What is DCI?

DCI is the abbreviation for Digital Cinema Initiatives, an organization whose owners are the six major motion picture studios (the same six studios that also comprise the MPAA). In July of 2005, DCI issued version 1.0 of its Digital Cinema System Specification, representing the consensus of DCI’s members in regards to many technical details of digital cinema. The DCI specification can be thought of the cinema equivalent to the consumer specification of the Blu-ray format. Note that the DCI specification is not a standard. Standards for digital cinema are the domain of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). A copy of the most recent DCI specification (v1.3) can be downloaded from the DCI website. The latest version incorporates over 200 errata issued since the original release of the specification in 2005.

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