Tag Archives: 3D

Post-Installation Cinema Test Tools; USL LSS-100 and DTT Digital eXperience Guardian

Post-Installation Quality Control for the Cinema Auditorium is finally getting some tools fit for the modern digital age. Two companies are putting network products into the sector which, up until now, was only filled with multi-thousand dollar test rigs or hand held units. (No smear intended on the new Meyer Sound X12 and Harkness Screen test devices released in the last 6 months – both are nice hand held units and fit for their purpose.)

First, the USL LSS-100 Light & Sound Sensor measures sound pressure level, luminance and chromaticity from its mounted position on the back wall of the theater auditorium. The 2 degree spot measurement is transmitted to the user as XYZ and x, y points and CCT, with great precision. The audio section measures C weighted pink noise, giving the level in the room in tenths of a dB.

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Post-Installation Cinema Test Tools; USL LSS-100 and DTT Digital eXperience Guardian

Post-Installation Quality Control for the Cinema Auditorium is finally getting some tools fit for the modern digital age. Two companies are putting network products into the sector which, up until now, was only filled with multi-thousand dollar test rigs or hand held units. (No smear intended on the new Meyer Sound X12 and Harkness Screen test devices released in the last 6 months – both are nice hand held units and fit for their purpose.)

First, the USL LSS-100 Light & Sound Sensor measures sound pressure level, luminance and chromaticity from its mounted position on the back wall of the theater auditorium. The 2 degree spot measurement is transmitted to the user as XYZ and x, y points and CCT, with great precision. The audio section measures C weighted pink noise, giving the level in the room in tenths of a dB.

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Gone and Back Again–Return of The Hobbitses

48fps HFR. OK, that happened. Maybe it will happen again, but if Peter Jackson has any choice he whould probably do what instincts (should have) said to do originally: Go for 60. He should certainly insist that any exhibitor showing the movie in 3D upgrade and show the movie in HFR. 

I saw The Hobbit the first time in 3D 24fps and craved 48 during every scene with anything but slow movement…and should have known it would shine in slow movement times as well. It is as if the editor isn’t paying attention, making cuts at the wrong places and smearing everywhere. Film is dead. We don’t need the magic of judder and weave and unsaturated colors. We are not all Hollywood insiders who get the watch actual first-run prints in ultra-tweaked theaters. And we don’t need an imposed anachonism frame rate, especially for the tricks that 3D plays on the vision system.

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Gone and Back Again–Return of The Hobbitses

48fps HFR. OK, that happened. Maybe it will happen again, but if Peter Jackson has any choice he whould probably do what instincts (should have) said to do originally: Go for 60. He should certainly insist that any exhibitor showing the movie in 3D upgrade and show the movie in HFR. 

I saw The Hobbit the first time in 3D 24fps and craved 48 during every scene with anything but slow movement…and should have known it would shine in slow movement times as well. It is as if the editor isn’t paying attention, making cuts at the wrong places and smearing everywhere. Film is dead. We don’t need the magic of judder and weave and unsaturated colors. We are not all Hollywood insiders who get the watch actual first-run prints in ultra-tweaked theaters. And we don’t need an imposed anachonism frame rate, especially for the tricks that 3D plays on the vision system.

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Excellent 3D Presentations of Ray Zone – RIP

The SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics) has made 2 papers from their archives available for free, and are pointing to a YouTube presentation of Ray Zone’s in commemeration of his death. 

Thinking in z-space: flatness and spatial narrativity – YouTube

SPIE | Proceeding | Thinking in z-space: flatness and spatial narrativity

SPIE | Proceeding | Deep image: 3D in art and science

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Excellent 3D Presentations of Ray Zone – RIP

The SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics) has made 2 papers from their archives available for free, and are pointing to a YouTube presentation of Ray Zone’s in commemeration of his death. 

Thinking in z-space: flatness and spatial narrativity – YouTube

SPIE | Proceeding | Thinking in z-space: flatness and spatial narrativity

SPIE | Proceeding | Deep image: 3D in art and science

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IBC 2012 Tools and Tips

IBC Exhibits open on the 6th of September, opening at 10:30 AM on that day and at 9AM for the rest of the exhibit days. The last day is the 11th, with a closing at 4PM.

Conferences begin a day earlier and finish on the 1th as well.

The IBC is offering an iPhone/iPad and Android App again this year. In just the first few minutes with it, it seems better than last years, although it doesn’t have some of the same problems. There doesn’t seem to be an interface with the iPhone/iPad/Android calendar system…though the yellow star that chooses favorites is a decent touch for both choosing and creating a list of events and exhibitors. Still…what I would give to have the info like the location pass through to my calendar.

IBC2012 for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store

IBC2012 – Android Apps on Google Play

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IBC 2012 Tools and Tips

IBC Exhibits open on the 6th of September, opening at 10:30 AM on that day and at 9AM for the rest of the exhibit days. The last day is the 11th, with a closing at 4PM.

Conferences begin a day earlier and finish on the 1th as well.

The IBC is offering an iPhone/iPad and Android App again this year. In just the first few minutes with it, it seems better than last years, although it doesn’t have some of the same problems. There doesn’t seem to be an interface with the iPhone/iPad/Android calendar system…though the yellow star that chooses favorites is a decent touch for both choosing and creating a list of events and exhibitors. Still…what I would give to have the info like the location pass through to my calendar.

IBC2012 for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store

IBC2012 – Android Apps on Google Play

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File Festival Deliverables

The days of delivering expensive film prints to film festivals is nearly over. While the percentage of digital projectors in the field is still less than 70%, it is possible the percentage is much higher at the leading exhibition facilities which are used for the festivals. And don’t forget that the number of skilled projectionists is going down, as well as the maintenance of that equipment.

The International File Festival in Melzo, Italy (just outside of Milan at the Arcadia Cinemas) is leading (as Arcadia always does) in this field. File Festival–Melzo, International

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File Festival Deliverables

The days of delivering expensive film prints to film festivals is nearly over. While the percentage of digital projectors in the field is still less than 70%, it is possible the percentage is much higher at the leading exhibition facilities which are used for the festivals. And don’t forget that the number of skilled projectionists is going down, as well as the maintenance of that equipment.

The International File Festival in Melzo, Italy (just outside of Milan at the Arcadia Cinemas) is leading (as Arcadia always does) in this field. File Festival–Melzo, International

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HFR-S3D Post SMPTE/CinemaCon Hobbit

Showbiz Sandbox put some thoughts about the coming high frame rate 3D technology into their show of 7 May 2012. This article responds to some of the thoughts expressed by Michael and Sperling.

I’m going to try the impossible task of verbally describing High Frame Rate projection and clarify a few points.

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