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With the easyDCP Plugin applications, Fraunhofer IIS has opened the popular easyDCP technology for a direct use within various cut or color grading systems.

These plugins are embedded in the applications by each provider like Blackmagic Design or Quantel. The previously known user interface of easyDCP standalone products will be replaced by the graphical interface of the cut or color grading system.

easyDCP Publisher is based on a "pay per use" model and allows customers with low demand to produce DCPs cost effectively. 

A direct comparison of all easyDCP application is only conditionally possible and need to be assessed individually from application to application.

What are the advantages of a plugin solution?

A key advantage of a plugin is the new workflow. First, DCPs can be used directly as an input format for the given applications. Because of this, time-consuming transcoding will not be needed anymore. Second, a complete image sequence without detours will be played directly as DCP. It remains to the provider himself which functions will be supported with the plugin. However, the central functions, such as the creation and playback of encrypted and unencrypted Interop and SMPTE DCPs as well as the creation of Key Delivery Messages (KDM), are generally available within all easyDCP Plugin versions.

For more information please check:

What are the advantages of easyDCP Pro application?

The easyDCP Pro products offer the maximum possible functionality of all easyDCP applications. easyDCP Pro are developed especially for the professional editing of DCPs / IMF packages.

For more information please check:

What are the advantages of easyDCP Publisher?

easyDCP Publisher is based on an usage-based billing model for e.g. small film productions or students. The target group of the easyDCP Publisher includes everyone who wants to use the proven easyDCP technology but is usually producing only a few DCPs per year and can't afford a complete easyDCP Pro or easyDCP PlugIn Suite.

Interested parties can create and edit their DCP for free. As soon as the created DCP needs to be used outside of the easyDCP publisher environment, an activation fee must be paid, depending on the type and length of the content.

In order to enable intuitive operations, easyDCP Publisher has renounced to use professional functions available with the easyDCP Pro programs or the easyDCP Plugins. Furthermore, easyDCP Publisher can not produce IMF packages.

For more information please check:

How can I purchase an easyDCP PlugIn?

The cut and color grading systems of the respective manufacturers always include a full version of the easyDCP Plugin which runs in a demo mode.

Once you have decided to use an easyDCP Plugin, you need to get a license to unlock the demo mode. The license can be purchased through the online shop www.easyDCP.com. By importing the License & Certificate Set, the selected easyDCP PlugIn modules (e.g. playback, decryption, generation and encryption) changes into unrestricted mode of operation.

I'm already an easyDCP user with a standalone version. Should I switch to easyDCP PlugIn?

We have a very interesting offer for existing users: You can use easyDCP Plugins and easyDCP standalone versions in parallel. All customers owning an easyDCP standalone version can get a free bonus license for an easyDCP PlugIn which can be used on the same hardware.

What do the PlugIn cost?

For more information about modules and prices please check:

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Recommendation: security backup for (D)KDMs

Affects all Users of easyDCP KDM Generator+

 

This page contains:

1 Licenses and Certificates

2 Threat of loss of all (D)KDMs caused by hardware change / fault

3 Create a Backup machine using a Complimentary License

4 Workflow Description

4.1 Standard (D)KDM Generation Process

4.2 Recommended Workflow utilizing a Backup Unit (BU)

4.3 Using the Backup Unit to recover (D)KDMs

5 How to activate your complementary license for easyDCP KDM Generator+ Backup

 

1 Licenses and Certificates

In order to run properly, each installation of easyDCP KDM Generator+ needs three different sets of files issued separately for each installation:

  1. License – enables all commercial features
  2. Signer Certificates – required to digitally sign (D)KDMs issued with the software
  3. Server Certificates – An identification of the particular hardware easyDCP KDM Generator+ is installed on. (D)KDMs are issued for certain Server Certificates

During the activation process all of those files are generated using appropriate functions in the easyDCP web shop at http://www.easyDCP.com. Licenses and Server Certificates are bound to the particular hardware easyDCP KDM Generator+ is running on. Signer certificates are not tied to the hardware.

 

2 Threat of loss of all (D)KDMs caused by hardware change / fault

Important: If some hardware components in the production machine are changed or the machine stops operating at all, the license and server certificates will not work anymore. Using the migration function in the easyDCP web shop, a license can be ported to another machine. However, a server certificate cannot be used on another hardware. Likewise, it is not possible to re-use the certificates if certain hardware components get replaced on the system. And once the server certificates cannot be used anymore.

ALL (D)KDMs ISSUED FOR THESE SERVER CERTIFICATES ARE LOST AND CANNOT BE RECOVERED.

 

3 Create a Backup machine using a Complimentary License

We recommend our easyDCP KDM Generator+ customers to set-up a second computer serving as backup machine for their (D)KDMs. If used properly, existing (D)KDMs can be recovered and ported to a fresh installation, in case the production machine is not working anymore. The set-up is simple and your existing (D)KDM workflow requires only small changes.

  1. Every easyDCP KDM Generator+ client gets a complimentary license for a second installation of the software (called the Backup Unit - BU)
  2. From now on, we recommend to issue a backup DKDM for the Backup Unit once you receive a (D)KDM for your production system. For this, it is important that the Backup Unit must be installed on another physical hardware.
  3. Once the production machine stops working for some reason, all (D)KDMs can be recovered using the Backup Unit.

NOTE: You can use your existing easyDCP KDM Generator+ instance to issue backup-(D)KDMs of your existing (D)KDMs for your new backup easyDCP KDM Generator+ instance. This is a one-time-only job and should be performed as soon as possible.

 

4 Workflow Description

This chapter gives an overview over the recommended workflow when using two instances of easyDCP KDM Generator+ in parallel.

Figure 1 shows a block diagram comprising two activated instances of the software, both identified by their Server Certificate. As mentioned above, the Server Certificate is bound to a specific hardware and installation of the operating system and cannot be used on another installation.

Figure 1: Two activated instances of easyDCP KDM Generator+ running on different hardware

 

4.1 Standard (D)KDM Generation Process

Figure 2 shows one of the common applications using easyDCP KDM Generator+. Here, the Main Unit (MU) receives certain input data:

  1. A (D)KDM or easyDCP Digest from either the previous DCP compiling step or from another facility (step 1). An input (D)KDM can only be processed if it has been issued to the Server Certificate of the MU (compare Figure 1).
  2. Certificates from various Cinema Servers that serve to identify the output (D)KDM’s recipients (step 2).

Figure 2: Standard KDM generation process using one installation of easyDCP KDM Generator+

As result easyDCP KDM Generator+ generates a batch of KDMs for the selected Cinema Servers (step 3).

 

4.2 Recommended Workflow utilizing a Backup Unit (BU)

Based on the workflow described above, we recommend generating a Backup DKDM for the Backup Unit (BU) shown in Figure 1 whenever a new key is used as input format (step 1). Basically, the processing-steps are identical to the description given in 4.1, but instead of only ingesting certificates from the Cinema Servers we also point our Main Unit of easyDCP KDM Generator+ to the Server Certificate of our Backup Unit (Figure 3, step 2). By doing this, easyDCP KDM Generator+ issues a Backup DKDM that can be read from the Backup Unit later. In case the MU is not available anymore, the Backup KDM can be used to recover the original keys that were used to encrypt the DCP.

Figure 3: KDM Generation Process using the Backup Unit (BU)

 

4.3 Using the Backup Unit to recover (D)KDMs

In case of a hardware crash or when the system components used to assemble the Main Unit’s system hash change, it is possible that the Server Certificates of the Main Unit cannot be accessed anymore. In this case it is possible to move the main unit onto a new hardware or issue a new set of license and certificates for the new configuration of the main unit. In any case, the previous Main Unit’s Server Certificates must be replaced. Through the easyDCP-web shop it is possible to get new licenses and certificates on the fly. Indeed, none of the old (D)KDMs of the former Main Unit (MU) will work with the new installation, called New Main Unit (NMU) here, since the new Main Unit is identified by a new Server Certificate. In order to get (D)KDMs working on the NMU it is necessary to use the BU as shown in Figure 4. Please note that the BU of KDM Generator+ is used instead of the MU.

Figure 4: Issuing DKDMs for the New Main Unit (NMU) using the Backup Unit (BU)

By ingesting both, all Backup-KDMs (1) as well as the Server Certificate from the New Main Unit (NMU – step 2) new DKDMs for the New Main Unit are generated.

 

5 How to activate a complementary license of easyDCP KDM Generator+ Backup

Step 1. Download the easyDCP KDM Generator+ Installer for your target OS from your license status again and install it.

Step 2. Request a license and certificate and send it as usual to www.easyDCP.com (see also:How do I activate my easyDCP Product?.) 

Step 3. www.easydcp.com will offer you: "Activate your complementary license". Select it for activation.

Now your license status shows a new entry called: "easyDCP KDM Generator+ Backup"

Step 4: Download the license and certificate data set and import it into your easyDCP KDM Generator+ Backup system. 

NOTE: The complementary license is locked for migration. If you need to migrate your easyDCP KDM Generator+ Backup system please contact us at info@easyDCP.com

 

 

Your service options when using easyDCP:

Sales support: All questions regarding the products and their features. For example:

Prices for new products
How to purchase
How to update from previous versions, s.o.

Sales support is available for everyone. Please contact: info@easydcp.com

License support: Questions about activation, migration, available updates and upgrades as well as the status of licenses.

All those service are available in your web account www.easyDCP.com at License Status  

License support is available for every customer independent from the service status. Contact: info@easydcp.com

Technical support: Usage and troubleshooting for all easyDCP solutions

Technical support requires a valid service contract for the respective easyDCP software. Please use "Technical Support" option within your web account.

 

How to manage ...

Service and service extensions:

Each new purchased easyDCP product comes with a valid service contract lasting for 6 months. Within this period, technical service as well as updates for the respective products are included without any payment. 

Once the service is about to expire, customers will be notified by e-mail. It is highly recommended to extends the service extension from minimum of 6 months and will always be appended to the end of the current service-period. If the customer decides for a service subscription the service extendes for another 6 month automatically if the customer has not completed the subscription at the latest 30 days before the end of the last renewal.

In case a customer decided not to prolong the support and no new version of specific software has been released, it is still possible to get back into normal service. Here a service fee of 50% (calculated form the regular service fee) for the period between previous service and the date the client wants to get back into support has to be paid. 

If a new version of specific software has been released during a non-supported period, no prolongation of the (expired) service is possible anymore. New: Here clients have to purchase a onetime fee in order to get the latest version of the easyDCP software. The update price depends on the date when the previous service extension has ended and the date the client purchased the update for his respective easyDCP application. The younger the last license the lower the update fee. Updates comes without automatic prolongation of service extension.

Hint:
Get 10% Discount with automatic Service Prolongation – Service Subscription
Discounted service for active users

Migrations:

Migrating your software to a new hardware or re-activating a license after changing components in your existing hardware is always possible. For further details please check: How can I perform a migration (hardware/operating-system-change)

Important notes:

  • Bonus licenses - e.g. a gratuitous license for DaVinci Resolve based on standalone-software purchase - can only be migrated until the standalone version of easyDCP itself has a valid service.  

Major an Minor Updates (eg. Version X.3.X > X.4.X):

Updates will arrive as needed. Estimate between 2 to 6 updates per year.

Customers with valid service (check status in your web account) have free access to updated versions of the software. There is no automatic update procedure and manual integration is required. If the update is a so-called point-release (e.g. 3.2 to 3.3) or a major release (e.g. 3.9 to 4.0) a new license is required. Minor releases (3.3.1 to 3.3.2) do not require a new license. Usually, only a new license for specific easyDCP software must be downloaded and activated. There is no need to update the certificates (signer and /or server) for a software update. Please use the "Request License & Certificate Set" as well as the "Import License & Certificate Set" options within easyDCP since they take care about proper activation of specific software. For your support please check: How do I activate my easyDCP product

Customer without valid service are requested to purchase an update. New: The update price depends on the date when the previous service extension has ended and the date the client purchased the update for his respective easyDCP application. The younger the last license the lower the update fee. Updates comes without automatic prolongation of service extension. Usually, only a new license for specific easyDCP software must be downloaded and activated. There is no need to update the certificates (signer and/or server) for a software update. Please use the "Request License & Certificate Set" as well as the "Import License & Certificate Set" options within easyDCP since they take care about proper activation of specific software. For your support please check: How do I activate my easyDCP product

Important notes:

  • Minor updates (e.g. Version X.X.1 > X.X.2) will be available automatically in your web account. Minor updates usually do not require a new activation. As usual, server- and signer certificates do not need an update.

Upgrade (e.g. easyDCP Creator to easyDCP Creator+):

The upgrade price is calculated using the difference between the existing product and the new product. No additional upgrade-fee is charged. The option "Upgrade" within your web account shows the available and the most cost-effective options for an upgrade.

Upgrades requires up to date of the upgrade provided software and valid service contract. If a service period expired or the initial version is somehow outdated, clients have to renew the service before upgrading. Please see the comments above explaining how to prolong an expired service. 

Bonus licenses:

Bonus licenses are available under certain conditions. Actually bonus licenses for easyDCP Resolve Plugin and easyDCP SAM Rio Plugin will be issued when the following prerequisites are met: easyDCP Bonus licenses for DaVinci Resolve 10/11/12 or easyDCP Bonus licenses for SAM Rio

 

If your question has not been answered please do not hesitate to send us an e-mail: info@easydcp.com

easyDCP applications require different kinds of certificates

Server Certificates:

Is required to be able to receive KDMs. If a partner wants to send you an encrypted DCP, they will need your public server certificate so that they can issue a DKDM for. 

Signer Certificate:

Will be used to digitally sign content of encrypted DCPs or KDMs. Generally, all DCPs should be digitally signed to ensure that they will be ingested without any problems into a digital cinema server. Only for unencryted DCPs with Interop conformity, a signature is optional.

 

Which easyDCP application needs which certificates?

Application

Signer Certificate

Server Certificate

easyDCP Creator

-

-

easyDCP Creator+

X

X

easyDCP KDM Generator

X

-

easyDCP KDM Generator+

X

X

easyDCP Player

-

-

easyDCP Player+

-

X

easyDCP JPEG2000 Transcoder

-

-

 

How you get your Signer- and Server- certificate?

From easyDCP Player 2.0.X, easyDCP Creator 2.2.X and easyDCP KDM Generator 1.4.15 

During „License & Certificate Request“ and activation via webshop www.easydcp.com Signer- and Server Certificates will be provided in "License & Certificate".

What kind of certificate are required, if at all, depends on the easyDCP application.

Older easyDCP versions

Please use license status on www.easydcp.com: New server certificate/manage certificate

 

How I can access to my previous Signer- and Server Certificates?

Please use license status on www.easydcp.com: Manage certificates
This option is available for customers with valid service extension

Comments:

  • If you update to a newer easyDCP version, previous certificates should be maintained. When filling in a new license & certificate request, you will be prompted to enter the password that protects your current certificate. If the password can be verified, the new request will contain information, that you don´t need a new certificate.
  • Server certificates are bound to the hardware via the system hash. If you migrate to another system, you always need new server certificates.
  • Signer certificates are bound to a person rather than to a system.  However, each " License and Certificate set" contains a new signer certificate for technical reasons.

Please note: Every "Certificate Request" will be secured with a password specified by you.

You select the password when you fill in the request and will be prompted to enter it again, whey you import the License & Certificate Set and whenever a KDM is accessed. 

The password cannot be recovered!

 

easyDCP Resolve Plugin is fully integrated in DaVinci Resolve. It runs in demo mode as long you haven't purchased a license and activate it.
You can activate it without further installation according following instructions.

Here is how you can activate your easyDCP Resolve Plugin:

 

  1. Open a private web account at www.easyDCP.com or use your already existing account.

  2. Open DaVinci Resolve and click "File". In the submenu you find the entry "easyDCP". Then click "Request License & Certificate". Follow the dialogue and click "Save". Please use a system that is connected to the Internet to make sure that the HTML Request you saved works.

  3. After opening the HTML Request file your browser will connect to our webshop www.easyDCP.com. Enter your login information and then the webshop offers you different options. Choose the option of your choice and later on easyDCP Resolve modules you want to activate.
    PLEASE NOTE: If you want to activate a easyDCP Resolve Bonus License and the prerequisites are met, the webshop would offer you to activate the related easysDCP Resolve module automatically.   

  4. Download your "License & Certificate" set from your license-status after it is just in time available. To finally activate your product use the "Import License & Certificate" function in your DaVinci Resolve 10/11/12 and import your downloaded set.

 

Please note:

Please use only US characters for the domain- and username in request form, e.g. no: é,*,# etc.

The file extension for the request file must use the extension .html.

    

Further Links for easyDCP Resolve:

Pricelist

easyDCP plugin or easyDCP standalone. What is the better solution for me?

Special conditions for easyDCP full version customers

Download DaVinci Resolve inclusive easyDCP Resolve 

Find more information in your DaVinci Resolve User manual

easyDCP Creator(+) from 2.2.X, easyDCP Player(+) from 2.0.X and easyDCP KDM Generator(+) from 1.4.1X and above can be directly activated from within the application.

Please watch our video tutorial or proceed as follows:

  1. Download and install the latest installer from your account at www.easyDCP.com license status.
  2. Select in the installed easyDCP application at "Help" the function "Request License & Certificate" (or use F3) 
  3. Fill out the form according to the instructions displayed and select "Send request"
  4. Your license-and-certificate-request will be processed after you log in. 
  5. Then you can download your "License & Certificate" Data Set in the license status pane and install them via Drag and Drop into your easyDCP application.
    Alternatively, you may store the license-and-certificate file (*.easydcp) to a disk and import it into the corresponding easyDCP application using "?">"Import License & Certificates" (or press F4). 

 

Note: This way of activating your easyDCP Product is only available from easyDCP Creator(+) 2.2.X, easyDCP Player(+) 2.0.X and easyDCP KDM Generator(+) 1.4.1X or higher.

  • If you use an another easyDCP version, you find help here.
  • If you use an easyDCP Resolve Plugin version, you find help here.
  • If you use an easyDCP SAM Rio Plugin version, you find help here.

easyDCP introduces a new and important function with easyDCP+ Version 3.4: easyDCP DCP/IMF-Package Validator

The function is integrated in easyDCP Creator+ and easyDCP Player+. Validation can be performed on encrypted and unencrypted files.  

The easyDCP validation check includes:
- Syntax checks of the metadata
- Compliance check of image and sound files
- Review the current and desired DCP / IMF-Package naming convention 

For immediate diagnosis, the easyDCP Validation Report provides a traffic light view with OK, warnings and "red" for errors.
The easyDCP Validation Report also includes a detailed evaluation. It consists of an HTML file, which can also be opened offline with any browser.
This file provides detailed information on the results of the validation and, if applicable, specific notes on the occurrence of warnings and errors.

A sample of DCP validation can be found here:

To perform a validation:

easyDCP Player+

  1. Menu: File > Open Package
  2. Select the DCP or IMF package to validate and start it in the playlist
  3. Menu: Asset > Validate
  4. Press "Start"
  5. Dialog Box: Select "Open Report" to open the easyDCP Valdiation Report in your browser   

easyDCP Creator+

  1. Coose in first dialog: Open Projekt/Package
  2. Select the DCP or IMF package to validate and start it in the playlist
  3. Menu: Package > Validate
  4. Press "Start"
  5. Dialog Box: Select "Open Report" to open the easyDCP Valdiation Report in your browser

Remark: 

  • Interested parties can test the function in the respective demoversion but detailed hints are hidden.
  • Encrypted DCPs can currently be validated with a valid DKDM.

easyDCP Validation Report as proof of quality:

Fraunhofer IIS provided the essential prerequisite for the DCI Compliance Test Plan. With the new easyDCP Validator you get the perfect tool to run the test plan fully automatically. The conclusive easyDCP Validation Report can be attached to DCP delivery or IMF package delivery as a quality and compliance proof. 

easyDCP Validation verifies the following conformities:

  • DCP: according to SMPTE ST 429
  • IMF-Package: asccorting to SMPTE ST 2067 

as well as other "Common Practice Tests" which have resulted from years of experience. E.g. Digital Cinema Naming Convention, checks of subtitles outside of the area that can be read by the creator.  

Customers who own an easyDCP standalone license for easyDCP Creator+ and easyDCP Player+ can receive one free-of-charge bonus license for easyDCP Resolve Plugin module at DaVinci Resolve.

The following requirements must be met:

  • You must have a version from easyDCP Creator+ 2.2 and easyDCP Player+ 2.0 or higher licensed.
  • The bonus license for the easyDCP Resolve can only be used on same hardware as the easyDCP standalone licenses are issued to.

How to get your easyDCP Resolve bonus license:

Note: To activate an easyDCP Resolve bonus license, you need a separate license key. Licenses of easyDCP standalone versions can NOT be used for activation the easyDCP Resolve Plugin.

  • Follow the FAQ: How to activate my easyDCP Resolve ?
  • If previous requirements meet prerequisites, the webshop will offer you to activate the bonus licenses
  • If previous requirements don't meet prerequisites the webshop will inform you about and offer to buy it.

easyDCP Creator+ is bundled with a tool called easyDCP KDM Generator. A demo version of easyDCP KDM Generator is included in the easyDCP Creator+ trial version.

easyDCP KDM Generator generates Interop- and SMPTE-compliant KDM files for DCPs created with easyDCP Creator+.

easyDCP KDM Generator has a separate manual that explains the procedure in more detail.

A full commercial version of easyDCP KDM Generator is part of the easyDCP Creator+ product.

Please note: easyDCP KDM Generator is not upgradable to easyDCP KDM Generator+

A Distribution KDM (DKDM) is technically identical to a regular KDM.

The difference is that it targets another mastering station instead of a cinema server.
You can generate a DKDM with easyDCP KDM Generator. The procedure is identical to generating a regular KDM.

The other way around is also possible with easyDCP. Your distributor can generate a DKDM to your easyDCP Player+ or easyDCP Creator+ public certificate (they each have theire own certificate). easyDCP Player+ or easyDCP Creator+ are then able to open the encrypted DCP.

Starting with version easyDCP Player+ 1.3 the DCP can be exported and loaded into easyDCP Creator.

This is explained in the section: I have an existing DCP. Is there a way to import the DCP into easyDCP Creator?".
Please check also: I have an existing DCP. Is there a way to import the DCP into easyDCP Suite?


How to generate KDMs and DKDMs in easyDCP: 

easyDCP KDM Generator(+): see manual section from section 4
easyDCP Creator+: see manual section 5.10 

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