In short, a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) is a specially prepared collection of video, audio, subtitles and data used specifically for Digital Cinema. DCP is the standard to create versions of a feature or short that are compatible with cinema digital playback systems, and also adds optional encryption via a KDM key (Key Delivery Message) to combat piracy. DCP’s are encoded following strict guidelines put forth by the Digital Cinema Initiatives, a governing body created by the major studios in 2002 to establish consistency and quality specifications for DCP creation.