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Unfortunately we cannot issue licenses that are expiring after a few days. To evaluate the software, free trial versions can be downloaded.

The restrictions of the demo versions are:

  • easyDCP Creator Demo burns in a visible watermark into each frame.
  • easyDCP Player Demo decreases decoding quality and mutes audio after a playback time of 15 seconds.
  • easyDCP KDM Generator Demo generates KDMs with a maximum validity period of 48 hours, starting from the time when the KDM is generated.

Tip: You can also generate DCPs and pay on a project basis with easyDCP Publisher.

The demo version of the easyDCP Standalone applications allows nearly most available function.

You will find following limitations: 

easyDCP Creator(+)

  • Visible watermark in each frame of the DCP
  • No DKDM input (For test of reopening encrypted DCPs please use DCP-Digestc easyDCP Creator+)
  • It is not possible to create supplemental DCP/IMF packages in the demo version.

 easyDCP Player(+)

  • Limited playback time is 15 sec. After 15 sec. audio switches off and plaback quality is reduced.  
  • (+) No Export available
  • (+) No DKDM input (For test of reopening encrypted DCPs please use DCP-Digest)

 easyDCP KDM Generator

  • Issued KDMs have a maximum validity time of 2 days

easyDCP KDM Generator+

  • Issued KDMs have a maximum validity time of 2 days
  • No DKDM input (For test please use DCP-Digest created by easyDCP Creator+)

 

From now on, you will receive a discount on your service and support fees if you extend the service during the ongoing service period.

This is how it works: Since 2017-01-01 you receive a COUPON code on your bill for your next purchase of service extension. This voucher reduces your costs for the next service renewal of the same license by 10%.

The COUPON code is valid for the respective license from the issue of the invoice until the day on which your existing service expires. The date of the last validity is displayed in the COUPON.

How to use this voucher code:

NOTE: Your ongoing service must still be valid

  1. Go to your license status as usual
  2. Extend your existing service by at least 6 months.
  3. In checkout, the option "ADD COUPON" will be offered.
  4. Enter the individual coupon code for this license.


You will automatically receive a discount of 10%. The new service is automatically added to the end of the current service period. The invoice now contains a new COUPON code in order to receive a 10% discount for the next renewal.

Hint: You can spare yourself the manual entry of the voucher code by signing up for a subscription, which automatically extends the service in time. You then receive the discount without entering a COPUON code.

With activated Service Subscription your service will be prolonged automatically for 6 month 30 days before it expires without any notification to do it manually. The prolongation will be charged to your credit card, its details are stored for this use at our Acquirer „Heidelpay“. You will receive an order confirmation and invoice for a successful service prolongation as usual.

Service Prolongation via Service Subscription comes automatically with 10% discount.  

How to setup a Service Subscription?

  1. Login at your easyDCP web account
  2. Select top menu option „Service Status"
  3. Select your preferred license for your Service Subscription
  4. Select your payment method or create a new one. 

Your next automatic prolongation will be shown at „Next Payment“.
A Service Subscription can be created and removed at any time before a service gets inactive.

What happens if an automatic Service Prolongation fails?

If payment fails we will keep retrying. After certain fail we will deactivate the service subscription and inform you by email. Your Service Status will be set to manual mode and you will receive the known „Service Notification“.

Reasons for failed payments can be expired validity, insufficient covering of payment amount or general deactivation of your credit card. If possible we will inform you about reason of rejection.

How safe are your Credit Card details?

Your CCdetails are exclusively stored on servers of our acquierer. These servers are regularly monitored by the CC-companies.

One easyDCP software license can be installed only on one computer system.

However, if you need to move the easyDCP license to another computer or operating system you can do this easily using Migration function in the web shop:

  1. Login in your account at www.easyDCP.com
  2. Select license status
  3. Select the product you need to migrate
  4. Select: "migrate license"

easyDCP Resolve Plug-In customers can get additional important informations for migration here

After the migration is complete you can generate a new license for the new ware system. Please refer to the following FAQ on how to activate your product.

Note:

  • There is a limit of one automatic migration in six months. If you require a second migration within the six months period, please inform us via email why it´s necassary.
  • Since server certificates are tied to the system hash, they become inaccessible after a migration. New certificates will be automatically created, but all KDMs issued to the old cerificates will no longer be accessible. Please check our FAQ: Server- and Signer- Certificates.

Migration with older Versions: For version easyDCP Creator(+)2.1.X and older, easyDCP Player(+)1.9.X and older, and easyDCP KDM Generator(+)1.47 and older, be prepared to use the new hashcode of your target hardware/software.

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.

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

A system hash uniquely identifies a system based on its hardware and operating system.

It looks like this: 
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_v4

Since only a scrambled reprensentation of the true system hash is presented, it looks different every time, even for the same system.

When do you need a system hash?

Normally, you never need it. With older versions, up to easyDCP Creator 2.2.X, easyDCP Player 2.0.X or easyDCP KDM Generator 1.4.1X, it was required to activate the product.

How can you find out your system hash ?

  1. Download and install the up to date easyDCP demo software or (easyDCP installer software if available) on the target hardware system
  2. Start the easyDCP Software and Press F3
    Alternatively, select menue  Help | Legacy | Get machine system hash
  3. The box with the system hash opens.

To receive free software updates or certificate services, and technical support by Fraunhofer IIS, a service contract is mandatory for every easyDCP product. Every easyDCP product comes with an initial support contract for six months. You have the option to start with twelve months instead.

Once the initial service is about to expire, you will be notified by e-mail that it is recommended buying a service extension. You can purchase additional support for six month or longer. 

For the prices of the service extensions please refer to our shop site.

Please note: Without valid service, updates to newer software versions have to be purchased. The prices depend on how much time has elapsed since the expiry of the service contract.

Upgrades to e.g. “+” versions are only possible with an up-to-date software versions and valid service contract.

More detailed information on updates, upgrades and service policies can be found here.

Hint:

Get 10% Discount with automatic Service Prolongation – Service Subscription

Discounted service for active users

The Reactivation Fee is charged when your service has expired for longer than 30 days.

The cost of reactivation is based on the period without service (full months) and 50% of the usual service fee for each license.

The easyDCP Analyzer is not a product. Unfortunately there is no demo version available.

easyDCP Creator

Quality and kind of hard disk are not important but it is recommended to use a powerful interface, e.g. eSATA or USB 3.0. Commonly, carriers from the CruDataPort series are used.

The file-systeme is very important. According to DCI specification EXT2 or EXT3 is required. These file systems are supported natively by LINUX. 
Third party drivers/emulations are available for MAC and Windows, but we know from some customers that they had problems with the Windows drivers. It is recommended to install a LINUX system either on a remote or virtual system and have it share the mounted DCP via SAMBA.

The time it takes to copy a DCP onto a mobile hard-drive depends on the DCPs size and on the bandwidth. A 90-minute DCP can take up to 200 GB.

It is highly recommend to verify the DCPs integrity.  To do that, you can start the DCP validation (included in easyDCP Creator+ and easyDCP Player+) and run a Hash-check (e.g. with MD5) of the DCP before copying to the hard disc. After copying run the Hash-check again. The results of the hash-check must be identical otherwise the DCP may crash.

This extra work is in no relation to later exchange of the DCP in the cinema. 

Copying needs to be done independently from the easyDCP application, e.g. with Finder or Windows Explorer. Also professional mass-duplication software is available and convinient for larger copy batch jobs.

Additional hint: Using of Digital Cinema Naming Convention is higly recommend to ease the workflow in the cinema server. Create correct syntax of Digital Cinema Naming Convention is embedded in easyDCP applications. 

 

easyDCP Creator creates SMPTE- or Interop- compliant DCPs as well as SMPTE-compliant IMF packages.

JPEG 2000 files generated with easyDCP Creator meet all necessary requirements.

However, one has to consider that, importing pre-generated JPEG2000 files as input format and disabling the "JPEG2000 Re-encoding" option, easyDCP Creator does not check if these files are compliant to the current specifications and standards. The software merely copies the files into the DCP. This may end in a DCP being rejected by certain playback devices/digital cinema servers.

Furthermore, not all server systems in the market are able to playback all types of content and may behave differently.
Currently we are not aware of any problems regarding DCPs generated with easyDCP Creator.

Unfortunately we cannot issue licenses that are expiring after a few days. To evaluate the software, free trial versions can be downloaded.

The restrictions of the demo versions are:

  • easyDCP Creator Demo burns in a visible watermark into each frame.
  • easyDCP Player Demo decreases decoding quality and mutes audio after a playback time of 15 seconds.
  • easyDCP KDM Generator Demo generates KDMs with a maximum validity period of 48 hours, starting from the time when the KDM is generated.

Tip: You can also generate DCPs and pay on a project basis with easyDCP Publisher.

3.4.11
  • moved to IMF 1.1 (2016 version of App2/App2e)
  • enabled J2K Mainlevel Profiles (with option to use legacy BCP, if applicable)
  • additional MCA metadata editable: ContentKind, ElementKind, Title, TitleVersion
  • fixed J2K profile validation for IMF
  • creating dummy-OPLs for compliance with Netflix spec
  • changed ATMOS related MXF Label to resolve incompatibilities in the field
  • bugfix: fixed edit rate/duration issues when loading certain IMF VFs
  • bugfix: fixed an issue where licensing was not possible on some Macs with High Sierra and Apple FS
3.4.10
  • bugfix: fixed an issue where KDMs and certificates became inaccessible after installing Windows 10 Anniversary/Creators Update
  • bugfix: fixed a crash that occurred when creating packages from certain project files created by easyDCP Player+
  • bugfix: fixed an issue in the Standalone Transcoder command-line application, where the default bitrate was not set correctly for all project types
  • bugfix: fixed an issue in the Standalone Transcoder command-line application, where certain images could not be transcoded to IMF compliant codestreams
  • bugfix: noise at end of sound track when sound track was mix of wav file inputs and auto-generated channels (silence or Atmos sync track) and wav length was not a multiple of the video frame length
3.4.8
  • bugfix: characters missing from the specified font of a subtitle spot were not detected in some cases
  • bugfix: incorrect error message about track duration mismatches when loading certain IMF Packages
  • bugfix: loading audio language from IMF Trackfiles when loading full IMF Package
  • bugfix: incorrect error message about audio labeling when creating certain supplemental IMF Packages
  • bugfix: missing RegXML descriptor when creating supplemental IMF Packages from saved easyDCP project
  • bugfix: standalone transcoder cli parameter ‘-f’ was assigned twice
  • bugfix: standalone transcoder bit depth handling aligned with easyDCP Creator for IMF
  • not creating empty OPLs anymore to avoid possible future incompatibilities
3.4.6
  • bugfix: flickering burnt-in subtitles when using GPU encoding
  • bugfix: MCA sub-descriptors got lost when loading and re-generating IMF Packages
  • bugfix: added missing regxml descriptor elements in IMF CPLs
  • bugfix: using correct SoundCompression label for IMF Sound Trackfiles
  • bugfix: using correct JPEG2000 EssenceContainer label for IMF Picture Trackfiles
  • fix regression: burn-in timed text had antialiasing disabled
3.4.5
  • add support for GeForce 10 series
  • Preview window now resizes to higher resolutions
  • Added option to automatically update package date to the current date
  • replacement of missing font characters can now be dynamically enabled or disabled (Windows)
  • Improved speed when re-packing DCPs
  • Improved the detection of cases where re-encoding is not necessary
  • Improved preview with easyDCP Player functionality
  • bugfix: Correctly restore the previous window geometry
  • bugfix: Fixed am issue that provoked crashes when starting from the command line
3.4.4
  • Offset and duration for subtitles are now accessible in the GUI
  • Configurable Timed text rounding method (timecode to frames)
  • Several bugfixes regarding subtitle positioning and rendering
  • Several bugfixes regarding file sequences
  • bugfix: Could not load encrypted, stereoscopic DCP ("No decryption key set.")
  • bugfix: Import of WAV files with different durations
  • bugfix: Settings file size is so large that slowdowns the application
3.4.2
  • before starting a DCP/IMP validation, check if the selected location for HTML report file is writable
  • make default timed text outline width configurable and use a size relative to the font size so that it works well with both 2K and 4K content
  • bugfix: Generation with QuickTime on Mac was failing in some cases due to a timeout
  • bugfix: Creator incorrectly complained about a wrong target resolution in some cases, when 4K material was packaged in IMF App2E
  • bugfix: remove incorrect warning "Package contains Trackfiles of different package types" when opening certain types of supplemental DCPs/IMPs or mixed 2D/3D/2K/4K DCPs/IMPs
  • fix regression: calculate position for right-aligned timed text overlays correctly
  • bugfix: position for centered timed text overlays was slightly off by a few pixels when outlines are enabled
  • bugfix: KDM was not generated for supplemental packages
  • bugfix: Default values for Creator and Issuer were not loaded
3.4
  • (PLUS only) Validation module that validates a DCP or IMP and creates an interactive report in html format
  • Fordable redesign of main user interface
  • supports 4K 3D DCPs
  • supports creation of Higher Bit Rates (HBR) DCPs up to 500 Mbps
  • supports creation of files with custom name schemes
  • bugfix: sporadic crashes during package generation
3.3
  • GPU-accelerated JPEG 2000 Encoding
  • Advanced Scaling Features
3.2
  • New user interface
  • Preview during encoding
  • Supports IMF App2
  • Supports Archival Formats (IAP/MAP)
  • Parallel CPU/GPU encoding
  • Dolby Atmos Support
  • More scaling/cropping options
  • Supports 64bit architectures
  • Supports Retina Displays
  • Pre-Render-Playback
2.2
  • Support for Closed Subtitles/Closed Captions and Open Captions
  • Extended Pillar-/Letterboxing
  • Feature to preview and burning the subtitles directly into the image content
  • New work-flow for activating the software within minutes
2.1
  • SMPTE subtitle format supported
  • Easy to use certificate requests
  • Optimized workflow for existing supplemental and/or encrypted DCPs
  • Generation of KDMs directly in easyDCP Creator+
2.0
  • Support for QuickTime input format
  • Generation of supplemental DCPs
  • Load and save existing DCPs
  • Duplicate compositions
  • Drag and drop, insert or duplicate reels
  • Support for MXF input format
  • Open Key-Message (Key Delivery Message and Fraunhofer DCP-Digest)
  • Up to 16 audio channels
  • Performance improvements
1.7
  • 16 channel & multichannel-wav-file support
1.4
  • Support for subtitles

The demo version of the easyDCP Standalone applications allows nearly most available function.

You will find following limitations: 

easyDCP Creator(+)

  • Visible watermark in each frame of the DCP
  • No DKDM input (For test of reopening encrypted DCPs please use DCP-Digestc easyDCP Creator+)
  • It is not possible to create supplemental DCP/IMF packages in the demo version.

 easyDCP Player(+)

  • Limited playback time is 15 sec. After 15 sec. audio switches off and plaback quality is reduced.  
  • (+) No Export available
  • (+) No DKDM input (For test of reopening encrypted DCPs please use DCP-Digest)

 easyDCP KDM Generator

  • Issued KDMs have a maximum validity time of 2 days

easyDCP KDM Generator+

  • Issued KDMs have a maximum validity time of 2 days
  • No DKDM input (For test please use DCP-Digest created by easyDCP Creator+)

 

From now on, you will receive a discount on your service and support fees if you extend the service during the ongoing service period.

This is how it works: Since 2017-01-01 you receive a COUPON code on your bill for your next purchase of service extension. This voucher reduces your costs for the next service renewal of the same license by 10%.

The COUPON code is valid for the respective license from the issue of the invoice until the day on which your existing service expires. The date of the last validity is displayed in the COUPON.

How to use this voucher code:

NOTE: Your ongoing service must still be valid

  1. Go to your license status as usual
  2. Extend your existing service by at least 6 months.
  3. In checkout, the option "ADD COUPON" will be offered.
  4. Enter the individual coupon code for this license.


You will automatically receive a discount of 10%. The new service is automatically added to the end of the current service period. The invoice now contains a new COUPON code in order to receive a 10% discount for the next renewal.

Hint: You can spare yourself the manual entry of the voucher code by signing up for a subscription, which automatically extends the service in time. You then receive the discount without entering a COPUON code.

With activated Service Subscription your service will be prolonged automatically for 6 month 30 days before it expires without any notification to do it manually. The prolongation will be charged to your credit card, its details are stored for this use at our Acquirer „Heidelpay“. You will receive an order confirmation and invoice for a successful service prolongation as usual.

Service Prolongation via Service Subscription comes automatically with 10% discount.  

How to setup a Service Subscription?

  1. Login at your easyDCP web account
  2. Select top menu option „Service Status"
  3. Select your preferred license for your Service Subscription
  4. Select your payment method or create a new one. 

Your next automatic prolongation will be shown at „Next Payment“.
A Service Subscription can be created and removed at any time before a service gets inactive.

What happens if an automatic Service Prolongation fails?

If payment fails we will keep retrying. After certain fail we will deactivate the service subscription and inform you by email. Your Service Status will be set to manual mode and you will receive the known „Service Notification“.

Reasons for failed payments can be expired validity, insufficient covering of payment amount or general deactivation of your credit card. If possible we will inform you about reason of rejection.

How safe are your Credit Card details?

Your CCdetails are exclusively stored on servers of our acquierer. These servers are regularly monitored by the CC-companies.

The generation of personalized signer certificates for certain easyDCP applications is a free service provided by Fraunhofer IIS.

New personalized signer certificates will be issued with every License & Certificate Request during new installation of after migration of the software.

Requirements to get personalized signer certificates issued by Fraunhofer IIS are:

- The email-domain used for your web-account at http://www.easyDCP.com and the requested domain within the License & Certificate Set-request must match.

- Requested domain for validation is not a public address like e. g. gmail.com, t-online.de etc. Blacklist is supported.

If a comprehensible reason exist that email domain and requested domain cannot match please contact info@easydcp.com 

easyDCP Creator 2.2.x (and newer) supports the following frame-rates when using the SMPTE packaging mode:

2k HFR:                     4k HFR:                     2k - 3D HFR (Creator+ only)

24 fps                        24 fps                         24fps
25 fps                        25 fps
30 fps                        30 fps
48 fps
50 fps
60 fps

At the time the above frame-rates are DCI-compliant and should be process able by today´s cinema playback systems.

If you need higher frame-rates for experimental purposes, please contact us at info@easyDCP.com.    

You may apply for a facility code at http://www.digitalcinemanamingconvention.com .

Every time a new version of easyDCP Creator is released, we download the latest list from there. In the meantime you can add your own facility code by following this procedure:

  • In a CPL, right click on the CPL name which is displayed in the upper left corner of the virtual film role
  • Select menu-entry "Edit with Digital Naming Convention"
  • In the upcoming dialog, open the "Facility:" drop-down-box
  • Select "Add custom Facility..."
  • Enter your assigned facility code and a description
  • Confirm by pressing the "Add" button

The added facility code is now part of the Facility List and can be used for CPL naming.

IMAX® DCPs have a resolution of 4K (3D) and a picture bit rate of up to 500 Mbps.

To create an IMAX® DCP, tick on the checkbox "Enable Higher Bit Rates" (HBR) in the "Package Options" dialog and set the slider "Maximum Picture Bit Rate" to 500 Mbps (see screenshot):

The naming convention for IMAX® DCPs is described here:
http://isdcf.com/dcnc/home/appendix-10-imax.html

Please note: 3D, HFR and HBR are only available in easyDCP Creator+.

easyDCP Creator+ generates a proprietary DCP digest file along with each encrypted DCP.
This digest file contains all track files keys used for the encryption during the DCP creation process. Whenever one wants to generate KDMs, you can load this digest file into a separate tool called easyDCP KDM Generator.

easyDCP KDM Generator is included in each purchase of easyDCP Creator+.
All you need to do is collect your recipient´s public server certificates and put them into a local folder. Use only the "cert.sha256" files. Usually, they have either a *.crt or *.pem suffix.
In easyDCP KDM Generator, you merely need to load the digest file, point to the folder with the server certificates and specify the start and end dates of the KDMs validity period.

Upon clicking the "Generate" button, easyDCP KDM Generator will create KDMs for all server certificates in a single batch job. Please note, that a digest file may contain multiple compositions, but a KDM only ever contains keys for a single composition. Thus, easyDCP KDM Generator will create x KDMs.

For more details, please refer to the http://www.easydcp.com/sync/manuals/easyDCP_KDM_Generator_User_Manual.pdf.

One easyDCP software license can be installed only on one computer system.

However, if you need to move the easyDCP license to another computer or operating system you can do this easily using Migration function in the web shop:

  1. Login in your account at www.easyDCP.com
  2. Select license status
  3. Select the product you need to migrate
  4. Select: "migrate license"

easyDCP Resolve Plug-In customers can get additional important informations for migration here

After the migration is complete you can generate a new license for the new ware system. Please refer to the following FAQ on how to activate your product.

Note:

  • There is a limit of one automatic migration in six months. If you require a second migration within the six months period, please inform us via email why it´s necassary.
  • Since server certificates are tied to the system hash, they become inaccessible after a migration. New certificates will be automatically created, but all KDMs issued to the old cerificates will no longer be accessible. Please check our FAQ: Server- and Signer- Certificates.

Migration with older Versions: For version easyDCP Creator(+)2.1.X and older, easyDCP Player(+)1.9.X and older, and easyDCP KDM Generator(+)1.47 and older, be prepared to use the new hashcode of your target hardware/software.

Different versions of easyDCP can be installed side-by-side

However be aware that the all share the same user application data folder, where state settings, KDMs, server and signer certificate and license are stored.  

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.

The DCI specifications demand that for a 2k DCP, which has a container size of 2048x1080, one or both sides of this container must be completely filled and that the container size must not be exceeded.

However, commonly 2k DCPs are eigther Flat (1.85:1) 1998x1080 or Scope (2.39:1) 2048x858.

If your input material does not meet one of these resolutions, you can individually configure for each picute track file how it shall be resized, using a combination of pillar-boxing (black bars left and right), letter-boxing (black bars top and bottom), scaling and/or cropping.

 

To do that, just follow these steps:

1) Add a new Picture track file

2) Right-click on the track file to show the context menu

3) Browse to Letterboxing and select one of the entries

  • Flat: Target resolution is 1998x1080 for 2k projects, 3996x2160 for 4k projects
  • Scope: Target resolution is 2048x858 for 2k projects, 4096x1716 for 4k projects
  • Full: Target resolution is 2048x1080 for 2k projects, 4096x2160 for 4k projects
  • Auto: The option that best matches the source footage´s native resolution will be chosen.

To see, what resolution is used, refer to the Metadata Inspectorwindow´s Target Resolution line.

Optionally, you can also scale your centent

  • Scaling Off: Frames will not be scaled. The source image is centered in the container. The rest is filled with black or cropped, if it extends the maximum container resolution.
  • Scale to Fit: The source image is scaled up until one side fills out the container. The rest is filled with black.
  • Scale to Fill: The source image is scaled up until the container is completey filled. If one side is now larger that the container, it is cropped.

Rather than repeating these steps for all track files over and over, you can also predefine a default pillar-/letterboxing setting in the global Preferences.

Just browse to the "New Track Defaults" tab and select the default letterboxing for new track files.

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

The software 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.

Note: easyDCP KDM Generator is not upgradable to easyDCP KDM Generator+

Yes, you can upgrade to a easyDCP "+" edition or upgrade to easyDCP Bundle1 or easyDCP Bundle2 later.

Precondition is your up to date easyDCP application with valid service extension.

Please note: Stereoscopic 3D DCPs can also be generated and paid on a project basis with the easyDCP Publisher.

With easyDCP Creator 2.0 or newer, you can load a DCP using the "Open DCP" option in the "File" menu.

Once loaded into easyDCP Creator, you can add subtitles, add a new composition or modify an existing one, change the names, etc. Provided you have not changed the essence, but only metadata, you do not even have to re-generate the DCP, but instead just overwrite the existing XML-based metadata files by clicking "Save DCP".

Similarly, you can enhance the loaded DCP by generating a Supplemental DCP.

To do that, just right-click the loaded track files and mark them to be used as references.

Referenced track files will not be included in the new package. After importing new track files and assembling a new composition, generate a new DCP. Only the new track files will be included in the generated DCP and therefore it cannot be played by itself. However, when you ingest both the original and the supplemental DCP into a cinema server, the server will resolve the referenced track files of the Supplemental DCP (VF) against the original DCP (OV).

To edit existing DCPs following options are available:

easyDCP Creator(+) itself is able to load - even encrypted - DCPs. In case of encrypted DCPs please check also FAQ: 

Why does easyDCP Creator+ generate KDMs since version 2.1?

Also, with the latest version of easyDCP Player+ you can unwrap or export a DCP - even an encrypted one - to j2c/dpx/tif/wav files.
It will automatically create a project file for loading the unwrapped DCP into easyDCP Creator(+) while maintaining all metadata.
There you can add subtitles or apply other changes direct including re-enabling encryption.
When you re-generate the DCP, the process will be almost as fast as a copy operation since all input image sequences are already in the proper JPEG 2000 format. (You have to bypass the color transform for each video track file and disable JPEG 2000 re-encoding and automatic pillar-/letterboxing in the options menu).

The conversion of DPX or TIFF sequences (as well as many other video formats) is one of the basic functionalities of easyDCP Creator and easyDCP Creator+.

In order to outsource the time consuming conversion to another workstation or to operate in parallel, each version of easyDCP Creator+ contains a free single version of easyDCP JPEG 2000 Transcoder.

Additional licenses can be purchased on demand.

 

Both easyDCP Creator and easyDCP Creator+ enable the creation of 2k (2048 x 1080) DCPs on MAC or Windows PC.
One requirement to create 2k-Content for digital cinema is that one dimension (length or height) is 2048 respective 1080 pixels and neither width nor height is larger than the dimensions.

For further information please refer to:

If you plan to create KDMs for your DCP - the application easyDCP KDM Gnerator is availabel. For automatic generating and distribution of KDMs the online service KDM Studio is available at www.dcptools.com. 
KDM Studio is developed by the DCPtools Team based on easyDCP KDM Gnerator+.

easyDCP Creator and easyDCP Creator+ can render SMPTE- as well as Interop- compliant DCPs. When you start a new project, just pick the project type and whether you want Interop or SMPTE conformity.

easyDCP Creator allows to encode unencrypted 2D DCPs (2k or 4k). easyDCP Creator+ additionally enables 3D DCPs as well as mastering of encrypted digital cinema content. Support for creating IMF packages as also a feature exclusive to easyDCP Creator.

 

Digitally equipped cinemas need Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs) for playback via a digital cinema server. Conventionally, feature films are encrypted while advertisements and trailers are not encrypted.


easyDCP Creator and easyDCP Creator+ enable the production of SMPTE- as well as Interop-compliant DCPs.


easyDCP Creator encodes unencrypted 2D DCPs. easyDCP Creator+ also allows for mastering of stereoscopic (3D) packages, encrypted packages and IMF packages.
For instance DPX, TIFF, JEPG2000 or QuickTime sequences can be used as input files.

For further information please refer to:

Playback of digital cinema content, so-called DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages), requires standardized encoded image-files packed in a standardized container. These standards are specified by the SMPTE and - for transitional use – in certain Interop-specifications.

easyDCP Creator and easyDCP Creator+ enable the production of SMPTE- as well as Interop-compliant DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages) easyDCP Creator allows to encode unencrypted 2D DCPs. easyDCP Creator+ additionally enables 3D as well as mastering of encrypted digital cinema content.
For instance DPX, TIFF, JEPG2000 or QuickTime sequences can be used as input files.

For further information please refer to:

If you plan to create KDMs for your DCP - the application easyDCP KDM Gnerator is availabel. For automatic generating and distribution of KDMs the online service KDM Studio is available at www.dcptools.com. 
KDM Studio is developed by the DCPtools Team based on easyDCP KDM Gnerator+.

DCPs use the CIE X’Y’Z’ color space with a gamma of 2.6.

Since the source footage is often in an RGB color space, they have to be converted first.

easyDCP Creator supports a variety of input color spaces and can be extended to work with custom color space settings or 3D lookup tables (LUT)s as well.

For further information please refer to:

 

 

It is not possible to playback QuickTime files via D-Cinema playback systems since these devices only playback standardized SMPTE or Interop DCPs.
easyDCP Creator and easyDCP Creator+ allow to convert QuickTime-Videos to DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages). Again, the input material must comply with the required size specifications (see link above).

For further information please refer to:

 

To optimize workflows in postproduction it can be useful to work with color transformed and compressed JPEG2000 files from an early phase on. This makes it easier to transport files to another location for further processing or to accelerate the transfer from one storage-device to another.

easyDCP Creator, easyDCP Creator+ or the easyDCP JPEG2000 Transcoder enable the production of SMPTE or Interop compliant JPEG2000 files.

easyDCP JPEG2000 Transcoder in particular is a low priced option to work with prepared and standardized JPEG2000 picture sequences long before the mastering of a DCP.

For further information please refer to :

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 

HINT: The usage of supplementals is very similar for DCPs and IMF-Packages.

Here is the sample situation:

  • A DCP or IMF-Package is created with 3 reels
  • Each reel contains 1.000 frames
  • The original version (OV) of the DCP or IMF-Package is already distributed/delivered to the partner

Assume the following problem:

  • All video frames between no. 1.400 and no. 1.500 have problems and must be replaced with a supplemental package

For a better understanding, please check the theoretical solution first:

  1. The existing playlist "CPL a" with three reels/sequences has 100 sequent and faulty frames (red) in reel/sequence #2:
  2. The way of mastering the supplemental package is to
    • split reel #2 in two seperate reels (here "Reel 2" and "Reel 4") and modify "Duration" and "Offset" for video and audio (subtitles if used)
    • create a new reel (here "Reel 3") which contains the corrected frames and fitting audio (subtitles if used)
    • every previous used trackfile can be reference for the Supplemental

  3. The final content of the supplemental package is the following:
    This new supplemental package now contains the new video frames, references to the audio track (subtitle track(s) if used) and the new CPL.

 Now we show you how to handle it with easyDCP Creator+ (here: Version 3.4.11)

  1. Here is the existing Package openend in easyDCP Creator+
    • load the package which needs to be corrected
    • select the affected CPL you need to repair with a Supplemental Package

  2. Copy this CPL
    • press the button "Duplicate Composition"
    • mark the selected trackfile(s) of your choice as reference
      • right click on trackfile
      • select option "Supplemental"
      • select "This Trackfile"
    • load the corrected frames as new trackfile (here: listed as picture track #4)

  3. Copy the affected "Reel 2"
    • select "Reel 2"
    • press the button "Duplicate Reel" (here it becomes "Reel 3")
    • edit the duration for "Reel 2"
      • right click on picture track in "Reel 2"
      • select option "Edit Parameters" or press "P"
      • change the duration in frames from 1000 to 399
    • edit the offset for "Reel 3"
      • right click on picture track in "Reel 3"
      • select option "Edit Parameters" or press "P"
      • change offset in frames from 0 to 501
    • The same process needs to be done also for audio and subtitles (if used)

  4. Create a new reel that will contain the corrected picture track 
    • drag'n'drop the new picture file from "Tracks" into the next empty reel (here: "Reel 5") at the end of the duplicated CPL
    • add sound and subtitles (if used)
    • Now, "Reel 5" is ready to replace the missing content between "Reel 2" and "Reel 3"

  5. Move "Reel 5" between "Reel 2" and "Reel 3"
    • drag'n'drop "Reel 5" between "Reel 2" and "Reel 3"
      ("Reel 3" will automatically become "Reel 4")

Don't forget to rename the new CPL and press "Generate Package".

The result will be a Supplemental DCP or IMF-Package that will replace the faulty frames when it's used together with the previous package (e.g. playback or further processing of the DCP at the cinema/partner)

Please note: Supplemental packages are only supported in easyDCP Creator+.

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 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.  

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

A DCP contains one or more compositions.

Each composition consists of one or more reels that will be played one after another. Each reel has at least a picture an a sound track file.

Optionally, it also contains a subtitel track file. A reel´s track files must all have the same duration. In easyDCP Creator, you can edit in-and out-points by right-clicking a track file that you already dragged onto a reel.

This way you can skip a run-in or sync your audio and video track files. Keep ini mind that an Interop subtitle must not contain any time stamps beyond the reel´s duration.

Time stamps are relative to the reel´s first visible frame. A single track file can be refrenced from multiple reels of the same composition. This way it is easily possible to skip a scene or title by setting the track file´s instances´ in- and out-points accordingly.

An exemplary use of multiple compositions would be, if you wanted to distribute a movie in multiple languages. For each compositon you would use identical picture track files, but language-specific auto track files.  

Compositions will not be played one after another. Instead, the cinema operator will choose which composition to play. Don´t forget to edit the composition´s names or otherwise the cinema operator might not find it on the server.

For example, the following two composition names indicate that one version has German audio ("DE") without any subtitles ("-XX") and the other version is Engish ("EN") with German subtitles ("-DE")

MYDCP_FTR_S_DE-XX_ 51_2K_20150707_FHG_OV
MYDCP_FTR_S_EN-DE_ 51_2K_20150707_FHG_OV

Hint: You can right-click the title and open an editor to compose a title according to the rules of the Digital Cinema Naming Converions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It seems with some QuickTime codecs, the gamma is slightly changed by the QuickTime framewok when frames are decoded. This is a known problem when using QuckTime.

easyDCP Creator allows to compensate this QuickTime-Gamma-Shift. By default, a value of 2.2 is set for gamma of the input color space. You can add additional color space transformations or adapt existing transformation settings. 

To do this, please follow this steps:

  1. Open the folder containing the color transformations by right click on a Picture Track File -> "Color Processing" -> "Open Color Transformation Repository...“.



  2. Duplicate the standard XML-File for RGB -> XYZ color transformation "color_transformation_itu709_to_xyz.xml" and rename it for example to "color_transformation_itu709_to_xyz_quicktime_fix.xml"



  3. Open the new file with an editor and change the title:
    Edit the "name"-attribute in "transformation"-Node, for example "ITU 709 -> X'Y'Z'" in "ITU 709 -> X'Y'Z' (QuickTime AppleProRes)

  4. Change the source „gamma“ from 2,2 for example to 1,6*. Unfortunately we cannot give information which gamma value fits to which codec since the certain value depends on some additional factors (used operating system /variant and version of specific codec and so on)



  5. Save the changes and restart easyDCP Creator
    Now you can find the adapted color transformation as new option by navigating to Picture Track File -> "Color Processing".

 
Alternative solutions to prevent from Gammashift:

– Use an user defined sRGB to XYZ 3D-LUT compensating the corresponding Gammashift for the used codec.<
– Increase the gamma oft he Mov file´s gamma before you ingest it into easyDCP Creator.
– Use DPX or TIFF still image picture sequences instead of QickTime video.

CPU-accelerated encoding with CUDA-enabled graphics card was introduced in easyDCP Creator 3.3 (Windows only).

You can now endode DCP´s faster than real-time.

We recommend you enable GPU-accelerated encoding in the "options" pane as it significantly outperforms the CPU-based encoder.

 

This is different in every country. We can’t send you the certificates.

  • The best way is to ask the cinema owner directly. They should have the certificates of the projection system in their screening rooms or tell you the model and serial number.
  • Another idea is to contact the server vendors directly.

If you have the model and serial number, you can contact the manufacturer and ask for access to their database.


According to the specifications the following aspect ratios for DCPs are valid:

The pixel array size and frame rate shall be one of the formats listed in the table below:

  • 2K Scope (2.39:1) Resolution: 2048x858 FPS:24/1 or 48/1
  • 2K Flat (1.85:1) Resolution: 1998x1080 FPS:24/1 or 48/1
  • 2K Full (1.90:1) Resolution: 2048x1080 FPS:24/1 or 48/1
  • 4K Scope (2.39:1) Resolution: 4096x1716 FPS:24/1
  • 4K Flat (1.85:1) Resolution: 3996x2160 FPS:24/1
  • 4K Full (1.90:1) Resolution: 4096x2160 FPS:24/1


Stereoscopic picture essence tracks shall be limited to the 2K formats, and shall have a frame rate of 48/1 and an edit rate equal to half the frame rate.

easyDCP Creator+/easyDCP Player+ and easydcp Resolve Plugin supports SMPTE IMF-Specifications: App2/App 2E

For more details "What is IMF" please check: IMF - Interopable Masterformat

easyDCP Creator/Creator+, easyDCP JPEG 2000 Transcoder and easyDCP Publisher are highly optimized for running on multi-processor/multi-core machines. On Windows, it can also use one or more CUDA® enabled graphics devices.

We recommend the following minimal system configuration:

  • Windows PC (Windows 64 bit, Version 7 or higher) or Intel Mac (Mac OS X 64 bit, Version 10.7 or higher)
  • You also need a minimum of 2 GB RAM
  • Installation occupies 200 MB free disc space
  • Fast hard disk is also recommended

For best performance, opt for the following specifications:

  • CPU with 6 or 8 cores
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Fast SSD
  • A CUDA-enabled graphics device for encoding with the following specifications:
    • Compute Capability 2.0 or higher
    • Minimum of 1 GB memory, better 4 GB of memory
    • Preferably connected with 16 PCI Express lanes
    • The more cores, the better
    • E.g. NVIDIA GeForce 980 Ti

Since version 2.1 of easyDCP Creator+ it is possible to open encrypted DCPs and to use these DCPs as a basis for new DCPs. There are basically two ways of providing the keys in order to allow easyDCP Creator+ to decrypt the content for the preview and before generating a new DCP.

If one provides the keys by a Fraunhofer Digest, we assume that the user generated the content and that he is in charge of the source content used for the first DCP generation. In such a case you can do everything in easyDCP Creator+, including the deactivation of the encryption and the generation of a new Digest when generating a new DCP.

If one provides the keys by a Distribution KDM (or KDM), easyDCP Creator+ does not allow to disable the encryption nor lets it generate the Fraunhofer Digest for the new DCP. In order to understand this behavior we have to explain that the Fraunhofer Digest stores the encryption key as plain text on the hard drive. Without disabling the Digest-option one could easily open an encrypted DCP together with a DKDM, generate a new encrypted DCP and store the encryption keys in plaintext. Since content-owners are very diligent with their content, Fraunhofer IIS decided to disable the option since version 2.1.

 pic1Beginning with version 2.1, easyDCP Creator+ is capable of opening encrypted DCPs and using these DCPs as basis for new DCPs. There are basically two ways of providing the keys in order to allow easyDCP Creator+ to decrypt the content for the preview and for generating a new DCP.

If keys are provided by means of a proprietary Fraunhofer Digest file (*.dcpdig), it is assumed that the user generated the content and that he is in charge of the sources used for the original DCP generation. In this case you can alter all properties in easyDCP Creator+, including the deactivation of the encryption or the generation of a new encrypted DCP and Digest file.



 pic2If one provides the keys by means of Distribution KDM (or KDM), easyDCP Creator+ does not allow to disable the encryption nor does it generate the Fraunhofer Digest for the new DCP. In order to understand this behavior we have to explain that the Fraunhofer Digest stores the encryption key as plain text on the hard drive. If the Digest-option were not disabled, one could easily open an encrypted DCP together with a (D)KDM, generate a new encrypted DCP and store the encryption keys in plaintext. Since content-owners are very diligent with their content, Fraunhofer IIS decided to disable the option from the beginning.

Since the software does not permit you to generate a Digest, there has to be another way for communicating the encryption keys to another software. Using easyDCP Creator+ version 2.1 or higher this can be done by generating a (D)KDM directly from within easyDCP Creator+. The “Generate DCP…” dialog was extended to offer you to generate KDMs. By design, one (D)KDM will be generated for easyDCP Creator+ itself in order to make sure that one can open the DCP on the same computer using easyDCP Creator+ later. A second (D)KDM can be generated for another software being able to open (D)KDMs, including easyDCP KDM Generator+ and many other 3rd party hard-/and software tools.

easyDCP Creator+

Quality and kind of hard disk are not important but it is recommended to use a powerful interface, e.g. eSATA or USB 3.0. Commonly, carriers from the CruDataPort series are used.

The file-systeme is very important. According to DCI specification EXT2 or EXT3 is required. These file systems are supported natively by LINUX. 
Third party drivers/emulations are available for MAC and Windows, but we know from some customers that they had problems with the Windows drivers. It is recommended to install a LINUX system either on a remote or virtual system and have it share the mounted DCP via SAMBA.

The time it takes to copy a DCP onto a mobile hard-drive depends on the DCPs size and on the bandwidth. A 90-minute DCP can take up to 200 GB.

It is highly recommend to verify the DCPs integrity.  To do that, you can start the DCP validation (included in easyDCP Creator+ and easyDCP Player+) and run a Hash-check (e.g. with MD5) of the DCP before copying to the hard disc. After copying run the Hash-check again. The results of the hash-check must be identical otherwise the DCP may crash.

This extra work is in no relation to later exchange of the DCP in the cinema. 

Copying needs to be done independently from the easyDCP application, e.g. with Finder or Windows Explorer. Also professional mass-duplication software is available and convinient for larger copy batch jobs.

Additional hint: Using of Digital Cinema Naming Convention is higly recommend to ease the workflow in the cinema server. Create correct syntax of Digital Cinema Naming Convention is embedded in easyDCP applications. 

 

The content decryption context menu is only available in the

  • easyDCP Creator+
  • easyDCP Playert+
  • easyDCP KDM Generator+

The option

(File ->) Content Decryption -> Export Public Server Certificate

will copy both the public leaf certificate (easydcpcreator_.cert.sha256.crt) and the signature chain (easydcpcreator _.chain.sha256.pem) to the selected folder. The signature chain contains the leaf certificate as well as intermediate certificates and the root certificate. You may safely distribute these certificates to content providers who want to issue a Distribution KDM to your easyDCP + installation.

When issuing (D)KDMs with easyDCP KDM Generator+, place only the leaf certificate file (*.crt) into the server certificate’s folder or just drag and drop it into the corresponding input form.

HINT: Every easyDCP Application uses different Server Certificates. KDMs issued for one easyDCP application cannot be used in any other easyDCP application.  

easyDCP Creator creates SMPTE- or Interop- compliant DCPs as well as SMPTE-compliant IMF packages.

JPEG 2000 files generated with easyDCP Creator meet all necessary requirements.

However, one has to consider that, importing pre-generated JPEG2000 files as input format and disabling the "JPEG2000 Re-encoding" option, easyDCP Creator does not check if these files are compliant to the current specifications and standards. The software merely copies the files into the DCP. This may end in a DCP being rejected by certain playback devices/digital cinema servers.

Furthermore, not all server systems in the market are able to playback all types of content and may behave differently.
Currently we are not aware of any problems regarding DCPs generated with easyDCP Creator.

Unfortunately we cannot issue licenses that are expiring after a few days. To evaluate the software, free trial versions can be downloaded.

The restrictions of the demo versions are:

  • easyDCP Creator Demo burns in a visible watermark into each frame.
  • easyDCP Player Demo decreases decoding quality and mutes audio after a playback time of 15 seconds.
  • easyDCP KDM Generator Demo generates KDMs with a maximum validity period of 48 hours, starting from the time when the KDM is generated.

Tip: You can also generate DCPs and pay on a project basis with easyDCP Publisher.

The demo version of the easyDCP Standalone applications allows nearly most available function.

You will find following limitations: 

easyDCP Creator(+)

  • Visible watermark in each frame of the DCP
  • No DKDM input (For test of reopening encrypted DCPs please use DCP-Digestc easyDCP Creator+)
  • It is not possible to create supplemental DCP/IMF packages in the demo version.

 easyDCP Player(+)

  • Limited playback time is 15 sec. After 15 sec. audio switches off and plaback quality is reduced.  
  • (+) No Export available
  • (+) No DKDM input (For test of reopening encrypted DCPs please use DCP-Digest)

 easyDCP KDM Generator

  • Issued KDMs have a maximum validity time of 2 days

easyDCP KDM Generator+

  • Issued KDMs have a maximum validity time of 2 days
  • No DKDM input (For test please use DCP-Digest created by easyDCP Creator+)

 

From now on, you will receive a discount on your service and support fees if you extend the service during the ongoing service period.

This is how it works: Since 2017-01-01 you receive a COUPON code on your bill for your next purchase of service extension. This voucher reduces your costs for the next service renewal of the same license by 10%.

The COUPON code is valid for the respective license from the issue of the invoice until the day on which your existing service expires. The date of the last validity is displayed in the COUPON.

How to use this voucher code:

NOTE: Your ongoing service must still be valid

  1. Go to your license status as usual
  2. Extend your existing service by at least 6 months.
  3. In checkout, the option "ADD COUPON" will be offered.
  4. Enter the individual coupon code for this license.


You will automatically receive a discount of 10%. The new service is automatically added to the end of the current service period. The invoice now contains a new COUPON code in order to receive a 10% discount for the next renewal.

Hint: You can spare yourself the manual entry of the voucher code by signing up for a subscription, which automatically extends the service in time. You then receive the discount without entering a COPUON code.

With activated Service Subscription your service will be prolonged automatically for 6 month 30 days before it expires without any notification to do it manually. The prolongation will be charged to your credit card, its details are stored for this use at our Acquirer „Heidelpay“. You will receive an order confirmation and invoice for a successful service prolongation as usual.

Service Prolongation via Service Subscription comes automatically with 10% discount.  

How to setup a Service Subscription?

  1. Login at your easyDCP web account
  2. Select top menu option „Service Status"
  3. Select your preferred license for your Service Subscription
  4. Select your payment method or create a new one. 

Your next automatic prolongation will be shown at „Next Payment“.
A Service Subscription can be created and removed at any time before a service gets inactive.

What happens if an automatic Service Prolongation fails?

If payment fails we will keep retrying. After certain fail we will deactivate the service subscription and inform you by email. Your Service Status will be set to manual mode and you will receive the known „Service Notification“.

Reasons for failed payments can be expired validity, insufficient covering of payment amount or general deactivation of your credit card. If possible we will inform you about reason of rejection.

How safe are your Credit Card details?

Your CCdetails are exclusively stored on servers of our acquierer. These servers are regularly monitored by the CC-companies.

The generation of personalized signer certificates for certain easyDCP applications is a free service provided by Fraunhofer IIS.

New personalized signer certificates will be issued with every License & Certificate Request during new installation of after migration of the software.

Requirements to get personalized signer certificates issued by Fraunhofer IIS are:

- The email-domain used for your web-account at http://www.easyDCP.com and the requested domain within the License & Certificate Set-request must match.

- Requested domain for validation is not a public address like e. g. gmail.com, t-online.de etc. Blacklist is supported.

If a comprehensible reason exist that email domain and requested domain cannot match please contact info@easydcp.com 

easyDCP Creator 2.2.x (and newer) supports the following frame-rates when using the SMPTE packaging mode:

2k HFR:                     4k HFR:                     2k - 3D HFR (Creator+ only)

24 fps                        24 fps                         24fps
25 fps                        25 fps
30 fps                        30 fps
48 fps
50 fps
60 fps

At the time the above frame-rates are DCI-compliant and should be process able by today´s cinema playback systems.

If you need higher frame-rates for experimental purposes, please contact us at info@easyDCP.com.    

You may apply for a facility code at http://www.digitalcinemanamingconvention.com .

Every time a new version of easyDCP Creator is released, we download the latest list from there. In the meantime you can add your own facility code by following this procedure:

  • In a CPL, right click on the CPL name which is displayed in the upper left corner of the virtual film role
  • Select menu-entry "Edit with Digital Naming Convention"
  • In the upcoming dialog, open the "Facility:" drop-down-box
  • Select "Add custom Facility..."
  • Enter your assigned facility code and a description
  • Confirm by pressing the "Add" button

The added facility code is now part of the Facility List and can be used for CPL naming.

IMAX® DCPs have a resolution of 4K (3D) and a picture bit rate of up to 500 Mbps.

To create an IMAX® DCP, tick on the checkbox "Enable Higher Bit Rates" (HBR) in the "Package Options" dialog and set the slider "Maximum Picture Bit Rate" to 500 Mbps (see screenshot):

The naming convention for IMAX® DCPs is described here:
http://isdcf.com/dcnc/home/appendix-10-imax.html

Please note: 3D, HFR and HBR are only available in easyDCP Creator+.

easyDCP Creator+ generates a proprietary DCP digest file along with each encrypted DCP.
This digest file contains all track files keys used for the encryption during the DCP creation process. Whenever one wants to generate KDMs, you can load this digest file into a separate tool called easyDCP KDM Generator.

easyDCP KDM Generator is included in each purchase of easyDCP Creator+.
All you need to do is collect your recipient´s public server certificates and put them into a local folder. Use only the "cert.sha256" files. Usually, they have either a *.crt or *.pem suffix.
In easyDCP KDM Generator, you merely need to load the digest file, point to the folder with the server certificates and specify the start and end dates of the KDMs validity period.

Upon clicking the "Generate" button, easyDCP KDM Generator will create KDMs for all server certificates in a single batch job. Please note, that a digest file may contain multiple compositions, but a KDM only ever contains keys for a single composition. Thus, easyDCP KDM Generator will create x KDMs.

For more details, please refer to the http://www.easydcp.com/sync/manuals/easyDCP_KDM_Generator_User_Manual.pdf.

One easyDCP software license can be installed only on one computer system.

However, if you need to move the easyDCP license to another computer or operating system you can do this easily using Migration function in the web shop:

  1. Login in your account at www.easyDCP.com
  2. Select license status
  3. Select the product you need to migrate
  4. Select: "migrate license"

easyDCP Resolve Plug-In customers can get additional important informations for migration here

After the migration is complete you can generate a new license for the new ware system. Please refer to the following FAQ on how to activate your product.

Note:

  • There is a limit of one automatic migration in six months. If you require a second migration within the six months period, please inform us via email why it´s necassary.
  • Since server certificates are tied to the system hash, they become inaccessible after a migration. New certificates will be automatically created, but all KDMs issued to the old cerificates will no longer be accessible. Please check our FAQ: Server- and Signer- Certificates.

Migration with older Versions: For version easyDCP Creator(+)2.1.X and older, easyDCP Player(+)1.9.X and older, and easyDCP KDM Generator(+)1.47 and older, be prepared to use the new hashcode of your target hardware/software.

Different versions of easyDCP can be installed side-by-side

However be aware that the all share the same user application data folder, where state settings, KDMs, server and signer certificate and license are stored.  

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.

The DCI specifications demand that for a 2k DCP, which has a container size of 2048x1080, one or both sides of this container must be completely filled and that the container size must not be exceeded.

However, commonly 2k DCPs are eigther Flat (1.85:1) 1998x1080 or Scope (2.39:1) 2048x858.

If your input material does not meet one of these resolutions, you can individually configure for each picute track file how it shall be resized, using a combination of pillar-boxing (black bars left and right), letter-boxing (black bars top and bottom), scaling and/or cropping.

 

To do that, just follow these steps:

1) Add a new Picture track file

2) Right-click on the track file to show the context menu

3) Browse to Letterboxing and select one of the entries

  • Flat: Target resolution is 1998x1080 for 2k projects, 3996x2160 for 4k projects
  • Scope: Target resolution is 2048x858 for 2k projects, 4096x1716 for 4k projects
  • Full: Target resolution is 2048x1080 for 2k projects, 4096x2160 for 4k projects
  • Auto: The option that best matches the source footage´s native resolution will be chosen.

To see, what resolution is used, refer to the Metadata Inspectorwindow´s Target Resolution line.

Optionally, you can also scale your centent

  • Scaling Off: Frames will not be scaled. The source image is centered in the container. The rest is filled with black or cropped, if it extends the maximum container resolution.
  • Scale to Fit: The source image is scaled up until one side fills out the container. The rest is filled with black.
  • Scale to Fill: The source image is scaled up until the container is completey filled. If one side is now larger that the container, it is cropped.

Rather than repeating these steps for all track files over and over, you can also predefine a default pillar-/letterboxing setting in the global Preferences.

Just browse to the "New Track Defaults" tab and select the default letterboxing for new track files.

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

The software 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.

Note: easyDCP KDM Generator is not upgradable to easyDCP KDM Generator+

Please notice that one can only generate one DKDM when generating a new DCP.

For the generation of many KDM´s easyDCP KDM Generator is still the software of your choice allowing you to generate unlimited KDMs with a simple click.

Yes, you can upgrade to a easyDCP "+" edition or upgrade to easyDCP Bundle1 or easyDCP Bundle2 later.

Precondition is your up to date easyDCP application with valid service extension.

Please note: Stereoscopic 3D DCPs can also be generated and paid on a project basis with the easyDCP Publisher.

With easyDCP Creator 2.0 or newer, you can load a DCP using the "Open DCP" option in the "File" menu.

Once loaded into easyDCP Creator, you can add subtitles, add a new composition or modify an existing one, change the names, etc. Provided you have not changed the essence, but only metadata, you do not even have to re-generate the DCP, but instead just overwrite the existing XML-based metadata files by clicking "Save DCP".

Similarly, you can enhance the loaded DCP by generating a Supplemental DCP.

To do that, just right-click the loaded track files and mark them to be used as references.

Referenced track files will not be included in the new package. After importing new track files and assembling a new composition, generate a new DCP. Only the new track files will be included in the generated DCP and therefore it cannot be played by itself. However, when you ingest both the original and the supplemental DCP into a cinema server, the server will resolve the referenced track files of the Supplemental DCP (VF) against the original DCP (OV).

To edit existing DCPs following options are available:

easyDCP Creator(+) itself is able to load - even encrypted - DCPs. In case of encrypted DCPs please check also FAQ: 

Why does easyDCP Creator+ generate KDMs since version 2.1?

Also, with the latest version of easyDCP Player+ you can unwrap or export a DCP - even an encrypted one - to j2c/dpx/tif/wav files.
It will automatically create a project file for loading the unwrapped DCP into easyDCP Creator(+) while maintaining all metadata.
There you can add subtitles or apply other changes direct including re-enabling encryption.
When you re-generate the DCP, the process will be almost as fast as a copy operation since all input image sequences are already in the proper JPEG 2000 format. (You have to bypass the color transform for each video track file and disable JPEG 2000 re-encoding and automatic pillar-/letterboxing in the options menu).

The conversion of DPX or TIFF sequences (as well as many other video formats) is one of the basic functionalities of easyDCP Creator and easyDCP Creator+.

In order to outsource the time consuming conversion to another workstation or to operate in parallel, each version of easyDCP Creator+ contains a free single version of easyDCP JPEG 2000 Transcoder.

Additional licenses can be purchased on demand.

 

Both easyDCP Creator and easyDCP Creator+ enable the creation of 2k (2048 x 1080) DCPs on MAC or Windows PC.
One requirement to create 2k-Content for digital cinema is that one dimension (length or height) is 2048 respective 1080 pixels and neither width nor height is larger than the dimensions.

For further information please refer to:

If you plan to create KDMs for your DCP - the application easyDCP KDM Gnerator is availabel. For automatic generating and distribution of KDMs the online service KDM Studio is available at www.dcptools.com. 
KDM Studio is developed by the DCPtools Team based on easyDCP KDM Gnerator+.

easyDCP Creator and easyDCP Creator+ can render SMPTE- as well as Interop- compliant DCPs. When you start a new project, just pick the project type and whether you want Interop or SMPTE conformity.

easyDCP Creator allows to encode unencrypted 2D DCPs (2k or 4k). easyDCP Creator+ additionally enables 3D DCPs as well as mastering of encrypted digital cinema content. Support for creating IMF packages as also a feature exclusive to easyDCP Creator.

 

A simple way to create language- or subtitle-versions of DCPs is a so-called Supplemental DCP (Digital Cinema Package).
easyDCP Creator+ offers easy-to-use and efficient tools to master Supplemental DCPs.

For further information please refer to:

 

 

Support for creating stereoscopic 2K DCPs is a feature exclusive to easyDCP Creator+. When you add a new picture track,  you will be prompted to specify separate file sequences for the left and right eye. Other than that, the steps are identical to creating a 2D DCP.

Limitations: 

- creating 4K 3D DCPs is not supported

- creating a 3D picture track from side-by-side images or from stereoscopic QuickTime movies is not supported

- creating a 3D picture track from a 2D QuickTime movie is not supported. As a workaround, use easyDCP JPEG Transcoder to convert each file individually into a JPEG2000 sequence and subsequently, back in easyDCP Creator+, create a stereo picture track file based on the two JPEG2000 sequences. In easyDCP JPEG 2000 Transcoder, remember to select "3D" option, so that a configured maximum bitrate of 250Mbit/s will internaly be halfed to 125Mbit/s per eye.

 

 

 

 

Digitally equipped cinemas need Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs) for playback via a digital cinema server. Conventionally, feature films are encrypted while advertisements and trailers are not encrypted.


easyDCP Creator and easyDCP Creator+ enable the production of SMPTE- as well as Interop-compliant DCPs.


easyDCP Creator encodes unencrypted 2D DCPs. easyDCP Creator+ also allows for mastering of stereoscopic (3D) packages, encrypted packages and IMF packages.
For instance DPX, TIFF, JEPG2000 or QuickTime sequences can be used as input files.

For further information please refer to:

Playback of digital cinema content, so-called DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages), requires standardized encoded image-files packed in a standardized container. These standards are specified by the SMPTE and - for transitional use – in certain Interop-specifications.

easyDCP Creator and easyDCP Creator+ enable the production of SMPTE- as well as Interop-compliant DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages) easyDCP Creator allows to encode unencrypted 2D DCPs. easyDCP Creator+ additionally enables 3D as well as mastering of encrypted digital cinema content.
For instance DPX, TIFF, JEPG2000 or QuickTime sequences can be used as input files.

For further information please refer to:

If you plan to create KDMs for your DCP - the application easyDCP KDM Gnerator is availabel. For automatic generating and distribution of KDMs the online service KDM Studio is available at www.dcptools.com. 
KDM Studio is developed by the DCPtools Team based on easyDCP KDM Gnerator+.

DKDMs are used for the exchange of encrypted DCPs between postproduction houses. Processing DKDMs needs the same operation and security requirements that are used in the creation and operation of KDMs for the digital cinema.
easyDCP Creator+ enables to encrypt digital cinema content and the standard accessory easyDCP KDM Generator generates KDMs and DKDMs for the transfer of digital cinema content to postproduction houses or cinemas.

For further information please refer to:

For automatic generating and distribution of KDMs the online service KDM Studio is available at www.dcptools.com. 
KDM Studio is developed by the DCPtools Team based on easyDCP KDM Gnerator+.

DCPs use the CIE X’Y’Z’ color space with a gamma of 2.6.

Since the source footage is often in an RGB color space, they have to be converted first.

easyDCP Creator supports a variety of input color spaces and can be extended to work with custom color space settings or 3D lookup tables (LUT)s as well.

For further information please refer to:

 

 

It is not possible to playback QuickTime files via D-Cinema playback systems since these devices only playback standardized SMPTE or Interop DCPs.
easyDCP Creator and easyDCP Creator+ allow to convert QuickTime-Videos to DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages). Again, the input material must comply with the required size specifications (see link above).

For further information please refer to:

 

To optimize workflows in postproduction it can be useful to work with color transformed and compressed JPEG2000 files from an early phase on. This makes it easier to transport files to another location for further processing or to accelerate the transfer from one storage-device to another.

easyDCP Creator, easyDCP Creator+ or the easyDCP JPEG2000 Transcoder enable the production of SMPTE or Interop compliant JPEG2000 files.

easyDCP JPEG2000 Transcoder in particular is a low priced option to work with prepared and standardized JPEG2000 picture sequences long before the mastering of a DCP.

For further information please refer to :

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 

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 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.  

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

A DCP contains one or more compositions.

Each composition consists of one or more reels that will be played one after another. Each reel has at least a picture an a sound track file.

Optionally, it also contains a subtitel track file. A reel´s track files must all have the same duration. In easyDCP Creator, you can edit in-and out-points by right-clicking a track file that you already dragged onto a reel.

This way you can skip a run-in or sync your audio and video track files. Keep ini mind that an Interop subtitle must not contain any time stamps beyond the reel´s duration.

Time stamps are relative to the reel´s first visible frame. A single track file can be refrenced from multiple reels of the same composition. This way it is easily possible to skip a scene or title by setting the track file´s instances´ in- and out-points accordingly.

An exemplary use of multiple compositions would be, if you wanted to distribute a movie in multiple languages. For each compositon you would use identical picture track files, but language-specific auto track files.  

Compositions will not be played one after another. Instead, the cinema operator will choose which composition to play. Don´t forget to edit the composition´s names or otherwise the cinema operator might not find it on the server.

For example, the following two composition names indicate that one version has German audio ("DE") without any subtitles ("-XX") and the other version is Engish ("EN") with German subtitles ("-DE")

MYDCP_FTR_S_DE-XX_ 51_2K_20150707_FHG_OV
MYDCP_FTR_S_EN-DE_ 51_2K_20150707_FHG_OV

Hint: You can right-click the title and open an editor to compose a title according to the rules of the Digital Cinema Naming Converions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It seems with some QuickTime codecs, the gamma is slightly changed by the QuickTime framewok when frames are decoded. This is a known problem when using QuckTime.

easyDCP Creator allows to compensate this QuickTime-Gamma-Shift. By default, a value of 2.2 is set for gamma of the input color space. You can add additional color space transformations or adapt existing transformation settings. 

To do this, please follow this steps:

  1. Open the folder containing the color transformations by right click on a Picture Track File -> "Color Processing" -> "Open Color Transformation Repository...“.



  2. Duplicate the standard XML-File for RGB -> XYZ color transformation "color_transformation_itu709_to_xyz.xml" and rename it for example to "color_transformation_itu709_to_xyz_quicktime_fix.xml"



  3. Open the new file with an editor and change the title:
    Edit the "name"-attribute in "transformation"-Node, for example "ITU 709 -> X'Y'Z'" in "ITU 709 -> X'Y'Z' (QuickTime AppleProRes)

  4. Change the source „gamma“ from 2,2 for example to 1,6*. Unfortunately we cannot give information which gamma value fits to which codec since the certain value depends on some additional factors (used operating system /variant and version of specific codec and so on)



  5. Save the changes and restart easyDCP Creator
    Now you can find the adapted color transformation as new option by navigating to Picture Track File -> "Color Processing".

 
Alternative solutions to prevent from Gammashift:

– Use an user defined sRGB to XYZ 3D-LUT compensating the corresponding Gammashift for the used codec.<
– Increase the gamma oft he Mov file´s gamma before you ingest it into easyDCP Creator.
– Use DPX or TIFF still image picture sequences instead of QickTime video.

CPU-accelerated encoding with CUDA-enabled graphics card was introduced in easyDCP Creator 3.3 (Windows only).

You can now endode DCP´s faster than real-time.

We recommend you enable GPU-accelerated encoding in the "options" pane as it significantly outperforms the CPU-based encoder.

 

This is different in every country. We can’t send you the certificates.

  • The best way is to ask the cinema owner directly. They should have the certificates of the projection system in their screening rooms or tell you the model and serial number.
  • Another idea is to contact the server vendors directly.

If you have the model and serial number, you can contact the manufacturer and ask for access to their database.


According to the specifications the following aspect ratios for DCPs are valid:

The pixel array size and frame rate shall be one of the formats listed in the table below:

  • 2K Scope (2.39:1) Resolution: 2048x858 FPS:24/1 or 48/1
  • 2K Flat (1.85:1) Resolution: 1998x1080 FPS:24/1 or 48/1
  • 2K Full (1.90:1) Resolution: 2048x1080 FPS:24/1 or 48/1
  • 4K Scope (2.39:1) Resolution: 4096x1716 FPS:24/1
  • 4K Flat (1.85:1) Resolution: 3996x2160 FPS:24/1
  • 4K Full (1.90:1) Resolution: 4096x2160 FPS:24/1


Stereoscopic picture essence tracks shall be limited to the 2K formats, and shall have a frame rate of 48/1 and an edit rate equal to half the frame rate.

easyDCP Creator+/easyDCP Player+ and easydcp Resolve Plugin supports SMPTE IMF-Specifications: App2/App 2E

For more details "What is IMF" please check: IMF - Interopable Masterformat

easyDCP Creator/Creator+, easyDCP JPEG 2000 Transcoder and easyDCP Publisher are highly optimized for running on multi-processor/multi-core machines. On Windows, it can also use one or more CUDA® enabled graphics devices.

We recommend the following minimal system configuration:

  • Windows PC (Windows 64 bit, Version 7 or higher) or Intel Mac (Mac OS X 64 bit, Version 10.7 or higher)
  • You also need a minimum of 2 GB RAM
  • Installation occupies 200 MB free disc space
  • Fast hard disk is also recommended

For best performance, opt for the following specifications:

  • CPU with 6 or 8 cores
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Fast SSD
  • A CUDA-enabled graphics device for encoding with the following specifications:
    • Compute Capability 2.0 or higher
    • Minimum of 1 GB memory, better 4 GB of memory
    • Preferably connected with 16 PCI Express lanes
    • The more cores, the better
    • E.g. NVIDIA GeForce 980 Ti

Since version 2.1 of easyDCP Creator+ it is possible to open encrypted DCPs and to use these DCPs as a basis for new DCPs. There are basically two ways of providing the keys in order to allow easyDCP Creator+ to decrypt the content for the preview and before generating a new DCP.

If one provides the keys by a Fraunhofer Digest, we assume that the user generated the content and that he is in charge of the source content used for the first DCP generation. In such a case you can do everything in easyDCP Creator+, including the deactivation of the encryption and the generation of a new Digest when generating a new DCP.

If one provides the keys by a Distribution KDM (or KDM), easyDCP Creator+ does not allow to disable the encryption nor lets it generate the Fraunhofer Digest for the new DCP. In order to understand this behavior we have to explain that the Fraunhofer Digest stores the encryption key as plain text on the hard drive. Without disabling the Digest-option one could easily open an encrypted DCP together with a DKDM, generate a new encrypted DCP and store the encryption keys in plaintext. Since content-owners are very diligent with their content, Fraunhofer IIS decided to disable the option since version 2.1.

 pic1Beginning with version 2.1, easyDCP Creator+ is capable of opening encrypted DCPs and using these DCPs as basis for new DCPs. There are basically two ways of providing the keys in order to allow easyDCP Creator+ to decrypt the content for the preview and for generating a new DCP.

If keys are provided by means of a proprietary Fraunhofer Digest file (*.dcpdig), it is assumed that the user generated the content and that he is in charge of the sources used for the original DCP generation. In this case you can alter all properties in easyDCP Creator+, including the deactivation of the encryption or the generation of a new encrypted DCP and Digest file.



 pic2If one provides the keys by means of Distribution KDM (or KDM), easyDCP Creator+ does not allow to disable the encryption nor does it generate the Fraunhofer Digest for the new DCP. In order to understand this behavior we have to explain that the Fraunhofer Digest stores the encryption key as plain text on the hard drive. If the Digest-option were not disabled, one could easily open an encrypted DCP together with a (D)KDM, generate a new encrypted DCP and store the encryption keys in plaintext. Since content-owners are very diligent with their content, Fraunhofer IIS decided to disable the option from the beginning.

Since the software does not permit you to generate a Digest, there has to be another way for communicating the encryption keys to another software. Using easyDCP Creator+ version 2.1 or higher this can be done by generating a (D)KDM directly from within easyDCP Creator+. The “Generate DCP…” dialog was extended to offer you to generate KDMs. By design, one (D)KDM will be generated for easyDCP Creator+ itself in order to make sure that one can open the DCP on the same computer using easyDCP Creator+ later. A second (D)KDM can be generated for another software being able to open (D)KDMs, including easyDCP KDM Generator+ and many other 3rd party hard-/and software tools.

easyDCP Player

Unfortunately we cannot issue licenses that are expiring after a few days. To evaluate the software, free trial versions can be downloaded.

The restrictions of the demo versions are:

  • easyDCP Creator Demo burns in a visible watermark into each frame.
  • easyDCP Player Demo decreases decoding quality and mutes audio after a playback time of 15 seconds.
  • easyDCP KDM Generator Demo generates KDMs with a maximum validity period of 48 hours, starting from the time when the KDM is generated.

Tip: You can also generate DCPs and pay on a project basis with easyDCP Publisher.

3.4.11
  • fix regression: x-coordinate for vertical timed text was not calculated correctly anymore
  • bugfix: false error message in some cases during IMF J2K profile validation
  • bugfix: crash when opening *.jp2 files
  • bugfix: fixed edit rate/duration issues when loading certain IMF VFs
  • bugfix: fixed an issue where licensing was not possible on some Macs with High Sierra and Apple FS
3.4.10
  • bugfix: fixed an issue where KDMs and certificates became inaccessible after installing Windows 10 Anniversary/Creators Update
  • bugfix: fixed an issue where a request for the certificate password would cause infinite hang
3.4.8
  • bugfix: characters missing from the specified font of a subtitle spot were not detected in some cases
  • bugfix: incorrect error message about track duration mismatches when loading certain IMF Packages
  • bugfix: loading audio language from IMF Trackfiles when loading full IMF Package
  • bugfix: quality check "Timed text entries are not sorted by increasing time-in timestamps" prevented timed text from getting loaded and displayed
  • bugfix: missing RegXML descriptor when creating supplemental IMF Packages from saved easyDCP project
  • fix regression: burn-in timed text had antialiasing disabled
  • fixed loading MXF audio files without timecode tracks
3.4.5
  • add support for GeForce 10 series
  • add possibility to show title safe, action safe, container boxes or custom overlays in canvas
  • add solo and mute button in audio waveform module
  • audio waveform channels are now resizable
  • added 2016 IMF Schema files for XML validation
  • replacement of missing font characters can now be dynamically enabled or disabled
  • new check: warn if timed text font ID does not match the ID in the LoadFont element
  • new check: warn if font used by Interop DCPs has an .otf file extension. It needs to be .ttf or else it will get ignored by some servers.
  • bugfix: only one channel got rendered in 3D viewing modes
  • bugfix: timestamp rounding mode was not restored after a restart
  • don't reject external timed text documents when warnings were found while parsing them
  • remove incorrect warning when timed text duration is stated differently in MXF and CPL
  • remove incorrect warning when a reel's first timed text spot number is not 1
  • validation module: promote warning to error when characters present in a timed text document are missing in the referenced font file
  • bugfix: JPEG 2000 bit rate violation was detected for lossless IMF packages
  • bugfix: JPEG 2000 bit rate violation was detected for lossy IMF packages with broadcast profile under 5
  • bugfix: stuffed memory leak in QuickTime audio writer that caused occasional crashes for long exports
  • bugfix: switching between 24 bit and 30 bit SDI pixel formats did not work correctly
  • bugfix: solo/mute audio channels ignored audio channel routing
  • bugfix: unable to load some IMF Picture Trackfiles
  • fix regression: screensaver was not disabled on Mac OS X anymore
  • fix regression: Frame Forward/Backward keyboard shortcuts did not work when in fullscreen
  • fix regression: fullscreen was not restored after a restart
3.4.4
  • bugfix: validation module's bitrate check has calculated wrong codestream sizes for encrypted DCPs
  • bugfix: switching from CPU to GPU decoder resets the selected source color space
  • bugfix: loading of unsupported MXF subtitles leads to a freeze
  • bugfix: atmos trackfiles are ignored when using the export option "Create supplemental easyDCP project with external subtitles"
  • bugfix: show error message if not enough disk space is available during export
  • bugfix: export does not remember last selected color transform
  • bugfix: "additional offset from bottom" is inverted when burning in subtitles during export
  • bugfix: wrong naming of subtitle files when converting from Interop to SMPTE
  • bugfix: using an imported color transform LUT for export leads to a crash
  • bugfix: adding TTML subtitle to IMF package leads to a crash
3.4.2
  • bugfix: fix "Active sound card doesn't support current audio format - Unanticipated host error" for ASIO sound cards (including Blackmagic Audio)
  • bugfix: remove incorrect warning "Package contains Trackfiles of different package types" when opening certain types of supplemental DCPs/IMPs or mixed 2D/3D/2K/4K DCPs/IMPs
  • bugfix: remove incorrect warning "Resolution for picture track file in reel #x is unknown because it is a referenced track"
  • before starting a DCP/IMP validation, check if the selected location for HTML report file is writable
  • make default timed text outline width configurable and use a size relative to the font size so that it works well with both 2K and 4K content
  • fix regression: calculate position for right-aligned timed text overlays correctly
  • bugfix: position for centered timed text overlays was slightly off by a few pixels when outlines are enabled
  • bugfix: don't complain about timed text spot number order when (optional) spot number attributes are absent
  • show original spot number values in timed text editor, even when they are not numbers.
  • bugfix: when testing if all charachters used in a timed text document are included in the corresponding font file, control charachters (e.g. newline, tab) were not ignored
  • bugfix: timed text fade out duration was one frame too long.
3.4.0
  • (PLUS only) Validation module that validates a DCP or IMP and creates an interactive report in html format
  • support for playback of QuickTime movies
  • bugfix: fix subtitle alignment on HD-SDI output with "fit to window" disabled
  • bugfix: don't close full-screen when a dialog is opened on a separate monitor
  • bugfix: rendering got slower for the second and further DCP/IMPs
  • bugfix: fallback audio channel routing from settings file did not always take effect. Now the currently used routing is displayed in the audio options pane.
  • fix regression: fix "Invalid BER encountered" error introduced in 3.3.2
  • fix regression: unwrapping encrypted DCPs got broken
  • fix regression: when loading a new DCP or IMP, the CUDA codec in some cases complained for no reason about a max. bitrate violation so that easyDCP Player fell back to the CPU codec.
3.3
  • Extended Export Features
  • GPU-accelerated Real-time Playback of IMF Packages
3.2
  • Supports Retina Displays
  • Advanced Timeline Slider (eases subtitling)
  • Subtitles editor
  • Supports DPX/TIFF/JPEG/BMP/... as input format
  • Supports IMF App2
  • Supports Archival Formats (IAP/MAP)
  • Supports Atmos (no decoding/no downmix)
  • Supports 64bit architectures
  • GPU-decoding performance increased
  • Export performance increased
2.0
  • HD/SDI support for Blackmagicdesign Deckling and Ultrastudio playout devices
  • Support for Supplemental DCPs
  • Support for SMPTE subtitle
  • Option to accelerate playback performance significantly
  • New work-flow for activating the software within minutes
  • Extended export features including scaling options and burn-in of subtitles
1.9
  • Much faster export functionality
  • Export of Quicktime files supported
  • Extended command-line support
  • Improved issue reports
1.8
  • Audio visualization module (view waveform, mute, solo)
  • 10 bit DisplayPort output (Windows only)
  • Support for CineCanvas subtitles that reference PNG files
  • Automatically export reels into individual folders
  • Verify that 250mbit/s JPEG2000 datarate is not exeeded
  • Increase compatibility by degrading some failed integrity checks from errors to warnings
  • Show render fps
  • Process CineCanvas subtitles correctly, that use "Font" node within "Text" value
1.6
  • In the Commercial edition, server certificates are no longer auto-generated, and instead they can be requested from Fraunhofer support
  • Add automatic and configurable compensation for audio latency
  • By default, software codec now raises an error, when it encounters a corrupt jpeg2000 image
  • Support for NVIDIA GeForce 500 series
  • Add support for exporting 8-16 channel DCPs
1.3
  • (PLUS only) Export DCP to J2C/TIFF/DPX/WAV
  • Optionally check MXF file hashes
  • (PLUS only) new 3D modes side-by-side and top-and-bottom
  • Improved speed in software-codec
  • Restore window and player state after restart
1.2
  • (PLUS only) Playback of encrypted DCPs
  • (PLUS only) 3D playback (anaglyph, interleaved or quad buffered)
  • (PLUS only) Rendering of CineCanvas subtitles
  • Support for custom color transforms and LUTs
  • Fixed audio-video sync issues that occurred on some computers
  • Fixed "invalid enumeration" bug that occurred when the color transform
  • Hardware accelleration was enabled on computers with certain ATI graphics devices
  • "Choose composition" dialog shows more metadata
  • Added DCP security checks (hash values, file sizes, digital signature, certificate chain)
  • Multi-GPU-Mode does not need to be disabled
  • Improved software-codec performance on high-end multi-core CPUs
  • System information helps during graphics device configuration
1.1
  • "Fit to Window" mode scales video to optimally fill the current window size
  • Floatable toolbar allows "presentation mode"
  • Drag & Drop DCP folders or audio/video files onto canvas
  • Drag & Drop DCP folders or audio/video files onto icon
  • Improved synchronicity between audio and video
  • Improved user interface response
  • Settings are restored after restart
  • Added load progress dialog
  • Accelerated application start-up
  • More detailed error messages
  • Many bug fixes

The demo version of the easyDCP Standalone applications allows nearly most available function.

You will find following limitations: 

easyDCP Creator(+)

  • Visible watermark in each frame of the DCP
  • No DKDM input (For test of reopening encrypted DCPs please use DCP-Digestc easyDCP Creator+)
  • It is not possible to create supplemental DCP/IMF packages in the demo version.

 easyDCP Player(+)

  • Limited playback time is 15 sec. After 15 sec. audio switches off and plaback quality is reduced.  
  • (+) No Export available
  • (+) No DKDM input (For test of reopening encrypted DCPs please use DCP-Digest)

 easyDCP KDM Generator

  • Issued KDMs have a maximum validity time of 2 days

easyDCP KDM Generator+

  • Issued KDMs have a maximum validity time of 2 days
  • No DKDM input (For test please use DCP-Digest created by easyDCP Creator+)

 

From now on, you will receive a discount on your service and support fees if you extend the service during the ongoing service period.

This is how it works: Since 2017-01-01 you receive a COUPON code on your bill for your next purchase of service extension. This voucher reduces your costs for the next service renewal of the same license by 10%.

The COUPON code is valid for the respective license from the issue of the invoice until the day on which your existing service expires. The date of the last validity is displayed in the COUPON.

How to use this voucher code:

NOTE: Your ongoing service must still be valid

  1. Go to your license status as usual
  2. Extend your existing service by at least 6 months.
  3. In checkout, the option "ADD COUPON" will be offered.
  4. Enter the individual coupon code for this license.


You will automatically receive a discount of 10%. The new service is automatically added to the end of the current service period. The invoice now contains a new COUPON code in order to receive a 10% discount for the next renewal.

Hint: You can spare yourself the manual entry of the voucher code by signing up for a subscription, which automatically extends the service in time. You then receive the discount without entering a COPUON code.

Yes, easyDCP Player+ supports all Blackmagic Design Ultra Studio and DeckLink series output devices for video and audio.

The performance of such a set-up depends on various parameters and is not only determined by the HD/SDI interface card.
The Graphic Board Check (PDF) table shows some example set-ups as well as the measured performance using certain HD/SDI interfaces.

Limitations:

  • Stereo 3D output is not supported.
  • At this point, 4k output via HD-SDI is not real-time capable.
  • The minimally required driver version is 9.7.7.
  • HD-SDI output is a feature exclusive to easyDCP Player+. It is not available in the basic edition.

 

Please enable the Options | Video | General Rendering | V-Sync option and restart easyDCP Player.

Afterwards it should read "V-Sync (currently on)".

 

 

With activated Service Subscription your service will be prolonged automatically for 6 month 30 days before it expires without any notification to do it manually. The prolongation will be charged to your credit card, its details are stored for this use at our Acquirer „Heidelpay“. You will receive an order confirmation and invoice for a successful service prolongation as usual.

Service Prolongation via Service Subscription comes automatically with 10% discount.  

How to setup a Service Subscription?

  1. Login at your easyDCP web account
  2. Select top menu option „Service Status"
  3. Select your preferred license for your Service Subscription
  4. Select your payment method or create a new one. 

Your next automatic prolongation will be shown at „Next Payment“.
A Service Subscription can be created and removed at any time before a service gets inactive.

What happens if an automatic Service Prolongation fails?

If payment fails we will keep retrying. After certain fail we will deactivate the service subscription and inform you by email. Your Service Status will be set to manual mode and you will receive the known „Service Notification“.

Reasons for failed payments can be expired validity, insufficient covering of payment amount or general deactivation of your credit card. If possible we will inform you about reason of rejection.

How safe are your Credit Card details?

Your CCdetails are exclusively stored on servers of our acquierer. These servers are regularly monitored by the CC-companies.

One easyDCP software license can be installed only on one computer system.

However, if you need to move the easyDCP license to another computer or operating system you can do this easily using Migration function in the web shop:

  1. Login in your account at www.easyDCP.com
  2. Select license status
  3. Select the product you need to migrate
  4. Select: "migrate license"

easyDCP Resolve Plug-In customers can get additional important informations for migration here

After the migration is complete you can generate a new license for the new ware system. Please refer to the following FAQ on how to activate your product.

Note:

  • There is a limit of one automatic migration in six months. If you require a second migration within the six months period, please inform us via email why it´s necassary.
  • Since server certificates are tied to the system hash, they become inaccessible after a migration. New certificates will be automatically created, but all KDMs issued to the old cerificates will no longer be accessible. Please check our FAQ: Server- and Signer- Certificates.

Migration with older Versions: For version easyDCP Creator(+)2.1.X and older, easyDCP Player(+)1.9.X and older, and easyDCP KDM Generator(+)1.47 and older, be prepared to use the new hashcode of your target hardware/software.

Different versions of easyDCP can be installed side-by-side

However be aware that the all share the same user application data folder, where state settings, KDMs, server and signer certificate and license are stored.  

Yes, you can upgrade to a easyDCP "+" edition or upgrade to easyDCP Bundle1 or easyDCP Bundle2 later.

Precondition is your up to date easyDCP application with valid service extension.

Please note: Stereoscopic 3D DCPs can also be generated and paid on a project basis with the easyDCP Publisher.

So far the only way to check a DCP (Digital Cinema Package) was a screening in a cinema equipped with a D-Cinema Server.
With easyDCP Player and easyDCP Player+ you have now the chance to check DCPs on a standard MAC or Windows PC. easyDCP Player+ even allows for playing encrypted DCPs.

For further information please refer to:

 

With easyDCP Player and easyDCP Player+ you have the chance to check an original DCP on a standard MAC or Windows PC. easyDCP Player+ even allows the playback of encrypted DCPs.

For further information please refer to:

 

 

Due to the computational demands of decoding JPEG 2000 images and rendering images up to 4k in real-time, easyDCP Player has very specific requirements.

First, the performance bottleneck must be identified. To do that, enable the fps statistics (Playback | Statistics). The statistics list the data rate and the overall theoretically possible fps. When it says 100 fps, it means that decoding (or reading or rendering) a single frame takes 1/100th of a second in average. It does not mean that it actually does display 100 frames per second. easyDCP Player reads, decodes and renders images in parallel, i.e. either disk-read, CPU processing power or GPU-processing power or OpenGL rendering might be the bottleneck.

If "disk read" is the bottleneck:

Disk read sometimes takes too long when a DCP is first played. Play a few minutes and then restart from the beginning to benefit from the operating systems´s cache. Alternatively, copy the package to a local drive, preferably to a SSD.

If "decoding" is the bottleneck:

Please read the hardware requirements carefully to determine if your system should be capable of real-time playback.

If you know your system is too weak, but want to playback DCPs in real-time nonetheless, you can leverage from the JPEG 2000 compression´s scalability. Either change the decoder´s performance-to-quality trade-off in Options | Codec | <your current codec> or alternatively discard one or more resolution levels using the drop-down box in the main control bar. Enabling the "Fit to Window" option will cause the images to be scaled up to the window´s current size, which causes virtually no overhead.

If "rendering" is the bottleneck:

Since v3.0 easyDCP Player has two render modes: V-sync-independent rendering and V-Sync-rendering.

  •  V-sync-independent rendering: This was the only option in all versions prior to v3.0. It is still the right choice if the display runs with 60 Hz (default for "regular" computer monitors). It is also the fallback option, if V-Sync is not available or not enabled.
  •  V-sync-rendering: Especially, if the target display is a LCD-TV or a projector, or if the max. refresh rate is significantly lower than 60 Hz (e.g. only 30 Hz), then the V-Sync rendering mode should be selected. It can be activated in Options | Video | V-Sync, but only if Options | Video | General Rendering | V-Sync is currently on. Whether or not V-Sync is actually made available to easyDCP Player by the graphics driver is stated in round brackets next to the Options | Video | General Rendering | V-Sync checkbox. When you start playback in V-Sync-Rendering mode, the package´s frame-rate as well as the display´s refresh rate will be started in curly brackets next to the "Render"fps line (e.g. "Render (24 fps @ 24 Hz) in the statistics window. easyDCP will now explicitly translate between the packages´s frame-rate and the display´s refresh rate, which gives best results when both rate are equal or when the display´s refresh rate is an even multiple of the package´s frame-rate.

You experience very heavy stuttering ? If you have multiple displays attached to your computer, it is important that the V-Sync rate is identical to the refreh rate of the display, where easyDCP Player´s canvas is located. To make sure that the display is actually the V-Sync-Display open up http://www.vsynctester.com/detect.html and verify that the measured Hz-rate matches the display´s refresh rate.

Hint: Configure the display, where the canvas is loacated, to be your main display. (Windows 7: right-click desktop | Screen resolution | <select display> | Check "Make this my main display"

Hint: When using two Nvidia graphics cards (e.g. one for rendering and one for decoding with CUDA), it might be necessary, to manually specify the graphics card that will be rendering: NVIDIA Control Panel | 3D SSetings | Manage 3D settings | Global Settings | OpenGL rendering GPU | <select the graphics card that drives the display where easyDCP Player´s canvas is located>. We found that this can make a huge difference in terms of render performance.

If there is no obvious bottleneck:

Is´s likely the rendering that causes the stuttering. See "If `rendering`is the bottleneck:".

 

 

 

 

 

There can be many reasons that subtitles cannot be displayed.

easyDCP Player performs a whole range of checks when it loads the subtiteles.

It will automatically verify that the XML document´s structure meets the specifications and it will also make sure that all characters used in the subtitle document are actually present in the enclosed font file. (Font)

If any potential issues were identified, they will be shown in the log window.

In short, make sure no warnings are raised when the DCP is opened by eayDCP Player.

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 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.  

Time lags which occur during playback of video and audio may have different causes. In some cases, the cause is hardware-related. For an audio-visual verification of synchronous playback, we provide our customers a test DCP incl. instructions. 

It has to be distinguished between two basic video / audio types of time lag:

Offset between picture and sound is constant during playback:

Possible causes:

  • Offset of the image and / or sound track of the DCP is not entered correctly.
    Solution: Regenerate DCP with corrected offsets

  • Hardware is configured with incorrect latency.
    Solution: Tho control of the graphics and sound card of a computer varies depending on hardware and operating system. Today's operating systems determine the respective delay and provide the value of this delay as "latency" to the affected programs.
    These values ​​are also available for easyDCP Publisher and easyDCP Player (+).
    It's available for each audio device separate and can be subsequently adjusted within easyDCP programs here: Preference -> Audio -> Latency. 



Offset between picture and sound changes / grows during playback:

Possible causes:

  • The source material does not match the frame rate provided in the DCP (e.g., 23.98 versus 24fps).
    Solution: Regenerate DCP with corrected frame rate.

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

Please note: Playback of stereoscopic DCPs is an exclusive feature of easyDCP Player+. The basic edition - easyDCP Player - will play back stereoscopic DCPs, but it will only display a single channel. 

In easyDCP Player+, on the other hand, you can select from a whole range of output options, all of which you can test in the demo version.

  • For the best 3D experience, you should use a professional Nvidia Quadro graphics card.
  • Once you enable the stereo mode in your graphics driver control panel, you will be able to select the "Quad-buffered Stereo" output option in easyDCP Player+. Left and right images will be handed in full quality to the graphics driver.
  • In the graphics driver control panel you can select from different output options. For instance, it is possible to play each channel on a separate DVI link and connect your stereo-capable projector. Or you can use the active shutter glasses (e.g. 3D Vision) and view DCPs on your 120 Hz LCD display.
  • But you can also screen your stereoscopic DCPs with a regular consumer-level GeForce graphics device. easyDCP Player+ implements all the widely-used interleaving modes, such as top-and-bottom, left-and-right, line-by-line, checkerboard, etc., providing compatibility with most 3D TVs. Just full screen easyDCP Player+ and hook up your 3D TV with a DVI or HDMI cable.
  • Be aware, that for all interleaved modes, either the horizontal or vertical resolution will be halved.
  • Finally, you can select from a range of anaglyph viewing modes and others such as "difference", "blend", "left only", "right only" and "both channels alternating".

Basically there are two different options for running easyDCP Player.


1. Real-time-playback using a fast CPU.

Allows for real-time-playback of 2k/4k DCP and IMF-Packages on a standard PC/Mac. Use this option if you have a sufficiently fast CPU. The software codec will work on Mac OS X and Windows 7 and higher.

Minimum system specification:

    • 6-core CPU
    • At least 4 GB of RAM
    • Graphics device with at least 500 MB memory attached to monitor (primary graphics card)
    • Fast hard disk is also recommended


2. Real-time-playback using a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) as accelerator.

Allows for real-time-playback of 2k/4k DCPs and IMF-Packages *) on a standard PC.
*) limited to lossy with code block size 32x32

This option requires two graphics cards:

1. GPU: Primary device for rendering (OpenGL) to which the display is attached.
2. GPU: Secondary CUDA-enabled device for the JPEG 2000 decompression.

Minimum system specification:

    • 4-core CPU
    • 1x primary graphics device attached to monitor
      • recent NVIDIA GeForce or Quadro series graphics device
      • at least 1 GB VRAM
      • preferably connected with 16 PCIx lanes
    • 1x secondary graphics device not attached to monitor
      • NVIDIA GeForce with at least 500 CUDA cores
      • least 2 GB of VRAM
      • preferably connected with 16 PCIx lanes
    • At least 4 GB RAM
    • Fast harddisk/SSD is also recommended

The GPU-accelerated codec is only available for Windows, not for Mac OS X.


3D Video output options:

For best stereo video output, we recommend a NVIDIA Quadro device with at least 2 GB memory (e.g. Quadro K600). When using Nvidia 3D vision, the display needs to have a refresh rate of at least 120 Hz (e.g. Acer GD245QH). Alternatively, a 3D projector can be connected via Dual-DVI. This does not require a professional Nvidia Quadro card, but can also be achieved with a NVIDIA GeForce card.

Furthermore, a 3D LCD can be connected via HDMI or DVI to play out stereo in side-by-side/top-and-bottom/line-by-line or other interleaved modes.


HD-SDI output option:

easyDCP Player supports Blackmagic Design UltraStudio oder DeckLink series output devices.

When Option HD-SDI "enable subtitling, color processing and scaling" is enabled, decoded images will first be processed by the primary graphics card, before they get sent to the SDI-output device.

This works best, when the primary graphics card is a NVIDIA Quadro card. 


View our performance test:

easyDCP Creator+/easyDCP Player+ and easydcp Resolve Plugin supports SMPTE IMF-Specifications: App2/App 2E

For more details "What is IMF" please check: IMF - Interopable Masterformat

easyDCP Player+

The content decryption context menu is only available in the

  • easyDCP Creator+
  • easyDCP Playert+
  • easyDCP KDM Generator+

The option

(File ->) Content Decryption -> Export Public Server Certificate

will copy both the public leaf certificate (easydcpcreator_.cert.sha256.crt) and the signature chain (easydcpcreator _.chain.sha256.pem) to the selected folder. The signature chain contains the leaf certificate as well as intermediate certificates and the root certificate. You may safely distribute these certificates to content providers who want to issue a Distribution KDM to your easyDCP + installation.

When issuing (D)KDMs with easyDCP KDM Generator+, place only the leaf certificate file (*.crt) into the server certificate’s folder or just drag and drop it into the corresponding input form.

HINT: Every easyDCP Application uses different Server Certificates. KDMs issued for one easyDCP application cannot be used in any other easyDCP application.  

Unfortunately we cannot issue licenses that are expiring after a few days. To evaluate the software, free trial versions can be downloaded.

The restrictions of the demo versions are:

  • easyDCP Creator Demo burns in a visible watermark into each frame.
  • easyDCP Player Demo decreases decoding quality and mutes audio after a playback time of 15 seconds.
  • easyDCP KDM Generator Demo generates KDMs with a maximum validity period of 48 hours, starting from the time when the KDM is generated.

Tip: You can also generate DCPs and pay on a project basis with easyDCP Publisher.

3.4.11
  • fix regression: x-coordinate for vertical timed text was not calculated correctly anymore
  • bugfix: false error message in some cases during IMF J2K profile validation
  • bugfix: crash when opening *.jp2 files
  • bugfix: fixed edit rate/duration issues when loading certain IMF VFs
  • bugfix: fixed an issue where licensing was not possible on some Macs with High Sierra and Apple FS
3.4.10
  • bugfix: fixed an issue where KDMs and certificates became inaccessible after installing Windows 10 Anniversary/Creators Update
  • bugfix: fixed an issue where a request for the certificate password would cause infinite hang
3.4.8
  • bugfix: characters missing from the specified font of a subtitle spot were not detected in some cases
  • bugfix: incorrect error message about track duration mismatches when loading certain IMF Packages
  • bugfix: loading audio language from IMF Trackfiles when loading full IMF Package
  • bugfix: quality check "Timed text entries are not sorted by increasing time-in timestamps" prevented timed text from getting loaded and displayed
  • bugfix: missing RegXML descriptor when creating supplemental IMF Packages from saved easyDCP project
  • fix regression: burn-in timed text had antialiasing disabled
  • fixed loading MXF audio files without timecode tracks
3.4.5
  • add support for GeForce 10 series
  • add possibility to show title safe, action safe, container boxes or custom overlays in canvas
  • add solo and mute button in audio waveform module
  • audio waveform channels are now resizable
  • added 2016 IMF Schema files for XML validation
  • replacement of missing font characters can now be dynamically enabled or disabled
  • new check: warn if timed text font ID does not match the ID in the LoadFont element
  • new check: warn if font used by Interop DCPs has an .otf file extension. It needs to be .ttf or else it will get ignored by some servers.
  • bugfix: only one channel got rendered in 3D viewing modes
  • bugfix: timestamp rounding mode was not restored after a restart
  • don't reject external timed text documents when warnings were found while parsing them
  • remove incorrect warning when timed text duration is stated differently in MXF and CPL
  • remove incorrect warning when a reel's first timed text spot number is not 1
  • validation module: promote warning to error when characters present in a timed text document are missing in the referenced font file
  • bugfix: JPEG 2000 bit rate violation was detected for lossless IMF packages
  • bugfix: JPEG 2000 bit rate violation was detected for lossy IMF packages with broadcast profile under 5
  • bugfix: stuffed memory leak in QuickTime audio writer that caused occasional crashes for long exports
  • bugfix: switching between 24 bit and 30 bit SDI pixel formats did not work correctly
  • bugfix: solo/mute audio channels ignored audio channel routing
  • bugfix: unable to load some IMF Picture Trackfiles
  • fix regression: screensaver was not disabled on Mac OS X anymore
  • fix regression: Frame Forward/Backward keyboard shortcuts did not work when in fullscreen
  • fix regression: fullscreen was not restored after a restart
3.4.4
  • bugfix: validation module's bitrate check has calculated wrong codestream sizes for encrypted DCPs
  • bugfix: switching from CPU to GPU decoder resets the selected source color space
  • bugfix: loading of unsupported MXF subtitles leads to a freeze
  • bugfix: atmos trackfiles are ignored when using the export option "Create supplemental easyDCP project with external subtitles"
  • bugfix: show error message if not enough disk space is available during export
  • bugfix: export does not remember last selected color transform
  • bugfix: "additional offset from bottom" is inverted when burning in subtitles during export
  • bugfix: wrong naming of subtitle files when converting from Interop to SMPTE
  • bugfix: using an imported color transform LUT for export leads to a crash
  • bugfix: adding TTML subtitle to IMF package leads to a crash
3.4.2
  • bugfix: fix "Active sound card doesn't support current audio format - Unanticipated host error" for ASIO sound cards (including Blackmagic Audio)
  • bugfix: remove incorrect warning "Package contains Trackfiles of different package types" when opening certain types of supplemental DCPs/IMPs or mixed 2D/3D/2K/4K DCPs/IMPs
  • bugfix: remove incorrect warning "Resolution for picture track file in reel #x is unknown because it is a referenced track"
  • before starting a DCP/IMP validation, check if the selected location for HTML report file is writable
  • make default timed text outline width configurable and use a size relative to the font size so that it works well with both 2K and 4K content
  • fix regression: calculate position for right-aligned timed text overlays correctly
  • bugfix: position for centered timed text overlays was slightly off by a few pixels when outlines are enabled
  • bugfix: don't complain about timed text spot number order when (optional) spot number attributes are absent
  • show original spot number values in timed text editor, even when they are not numbers.
  • bugfix: when testing if all charachters used in a timed text document are included in the corresponding font file, control charachters (e.g. newline, tab) were not ignored
  • bugfix: timed text fade out duration was one frame too long.
3.4.0
  • (PLUS only) Validation module that validates a DCP or IMP and creates an interactive report in html format
  • support for playback of QuickTime movies
  • bugfix: fix subtitle alignment on HD-SDI output with "fit to window" disabled
  • bugfix: don't close full-screen when a dialog is opened on a separate monitor
  • bugfix: rendering got slower for the second and further DCP/IMPs
  • bugfix: fallback audio channel routing from settings file did not always take effect. Now the currently used routing is displayed in the audio options pane.
  • fix regression: fix "Invalid BER encountered" error introduced in 3.3.2
  • fix regression: unwrapping encrypted DCPs got broken
  • fix regression: when loading a new DCP or IMP, the CUDA codec in some cases complained for no reason about a max. bitrate violation so that easyDCP Player fell back to the CPU codec.
3.3
  • Extended Export Features
  • GPU-accelerated Real-time Playback of IMF Packages
3.2
  • Supports Retina Displays
  • Advanced Timeline Slider (eases subtitling)
  • Subtitles editor
  • Supports DPX/TIFF/JPEG/BMP/... as input format
  • Supports IMF App2
  • Supports Archival Formats (IAP/MAP)
  • Supports Atmos (no decoding/no downmix)
  • Supports 64bit architectures
  • GPU-decoding performance increased
  • Export performance increased
2.0
  • HD/SDI support for Blackmagicdesign Deckling and Ultrastudio playout devices
  • Support for Supplemental DCPs
  • Support for SMPTE subtitle
  • Option to accelerate playback performance significantly
  • New work-flow for activating the software within minutes
  • Extended export features including scaling options and burn-in of subtitles
1.9
  • Much faster export functionality
  • Export of Quicktime files supported
  • Extended command-line support
  • Improved issue reports
1.8
  • Audio visualization module (view waveform, mute, solo)
  • 10 bit DisplayPort output (Windows only)
  • Support for CineCanvas subtitles that reference PNG files
  • Automatically export reels into individual folders
  • Verify that 250mbit/s JPEG2000 datarate is not exeeded
  • Increase compatibility by degrading some failed integrity checks from errors to warnings
  • Show render fps
  • Process CineCanvas subtitles correctly, that use "Font" node within "Text" value
1.6
  • In the Commercial edition, server certificates are no longer auto-generated, and instead they can be requested from Fraunhofer support
  • Add automatic and configurable compensation for audio latency
  • By default, software codec now raises an error, when it encounters a corrupt jpeg2000 image
  • Support for NVIDIA GeForce 500 series
  • Add support for exporting 8-16 channel DCPs
1.3
  • (PLUS only) Export DCP to J2C/TIFF/DPX/WAV
  • Optionally check MXF file hashes
  • (PLUS only) new 3D modes side-by-side and top-and-bottom
  • Improved speed in software-codec
  • Restore window and player state after restart
1.2
  • (PLUS only) Playback of encrypted DCPs
  • (PLUS only) 3D playback (anaglyph, interleaved or quad buffered)
  • (PLUS only) Rendering of CineCanvas subtitles
  • Support for custom color transforms and LUTs
  • Fixed audio-video sync issues that occurred on some computers
  • Fixed "invalid enumeration" bug that occurred when the color transform
  • Hardware accelleration was enabled on computers with certain ATI graphics devices
  • "Choose composition" dialog shows more metadata
  • Added DCP security checks (hash values, file sizes, digital signature, certificate chain)
  • Multi-GPU-Mode does not need to be disabled
  • Improved software-codec performance on high-end multi-core CPUs
  • System information helps during graphics device configuration
1.1
  • "Fit to Window" mode scales video to optimally fill the current window size
  • Floatable toolbar allows "presentation mode"
  • Drag & Drop DCP folders or audio/video files onto canvas
  • Drag & Drop DCP folders or audio/video files onto icon
  • Improved synchronicity between audio and video
  • Improved user interface response
  • Settings are restored after restart
  • Added load progress dialog
  • Accelerated application start-up
  • More detailed error messages
  • Many bug fixes

The demo version of the easyDCP Standalone applications allows nearly most available function.

You will find following limitations: 

easyDCP Creator(+)

  • Visible watermark in each frame of the DCP
  • No DKDM input (For test of reopening encrypted DCPs please use DCP-Digestc easyDCP Creator+)
  • It is not possible to create supplemental DCP/IMF packages in the demo version.

 easyDCP Player(+)

  • Limited playback time is 15 sec. After 15 sec. audio switches off and plaback quality is reduced.  
  • (+) No Export available
  • (+) No DKDM input (For test of reopening encrypted DCPs please use DCP-Digest)

 easyDCP KDM Generator

  • Issued KDMs have a maximum validity time of 2 days

easyDCP KDM Generator+

  • Issued KDMs have a maximum validity time of 2 days
  • No DKDM input (For test please use DCP-Digest created by easyDCP Creator+)

 

From now on, you will receive a discount on your service and support fees if you extend the service during the ongoing service period.

This is how it works: Since 2017-01-01 you receive a COUPON code on your bill for your next purchase of service extension. This voucher reduces your costs for the next service renewal of the same license by 10%.

The COUPON code is valid for the respective license from the issue of the invoice until the day on which your existing service expires. The date of the last validity is displayed in the COUPON.

How to use this voucher code:

NOTE: Your ongoing service must still be valid

  1. Go to your license status as usual
  2. Extend your existing service by at least 6 months.
  3. In checkout, the option "ADD COUPON" will be offered.
  4. Enter the individual coupon code for this license.


You will automatically receive a discount of 10%. The new service is automatically added to the end of the current service period. The invoice now contains a new COUPON code in order to receive a 10% discount for the next renewal.

Hint: You can spare yourself the manual entry of the voucher code by signing up for a subscription, which automatically extends the service in time. You then receive the discount without entering a COPUON code.

Yes, easyDCP Player+ supports all Blackmagic Design Ultra Studio and DeckLink series output devices for video and audio.

The performance of such a set-up depends on various parameters and is not only determined by the HD/SDI interface card.
The Graphic Board Check (PDF) table shows some example set-ups as well as the measured performance using certain HD/SDI interfaces.

Limitations:

  • Stereo 3D output is not supported.
  • At this point, 4k output via HD-SDI is not real-time capable.
  • The minimally required driver version is 9.7.7.
  • HD-SDI output is a feature exclusive to easyDCP Player+. It is not available in the basic edition.

 

Please enable the Options | Video | General Rendering | V-Sync option and restart easyDCP Player.

Afterwards it should read "V-Sync (currently on)".

 

 

With activated Service Subscription your service will be prolonged automatically for 6 month 30 days before it expires without any notification to do it manually. The prolongation will be charged to your credit card, its details are stored for this use at our Acquirer „Heidelpay“. You will receive an order confirmation and invoice for a successful service prolongation as usual.

Service Prolongation via Service Subscription comes automatically with 10% discount.  

How to setup a Service Subscription?

  1. Login at your easyDCP web account
  2. Select top menu option „Service Status"
  3. Select your preferred license for your Service Subscription
  4. Select your payment method or create a new one. 

Your next automatic prolongation will be shown at „Next Payment“.
A Service Subscription can be created and removed at any time before a service gets inactive.

What happens if an automatic Service Prolongation fails?

If payment fails we will keep retrying. After certain fail we will deactivate the service subscription and inform you by email. Your Service Status will be set to manual mode and you will receive the known „Service Notification“.

Reasons for failed payments can be expired validity, insufficient covering of payment amount or general deactivation of your credit card. If possible we will inform you about reason of rejection.

How safe are your Credit Card details?

Your CCdetails are exclusively stored on servers of our acquierer. These servers are regularly monitored by the CC-companies.

One easyDCP software license can be installed only on one computer system.

However, if you need to move the easyDCP license to another computer or operating system you can do this easily using Migration function in the web shop:

  1. Login in your account at www.easyDCP.com
  2. Select license status
  3. Select the product you need to migrate
  4. Select: "migrate license"

easyDCP Resolve Plug-In customers can get additional important informations for migration here

After the migration is complete you can generate a new license for the new ware system. Please refer to the following FAQ on how to activate your product.

Note:

  • There is a limit of one automatic migration in six months. If you require a second migration within the six months period, please inform us via email why it´s necassary.
  • Since server certificates are tied to the system hash, they become inaccessible after a migration. New certificates will be automatically created, but all KDMs issued to the old cerificates will no longer be accessible. Please check our FAQ: Server- and Signer- Certificates.

Migration with older Versions: For version easyDCP Creator(+)2.1.X and older, easyDCP Player(+)1.9.X and older, and easyDCP KDM Generator(+)1.47 and older, be prepared to use the new hashcode of your target hardware/software.

Different versions of easyDCP can be installed side-by-side

However be aware that the all share the same user application data folder, where state settings, KDMs, server and signer certificate and license are stored.  

Yes, you can upgrade to a easyDCP "+" edition or upgrade to easyDCP Bundle1 or easyDCP Bundle2 later.

Precondition is your up to date easyDCP application with valid service extension.

Please note: Stereoscopic 3D DCPs can also be generated and paid on a project basis with the easyDCP Publisher.

So far the only way to check a DCP (Digital Cinema Package) was a screening in a cinema equipped with a D-Cinema Server.
With easyDCP Player and easyDCP Player+ you have now the chance to check DCPs on a standard MAC or Windows PC. easyDCP Player+ even allows for playing encrypted DCPs.

For further information please refer to:

 

With easyDCP Player and easyDCP Player+ you have the chance to check an original DCP on a standard MAC or Windows PC. easyDCP Player+ even allows the playback of encrypted DCPs.

For further information please refer to:

 

 

Due to the computational demands of decoding JPEG 2000 images and rendering images up to 4k in real-time, easyDCP Player has very specific requirements.

First, the performance bottleneck must be identified. To do that, enable the fps statistics (Playback | Statistics). The statistics list the data rate and the overall theoretically possible fps. When it says 100 fps, it means that decoding (or reading or rendering) a single frame takes 1/100th of a second in average. It does not mean that it actually does display 100 frames per second. easyDCP Player reads, decodes and renders images in parallel, i.e. either disk-read, CPU processing power or GPU-processing power or OpenGL rendering might be the bottleneck.

If "disk read" is the bottleneck:

Disk read sometimes takes too long when a DCP is first played. Play a few minutes and then restart from the beginning to benefit from the operating systems´s cache. Alternatively, copy the package to a local drive, preferably to a SSD.

If "decoding" is the bottleneck:

Please read the hardware requirements carefully to determine if your system should be capable of real-time playback.

If you know your system is too weak, but want to playback DCPs in real-time nonetheless, you can leverage from the JPEG 2000 compression´s scalability. Either change the decoder´s performance-to-quality trade-off in Options | Codec | <your current codec> or alternatively discard one or more resolution levels using the drop-down box in the main control bar. Enabling the "Fit to Window" option will cause the images to be scaled up to the window´s current size, which causes virtually no overhead.

If "rendering" is the bottleneck:

Since v3.0 easyDCP Player has two render modes: V-sync-independent rendering and V-Sync-rendering.

  •  V-sync-independent rendering: This was the only option in all versions prior to v3.0. It is still the right choice if the display runs with 60 Hz (default for "regular" computer monitors). It is also the fallback option, if V-Sync is not available or not enabled.
  •  V-sync-rendering: Especially, if the target display is a LCD-TV or a projector, or if the max. refresh rate is significantly lower than 60 Hz (e.g. only 30 Hz), then the V-Sync rendering mode should be selected. It can be activated in Options | Video | V-Sync, but only if Options | Video | General Rendering | V-Sync is currently on. Whether or not V-Sync is actually made available to easyDCP Player by the graphics driver is stated in round brackets next to the Options | Video | General Rendering | V-Sync checkbox. When you start playback in V-Sync-Rendering mode, the package´s frame-rate as well as the display´s refresh rate will be started in curly brackets next to the "Render"fps line (e.g. "Render (24 fps @ 24 Hz) in the statistics window. easyDCP will now explicitly translate between the packages´s frame-rate and the display´s refresh rate, which gives best results when both rate are equal or when the display´s refresh rate is an even multiple of the package´s frame-rate.

You experience very heavy stuttering ? If you have multiple displays attached to your computer, it is important that the V-Sync rate is identical to the refreh rate of the display, where easyDCP Player´s canvas is located. To make sure that the display is actually the V-Sync-Display open up http://www.vsynctester.com/detect.html and verify that the measured Hz-rate matches the display´s refresh rate.

Hint: Configure the display, where the canvas is loacated, to be your main display. (Windows 7: right-click desktop | Screen resolution | <select display> | Check "Make this my main display"

Hint: When using two Nvidia graphics cards (e.g. one for rendering and one for decoding with CUDA), it might be necessary, to manually specify the graphics card that will be rendering: NVIDIA Control Panel | 3D SSetings | Manage 3D settings | Global Settings | OpenGL rendering GPU | <select the graphics card that drives the display where easyDCP Player´s canvas is located>. We found that this can make a huge difference in terms of render performance.

If there is no obvious bottleneck:

Is´s likely the rendering that causes the stuttering. See "If `rendering`is the bottleneck:".

 

 

 

 

 

There can be many reasons that subtitles cannot be displayed.

easyDCP Player performs a whole range of checks when it loads the subtiteles.

It will automatically verify that the XML document´s structure meets the specifications and it will also make sure that all characters used in the subtitle document are actually present in the enclosed font file. (Font)

If any potential issues were identified, they will be shown in the log window.

In short, make sure no warnings are raised when the DCP is opened by eayDCP Player.

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 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.  

Time lags which occur during playback of video and audio may have different causes. In some cases, the cause is hardware-related. For an audio-visual verification of synchronous playback, we provide our customers a test DCP incl. instructions. 

It has to be distinguished between two basic video / audio types of time lag:

Offset between picture and sound is constant during playback:

Possible causes:

  • Offset of the image and / or sound track of the DCP is not entered correctly.
    Solution: Regenerate DCP with corrected offsets

  • Hardware is configured with incorrect latency.
    Solution: Tho control of the graphics and sound card of a computer varies depending on hardware and operating system. Today's operating systems determine the respective delay and provide the value of this delay as "latency" to the affected programs.
    These values ​​are also available for easyDCP Publisher and easyDCP Player (+).
    It's available for each audio device separate and can be subsequently adjusted within easyDCP programs here: Preference -> Audio -> Latency. 



Offset between picture and sound changes / grows during playback:

Possible causes:

  • The source material does not match the frame rate provided in the DCP (e.g., 23.98 versus 24fps).
    Solution: Regenerate DCP with corrected frame rate.

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

Please note: Playback of stereoscopic DCPs is an exclusive feature of easyDCP Player+. The basic edition - easyDCP Player - will play back stereoscopic DCPs, but it will only display a single channel. 

In easyDCP Player+, on the other hand, you can select from a whole range of output options, all of which you can test in the demo version.

  • For the best 3D experience, you should use a professional Nvidia Quadro graphics card.
  • Once you enable the stereo mode in your graphics driver control panel, you will be able to select the "Quad-buffered Stereo" output option in easyDCP Player+. Left and right images will be handed in full quality to the graphics driver.
  • In the graphics driver control panel you can select from different output options. For instance, it is possible to play each channel on a separate DVI link and connect your stereo-capable projector. Or you can use the active shutter glasses (e.g. 3D Vision) and view DCPs on your 120 Hz LCD display.
  • But you can also screen your stereoscopic DCPs with a regular consumer-level GeForce graphics device. easyDCP Player+ implements all the widely-used interleaving modes, such as top-and-bottom, left-and-right, line-by-line, checkerboard, etc., providing compatibility with most 3D TVs. Just full screen easyDCP Player+ and hook up your 3D TV with a DVI or HDMI cable.
  • Be aware, that for all interleaved modes, either the horizontal or vertical resolution will be halved.
  • Finally, you can select from a range of anaglyph viewing modes and others such as "difference", "blend", "left only", "right only" and "both channels alternating".

Basically there are two different options for running easyDCP Player.


1. Real-time-playback using a fast CPU.

Allows for real-time-playback of 2k/4k DCP and IMF-Packages on a standard PC/Mac. Use this option if you have a sufficiently fast CPU. The software codec will work on Mac OS X and Windows 7 and higher.

Minimum system specification:

    • 6-core CPU
    • At least 4 GB of RAM
    • Graphics device with at least 500 MB memory attached to monitor (primary graphics card)
    • Fast hard disk is also recommended


2. Real-time-playback using a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) as accelerator.

Allows for real-time-playback of 2k/4k DCPs and IMF-Packages *) on a standard PC.
*) limited to lossy with code block size 32x32

This option requires two graphics cards:

1. GPU: Primary device for rendering (OpenGL) to which the display is attached.
2. GPU: Secondary CUDA-enabled device for the JPEG 2000 decompression.

Minimum system specification:

    • 4-core CPU
    • 1x primary graphics device attached to monitor
      • recent NVIDIA GeForce or Quadro series graphics device
      • at least 1 GB VRAM
      • preferably connected with 16 PCIx lanes
    • 1x secondary graphics device not attached to monitor
      • NVIDIA GeForce with at least 500 CUDA cores
      • least 2 GB of VRAM
      • preferably connected with 16 PCIx lanes
    • At least 4 GB RAM
    • Fast harddisk/SSD is also recommended

The GPU-accelerated codec is only available for Windows, not for Mac OS X.


3D Video output options:

For best stereo video output, we recommend a NVIDIA Quadro device with at least 2 GB memory (e.g. Quadro K600). When using Nvidia 3D vision, the display needs to have a refresh rate of at least 120 Hz (e.g. Acer GD245QH). Alternatively, a 3D projector can be connected via Dual-DVI. This does not require a professional Nvidia Quadro card, but can also be achieved with a NVIDIA GeForce card.

Furthermore, a 3D LCD can be connected via HDMI or DVI to play out stereo in side-by-side/top-and-bottom/line-by-line or other interleaved modes.


HD-SDI output option:

easyDCP Player supports Blackmagic Design UltraStudio oder DeckLink series output devices.

When Option HD-SDI "enable subtitling, color processing and scaling" is enabled, decoded images will first be processed by the primary graphics card, before they get sent to the SDI-output device.

This works best, when the primary graphics card is a NVIDIA Quadro card. 


View our performance test:

easyDCP Creator+/easyDCP Player+ and easydcp Resolve Plugin supports SMPTE IMF-Specifications: App2/App 2E

For more details "What is IMF" please check: IMF - Interopable Masterformat

easyDCP KDM-Generator

In fact, this is the major difference between easyDCP KDM Generator and easyDCP KDM Generator+.

While easyDCP KDM Generator can be used to issue KDMs for DCPs created and encrypted by yourself using easyDCP Creator+, easyDCP KDM Generator+ can also be used to generate KDMs for DCP that have been created by a third party mastering station.

Just like easyDCP Player+, easyDCP KDM Generator+ also allows you to export its own public certificate. Provide this certificate containing your public key to the content owner so they can issue a Distribution KDM (DKDM) to your easyDCP KDM Generator+ installation.
You can load this DKDM into easyDCP KDM Generator+ and generate new KDMs for other recipients from it. The new KDMs time windows have to be completely covered by the DKDMs time window.

Unfortunately we cannot issue licenses that are expiring after a few days. To evaluate the software, free trial versions can be downloaded.

The restrictions of the demo versions are:

  • easyDCP Creator Demo burns in a visible watermark into each frame.
  • easyDCP Player Demo decreases decoding quality and mutes audio after a playback time of 15 seconds.
  • easyDCP KDM Generator Demo generates KDMs with a maximum validity period of 48 hours, starting from the time when the KDM is generated.

Tip: You can also generate DCPs and pay on a project basis with easyDCP Publisher.

The demo version of the easyDCP Standalone applications allows nearly most available function.

You will find following limitations: 

easyDCP Creator(+)

  • Visible watermark in each frame of the DCP
  • No DKDM input (For test of reopening encrypted DCPs please use DCP-Digestc easyDCP Creator+)
  • It is not possible to create supplemental DCP/IMF packages in the demo version.

 easyDCP Player(+)

  • Limited playback time is 15 sec. After 15 sec. audio switches off and plaback quality is reduced.  
  • (+) No Export available
  • (+) No DKDM input (For test of reopening encrypted DCPs please use DCP-Digest)

 easyDCP KDM Generator

  • Issued KDMs have a maximum validity time of 2 days

easyDCP KDM Generator+

  • Issued KDMs have a maximum validity time of 2 days
  • No DKDM input (For test please use DCP-Digest created by easyDCP Creator+)

 

From now on, you will receive a discount on your service and support fees if you extend the service during the ongoing service period.

This is how it works: Since 2017-01-01 you receive a COUPON code on your bill for your next purchase of service extension. This voucher reduces your costs for the next service renewal of the same license by 10%.

The COUPON code is valid for the respective license from the issue of the invoice until the day on which your existing service expires. The date of the last validity is displayed in the COUPON.

How to use this voucher code:

NOTE: Your ongoing service must still be valid

  1. Go to your license status as usual
  2. Extend your existing service by at least 6 months.
  3. In checkout, the option "ADD COUPON" will be offered.
  4. Enter the individual coupon code for this license.


You will automatically receive a discount of 10%. The new service is automatically added to the end of the current service period. The invoice now contains a new COUPON code in order to receive a 10% discount for the next renewal.

Hint: You can spare yourself the manual entry of the voucher code by signing up for a subscription, which automatically extends the service in time. You then receive the discount without entering a COPUON code.

With activated Service Subscription your service will be prolonged automatically for 6 month 30 days before it expires without any notification to do it manually. The prolongation will be charged to your credit card, its details are stored for this use at our Acquirer „Heidelpay“. You will receive an order confirmation and invoice for a successful service prolongation as usual.

Service Prolongation via Service Subscription comes automatically with 10% discount.  

How to setup a Service Subscription?

  1. Login at your easyDCP web account
  2. Select top menu option „Service Status"
  3. Select your preferred license for your Service Subscription
  4. Select your payment method or create a new one. 

Your next automatic prolongation will be shown at „Next Payment“.
A Service Subscription can be created and removed at any time before a service gets inactive.

What happens if an automatic Service Prolongation fails?

If payment fails we will keep retrying. After certain fail we will deactivate the service subscription and inform you by email. Your Service Status will be set to manual mode and you will receive the known „Service Notification“.

Reasons for failed payments can be expired validity, insufficient covering of payment amount or general deactivation of your credit card. If possible we will inform you about reason of rejection.

How safe are your Credit Card details?

Your CCdetails are exclusively stored on servers of our acquierer. These servers are regularly monitored by the CC-companies.

The generation of personalized signer certificates for certain easyDCP applications is a free service provided by Fraunhofer IIS.

New personalized signer certificates will be issued with every License & Certificate Request during new installation of after migration of the software.

Requirements to get personalized signer certificates issued by Fraunhofer IIS are:

- The email-domain used for your web-account at http://www.easyDCP.com and the requested domain within the License & Certificate Set-request must match.

- Requested domain for validation is not a public address like e. g. gmail.com, t-online.de etc. Blacklist is supported.

If a comprehensible reason exist that email domain and requested domain cannot match please contact info@easydcp.com 

easyDCP Creator+ generates a proprietary DCP digest file along with each encrypted DCP.
This digest file contains all track files keys used for the encryption during the DCP creation process. Whenever one wants to generate KDMs, you can load this digest file into a separate tool called easyDCP KDM Generator.

easyDCP KDM Generator is included in each purchase of easyDCP Creator+.
All you need to do is collect your recipient´s public server certificates and put them into a local folder. Use only the "cert.sha256" files. Usually, they have either a *.crt or *.pem suffix.
In easyDCP KDM Generator, you merely need to load the digest file, point to the folder with the server certificates and specify the start and end dates of the KDMs validity period.

Upon clicking the "Generate" button, easyDCP KDM Generator will create KDMs for all server certificates in a single batch job. Please note, that a digest file may contain multiple compositions, but a KDM only ever contains keys for a single composition. Thus, easyDCP KDM Generator will create x KDMs.

For more details, please refer to the http://www.easydcp.com/sync/manuals/easyDCP_KDM_Generator_User_Manual.pdf.

One easyDCP software license can be installed only on one computer system.

However, if you need to move the easyDCP license to another computer or operating system you can do this easily using Migration function in the web shop:

  1. Login in your account at www.easyDCP.com
  2. Select license status
  3. Select the product you need to migrate
  4. Select: "migrate license"

easyDCP Resolve Plug-In customers can get additional important informations for migration here

After the migration is complete you can generate a new license for the new ware system. Please refer to the following FAQ on how to activate your product.

Note:

  • There is a limit of one automatic migration in six months. If you require a second migration within the six months period, please inform us via email why it´s necassary.
  • Since server certificates are tied to the system hash, they become inaccessible after a migration. New certificates will be automatically created, but all KDMs issued to the old cerificates will no longer be accessible. Please check our FAQ: Server- and Signer- Certificates.

Migration with older Versions: For version easyDCP Creator(+)2.1.X and older, easyDCP Player(+)1.9.X and older, and easyDCP KDM Generator(+)1.47 and older, be prepared to use the new hashcode of your target hardware/software.

Different versions of easyDCP can be installed side-by-side

However be aware that the all share the same user application data folder, where state settings, KDMs, server and signer certificate and license are stored.  

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

The software 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.

Note: easyDCP KDM Generator is not upgradable to easyDCP KDM Generator+

Please notice that one can only generate one DKDM when generating a new DCP.

For the generation of many KDM´s easyDCP KDM Generator is still the software of your choice allowing you to generate unlimited KDMs with a simple click.

DKDMs are used for the exchange of encrypted DCPs between postproduction houses. Processing DKDMs needs the same operation and security requirements that are used in the creation and operation of KDMs for the digital cinema.
easyDCP Creator+ enables to encrypt digital cinema content and the standard accessory easyDCP KDM Generator generates KDMs and DKDMs for the transfer of digital cinema content to postproduction houses or cinemas.

For further information please refer to:

For automatic generating and distribution of KDMs the online service KDM Studio is available at www.dcptools.com. 
KDM Studio is developed by the DCPtools Team based on easyDCP KDM Gnerator+.

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 

There can be many reasons that subtitles cannot be displayed.

easyDCP Player performs a whole range of checks when it loads the subtiteles.

It will automatically verify that the XML document´s structure meets the specifications and it will also make sure that all characters used in the subtitle document are actually present in the enclosed font file. (Font)

If any potential issues were identified, they will be shown in the log window.

In short, make sure no warnings are raised when the DCP is opened by eayDCP Player.

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!

 

The newest easyDCP KDM Generator version 1.4.15 offers a simple support for TDL (Trusted Device List) for e.g. double projection in KDMs.

If a TDL for KDM is required, you only need to import the corresponding projector Certificates in the field " Trusted Device List" available at easyDCP KDM Generator 1.4.15  "Advanced Settings".

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.  

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

This is different in every country. We can’t send you the certificates.

  • The best way is to ask the cinema owner directly. They should have the certificates of the projection system in their screening rooms or tell you the model and serial number.
  • Another idea is to contact the server vendors directly.

If you have the model and serial number, you can contact the manufacturer and ask for access to their database.

Usually, on the cinema server manufacturers' FTP servers you can find both the public server certificates and the signature chain that were used to sign the certificates.

If you decide to trust the certificate by examining the signature chain, you only need the server certificate to create a KDM. The server certificate usually has either a *.pem or a *.crt suffix.

easyDCP KDM Generator will accept either, but do not use both.

Furthermore, there may be pairs of certificate and chain that state "mpeg", "sha1" and "sha256".
Like with DCPs, there are SMPTE ("sha256") and Interop ("sha1" / "mpeg") KDMs.

Almost all modern cinema servers prefer SMPTE KDMs - even for Interop DCPs. So mostly the "sha256" version is used.

Only if you surely know your recipient only accepts Interop KDMs, use the "sha1" certificate and remember to check the "Enable Interop mode" option in the easyDCP KDM Generator's options tab.

Please see also: Where can I get the server certificates needed to create the KDMs?

 pic1Beginning with version 2.1, easyDCP Creator+ is capable of opening encrypted DCPs and using these DCPs as basis for new DCPs. There are basically two ways of providing the keys in order to allow easyDCP Creator+ to decrypt the content for the preview and for generating a new DCP.

If keys are provided by means of a proprietary Fraunhofer Digest file (*.dcpdig), it is assumed that the user generated the content and that he is in charge of the sources used for the original DCP generation. In this case you can alter all properties in easyDCP Creator+, including the deactivation of the encryption or the generation of a new encrypted DCP and Digest file.



 pic2If one provides the keys by means of Distribution KDM (or KDM), easyDCP Creator+ does not allow to disable the encryption nor does it generate the Fraunhofer Digest for the new DCP. In order to understand this behavior we have to explain that the Fraunhofer Digest stores the encryption key as plain text on the hard drive. If the Digest-option were not disabled, one could easily open an encrypted DCP together with a (D)KDM, generate a new encrypted DCP and store the encryption keys in plaintext. Since content-owners are very diligent with their content, Fraunhofer IIS decided to disable the option from the beginning.

Since the software does not permit you to generate a Digest, there has to be another way for communicating the encryption keys to another software. Using easyDCP Creator+ version 2.1 or higher this can be done by generating a (D)KDM directly from within easyDCP Creator+. The “Generate DCP…” dialog was extended to offer you to generate KDMs. By design, one (D)KDM will be generated for easyDCP Creator+ itself in order to make sure that one can open the DCP on the same computer using easyDCP Creator+ later. A second (D)KDM can be generated for another software being able to open (D)KDMs, including easyDCP KDM Generator+ and many other 3rd party hard-/and software tools.

easyDCP KDM-Generator+

The content decryption context menu is only available in the

  • easyDCP Creator+
  • easyDCP Playert+
  • easyDCP KDM Generator+

The option

(File ->) Content Decryption -> Export Public Server Certificate

will copy both the public leaf certificate (easydcpcreator_.cert.sha256.crt) and the signature chain (easydcpcreator _.chain.sha256.pem) to the selected folder. The signature chain contains the leaf certificate as well as intermediate certificates and the root certificate. You may safely distribute these certificates to content providers who want to issue a Distribution KDM to your easyDCP + installation.

When issuing (D)KDMs with easyDCP KDM Generator+, place only the leaf certificate file (*.crt) into the server certificate’s folder or just drag and drop it into the corresponding input form.

HINT: Every easyDCP Application uses different Server Certificates. KDMs issued for one easyDCP application cannot be used in any other easyDCP application.  

In fact, this is the major difference between easyDCP KDM Generator and easyDCP KDM Generator+.

While easyDCP KDM Generator can be used to issue KDMs for DCPs created and encrypted by yourself using easyDCP Creator+, easyDCP KDM Generator+ can also be used to generate KDMs for DCP that have been created by a third party mastering station.

Just like easyDCP Player+, easyDCP KDM Generator+ also allows you to export its own public certificate. Provide this certificate containing your public key to the content owner so they can issue a Distribution KDM (DKDM) to your easyDCP KDM Generator+ installation.
You can load this DKDM into easyDCP KDM Generator+ and generate new KDMs for other recipients from it. The new KDMs time windows have to be completely covered by the DKDMs time window.

Unfortunately we cannot issue licenses that are expiring after a few days. To evaluate the software, free trial versions can be downloaded.

The restrictions of the demo versions are:

  • easyDCP Creator Demo burns in a visible watermark into each frame.
  • easyDCP Player Demo decreases decoding quality and mutes audio after a playback time of 15 seconds.
  • easyDCP KDM Generator Demo generates KDMs with a maximum validity period of 48 hours, starting from the time when the KDM is generated.

Tip: You can also generate DCPs and pay on a project basis with easyDCP Publisher.

The demo version of the easyDCP Standalone applications allows nearly most available function.

You will find following limitations: 

easyDCP Creator(+)

  • Visible watermark in each frame of the DCP
  • No DKDM input (For test of reopening encrypted DCPs please use DCP-Digestc easyDCP Creator+)
  • It is not possible to create supplemental DCP/IMF packages in the demo version.

 easyDCP Player(+)

  • Limited playback time is 15 sec. After 15 sec. audio switches off and plaback quality is reduced.  
  • (+) No Export available
  • (+) No DKDM input (For test of reopening encrypted DCPs please use DCP-Digest)

 easyDCP KDM Generator

  • Issued KDMs have a maximum validity time of 2 days

easyDCP KDM Generator+

  • Issued KDMs have a maximum validity time of 2 days
  • No DKDM input (For test please use DCP-Digest created by easyDCP Creator+)

 

From now on, you will receive a discount on your service and support fees if you extend the service during the ongoing service period.

This is how it works: Since 2017-01-01 you receive a COUPON code on your bill for your next purchase of service extension. This voucher reduces your costs for the next service renewal of the same license by 10%.

The COUPON code is valid for the respective license from the issue of the invoice until the day on which your existing service expires. The date of the last validity is displayed in the COUPON.

How to use this voucher code:

NOTE: Your ongoing service must still be valid

  1. Go to your license status as usual
  2. Extend your existing service by at least 6 months.
  3. In checkout, the option "ADD COUPON" will be offered.
  4. Enter the individual coupon code for this license.


You will automatically receive a discount of 10%. The new service is automatically added to the end of the current service period. The invoice now contains a new COUPON code in order to receive a 10% discount for the next renewal.

Hint: You can spare yourself the manual entry of the voucher code by signing up for a subscription, which automatically extends the service in time. You then receive the discount without entering a COPUON code.

With activated Service Subscription your service will be prolonged automatically for 6 month 30 days before it expires without any notification to do it manually. The prolongation will be charged to your credit card, its details are stored for this use at our Acquirer „Heidelpay“. You will receive an order confirmation and invoice for a successful service prolongation as usual.

Service Prolongation via Service Subscription comes automatically with 10% discount.  

How to setup a Service Subscription?

  1. Login at your easyDCP web account
  2. Select top menu option „Service Status"
  3. Select your preferred license for your Service Subscription
  4. Select your payment method or create a new one. 

Your next automatic prolongation will be shown at „Next Payment“.
A Service Subscription can be created and removed at any time before a service gets inactive.

What happens if an automatic Service Prolongation fails?

If payment fails we will keep retrying. After certain fail we will deactivate the service subscription and inform you by email. Your Service Status will be set to manual mode and you will receive the known „Service Notification“.

Reasons for failed payments can be expired validity, insufficient covering of payment amount or general deactivation of your credit card. If possible we will inform you about reason of rejection.

How safe are your Credit Card details?

Your CCdetails are exclusively stored on servers of our acquierer. These servers are regularly monitored by the CC-companies.

The generation of personalized signer certificates for certain easyDCP applications is a free service provided by Fraunhofer IIS.

New personalized signer certificates will be issued with every License & Certificate Request during new installation of after migration of the software.

Requirements to get personalized signer certificates issued by Fraunhofer IIS are:

- The email-domain used for your web-account at http://www.easyDCP.com and the requested domain within the License & Certificate Set-request must match.

- Requested domain for validation is not a public address like e. g. gmail.com, t-online.de etc. Blacklist is supported.

If a comprehensible reason exist that email domain and requested domain cannot match please contact info@easydcp.com 

easyDCP Creator+ generates a proprietary DCP digest file along with each encrypted DCP.
This digest file contains all track files keys used for the encryption during the DCP creation process. Whenever one wants to generate KDMs, you can load this digest file into a separate tool called easyDCP KDM Generator.

easyDCP KDM Generator is included in each purchase of easyDCP Creator+.
All you need to do is collect your recipient´s public server certificates and put them into a local folder. Use only the "cert.sha256" files. Usually, they have either a *.crt or *.pem suffix.
In easyDCP KDM Generator, you merely need to load the digest file, point to the folder with the server certificates and specify the start and end dates of the KDMs validity period.

Upon clicking the "Generate" button, easyDCP KDM Generator will create KDMs for all server certificates in a single batch job. Please note, that a digest file may contain multiple compositions, but a KDM only ever contains keys for a single composition. Thus, easyDCP KDM Generator will create x KDMs.

For more details, please refer to the http://www.easydcp.com/sync/manuals/easyDCP_KDM_Generator_User_Manual.pdf.

One easyDCP software license can be installed only on one computer system.

However, if you need to move the easyDCP license to another computer or operating system you can do this easily using Migration function in the web shop:

  1. Login in your account at www.easyDCP.com
  2. Select license status
  3. Select the product you need to migrate
  4. Select: "migrate license"

easyDCP Resolve Plug-In customers can get additional important informations for migration here

After the migration is complete you can generate a new license for the new ware system. Please refer to the following FAQ on how to activate your product.

Note:

  • There is a limit of one automatic migration in six months. If you require a second migration within the six months period, please inform us via email why it´s necassary.
  • Since server certificates are tied to the system hash, they become inaccessible after a migration. New certificates will be automatically created, but all KDMs issued to the old cerificates will no longer be accessible. Please check our FAQ: Server- and Signer- Certificates.

Migration with older Versions: For version easyDCP Creator(+)2.1.X and older, easyDCP Player(+)1.9.X and older, and easyDCP KDM Generator(+)1.47 and older, be prepared to use the new hashcode of your target hardware/software.

Different versions of easyDCP can be installed side-by-side

However be aware that the all share the same user application data folder, where state settings, KDMs, server and signer certificate and license are stored.  

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

The software 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.

Note: easyDCP KDM Generator is not upgradable to easyDCP KDM Generator+

DKDMs are used for the exchange of encrypted DCPs between postproduction houses. Processing DKDMs needs the same operation and security requirements that are used in the creation and operation of KDMs for the digital cinema.
easyDCP Creator+ enables to encrypt digital cinema content and the standard accessory easyDCP KDM Generator generates KDMs and DKDMs for the transfer of digital cinema content to postproduction houses or cinemas.

For further information please refer to:

For automatic generating and distribution of KDMs the online service KDM Studio is available at www.dcptools.com. 
KDM Studio is developed by the DCPtools Team based on easyDCP KDM Gnerator+.

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 

There can be many reasons that subtitles cannot be displayed.

easyDCP Player performs a whole range of checks when it loads the subtiteles.

It will automatically verify that the XML document´s structure meets the specifications and it will also make sure that all characters used in the subtitle document are actually present in the enclosed font file. (Font)

If any potential issues were identified, they will be shown in the log window.

In short, make sure no warnings are raised when the DCP is opened by eayDCP Player.

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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

 

 

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!

 

The newest easyDCP KDM Generator version 1.4.15 offers a simple support for TDL (Trusted Device List) for e.g. double projection in KDMs.

If a TDL for KDM is required, you only need to import the corresponding projector Certificates in the field " Trusted Device List" available at easyDCP KDM Generator 1.4.15  "Advanced Settings".

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.  

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

This is different in every country. We can’t send you the certificates.

  • The best way is to ask the cinema owner directly. They should have the certificates of the projection system in their screening rooms or tell you the model and serial number.
  • Another idea is to contact the server vendors directly.

If you have the model and serial number, you can contact the manufacturer and ask for access to their database.

Usually, on the cinema server manufacturers' FTP servers you can find both the public server certificates and the signature chain that were used to sign the certificates.

If you decide to trust the certificate by examining the signature chain, you only need the server certificate to create a KDM. The server certificate usually has either a *.pem or a *.crt suffix.

easyDCP KDM Generator will accept either, but do not use both.

Furthermore, there may be pairs of certificate and chain that state "mpeg", "sha1" and "sha256".
Like with DCPs, there are SMPTE ("sha256") and Interop ("sha1" / "mpeg") KDMs.

Almost all modern cinema servers prefer SMPTE KDMs - even for Interop DCPs. So mostly the "sha256" version is used.

Only if you surely know your recipient only accepts Interop KDMs, use the "sha1" certificate and remember to check the "Enable Interop mode" option in the easyDCP KDM Generator's options tab.

Please see also: Where can I get the server certificates needed to create the KDMs?

easyDCP JPEG 2000 Transcoder

Unfortunately we cannot issue licenses that are expiring after a few days. To evaluate the software, free trial versions can be downloaded.

The restrictions of the demo versions are:

  • easyDCP Creator Demo burns in a visible watermark into each frame.
  • easyDCP Player Demo decreases decoding quality and mutes audio after a playback time of 15 seconds.
  • easyDCP KDM Generator Demo generates KDMs with a maximum validity period of 48 hours, starting from the time when the KDM is generated.

Tip: You can also generate DCPs and pay on a project basis with easyDCP Publisher.

The demo version of the easyDCP Standalone applications allows nearly most available function.

You will find following limitations: 

easyDCP Creator(+)

  • Visible watermark in each frame of the DCP
  • No DKDM input (For test of reopening encrypted DCPs please use DCP-Digestc easyDCP Creator+)
  • It is not possible to create supplemental DCP/IMF packages in the demo version.

 easyDCP Player(+)

  • Limited playback time is 15 sec. After 15 sec. audio switches off and plaback quality is reduced.  
  • (+) No Export available
  • (+) No DKDM input (For test of reopening encrypted DCPs please use DCP-Digest)

 easyDCP KDM Generator

  • Issued KDMs have a maximum validity time of 2 days

easyDCP KDM Generator+

  • Issued KDMs have a maximum validity time of 2 days
  • No DKDM input (For test please use DCP-Digest created by easyDCP Creator+)

 

From now on, you will receive a discount on your service and support fees if you extend the service during the ongoing service period.

This is how it works: Since 2017-01-01 you receive a COUPON code on your bill for your next purchase of service extension. This voucher reduces your costs for the next service renewal of the same license by 10%.

The COUPON code is valid for the respective license from the issue of the invoice until the day on which your existing service expires. The date of the last validity is displayed in the COUPON.

How to use this voucher code:

NOTE: Your ongoing service must still be valid

  1. Go to your license status as usual
  2. Extend your existing service by at least 6 months.
  3. In checkout, the option "ADD COUPON" will be offered.
  4. Enter the individual coupon code for this license.


You will automatically receive a discount of 10%. The new service is automatically added to the end of the current service period. The invoice now contains a new COUPON code in order to receive a 10% discount for the next renewal.

Hint: You can spare yourself the manual entry of the voucher code by signing up for a subscription, which automatically extends the service in time. You then receive the discount without entering a COPUON code.

With activated Service Subscription your service will be prolonged automatically for 6 month 30 days before it expires without any notification to do it manually. The prolongation will be charged to your credit card, its details are stored for this use at our Acquirer „Heidelpay“. You will receive an order confirmation and invoice for a successful service prolongation as usual.

Service Prolongation via Service Subscription comes automatically with 10% discount.  

How to setup a Service Subscription?

  1. Login at your easyDCP web account
  2. Select top menu option „Service Status"
  3. Select your preferred license for your Service Subscription
  4. Select your payment method or create a new one. 

Your next automatic prolongation will be shown at „Next Payment“.
A Service Subscription can be created and removed at any time before a service gets inactive.

What happens if an automatic Service Prolongation fails?

If payment fails we will keep retrying. After certain fail we will deactivate the service subscription and inform you by email. Your Service Status will be set to manual mode and you will receive the known „Service Notification“.

Reasons for failed payments can be expired validity, insufficient covering of payment amount or general deactivation of your credit card. If possible we will inform you about reason of rejection.

How safe are your Credit Card details?

Your CCdetails are exclusively stored on servers of our acquierer. These servers are regularly monitored by the CC-companies.

Different versions of easyDCP can be installed side-by-side

However be aware that the all share the same user application data folder, where state settings, KDMs, server and signer certificate and license are stored.  

The conversion of DPX or TIFF sequences (as well as many other video formats) is one of the basic functionalities of easyDCP Creator and easyDCP Creator+.

In order to outsource the time consuming conversion to another workstation or to operate in parallel, each version of easyDCP Creator+ contains a free single version of easyDCP JPEG 2000 Transcoder.

Additional licenses can be purchased on demand.

 

DCPs use the CIE X’Y’Z’ color space with a gamma of 2.6.

Since the source footage is often in an RGB color space, they have to be converted first.

easyDCP Creator supports a variety of input color spaces and can be extended to work with custom color space settings or 3D lookup tables (LUT)s as well.

For further information please refer to:

 

 

To optimize workflows in postproduction it can be useful to work with color transformed and compressed JPEG2000 files from an early phase on. This makes it easier to transport files to another location for further processing or to accelerate the transfer from one storage-device to another.

easyDCP Creator, easyDCP Creator+ or the easyDCP JPEG2000 Transcoder enable the production of SMPTE or Interop compliant JPEG2000 files.

easyDCP JPEG2000 Transcoder in particular is a low priced option to work with prepared and standardized JPEG2000 picture sequences long before the mastering of a DCP.

For further information please refer to :

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.  

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 Creator/Creator+, easyDCP JPEG 2000 Transcoder and easyDCP Publisher are highly optimized for running on multi-processor/multi-core machines. On Windows, it can also use one or more CUDA® enabled graphics devices.

We recommend the following minimal system configuration:

  • Windows PC (Windows 64 bit, Version 7 or higher) or Intel Mac (Mac OS X 64 bit, Version 10.7 or higher)
  • You also need a minimum of 2 GB RAM
  • Installation occupies 200 MB free disc space
  • Fast hard disk is also recommended

For best performance, opt for the following specifications:

  • CPU with 6 or 8 cores
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Fast SSD
  • A CUDA-enabled graphics device for encoding with the following specifications:
    • Compute Capability 2.0 or higher
    • Minimum of 1 GB memory, better 4 GB of memory
    • Preferably connected with 16 PCI Express lanes
    • The more cores, the better
    • E.g. NVIDIA GeForce 980 Ti
easyDCP Resolve PlugIn

Unfortunately we cannot issue licenses that are expiring after a few days. To evaluate the software, free trial versions can be downloaded.

The restrictions of the demo versions are:

  • easyDCP Creator Demo burns in a visible watermark into each frame.
  • easyDCP Player Demo decreases decoding quality and mutes audio after a playback time of 15 seconds.
  • easyDCP KDM Generator Demo generates KDMs with a maximum validity period of 48 hours, starting from the time when the KDM is generated.

Tip: You can also generate DCPs and pay on a project basis with easyDCP Publisher.

Version 1.0.50
  • Added Support for the IMF Format

The demo version of the easyDCP Resolve Plugin is integrated in DaVinci Resolve. It is possible to test nearly every function.

The demo version has following limitations:

easyDCP Resolve Packager

-       Visible watermark in each frame of the DCP

easyDCP Resolve Encryption

-       Issued KDMs have a maximum validity time of 2 days

easyDCP Resolve Playback

-       Playback-quality will be drastically reduced after 15s. Playback of sound will stop after 15s.

easyDCP Resolve Decryption

-       none

Customers who own an easyDCP standalone license can receive one free-of-charge bonus license for the respective easyDCP Resolve module.

Following requirements must be met:

  • The easyDCP full version used for the bonus action must have a version from easyDCP Creator(+) 2.2 and/or easyDCP Player(+) 2.0 or higher.
  • The bonus license for the easyDCP Resolve can only be used on same hardware as the easyDCP standalone license was issued to.

 

Available bonus licenses

easyDCP Standalone Version easyDCP Resolve
easyDCP Creator easyDCP Resolve Packager
easyDCP Creator+ easyDCP Resolve Packager
incl. easyDCP Resolve Encryption
easyDCP Player easyDCP Resolve Playback
easyDCP Player+ easyDCP Resolve Playback
incl. easyDCP Resolve Decryption

 

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.    

  • Forward like 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. 

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:

With activated Service Subscription your service will be prolonged automatically for 6 month 30 days before it expires without any notification to do it manually. The prolongation will be charged to your credit card, its details are stored for this use at our Acquirer „Heidelpay“. You will receive an order confirmation and invoice for a successful service prolongation as usual.

Service Prolongation via Service Subscription comes automatically with 10% discount.  

How to setup a Service Subscription?

  1. Login at your easyDCP web account
  2. Select top menu option „Service Status"
  3. Select your preferred license for your Service Subscription
  4. Select your payment method or create a new one. 

Your next automatic prolongation will be shown at „Next Payment“.
A Service Subscription can be created and removed at any time before a service gets inactive.

What happens if an automatic Service Prolongation fails?

If payment fails we will keep retrying. After certain fail we will deactivate the service subscription and inform you by email. Your Service Status will be set to manual mode and you will receive the known „Service Notification“.

Reasons for failed payments can be expired validity, insufficient covering of payment amount or general deactivation of your credit card. If possible we will inform you about reason of rejection.

How safe are your Credit Card details?

Your CCdetails are exclusively stored on servers of our acquierer. These servers are regularly monitored by the CC-companies.

The generation of personalized signer certificates for certain easyDCP applications is a free service provided by Fraunhofer IIS.

New personalized signer certificates will be issued with every License & Certificate Request during new installation of after migration of the software.

Requirements to get personalized signer certificates issued by Fraunhofer IIS are:

- The email-domain used for your web-account at http://www.easyDCP.com and the requested domain within the License & Certificate Set-request must match.

- Requested domain for validation is not a public address like e. g. gmail.com, t-online.de etc. Blacklist is supported.

If a comprehensible reason exist that email domain and requested domain cannot match please contact info@easydcp.com 

There are three essential steps to successfully create a DCP/IMF package with 5.1/7.1 audio in DaVinci Resolve:

  1. EDIT tab: Drag all audio files into a timeline, e.g. when you have six mono channel audio files, this will create audio tracks A1, A2, ..., A6. In this case all six audio tracks A1-A6 have to be of the Track Type "Mono". When importing a multi-channel 5.1 audio file, Resolve will recognize it and automatically display the clip as multiple audio tracks, so the Track Type is "5.1". In both cases the order for 5.1 is L, R, C, LFE, Ls, Rs.[MM1] 

  2. EDIT tab: Open the Audio Track Mixer and set the number of channels for the Master to "6" for 5.1 audio and "8" for 7.1 audio. For mono channel audio files as input, please also check if all audio channels are mixed correctly, so for "Audio 1" there also should be only channel "1" used as input (Default is "1 + 2" for all mono audio tracks, so you would end up with a mix of input channels 1 and 2 for all output channels).

After step 1) and 2) you should end up with a configuration for the audio tracks like these on the EDIT tab:

  • In case for using multiple mono channel audio files as input:

    Übersicht   Übersicht

  • In case for using a single multi-channel audio file as input:

       
  1. DELIVER tab: In "Render Settings" -> "Audio" choose to export the “Timeline Track” and make sure the correct channel layout is indicated. When using a multi-channel input and a 5.1 track on the timeline, this is how it should look like:


    When working with mono inputs and multiple timeline tracks, add all required tracks and set the track numbers in ascending order, as seen here:


These recommendations apply regardless of the use of Fairlight.

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 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.  

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 Creator+/easyDCP Player+ and easydcp Resolve Plugin supports SMPTE IMF-Specifications: App2/App 2E

For more details "What is IMF" please check: IMF - Interopable Masterformat

easyDCP SAM Rio Plugin

Unfortunately we cannot issue licenses that are expiring after a few days. To evaluate the software, free trial versions can be downloaded.

The restrictions of the demo versions are:

  • easyDCP Creator Demo burns in a visible watermark into each frame.
  • easyDCP Player Demo decreases decoding quality and mutes audio after a playback time of 15 seconds.
  • easyDCP KDM Generator Demo generates KDMs with a maximum validity period of 48 hours, starting from the time when the KDM is generated.

Tip: You can also generate DCPs and pay on a project basis with easyDCP Publisher.

Licenses of easyDCP Player or easyDCP Creator can receive a free-of-charge bonus license for easyDCP SAM Rio PlugIn.

Following requirements must be met:

1) The easyDCP full version used for the bonus action must have version from easyDCP Creator(+)2.2 inkl. easyDCP Player(+) 2.0 or higher.

2) The bonus license for the easyDCP SAM Rio PlugIn can only be used on same hardware as the easyDCP standalone license was issued to.

 

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:

With activated Service Subscription your service will be prolonged automatically for 6 month 30 days before it expires without any notification to do it manually. The prolongation will be charged to your credit card, its details are stored for this use at our Acquirer „Heidelpay“. You will receive an order confirmation and invoice for a successful service prolongation as usual.

Service Prolongation via Service Subscription comes automatically with 10% discount.  

How to setup a Service Subscription?

  1. Login at your easyDCP web account
  2. Select top menu option „Service Status"
  3. Select your preferred license for your Service Subscription
  4. Select your payment method or create a new one. 

Your next automatic prolongation will be shown at „Next Payment“.
A Service Subscription can be created and removed at any time before a service gets inactive.

What happens if an automatic Service Prolongation fails?

If payment fails we will keep retrying. After certain fail we will deactivate the service subscription and inform you by email. Your Service Status will be set to manual mode and you will receive the known „Service Notification“.

Reasons for failed payments can be expired validity, insufficient covering of payment amount or general deactivation of your credit card. If possible we will inform you about reason of rejection.

How safe are your Credit Card details?

Your CCdetails are exclusively stored on servers of our acquierer. These servers are regularly monitored by the CC-companies.

easyDCP SAM Rio Plugin is fully integrated in SAM Rio. You can activate it without further installation according to the following instructions.

A documentation  how to license/activate your easyDCP SAM Rio Plugin is part of Pablo PA Installation & User Guide, Appendix B, A12.

Note:

  • Please use for domain- and username in request form only US character (no: é,*,# etc.)
  • The file extension for the request file must use the extension .html.

Further Links for easyDCP SAM Rio Plugin:

Find more information in your SAM Rio user manual

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.  

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 Creator+/easyDCP Player+ and easydcp Resolve Plugin supports SMPTE IMF-Specifications: App2/App 2E

For more details "What is IMF" please check: IMF - Interopable Masterformat

easyDCP Publisher

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:

Congratulation, you choose the most efficient apllication to create your personal DCP

 

What you should know before:

  • easyDCP Publisher allows to create 2K/4K DCP either as 2D or 3D
  • easyDCP Publisher is a cost free application and allows to create and preview your personal DCP, usable on your personal Computer
  • After you decide to publish the DCP for a free use in a Digital Cinema or continue to use it in a DCI complient device you need to pay.
    The final price depends on length and type of DCP

How you get started:

  • Create your personal username and password at easyDCP.com
  • Login at easyDCP.com
  • Download and Install your personal easyDCP Publisher client on your PC
  • Use your personal username and password to start your easyDCP Publisher

The early first steps: 

  • Decide for a workspace where easyDCP Publisher saves it's files
  • Create a project you like to create (2K/4K/3D)
  • Import your source files (Video/Audio/Subtitels)

For more details about all option to create a DCP please see here:

  1. easyDCP Getting started
  2. easyDCP Compose and Preview  

 

Time lags which occur during playback of video and audio may have different causes. In some cases, the cause is hardware-related. For an audio-visual verification of synchronous playback, we provide our customers a test DCP incl. instructions. 

It has to be distinguished between two basic video / audio types of time lag:

Offset between picture and sound is constant during playback:

Possible causes:

  • Offset of the image and / or sound track of the DCP is not entered correctly.
    Solution: Regenerate DCP with corrected offsets

  • Hardware is configured with incorrect latency.
    Solution: Tho control of the graphics and sound card of a computer varies depending on hardware and operating system. Today's operating systems determine the respective delay and provide the value of this delay as "latency" to the affected programs.
    These values ​​are also available for easyDCP Publisher and easyDCP Player (+).
    It's available for each audio device separate and can be subsequently adjusted within easyDCP programs here: Preference -> Audio -> Latency. 



Offset between picture and sound changes / grows during playback:

Possible causes:

  • The source material does not match the frame rate provided in the DCP (e.g., 23.98 versus 24fps).
    Solution: Regenerate DCP with corrected frame rate.

easyDCP Creator/Creator+, easyDCP JPEG 2000 Transcoder and easyDCP Publisher are highly optimized for running on multi-processor/multi-core machines. On Windows, it can also use one or more CUDA® enabled graphics devices.

We recommend the following minimal system configuration:

  • Windows PC (Windows 64 bit, Version 7 or higher) or Intel Mac (Mac OS X 64 bit, Version 10.7 or higher)
  • You also need a minimum of 2 GB RAM
  • Installation occupies 200 MB free disc space
  • Fast hard disk is also recommended

For best performance, opt for the following specifications:

  • CPU with 6 or 8 cores
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Fast SSD
  • A CUDA-enabled graphics device for encoding with the following specifications:
    • Compute Capability 2.0 or higher
    • Minimum of 1 GB memory, better 4 GB of memory
    • Preferably connected with 16 PCI Express lanes
    • The more cores, the better
    • E.g. NVIDIA GeForce 980 Ti
Other

easyDCP SAM Rio Plugin is fully integrated in SAM Rio. You can activate it without further installation according to the following instructions.

A documentation  how to license/activate your easyDCP SAM Rio Plugin is part of Pablo PA Installation & User Guide, Appendix B, A12.

Note:

  • Please use for domain- and username in request form only US character (no: é,*,# etc.)
  • The file extension for the request file must use the extension .html.

Further Links for easyDCP SAM Rio Plugin:

Find more information in your SAM Rio user manual