April 20, 2017

Tribeca Must-Sees & How to Create a DCP the Right Way [PODCAST]

This episode of Indie Film Weekly previews the Tribeca Film Festival and bids farewell to a storied cinematographer.

Co-hosts Jon Fusco, Emily Buder, and yours truly, Liz Nord get excited about the 16th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival opening this week, and discuss whether (finally!) Netflix might let us see its films in theaters. We also say goodbye to the genius cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and remember his storied career working with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Coppola. Tech writer Charles Haine joins us to share more previews of the big NAB gear expo that starts this weekend. He also answers an Ask No Film School question about creating Digital Cinema Packages for your movie.

As always, the show also brings news you can use about gear, upcoming grant and festival deadlines, this week’s indie film releases, and other notable things you might have missed while you were busy making films.

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Featured image, left to right: 'November,' premiering at Tribeca this year, and 'Bram Stoker's Dracula,' shot by Michael Ballhaus.

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Just listened to the bit about DCPs. Thank you so much for covering this topic!! I've found it very hard to get clear answers or find consistent information about this. I recently created my own DCP using media encoder (successfully by some miracle) but it took some trial and error and yielded weird results like the audio track being 2 frames longer than the video. Charles' explanation answered several of my questions and it was great to hear about simple DCP. That is an option I will certainly consider in the future. Keep up the great work guys, I continue to be entertained, surprised, and informed by your show.

April 20, 2017 at 7:15AM


Creating a DCP is the first step in a three step process:
1. Make DCP (or have one made)
2. Put it on a delivery drive (or make copies to send to multiple festivals)
3. Validate that what you're sending out is complete and not-corrupt

The first step is what most of the tutorials cover because you can't move on if you don't have a DCP in the first place :)

The second and third steps used to require a bunch of hassle and Linux knowledge and a fair bit of trial and error. My company just released a product that makes that last couple of steps super simple with an app called DCP Transfer.

DCP Transfer makes sure that your drive is formatted properly, copies the DCP to the drive, and then does the final hash-checks after transfer to make sure nothing went wrong during the transfer (computers do strange things sometimes). I think it simplifies the process of delivering DCPs quite a bit.

Check out the overview video: https://youtu.be/NftjF4jFZVc


April 20, 2017 at 2:15PM


awesome thanks

April 23, 2017 at 5:48AM