Doremi Licenses IDC Streaming Software for use with AccessIT’s CineLive 3D

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Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Doremi Cinema has announced a licensing agreement with International Datacasting Corporation for the integration of real-time streaming software into its line of SuperFlex Pro Cinema products. The pact also enables Doremi to embed Sensio Live 3D decoding technology into Doremi digital cinema servers for CineLive 3D AccessIT's newest solution for theatre owners. Doremi's software is integral to CineLive 3D. It will allow theatres to play live 3D alternative content to multiple screens simultaneously. Today's solutions require hardware for each screen that is to receive a broadcast event. With Doremi's streaming software a single hardware device can now send the broadcast signal to multiple screens utilizing the multiplex's digital cinema network. The key advantage of Doremi's software solution is the ability for theater owners to broadcast live 3D events to multiple screens at once says Michael Archer vice president of Doremi Digital Cinema. The exhibitor can now make last minute decisions to move the event to a different screen or add additional screens depending on the events ticket sales. We're thrilled to be working with Doremi says Ron Clifton president and CEO IDC. They have an excellent track record for bringing the very best technology to digital cinema. Doremi ,494
DVS Arri Certify SpycerBox for ArriScan,2008-11-08,DVS and Arri have announced the certification of SpycerBox as a high-performance storage solution for ArriScan speeding up post-production workflows through the interaction between the two systems. Scanned footage can be transferred directly from ArriScan to the SpycerBox via InfiniBand making it immediately available for further processing. Footage is scanned in and provided directly to the digital workflow. ArriScan handles scanning processes at high speed. The SpycerBox connected via InfiniBand stores the high-quality footage data. Other systems can immediately access and further process this data using InfiniBand or Ethernet connections. For this reason the SpycerBox can be used as nearline attached storage by all workstations. Post-production facilities benefit both from the scanner's high speed and from the high-performance storage solution which is directly accessible by several workstations. The fast data transfer between the scanner and the storage solution can result in significant time saving for editors and colorists. Thanks to its numerous connection options the SpycerBox also integrates easily with existing IT infrastructures. Konstantin Schinas DVS product manager says: We are delighted that our customers are once again able to profit from our many years of successful cooperation with Arri. Our joint solution takes into account the specific requirements of post-production processes and provides an effective performance increase to the DI process. Dr. Jens Rumberg ArriScan project manager says Thanks to the InfiniBand connection to the SpycerBox our customers are able to use the ArriScan's full scanning speed and access the data immediately. This combination is ideal in particular for the advertising industry. The technical implementation worked at first go not least owing to the excellent contacts between Arri and DVS. Arri ,495
IDC OpenSky Announce Deal for Digital Cinema Satellite Delivery in Europe,2008-11-08,International Datacasting Corporation has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with OpenSky based in Italy for the provision of IDC's broadband satellite technology for the rollout of a new digital cinema distribution network in Europe. The MOU has been consummated with an initial order of uplink broadcast equipment and an initial deployment of IDC's satellite receivers to multiple theatres across Italy. Financial details of the MOU were not disclosed for competitive reasons. OpenSky is a European satellite service provider with headquarters in Italy. OpenSky is a strategic partner in Italy of the Eutelsat group and provides a range of satellite delivery services in Europe from its base of operations in Italy. As part of this MOU OpenSky is launching a new satellite distribution network specifically for live events and content delivery to theatres across Europe equipped with digital cinema projection systems. Opensky is also utilizing the IDC solution in a European Space Agency project named ISIDE focused on electronic and digital cinema distribution. Under the terms of the MOU IDC through its wholly-owned subsidiary PROFLine B.V. in the Netherlands will provide a complete end-to-end solution capable of satellite distribution of both file based digitally rendered movies based on the Hollywood JPEG200 standard as well as alternative live events content. We selected IDC through a competitive evaluation process and we are pleased to have them as our technology partner going forward says Walter Munarini technology director for OpenSky in Italy. They have future-proof off-the-shelf products backed by years of real life digital cinema experience. We have developed and optimized a specific solution for content distribution exploiting their SuperFlex technology. Now we can deliver full-length encrypted movie files in a few hours compared to days for other approaches. The same system has the added benefit of being able to deliver live events in high definition - both in 2D and now in 3D with Sensio 3D technology. We also selected IDC because they are financially stable and have a long-term commitment to ongoing new product development. We are pleased and proud to be chosen by OpenSky to be their technology provider and to be providing the latest network solution for this exciting new digital cinema project says Ron Clifton IDC president and CEO. OpenSky is an industry leader and has a reputation for excellence and quality of service. ,497
Petrol Unveils Its Raincover Weather Protection Tool,2008-11-08, Petrol a Vitec Group brand has introduced the PRC-EX1 transparent Raincover a weather protection device for Sony PMW-EX1 and HVR-Z7 cameras. 

Petrol's one-piece design makes the Raincover easy to install even while shooting. Constructed largely of clear polyurethane for maximum visibility the PRC-EX1 offers quick access to all camera features and enables work with the flip out LCD screen fully open. A hot shoe connector in the cover's rigid front hood section anchors and stabilizes it on camera. At the rear durable waterproof rubber fabric surrounds and protects the viewfinder. 

 The PRC-EX1 Raincover is the latest Petrol accessory for popular cameras like the Sony EX1. Other compatible products include the Dr. Petrol Bag Camlap Trolley Backpack and the PMH-3 Mini Hood for the camcorder's fold-out monitor. Petrol ,499
Side Effect Wins Pretty/Scary Prize at Shriekfest,2008-11-08,Side Effect recently screened at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood during the 8th Annual Shriekfest Film Festival.  After playing to a fervent crowd and receiving thunderous applause Side Effect was awarded with the Pretty/Scary Award for Excellence in Horror Filmmaking.  With a multitude of international film festival screenings on the calendar Side Effect has already garnered the Best Screenplay Award at the Chicago Horror Film Festival Best Short at Germany’s Oldendburg Film Festival and the coveted golden chainsaw statuette in the Cutting Edge Short Film Competition at the Dead by Dawn Film Festival in Edinburgh Scotland. Up next Side Effect will screen at the Denver International Film Festival the weekend of November 21st-23rd. “I spent all damn day at Shriekfest my favorite horror film festival (and I’ve been to a lot of them).  I caught twenty-two films most of them shorts ” wrote Paula “Horror Chick” Haifley reporter and blogger for “Side Effect was the Best Short and also won the Pretty Scary award. Writer-director Liz Adams took the first ten pages from her feature script Blood Level and turned them into a very effective stand-alone piece and I can see it working very well for the beginning of a feature just like Amber Tamblyn’s opening scene in ‘The Ring.’” Adams has written and directed several short films for festival exhibition. Side Effect was made during her participation in the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women. She continues to submit Side Effect for festival exhibition. Side Effect ,503
Ballantyne Sees Third Quarter Film-Based Revenue Decline Digital Revenue Increase,2008-11-08,Ballantyne of Omaha has reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30th. Net third quarter revenues were $12.3 million a 2.4 percent decrease from net revenues of $12.6 million in Q3 2007 principally reflecting an expected decline in film-based products. This decline in sales was offset by digital cinema equipment sales which rose to $1.6 million in the period versus $1.1 million in Q3 2007 as well as the contribution from the Company's screen business Strong Screen Systems acquired in mid-October 2007 which contributed sales of $1.5 million in Q3 2008. Revenues from Strong Technical Services were consistent with 2007 levels at $0.8 million as the growth in digital cinema services which rose to $0.3 million from $0.1 million in Q3 2007 was offset by lower levels of service revenues related to traditional film projection systems. Specialty lighting sales rose to $1.2 million during Q3 2008 compared to $1.1 million in Q3 2007. The gross margin for the period increased to 17.4 percent versus Q3 2007 gross margin of 16.6 percent principally reflecting the margin contribution from Strong Screen Systems as that unit benefits from increased demand for its large format screens as well as specialty silver screens utilized in digital 3D cinema systems. John P. Wilmers president and CEO says The exhibition industry's transition to digital projection technology continued to impact our traditional cinema business as expected during Q3 and sales of digital projection equipment continued to expand. Though the rollout of digital cinema continues to progress at a modest pace as the industry awaits the formation of sufficient capital to fund large scale rollouts Ballantyne made progress during the quarter in our cinema screen business underscoring the strategic importance of the unit we acquired in October of last year.” In the first nine months of 2008 our Strong Screen Systems business has already eclipsed its full year 2007 sales a performance that demonstrates the industry-leading products and service they provide as well as the expanded distribution reach provided by Ballantyne.” Additionally we are engaged in productive dialogues with leading cinema industry customers regarding digital cinema service opportunities. Our 'agnostic' approach to services is enabling us to pursue service opportunities without regard to brand of projector being deployed. Of course these opportunities await larger scale funding prior to their commencement.” On the cost front we continue to evaluate strategies to streamline costs related to our legacy film products business and improve overall operating performance while still being able to provide our customers with superior service. Ballantyne of Omaha