EASY DCP and FCP7 - How to Make a 2K DCP or Digital Cinema Package

EXPORT a self contained 23.98 quicktime of your current timeline

You will need a 1920 x 1080 or larger file exported from your Digital Non Linear Editor of your choice. Don't use an editing timeline use a self contained quicktime!!

Make a new sequence at 2048 x 858(scope) Prores 422 or HQ
Or 1998 x 1080 (flat)

Discrete Channels

Next Change the audio output settings for the sequence. Go to >Sequence>Settings

Click on 5.1 Monitoring: L+R,C,LFE,

Then change the Downmix to 0 and switch the Grouping to
Dual Mono
Then Click OK

Ignore Warning Error

If you get an encapsulated
.wav then the tracks are like this
Open ProTools to double check this if you want.
These files will come into FCP appropriately tracks 1-6 when dragged down to the audio tracks in timeline.

Add two audio tracks to your timeline so you have 6 tracks of audio

If you don't have an encapsulated .wave then will need to add two more tracks to your timeline.

Then on right click each Final Cut Pro Timeline track change the Audio Outputs to match the track
1=1 4=4
2=2 5=5
3=3 6=6

Add in the 1920 x 1080 movie into the 2K Scope timeline
Choose to ignore source settings

In Motion Tab change scale to 107 % then look at the left and right edge to make sure that you see no black on the sides usually 107% to 108% scale will work.

You will loose @2% on the top and bottom. Double check distort just to be sure it didn't distort anything.

Check Distort setting too just to be sure that it stayed at zero

Trash Audio off Quicktime if it has any.

Then add in the 6 channel surround audio

In Final Cut Pro line up the following:
Master Self Contained Quicktime Video
All 6 tracks of surround printmasters. Put them in this track order
A1 = Left Channel
A2 = Right Channel
A3 = Center Channel
A4 = Low Frequency (LFE)
A5 = Left Surround
A6 = Right Surround

Make sure the end of each clip lines up exactly the same length. Check that the audio and video are in sync on all tracks

If your timeline is longer than 90ish minutes you will have to break into segments or (reels.)

Find a break point to divide up the timeline
Alt Option will apply cut to all tracks

Notice that clicking the "X" will mark clip.
Also on the second half when exporting notice that your mark in looks like this. Inclusive edit not the frame before it.

The position of the playhead, the frame that the playhead is on is included in your edit

RENDER THE TIMELINE if it is one reel or two render the whole thing

Next step is to export Audio to AIFF

Pick a destination to save the files and do this for each section use mark in and out points on timeline. Click "X" to mark clip on the timeline.

Choose 48KHz and 24bit audio

Channel Grouped

Will export all the files in the sequence

Export the Reels using in and outpoints to export the separate reels

Choose self contained QuickTime


The next step will be to convert the exported aiff audio files in protools

Open a new ProTools session

Choose .wav and 24 bit
Sample Rate 48khz

Click OK

Save the session to a hard drive

When the session opens go to >Import>Audio

Navigate to the AIFF files to import.

Note the Channels export as shown below.
A1 = Left Channel
A2 = Right Channel
A3 = Center Channel
A4 = Low Frequency (LFE)
A5 = Left Surround
A6 = Right Surround

Choose a folder to save the converted files and click "Done"
The files will begin converting (adding pulldown to the audio tracks) and will be saved to the destination folder

Choose to add to New Track when prompted.

Make sure there is audio in all the tracks

Now move all the Quicktimes and the pulled down audio to the DCP computer in the Grad Suite H CMB 4.112H.
Below is an example of the files needed to make the DCP

Move to the Color Correction Suite Grad Suite H CMB 4.112H – This is the only suite that has the Easy DCP software.

This is the DCP Naming Convention

NOTES: parts of the DCP Name that you don't need to include:

OV embeded dcp information don't need and
FAC=facility don't need and ST = studio don't need


Example of DCP naming

On the Color Correction suite Mac Pro in the Open Easy DCP

One Note: - Please talk to tech staff as we have to
authenticate you to use the Software. It will not let you open it untill the
License is in the proper location. FYI.

Open "Easy DCP"

Right click on the Title window and choose Edit with Digital Cinema Naming Convention

Example of correct DCP name

Choose the naming conventions shown here (change all the settings with arrows pointing to them) but set to apply to your particular DCP

Click OK

Choose the 2K 24fps generally this is the best settings unless your project is 4K or 2K Stereoscopic

Then choose Create

In the open project choose to Add Picture Track

Navigate to the Self Contained QuickTime and choose the 1st file of the sequence or the only QT needed

This is how the "Video" Track looks when loaded

You will get an error for the frame rate conversion. Chose to ignore it

23.98 to 24 will throw an error

Next choose to Add Sound Track

Choose 5.1 Speaker Setup

Click on the square icon next to each track to navigate to the audio file that corresponds to the track label.

Then click "Add Sound Track"

Project with Track Files added

Drag Image and sound reels over to the DCP Content "New Reel" window to create the reels (in this example creating 2 reels) Note that once you create one reel with image and sound a "New Reel" is automatically created

Notice that there are two reels here. Both have one image file and a 6 channel audio file.

Make sure the "Intrinsic Duration" matches for both the audio channels and the video track
Ex: Video Intrinsic Duration is 81877

Example of the audio track intrinsic duration 81877. In all cases the Audio and Video should match or it won't work with the software

Make sure there is not a "Warning" triangle

The Question Mark is OK

Make a folder on the external HD or internal raid drive on DCP computer using the
DCP naming conventions of your DCP.

You can right click and copy the title of the DCP in Easy DCP and paste it on to the name of the folder. That is the easiest way to do it.

Change the Content Kind to a short if you are making a DCP of a Short.

Click on the DCP Content to highlight the area in green. Then click "P." Then change the "Content Kind" to short.

Then choose to "Save DCP" if you have opened a previously made DCP to change the content type. If not just save the Project

Click Generate DCP!

If you get this error it is okay to ignore it

If you get a certificate error

Go to >Options>Signature Setup.

Make sure Signature Enabled is off

Click Ignore on this error message. It doesn't mean anything important.

Choose where to save the files at this menu. Choose the folder you created named the same way as the DCP Naming Convention

Choose Start!

When finished the DCP software will state that the process was successful

Save Project again

This is the completed DCP folder example. All these files should be present.

To test we can play using the Big Barco DCP player in 4C. Find Keefe, Susanne or Jeremy to set up a viewing or you can test using the local player on the computer.

Launch Easy DCP Player

In Easy DCP Player choose >Open>Open Package

Navigate to the newly created Folder containing the DCP files


Choose open

The DCP will load. This might take a few minutes.

You can get info in the lower left corner displaying the process of the file loading.

Click Play Icon on the file to load it into the player

Then hit Play button on the player to play

DCP player window playing the DCP file

Lower the Aspect ratio to play the file in realtime

Scroll along the position indicator to spot check the file

Look at the audio Waveforms to double check the file.

Go to Asset>Waveform Visualizer

Make sure that the waveforms look right.

Notice that Chanel 3 has all the dialog audio.

Generally That is the case.

You can watch the waveforms follow the image file when you play the file in Easy DCP.

Make sure the audio files appear correctly.

Go to View >Color Transforms>
should be
X'Y'Z > R'G'B' (Rec BT.709)

Play the entire DCP to check the quality of the image and sound. Make sure the tracks are correct and looks and sound good.



More info can be found here. CLICK HERE

To open a DCP to edit it you can open the Application Easy DCP and go to "Load/Open Project" and Navigate to Assetmap

Some things can be changed in a DCP open EZ DCP and click Load Project

Navigate to the AssetMap

Right click on the dcp name and choose to rename using Digital Cinema Naming Conventions

You can also change the type of track if you didn't do this correctly.

Change the Content Kind to a short if you are making a DCP of a Short.
Click on the DCP Content to highlight the area in green. Then click "P." Then change the "Content Kind" to short.

change the content to trailer or short or etc.
Choose >File>Save DCP
Choose to Ignore this error
Ignore this too and choose Yes
Saving fixes the change