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DIY DCP Authoring for Filmmakers

  • AgX Film Collective - Building 18, 2nd Floor 144 Moody Street Waltham, MA, 02453 United States (map)

While we love film projection at AgX and encourage the screening of physical film prints whenever possible, the reality is that even filmmakers who shoot film (16mm, Super 8, etc) often choose – whether out of financial necessity, technical limitations of the venue, or for some other reason – to screen their works digitally. A simple video file may suffice depending on the situation, but increasingly festivals and venues are requesting DCPs, or Digital Cinema Packages, as the screening format of choice.


Having a DCP professionally authored can be expensive, ranging from a few hundred to several thousand dollars for a feature-length movie, and that may often be prohibitive for an independent filmmaker struggling to get their work out into the world. Luckily, there is a free and open-source solution available for any intrepid cineastes wanting to do it themselves!

In this instructional workshop, we will: 
Break down what exactly a DCP is (including potential benefits of the format); 
Discuss recommendations for preparing your video and audio files prior to authoring; 
Learn how to author a DCP using free software (including routing for multichannel sound, and options for subtitles); 
And learn how to transfer your DCP files to a physical drive that can be read by a DCP server (This is one of the most important and often overlooked steps!)

PRICE: $20 / Member Price:  FREE

Non-Members: To register, please email instructor Stefan Grabowski at and pay at the link below. Please change Payment Type to “Workshop” and type the name of the Workshop after selecting payment type.

Members: To register, please email instructor Stefan Grabowski at

Capacity: 20

Earlier Event: November 25
Work in Progress Screening
Later Event: December 13
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