HOLLYWOOD, Calif. and ERLANGEN, Germany—Feb 21, 2006
Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) Announces Collaboration With Fraunhofer Institute to Develop Digital Cinema System Compliance Test Procedures
Comprehensive Test Procedures Will Establish a Certification Benchmark for Digital Cinema Projectors, Servers, and Associated Equipment
Digital Cinema Initiatives
(DCI) has signed an agreement with the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated
Circuits IIS in Erlangen, Germany to collaborate and jointly produce a
certification test plan comprised of test procedures and data to validate
compliance with the Digital Cinema System Specification published by DCI in July
Development of the test procedures and data is expected to take place over a
four-month period, followed by a three-month period of testing and validation.
Once complete, the procedures and data will enable equipment manufacturers to
validate their compliance with the Specification and promote interoperability
between key digital cinema theatrical equipment components. DCI hopes to
encourage an established process to test Specification compliancy in order to
gain certification of digital cinema equipment.
"As the transition from conventional 35mm film to digital projection systems
continues, many industry entities and manufacturers have been anticipating a DCI
supported methodology to provide certification for DCI compliant components,"
the DCI member studios jointly declared, "the Fraunhofer IIS is a
world-respected entity with demonstrated imaging and technology expertise that
will develop these robust and comprehensive test procedures."
"We are proud to be collaborating with DCI on such a fundamental project. The
DCI Specification is a milestone in the development of digital movie delivery
and projection. The certification test plan shall promote the worldwide
interchangeability of movies which was one of the great advantages of film over
the last hundred years. The digitization of feature delivery and projection is a
chance to enhance the attractiveness of cinemas in the future," said Siegfried
Foessel, project manager for digital cinema at the Fraunhofer IIS. "This
certification test plan will contribute to the interoperability of playout-systems
and secure content handling."