Convert video to DCP

For 6 hours we will prepare a DCP copy of the movie for the cinema on professional equipment.
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Andrey Salnikov
We prepare DCP packages in 2K / 4K / 3D formats: convert, add audio tracks, subtitles, screensavers, or change the final captions.
Always working DCP
We made more than 100 DCP copies and we are pleased that there were no errors with the display. We guarantee that DCP will meet all DCI requirements and run on any servers.
Do everything on time
We hand over copies on time. We understand what a burning deadline is and do it quickly.

If we are late — we do at our expense.
Licensed software
We use only licensed software. All our videos are subject to mandatory technical testing on modern film equipment: Dolby DSS200 + Dolby CP750 + NEC NC2000C
  • DCP remastering
  • DCP unpacking and decoding
  • creation of InterOp and SMPTE and compatible 2K and 4K DCP
  • DCP conversion to any digital format
  • image encoding in DCI compatible JPEG2000 format
  • subtitle production for DCP in SMPTE and InterOp compatible format
  • KDM key generation keys
  • Delivery of DCP copies to Internet cinemas (ftp / torrents / cloud)
  • change of content speed from 25, 30 fps to 24 fps
  • change color space in X'Y'Z '(DCI)
  • sound normalization in accordance with SMPTE 428-2-2006
  • DCP viewing in the cinema
What is an optional package?

DCP Supplemental

Supplemental — an additional package to DCP, which allows you to add or replace an audio track, add subtitles or ad units.

When distributors release a film in several languages, they use additional DCP packages. The same DCP is played in three languages — it saves time and resources for recoding and transporting heavy files.

Make an additional package (with the main DCP) — faster and cheaper.

How to make a DCP copy

1
Make out application on the site
Before submitting the application prepare the file and upload to the cloud, FTP server or create a torrent. If you have any questions, contact the engineer:
Andrey Salnikov
+7 (918) 377-67-66
dcp@festagent.com
2
Issue invoice agreement
We will check the ordering information, contact you and clarify details. We will finally approve the estimate and issue an invoice, and you will pay it.
3
Convert DCP
Based on your source files and in accordance with the technical requirements of the festival (if available), we prepare a dcp-version of the video in two formats. Check on the cinema screen, upload to ftp / torrent / cloud and send you a link.
4
Ready DCP package
You download the finished dcp package and unzip the archive to a blank gesture or flash drive.

Read more in the FAQ section.

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Prices and terms

Per minute video
DCP conversion
4 EUR / minute
For a minute video. If you have a ready DCP package and you need to add a soundtrack or subtitles in another language.
DCP supplemental (optional package)
2 EUR / minute
Minimum order — 30 EUR.
Timing

  • Films up to 30 minutes inclusive — from 6 hours.
  • Films over 31 minutes — from 12 hours.

Order DCP

Convert DCP from source file. Read how to upload heavy files over 10GB.
Frame rate per second
Specify information about the frame rate of the master copy.
Film timing (in minutes)
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Approximate cost
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Technical details
How to prepare a video
Film in production

If the film is in production, then follow the recommendations:
  • for the Flat format (porridge) — 1998×1080, 24 frames per second;
  • for the Scope format (wide) — 2048×858, 24 frames per second.
We recommend exporting files in two formats:
  • codec — ProRes;
  • container — MOV;
  • bitrate — from 50 m / bit (for 4K - 150 m / bit);
or
  • codec — h.264 or h.265;
  • container — MP4;
  • bitrate — from 50 m / bit (for 4K - 200 m / bit).
Preferred audio codecs are PCM (wav) or AC3.
The film is ready

DCP requirement — 24 frames per second. If your film has a frequency of 25 frames per second, then it must be converted to 24 frames.

  • Method 1: conversion of 25 fps frames to 24 fps with loss of quality due to frame deletion. The sound remains unchanged.
  • Method 2: conversion with preservation of all frames, but with a frequency of 24 frames per second. The timing of the video is increased by 4%, while maintaining the quality of the film. The sound is synchronized without changing the pitch.
The film is ready in 1920x1080

If the film is ready, calculated in 1920x1080 resolution (or in another) and there is no possibility to edit, then there are two options:

  • Option 1: mechanically stretch the image and crop around the edges;
  • Option 2: leave the original size. In the latter case, in the FLAT version, small black fields will remain on the left and right sides (this will not be noticeable in the cinema hall). The fields for the SCOPE format will be slightly larger.
We adapt the film for display in the cinema, even if the source file does not meet the technical requirements.

How to transfer heavy files

As a rule, we work with large files through torrents - this is fast, reliable, free of charge and without restrictions on file size.
Torrent
Free permits to transfer files of any size.
You must install a torrent client (for example, FileZilla).
For more information, contact us.
FTP server
Free 50 GB, you need to install an ftp-client.
Suitable if you know how to use ftp-servers.
For more information, contact us.
Free and without registration allows you to upload files up to 50 GB. Please note, files are stored for 14 days (default is 7 days), so do not over tighten.
Free 25 GB, need registration, files up to 2 GB (100 GB for a year for 499 rubles)
Free 15 GB, need registration, without restrictions on file size (100 GB - $ 5 / month. And 1 TB - $ 9.99 / month.)
Free 10 GB, need registration, files up to 10 GB.

Questions and answers

We collected popular questions and answered them.
What is DCP?
DCP (Digital Cinema Package) is a digital technology developed by a consortium of world leading film studios DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) for distribution and displaying of motion pictures in cinemas. Films are distributed on hard or optical disks, flash drives, as well as von satellite channels. The projection is performed using special players and digital projectors.
What is Scope and Flat?
Aspect ratio standards used in digital cinema:

  • 1.85 (FLAT / cached) 1998 × 1080;
  • 2.39 (SCOPE / widescreen) 2048 × 858.
In what resolution is it best to prepare a video for conversion?
For Flat format the resolution should be 1998 × 1080 (24 frames per second). For the Scope format the resolution is 2048 × 858 (24 frames per second). If your movie has a different resolution, we will adapt it for the screen in the cinema.
What is 2k and 4k?
2k and 4k are DCP resolution indications, showing the rounded number of horizontal pixels. It is worth noting that at the moment the conversion to DCP 4k is irrelevant for several reasons:

  • raw materials with such high resolution (4096x1716 or 3996x2160 pixels) are often not available;
  • even if you have a film with this resolution, the difference will not be noticed on screens up to 20 m in size, since the pixel size will be lower than the resolution of the human eye;
  • in Russia, there are not so many projectors that can issue 4k permission.
What if I have a 1920x1080 movie?
In this case there are two possible options:

  • mechanically stretch the image and crop around the edges;
  • leave original size. In the latter case in the FLAT version small black fields will remain on the left and right sides (this will not be noticeable in the cinema).
The fields for the SCOPE format will be slightly larger.
How do you check the quality of DCP?
Films undergo mandatory technical testing in the cinema — we carry out DCP packet monitoring on Dolby DSS200, Dolby DSP100. We can take pictures of the screen so that you will not have any doubts.
What is a KDM key?
KDM (Key Delivery Message) is the "key" required to play an encrypted DCP packet. Each cinema generates its own key indicating its expiration date. As a rule, this is irrelevant for the non-commercial display of the film at the festival.
How to add subtitles or change the audio track?
You can replace the audio track, add subtitles or various ad units using the Supplemental DCP package, which uses the main DCP media data when playing.

On the server must be both packages: the main DCP and supplemental DCP. If you plan to release the film in multiple languages, supplemental saves time and resources.

Details on the Supplemental package
How to send DCP to the festival or to the cinema?
As a rule, films in DCP format are delivered to cinemas on hard disks in special shockproof cases. When transferring a hard disk abroad Russia requires supporting documents. Now are widely used flash drives to transfer files to festivals (up to 64 GB.).

In this case, you should pay special attention to the speed of reading and writing drive, otherwise copying can take a very long time. Short films can be sent to the festival on a USB flash drive or a portable hard disk.

Absolutely all movie servers support standard Windows file systems: FAT32 and NTFS. If your film has a capacity of more than 4 GB (in most cases this is it), a flash drive must be formatted with NTFS, since the FAT32 file system does not support files larger than 4 GB.

We recommend using media containing only DCP files (without "extra" files). Digital film delivery via satellite and Internet channels is also actively developing. This service is provided by Cinelab and DCP24 labaratories.
How to view DCP on a home computer?
You can use the Stereoscopic player that shows unencrypted DCP packets (without a key). Download the trial version of the program on the official website www.3dtv.at. The license for personal use costs 39 euros, the demo version allows you to play 5 minutes of video.
How much does DCP weigh?
A short film (15 minutes) weighs about 30 GB (easily fits into USB flash drive). A full-length film (120 minutes) can occupy more than 100 GB.