Some of the file sizes have been very large, meaning it takes ages to transfer films onto our Laptop to screen; there has been several versions of the same film in a folder and some files were are not labelled at all, causing some confusion which ones to screen. And we had some Hard drives problems too.
I guess we don’t really tell people how we want films ‘formatted’ to screen at Bluescreen, but as screening from digital files has been causing delays at our last 2 screenings and as we do want to carry on screening them, we have decided to put together some guidelines (see below). We also hear that the Tech setup in the Cube Projection room has been upgraded, so this should iron out any other problems too.
So ideally we like to screen from either DVD or USB….
DVD - Should be playable in a DVD Player (ie. not data files) and bring a backup disk if you can.
USB - Digital Film Files should be clearly marked with your name, film title and our name - BLUESCREEN, so it can be quickly found by our projectionist.
To get the best screening experience at Bluescreen, we suggest your film should be formatted in H264 video compression, with AAC compression for audio. And limit the data rate to 15,000 kbits/sec and films should be no larger than 5GB per file.
https://handbrake.fr/ is a great free program than can help you with this, but there are others out there too.
We hope this all helps to improve your Bluescreen screening experience in the future!
Thanks for reading!