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High Frame Rate 3D Demonstration

At the 2011 CinemaCon, James Cameron hosted a demonstration for the attending exhibitors that showed many variations of several scenes that he had shot at higher frame rates than the standard typical 24 frame rate for a movie.

The attached document was put together to summarize the set-up that made this all work. It was put together by Reiner Doetzkies of Texas Instruments and Geoff Burdick of Lightstorm.

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Report: 2010 Digital Captioning Symposium

keen logoHow I became a Foreign Film Buff – In 1994, my dad ambitiously told me that captioning was coming to our movie theater in Winston-Salem, NC. I don’t know where he heard that, but for two years, I habitually asked theatre managers if captioning was available, only to find out that it was not. When we assumed that it would be a long time coming for captions, we decided to try foreign films because of the English subtitles, and it was a great experience that we continue to enjoy today with my visits back home.

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Open Source DCP Mastering

DCP Mastering is the technique of making a final product, such as a movie an ad or trailer, into the form that a digital cinema player and projector can handle. There are several products that do this from Dolby, Doremi and Qube, but they are not for the weak of pocketbook. 

Clyde de Souza just posted an article on RealVision.ae that explains the use of some open source software at:
Free Unencrypted 3D movie DCP mastering for Digital Cinema Servers.

There are several people who have tried different variations, and have lived to tell the tale:

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The State of Digital Cinema – April 2010 – Part Zero

PlankLogoThis document is Part 0 of an multipart article that details with the basics of today’s transition from film-based cinema to server/file-based digital cinema. This Part 0 addresses some questions that came from readers of Part I, which explains its format and style.


Imagine a rainbow or the light that comes out of a prism. What we think of as the white light of the sun gets split into several discreet, or separate colors.

The next time that you are outside on a sunny day, notice the different shades of blue in the sky as you view it closer or further from the sun. Then later in the day before sunset, notice the colors of the blue as it ranges from deep to light blue and starts to turn orange and then several other shades of red.

There have been a lot of studies that deal with color, and how the human visual system deals with it. There is an international center, the CIE, for all things color and illumination. They did basic work early last century which tried to answer several questions about what an average group of people actually see. They helped settle on methods to scientifically speak about color, and on the best working theory for how the eye (in general) and humans (in particular) see (in general) and see color (in particular.)

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