Inter-Society Digital Cinema Forum (ISDCF)

Next Meeting:  March 22, 2017 9:30 am - Disney  NEW TIME/LOCATION!!!! (Driving Directions: HERE)

ISDCF - Intersociety Digital Cinema Forum meets about once a month to discuss technical and deployment issues for Theatrical Digital Cinema deployment. We discuss DCP (Digital Cinema Package), KDM (Key Distribution Message), FLM (Facility List Management), TDL (Trusted Device List), Formatting of distribution hard disc drives, FIPS-140, DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives), Upgrade scheduling, 3D luminance, subtitles, captions, closed captions, SMPTE specifications for digital cinema / audio and a large number of other TLA and FLA’s (three letter acronyms and four letter acronyms). [The prior list was for Google search engine benefit.] About 50 people participate monthly, either in person or via conference call. Any questions please email Jerry Pierce, Chairman at To obtain password to private sections of this website please email (an auto responder will provide the password).

We encourage you to join Inter-Society to help support ISDCF. It is $500/year for a company and $100/year for an individual. Inter-Society provides lunches for the ISDCF meetings and helps support the management of ISDCF. It's the right thing to do!


Agenda, Locations, Schedule

On-Line Forum

Discussions in a forum style

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Recent Meeting Notes

(last two meetings)

Naming Convention

Plugfest Information

Current Versions

Contact your hardware/software provider

SMPTE-DCP Test Material

General Test Material

Technical Documents

Introduction to ISDCF

Mission, Background, Anti-trust,

Joining the reflector



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 <>.