Barco has announced that its Integrated Cinema Media Processor has achieved full Digital Cinema Initiative compliance. This module, which combines the functionalities of an integrated cinema processor and media server into a single board, is at the heart of the new Barco Alchemy digital cinema projector range. It is also fully compatible with all Barco Series 2 digital cinema projectors already in the field.
Barco has introduced what the company is calling “a groundbreaking update” for its digital cinema projector families. Named Barco Alchemy, this new generation combines media server functionalities with cinema processing electronics to further increase reliability and ease-of-use in the projection booth. The Barco Alchemy technology is fully compatible with all new and installed Series 2 Barco projectors. The company says that the 4K Barco Alchemy projectors are the first to show 4K movies at 60 frames per second and 4K 3D content on a single projector.
Panasonic has unveiled a 4K camera/recorder, VariCam 35 that incorporates a newly developed super 35mm MOS image sensor and the company’s AVC-ULTRA family of video codecs. The new camera handles multiple formats including 4K, UHD, 2K and HD and is designed for high-end filmmaking, and commercials and episodic production as well as live 4K events.
Christie today announced that it will demonstrate its most advanced laser projection architecture and Dolby 3D in the Christie Innovation Theaters in Las Vegas during CinemaCon 2014 March 24-27 and the National Association of Broadcasters NAB Show April 5-10. Last August Christie became the first to receive a US FDA approval of variance allowing the sale and installation of laser projectors in movie theaters and installed the world’s first commercial laser projection system at the Seattle Cinerama Theatre.
AJA Video Systems has announced the availability of Io 4K, an evolution of its professional video I/O, updated and customized for Thunderbolt 2 technology and the latest 4K workflows. Io 4K connects to any Thunderbolt 2-enabled device such as the new Mac Pro, and uniquely offers an additional Thunderbolt 2 port for daisy-chaining other peripherals in supported workflows.
New York 2D/3D stereoscopic production and motion capture studio WorleyWorks has become the first East Coast company to invest in a Mistika 4K post-production system from SGO's official North American reseller partner AArmadillo.
TCL Chinese Theatres has named Christie its official 4K digital projection partner for the renovated TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. Christie digital cinema projectors have also been installed exclusively at the adjacent TCL Chinese 6 Theatres.
Panasonic announced today that its new BT-4LH310, a 31-inch 4096 x 2160 resolution LCD monitor for unrivalled 4K/2K monitoring in the field, in an edit room or on set, is shipping this month with a suggested list price of $28,000.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was brought to life at Park Road Post Production, New Zealand, where the production team mastered both high frame rate stereoscopic 3D at 48 frames per second and immersive Dolby Atmos sound, and integrated it all into the digital cinema package process.
The main tool they used for the task was the DVS Clipster, which allows for the world’s first implemented high frame rate DCI workflow with Dolby Atmos.
MTI Film recently completed an all-new digital restoration of North to Alaska, Twentieth Century Fox’s 1960 comedy starring John Wayne. Employing proprietary technology and image processing techniques, MTI Film scanned the original 35mm cut negative at 4K before putting the film through an intensive restoration process to address faded color, Newton rings, dirt, scratches and many other defects. MTI Film ultimately delivered fully restored 4K files to produce a new 35mm negative for long-term preservation, along with a 4K DCP Master and high definition masters in a variety of aspect ratios.