Organizations of Digital Cinema – Prelude
We could start with the standards, or we could start with the equipment, or perhaps we could start with the successes and failures of the last 12 years of the science experiment that got us here.
Instead, we'll start with the organizations which guided and developed the standards and the needs of the equipment, and which suffered through each success or failure.
No other politics but the view of 'artist intent'. No other insistence but for quality.
The Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers is thought of as a US organization. This is basically true, though it is intimately tied to other groups, in particular the International Standards Organization.
There is a derogatory idea being spread about that this means that the American SMPTE is shoving mandates upon the rest of the world. Anyone who spreads this comment should be made to explain how a collection of open standards is the worst solution for the situation.
The DCI is often incorrectly thought of as the standard setting group in the digital cinema field, but don't tell that to any of the hundreds of SMPTE engineers who have scratched out dozens of much more detailed standards and recommended practices.
While there is great purpose in the establishment of standards and recommended practices world wide, the reality on the street requires a means to identify problems that are actually happening, then find a solution. The fearless leader asks who has had 'pain' that month, and the meeting begins.
EDCF, ICTA, BKSTS
Other groups around the world participate in the transition to digital with a focus on their constituency. Of these three, one is a manufacturers group, one is europe-centric technology savvy group, and one is a quite education-centric British group.
International Organizations - ISO, IEC, ITU, CIE - Part I
Many groups begin in a territory and continue to be identified with that area. But there are a number of organizations which are relied upon by the international community to do, accumulate and disseminate research. Some sanction the work of national organizations so that the smooth transfer of technology can be done in a way that a local group couldn't do themselves.
International Organizations - ISO, IEC, ITU, CIE - Part II
Continuing the exploration of international groups who have a part in establishing reliable research or standards that the world community can partake of. Much of this won't seem critical immediately, but as time goes on the nature and importance of these groups will grow on you.
NATO and UNIC
To simply call these trade organizations minimizes the importance of groups that look out for the interests of members who have invested their lives and fortunes, and also employ thousands of people so that others can be entertained without knowing the technology and effort behind it all.
A Quick Study On System Nuance
One from Column A, one from Column B would be nice, but it doesn't work that way.
This lesson is a diversion that from the recent narrow focus just to remind ourselves why we are going through this.
Part 2 – NATO and UNIC
Back again to the groups who control the end of the chain that started and ends with light. Just because they aren't known as technology groups doesn't mean that they don't have technology interests.
Fraunhofer Institute, CineCert, DMC/Keio University
Who will guard the guards?
Not one of the standards groups, world wide, have an enforcement arm. (The exhibitor groups probably wouldn't want to allow one anyway, regardless of how enforcing standards might benefit those who stay in compliance.)
These groups have a special place in the mix.
CNC, CST, FFA
The final lesson in this course looks at how standards are applied in a particular area.
It is said by manufacturers that no product would ever get finished if it weren't for conventions.
In theory the conventions are not for selling and marketing products. Most organizations began with the idea of getting people together (we almost wrote "getting parties together, but that is too close to the truth.) Education is usually the highest theme on the list, followed by the exchange of ideas, a review of the latest standards and solutions.
But the costs of a booth at the convention pays for much of events, so learning how to get through branding and marketing and booth personnel who want to stay on message – these are important tool to have. And these are the shows that you can practice at.