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.

Swatch Out; Secret Code for SMPTE Badge

No, there is no secret code on the SMPTE badge that I can tell you about...that is for certain.

But, take this test and put your score at the bottom corner of your badge and see if anyone else does...

Pantone Color IQ Test Pantone_Color_IQ_Test

Deep Immersive Sounds, Plus...Cool Interview

As everyone knows, the First Rule of Fight Club is that you don't talk about the Committee Work of the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers. So, although Atmos Sound has been around since shortly after the CinemaCon 2012 introduction, with about 4,000 installations by now, and DTS showed their iteration of the Open Source MDA Object Oriented sound, DTS:X, at CinemaCon 2015...and Barco bought the Iosonno rights up about that same time to augment the Auro system with object oriented sound ...one heard nary a word out of the committee halls of SMPTE about the known Immersive Audio objective: a single standard format for immersive sound so that any mix will play in any theater, regardless of the manufacturer of the compliant rendering system it was playing on.

And now that has changed: The first 3 SMPTE documents have been released toward that immersive effort. They won't be interesting to anyone who isn't making a rendering device since they merely (merely, the editor scoffs) describe the bitstream, establishes the metadata, and defines the names of the sound field groups and channels that make up an immersive track. 

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Light Illusion IBC Show Specials | Probes and Software

We are delighted to announce that in partnership with some of our hardware manufacturers we are able to offer a range of 'IBC Show special discounts' to celebrate the fact that Light Illusion has ceased attending any and all shows, as the viability they used to offer no longer applies in today's world.

The discounts will be available throughout the duration of the IBC Show, and are limited to a set number of units as defined below.
When the limited number of units has been sold, the offer for that item is over.
(For all, other than the Jeti probes, this means the offers expire at the end of play on the 19th September)

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Ubuntu/VirtualBox setup followup

When setting up VirtualBox there are two time sinks that one can be easily get trapped by.

The first is getting an Internet connection. In theory, the Internet link of the computer that you are setting the Virtual Machine onto will be automagically linked to. Open Firefox and off you go.

Yeah; until it doesn't auto set up. Then, it is poking around until you find the right combination of not-so-obvious tricks. And here is a synopsis that I just had to find and go through, and which hopefully will save you some time.

  1. Shut down the OS. Leave VirtualBox running.
  2. Click onto the Ubuntu VM
  3. Up above or on the right panel, choose Network
  4. Click Adapter 1 and set for NAT
  5. Click Adapter 2 and set for Bridged Adapter, then select the adapter that has the link: e.g., en0, Wi-Fi (Airport)
  6. Click OK.

As long as that is open,

  1. Click on Ports
  2. Click on USB. Make certain that the USB 3.0 Controller is selected. 
  3. Click OK.
  4. When you have the Virtual Machine running, click the icon on the bottom right that looks like a USB plug. Select USB Settings 
  5. On the right side click the icon with a Plus (+) symbol on the USB Plug.
  6. Select a plugged in drive from the list. If the drive that you expect to be showing isn't showing, it may have been captured by the computers native drive system. Every Operating System is going to have a little different method for disconnecting an attached drive. Technically, it is called an UnMount. It gets a 2nd dose of complication because you can't just say 'unmount'...you must say umt (or something like that) and the name of the drive...which you probably don't know. 
  7. If you are only going to do this once in a while, go to your Disk Utility, find the drive on the list and click unmount.

At some future date, this article may be appended to include some more clues about unmounting, but this articles purpose was to get the 1st two points onto this virtual tissue.

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.