How to make DCP
Festival participants and filmmakers often have the question of how to make a DCP (Digital Cinema Package). The point is that DCP is a special format for the projection of films on cinema equipment. DCP is a unified standard that ensures the reliability and quality of the projection. In addition, DCP allows you to protect data from unauthorized screening and to control the time and location of the demonstration of the film.
We show the competition program of our festival on the most up-to-date equipment. This includes the latest generation of NEC laser projectors. That’s why we can’t screen the films without DCP converting. And we have good news for the participants of our festival. Our festival provides free DCP creation for the films shown in the cinema! All you have to do is provide a quality copy of the film.
You can try to make a DCP yourself. The Internet is replete with soft that allows you to do this for free. True, not all of them may work well with your computer or operating system. There is no guarantee that the file will play properly in the theater. For example, these are issues of screen aspect ratio, frame rate, sound, and video synchronization, adjusting channels and sound levels, subtitling, and design.
If you don’t want to waste your time creating the file yourself or you’re not sure of the result, we can help you. We can convert the film specifically for festival screenings.
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About DCP format
The term DCP was defined by Digital Cinema Initiatives, in their guidelines for organizing DC content. As a rule, these are multi-gigabyte MXF (Material eXchange Format) files, in which video and audio and auxiliary XML files with indexing are located separately.
The image is compressed frame by frame using JPEG 2000 compressed algorithm, and the stream can be up to 125 Mbit/sec for 2K or 250 Mbit/sec for 4K. The standard frame rate is 24 frames per second. The audio is stored in linear 24-bit PCM. In MXF files, data streams can be encrypted for copyright protection. Optional AES 128-bit encryption is available.
DCP video packets are of two types, Interop and SMPTE, with different package structures. DCP players (servers) support both standards, but individual theaters may require only one of the options. Cinemas have become part of the film distribution system. Very often multiplexes exclude using any format other than the Digital Cinema Package. As a rule, most servers do not accept mp4, avi, mov, etc. This is the reason cinemas require video in DCP format.