What is the Difference Between “Interop” and “SMPTE” DCPs?

Interop and SMPTE Interop and SMPTE are different standards for DCP. They both specify how Digital Cinema Print packages should work and are similar, but aren’t cross-compatible. SMPTE DCPs aren’t valid Interop DCPs, and Interop DCPs aren’t valid SMPTE DCPs. If it helps, you can think of them like how some software only works on
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Does a DCP Have to Have Surround Sound?

Does a DCP Have to Have Surround Sound? Digital Cinema Packages do not demand surround sound audio, but it’s a good idea. And they should never be in stereo in most cases. How Are Speakers Set Up in Cinemas? The vast majority of theatres in the world are set up for “5.1” Surround sound. Three
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Can I Make a DCP Myself?

Can I Make My Own DCP? This is one of the most common questions we get from indie filmmakers (and even clients in general). On one hand, it’s kind of rude (making DCPs is what we do for a living after all). But we do understand the do-it-yourself mantra that fuels independent film. And we
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What is a DCP Exhibition Kit, and do I need to buy one?

What is a CRU Drive, Exhibition Kit, or DX115 Drive? There are two separate parts to most DCP’s: The Digital Cinema Package file itself. The type of device storing the file when sending it to a festival, distributor, or theatre. A DCP is just a digital file, so there are many ways to send it.
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What is a Digital Cinema Print or DCP?

What is a Digital Cinema Print? A DCP or Digital Cinema Print is the modern version of the old “35mm film reel”. It is the format movie theaters use to project feature films and trailers. Over 90% of the theatres in the world now screen from DCPs. If you’ve seen a movie in a cinema
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