Qube Cinema will introduce QubeMaster Xpress 2 at IBC in Amsterdam, Sept. 9-13. With QubeMaster Xpress 2 users can master DCI-compliant Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs) on Windows-based machines quickly and easily. As a result, cost-effective digital cinema is now available to a wider circle of filmmakers, postproduction facilities and pre-show content creators.
QubeMaster Xpress 2 offers users an attractive, uncluttered graphical interface where DCP mastering is completed in three simple steps. First the source material is collected. In the second step the aspect ratio is set, including cropping and resizing. This can be helpful, for example, for matching up content from different sources with differing dimensions and resolutions. Finally, the user selects output settings for the DCP. QubeMaster Xpress 2 then renders the material, using the same transcoding engine as QubeMaster Pro, Qube Cinema’s full-featured digital cinema application.
“The first edition of QubeMaster Xpress was designed for pre-show content creators who didn’t need the horsepower of QubeMaster Pro,” explained Nigel Dennis, head of sales and marketing for Qube Cinema in Europe. “Of course, as more and more theaters and film festivals are standardizing on the digital cinema format, other users, such as independent filmmakers and post houses, have been coming on board.”
“With the simple drag-and-drop interface of QubeMaster Xpress 2, anyone can master DCPs,” Dennis added.
QubeMaster Xpress 2 retails for $999 US for the 2K version. Stereo 3D and 4K modules can be added or combined for $999 US per module. The system requires a laptop or workstation with a dual-core, or multi-core processor and Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP.