FAQs: easyDCP Publisher

After purchasing each easyDCP Publisher project, you have 3 months to get the free re-finishing option for your DCP.

Here we describe how you can do this:

  • Login into your easyDCP webaccout and choose sales support. Give us a short brief note for statisitical purposes, which is the reason for your project to be re-finished. In any case you, will receive a personal voucher by e-mail for re-finishing your project.

If you have received your voucher, please proceed as follows: 

  1. Go into project manager, select the "Publish" screen selection
  2. Select your affected project and click on "Duplicate" in the menu bar
  3. Now you find a copy of the project in screen selection "Compose"  
  4. Please make your desired changes
  5. Check your project for quality control via "Preview"
  6. Publish your project again and use the "ADD COUPON" button in the payment process 
  7. Enter here the unlock code you received by e-mail.

Repeat this option as often as necessary within 3 months of the first purchase.  

 

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.

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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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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.

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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?

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Closed Captions are timed texts that are intended for hearing impaired audience members. Captions usually include the dialog and descriptions of sounds ("phone rings", "door slams" etc.). "Closed" means that the captions are off-screen and not visible to the entire audience. On the other hand, "open" or "burned-in" means that the captions are on-screen and visible to all viewers.

The following caption file formats are supported:

  • CineCanvas™ DLP Cinema™ Subtitle XML file
  • SMPTE ST 428-7 D-Cinema Distribution Master Subtitle XML file
  • SMPTE ST 429-5 D-Cinema Packaging Timed Text Track MXF file

To add closed captions in easyDCP Creator, simply drag the track file onto the reel. Then select the Display Type "Closed Caption (CCAP)":

You can add up to 16 Closed Captions per reel.

Please make sure that all referenced subtitle assets like fonts (.ttf, .otf) or images (.png) are available, otherwise package generation will fail.

Finally, please add the abbreviation "CCAP" to the composition playlist annotation text:

Please note: The DaVinci Resolve easyDCP Plugin does not yet support captions.

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  

 

To edit existing DCPs, the following options are available:

The easyDCP Creator can open, edit and regenerate unencrypted DCPs. Changes to the metadata can be applied within seconds using the "Save Package" function, without time-consuming new image and sound data generation.

With the easyDCP Creator+ even encrypted DCPs can be opened and regenerated as encrypted or unencrypted DCPs. Please note the limitations for editing encrypted DCPs in the following FAQ:

Why does easyDCP Creator+ generate KDMs since version 2.1?

The easyDCP Player+ can open unencrypted and encrypted DCPs, unpack and export them to j2c / dpx / tif / wav formats. If desired, an easyDCP project file (.dcpproj) will be created automatically to load the unpacked DCP later in easyDCP Creator or easyDCP Creator+, in which all metadata is supported. Subtitles or other language versions can be added directly here, but other changes can also be made, including re-encryption.

JPEG 2000 Re-encoding

The re-creation of an unpacked DCP in easyDCP Creator(+) is almost as fast as copying, since the image sequences are already available in the appropriate JPEG 2000 format. Please note that for each video track, color transformation and letterboxing, as well as global JPEG 2000 re-encoding, must be disabled:

 

The easyDCP Resolve Plugin can be used to load unencrypted and encrypted DCPs as well.

Please note: The easyDCP Publisher does not support the opening of packages yet.

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.

Note: If you're using easyDCP Creator/+ version 3.6 or higher, it is possible to convert frame rate data with 23,97 fps within 24 fps projects. Please have a look at the following MASTERCLASS FAQ how to adjust the frame rates: MASTERCLASS - Session Five: Automatically convert frame rates

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