FAQs: 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:

  •  Visible watermark in each frame of the DCP
  • KDMs can be generated with a maximum validity of 2 days
  • Loading KDMs is not possible
  • Playback-quality will be drastically reduced after 15s, playback of sound will stop after 15s

Note: In Resolve 15, please make sure that the easyDCP decoder is used and the setting "DaVinci Resolve > Preferences > Configuration > Use easyDCP decoder" is switched on:

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

The following requirements must be met:

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

How to get your easyDCP Resolve bonus license:

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

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

Note: In Resolve from version 15, please make sure that the easyDCP decoder is used and the setting "DaVinci Resolve > Preferences > Configuration > Use easyDCP decoder" is switched on:

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 CC details 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.

Note: In Resolve 15, please make sure that the easyDCP decoder is used and the setting "DaVinci Resolve > Preferences > Configuration > Use easyDCP decoder" is switched on:

    

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

This message contains important information for customers who have created encrypted DCPs using the easyDCP Resolve Plug-In and want to migrate them.

If you come into the situation that:

  • your easyDCP Resolve license needs to be transferred to another computer, or
  • your easyDCP Resolve license must be reactivated due to an operating system update, or
  • a new operating system installation on the same hardware is required, including the reactivation of easyDCP Resolve,

we would like to point out that already created, encrypted DCPs can't longer be opened on the target system.
Also you can not generate KDMs for these DCPs on the newly activated system.

In order to be able to continue to process the DCPs (or create KDMs), the native film keys (so-called DCP digest) of the respective DCPs must be transferred manually into the folder structure of the newly activated easyDCP Resolve.

Please proceed as follows:

  1. Copy all contained files from the following directory:
    • OS X:
      • /Library/Application Support/Blackmagic Design/DaVinci Resolve/easyDCP/KDMs
    • Windows:
      • C:\ProgramData\Blackmagic Design\DaVinci Resolve\Support\easyDCP\KDMs
  2. Transfer these files to the corresponding directory on which the newly activated easyDCP Resolve is located.

Note: The use of these files is independent of whether your target system uses the same operating system or not. If you have easyDCP+ standalone application, these DCP-Digest files can also be re-processed here.

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

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

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

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

A sample of DCP validation can be found here:

To perform a validation:

easyDCP Player+

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

easyDCP Creator+

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

Remark: 

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

easyDCP Validation Report as proof of quality:

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

easyDCP Validation verifies the following conformities:

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

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

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

The procedure is different in every country. We can't send you the certificates.

  • The best way is to ask the cinema owners directly. They should have current certificates of their projection systems 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.

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