Archimedia Technology, a new company whose technology and applications bridge the gap between content producers and their archives without loss of quality, has released Archimedia Master Player v2.1, an update to its software that frame-accurately plays all common archiving and master formats in use today. Version 2.1 adds precise support for timed text, commonly known as closed captions or subtitles, regardless of the standard or vendor — a feature that is especially useful for media companies that work with multiple standards and proprietary caption formats.
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Arts Alliance Media has announced that Howard Kiedaisch will be stepping down as CEO after nine years in the position. John Aalbers, former CEO of telecom industry software provider Volubill, will become CEO effective July 7. In addition AAM’s Cinema distribution division will merge with its content production and finance company, and sister company to AAM, Mr. Wolf. This merger will create a separate, newly integrated content production, finance, distribution and marketing business focused on delivering Event Cinema. The new company will do business under the name Arts Alliance Limited.
Metro Cinema, one of the oldest and most famous art deco multiplexes in Mumbai, India, has installed Barco’s Auro 11.1 sound technology. This unique sound format is designed to complement the crisp clear images on screen with an unmatched auditory experience. Metro Cinema, which is owned by major Indian cinema chain Big Cinemas, a division of Reliance MediaWorks, is the first Bollywood theatre to adopt the sound platform
In the three years that Doremi has partnered with Wanda Cinema Line, its servers have delivered an uptime of 99.99 percent. Measured across 700 screens from 2010 to 2013, this is an extraordinary standard that the company says is matched by no other cinema technology company in the world.
China’s largest movie media group, China Movie Media Group (影时尚 Ying Shishang), announced today it will open its first United States office in Los Angeles, California. In tandem, it will team with its first U.S. studio, Paramount Pictures, to launch the marketing of Transformers: Age of Extinction (TF4) in China, a movie that has incorporated many Chinese elements and locations.
Douglas Carter Beane’s 2013 drama The Nance, produced by Lincoln Center Theater and headlined by two-time Tony Award-winning actor Nathan Lane, comes to more than 300 movie theatres in the U.S. and Canada for a limited run beginning June 23 during Gay Pride Week in many cities. This presentation is made possible by Screenvision and Lincoln Center.
Mirada teamed up with UCLA to create a one-of-a-kind film designed specifically for projection onto the façade of the University's iconic Royce Hall. The 10-minute film produced at 5K+ resolution was developed from beginning to end by Mirada, and became a true passion project for the creative team; Mirada co-founder Javier Jimenez is a UCLA alum, and the company has participated in mentorship programs with UCLA students for several years.
Village Cinemas, one of the leading multiplex operators in Australia, has installed Dolby Atmos technology at two of the VMAX cinema auditoriums at Crown Casino, Melbourne. Invited guests will be among the first to experience the sound technology at the iconic VMAX cinema auditoriums at a special preview screening of Edge of Tomorrow, the new action film from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, which opens in Australia on June 5th.
Axeda Corporation has awarded Barco with a Product Innovation award for CineCare Web. Axeda presented the award at its annual Connexion Conference in Boston, Massachusetts last month. Winners were selected based on their ability to showcase the Axeda Machine Cloud, as well as skills and expertise in developing innovative solutions across the Internet of Things technology platform.
Wintex Brasil has announced a partnership with GDC Digital Cinema Network Brazil. The new integrator will offer Brazilian exhibitors a complete proposal for digitalization, including the management of VPF and financing through a FSA line of credit operated by BNDES.