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    Understanding the Digital Cinema Package

    Instructor-Led Course Registration    Independent-Study Course Registration


    Special Opportunity: All SMPTE Virtual Courses are now 30% off! Use code 2021special30

    In today’s digital world, forward-looking media organizations are shifting from traditional workflows to transformative digital workflows enabling greater efficiency, flexibility and cost-effectiveness. This is especially true in Digital Cinema. If you are a professional in media production, distribution, or mastering, you need to know how to use the SMPTE Digital Cinema Package (DCP) to enable innovation, automation, and cost savings for your company. This course focuses on the benefits and practical considerations of using DCPs in mastering and distribution. You’ll take away the knowledge needed to stand out in your organization as you help it adopt and reap the full benefits of DCPs within a modern digital media workflow. 

    • Understand how to leverage the technical and business advantages of adopting DCPs 
    • Recognize the various file types and their functions in the Digital Cinema Package 
    • Be able to use SMPTE standards and recommended practices to create or assess a DCP
    • Learn the fundamentals of MXF files, the composition playlist, current mastering practices and componentization, encryption, digital signatures, certificates and more
    • Understand the requirements of global distribution, and how the DCP helps overcome the challenges of international versioning

    Intended Audience:

    • Media Production Professionals
    • Motion Picture Producers
    • Distribution Houses
    • Mastering VendorsInstructor-Led 

    Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

    • 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 global DCP distribution



    • SMPTE Member fees: $399
    • Non-Member fees: $599
    Instructor-Led Course Duration: 8 Weeks Prerequisites: 
    • Have a general understanding of computer science or be somewhat literate in general IT practices
    • Be aware of the Linux Operating System
    • Understand video production basics, such as frame rate, aspect ratio, image size, compression, audio mixing etc.
    • Be familiar with the cinema industry
    • Take it upon yourself to read the accompanying SMPTE standards and referenced documentation/material where freely
    • Level: Intermediate

    Independent-Study Course: Enrollment Opened 11 January, 2021

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