[rollei_list] OT Digital Projection (was OT: A Sonnar 1.5/50 72 years old)

  • From: Eric Goldstein <egoldste@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2009 17:36:30 -0500

Can't say if this piece is 100% accurate:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_cinema

In additional marginal res, the 2k standard did have drop out problems...


Eric Goldstein

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On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 5:21 PM, Don Williams <dwilli10@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> At 01:19 PM 1/16/2009, Eric wrote:
>
> Relative to cine projection, the matter is not so clear. The so-called "2k"
> standard was not on par with optical projection and the motion picture
> industry was unsuccessful at moving theater owners over to the system. The
> new "4k" standard, by most accounts, is superior, and holds the potential
> for digital conversion on a large scale if the economics can be made
> viable...
>
> What are the 2K and 4K standards?
>
> I did some in-theater projection quality work for Lucas some time back and
> they were using the TI DLP processor.  It was a joint project by Qualcomm
> and Technicolor (now dissolved) and I was very impressed by what I saw on
> the screen.  I went up to within 3-4 feet of the screen and didn't see any
> artifacts.
>
> It's too bad that process isn't in use today (maybe it is) because it cuts
> out the cost of film duplication, shipping, theft, etc., and can be sent via
> satellite to the individual theaters.  The very first one I saw (Oceans 11?)
> had been assembled by Qualcomm who had engineers on site and it was hand
> delivered, using two hard drives because at that time they couldn't get the
> picture and the audio on a single drive.  As we all know there has been a
> quantum leap in drive capacity in the past 6 years so that's no longer an
> issue.
>
> The only down side, as it was when I was involved, was the startup cost,
> around $250K per room.  That must have gone down a lot by now.
>
>
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