DIGITAL CINEMA ACCESSIBILITY FOR THE DEAF & HARD OF HEARING
Universal Pictures informed their U.S.A. and Canadian exhibitor partners that digital cinema open captions and closed captions are available for “The Wolfman”.
As a matter of choice for the facility, the open captions can appear on-screen for all patrons to see, while the closed captions provide data to reflective display systems for the use of select patrons in the audience.
The captions are made possible through the use of separate supplemental Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs) – one DCP for open captions, another DCP for closed captions. These supplemental DCPs must be used in addition to the regular feature DCP and each requires its own key delivery message (KDM).
Unlike some film-based systems, the closed caption DCP does not provide DTS time code. To take advantage of these new capabilities, the cinemas must have ordered “an open caption DCP and/or the closed caption DCP from Universal, when ordering their digital movie.
The Wolfman opened Friday, 12 Feb 2010.
Studios have indicated that they are interested in getting to the point of one digital master. The technology and the standards are maturing now to make that a possibility. Universal is certainly not the first distributor to make such prints available. But they have indicationed that they indend to provide such captions for all feature releases in the future.
The next step is adding descriptive narrative, which studios have said will be coming as the equipment becomes available.