Making the DCP

In most cases, some adjustments would be made to DCP-o-matic's settings once the content has been added. For our simple test, however, the default values will suffice, so we can go straight onto making the DCP.

Choose Make DCP from the Jobs menu. DCP-o-matic will encode your DCP. This may take some time (many hours in some cases). While the job is in progress, DCP-o-matic will update you on how it is getting on with the progress bar in the bottom of its window, as shown in Figure 3.6, “Making the DCP”.

Figure 3.6. Making the DCP

Making the DCP

When it has finished, the DCP will end up on your disk inside the film's folder. You can then copy this to a projector via a USB stick, hard-drive or network connection. See Chapter 13, Generated files for details about the files that DCP-o-matic creates.

Alternatively, if you have a projector or Theatre Management System (TMS) that is accessible via SCP or FTP across your network, you can upload the content directly from DCP-o-matic. See the TMS preferences in the section called “TMS preferences”.