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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. 

Full Disclosure: We recommend many courses, including our own.

Manhattan Edit Workshop

Less starving. More artist.                      PR Alert - But attractive tagline

Manhattan Edit Workshop's Six Week Intensive Course in the art and technique of editing is a comprehensive jump-start for anyone serious about a career in post-production.

In addition to certified training in Avid, Final Cut Pro and After Effects, we devote time each day to film theory; covering the history & evolution of editing technique, as well as the aesthetics of narrative, short-form, comedy and documentary.  You’ll not only learn the tools – you’ll understand why we use them.

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Learning Computers

The path from mechanical to digital needs a foundation in computers.

Computers are somewhat mechanical to a point. Hard disks must plug into motherboards, and motherboards need clean power. Filters need cleaning, cable contacts need wiping.

Then, there is software, and firmware and the operating system, busses and registers. Here are a few courses that will get anyone on the way to knowing. Any courses mentioned in the comments will be added to the list.

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Stereographic 3D Cinematography Course

Stereographic 3D Cinematography Course
August 28 - 30, 2010
(Three Days - Saturday/Sunday/Monday)
Registration and Additional Information here.
Theory, workflow and hands-on with the latest 3D rigs and HD camera systems. This is the first stage in the Santa Fe 3D Workshop Program, which is designed to provide increasingly advanced and intensive levels of S3D Cinematography training and testing.

The Los Angeles 3D Workshop is presented in association with VER 3D. And with Fujinon,IRIDASAngenieuxS.two1BeyondElement TechnicaMore2CamDSC Labs3reedom DigitalConvergent Design and Fletcher Cameras & Lenses.

Instructors include Geoff Boyle, Aaron James, Maninder Saini, Mike Spodnik SOC, Bob Kertesz and Dan Kneece SOC. Guest speakers - Miles Shozuya, Fujinon; Steve Crouch, IRIDAS; Ted White, S.two Corp.; and George Palmer, Thales Angenieux.

Certifying Help | MacUser

Universities are churning out students with computing degrees, but these mean little until a universal certification standard is introduced.

The past couple of decades have seen an explosion in qualifications. Whereas degrees used to be the prerogative of the few, everyone now seems to have gone to university; even your postman may sport a degree in psychology or economics from an institution that until a few years ago was a down-at-heel college coaching school drop-outs. Electricians and gas installers have to periodically repeat their trade certificates lest they be deemed unfit to practise, as will doctors who want to maintain their licence. Inevitably, bankers, still living in a charmed alternative universe, are now less likely to obtain professional qualifications than they used to, and politicians seem a lost cause for fear they might forge or purchase such credentials.

So what qualifications should you seek in a computer consultant, network wizard, software developer or even the salesperson whose advice you want to trust?

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Digital Cinema Tango! at Cannes Festival

Getting the right rhythm for the digitisation of European cinemas.

It will take place in the Salle Buñuel (Palais des Festivals) on Sunday 16th of May from 3pm to 4.30 pm. Last year’s Observatory afternoon conference packed in over 350 participants and this year’s event should follow the trend.

The Observatory’s Director, Wolfgang Closs, explained the curious title of this year’s Observatory conference: “We feel that it’s imperative to address the financing of the digitisation of cinemas in Europe. It’s THE big debate in the cinema industry at the moment and concerns all the players, from producers, through to distributors and exhibitors – right along the chain. On the one hand, the major cinema chains are part of the roll-out process, whereas the smaller independent cinemas are facing major financial challenges just to keep up. There is a clear problem of synchronisation of movement: the market is now going very fast, but the public policies necessary to support the transition for small cinemas are quite slow, due to complex legal issues. This two-speed process made us think of the ‘slow, slow, quick, quick, slow’ steps of the tango!”

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