Technical Specifications for the DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages)
Systems at the 70th Venice Film Festival: All Presentation Systems in use at the 70th Venice Film Festival (70th VFF), are compliant with current SMPTE Standards and DCI CTP Compliant Test Plan equipments.
DCP: It is requested to send two identical DCP copies of the same movie, each one stored and delivered on a separate Physical Media Drive, the Show Copy and the Backup Copy, by August 11th, 2013. Each HDD must contain only the DCP related to the movie. No other content should be included.
When naming the DCP, current Digital Cinema Naming Convention should be used for the text that goes into the ContentTitleText element of a CPL (Composition PlayList). Each DCP submitted to the 70th VFF must be compliant with the “Interopt DCP Format”. However, players at 70th VFF will support also “SMPTE DCP Format” if this Standard will be defined on time for the 70th VFF.
Physical Media Drive: Each DCP must be delivered on a Physical Media Drive HDD (Hard Disk Drive) with 3.5” >=7200RPM in an industry CRU frame and external power supply (220V), including all related interface cables. Each Physical Media Drive should also supports eSATA, and USB2/USB3 data interface.
The storage partition format must be EXT2 or EXT3 file system. NTSF is also accepted. No other file systems are accepted. The 70th VFF cannot accept regular 3.5” and 2.5” drives.
Each Physical Media Drive must be sent in appropriate packaging, to avoid any damage of the disk, and must be labeled with key information (Annotation Name included).
Technical Form: Each Physical Media Drive (for the DCP Show Copy and for the DCP Backup), must include the DCP-TECHNICAL FORM provided by the Festival. Each Information detail included in this form must be precisely supplied by the organization that will submit the movie to the 70th VFF.
Soundtracks: Accepted soundtracks are 5.1 and 7.1 Channel PCM (Pulse Code Modulation).
On-Screen Subtitles: The 70th VFF requires that On-Screen Subtitles should be delivered as burned into the picture. If delivered as XML File Format embedded in the DCP, and/or as Supplemental Package, it is your responsibility to have them in sync (timed text) with each frame of the entire movie and be positioned in the active area of the projected frame. XML File Format specifications should be TI CineCanvas™ for Interop DCP and SMPTE 428-7 for SMPTE DCP; both are interoperable with D-Cinema systems at 70th VFF. No correction can be made by the team at 70th VFF.
Off-Screen Subtitles: These will appear on a separate screen under the main screen. The file must be delivered on separate media. These subtitles must be in sync (timed text) with on-screen subtitles. We require that you send a 100% identical DVD and the lists of subtitles with time code - both in Italian and English - by August 11th, 2013. Off-Screen Subtitles for 3D Stereoscopic DCP are not accepted.
KDM/DKDM: For each encrypted DCPs, we requires a DKDM (Distribution Key Delivery Message). The validity of the DKDM should include the day the DCP arrive at 70th Mostra till September 8th, 2013.
DKDM will enable a new standardized procedure to Quality Check and manage the DCP Life Cycle to each d-cinema system of the 70th VFF.
Please deliver DKDMs to Angelo D’Alessio (firstname.lastname@example.org) and to the Cinema Department of La Biennale (email@example.com).
QC (Quality Check): In order to achieve the best possible screening quality of the DCP, the 70th VFF requires that each DCP (Show Copy and Backup Copy) delivered to us, will have an in depth quality check, and be validated by the production/distribution organization at the laboratory that created the DCP. QC should include Image quality, picture format, audio quality, subtitles, interoperability with DCI CTP compliant systems, compliant with d-Cinema SMPTE standards, Media Drive compliant, data and asset integrity, etc.