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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. 

Societies really imply a lot of special efforts by individual. Here's some news from some of the many in this field.

EU Digital Penetration and Tickets–Jan 2013

MediaSalles of Italy reports: At the start of 2013 70% of European screens are digital

and later in the same article: Cinema admissions in Europe: -2% in 2012

DCI 1.2 with Errata~! and High Frame Rate RP

New documents are posted to the DCIMovies website. Don't look for 1.3. Look instead for

Digital Cinema System Specification, Version 1.2 with Errata as of 30 August 2012 Incorporated


High Frame Rates Digital Cinema Recommended Practice

In case the individual links move, I won't link to them here. Just click on the DCIMOVIES.COM link


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Vegas 2013 SMPTE/NAB CinemaCon

Calendar dates of SMPTE during NAB and CinemaCon

It happens again this year before switching back next year...CinemaCon immediately follows NAB in Vegas. This means that those who want to attend the SMTPE weekend, filled with more data than one can predict, but not NAB, and also attend CinemaCon, that there is a week in the middle.

Last year this was filled with a near-perfect EDCF bus tour arranged by Thomas MacCalla. From sound systems to important post houses (and who'll forget being the first riders on the Universal Studios Transformers ride, or equally exciting, spending time talking with Laser Light Engines' Bill Beck after the successful SMPTE showing of a laser driven Sony projector, and exchanging ideas with all the other european experts), the yearly bustour was yet again perhaps the highlight of the two weeks.

So what will it be in 2013? Can SMPTE out-do themselves...Can Nick Mitchell of Technicolor take the Marvin Hall Award for Telling Us What We Don't Want to Hear again? Will there be another mis-named presentation that everyone complains for missing (what is white, really?) Will RealD demonstrat what they merely talk about at this coming SMPTE Hollywood Expo?

BuzzwordCompliance™ Detectors Already Overloading at IBC

One of the great parts of being Press at a convention like IBC is the absolute flood of email'd press releases that come in for weeks in advance. It allows one to prepare, and I am especially prepared for the BuzzwordCompliance Award.

So far, Customer Experience Management (CEM) Technology has got me hyped. I'll spend the entire train ride to the show wondering why it isn't CEMT.