Eurofins Digital Media Services, formerly My Eye Media, has opened an office in New York City’s Chelsea district. The company says it is the first facility in the greater New York area, dedicated solely to master quality control with a focus on 4K/UHD high dynamic range video and immersive audio formats.
Earlier this week Éclair and Samsung held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open Éclair’s Paris-Vanves Onyx Cinema LED facility, the first of its kind in Europe. Éclair can now provide professional services specifically tailored for the Onyx Cinema LED – contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, color grading with true zero nit black, and ÉclairColor DCP mastering – to European filmmakers, producers and distributors.
Despite the fact that the industry adopted an internationally ratified SMPTE DCP standard nearly a decade ago, there remains widespread confusion and disagreement about what constitutes a universally accepted digital cinema package. If that sentence makes no sense to you, you’re not alone. For months the European Digital Cinema Forum with sponsorship from the International Union of Cinemas has been developing a web portal to address this problem. Their mission statement is, “To act as an informational resource for the industry on the SMPTE DCP and its operational use, and to provide a point of reference of on-boarding for those individuals/organizations willing to aid in the transitional process on a territory by territory basis.”
Deluxe has launched the Content & Key Manager to replace their existing Cinema Portal platform. The Content & Key Manager has been integrated as a service within Deluxe One – the company's flagship cloud-based platform that unifies each stage of the content supply chain, creating an end-to-end ability to manage assets and requirements from creation to delivery.
Ymagis Group has introduced hybrid tone mapping technology, which enables the optimized storage of two or more versions – standard dynamic range and high dynamic range – of the same feature film in a single SMPTE-compliant digital cinema package.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS has released the easyDCP Publisher, designed to provide a reliable and easy-to-use functionality for creating digital cinema packages.
Last July PostWorks New York announced that it had formed a new digital film distribution service, PostWorks Digital Cinema, and hired industry veteran Greg Fornero to lead it. The plan was to work with indie film producers and distributors, international film festivals and independent digital intermediate facilities to provide digital cinema package duplication, drive set rentals and sales, KDM management and broadband content delivery services. To get a progress report on the new service I recently visited the PostWorks’ facility in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood to meet with senior vice president for theatrical services Clark Henderson.
Colorfront has launched Transkoder 2016 on Mac. The new, 4K-capable system harnesses the same advanced feature sets as the company’s PC-based version and broadens the product’s appeal as an HDR mastering solution for boutique post houses and content service facilities.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers today announced that Ymagis Group, the European specialist in digital technologies for the cinema industry, has used the next generation of SMPTE's Digital PROjection VErifier (DPROVE2) to simplify and accelerate adoption of the SMPTE Digital Cinema Package (SMPTE-DCP).
Rohde & Schwarz has upgraded the Clipster Gen 6 mastering station, with new functionalities to boost DCI and Interoperable Master Format mastering. Moreover, with its added improvements in flexibility, quality and performance, the Clipster will help service providers expand their portfolio. Since its introduction in 2003, the award-winning Clipster has established itself as the complete mastering and deliverable solution for premium content.