How to Create a DCP with DaVinci Resolve Studio 16
If you are a filmmaker who wants to distribute your film to cinemas, you need to create a Digital Cinema Package (DCP). A DCP is a collection of files that contains the video, audio, subtitles and metadata of your film in a format that can be played by digital cinema servers.
Creating a DCP can be expensive and complicated, but there is a way to do it yourself with DaVinci Resolve Studio 16. DaVinci Resolve Studio 16 is a professional video editing and color grading software that also has the ability to create DCPs with the EasyDCP plugin.
In this article, we will show you how to create a DCP with DaVinci Resolve Studio 16 in a few simple steps.
Step 1: Prepare your project
Before you create a DCP, you need to make sure that your project meets the technical specifications for digital cinema. These include:
Resolution: 2K (2048 x 1080) or 4K (4096 x 2160)
Frame rate: 24 or 25 fps
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 or 2.39:1
Color space: XYZ
Audio format: PCM 24-bit 48 kHz
Subtitle format: XML or PNG
If your project does not match these specifications, you need to adjust them in DaVinci Resolve Studio 16. You can do this by going to Project Settings > Master Settings and changing the timeline resolution, frame rate and aspect ratio. You can also change the color space by going to Project Settings > Color Management and selecting DaVinci YRGB Color Managed as the color science and DCI XYZ as the output color space.
For audio, you need to make sure that your audio tracks are PCM 24-bit 48 kHz and that they are mapped correctly to the channels. You can do this by going to Fairlight > Bus Format and selecting Stereo or Surround as the format. You can also check the channel mapping by going to Fairlight > Patch Input/Output.
For subtitles, you need to create an XML or PNG file that contains the subtitle text and timing information. You can use a subtitle editor software such as Subtitle Edit or Aegisub to create these files. You can also import them into DaVinci Resolve Studio 16 by going to File > Import Subtitle.
Step 2: Export your project as a DCP
Once your project is ready, you can export it as a DCP with the EasyDCP plugin. To do this, follow these steps:
Go to Deliver > Render Settings and select EasyDCP from the Format dropdown menu.
Select the resolution, frame rate and aspect ratio that match your project settings.
Select the audio format and channel configuration that match your project settings.
Select the subtitle format and language that match your project settings.
Select the encryption option if you want to protect your DCP with a key.
Select the output folder where you want to save your DCP files.
Enter a name for your DCP in the Name field.
Click Add to Render Queue.
Go to Render Queue and click Start Render.
The rendering process may take some time depending on the length and complexity of your project. Once it is done, you will have a folder that contains your DCP files. You can check them with a DCP player software such as EasyDCP Player or VLC Media Player.
Step 3: Test your DCP on a cinema server
The final step is to test your DCP on a cinema server before you distribute it to cinemas. This is important because different cinema servers may have different requirements and compatibility issues. You can test your DCP by copying it to a hard drive or USB drive and connecting it to a cinema server. You can also use a service such as QuVIS Wraptor or CinemaCloudWorks to upload your DCP online and test it on various cinema servers remotely.