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.
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.
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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.
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How can I purchase an easyDCP PlugIn?
The cut and color grading systems of the respective manufacturers always include a full version of the easyDCP Plugin which runs in a demo mode.
Once you have decided to use an easyDCP Plugin, you need to get a license to unlock the demo mode. The license can be purchased through the online shop www.easyDCP.com. By importing the License & Certificate Set, the selected easyDCP PlugIn modules (e.g. playback, decryption, generation and encryption) changes into unrestricted mode of operation.
I'm already an easyDCP user with a standalone version. Should I switch to easyDCP PlugIn?
We have a very interesting offer for existing users: You can use easyDCP Plugins and easyDCP standalone versions in parallel. All customers owning an easyDCP standalone version can get a free bonus license for an easyDCP PlugIn which can be used on the same hardware.
What do the PlugIn cost?
For more information about modules and prices please check:
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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.
Further Links for easyDCP SAM Rio Plugin:
Find more information in your SAM Rio user manual
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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.
All questions regarding the products and their features.
License support is available for every customer independent from the service status. Please use the Service or contact form in Sales Support
Usage and troubleshooting for all easyDCP Plus / IMF Studio solutions
Technical support requires a valid subscription or a service contract for the respective easyDCP Package/application. Please use the Service or contact form in Technical Support.
Usage and troublshooting
Online Roaming requires a valid subscription or a service contract for the respective easyDCP Package/IMF Studio application. Please use the Service or contact form in Technical Support.
Customers can at any time extend and renew their subscription. The period to be extended is either seamlessly added to the term of the existing subscription. If the subscription has already expired, it will be reactivated when the renewal is complete.
Hint: Customers are invited to use the automatic renewal with every purchase. This can also be set up manually afterwards.
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Each new purchased easyDCP Plus and IMF Studio package comes with a valid service contract lasting for 6 months. Within this period, technical service, cost free updates and online roaming for the respective package are included without any additional payment.
Once the service is about to expire, customers will be notified by e-mail. It is highly recommended to extend the service extension from minimum of 6 months. It will always be appended to the end of the current service-period. If the customer decides for a automatic service subscription the service extendes for another 6 month automatically.
In case a customer decided not to prolong the support and no new version of specific package has been released, it is still possible to get back into normal service. A reactivation (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 package has been released during a non-support period, no prolongation of the (expired) service is in this moment possible. Here clients have to purchase a onetime fee in order to get the latest version of the easyDCP Plus/IMF Studio package. 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 Plus/IMF Studio package.
The younger the last license the lower the update fee.
Note: Updates comes without automatic prolongation of service extension.
Hint: Customers are invited to use the automatic service renewal with every purchase. This can also be set up manually afterwards. You can find more details here
Valid for Customer using their licenses with Offline Activation:
Migrating your easyDCP/IMF Studio offline licenes 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)
Updates will arrive as needed. Estimate 2 to 6 updates per year.
Major releases (e.g. 4.2 to 4.3 or e.g. 3.9 to 4.0)
always a new license is required. For your support please check: How do I activate my easyDCP Plus oder IMF Studio product
Minor releases (4.2.1 to 4.2.2)
do not require a new license. In principle there is no need to update the certificates (signer and/or server) for a software update.
available for easyDCP Licenses < 4.0 and easyDCP / IMF Singlelicenes
The button Purchase Upgrade within your web account at Single Licenses shows the available and most cost-effective options for an upgrade.
If your question has not been answered please do not hesitate to contact use on the Service section or contact form in Sales Support
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 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:
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.
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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: