How to make a DCP for free: Introduction & download DCP-o-matic
April 13, 2018 Tutorials
Introduction for making a DCP for free
This video is first part of the tutorial series on “How to make a DCP (Digital Cinema Package) for free”. In this video (part 1 of 3) we are covering the introduction, how to download the software and make the basic folder structure for the DCP.
Why would you need a DCP?
Were you accepted to a film festival? Do you need a tested & working DCP (Digital Cinema Package) for the film festival? Do you have a small budget? Well, I had those questions in mind too and here I am explaining how I made a working DCP for FREE and tested if my DCP was working or not. We are going to make the DCP with the epic program DCP-o-matic. I’m not explaining every detail about the DCP-o-matic program but I am explaining the things (and settings) what did to make a DCP. And — what is the best thing here; DCP-o-matic is free software to use! Yes, free! You could also PAY for some third party company (or someone) to make a DCP for you and that costs like from hundreds to thousands of euros.
So, in this tutorial video (part 1) Johannes Myllymäki – from Olohuonetuotanto (eng. Living Room Productions) – is teaching you how to star making your first DCP.
What is a DCP ?
A Digital Cinema Package (DCP) is a collection of digital files used to store and convey digital cinema (DC) audio, image, and data streams.
The term has been defined by Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC in their recommendations for packaging of DC contents. General practice adopts a file structure that is organized into a number of usually multi-gigabyte size Material eXchange Format (MXF) files, which are separately used to store audio and video streams, and auxiliary index files in XML format. (from Wikipedia)
DCP-o-matic is a free, open-source program to create Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs) from videos, images, sound and subtitle files. You can use it to make content for playback on DCI-compliant cinema projectors. It can take files in many different formats, including MP4, Apple ProRes, MOV, AVI, M2TS (from Blu-Ray), VOB (from DVD), WMV, MKV, JPEG, PNG, TIFF and lots of others.
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