On Reddit, Filmmaker Christopher Presswell recently shared a series of photos and captions, explaining how a typical movie is delivered to your local theater. I thought there will be big rolls of film delivered to the theater with armed guards and all but seeing a humble Harddrive being used to transport movies is quite shocking or maybe I am just an old soul.
“This is a Peli 1300 flight case, which most hard drives containing the DCP (Digital Cinema Package) are shipped in.”
“On top, you’ll find details of what’s contained on the hard drive within (which in this case, is our film Candlestick). There are no specific rules about what to put here, but the more information there is, the less likely the film is to screen with any issues. So here, we have the aspect ratio, sound format and duration of the film, along with contact details (removed in this photo) in case of any technical or playback issues. The labels are a little worn, as a result of it having recently finished touring the festival circuit.
“Inside is a CRU DX115 caddy, which contains a standard Western Digital 500gb hard drive, Linux formatted in EXT3. Here, it is slotted into CRU’s accompanying Move Dock.”
“Depending on the theater’s set-up, the caddy (right) may slot straight into their server, and the files ingested (or in some cases, played directly from the hard drive without the need for them to be transferred). If the theatre is unable to slot the drive directly into their server, the Move Dock is a separate external dock that allows the drive to be connected to the server via a USB or SATA connection.”
“Beneath the caddy are all the necessary cables for the move dock to work. The theatre should already have these, but we like to include them so as to make sure they’re on hand if required. Our power adapter is currently awaiting replacement, after it made a rather loud bang and started giving out smoke the last time it was plugged in.”
“And finally, this is the contents of the DCP folder, as viewed on a Mac. It contains: Video (MXF) Audio (MXF) Packing List (XML) Composition Playlist (XML) Asset Map Volume Index And that’s how movies are shown at your local theater. If you’d like to check out Candlestick, it’s available now on DVD from Amazon, and to download from iTunes, Google Play, MGo and more.”