New Projection PC thanks to the Community Benefit Fund
During 2018 we were fortunate enough to receive a grant to upgrade the Projection PC at the cinema from the Community Benefit Fund!
We use the projection PC to trans-code videos to the digital cinema format (DCP) which requires mega computing power! No longer will the operations manager be spending lonely nights at the cinema trans-coding videos! (Sometimes up to 1am during the film festival! Eeek!)
The community has seen a great benefit from the IT upgrade already! Local content creators can have their content trans-coded for screening at the cinema. This has already included all of the films produced by the Spark! short film initiative which premiered to sell out crowds at the Darwin International Film Festival in 2018. We have even been able to help by sending DCP versions of their films to film festivals for screenings.
Local community groups have seen the benefits by being able to screen content on the big screen, even when it’s delivered last minute! (We can tans-code it while everyone is having their dinner now!). The benefits have reached our members (1000 strong!) during our regular programming – some of the alternative films are not available on DCP but we can now prepare them from other formats!
The grant also covered the infrastructure required around the PC including networking, storage and protective equipment like voltage regulators and EPS’s so that it can work sustainably into the future!
We are immensely thankful for the kind support we have received from the Community Benefit Fund!
Picture – the team behind the film ” Arrears” Luka and Josh Cameron, Mark Bunnett, Maddie Telintun, and Wilf Watson at Day 2 of the Darwin International Film Festival at the Iconic Deckchair Theatre. Picture Glenn Campbell Photography