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How do Kingston SSDs & QNAP NAS power the DCP Workflow for Digital Theaters?

The movie theater industry has shifted from analog film to digital projection, which requires different hardware to run smoothly but is overall more stable and easier to transfer and run than analog film projection. The standard storage format for digital projections is called a DCP (Digital Cinema Package), and the typical feature film ranges between 150 and 250GB in size. DCPs are commonly encrypted and sent by studios to theaters in the form of courier-delivered hard drives, which is inefficient in terms of time spent in transit, and file transfer after receipt.

With QNAP and Kingston’s SSDs, the drives can be loaded directly onto the QNAP NAS and files transferred directly from the QNAP to the projector, making events such as film festivals much more straightforward to produce. Even for smaller film companies that may not be capable of producing DCPs, QNAP and Kingston’s SSDs in concert can receive uncompressed files and convert them into DCPs while simultaneously writing them to the QNAP. This new DCP can then immediately be transferred to the projector, streamlining the process to the extent that on-site personnel aren’t even required to manage DCP pitfalls. DCPs can be created remotely by a user logging on to the QNAP server, capable of connecting to cinema servers in the same or other theaters and synchronizing data across servers.

This leap forward in projection management technology has massively improved the workflow of theaters focused on digital theaters, particularly those working with QNAP and Kingston. These theaters not only benefit from the high overall standard of hardware but the exceptional level of customer service both companies deliver.

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