Inter-Society Digital Cinema Forum (ISDCF)



SMPTE-DCPs are an improved type of DCP. The current/old version is referred to as Interop-DCP. All Digital Cinema hardware can use the newer SMPTE-DCP, but your equipment’s software needs to be up-to-date. A close analogy is Microsoft Word, which uses both .doc and .docx documents. First generation Word can read and write .doc documents, but you need second generation Word to read and write .docx and .doc documents.


If your Theater Management System (TMS), servers, and projectors are up-to-date, you should be ready for SMPTE-DCPs.  


Why SMPTE-DCPs?


While the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) was in the process of developing standards, the industry utilized an ad hoc packaging format known as the “Interop” format. It was understood that the industry would transition to a SMPTE-DCP packaging format once those SMPTE documents were finalized and published. That has happened and the time for the transition is NOW.


SMPTE-DCP packaging allows for an expanded set of features, including higher frame rates, immersive sound, 3-D subtitle support and embedded metadata that makes it easier for the theater operator to understand the technical aspects of the DCP.


Respond to Distribution Confirmation Calls


As the industry transitions to SMPTE-DCP delivery, theaters should expect an increase in the number of calls from distribution vendors requesting feedback on the status of the DCP delivery. This is to resolve any issues prior to the opening of the movie and to ensure a successful transition. PLEASE respond to requests for confirmation of ingest/QC during the transition from Interop to SMPTE-DCP delivery.


How to verify if you are ready?


Test content is available for confirming playback of SMPTE-DCPs. Your company may have specific policies or plans related to SMPTE-DCP testing, so please check accordingly.


•     There are two DCPs that can be used for testing:


SMPTE_TST-B1 (5.1 Content): SMPTE_TST-1-Bv21_S_EN-EN-CCAP_US_51-HI- VI_2K_ISDCF_20170110_DTB_SMPTE_OV

SMPTE_TST-B2 (7.1 Content): SMPTE_TST-1-Bv21_S_EN-EN-CCAP_US_71-HI- VI_2K_ISDCF_20170110_DTB_SMPTE_OV



Get this test content from your distribution vendors (DCDC, Technicolor, Deluxe, etc.) or download from link below.


Create a USB stick (But not on a Mac – there is a problem in making USBs that can load on a d-cinema server.)

•     Follow the instructions below to check your servers, projectors and 5.1 and 7.1 audio systems.


Many theaters are asking their normal maintenance providers to conduct (and fix) their systems.  In general the most problems have been found in the audio routing, especially in the HI/VI tracks. Sometimes this is a cabling problem.






Step 1: Get the test content:


•     Get this test content from your distribution vendors (DCDC, Technicolor, Deluxe, etc.) or download from link and create a USB stick (But not on a Mac – there is a problem in making USBs that can load on a d-cinema server.)



Names:

SMPTE_TST-1-Bv21_S_EN-EN-CCAP_US_51-HI- VI_2K_ISDCF_20170110_DTB_SMPTE_OV

SMPTE_TST-1-Bv21_S_EN-EN-CCAP_US_71-HI- VI_2K_ISDCF_20170110_DTB_SMPTE_OV



Step 2: Get a checklist (below) and print out a few copies to help your in-theater testing.


Step 3: Scroll down on this page and read/watch the examples of how to conduct the test and what to look for.


Step 4: Run the test in your theaters and record results on the checklist. If there are problems contact your maintenance team.



Any questions? email Jerry Pierce at info@isdcf.com



Testing SMPTE-DCP Test Content - step by step guide

Load the two DCP’s -


SMPTE_TST-B1P ...

SMPTE_TST-B2P ...

Configure the projector to Scope

Set up for 5.1 audio

Have the headsets for Hearing impaired/Visually impaired working

Have the closed caption device working

Play SMPTE_TST-B1P


You should see the subtitles appearing in upper right corner INSIDE THE GREEN BOX and on the closed caption devices


The captions and subtitles should appear at EXACTLY the same time as the green surrounding box - entry and exit timing matching.


The sounds should come out of the correct speakers and/or headphones


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Set up for 7.1 audio

Have the headsets for Hearing impaired/Visually impaired working

Have the closed caption device working

Play SMPTE_TST-B2P


You should see the subtitles appearing in upper right corner INSIDE THE GREEN BOX and on the closed caption devices


The captions and subtitles should appear at EXACTLY the same time as the green surrounding box - entry and exit timing matching.


The sounds should come out of the correct speakers and/or headphones

If sound comes out of 9/10 - that’s OK.


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Set up for 3D scope

There is no audio

Put on your 3D glasses

Play SMPTE-3D-TEST_TST


You should see two sets of subtitles appearing on left/right at the same position relative to the screen on both sets. If one is “flat” against the screen your system is not ready for 3D subtitles.


This will always fail for DLP series 1 projectors that use internal subtitle generation.


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Green text will appear in the center of a green box. Whenever there is a green box there should be text in the box. Timing is critical. Position in the box is critical.

The following test has been removed for now.

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The transition to SMPTE-DCP (Digital Cinema Package).


NATO has announced that all domestic exhibitors must be ready for SMPTE-DCP by April 9, 2019. After this date we expect many releases to be in SMPTE-DCP only without an Interop-DCP available.


EDCF and UNIC have created a website https:www.smptedcp.com that has additional information and additional test content. There are good descriptions on how to test at that site.


We are currently using version 2.1 of the test content


The content for B1, B2, test material can be downloaded from:

http://isdcf.com/SMPTE-DCP-Content/SMPTE_TST-1-Bv21_51-71_20170110_SMPTE_Folders.zip (NEW - 20170515)


NEW! To get test key use the following procedure and Download the document with full description.


Test Keys

The test content is encrypted and keys are being managed by Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema.

To download your keys, please register on the DTDC Portal: https://one.bydeluxe.com/self-registration


If you require any assistance with Keys, please contact :

US and Canada International 1-800-99-FILMS keyrequest@bydeluxe.com ddchelp@bydeluxe.com

Support for all other international customers: 1-818-260-4680.

Note that ISDCF Recommends that ATMOS releases should follow SMPTE-DCP ISDCF test content of type-Bv2.0 {not Bv2.1 since current packaging constraints due to current authoring tool limitations. In time these packages will move to Bv2.1}

ISDCF has created framing charts and DCPs that includes these framing charts. These are described on the following page. You can get single frames or DCP's of the charts for use in the theater.