The many faces of digital
Editorial by Domenico Dinoia, President of MEDIA Salles

Our journey inside the world of digital projection continues. A world which, although still in its early days – or perhaps for this very reason – is extremely complex and takes different forms. Starting from the “split” between D- and E-Cinema and from the related difficulty of finding and agreeing on homogeneous criteria for defining each of them. In fact, if some of the professional operators in the cinematographic chain identify the former with respect for high standards of quality, for an equal number of other professionals the definition should be far broader.
For MEDIA Salles, one of whose main objectives is information and training of exhibitors, what counts, first and foremost, is to give their readers, and those who take part in their courses and initiatives the most varied and exhaustive range of elements for making their own evaluation of the present scenario and choosing the solution that is best suited to their own requirements.
In these pages we are therefore hosting, and will continue to host, very different ideas, sometimes opposing ones, and varying experiences in the field of digital projection, alternatively giving independent theatres, exhibition chains and international circuits a chance to be heard. In the last issue we asked Angelo D’Alessio, SMPTE Director – International Sections, to sum up the present state of the work on defining parameters for D-Cinema and what this entails for the exhibition sector. In this issue, we publish an interview with Kees Ryninks, Managing Director of CinemaNet Europe, the digital circuit which involves theatres in as many as 7 different countries fitted with DLP 1.4K projectors and GDC servers: technology that is “non-aligned” with the DCI requirements but, according to the representatives of the circuit, is better suited to the needs of the small theatres that belong to it.
We are also continuing to publish the data on theatres with DLP CinemaTM projectors in the different countries of Europe: following Italy, it is now Denmark’s turn.
And, since the start of the third edition of “DigiTraining Plus: New Technologies for European Cinemas” is drawing near, in this edition, important information on the course and instructions on how to take part are again not lacking. Enjoy your reading!