We offer digital cinema packages (DCPs) for indie and Short filmmakers looking to exhibit their film theatrically. We also offer DCP packaging services to film festivals.
A DCP, or Digital Cinema Package, is a set of specially encoded files that has become a worldwide standard for digital cinema projection. A DCP is basically the moden equivalent of a 35mm film print, both in its unrivaled quality as well as in its universal flexibility – a properly mastered DCP will play without problems in virtually any digital cinema on the planet.
DCPs come in either 2K or 4K format and can be flat (2D) or stereoscopic (3D), and they can have stereo, 5.1. or 7.1. surround sound.
DCPs are commonly shipped on special hard drives (CRU), or they can, especially for shorter programs, can be delivered on a USB pen drives.
We know the technological & financial challenges faced by today’s independent producers, directors & cinematographers – Square Elephant Productions addresses these challenges by offering a professional service at affordable price.
Before sending us your material, we will discuss with you what the best source material should be, encryption and any other special requests. Once the material has been delivered, we will create the desired DCP in several stages. Subsequently, we provide our customers with the DCP either on a hard drive or deliver it via USB drive to the cinemas.
Time is often critical, especially in the festival season. We offer 36-48 hour turnaround for most projects, with guaranteed turnaround in 3-5 working days, as long as your delivery assets are correctly formatted.
If you are in the London area, you can drop off your drives and pick up your Digital Cinema packages at our Soho based studio.
We can also arrange pick up and delivery (subject to availability), or you can of course mail it to us, transfer by FTP or ship it by courier – whatever works best.
We provide DCPs on special hard drives (CRU), and shorter programs on a USB pen drives.
Accepted File Formats
We accept many file formats – these are some of the most commonly used ones:
• quicktime (.mov) in 24p, 25p, or 30p, with sound embedded
• quicktime (.mov) at any fps speed (e.g. 23.976/23.98 or 29.97 – will be converted to 24p, 25 or 30p)
• audio: WAV, 16 Bit, 48 kHz, mono, uncompressed WAV, 24 Bit, 48 kHz, mono, uncompressed (recommended)
•various File Sequence Formats: J2C, TIFF, DPX, JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF sequences
• many other file formats are possible – please ask
|2K||Full: 2048 x 1080
16 x 9 (HD) – 1920 x 1080
1.85 (Flat) – 1998 x 1080
|2048 x 858|
|4K||Full: 4096 x 2160
16 x 9 (HD): 3840 x 2160
1.85 (Flat): 3996 x 2160
|4096 x 1716|
Must be delivered as discrete channels of 24-bit 48 kHz audio in either AIFF or WAV format
Audio must match image (modulation will occur due to 23.98 to 24 or 29.97 to 30 conform process)