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.

HPA Keeps Giving...Schubin Cafe

The HPA Technical Retreat has come and gone, but the Schubin Cafe keeps posting slide shows and videos from the event.

Don't miss these two posts:
Schubin Cafe » Blog Archive » Alternatives to Two-Lens 3D (HPA 2011 Tech Retreat Presentation #2)
Schubin Cafe » Blog Archive » Alternatives to Two-Lens 3D (HPA 2011 Tech Retreat Presentation #2)

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MPEG envisages royalty-free MPEG video coding standard

At the 95th Motion Pictures Expert Group (MPEG) meeting, held at the end of January in Korea, the group announced it plans to issue a call, in March, for proposals for a video compression technology. This call will be for what is known as an ISO/IEC "Type-1 licensing" standard which would mean the new standard would be intended to be royalty-free.

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CineExpo, Now CineEurope

UNIC, the International Union of Cinemas, and Prometheus Global Media has announced a rebranding following last years successful 20th CineExpo. The name is being changed to CineEurope. 

The relationship continues, after a rocky transition felt by NATO's take-over of ShoWest, now CinemaCon (to be held in April 2011) and an odd foray by UNIC into producing its own expo in Brussels last year. 


The next CineEurope will be held on 27 - 30 June, 2011 at the RAI in Amsterdam.

EDCF Tech Meeting, HI/VI Presentation; 20/1/11

Continuing the HI/VI Discussion from the September 2010 IBC Presentation, this 20 Jan 2011 presentation to the European Digital Cinema Forum Technical Group covers new information on 3D Glasses Hygiene, Laser Light Engines, and news about the EU Ratification of the UN Convention | Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the US Department of Justice Hearings for Non-Discrimination, and SMPTE/InterOp DCP and HI/VI Plugfest Tests.

Sayonara CD-ROM: SMPTE

SMPTE LogoThe process of staying on top of standards has advanced another step to modernity. Instead of a CD-ROM subscription plan, which naturally could only be kept up to date at production cycle points, SMPTE has announce a new online subscription service (beginning 1 November) that allows online access to SMPTE Standards, Recommended Practices, Engineering Guidelines and Registered Disclosure Documents. The non-member price is $800, while individual members pay $500.

Why is this interesting? As we see from the recent IEEE 1722 (A/V over ethernet) voting and passage, the protocol still has another 6 weeks to wait before approved by the Board, plus another 3 months (at least) waiting for the publication cycle - getting the magazine printed and distributed. Only then, after publication, can the protocol be called a standard. But until then, people involved with the process might have variations of the documents, but the interested public will have nothing. Online publication will help speed this process. 

The following email to the membership explains the details and contact information for questions and suggestions...and yes, if you have a subscription now, it will be converted to online...tres cool.

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