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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. 

The feet hitting the street. This is where it all plays out.

MDA Immersive Audio Demo'd, and Openly (Patently?) More

Accolades to the Editor's Guild for allowing Mel Lambert to pursue the evolving world of immersive audio in this, his second instructive article on the topic. Accolades to Mel for fitting so much audio and corporate and engineering community nuance into the editorial constraints of a timely article.


Mel's first article on the topic, for the Editor's Guild Magazine CineMontage;

CineMontage - Motion Picture Editor's Guild Magazine - May/Jun 2013 – Prepare for Sonic Immersion

Let's just dig into one aspect of this topic which wasn't developed in Mel's technology and politics article. A guidon was raised in the immersive field last year that used the adjective Open with different nouns, but the fluttering flags seem to have settled on "Open Standard". The subject hasn't been much explored…perhaps because too many engineers had to send their BS detectors off for recalibration, if only to check why so many simultaneously went off. Just to inspire simultaneous interest, with pictures and arrows on the back, an interesting patent document is attached below: Patent WO2013181272A2 - Object-based audio system using vector base amplitude panning - Google Patents

What means Open Standard?

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[Update] EU Cinema Numbers – UNIC 2013

More numbers to parse…the North America numbers will come out at CinemaCon time, but they are slightly up generally (in spite of two big but disappointing movies), just as these EU numbers are slightly down year-to-year, after a good couple of years previous.

Interesting to see the factional nature of the continent in terms of local content and digitalization.

Business-model-wise, where the North America market gets to rely upon upgrading Series One systems and the breakout of laser-driven systems, the EU has 15% of the market to install or see go away…plus Series One and laser upgrades.

Please find the full report and press release attached and on UNIC's website.

We have asked for the obvious information that would round out the statistics on pages 7 and 8 and hope to update this article when UNIC responds.

[Update] And here are the answers: total number of screens across all UNIC territories is 30,206. On page 7 of the report, that would be all the countries listed, less Russia. (See DGT Online Informer No. 101 - 3 February 2014 - for more interesting numbers).

The number of screens per million is changing due to some late additional data: 57 screens per million instead of 62. The population figure used in the data is: 524 million (all the countries on the list, except for Russia.)



Jeesh: The Berlinale was an excuse for Media Salles to introduce a whole new set of numbers.

DGT Online Informer No. 102 - 8 February 2014 -

Europe starts 2014 with more than 30,000 digital projectors, a growth rate of 21%

According to the initial figures available, the number of screens equipped with either DLP Cinema™ or SXRD™ technology has risen to 30,402, with a 21% increase compared to 1st January 2013, when there were 25,084.

Europe thus starts 2014 with around 84% of its screens having converted to digital. This is a slightly lower penetration rate than the world average, which touches on 87%. Instead, there is a more marked difference compared to North America, where digital projectors are installed on 93% of screens.

Of the over 30,000 European digital projectors, around 72% are to be found on the six leading markets (France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain and Russia), which, including screens not yet converted, account for around 68.5% of European screens.

There is a lot more data at the link...

DGT Online Informer No. 102 - 8 February 2014

Naming Convention #9

After a great deal of effort, the latest version of the digital cinema Naming Convention has hit the streets. Look at ‎http://digitalcinemanamingconvention.com early in the week for the official update from Version 8.3

Also look at the ISDCF site page Digital Cinema Versions for the latest in projector and SMS software and firmware version numbers.

Captioning CinemaCon 2013–CineTech Geek

James at Cine Tech Geek has a major project on captioning and accessibility in the works. It is quite ambitious as should be an incredible summary of all that the dcinema industry and the various clients have been through and need to know for the future.

Part of that effort is this series of YouTube videos from CinemaCon 2013.

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CinemaCon 2013: Maturity Brings Discussions of Quality in Digital Cinema

Wherever one looks at CinemaCon 2013 there is the smell of Quality Control in the air. Examples:

Jack Cashin, President of USL – famous for their test and measurement systems as well as quality systems for the deaf/hard of hearing/blind/partially sighted audiences and multi-projector movie distribution systems – is awarded the Ken Mason Inter-Society Award. They introduced a QC system last CinemaCon.

Highlands Technologies introduces the QALIF Calibration system [QALIF  Digital projection System Measurement Tool] and arranges for West US distribution with Charles Flynn of Digital Test Tools (+1 818 877-6149) — See attached presentation

Harkness Screens introduces iPad apps – Digital Screen Modeller and in particular the Digital Screen Archiver – will assist in changing people's view of their valuable data as well as helping projectionists keep track of reality. — See attached press releases

...and last but not least...

RealD is showing the new "Precision White Screen" technology that the spoke about at last years SMPTE October event. If they can make a screen that not only broadens the sweet spot of 3D movies but is more efficient then they can do the industry a great deal of actual good.More on this after the demos. — See attached press releases


Although some say that new audio systems are just a way to fill the coming income void resulting from a market that is now nearly digital saturated, in fact with larger ceiling'd rooms there is a need to fill the room better. Technology has moved on from the simplicity of the 1990s' and Atmos and Auro are taking advantage of new potentials of faster chips and algorithms that were impossible last decade.

For a decade the industry was fighting to just handle the influx that the digital transition kept piling on them. Now post-installation can be discussed.