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Enhanced digital cinema

Objective

EDCINE focuses on the optimisation; enhancement and interoperability issues of Digital Cinema based future standards. JPEG-2000 compression and the "DCI specifications" document are the cornerstones of the project's efforts.

The "DCI specifications" document published in July 05 confirms the SMPTE decision to choose JPEG 2000 instead of MPEG for digital cinema coding doesn't take into account many European issues. The MXF file format and security tools specifications are being adopted following the DCI studios' wishes. They lead to large files because of the lower compression rate but allow larger colour space, better resolution and bit-streams adaptable in quality and resolution. To continue to be able to project digital content, cinemas will have to comply with those requirements within a few years.

EDCINE will push the limits of the SMPTE specifications by including quality optimisation, robustness to transmission errors, content security tools, stereoscopic imaging, interactive access, forensic marking and metadata for indexing and retrieval. The project will also supply interoperability with equipments using transcoding to/from MPEG and insure end-to-end security from production to projection and to the others content distribution markets (e.g. television, mobile devices, internet). Networked access to cinema archives allows users optimised access of video data for retrieval and downloading.

EDCINE will demonstrate that interoperable solutions between the DCI requirements and the European digital cinema needs may be found. EDCINE developments will be actively pushed at the SMPTE, JPEG and EBU standard bodies where the partners are already active, directly or through the European Digital Cinema Forum (EDCF).

The EDCINE project will do more than putting Europe at the forefront of the race to standardise the world's digital cinema, it will also push the whole European D-Cinema industry to the front line with solutions compliant with Europe's needs.

Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Address
1 Place De L'universite
1348 Louvain-la-neuve
Belgium

Participants (15)

CINEMATHEQUE ROYALE DE BELGIQUE
Belgium
Address
Hotel De Cleves, Rue Ravenstein 3
1000 Bruxelles
COMMUNAUTE URBAINE DU GRAND NANCY
France
Address
Viaduc Kennedy 22-24
54000 Nancy
DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG
Germany
Address
Friedrich-ebert-allee 140
53113 Bonn
DIGILAB 2000 S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via A. Vici - Zona Industriale Frazione La Paciana
06034 Foligno
FRAUNHOFER IAF
Germany
Address
Tullastr. 72
79108 München
GRASS VALLEY FRANCE
France
Address
17 Rue Du Petit Albi
95801 Cergy-pontoise
MEDIA, OBJECTS AND GADGETS - SOLUCOES DE SOFTWARE E HARDWARE, S.A.
Portugal
Address
Rua Eng. Frederico Ulrich, 2650, Parque Ciencia E Tecnologia
4470-605 Maia
TDF
France
Address
Rue D'oradour Sur Glane 10
75015 Paris
THALES COMMUNICATIONS SA
France
Address
160 Boulevard De Valmy
92700 Colombes
THOMSON R & D FRANCE SNC
France
Address
Quai Alphonse Le Gallo 46
92100 Boulogne Billancourt
TRINNOV AUDIO SA
France
Address
30-32 Avenue De La Republique
94815 Villejuif
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PERUGIA
Italy
UNIVERSITE DE POITIERS
France
Address
Rue De L'hotel Dieu 15
Poitiers Cedex
WI NETWORKS LTD
Israel
Address
32 Maskit Street
46733 Herzeliya
XDC S.A.
Belgium
Address
Rue Bois Saint Jean 16
4102 Seraing