Digital Cinema Initiatives announced that it has signed licensing agreements for compliance testing with technology and development consulting firm CineCert in the United States DMC/Keio University in Japan and Media Innovation Center in Italy. These entities will perform testing to determine whether manufactured digital cinema equipment and products are compliant with DCI’s Digital Cinema System Specification.
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Dickinson Theatres has become the first theatre chain to commit to the previously announced Phase 2 Digital Cinema Deployment Plan from Access Integrated Technologies. Under the terms of the agreement Dickinson will convert 310 screens in 24 multiplexes across eight states including a concentration of 84 screens in eight locations in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. The first eight screens to be included have been installed in Little Rock Arkansas at the Chenal theatre.
Panavision has announced an agreement with Abel Cine Tech and Vision Research for the acquisition of Phantom HD high-speed digital cameras. The contract means that the Phantom HD cameras and custom accessories will be available for rent in a complete system package with Panavision optics including anamorphic lenses.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is forming a technology committee to standardize mastering and packaging formats for content distributed over broadband networks. Such a broadband standard could fuel fresh business models by enabling consumers to purchase entertainment from any online destination and play it back on any device. The committee’s launch highlights SMPTE’s interest in addressing the challenges of delivering professional content—including movies television programming online programming and music—no matter the distribution platform.
Mac Guff one of France’s largest digital visual effects design studios is installing Exanet’s ExaStore Clustered NAS 2008 to ensure that its 3D animation video effects and post-production processes are supported at the highest performance levels available. “Mac Guff chose Exanet to provide its storage solution because ExaStore’s performance and reliability are unmatched in the media and entertainment industry ” says Jeronimo Munoz Exanet regional vice president Southern Europe.
QuVIS has selected Paragon Software’s Universal File System Driver technology to embed within their new Wraptor Digital Cinema Package mastering plug-in for Apple Final Cut Studio. Paragon's technology fulfills the requirements for creating a digital cinema content distribution hard drive according to the Digital Cinema Initiative specifications by enabling a Mac with Wraptor and Final Cut Studio to: Create a Linux ext2/3 File System partition on a USB2.0 external hard drive suitable for use as a DCI-compliant distribution hard drive.
Ymagis the Paris-based European digital cinema services provider has announced that Universal Pictures will provide movies to theaters equipped by Ymagis and will pay digital print fees under a long-term agreement similar to those signed by Paramount Disney and Fox. Ymagis started its roll out activity in July after the first signing contracts with distributors and has so far signed contracts with exhibitors for a total of 29 screens in France.
David Hill chairman and chief executive officer Fox Sports Television Group will deliver the second keynote address for the 3D Entertainment Summit on December 2 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles California. As announced previously Jeffery Katzenberg chief executive officer and president of Dreamworks Animation will deliver the opening day keynote address on Monday December 1. In the opening highlight of the event Katzenberg will discuss the future of 3D before event attendees. Mr. Hill will deliver a presentation that addresses broadcasting sports to the home in 3D.
Carmike Cinemas has announced that The Royal Opera House in HD Series of Five Masterworks will be featured on 42 digital high definition screens through DigiScreen at local Carmike theatres in 26 states. The Royal Opera House is the home of three world-class performing companies -- The Royal Ballet The Royal Opera and The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Carmike Cinemas will feature a series of five masterworks - including two operas and three ballets. Carmen: Thursday October 16 7:00 p.m. and Sunday October 19 1:00 p.m.
Nominations were announced by the Hollywood Post Alliance for the Third Annual HPA Awards. Winners of the prestigious HPA Award will be announced on November 6 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles California. The awards launched in 2006 acknowledge creative and technical excellence in the art science and craft of post production in twelve categories. The HPA Awards recognize the abilities of the talented men and women behind the scenes that are a vital part in the creation of motion pictures commercials and television.