In yet another example of the democratization of tools, indie filmmakers can now make Digital Cinema Packages (DCP’s) using a $700 plug-in to Apple’s Final Cut Pro editing software.
Available at Qube Cinema’s web store, the DCP mastering plug-in lets post houses and content creators output DCI-compliant DCP masters directly from the Final Cut Compressor.
The system, called QubeMaster Xport, it is available in four versions. QubeMaster Xport 2K retails for $799. QubeMaster Xport 3D and QubeMaster Xport 4K are available for $1,798 each. Users who need both stereo 3D and 4K mastering, can opt for QubeMaster Xport 4K and 3D at $2,797.
Individual modules can be added after the initial purchase for $999 each. A fully functioning watermarked demo is available for download, allowing users to test out the software.
QubeMaster Xport enables Final Cut Pro users to save pre-defined settings as Compressor Droplets and drag-and-drop files to create DCI-compliant masters. All of the file formats supported in Final Cut Studio can be output to 2K and 4K, and the software can handle XYZ color space conversions, or apply custom 3D LUT’s to source files while encoding.
“With major film festivals like Cannes and Venice now endorsing DCPs as their preferred delivery format, we’re seeing a surge of interest from independent filmmakers looking for better ways to master and deliver their films,” said Eric Bergez, director of sales and marketing at Qube Cinema. “This new website gives them access to all the tools they need for generating DCP masters without the expense and complication of going to a major facility.”
Bergez pointed out that QubeMaster Xport also opens the door to the growing digital cinema market for boutique post houses and pre-show content creators. “It’s about putting distribution capabilities into the hands of those who create the content,” he added.
In June, Qube Cinema will launch a new KDM key generation service, which will allow QubeMaster Xport users to add secure exhibitor keys to their DCPs.