DCP: Understanding the Digital Cinema Package - Self-Study

What you'll learn: 
  • Understand both the technical and business advantages of adopting SMPTE  DCPs 
  • Gain the knowledge you need to discuss the various file types and their functions in a SMPTE  DCP 
  • Be able to outline the  SMPTE  DCP  mastering process 
  • Learn how the  SMPTE  DCP  manages Timed Text 
  • Become fluent in discussing how the  DCP  helps overcome the challenges of international versioning 
  • Know the requirements of 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 and review 
  • 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 
10 Months
Participants must meet minimum course requirements (a 70% cumulative score for all quizzes, exams, and assignments) to receive the certificate.

Course Description:


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 - DCP Origins 
  • Module 2 - The Digital Cinema Workflow 
  • Module 3 - Digital Cinema DM Explained 
  • Module 4 - Working with MXF in D-cinema 
  • Module 5 - The CPL 
  • Module 6 - Encryption 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. 

Terms and Conditions: 

Any of SMPTE's Virtual Classroom courses are 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