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[Update] Deluxe/Technicolor Agree–Death Rattles of Film

Update; At least the PR from Deluxe pretended to be written to the industry. Technicolor’s PR (below) is clearly written to stockholders, with specific numbers of laid off workers and capex figures predominating, and an insistence that they will be competing where they compete. We’ve quoted from Digital Cinema Buyers Guide – Latest News for the Technicolor data at the end of this piece. End Update.

Deluxe has announced an agreement today (18 July 2011) that it and Technicolor have essentially entangled each other into one another’s film-centric strong suit: In the US, Deluxe will print the films, Technicolor will distribute them. In the UK, negative processing will go to Technicolor while release prints will come from Deluxe.

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KODAK Advances Lasers’ March on DCinema

One of the hassles in the background of converting digital cinema projectors from Xenon heat and light gobbling devices into elegant and refined reflectors of light amplified by stimulated emission of radiation (laser) is the fact that laser light has more safety restrictions. 

An industry group was formed late last year to work on redefining a laser used in cinema use away from the over-arching category defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, which is in charge of ensuring laser equipment safety. In the entertainment world, laser light shows were their previous concern, and each one had to get a special variance from the FDA. [Un-researched: how is this handled in the EU and other market areas?]

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3Questions – Laser Light Engines

3Questions with LLE logoWhen we think of a digital cinema projector’s light path, we non-optical designers consider the lamp and reflector housing, the condenser lenses and prism assemblies, the DLP or LCOS chip themselves and the lens. There are obviously clever bits in between, for example the optics that will strip the UV and IR from the lamp, physical slits for the light to pass through, as well as techniques for balancing the lamp output for the proper levels of R, G and B.

There is a word that gets used by optics people – etendue – which points to certain characteristics of light that requires the balancing of quantity and angles in a manner that matches the most refined part of the system (in this case the DLP/LCOS device.) This etendue inherently restricts the ability to use more brut force on one end to get more quality light at the other end.

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The Laser Trend

Laser Light Engines Logo“Our business model is very much in line with the trend to replace low-efficiency lamps with solid-state solutions, offsetting higher up-front price with lower total cost of ownership.”

This is the take-away quote from Bill Beck of Laser Light Engines in an article that appears in Optics.com after a ShowEast with a good bit of laser buzz. LLE started the trend with an announcement linking them and a large screen project (and investment) with IMAX. Kodak followed this with invitations to see their technology which interestingly uses many lower powered lasers, in a project that will take another two years before productization.

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