What exactly is a DCP?
A Digital Cinema Package (DCP) is the industry standard format accepted worldwide for presenting your film at the greatest possible quality. Using visually-lossless compression, a DCP presents each and every frame of your film with pristine clarity in either 2K or 4K resolutions.
What kind of file do you need from me to create my DCP?
The simple answer is a HD (1920x1080), 2K, or 4K file in ProRes 4444 at 23.98 or 24fps. Audio should be 3.0 LRC (Left, Right, Center) for Academy qualification, 5.1 Surround (Left, Right, Center, LFE, Left Surround, Right Surround). Audio should also be 24 bit, 48 kHz. A DCP can be made with a 2.0 stereo mix but surround and a three channel mix are recommended. Can we make a DCP from other file types? Yes, but this is the most common. If you have another file type just let us know.
What's the difference between all the drives?
A CRU DCP Drive is the industry standard for creating a true DCP. Using this kind of drive is highly recommended since it will be the most compatible and requested across the board. A standard USB 3 drive is less expensive and is accepted by some festivals, however, I would get full confirmation from the festival before going with this option. Typically this option is good as a back up for your DCP. Similar to a standard drive, a flash drive is less expensive but taken by most festivals for short films. Again, I would get full confirmation from your festival before going with this option.
What is DCP encryption?
A DCP has an option to be encrypted (locked) to require something called a KDM Key to unlock the DCP for playback. Think of this as something like a password protection. When a DCP is encrypted it has very rigid rules on where and when it can be played back. For this reason, most films (especially indie films) are not encrypted due to the higher possibility that your DCP will not play back should anything change on the festival side. On top of this, a new KDM key is required for each different festival screening. Typically encryption is not recommended unless your film requires a very high level of security.
What's the turnaround for your DCP creation?
Most DCP kits can be completed within 5-6 business days depending on festival season and various factors. Expedited turnaround for a DCP needed within 3 days or less is available for an additional fee.
Do you do remote DCP Creation?
Yes. We're located in New York City but can make a DCP remotely no matter where you are in the U.S. , Canada, Mexico or really anywhere in the world. As long as there's a reliable postal service there we can create your DCP remotely and then ship it. We've even been known to upload the finished DCP files to a festival, server or via wetransfer etc.
What is a Festival/Screening technical liaison?
What this means is that as part of our service we can be the go-to person for any technical questions a festival or projectionist may have regarding your DCP. Typically a festival, at some point, will tend to ask you technical questions most filmmakers aren't comfortable answering. This is where we come in. As part of our service we'll always be here to answer tech questions and be the contact person for your DCP. This way we'll be assured the screening will go well and the festival is getting all the right answers regarding your film.
What if I have more questions?
If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to contact us.