPad – Imagine sitting down with a director and playing a demo of your latest cues on your iPad, ...

ScorePad – Imagine a world where recording musicians brought their iPads to the session and their parts were downloaded electronically to the iPads, or maybe even ...

SpotPad – One of the most important events in the creation of a film score is the spotting meeting the composer has with the director ...

PracticePad / TunePad – Imagine the ability ... “monitor” the player’s practicing. ...

SpeechPad – ... Imagine “telling” your sequencer to “stretch the time in bars 48 through 52 so that bar 53 begins art 01:20:35:15, or to “change the g sharp in bar 80 to a d”...

NotePad – ...During a film scoring project, a composer will receive a great deal of feedback, notes and other information, and recording those notes into an iPad ...

[Editor note: One thing that I would add is an easy to use GPG encryption and/or watermarking tool. The nature of sending scores back and forth via mail and wireless is going to be a big temptation for letting something 'cool' onto the intertubz.]

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Ten Ways The iPad Could Enhance The Film Scoring Process
by Mark Northam