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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. 

Lens Tangents | DCinema Acquisition

Capture – with lens or microphone, perhaps moving electrons around with a stylus, or perhaps conversion from an analogue form. Regardless, the beginning is acquisition.

Two Createasphere Conferences in Los Angeles

Digital Asset Management technology has to be the underlying hip technology of the universe right now. From oil and gas to our parents iPad, everyone has more data than we could have imagined only 5 years ago. Gone are the days when we had to program a calculator with 16k of memory. Now it needs a GUI that is 10 meg, and it will store and manipulate every possible permutation in case that answer might be associated with something the computer has to handle a month from now.

Createasphere has a conference for that on 22 and 23 February in Los Angeles, but it won't be about calculators. It will be buzzword compliant though. Check out the PR here, and if you go, please let me know how it was. I won't be in LA then.

Digital Asset Management Conferences

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[Updated] The Hobbit Production Videos

Only for the science...here is a collection of The Hobbit Production videos. Number 4 has a bunch of camera shots of the cameras.

~ Updated again 18 July ~ The Hobbit 3D Blog #7 – a behind-the-scenes look at the studio | THE 3D COMPANY

[Updated 9 Feb with latest:] The Hobbit 3D – Billy Connolly cast by Peter Jackcon | THE 3D COMPANY

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Motion Picture Lens Database

An excellent set of spreadsheets that detail the many lenses used with motion picture cameras is compiled by Richard Bradbury of London, UK. He is a 1st Assistant Cameraman and Focus Puller.

The database is here: Motion Picture Lens Database

Subcategories

The technology of acquisition explained; from cameras and lenses, to memory and local storage, from storyboarding and CGI...place or read it here.

Storage. It wasn't that long ago that trying to get a 9 Gig RAID working on a sophisticated LAN was monumental, if not impossible. 9 years perhaps?

Now, terabyte drives are here. Enough to go with holographic storage soon?

There is a thrust for acquisition to take on some of the aspects of post. We are way to conservative for something fancy like that. But, we'll let you modern people talk about it.

Camera, but virtual. 

Film has higher resolution, no matter what that means. It is important.

We are hoping that we won't be talking much about how many electrons in the full well capacity, but we might...never know. There is just so much new coming out, that cameras and their accessories need a whole category by themselves...and here it is.