The dream of creating DCPs for local commercials and film festivals by artists using simple yet affordable tools just took a monumental step forward with the latest advance of OpenDCP.
Created by a theater owner and long-time computer engineer, this tool uses a combination of Open Source tools to take a finished ‘movie’ and turn it into a package that can be played by a digital projection media player and projector. And, it is free.1
Developed by Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute, Iosono Surround Sound is a new encoding and delivery format for digital cinema based on research into wave field synthesis.
Since post facilities need to use existing rerecording consoles that feature limited output busses and panning, the Iosono format currently uses a Nuendo add-on which accepts up to 32 individual sources or groups of sources that can be level-balanced and panned anywhere within a horizontal soundfield using a customised user interface. The resultant 32 data tracks carry a representation of the encoded sound sources to the final venue, and currently are carried on the last eight tracks of the DCI Specification, using 4:1 HD-AAC lossless compression.
DCP Mastering is the technique of making a final product, such as a movie an ad or trailer, into the form that a digital cinema player and projector can handle. There are several products that do this from Dolby, Doremi and Qube, but they are not for the weak of pocketbook.
Clyde de Souza just posted an article on RealVision.ae that explains the use of some open source software at:
Free Unencrypted 3D movie DCP mastering for Digital Cinema Servers.
There are several people who have tried different variations, and have lived to tell the tale: