June 4, 2019
CINEGEAR 2019

AutoDCP Makes Delivering Your Film to Festival Simple and Affordable

Now you can simply and automatically create DCP files of your film.

AutoDCP came out to CineGear 2019 to talk about its film encoding and delivery service, providing a time-saving tool aimed at festival and theater runners as well as independent filmmakers.

AutoDCP provides a cloud-based, user-driven e-delivery service that ingests your video file and encodes it into a DCP (digital cinema package) for delivery and full-quality digital projection onto a movie screen.

Based off of a Dropbox platform, AutoDCP, once installed, shows up as a folder in the Dropbox menu. The user simply drops the video file into the folder and, via Dropbox's cloud-sync feature, AutoDCP takes the file and sends it up to an encoder.

Once payment is received, AutoDCP sends over DCP version of the original video file, in the same folder, to the user's device.

Moreover, AutoDCP will, for an up-charge of $100, take a link of your video and do all of the work for you. AutoDCP also exhibited a hard drive system that streamlines DCP delivery to show players at film festivals and movie theaters by fully utilizing the AutoDCP digital delivery platform inside of the projection booth. 

DCP files are notoriously finicky and proverbially bad-tempered. However, on the subject of quality control, Eric Sauer of AutoDCP states, "What goes in, comes out."  The platform is designed to address one of the major headaches for independent filmmakers, which is properly authoring, QCing, and then delivering DCP content.  The ability to have a platform where you just deliver your (properly quality controlled, of course) final video file and you can feel confident it will arrive at your screening and play properly with no hiccups, no shipping, and no interface with the print traffic team is amazing.

AutoDCP costs $5/minute for a film and is available now. 


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I presume the process only returns a DCP file to the Dropbox folder without any way to proof it prior to sharing with, or sending the file to the theatre for projection.

June 4, 2019 at 11:32PM, Edited June 4, 11:32PM

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David Patterson
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It sounds like AutoDCP is planning to offer some kind of QC process in the future but they didn't want to give details yet. Yes, QC of your DCP is a whole other step. There are free programs but of course best to test in a theatrical setting.

June 5, 2019 at 2:11AM

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Micah Van Hove
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Brian here, ie the creator of AutoDCP. Yup the file(s) are DCI compliant, but yes, if you put garbage in you get garbage back... so if you messed up an edit, got an extra black frame, or simply forgot to remove a slate.... Just like old school dailies, you should do a real screening in a real theater prior others seeing it. .

June 27, 2019 at 11:01PM

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Creating a DCP is one thing. Understanding the drive FAT format and structure folder to transfer your DCP onto is another.

June 4, 2019 at 11:49PM

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Actually that is easy. Linux its
mkfs.ext2 -I 128 /dev/sdXY where XY is the device you wish to format
in mac/wintel worlds many utilities exist to do this as well (for well less then $50)

But CRU's, ie the 'special' HDD carrier used to ship DCP's, are becoming less and less the form for delivery. Today in the US and Europe we are moving very quickly to electronic delivery (aspera, satellite aka DCDC, or terrestrial using either private IP or even public IP).

June 27, 2019 at 11:10PM

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