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    DCP: Understanding the Digital Cinema Package

    Independent Studies Enrollment Opened
    January 18, 2021

    Next Instructor Led Course
    October 4, 2021

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    What you'll learn:

    In order to be successful in this course you should:

    • Have a general understanding of computer science
    • Be aware of Linux Operating System
    • Understand video production basics, such as frame rate, aspect ration, image size, compression and audio mixing
    • Be familiar with the cinema industry
    • Take it upon yourself to read the accompanying SMPTE standards and reference documentation/material where freely available
    • Summarize the technical and business advantages of implementing SMPTE DCPs 
    • Discuss the various file types and their functions in a SMPTE Digital Cinema Package
    • Outline the SMPTE DCP mastering process 
    • Explain how the SMPTE DCP manages Timed Text 
    • Describe how the DCP helps overcome the challenges of international versioning 
    • List the necessary requirements for global DCP distribution

    What you'll get:

    • Personal attention and access to your instructors via the online discussion forum 
    • 1h-long weekly live, online, interactive instructor-led coaching sessions 
    • Recorded instructor coaching sessions for on-demand playback
    • Two attempts at each quiz and final exam 
    • SMPTE  Certificate of Achievement (Participants must meet minimum course requirements (a 70% cumulative score for all quizzes, exams, and assignments) to receive the certificate) 
    • Continued access to course materials through  SMPTE’s  Virtual Classroom Alumni Center when you opt in 

    Course Details

    Duration: 8 Weeks
    General understanding of Computer Science and familiarity of digital media MIME audio, video, markup types e.g. XML, WAV, JPEG etc.
    Level: Intermediate 

    All courses are 50% off. Use code 50Off 

    Member fees: $599  $299

    Non-Member fees: $749 $375

    The world we live in today is the digital world. Around every corner, forward-looking media organizations are shifting from traditional workflows to transformative digital workflows that enable greater efficiency, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness. This is true of Digital Cinema (D-Cinema), as well. If you are a professional in media production, distribution, or mastering, you can leverage the  SMPTE  Digital Cinema Package (DCP) to enable innovation, automation, and cost savings. Take this new  SMPTE  Virtual Classroom course, and you will learn about the benefits and practical considerations of using  DCPs  in common mastering and distribution workflows — including your own. Differentiate and distinguish yourself with the knowledge needed to help your organization adopt and take full advantage of  SMPTE  DCPs within a modern digital media workflow. 


    • Module 1 - History of D-Cinema
    • Module 2 - Workflow 
    • Module 3 - D-Cinema's DCDM 
    • Module 4 - MXF in D-Cinema 
    • Module 5 - The Composition Playlist
    • Module 6 - Security in D-Cinema
    • Module 7 - Packaging and Delivery 

    Developed and facilitated by Jack Watts, SMPTE  Standards Community member and media solutions expert, the course is intended to provide media production professionals, film producers, distribution houses, and mastering vendors with the opportunity to learn about the benefits and practical considerations of utilizing the SMPTE DCP in their mastering and distribution workflows. 


    Jack Watts

    Jack Watts is an independent media solutions consultant based in London, UK. Having worked for globally recognised brands such as Technicolor and Deluxe, Jack has gathered over 12 years’ experience in the Media and Entertainment industry and has aided in cultivating multiple workflows and implementations still relied upon today. Jack has a specialist discipline in advanced formats such as Digital Cinema and IMF along with a complete understanding of their underlying and peripheral industry standards. He operates under the name Trench Digital.

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    Terms and Conditions: 

    • Any of  SMPTE's  Virtual Classroom courses are also available as private sessions for organizations. Contact us for details about private course options and with any curriculum questions. 
    • If you register but cannot attend and would like your registration fee applied to a future course, please contact us. A $75 transfer fee will apply. 
    • If you cannot meet your course deadline, you can request an extension. A $100 extension fee will apply. Please contact us to ask for an extension. 
    • Refunds will be issued for cancellations made at least three weeks prior to the course start date, less a 10% ($100 for  CCNA  courses) cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued after that time. 
    • SMPTE  Education Team contact: education@smpte.org