Industry Specifications

What is Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI)?

Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC is a joint venture of Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal and Warner Brothers Studios. Together, these major motion picture studios have created a universal industry standard for playback of digital content.

What does DCI compliant mean?

For premieres and special screenings, studios require DCI compliance in order to receive permission to screen their film. A full list of these specifications can be found here, but don’t worry about that. We can do all the dirty work, while you sit back and enjoy the show.

What is a DCP?

A Digital Cinema Package (DCP) is the collection of digital files used to store and convey Digital Cinema audio, image and data. A DCP is to a Digital Cinema projector what a Blu Ray disc is to a Blu Ray player, though it holds much more information.

What is the advantage of DCP?

Digital Cinema projection is known as the industry standard for theatrical quality cinema. You will have the most clear, crisp images imaginable, and audio that will make your audience feel like they are in a theater. Studios choose DCP because they can encrypt the files to fight against piracy. In addition, our Digital Cinema projectors push out up to 34,000 Lumens of bright light, making them usable for giant movie screens up to 105’ wide.

Equipment FAQ

What is an IMB?

An Integrated Media Block (IMB) is a storage server that is physically inside of a Digital Cinema projector. The Christie Solaria One and One+ come standard with this feature, but the CP2000 series projectors can be upgraded to include it as well. If your projector does not have an IMB, you must use an external storage device, such as a Doremi server.

What is the difference between 2k and 4k projection?

2k and 4k are used to describe the number of vertical lines in an image. 2k projection has will yield a resolution of 2048 x 1080. A 4k projector will produce images with a resolution of 4096 X 2048. DCI specifications require images be displayed in either of these formats.

How do security keys (KDMs) work?

KDMs, or key delivery messages, are unique security keys that protect the content on a DCP. Each KDM is unique to one movie on one Digital Cinema server within a specific time period. Before your event, you must provide the required information; otherwise, your DCP will not play back.

What is the average lifespan of my Digital Cinema projection equipment?

You can expect to get 10-15 years of use out of your DCP equipment. This will depend on whether you are installing your projector, or using it in multiple venues. You should also expect to do routine maintenance on a regular basis. If you purchase Digital Cinema equipment from DTA Digital Cinema Projection, you will have the advantage of 24/7 support and assistance should you run into any problems.

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