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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.

Photopic Sky Survey

Photopic Sky Survey Milky Way ShotWe deal in light, they deal in light. We've waited 15 years for d-cinema to mature. They've waited billions of years for dust to become sand and sand to become computers and computers to become cameras. 

The site says: "The Photopic Sky Survey is a 5,000 megapixel photograph of the entire night sky stitched together from 37,440 exposures. Large in size and scope, it portrays a world far beyond the one beneath our feet and reveals our familiar Milky Way with unfamiliar clarity." Take a break. Check it out: Photopic Sky Survey

PDF/A: Federal Court Requirement

The PDF file is ubiquitous. There are versions for all operating systems. It is also in constant flux.

It is in flux because Adobe makes revisions to add new features. It is also in flux because it is a constant security threat to computers of all varieties, to operating systems of all varieties. It regularly is a vector for trojans and other malware that allows black-hats to take control of the computers of the unwary. 

There is one variety that is not in flux. That is PDF/A, a version that is an ISO standard. (ISO 19005)

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Ohga-san Passes

Growing up in entertainment technology in the 70's meant growing up with relationships with Sony in many areas of the business. The myth of the company revolved around two people; co-Founder Akio Morita and Ohga-san, Mr. Norio Ohga. (The other founder, Mr. Masaru Ibuka didn't have as much of a public profile, for us gaijin at least.)

Your editor has had many incarnations of relationships with members of the Sony group, in Tokyo and Atsugi in Japan, in Los Angeles and New York and London. The spirit of the two pioneers most always seemed to have infused everyone with the desire for the highest quality in every aspect of the many games they played.

Ohga-san has passed. This article in the New York Times explains some of the attributes of the man: Norio Ohga, Who Led Sony Beyond Electronics, Dies at 81. May there be many more people like him.

Eye better than camera capturing simultaneous contrast and faint detail

The human eye long ago solved a problem common to both digital and film cameras: how to get good contrast in an image while also capturing faint detail.

Nearly 50 years ago, physiologists described the retina's tricks for improving contrast and sharpening edges, but new experiments by University of California, Berkeley, neurobiologists show how the eye achieves this without sacrificing shadow detail.

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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.