Digital Cinema Initiatives

ABOUT DCI

Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI) was created in March 2002, and is a joint venture of Disney, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal and Warner Bros. Studios. DCI's primary purpose is to establish and document voluntary specifications for an open architecture for digital cinema that ensures a uniform and high level of technical performance, reliability and quality control.


 

DCI Publishes CTP VERSION 1.3.1

Dated August 26, 2022

Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC, Member Representative Committee


 

DCI has published a revision of its Compliance Test Plan (CTP) from version 1.3 to version 1.3.1.  This CTP 1.3.1 revision harmonizes the CTP with the Digital Cinema System Specification (DCSS) version 1.4.2.

CTP 1.3 referenced DCSS 1.4.1.  CTP 1.3.1 now references DCSS 1.4.2.  CTP 1.3 referenced the separate Object-Based Audio (OBAE) Addendum.  The OBAE Addendum is integrated into DCSS 1.4.2, so CTP 1.3.1 references DCSS OBAE sections.  Also, CTP 1.3.1 includes source code and schema improvements, e.g., memory leak patches.

Pursuant to DCI's Compliance Test Plan Change Policy Statement, the revision of CTP 1.3 to CTP 1.3.1 is a Stage 1 change.  However, rather than taking effect immediately, the CTP 1.3.1 will take effect on October 29, 2022, the effective date of CTP 1.3.

See the Compliance Test Plan (CTP) page for CTP Version 1.3.1 and the CTP Addendum on Testing.

The CTP Version 1.3.1 is available both as an online HTML edition and as a PDF file . The PDF version contains pagination and includes page numbers whereas the HTML version does not. The PDF version is considered the definitive instance of the Compliance Test Plan, Version 1.3.1.

There is also a redline version that compares CTP 1.3.1 to CTP 1.3, showing additions and deletions. The redline is available in an online HTML edition. Future CTP revisions will modify the CTP Version 1.3.1.


 

DCI Publishes DCI Specification v.1.4.2 and Compliance Test Plan v.1.3

Dated June 15, 2022

Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC, Member Representative Committee


 

Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI) has published a new Version 1.4.2 of its Digital Cinema System Specification (DCSS). DCI has also published a new Version 1.3 of its Digital Cinema System Specification: Compliance Test Plan (CTP), dated June 15, 2022.

See the DCI Specification page for DCI Specification, Version 1.4.2 and current addenda.

See the Compliance Test Plan (CTP) page for CTP Version 1.3 and current addendum. There is also a redline version that compares CTP 1.3 to CTP 1.2.1, showing additions and deletions. The redline is available in an online HTML edition.


 

 

DCI Releases High Dynamic Range D-Cinema Addendum, Version 1.0, and
Direct View Display D-Cinema Addendum, Version 1.0
Approved for Distribution 30 March 2022
Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC, Member Representative Committee

 

Advances in High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology in both reflective projectors and direct view displays offer new opportunities to enhance the theatrical motion picture experience. The proper presentation of a High Dynamic Range Digital Cinema Distribution Master (HDR-DCDM) requires the definition of an HDR Reference Display and controlled environment. The High Dynamic Range D-Cinema Addendum, Version 1.0 defines the HDR Reference Display and specifies the tolerances around the critical image parameters for Review Rooms and Exhibition Theaters so that consistent and repeatable image quality can be achieved.

D-Cinema Direct View Displays have now entered the marketplace, representing a new technology that was not available when DCI's Digital Cinema System Specification (DCSS) was initially created. New requirements are needed to ensure that the security and quality of these devices meet DCI specifications. The Direct View Display D-Cinema Addendum, Version 1.0 defines performance requirements for D-Cinema Direct View Displays, which are intended to ensure interoperability and consistent image quality on these types of displays.

See the current DCI Specification page of the DCI web site for further information.

Click here for:
DCI High Dynamic Range D-Cinema Addendum, Version 1.0, dated 30 March 2022 (PDF)

Click here for:
DCI Direct View Display D-Cinema Addendum, Version 1.0, dated 30 March 2022 (PDF)


 
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Jim Whittlesey

DIGITAL CINEMA INITIATIVES, LLC, ANNOUNCES PURDUE SCHOLARSHIP IN HONOR OF JIM WHITTLESEY

Hollywood, California - February 18, 2017 - Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC, (DCI) announced today that it has created a scholarship fund at Purdue University in memory of Jim Whittlesey (1953-2017). Jim received his BSEE from Purdue University in 1981.

Jim was known and beloved throughout the entertainment industry as a d-cinema pioneer and ambassador. DCI is forever grateful to Jim for his invaluable contributions to its organization and to the digital cinema community.

Jim worked for DCI from 2003 to 2005 during the initial development of the DCI System Specification, becoming its Director of Technology. He returned to consult for DCI in late 2014 until his untimely passing in January 2017.

The DCI scholarship donation of $12,000 will aid students in electrical engineering and computer science. DCI invites you to honor Jim's legacy by making contributions to the Jim Whittlesey Scholarship Fund at: Giving.Purdue.edu/InMemoryofJimWhittlesey.

About Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC

Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC, (DCI) was created in March 2002, and is a joint venture of Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal and Warner Bros. The primary purpose of DCI is to establish and document specifications for an open architecture for digital cinema that ensures a uniform and high level of technical performance, reliability and quality. See www.dcimovies.com for more information.

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