Technology

  • September 8, 2004

    Sony Dynamic Digital Picture; Electronics Veteran Develops 4 K Projector

    Just as we have begun to understand the significance of 2K resolution (2048 x 1080 pixels) in the upcoming standards for d-cinema, technology is forging ahead again.

    With the June 3, 2004 introduction of plans for not one, but two digital-cinema projectors at 4096 x 2160 pixel resolution (4K) with ‘unprecedented features’ and ‘a high contrast ratio’ (2000:1), Sony declared itself ‘taking the lead in the rapidly emerging digital-cinema market.’

    For more information, read this Film Journal International article.

  • September 7, 2004

    NATO Puts D-Cinema ‘InFocus’

    “What, a casual industry-follower might ask, is going on out there?” asks Alma Freedman in the August/September 2004 issue of ‘InFocus' magazine, published by the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO).

    “Have digital cinema’s files, servers, studios, consortiums, governments, and, finally, stars, somehow aligned for every land mass except North America? Have Asia, Europe and Latin America, beleaguered by piracy and a paucity of celluloid prints, taken U.S. exhibition’s spot in the digital-cinema vanguard?”

  • April 26, 2004

    Pacific 1-2-3 Rolls On As Digital Cinema Lab

    HOLLYWOOD, CA — The Los Angeles Times reports that the Pacific 1-2-3 will remain a “showcase and lab” for digital cinema for the foreseeable future.

    Following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, the former Warner Hollywood Theatre was closed and later leased to the University of Southern California in 1999. Despite its unremarkable exterior condition, the Pacific 1-2-3’s main lobby and auditorium are in excellent shape.

    The former balcony area, which was split in the 1970s to create a triplex, remains closed.

  • April 21, 2004

    Inside Lowry Digital

    BURBANK, CA — In this past Sunday’s edition, the New York Times profiled the work of Lowry Digital, a state-of-the-art film scanning and restoration facility that’s been creating phenomenal digital transfers of classic films like “North by Northwest,” “Casablanca,” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

    Using its own proprietary software system, a fleet of super-fast G5 Power Macintoshes, and its 4K Imagica film scanner (which can scan film at twice the typical resolution), Lowry is able to provide unparalleled negative scanning and restoration services.

  • February 16, 2004

    Digital Movie Licensing?

    Where can I get information about digital movie licensing? No internet search engine seems to help much, but I’ve read articles that make vague references to how much the industry is saving and how much cheaper digital download high-def movies are. Anybody got any insight?

  • January 5, 2004

    Chains Experiment With Pre-Show Entertainment

    An interesting report in the Washington Post examines trends in movie theater pre-show entertainment. Pre-show entertainment typically consists of slide-based advertisements shown prior to the beginning of a movie, while the audience is entering the auditorium.

  • December 11, 2003

    California Cracks Down on Video Pirates

    LOS ANGELES, CA — a new California state law, set to become active on January 1, will make recording a feature film with a camcorder a misdemeanor punishable by one year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500, according to a report in camcorderinfo.com.

    The law, signed by former governor Gray Davis, is designed to cut down on illegal recording activity in movie theaters, which is considered to be a primary source of bootleg movies sold on street corners in DVD form or downloaded from the Internet.

  • December 4, 2003

    Coming to a Browser Near You.. DLP Ads!

    Just noticed that DLP Cinema is promoting its digital project system on several popular movie news websites (like Dark Horizons and Ain’t It Cool News).

    The Flash-based banners (pictured above) include a link to a search tool for finding DLP-enabled theaters.

  • November 18, 2003

    DCI Releases Newest Digital Projection Standard

    LOS ANGELES, CA — According to a report from Millimeter, Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI), the digital cinema joint venture created by Disney, Fox, MGM, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal and Warner Bros., has released Version 3.0 of its open digital projection standard. The new version includes support for a “4K” projection system (with 4096 by 2160 pixels) that is also backwards-compatible with existing “2K” digital projectors.

    Read the press release

  • Boeing To Sell Digital Cinema Division

    EL SEGUNDO, CA — Boeing has announced its looking to exit the digital cinema business and is seeking a buyer for its digital cinema division, according to an article in the Seattle Times. According to a spokesman, the company believes digital cinema will continue to fail “until the industry adopts standards and comes up with the right business model for it.”