Paul G. Allen’s iconic Seattle Cinerama Theater has announced its second annual Science Fiction Festival, running May 1-12, with 12 days of special programming. The festival will be highlighted by the world premiere of Douglas Trumbull’s short film UFOTOG, along with screening of more than three-dozen of the science fiction genre's most beloved movies and celebrity appearances by Jonathan Frakes, Tom Skerritt and Sam J. Jones
High Frame Rate Filmmaking
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.
Last December in Cork, Ireland cinema chain Omniplex officially opened the country’s first theater to be equipped with Auro 11.1 immersive sound by Barco. Along with a 19 by 90 meter OmniplexMAXX screen, it was part of a major refurbishment project. The new theater also includes a Barco digital cinema projector capable of showing 3D films at high frame rates.
AJA Video Systems has released the free v10.5.1 Mac software driver package to add 4K/UHD high frame rate support to its Io 4K. The Io 4K is designed for professional video I/O and has been updated and customized for Thunderbolt 2 technology and the latest 4K 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.
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.
Founded in 2007 by Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Skip Margetts, Helimedia caters to the aerial filming needs of clients across Southern Africa working in live-event broadcast, film, television and advertising. In the coming months, the company plans to venture into 4K filming.
Christie today announced that the Christie IMB, an integrated media block solution that converts and delivers feature-film and alternative content within a secure environment, now supports Dolby Atmos.