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The Death of Silver Screens~! Vive la France

In May of 2002, the Attack of the Clones (Star Wars II) was released after a great effort by George Lucas. He encouraged cinema exhibitors to cross over to digital projectors, hoping for 1,000 and getting 100. At the time the digital light engine was a meager 1.3 meg, with pretty low light levels. The contrast left a bit to be desired, especially in the blacks (muddy browns). Against the mighty beauty of a first run film print showing fully saturated colors…especially a dark movie like Clones…the digital print looked pretty weak.

On the other hand, showing that same film print 10 days later, and running back and forth to a digital presentation, one really notices how much saturation gets lost from that film’s plastic during its run up to melting point by the lamp before the gate opens. Plus, when the electro-static charge is at its peak, the gate opens – attracting and melting in dust and grit. Suddenly the digital print shows promise – the colors which were once a little weak in comparison are actually better than the film’s. The judder is gone, making the picture easier to look at – no small attraction to kids who grew up with stable video presentations watching the cool new animations and CGI heavy movies of 2002 and ’03: Shrek II, The Incredibles, Harry Potter II, Nemo, Shark’s Tale…

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The Death of Silver Screens~! Vive la France

In May of 2002, the Attack of the Clones (Star Wars II) was released after a great effort by George Lucas. He encouraged cinema exhibitors to cross over to digital projectors, hoping for 1,000 and getting 100. At the time the digital light engine was a meager 1.3 meg, with pretty low light levels. The contrast left a bit to be desired, especially in the blacks (muddy browns). Against the mighty beauty of a first run film print showing fully saturated colors…especially a dark movie like Clones…the digital print looked pretty weak.

On the other hand, showing that same film print 10 days later, and running back and forth to a digital presentation, one really notices how much saturation gets lost from that film’s plastic during its run up to melting point by the lamp before the gate opens. Plus, when the electro-static charge is at its peak, the gate opens – attracting and melting in dust and grit. Suddenly the digital print shows promise – the colors which were once a little weak in comparison are actually better than the film’s. The judder is gone, making the picture easier to look at – no small attraction to kids who grew up with stable video presentations watching the cool new animations and CGI heavy movies of 2002 and ’03: Shrek II, The Incredibles, Harry Potter II, Nemo, Shark’s Tale…

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4K; And Then There Were Two

4K DLP chips are shipping today, according to the Texas Instruments Press Release. The three authorized OEMs, Barco, Christie and NEC will now be able to ship the digital cinema products which their catalogs now call 4K ready.

There is some data missing from the PR. For example, Barco is advertising that there are two sizes of 4K chips expected, one to match the 0.98″ C range projectors, and one to retrofit the 1.2″ B range projectors that they offer in their product line. (Christie and NEC only mention retrofitting the 1.2″ chip versions.) We believe that what TI has just released is the 1.38″ 4K chip, which will retrofit into the three 1.2″ positions in the larger Christie (CP2220 and CP2230) and NEC projectors and the B Series Barco projectors. [This has been confirmed–Editor]

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