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SMPTE Releases Two New Digital-Cinema Products

September 18, 2010

As the conversion of theaters to digital infrastructures grows globally, SMPTE today announced two digital cinema products designed to standardize workflows and ensure a consistent movie-going experience: the Digital Leader product for post production and the Digital Projection Verifier (DPROVE) product for theatres. The products both are based on the SMPTE RP 428-6-2009 Recommended Practice.

“As the digital-cinema rollout accelerates, there is a critical need for standardized workflows,” said Barbara Lange, Executive Director of SMPTE. “SMPTE worked with more than 300 people from multiple sectors of the industry to ensure that new these products provide high-value, interoperable performance across the production-to-display chain.”

Digital Leader ensures efficient downstream DCDM creation

The new SMPTE Digital Leader product allows post facilities to add leaders and/or footers to D-Cinema Distribution Master (DCDM) reels prior to encoding and encryption, thereby facilitating reliable and efficient downstream digital master creation and quality assurance. The product features 8- and 4-second head and foot leaders for a full quality-control check and supports a comprehensive range of aspect ratios and frame rates. It also provides 2D and 3D support where applicable.

The Digital Leader product is available on a pre-loaded hard drive with TIFF and WAV files for each variant.

DPROVE provides easy checks for projection systems

The SMPTE DPROVE product addresses a key issue for digital cinema operators: the need for a simple and reliable tool to check critical parameters such as digital projector performance, alignment, masking, and picture-sound synchronization. Like the Digital Leader product, it includes all quality-control parameters and a comprehensive range of variants. It supports both the JPEG Interop and SMPTE 429-2:2009 (2010) standards to verify backward and forward compatibility with digital-cinema servers from multiple manufacturers.

The DPROVE product also makes it easy for non-engineering personnel to check the health of their systems. Packaged on a flash-memory drive, it uses standard key-based encryption to unlock its features. Theatre operators can then set it to perform one-time or looping sequences for regular confidence checks of their venues.


Both new products are available directly from SMPTE: the Digital Leader and DPROVE products both carry a three-year license. Please see http://www.smpte.org/standards/DPROVE_Flyer_2010_08.pdf for more information.


Erminia Fiorino

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