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Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance


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. 

It is a big world out there.

A Few Minutes of Interesting: Light Wavelengths and Sleep, and Robot Snake Camera

Researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Lighting Research Center have discovered a way to combat the drowsy feeling often experienced in the afternoon (known as the “post-lunch dip”) using a novel method: exposure to visible light.

For years, researchers have known that exposure to certain wavelengths of visible light helps prevent production of melatonin, a chemical responsible for drowsiness. ...

Read the rest (so to speak) at: Using Light Exposure to Combat the “Post-Lunch Dip”

Robot Snake Camera: Camera Controlled by an Amphibious Snake Robot: Design Inspired by Nature

Weekend Camera and Colorist Learning Fun

The new concepts of digital shooting and post are nicely shown in these posts:

Shooting Video For Stills

RedShark News - Now your iPhone is the exposure meter you always wanted it to be

Check out the test video on this article:
RedShark News - Panasonic GH3: Amazing new footage from this $1,300 camera

I am about to release version 1.0 of an article I have written on accessibility in cinema. If anyone wants to tell me any last minute changes to make, including what doesn't flow easily enough for you, or what doens't make sense, or what is wrong in any way:

Sherrie Rabinowitz Search for VHS/S-VHS and Video8/Hi-8 machines

Mark Schubin requests:

Sherrie Rabinowitz, who, with her artistic and life partner Kit Galloway, pioneered telecommunications art -- satellite, phone, and more -- for decades, recently died after a very long illness.  I worked with them in the late 1970s and in 1980 on a project that was titled "Hole in Space," connecting a window in New York to one in Los Angeles via satellite.  They later created Electronic Cafe International, promoting low-cost videoconferencing.

Sherrie's illness was so long that many of their friends, colleagues, and neighbors, as Kit puts it, "only know Sherrie as the invalid lady."  He'd like to put together something to "remind others that Sherrie was an inspiring intellect and personality that prompted her many friends to nickname her 'Witz,' and no one [who saw her before the illness] could forget her eye-catching beauty."

Kit has VHS/S-VHS and Video8/Hi-8 tapes of Sherrie at their home/arts center in Santa Monica, California but nothing working on which to play them.  Can you help?  Do you have equipment that might play the tapes?  Do you have suggestions of machines that I might buy to help them out?

Any assistance you can provide will be GREATLY appreciated.  You may contact me or, if you'd rather, contact Kit directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Many thanks!


New Distractions Arrive

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American Cinematographer | Life of Pi Podcast

iTunes - Podcasts - American Cinematographer Podcasts by American Cinematographer Magazine

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Here's is a whole lot of ouch for the eyes – so pretty they hurt:

Gallery Collection of New York City Landscape Photographs by Photographer Scott Reither

I wish I had time to write about how this would work in the obvious network:

A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: Attack of the week: Cross-VM side-channel attacks

The story begins with pictures of a over 50% of movie piracy in the hands of organized crime? Well, then the story writes itself after that.

Vladimir Horowitz's famous grand piano lures classical music fans in Vancouver (with video). That's the SO of acoustician Michael Leader on the 88s.


Where and what we are. ('s the internet right? Everything...we're a group effort.)

Gotta know the words to understand the concepts.

There is so much data...

Since we became our own secretaries, it seems that we have to know nearly everything these days.