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Supporting the IU Cinema through creation of digital cinema packages of the feature film AMADEUS

Project Lead: Chris Eller, Advanced Visualization Lab, Research Technologies, Indiana University

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Figure 1. Amadeus was screened from the DCP created by the Advanced Visualization Lab on December 14th, 2014.

In collaboration with the IU Cinema, staff from IU's Advanced Visualization Lab created DCPs of AMADEUS that could screen in five different languages: English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Creating this DCP will allow the film to have revival screenings in many theaters and cinemas around the world. Many theaters have already converted to digital projection and the cost of printing and sending out a high quality 35mm film print has become higher than producing a digital cinema package for digital distribution.

The film is a fictional portrayal of the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and showcases his world famous musical accomplishments ( Warner Brothers sent the film on two HDCAM-SR digital media tapes. Radio and Television Services captured video files from the two tapes and saved them to a portable hard drive. These two video files were then combined on a video editing timeline to reconstruct the entire movie. The picture and sound aspects were conformed to digital cinema specifications and exported to an intermediate master format of TIFF image sequence and WAV audio files totaling almost two terabytes of data and over 259,000 individual files.

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: Communication (930) - Communication and Media Studies

Secondary Field: Computer Science (401) - Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications