CuteDCP: for Premiere Pro
with Digital Cinema Package workflow for After Effects too
By Rich Young | October 15, 2013
Fandev has released CuteDCP for Premiere (Mac / Windows), a DCP (Digital Cinema Package; explained) render tool for Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder. It allows users to export DCPs from any file imported into Premiere Pro or Adobe Media Encoder, and has been tested on most major play-out servers for digital cinema theaters.
This export format plug-in does not work inside After Effects – there's already a Fandev plug-in for that – but you might use Dynamic Link or export your AE comp to Adobe Media Encoder, which also uses the plug-in. Its features are similar to the After Effects version and include:
- SMPTE and InterOp compliant DCPs
- Supported frame rates 24, 25, 30, 48, 50 or 60 fps
- 2K and 4K
- Stereo and 5.1 Surround Audio from timeline
- Title Helper, a tool for creating Content Titles.
- Internal Rec709 to x'y'z' colour space conversion.
- Interop Subtitles (CineCanvas) & SMPTE 428-7 Subtitles
- Multithreaded support, faster encoding
- DCP meta data control
Creating a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) with After Effects has been an area of interest in the last few years, with a thread on the AE-List, Digital Cinema Package Tutorial by Matt Cameron, and Getting to grips with making a Digital Cinema Package by Danny Lacey. See also the comments in Need to Project in a Digital Theater? Make a Digital Cinema Package for Cheap with OpenDCP by Joe Marine. CuteDCP (for AE or Premiere) looks like a shortcut through the thicket.
Later, Jonny Elwyn added his own quick roundup, How To Make A DCP For Free. His summary definition of DCP is nice: "DCP is video (JPEG 2000 with XYZ colour space inside an MXF wrapper), audio (Wav files in MXF at 24bit 48khz) and XML files that hold it all together."
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