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 IU Trident Indiana University

Helping Students Create Digital Cinema Packages Spring 2014

Project Leads: Chris Eller, UITS Research Technologies

Advanced Visualization Lab, Visualization and Analytics, UITS Research Technologies

Processing Video Files
Figure 1. Processing the student intermediate files for "Stranger Still" into a digital cinema package on an AVL workstation.

The UITS Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) worked with students from the Indiana University Department of Telecommunications and Jacobs School of Music to create high-quality digital cinema packages (DCPs) for screening at the IU Cinema. Students learned about conforming to and delivering files in the industry-standard DCP format, and were guided through various processes and techniques required to generate intermediate files suitable for processing. In preparing their media files for DCP creation, they learned about the digital cinema package format at a basic level.

IU is among a select few schools with the advanced software and skilled staff required to create digital media in this industry-standard format. From their experience working with the AVL, students gained a deeper understanding of finishing and best practices in the cinema industry. 

IU's Advanced Visualization Lab is funded through the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology; is a unit of UITS Research Technologies; and is affiliated with the Pervasive Technology Institute. For questions about this project or to request a consultation, please contact

NSF GSS Codes:

Primary Field: Multidisciplinary Studies (980) - Science, Technology, and Society

Secondary Field: Computer Science (401) - Information Science/Studies