You can Test DCP with VLC Player (for FREE of course)
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Did you know that You can TEST DCP (Digital Cinema Package) with VLC Player. That’s really nice. You can basically see how is your DCP’s image looking like and how’s the audio. In this video we are going through how to test a DCP with VLC Player. There are some challenges but let’s see them as we go things through.
DCP = Digital Cinema Package = is a collection of digital files used to store and convey digital cinema (DC) audio, image, and data streams.
Testing the DCP with VLC Player?
Well, you can just open a DCP. mxf files with the VLC player.
BUT — you must test the video and audio SEPARATELY! You cannot (yet) test them in the same time. AND with this method you can AT LEAST see how’s your DCP video looking — is it exported with the correct aspect ratio and quality or are the colors correct.
When you might need a DCP copy of your film?
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 a small budget too and here I am explaining how I tested IF THE DCP IS WORKING OR NOT for FREE. Making a DCP usually costs like hundreds or even thousands of euros so it’s nice to know that it can be created without paying any money and also test it with no money. In our latest tutorials about DCPs (which you can find below) we made a DCP with DCP-o-Matic and then tested the DCP with NeoDCP software. But, this time we are testing the DCP with just VLC PLAYER! VLC just awesome program.
About the software:
About VLC Player:
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
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.
Downloading the software:
- Download VLC Player here >
- Download NeoDCP -player >
- DOWNLOAD the DCP-o-matic >
- DCP-o-matic manual >
TUTORIALS on making a DCP:
Here are links to my latest big tutorial series on “How to make a DCP (Digital Cinema Package) for free”:
- PART 3: How to test DCP works on PC (with NeoDCP) >
- PART 2: How to make the DCP with DCP-o-matic >
- PART 1: INTRODUCTION VIDEO >
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