Prepare your source Files

Proper preparing your source files (high resolution and low compression) is key in getting your movie on digital screens in perfect quality.

Before prepare the source files and upload them to the DCP Maker, please read the supported formats in the DCP Maker.

In case of any unexpected errors (due to settings of codec), DCP Maker will try to convert your video file without compression and rebuild project automatically.

DCP Maker can work with different resolutions of video files. The universal rule: The higher the resolution of the original video, the higher the quality on the digital cinema screen.

The optimal values for your source files:

Resolution 1998 x 1080 pix (FLAT)
2048 x 858 pix (SCOPE)
Framerate 24 FPS
File format QuickTime Movie (MOV)
Codec ProRes 4444 or JPEG 2000 RGB 4:4:4 12-bit
Color space Rec. 709 Full-Range or DCI X’Y’Z’
Field order No fields (Progressive)
Pixel Aspect Ratio Square
Audio (included in video file) 2 Channels (stereo), 48KHz, 24bit
Audio (separated files) 2 (stereo) or 6 Channels (5.1), 48KHz, 24bit

Prepare File Sequences:

Furthermore, according to the DCI standards, each picture of one single Picture File Sequences shall have equal resolution.

File Sequences must be archived in one of the supported formats (ZIP, 7z или RAR).

After uploaded in the DCP Maker, you can unzip archive in the File Manager.

Duration of the source files:

According to the DCI standards, a DCP has to be at least one second long. The amount of frames varies, depending on the current project’s frame rate (e.g. 24 frames for 24 fps). If you open an image file sequence with duration less than one second, an error will occur.

File Naming:

Frame number must be 3-6 digits and placed right before extension (For example: FileName_00001.tif).

Make sure, that path and filename contains only English letters, digits, spaces and symbols (-_,[]()@ #$?!)

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What source files supports DCP Maker?

In Online Mode, DCP Maker supports the following formats of source files:

Supported source file formats in the DCP Maker:

Supported Image File Formats:
Image File formats J2C, TIFF, DPX, JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF, MOV, MP4
Bit depth 8 or 16
Framerate, fps 24 или 25
Color RGB
Resolution, px min. 720  х 576 and max. 2048 х 1080
Color Processing ITU 709/sRGB or DCDM X’Y’Z’
Supported Sound File Formats:
Sound File formats WAV
Compression Uncompressed
Sample rate, Hz 44 000, 48 000, 96 000
Samples, Bit 16 or 24
Channels 2 (Stereo) or 6 (5.1)

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Upload Source Files

Upload Source Files via website:

Go to Upload Page in User Account menu, here you can upload to DCP Maker your source files not larger than 2 Gb. If the size of your source files more than 2 GB you must use our FTP.

Upload the source files via FTP:

You can also upload source files to DCP Maker using FTP.

There are many FTP clients you can use to upload files to our server. The most commonly used by the DCP Maker clients are FileZilla and CuteFTP.

Link and settings of the FTP, available to the user after create of account in the Settings page in the User Menu.

Before upload File Sequences must be archived (ZIP, 7z or RAR). You can unpack uploaded archive in the File Manager.

After upload you can see uploaded files of the supported formats in the File Manager.

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DCP Creating

To convert your source files into DCP, you must create a project by clicking on the Create DCP in New DCP menu.

DCP Maker can create a DCP in a fully automatic online mode. If you have any difficulty with the preparation of source files, or you don’t know how to make settings, and if some features DCP Maker is not yet available in the automatic creation of DCP, you can use the Offline mode, instructing us to the creation of DCP, which will be carried out by qualified teams in the highest level. More…

Project Title

Give name to the DCP Project.

Your DCP movie will be have name of the DCP Project Title. In accordance with the Digital Cinema Naming Convention, the film's title (DCP project) can contain up to 14 characters.

Choose the source video files to convert to DCP

By clicking the CHOOSE VIDEO FILE, the pop-up window "Available video files" will appear, where you can choose from the list of uploaded files, supported by DCP Maker

If the source video file corresponds to one of the supported formats, under the file selection field, a window appears with an information about the characteristics of the image file (the name, speed, and duration).

Choose Framerate

In the tab "Choose Framerate", select the playback speed (FPS) in which was prepared your source files for use in the DCP.


In this tab you can configure letterboxing of the image frame (default - ON) and select the most suitable location and size of the frame on the silver screen. If you do not want to change anything in the size of the image, leave this option unchanged.

Depending on the size of uploaded image, DCP Maker add black borders to the image, making the image of specification DCI, to guarantee playback on most DCP servers in cinemas.

If the option "Letterboxing" turned off, the resolution of uploaded to DCP Maker image files must exactly match the requirements of the DCI specification and your chosen image resolution and frame format (Aspect Ratio).

Aspect Ratio:

In this window you can select the required ratio of the width and height of the frame in which you want to create DCP (the default Full Container).

Aspect Ratio Flat (1.85:1) Scope (2.39:1) Full Container (1.90:1)
Resolution for 2К 1998 х 1080 2048 х 858 2048 х 1080
Resolution for 4К 3996 х 2160 4096 х 1716 4096 х 2160


Here you can scale your original image at the selected resolution and aspect ratio, ensuring the optimum size of the image on a screen (by default - Scale to Fit).

  • Scaling Off – Image will not be scaled
  • Scale To Fit - Image will fit into the frame, without cropping
  • Scale To Fill – Image will fill the Frame, by the short side, everything outside of the frame will be cropped

In the preview window you can see how image will appear in created DCP with chosen settings. Red frame is the border of source image.


DCP Maker can handle video files, that contains sound (MOV or MP4), as well as separated audio files (WAV). In case you want to use separated audio files, you can add them to your project, by activating "Separated files" tab. If you would like to use audio from your video file, you can leave this option turned off.

Choose type of your audio files:

  • Mix - one file with two or more audio channels
  • Separated files - every channel placed in separate mono audio file

Click on button "Choose audio file" and select from appeared list of supported previously uploaded audio files.

If you are using single mix file, DCP Maker automatically check your audio and display result. In case of separated files, you must click button "Check" after selecting files, to check them.

Content type

In accordance with the standards of DCI, you must specify the type of content that matches your film or video. Annotation text of DCP will contain the selected type.

You can, if necessary, by deploying appropriate panel, specify clarifying characteristics of your film / video, which will be listed in the title of the created DCP, according to the Convention:

  • Temp - This means the picture and/or sound are temporary and unfinished: such as a preview or rough-cut version etc. This is to prevent this version from accidently being distributed to theatres as the "final release". If the picture and sound are final, you would simply leave the word "Temp" off.
  • Pre - If the picture and sound are final, but the Package is a "Pre-Release" package without Accessibility features such as HI or VI, you may use the Descriptor: "Pre" to indicate that it is pre-release. If the picture is final and includes those Accessibility features that you intend to include in the wide release, then you would simply leave the word "Pre" off.
  • RedBand - For US released trailers, NATO and the MPAA have requested that trailers with the Red Band MPAA rating be clearly marked early in the DCP file name. This is so theatres will more clearly see the trailer is restricted, and not accidently place a Red Band trailer with a G, PG, or PG-13 movie. The trailer rating will still also be mentioned in the Territory/Rating Field as: "US-RB".
  • Chain - Many Promos or Trailers (especially Policy Trailers) are designed for specific Theatre Chains or Events. This sub-field is where to name the specific theatre chain or event.
  • Brightness - There is currently no luminance standard for mastering 3D Digital Cinema Content. Some films are color timed at 3.5 foot lamberts, others at 4, 4.5, 6, 7, and even 10 foot lamberts. If you have multiple luminance versions of your product, put the foot lamberts here in order to signal which version the DCP contains. Do not use decimal points.
  • Language - Language Codes of audio and subtitles

    The first language code represents the audio language. The second and next language codes (FR) represents the subtitle language. If there is no audio or subtitles, use ХХ.

    For example:
    • EN-RU = english audio and russian subtitles
    • FR-RU-EN = french audio and subtitles in russian and english languages
    • EN-XX = english audio without subtitles
    Here are some language codes:
    • RU = russian
    • DE = deutch
    • EN = english
    • FR = french
    • IT = italian etc.

  • Open and Closed Caption files are coded as "CCAP" for Closed Caption and "OCAP" for Open Caption. If used, CCAP and/or OCAP should appear at the end of the Language field after a hyphen.

  • The territory and rating field in the Naming Convention consists of two to six characters. The first two characters indicate the release territory. They are based on ISO 3166-1 country codes. The next 2-3 characters after a hyphen indicate the local rating, if one exists. For example, "US-13" would indicate: US territory with a feature rating of PG-13. For US trailers, "GB" indicates Green Band; "RB" indicates Red Band. "GB" indicates that the trailer has been approved for all audiences by the MPAA, but does not indicate the rating of the advertised feature. For Canadian trailers that are identical to the US version with the exception of the Rating Tag, use "CA" in the territory field and do not follow with "GB" or "RB".

  • The studio codes are 2 - 4 character codes that represent the studio or content creator of the material. This is helpful if a theatre or distribution entity does not immediately recognize the title in the file name and has a question regarding the material. The codes are often but not always based on ISCI codes. They are determined by the individual studios and can be changed at any time by the studios.

Advanced settings


InterOp or SMPTE – установите стандарт по которому будет создан DCP (по умолчанию – InterOp). DCP Maker может создавать interOp или SMPTE совместимые DCP. IMP может быть создан только в режиме SMPTE.

Force Re-encoding of JPEG2000

принудительная перекодировка контента в формате JPEG2000 (по умолчанию – включено)

Отключение этой опции, позволит ускорить процесс создания DCP, в случае если Ваши загруженные файлы изображения в DCI совместимом формате JPEG2000. Без этой опции, конвертация в DCP будет осуществляться без дополнительного перекодирования в формат JPEG2000. В случае отключения указанного параметра, Вам необходимо быть уверенным в соответствии Вашего исходного материала требованиям спецификации DCI.

2K / 4K - you can choose here the image resolution of the created DCP (default - 2K)

Project Settings Image Resolution in Pixels
(Full Pixel Container)
DCP 2K Width: 2048
Height: 1080
DCP 4K Width: 4096
Height: 2160
IMP Width: 3840
Height: 2160

Color Processing

Using this chain assures a DCI compliant processing of the input images. DCP Maker takes care about the color transformation and JPEG 2000 encoding. DCP Maker expects RGB images with a sRGB/709 color gamut. Use default Standart ITU 709 setting if you don’t want to take care about color spaces and format conversions.


By default, the maximum bitrate is 250 Mbit / sec for the best quality image on a screen. But if you want to reduce the size of the finished DCP, you can reduce this value.

Check the DCP Settings

You can check all DCP Settings In the "Information about Project" window and find out the cost (DCP Credits) of the DCP Project to create a DCP with these settings.

If all the settings are correct, click on "Create DCP project" button and project will be created and displayed in the "Projects" section.

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DCP Project Management

All created DCP Projects are displayed on the "Projects" page. On this page you can manage any DCP Project and see all made DCP settings and cost of the DCP Project.

Implementation of some projects is a paid service of the DCP Maker. The cost of implementation of a specific project expressed in DCP Credits - standard units, allowing purchase services provided by DCP Maker.

Before starting the DCP Project, make sure that your account has sufficient balance (DCP Credits) to start project. If necessary, fill up your account balance.

You can start the DCP Project when clicked the "Start project" button in the Action column on the project page.

You can streamline, sort and filter information about DCP projects using the buttons located in the top right corner of the page, just above the table of projects.

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Once the project will be successful, DCP automatically archived (format ZIP), and you can download it from our website in the Project page or from our FTP server using any FTP client.

Note. It's not possible to use the website to download a DCP that's over 2 GB. If the DCP is in your account, use the FTP to download the DCP to your computer automatically.

Your browser will download the DCP folder as a single compressed file, known as a ZIP file. The file will be named after your folder but will end in .zip. You can find the file wherever your browser normally downloads files, as set in your browser preferences. Once it is downloaded, open and decompress the ZIP file to access the contents of your DCP folder.


Download the DCP via FTP:

You can also download DCP using FTP.

There are many FTP clients you can use to download DCP from our server. The most commonly used by the DCP Maker clients are FileZilla and CuteFTP

Via FTP, download the DCP you can use the link to the file that appears when you press the green button in the Actions column of the projects table.
Link and settings of the FTP, available to the user after create of account in the Settings page in the User Account Menu.

All DCPs located in your Download folder on our FTP server.

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Can I share DCPs with non-DCP Maker users?

You can share DCPs with anyone, even non-DCP Maker users, by getting a FTP link to any DCP. Once you get the link, you can send it by email, Facebook, Twitter, instant message, social networks, wherever you want. You can share DCP with anyone, who knows the password to access your FTP, even if they don't have a DCP maker account.

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