April 27, 2016
NAB 2016

Fraunhofer Alliance's New Software Should Take Care of Your Nasty DCP Issues

From Fraunhofer Alliance comes easyDCP, a software that enables you to create professional Digital Cinema Packages.

Most filmmakers who have gone to screen can attest that creating the DCP (Digital Cinema Package) is a nightmarish process best not left until the last minute.  DCP is a very strict standard, and many have run into issues getting their movies to screen properly without a professional finishing house.  While anything less than a professional DCP is not always recommended, sometimes you need a solution that won't cost a few thousand dollars.  EasyDCP provides a set of tools that will allow a professional colorist to finish a DCP out of Resolve or to use a standalone package to not only create DCPs, but evaluate the fidelity of DCPs received from other sources.  Fraunhofer Alliance declined to discuss their prices on camera, but they are available here

The pricing is prohibitive to someone looking to simply make one DCP, but the software could be a good investment for a professional colorist or small post-house looking to consistently work with DCPs.

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Way too expensive. I swear this is more than last year when I looked at it. There's no way an independent film would pay enough to justify those prices and my clients usually just end up going with a 'professional' solution that usually ends up being straight from Media Encoder or cutedcp. I want a good solution out of resolve but I can't justify a plugin that's 4 times as much as the software I run it on.

April 27, 2016 at 6:21PM

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Brendon Rathbone
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A little editorial research would go a long way. EasyDCP is old software - this is just a new version. And prices are prohibitive for anyone but a post house as those list are yearly licenses. I've been making DCPs for indie filmmakers for 6+ years. If you DIY, OpenDCP is best choice. But DIY DCP is not for anyone not willing to learn the many aspects of DCI compliance, specs, hard drive delivery and the like.

April 27, 2016 at 11:52PM

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Stephen A van Vuuren
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I'm getting more and more disenchanted with this site's content. It makes me wonder how reliable ANY of it is.

Not only is this software old, but it is (even according to this "article") prohibitively expensive. So why would the audience of this site give a shit about it? Your comment contains more valuable information than the article, simply because it mentions OpenDCP.

We should all be supporting open standards, and not overpriced proprietary "solutions."

April 28, 2016 at 5:32PM, Edited April 28, 5:33PM

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David Gurney
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I backup what Stephen said, it's an old software, i been using it for about 3 years already. Just wanted to add that the license its not yearly, it is permanent, just the "premium support" is by 6 month and then you are in your own if u are in any trouble with the software.

April 28, 2016 at 5:48PM

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Thanks - I should have clarified that post houses and people making DCPs for others will need annual support licenses to deal with the changing issues/standards/bugs but one time or minimal user won't need those. But that's crazy money for one time or minimal use. Anyone who uses the software daily or weekly will likely need ongoing support and revisions especially since SMPTE DCPs are still evolving not to mention HFR, high bit rate and other evolving DCP formats.

April 28, 2016 at 6:43PM, Edited April 28, 6:46PM

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Stephen A van Vuuren
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Well, i´ll have to desagree on that. I havent bought the license extention since i got the software, and still i produce DCP theatrical release quite often. Last movie were 40 DCP clon. The only improvement the Software has had since last 3-4 years is on regards of faster rendering, versioning and subtitles. If you have any doubts about this, the support team would still send you to the manual or FAQ, so there´s actually not much need of it. They also added some new SMPTE option, but there´s no need to use it at all. The only thing i would rate the support usefull for, is because if you have it, you get free update when a new version of the software comes out to market.
What im trying to say in here is that even if it is a bit expensive, for someone doing at least 2 DCP a year would be worth to spend the money, as he´ll pay for it once and could use it for 4-5 years without having to upgrade, that´s around 10 DCP for around u$2600, so at $260 for DCP it´s not that much.
One last thing i have to say againts the support from EasyDCP, is that when i realised that the color transformation being done by the Standalone version was different from the one being done on the DaVinci Resolve plugin, i contacted them to find out what was going on, and to know and which one was the correct one. They just didnt have an answer for this, just said they couldnt give an answer about a software that wasnt their (resolve). They even couldnt reply if the color transformation was being done by their mathematics or was DaVinci. So there you go, not that helpful.

April 29, 2016 at 11:25AM

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The newer versions of easyDCP include different conversions supporting the new standard 2.4 gamma. That's a pretty big feature if you're concerned about nailing color in the conversion process.

April 20, 2017 at 5:25PM, Edited April 20, 5:24PM

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Good point - NFS should do an overview article on DCP options rather than this article which is worse then just fluff material, it's actually in error filled and misleading.

April 28, 2016 at 6:44PM

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Stephen A van Vuuren
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Every time I feel like writing something idiotic, outdated or poorly researched, I use the pseudonym "NFS Staff".

Guys: fix this article !

April 28, 2016 at 6:39PM

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What a rip-off!
DCP-O-MATIC........Free, and it works great.

April 30, 2016 at 4:58AM, Edited April 30, 5:00AM

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Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker
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If you've used DCP-o-matic to create the DCP. You still have to deliver it on a properly formatted drive... That's where DCP Transfer comes in.

www.dcp-transfer.com

April 20, 2017 at 5:25PM

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