Digital Cinema Initiatives



The DCI Digital Cinema System Specification (DCSS) is intended to promote the widespread deployment of high quality digital cinema equipment that is interoperable and provides rigorous content security. The Compliance Test Plan (CTP) was created by DCI to provide a uniform testing procedure for demonstrating compliance with the DCSS. Manufacturers may demonstrate compliance by developing equipment in accordance with the DCSS and its referenced SMPTE, ISO and FIPS standards, and then submitting the equipment for testing to a third-party entity licensed by DCI to administer the CTP.


Roadmap For DCI Compliance Test Plan (CTP)

DCI released CTP 1.2 in 2014. Since then DCI has continued to refine and upgrade the CTP. Updates to the CTP are issued as needed in the form of revisions, and a number have been issued against CTP 1.2.

The DCI Compliance Test Plan, Version 1.2.1, dated 5 August 2020, incorporates all published revisions, clarifications for the introductory paragraphs of Part III chapters 11-19, as well as an updated report table 11.1. No changes have been made to the basic requirements of the consolidated test procedures in these chapters.

DCI plans to release CTP 1.3 later in 2020. CTP 1.3 will include test requirements for the Outboard Media Block (OMB)—in particular, Object Based Audio Essence (OBAE) decoding, rendering and playback. It will also include tests for other equipment designed to operate in a Multiple Media Block (MMB) architecture. These tests will be constructed such that the Test Subject operates within a complete system that will be supplied to the test lab by the manufacturer, according to the device requirements designated by the applicable CTP chapter.

DCI's future roadmap includes a CTP 1.4, which will include additional tests specific to the method and communication protocols by which equipment communicates and interoperates within an MMB architecture. Tests will be added or updated to test conformance to standardized communication and synchronization protocols. This will allow, for example, an OMB to be certified as a stand-alone device based on its ability to operate with standard protocols.

As our industry and technology continues to evolve, DCI will issue further updates to the CTP. As always, we welcome your comments to the DCI email address

Note Regarding Direct-View Screens

Having passed the CTP in its current form, DCI has now listed a direct-view screen system as compliant. However, DCI has not performed a comprehensive assessment, similar to original system testing, of the imagery of direct-view systems. DCI is taking steps to add new tests to future versions of the CTP. In the interim, DCI encourages consultation with industry experts to ensure a thorough understanding of the issues and limits, if any, with direct-view systems.

Note Regarding Laser-Illuminated Projectors

Having passed the CTP in its current form, DCI is now listing some laser-illuminated projection systems as compliant. However, DCI has not performed a comprehensive assessment, similar to original system testing, of the imagery of laser systems on various available screen types. Additionally, the possibility exists for anomalies in the projected image. DCI is taking steps to add new image tests to future versions of the CTP. In the interim, DCI encourages consultation with industry experts to ensure a thorough understanding of the issues and limits, if any, with laser-based systems.

Revisions to the DCI Compliance Test Plan (CTP) VERSION 1.2.1

Revisions dated 24 MARCH 2021, amending CTP Sections 9, 10.4.72 and 11.1

CTP Revision items continue to be evaluated and will be posted after agreement by the DCI membership that the specific CTP Revision needs to modify the DCI Digital Cinema System Specification, Compliance Test Plan, Version 1.2.1 Suggested CTP Revision issues may be emailed to Image_no_spam to Please include "CTP Revision" in the subject line.

The aggregate collection of the current CTP Version 1.2.1, the CTP addendum, and all posted revisions will constitute the Compliance Test Plan in effect.

Use of the Compliance Test Plan

The CTP facilitates testing of d-cinema equipment by detailing a set of test procedures and reference files to be used with the test procedures. These materials are described in Appendix A of the CTP, which allows the materials to be re-created from the descriptions, and used to achieve testing results equivalent to those achieved with the original reference files.

Testing Process and Testing Entities

Manufacturers of d-cinema equipment are encouraged to use the CTP to self-test prior to committing to formal testing. Manufacturers can contract with a licensed testing entity to perform the appropriate test procedure based upon equipment type. DCI has licensed the CTP to the following testing entities:

Dr. Kunitake Kaneko
Keio University
Research Institute for Digital Media and Content
2-1-1 Hiyoshihoncho, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama-shi,Kanagawa
223-8523 Japan
Facsimile: +81-45-556-2153

Aegisolve, Inc.
415 Fairchild Dr.
Mountain View, CA 94043 USA
650-386-1436 tel
650-386-1495 fax
Attn: Mr. Travis Spann

Compliance Test Plan Change Policy Statement


Publication of a new version of the DCI Compliance Test Plan (CTP) will take effect in two stages as determined solely by DCI in consultation with the licensed testing facilities in operation at the time.

Stage 1 will include changes that remedy errors to tests, clarify existing tests, or are required to facilitate the testing procedure. Stage 1 changes will take effect immediately upon publication of the CTP revision on the DCI website.

Stage 2 changes will include all other changes to the CTP not included in Stage 1. Stage 2 changes will take effect one hundred twenty (120) days after publication on the DCI website.

When a new version of the CTP is published and has taken effect based on the above, any device undergoing actual compliance testing or re-testing, as defined by an executed testing agreement, the described device being in the possession of the DCI-licensed testing facility, and at least one test has been initiated, may continue to test or re-test to completion using the version of the CTP in effect when that device's testing or re-testing began.

Approved September 30, 2010 Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC, Member Representatives Committee

Compliance Test Plan Result Reporting

If a particular piece of digital cinema equipment passes the CTP, only the following data will be transmitted by the testing entity to DCI for display on this webpage:

  1. Test Completion Date
  2. Name of the Testing Entity
  3. Manufacturer, Make and Model of Subject Test Equipment
  4. Software Version Number(s)
  5. Firmware Version Number(s)
  6. Test Procedure Performed (DCP Test, Standalone Server Test, Standalone Projector Test, Projector with Media Block Test)
  7. Testament of Family Group (if provided).

Failed test attempts using the licensed CTP will not be reported to DCI.

Compliance Test Plan Result Scope and Durability

After a piece of equipment (defined by the model, software, and firmware combination) passes the CTP, it remains "compliant" only to the version of the CTP in effect as of the posted test completion date, and for purposes of compliance reported on this website, is compliant only in the version tested, using the software and firmware running when the test was administered.

Each DCI member company reserves the right to decide independently the extent to which it accepts the "compliant" classification, and also reserves the right to seek the corresponding detailed testing data individually from the manufacturer.

Notes on Compliance Test Plan Data

  1. Digital Cinema Initiatives makes additions or updates to this page only from information supplied by the appropriate testing entity.
  2. DCI does not have any additional compliance testing information or results about the listed equipment - please contact the manufacturer directly with inquiries.
  3. DCI shall not be liable for any exemplary, incidental, proximate or consequential damages or expenses arising from the use of this data.
  4. DCI's posting of compliance information as described is not intended to, and does not, constitute any statement, opinion, representation, evaluation or warranty by DCI, or any member studio, that any piece of digital cinema equipment is safe, suited to any purpose, method of operation or standard of quality, and is not an endorsement of any statement or representation by any manufacturer that any piece of digital cinema equipment is safe, suited to any purpose, method of operation or standard of quality.

Compliance Test Plan Changes from Version 1.2 to 1.2.1

The current version of the DCI Compliance Test Plan is version 1.2.1 The document "DCI_CTP_v1-2-1_redline_v1-2.pdf" is a draft document that shows the differences (additions and deletions) between CTP version 1.2 and CTP version 1.2.1 The actual documents of CTP versions 1.2 and 1.2.1 are the definitive expressions of their respective CTP versions and prevail in the event any interpretation is required. Download: DCI_CTP_v1-2-1_redline_v1-2.pdf