Submission Guidelines

DELIVERY FORMATS

Simple DCP accepts the following formats for file-based submissions:

Image Sequences:
  • 16-bit TIFF
  • 10-bit DPX
Quicktime/MXF
  • ProRes 4444 XQ
  • ProRes 4444
  • ProRes 422 HQ
  • ProRes 422
  • DNxHR 444
  • DNxHR HQX
  • DNxHR HQ
  • DNxHR SQ
  • DNxHD
  • XDCAM-EX
  • H.265
  • H.264 (Must be over 20 Mbps; High Profile)
Acceptable Color Spaces
  • sRGB
  • Rec709 2.2 gamma
  • Rec709 2.35 gamma
  • Rec709 2.4 gamma
  • P3 DCI
  • P3 D65

It is the filmmaker’s responsibility to check all source material thoroughly before deliver and specify the color space of their film.

All films where a color space is not given shall be assumed sRGB or Rec709 2.2 gamma

All source materials should be delivered in an RGB target color gamut. Only source materials color timed to P3 DCI color space will be accepted in XYZ’ target color gamut.

Audio:
Discrete channels of 24-bit 48 kHz Linear PCM audio. If delivering as separate files (preferred), please deliver in AIFF, WAV, or BWAV format. We will not accept any muxed or compressed files including AC-3 or AAC files.

Required 5.1 Channel Assignment – SMPTE

  1. L – Left
  2. R – Right
  3. C – Center
  4. LFE – Low Frequency Effects
  5. Ls – Left Surround
  6. Rs – Right Surround

 

DCP REQUIREMENTS

Resolutions
All DCPs are created to fit into one of the following container sizes.


FLAT (1.85:1)SCOPE (2.39:1)FULL (1.9:1)*
2K1998 x 10802048 x 8582048 x 1080
4K3996 x 21604096 x 17164096 x 2160

If your source material does not fit in one of the containers listed above, it will be letterboxed, pillarboxed, or resized to fit.

*The FULL container resolution is the maximum resolution that can be achieved using a 2K or 4K DCI projector. We advise against using this resolution whenever possible as the majority of cinemas do not have pre-sized matte configurations for this aspect ratio.

Framerates

DCI

Universal Compatibility

SMPTE

Modern/Specialty Formats

2K2424, 25, 30
4K2424, 25, 30
HFR (2K)4848, 50, 60
3D2424

Simple DCP handles conforming from dropframe to non-dropframe frame rates (e.g. 23.976 fps –> 24 fps)
We strongly recommend DCI compliance where possible in order to maintain universal compatibility with digital cinema equipment

TAPE-BASED SUBMISSION FORMATS
  • Acceptable Formats: HDCAM, HDCAM-SR, DVCPROHD, XDCAM
  • If submitting 23.98 fps source material with pulldown, only advanced pulldown will be accepted
  • Client must indicate intended aspect ratio of anamorphic material
  • Multitrack audio must be clearly labeled
ACADEMY QUALIFICATION
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences maintains strict guideline as to how DCPs must be formatted to qualify for an Oscar nomination.