Category: Picture Quality

Beta Test – New, Online, Managers WalkThrough Form

We are going to launch an exciting new service. Gone with the old paper form of the Managers WalkThrough Report Form – In with the Online Forms. Give it a try.

Click on the “Routines” pulldown up above, then select Managers WalkThrough Report Form on your phone or tablet or portable computer. Have someone start up a DCP on the projector in the auditorium that you want to check…and click away on the online form.

If everything is cool, all stays nice and simple. But if the answer requires more information to pass to the tech (for example), the form magically opens up and gives you a place to tell everyone what you saw or heard.

Like the DCPs and lessons, the new Online Form Series is free and we hope you will use it for every theater every week…or more if you want. The Safety and Security Form is just about ready and the Monday CleanUp will also be released this week. Continue reading “Beta Test – New, Online, Managers WalkThrough Form”

7) Measuring Light

There are many goals and many purposes for this project that you are involved with. There are many things that need to be done.

The top layer has to do with ensuring that the presentations in the auditoriums are the quality that the CEO of the company intends them to be – acknowledging that not every room is a Palace of Perfection. Another layer has to do with ensuring that each patron is satisfied with what the facility and staff have to offer, which also includes an educated staff that is able to communicate intelligently with patron and tech staff.  Fortunately, they don’t all have to be done at the same time. They can be added too and tweaked and made better and more as time goes on.

So, if at first you don’t have the organizational support to download DCPs onto a USB drive, then get the DCPs into the Media Player/Projector system right now – you can still download some audio and light measuring tools, and experiment with them until you can use them easily in a dark room.   Continue reading “7) Measuring Light”

3) A Look at Light, Part 2

There is a rule in technology. Engineering is the Art of Compromise. It applies to sound as well as picture, it applies to the equipment that creates sound and picture, it applies to safety equipment and the carpet that we walk on.

It means that there is almost always a trade to make between speed or size or cost or portability. Maybe you want more light on the screen, but that will give you more scattered light too, and that is not a good thing. Or you think, OK, I won’t let it scatter, I’ll direct the light using curved screens and screens of different materials. But directing light will bring you ‘hot spots’ and that can be worse. We are surrounded by the decisions of designers who have to balance these things everywhere in our daily lives.

There are machines, tools really, that will test light and sound. They are usually expensive, and they require trained people to set them up properly. These people must then take the tests properly and then read the results properly. So, it isn’t only that the equipment costs 15,000 to 30,000 dollars or euros. They also consume expensive technician time. Continue reading “3) A Look at Light, Part 2”