If you've attended a film festival in the past 24 months, then you've already seen our work. Recent work
Indie Melbourne Productions
Blazing Arrow Media
Proud Wing Films
View all productions Pricing 2K / 4K Shorts up to 30 min (Unencrypted) Flat-Rate (inc GST) $200 2K / 4K Features (Unencrypted) Per minute rate (inc GST) $5/min 2K / 4K Commercial Advertisement Flat-rate per spot (ex GST) $400 Submission Guidelines
We can accept almost any format, however, where possible we ask that you follow the following specifications when exporting a file to be converted into a DCP. You can download a copy of this information as a PDF to send to whomever is performing your final mastering. If your film has already been mastered and isnt in the below specs, dont worry! We can convert the file for you.
If you have any questions or are unsure about something, please get in-touch and we'll happily guide you through outputting your file. Download submission guidelines (PDF) Delivery Mediums CRU Drive
The industry standard method for delivering large DCPs is on drives housed in a CRU DX115 carrier aka a CRU drive.
SSD CRU Kit SSD CRU Kit (rental) $350 $80/month USB Thumb-drive or HDD
USB thumbdrives and portable hard-drives are the cheapers and easiest way to physically deliver your DCP to cinemas.
USB Thumbdrive (32GB) USB Thumbdrive (64GB) USB HDD Drive (1TB) $50 $65 $100 Digital Pigeon
We offer free digital delivery for all DCPs. This is a good option if your cinema or restival is willing to accept a download link.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Digital Cinema Package, otherwise known as a DCP, is the package used to distribute content to commercial cinemas. Unlike regular video files, a DCP is made up of a collection of specially encoded formatted video, audio & data files. These files are assembled and transferred onto a drive that formatted for compatibity with cinema playback servers around the world.
What resolution should I use? 2K vs 4K?
The vast majority of Hollywood feature films are released and distributed at 2K. And in Australia, the vast majority of cinema screens cannot play higher than 2K resolution, with the exception of specially marketed screens such as Hoyts eXtreme, Village Vmax and IMAX. So unless you have a specific 4K cinema in mind or a requirement from your distributor, then you best bet is to go with 2K. If you are still unsure we are more than happy to assist you further in making the correct decision.
What frame-rates are supported in a DCP?
SMTPE DCPs support 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, and 60 fps.
INTEROP DCPs only support 24 fps.
What file format do you accept?
We can accept almost any file format but we ask that - where possible - you provide your material in accordance to our specs sheet available above. If you are unsure, get in-touch with us and we can help.
How are DCPs delivered to cinemas?
Typically, feature films are distributed to cinemas in special carriers called CRU drives. These CRU drives are formatted and designed to integrate specifically with a cinemas playback server. They are about the same size and weight of a desktop USB drive, but you cannot access them without special hardware.
However for shorter content, such as advertisements and short-films, DCPs can be delivered on specially formatted USB Thumb-drives or hard-drives. These are the most cost effective solution for shorter content.
How does CRU Drive hiring work?
Sometimes you may not want to buy an expensive CRU carrier, so we a large number of rental drives that you can lease on a weekly basis. Once we've loaded the DCP onto the CRU carrier we arrange all the logistics of getting the drive to the cinema and back again.
What is Upmixing and do I need it?
Upmixing is the process of taking an audio mix and processing it to higher channel format. Typically, this means taking a stereo audio mix and converting it to surround sound. We highly recommend that your DCP is mastered with surround sound, as stereo audio can sound quiet and odd in a cinema environment, especially if played along side surround sound content. The best quality is always for your audio mixer to master your mix in surround sound, but this is not always possible - so if you only have a stereo mix, we can upmix it for you and create a psudo surround sound mix. We include this as a free service for all stereo DCPs.
Should my DCP be in Interop or SMPTE?
There is no easy answer. SMPTE and Interop are two different standards for DCPs. Think of them like a Quicktime file versus a MP4.
SMPTE is the newer standard and is definitely the better of the two. It supports more features, deals better with subtitles and encryption, and supports a vast number of frame-rates; 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, and 60 fps @ 2K. 24, 25, and 30 fps @ 4K. Interop on the other hand is old only supports 24 and 48 fps @ 2K and 24 fps @ 4K. Interop - having been around for much longer then SMPTE - is guaranteed to work in any cinema around the world. Whereas SMPTE, while being the better format, has not yet been completely adopted. That said, the majority of Australian cinemas support SMPTE. So the question comes down to two things: 1) What is the frame-rate of your material? 2) Where is the DCP going? What are the specs of the cinema or festival for which DCP is going to? If you are unsure, get in-touch with us and we can help you figure out the best option.
What colour space should my film be delivered in?
If you are asking the question, then its best to let us convert your material into the correct space on our end. Simply tell us what your current colour space is and we'll do the rest.
The most reliable and cost effective way is to burn-in the subtitles to your picture. If you already have subtitles then you can burn them in yourself or provide us with a SRT file and we can do it for you. Make sure to consider that your DCP will be played on a huge cinema screen, so subtitles can be smaller than what you would do if delivering for web. If you dont have subtitles but need them made, get intouch and we can arrange to have your material transcribed and translated.
Should my DCP be encrypted?
If you're asking the question then the answer is no. Unless your distributor requires an encrypted DCP master, then encryption is more hassle than its worth. With encryption, each cinema screen that plays your DCP must be given a special decryption key that is unique to that screen for a certain time-period. This is how Hollywood feature films are protected and its very effective, but its also costly as it requires a great deal of management. Give us a call if you are unsure and we can help.