1. What is Digital Cinema?
  2. How can I preserve my analogue films?
  3. Are all materials suited for digitising processes?
  4. In what format can materials be digitised?
  5. How can I make my audio-visual collection more accessible?
  6. Can I copy the audio-visual materials derived from the DFC databank without any restrictions?
  7. In what way will the authors rights be safeguarded?
  8. How do you handle authors' remuneration?
  9. Can our analogue audio-visual material be annotated when offered for digitising?

Answers

  1. What is Digital Cinema?
  2. Digital Cinema is Cinema that is a Projection from digital film.
    Film Qualities may exist in 4k, 2k, 1k resolution, where 4k is as high as regular 35 mm film.
    Digital film projectors to create stunning audio and video are made these days.
    The processing power of the digital projectors is rapidly improved.
    Satellites and cable networks can transfer data to the Digital Cinema.
    Digital Cinema can be everywhere, no film-rolls required.

    In the near future we may see a film-festival in the south of France, and at the same time in Ireland, in Norway in Turkey at any place one can think of. Surround sound effects will complete the impression of the audio-visual experience.
    Interactive voting systems will make audiences the jury of the festival.
    Digital Cinema theatres can quickly change the film programme, and can present other meeting facilities such as Internet conferencing, education and training and other remote information presentation services.
    Further on in time the evolution of the media will create 3D images projection.
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  3. How can I preserve my analogue films?
  4. Keep them cool.
    Make copies to avoid the smelly vinegar syndrome;
    replace rusty cans with durable plastics;
    think digital.
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  5. Are all materials suited for digitising processes?
  6. This depends upon the quality. If you convert VHS to digital you do not get the same (MPEG-2) quality as if you convert professional video to MPEG-2.
    The same goes for 8 mm film. The image quality of 8 mm film is less than the quality of 16 mm and of 35 mm, etc. DFC offer services for film storage.
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  7. In what format can materials be digitised?
  8. Materials can be digitised in several qualities, 4k,2k,1k, DPX, and compressed to
    MPEG, MJPEG, AVI et cetera.
    All formats do have typical applications. AVI for instance can be played from CD-Rom. MPEG-2 is used for Digital Cinema, DVD, DVT and broadband.
    Keep in mind that ISO standard MPEG-2 comprises various output qualities.
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  9. How can I make my audio-visual collection more accessible?
  10. Make lists, take the lists into a database and link the database to the (digitised) collection.
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  11. Can I copy the audio-visual materials derived from the DFC databank without any restrictions?
  12. After you have understood the principles of Western copyright and signed the DRights contract.
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  13. In what way will the authors rights be safeguarded?
  14. The rights are protected by the law, by contracts, and if you wish by watermarking, fingerprints, tattoos, encryption.
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  15. How do you handle authors' remuneration?
  16. Collecting money from information consumers and redistributing the money via a subscriber management system to authors' rights owners.
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  17. Can our analogue audio-visual material be annotated when offered for digitising?
  18. Absolutely.
    Also training on the job is possible.Skilled persons can thus continue the works elsewhere.
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