Other Resources


European Digital Cinema Forum (EDCF)

The European Digital Cinema Forum (EDCF) is a not-for-profit volunteer organization funded by its subscribing members. It acts as a “Forum” to discuss key issues surrounding Digital Cinema in Europe. The purpose of EDCF is to provide a basis of common understanding across all European territories of the business and technical matters of digital cinema. We were established in 2000, before the widespread rollout of digital cinema technology, in order to accompany the rollout and minimize any impact on European cinema, as well as putting forward a European point of view of cinema technology within global standards organizations. Our work has now widened to include all technologies in cinema. Membership is open to any organization or individual with a genuine interest in furthering the knowledge and understanding of Digital Cinema.

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE)

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) founded in 1916 as the Society of Motion Picture Engineers or SMPE, is a global professional association of engineers, technologists, and executives working in the media and entertainment industry. An internationally recognized standards organization, SMPTE has more than 800 Standards, Recommended Practices, and Engineering Guidelines for broadcast, filmmaking, digital cinema, audio recording, information technology (IT), and medical imaging. In addition to development and publication of technical standards documents, SMPTE publishes the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, provides networking opportunities for its members, produces academic conferences and exhibitions, and performs other industry-related functions.

SMPTE DCP Migration Project

The SMPTE DCP Migration Project acts as an informational resource for the industry on the transition to the SMPTE DCP and its operational use. It provides a point of reference for onboarding for those individuals/organizations willing to aid in the transitional process on a territory by territory basis.

Target Audience: Mastering houses, manufacturers, distributors and projectionists.

Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI)

Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI) was created in March, 2002, and is a joint venture of Disney, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal and Warner Bros. Studios. DCI’s primary purpose is to establish and document voluntary specifications for an open architecture for digital cinema that ensures a uniform and high level of technical performance, reliability and quality control.

Tools and Open-Source Resources

All these tools and resources in this section are to be used at your own risk, and inclusion on this list in no way should be considered as an endorsement by or from ISDCF or its members. No warranty expressed or implied. These are provided for convenience only, and at the request of the tools’ creators. 

CPL Translator

CPL Translator is a simple yet powerful Drag-and-Drop web application that parses Digital Cinema (DCP) and Interoperable Master Format (IMF) Composition Playlist (CPL) and Packing List (PKL) files.