Sunday, October 24, 2010

open source DCP update: need help testing

As a reader named Vincent posted in August on my open-source DCP process post, this method isn't foolproof. Last week I personally encountered the problem he described where a DCP ingests properly onto a Dolby DSS server, but then appears with a nasty red X on it saying "corrupt." This is happening with a DCP that ingests and plays just fine on a Doremi server.

For those keeping close notes, my problem was on a Dolby DSS100. Vincent's was on a DSS200. He also had a problem ingesting on what I assume was a Datasat DC20 server as well.

It is my goal to ferret out all of these problems and post the solutions here for everyone's benefit. If you have access to a server (or servers) and are willing to run some brief tests, you can help! Just let me know what kind of server(s) you can use and I'll get you access to a small DCP (< 1 Gb) that you can download and try to ingest/play.

Thanks in advance!

1 comment:

Terrence said...

The Dolby units don't seem to be as forgiving as other servers. I've ingested DCPs without errors that crash the DSP100 a few seconds into the movie. The same DCP plays just fine on another Dolby unit.

Do you have access to different servers? I've written a replacement for opencinematools. It would be cool to get it tested on different servers and flush out any bugs. If you are interested...

http://code.google.com/p/opendcp/

-Terrence