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Professional DCP Encoding Services

Cineworx performs DCP encoding for exhibitions using industry-standard Dolby stacks.

With Dolby’s exceptional on-screen imaging and Dolby Atmos audio mapping, you can expect nothing less than a superb screening experience. Knowing that your film is showcased under the best possible screening scenario will give you confidence and peace of mind.

Please note that some film festivals now allow digital uploads, which may not require a physical DCP. For more accurate information, kindly check the festival requirements before proceeding.

DCP Encoding Experts

At Cineworx, we understand how daunting and complicated the film festival and distribution process can be, especially for indie filmmakers. New filmmakers may overlook budgeting for exhibition content, which we don’t want you to experience.

Our team of experts can handle your DCP for film festivals in Dolby format. Once your film has been completed and exported, you can rely on us to provide a high-quality, professionally encoded DCP. 

Visit our Tech Specs page to learn how to export your files properly. 

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Content Delivery

Review the invitation letter provided by the festival, as it will contain all the necessary information about their requirements. We will happily provide a physical DCP if you need one.

For Streaming Only events, you won’t need a DCP. Instead, you will only require an mp4, H264, or H265 file format. But if your film is part of a Hybrid event, you’ll need a DCP and a Streaming file.

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Certain festivals only accept digital uploads. We can encrypt and deploy your digital file to your designated festivals via our encrypted server, ensuring your content is delivered safely and seamlessly.

Send Us Your Files

Step One: Exporting From Your Timeline

To achieve excellent results, export your file as either ProRes422 or DVNx. ProRes422 is the industry standard for DCP encoding, resulting in stunning visuals. You can choose from Stereo, 5.1, and 7.1 audio options to maximize your film’s sound quality.

Answer a few questions here to get an estimate of the transfer duration. You may also submit a ProRes4444 file, but it may triple your file size, resulting in longer upload times.

For more information about exporting preferences, check out our Tech Specs page.

TIPS AND HINTS:

• Frame rate: The standard frame rates for DCP encoding is 24, 25, and 60.
• Container: A “full container” is not recommended, as most projection systems (venues) cannot screen a full container. Your images may appear to be “cut off.”
• Color: If your film is color-corrected, please provide us with your export gamma by consulting your editor or colorist. Otherwise, your colors may not look the way you intended on-screen.
• Files: You will need two separate files to screen live and virtually. The ProRes422 is for your DCP encoding and an H264 or H265 file for streaming. Ensure your editor exports the two files.
• Subtitles: Subtitles should be burned in. If the subtitles are available in multiple languages, please provide appropriately named .srt files for each language to which they were translated.

Step Two: Upload

You will receive a link to our portal for your file upload. To begin the process, you must download the client-side app to your computer, which should take only 15 seconds. Make sure to grant permission in your security settings to access your file.

Our platform ensures the encryption and optimization of your file transfer. Check how long the upload will take by testing it here. If your speeds are sluggish, we recommend uploading overnight. You can check your upload speeds using Ookla or any other speed testing platform.

OPTIONAL SERVICE:

If your film takes off and you have back-to-back screenings at overlapping festivals, we offer concierge print traffic to help you keep track of and deploy your movie.

Our team will generate a grid and share it with your chosen representatives. This grid is updated in real-time, providing important information such as screening dates, times, and the type of file deployed. With this service, you can focus on enjoying your festival run without worrying about logistics.

Pro Concierge

Cineworx can deliver your film to multiple festivals. Provide us with the festival’s name, contact information, and deadline date; we will take care of the rest. We can also send you a detailed report with tracking information. This service is popular with successful filmmakers who found it liberating not to worry about delivering their films to festivals.

Please get in touch with us with any questions. We will be happy to answer them.