Digital Cinema

2 Day Course
Code PWL377

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


An inclusive course covering the background to D-Cinema and examining the
technology, architecture and workflow of D-Cinema distribution and presentation. The
course also examines the fundamentals of the published DCI standard and other
industry requirement documents.


Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the impetus and early attempts at D-Cinema.
  • Understand the fundamentals of current D-Cinema technology.
  • Understand the fundamentals of the DCI D-Cinema workflow.

Target Audience

Who should attend?

System integrators, engineers and anyone else interested in the technical aspects of
digital cinema.


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Background (7 topics)

  • Beginning of D-Cinema
  • Basic concepts
  • Economic and creative driving forces
  • New revenue streams
  • Concerns
  • Financial issues
  • 'Hiatus'

Promised Advantages (6 topics)

  • Democratisation of media
  • Cost benefits
  • Alternative content
  • Live event transmission
  • 3D revolution
  • Security benefits

The Early Adopters (5 topics)

  • Original D-Cinema servers
  • Early projector technology
  • Early attempts at media distribution Successful installations
  • Hollywood and D-Cinema
  • D-Cinema and the rest of the world

The DCI Standard (5 topics)

  • History
  • Major players
  • Agreed financing mechanisms
  • Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI)
  • DCI Standard formation

D-Cinema System Components (8 topics)

  • DCI D-Cinema equipment
  • Server system
  • Storage architecture
  • Projector
  • Audio subsystems
  • Theatre Management Systems (TMS)
  • Screen Management Systems (SMS)
  • Automated theatre control

Server Technology (11 topics)

  • D-Cinema Server architecture
  • Media block
  • Decoding subsystem
  • Output interfaces
  • Video encryption systems
  • Server operating systems
  • Internal storage system
  • Audio output interfaces
  • Control and secondary content
  • Redundancy
  • Servicing and reliability

D-Cinema Images (7 topics)

  • Image specification
  • Hierarchical image structure
  • Aspect ratio handling
  • Text rendering
  • Subpicture content
  • Image watermarking
  • Compression specification

Digital Projection Technology (10 topics)

  • D-Cinema projector architecture
  • Projector display technology
  • Projector image properties
  • Image scaling
  • Input interfaces
  • DCI requirements
  • Screen technology
  • Current 3D techniques
  • 3D limitations and considerations
  • Servicing and reliability

Audio Subsystems (5 topics)

  • Audio hardware
  • DCI audio requirements
  • Venue specific audio
  • Access audio
  • Audio watermarking

Media Creation (5 topics)

  • DCI media packaging fundamentals
  • DCI package files defined
  • Packaging concepts
  • Composition
  • Security

Distribution and Storage (6 topics)

  • Distribution package
  • Storage philosophy
  • Delivery to theatre
  • Ingesting
  • Security messages
  • Key Delivery Message (KDM)

Presentation (5 topics)

  • 'Show' concept
  • Single screen and multiplex theatre architecture
  • Screen Management System (SMS)
  • Theatre Management System (TMS)
  • Operator security

DCI Security (7 topics)

  • Fundamentals
  • Security architecture overview
  • Physical security
  • Theatre security
  • Package security
  • Link encryption and embedded security
  • Security relationships 'Trust Management'


An understanding of modern data file formats would be helpful but not essential.

What Our Customers Say

The instructors knowledge is fantastically broad and deep!”

Vice President, ABS-CBN

An excellent course, one of the best I have attended for IP training, covering a very wide range of topics.”

MCR Manager, Sky TV New Zealand

Good course, well presented. Good content and mix of theory and practical alike.”

Software Engineer, Arris

Very good overview of technologies new and old.”

Broadcast Engineer, Formula 1

Very good background to help our development away from Broadcast TV.”

Account Manager, Thomson

Instructor knowledge and experience was excellent.”

Solutions Engineer, Akamai

Good level of detail and industry examples of the technology and its usage. Trainer extremely knowledgeable with a great deal of experience in the field.”

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