1. Introduction ; 2. Basic technologies and standards ; 3. The Digital Cinema Package: 3.1 Overview ; 3.2 Images and Sound ; 3.3 The Package ; 3.4 Encryption and Access Control ; 4.0 Producing a DCP from an archive film ; 5. Archiving Digital Cinema: 5.1. General considerations ; 5.2 Encryption ; 5.3 Playback of DCPs and other archival formats ; 6. Conclusion
This article written by a staff member of the Moving Picture Technologies Department at the Fraunhofer Institute gives a basic introduction to the technologies and processes that are associated with the DCI / SMPTE digital cinema system. It provides an overview of the basic technologies that are used, describes technical details of the Digital Cinema Package (the format that is delivered to the cinemas), how these packages can be produced and gives some thoughts on the implications of this system on archives. The article is a revised version of an article that appeared in the AMIA Tech review in 2010.
Although it includes the promotion of Fraunhofer software, this article does provide a good, illustrated description of the Digital Cinema Package. The final section includes some important issues for archives acquiring or managing such packages over time, emphasizing the seriousness of dealing with encryption. Recommended for those seeking explicit knowledge on working with this particular type of media ‘container’.