Media Salles Cinema Update 2016
Michael Karagosian presents why technology equivalency will be the new norm for cinema and home, and why this may, or may not, be a big deal. Created for Media Salles DigiTraining Plus, in Taormina, Sicily, June 2016.
The Future of Cinema
Learn from the experts as they discuss the Future of Cinema at the SMPTE/NAB Technology Summit on Cinema, held in April 2014. Organized and moderated by Michael Karagosian.
Internet Theft of Hollywood Content
Richard Atkinson, Michael Karagosian, Patrick Gregston and Pamela Allison team up to discuss the negative economic impact of internet theft on Hollywood's business model. Held at the Entertainment Content Protection Summit, Woodbury University, in November 2010.
from Digital Cinema Report
What ASC’s Cinema Display Evaluation Means
2016-September: ASC Next Generation Cinema Display subcommittee co-chairs Michael Karagosian and Eric Rodli explain the background behind the release of the ASC's Cinema Display Evaluation Plan and Test Protocol, available at the ASC's website.
The Immersive Sound Challenge
2016-June: Cinema immersive sound is upside down. Technology providers invest in intellectual property for immersive sound rendering engines, but they compete on the availability of content. No need to wait to put it right-side up.
Fixing the DCP
2015-March: The growing diversity of installations and the lack of backwards compatibility in the DCP creates friction in distribution. It's time to fix the problem.
The Top Five DCP Misconceptions
2015-March: The misconceptions about SMPTE DCP are surprising, and worthy of review.
What's Wrong With the DCP?
2015-March: There are two kinds of DCPs in the world: Good DCP and Bad DCP. The name we give Good DCP is SMPTE DCP. The name we give Bad DCP is Interop DCP. It's time to give Bad DCP the respect it deserves, and formalize it.
Read other articles originally published in Digital Cinema Report
Cinema Without Walls
December 2012: By the end of 2012, it's expected that at least 85,000, or 70 percent, of the world's cinema screens will be converted to digital projection. But for the art of cinema, this is only the beginning. The Hobbit gives a clue.
Tracking When Film Distribution Ends
March 2011: Several factors will contribute to the timing of film's demise. After you read it, you get to throw your own dart.
How to Critique 3D by Matthew DeJohn of In-Three
April 2010: What causes 3D to be bad or good? This piece exposes some of the dirty secrets behind creating 3D in the hope that education will help keep quality high.
Understanding 3D by Matthew DeJohn of In-Three and Michael Karagosian
March 2010: How does the illusion work? How is 3D produced? Why is some 3D good, and some not-so-good? How can 3D enhance storytelling?
Even if you don't work in motion picture production, you'll find this information useful.
Year 11 and We're Still Talking About Rollout
March 2010: With DCIP ready to rollout digital cinema, it's now time to focus on converting the rest of the industry, US and worldwide. It's not as easy as it looks.
Who Do You Trust?
January 2010: The security trust model in digital cinema is not well described in available literature. This article explains the digital cinema trust model,
including the concepts behind it, such as "Trusted Device List" (TDL), Key Delivery Message (KDM), and Facility List Message (FLM).
SMPTE DCP Compliance is On the Way
December 2009: The introduction of the SMPTE DCP to the supply chain will take the industry significantly closer to meeting the DCI specification. It will also
introduce a host of features for those with disabilities.
Digital Cinema Finance 101
November 2009: Exhibitors today are faced with several options for acquiring digital cinema equipment. If seeking to subsidize equipment purchases through
virtual print fees, it is worth taking time to understand the hurdles to financing such deals.
Should DCI open its doors?
September 2009: Digital Cinema Initiative's willingness to revise its specifications and test plan is creating an impact.
Overall, DCI has performed the task it originally set out to do. Perhaps it's time to rethink how it moves forward.
Director's Intent or Someone Else's Intent?
August 2009: The desire for tiers of digital cinema equipment has roots with film. But the question remains as to whose intent it is we strive to meet.
Move the Media Block?
July 2009: The next phase of digital cinema will reset the equipment model.
If it's 3D, it's (Maybe) 2K
June 2009: There is no such thing as 4K 3-D.
Who Specifies Digital Cinema?
May 2009: We take the stability of the cinema format for granted.
Digital Cinema Quietly Reaches Major Milestone With SMPTE DCP
March 2009: SMPTE completes the suite of digital cinema packaging standards
Growing the Number of 3D Screens
March 2009: The biggest challenge that 3-D faces isn't the lack of content.
3D Meets TV Audiences in Super Bowl
February 2009: 3-D debuts on broadcast television.
Investing in the Right Stuff in Digital Cinema
January 2009: The moving target of digital cinema compliance and the struggle it presents to manufacturers.
Enabling the Disabled to See Movies
January 2009: One of the benefits of digital cinema will be access for those with visual and auditory disabilities.
Trioviz and Darkworks Pave the Way for 3D Gaming
Fascinating developments in 3-D gaming.
Digital 3D in Exhibition
November 2008: There are a lot of reasons why 3D has gained momentum in cinema, and not all of them have to do with motion pictures.
Business as Usual?
November 2008: The Problems of Defining When a Movie Can't Play
Considerations For In-Home Movie Rental
2016-June: Several proposals, Screening Room among them, have been floated for in-home rental of movies during the theatrical window. These slides describe how to evaluate and construct an in-home movie rental model. If seeking a recommendation, the author suggests the service should be priced as a premium experience so as to not commoditize the first release window. To maintain control of the model's additive potential, the service should be operated by the window’s stakeholders.
Not Your Father's Silver Screen
2015-April: Presented at the NAB Technology Summit for Cinema, held in Las Vegas. Silver screen technologies, regardless of manufacturer, have advanced significantly in recent years, with much wider viewing angles than before. In addition, the challenges of delivering and installing large screens has also led to innovations that allow a silver screen to be shipped in a box.
Beyond the Rollout: Towards Digital Cinema 2.0
2014-August: Presented at Media Salles in Germany. By any measure, the transition to digital cinema has been a success. At the time of this presentation, over 120,000 screens around the world were digitized. But technology has a habit of not sitting still. This presentation lends insight to the emerging technologies that will drive Digital Cinema 2.0.
The Digital Kitchen Sink: DCPs, KDMs, and Accessibility
2014-August: Presented at Media Salles in Germany. A high level review of the DCP, the KDM, and how accessibility (closed captions, audio description) in cinema is implemented. If you don't know what these are, then this is an excellent presentation to review.
Update on Digital Cinema Support for Those with Disabilities
2013-April: A summary of the technology behind closed captions and accessibility audio in digital cinema.
SMPTE Report: High Frame Rates Study Group
2012-September: Published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal 2012 Progress Report, September 2012.
Choice in 3-D Digital Cinema
2007-October: An overview of the three different add-on technologies for 3-D exhibition.
...And lots more in our archives
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Digital Cinema Perspectives. A highly informative collection of interviews with world experts in the creation and exhibition of digital content. Interviews conducted by Alléne Hébert.
Compiled and edited by the IP-Racine Consortium. Interviewees include Michael Karagosian.
Understanding Digital Cinema. Informative book on the technology of digital cinema. Edited by Charles Swartz, with a chapter authored by Michael Karagosian.
More Information on Digital Cinema
Distribution Formats SMPTE DCP and Interop DCP - Including Accessibility
The ISDCF SMPTE DCP Transition Review provides a reference for those seeking a specification of SMPTE DCP standards and Interop DCP requirements. This document includes the specifications for packaging accessibility content for both SMPTE DCP and Interop DCP. It also specifies the CSP/RPL protocol that enables 3rd-party closed caption systems to communicate with digital cinema servers.
The ISCDF Interop Audio Channel Recommendation describes the recommended audio channel assignment for Interop DCPs. Note that this specification requires accessibility audio channels HI and VI-N to be distributed on channels 7 and 8. This dictates how cinemas are wired, and, accordingly, imparts direction to SMPTE DCP-capable products to route HI and VI-N audio to media block outputs 7 and 8.
Key Delivery Message (KDM) Naming Convention
This information is no longer in discussion in ISDCF, but is included here as some users will find it to be useful. KDMs arrive in theatres from many sources, typically by email. Theatre operators have a difficult time sorting and identifying the emails and files that are sent. The KDM Naming Convention is the recommended naming scheme for ZIP files containing KDMs, and for the KDM filename itself. It is based on the many of the name types used in the Digital Cinema Naming Convention (see below). No further work has taken place on this scheme. The KDM Naming Convention is described at kdmNamingConvention.com.
Digital Cinema Content Naming Convention
The content name displayed by digital cinema servers can become confusing when trailers or other movie versions have the same name as the movie version to be shown. The Digital Cinema Naming Convention was created to address this problem. The Digital Cinema Naming Convention is described at http://digitalcinemanamingconvention.isdcf.com.
MKPE provides download support for the no-longer-manufactured CinemAcoustics™ cinema processor.
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