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CanalOlympia Installs Veezi Across Entire Theatre Chain

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 11:59 -- Nick Dager

Vivendi’s CanalOlympia has signed an agreement to roll-out Vista Cinema’s Veezi cinema management system across all their cinema venues. Currently operating nine venues across seven countries, CanalOlympia is the leading network of cinema and live performance venues in Africa. Several additional sites are set to open in the months to come, extending the breadth of the CanalOlympia footprint.The CanalOlympia operation showcases the diversity of African culture and has helped bring cinemas back to countries currently short on entertainment choices and cultural infrastructure.

Éclair, Samsung Partner to Bring Onyx Cinema LED Technology to European Filmmakers

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 11:47 -- Nick Dager

Éclair today announced that, starting in November, it will install a Samsung Onyx Cinema LED screen in its facilities in Paris-Vanves. This will make Éclair one of the first to provide professional services specifically tailored for the Onyx Cinema LED – contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, color grading with true zero nit black, and ÉclairColor DCP mastering – to European filmmakers, producers and distributors.

Sennheiser Partners with Magic Leap

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 11:44 -- Nick Dager

Extending its engagement in virtual reality and augmented reality applications, Sennheiser has partnered with spatial computing leader Magic Leap and joined the Works with Magic Leap certification program. This partnership consolidates Sennheiser’s presence and thought leadership in spatial audio as it continues to develop innovative audio tools for spatial audio visionaries and content creators.

Shin Kong Cinemas Installs AAM TMS Across its Entire Chain

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:15 -- Nick Dager

Shin Kong Cinemas, a member of the Shin Kong Group, one of Taiwan’s leading financial, retail, and entertainment groups has selected Arts Alliance Media’s Screenwriter Theatre Management System to provide automated scheduling and content management for every screen in SKC’s estate across Taiwan. The deal marks AAM’s first entry into the Taiwan market.

Dietrich Theater Neu-Ulm Upgrades Sound

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:25 -- Nick Dager

The demands of moviegoers are growing and with them the pressure on cinema operators to enable ever better and increasingly immersive cinema experiences. Dolby's surround sound technology Atmos is one of the most sought-after features in the cinema market, and is often integrated into a larger premium concept. Such a premium concept was realized recently by the two Munich companies ZweiB and Videocation in a joint project in the 363-seat Saal 8 of the Dietrich Theater in Neu-Ulm, Germany.

ASC Contenders Names for the 2018 Student Heritage Awards

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:16 -- Nick Dager

Contenders for the American Society of Cinematographers 2018 Student Heritage Awards have been named by the organization. Designed to inspire the next generation, the awards recognize graduate, undergraduate and documentary cinematography students for their exceptional work. The 13 nominees this year hail from 10 universities nationwide; the winners will be announced October 13.

Cineplex Expands Immersive Seat Deal with CJ 4DPlex

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:45 -- Nick Dager

Cineplex and CJ 4DPlex today announced a new agreement that will bring the 4DX experience to as many as 13 additional Cineplex locations across Canada over the coming years. The companies opened Canada’s first 4D auditorium at Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP in the heart of downtown Toronto, Ontario, in 2016, and its popularity with guests has prompted this new partnership and investment.

Let the Games Begin – To Move

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 12:02 -- Nick Dager

Screenvision Media has teamed up with Xbox to announce the national debut of two new cinematics that utilize immersive MX4D technology in select theatres. Xbox's advertisements will support the October 2 launch of open-world racing game Forza Horizon 4 and Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft's gaming membership. They are the first ads to utilize this technology to provide moviegoers a seat shifting, heart racing advertising experience.

Ideal Home Screened Using Nagra’s myCinema, a First

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:49 -- Nick Dager

Last summer, Emagine Entertainment showed the first-run movie Ideal Home starring Paul Rudd at its Royal Oak Cinema in Detroit using Nagra’s myCinema technology. “This is the first-time audiences have enjoyed a feature length film leveraging advanced digital compression technology via Nagra-secured myCinema theater premise equipment,” said Jean-Luc Jezouin, Nagra’s senior vice president business development. “The plug-and-play experience of the myCinema solution offers a significant leap in digital cinema distribution technology, alleviating enormous costs experienced with traditional digital cinema prints.”

Fraunhofer IIS Introduces SDK for JPEG XS Image Coding

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:44 -- Nick Dager

The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS presents its new software development kit with optimized functions to code images with the new JPEG XS codec. JPEG XS is suited for use in production environments where high-resolution image data of up to 8k/60p UHD video must be transferred via Ethernet. The coding specialists of Fraunhofer IIS will demonstrate the JPEG XS codec as complete live stream with real-time playback.

DCI Has Lost Its Way

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:11 -- Michael Karagosian

The way it’s supposed to work, a cinema should be able to acquire DCI Compliant equipment with the assurance that first release movies would not be withheld for reason of having the wrong gear. With the recent release of its DCI Memorandum Regarding Direct View Displays, it is no longer clear where DCI is heading.

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Sony Unveils New 4K HDR Reference Monitor, Launches TriMaster HX Brand

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:03 -- Nick Dager

Sony has unveiled a new 31-inch Grade 1 reference monitor, the BVM-HX310, that offers accurate color reproduction and high-contrast performance to provide professional content creators enhanced flexibility and precision for critical picture grading decisions. It is also fully capable of reproducing 4K and high dynamic range content, supports industry standard brightness of up to 1,000 nits in full-screen and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio for HDR productions. The launch of the new reference monitor also marks the introduction of Sony’s new technology brand TriMaster HX.

Transforming the Moviegoing Experience

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 11:42 -- Nick Dager

The first Digital Cinema Summit, presented by Digital Cinema Report in conjunction with Integrated Systems Europe, will be held February 6, 2019 at the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam the Netherlands. The half-day event will highlight how advances in digital cinema technology are transforming the entire moviegoing experience. It will feature top digital cinema technology authorities from around the world addressing a range of issues facing professionals in all phases of the motion picture industry. The purpose of the event is to give digital cinema technology center stage.

Wanying Cinema to Open Fourteen New IMAX Theatres in Coming Years

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 11:56 -- Nick Dager

IMAX Corporation and Wanying Cinema Line, a subsidiary of China Resources Land, one of China's largest state-owned commercial developers, today announced an agreement for 14 new IMAX theatres. The theatres will feature IMAX with Laser and are expected to open between 2018 and 2021. This agreement brings the total number of contracted IMAX theatres in Greater China to more than 900.

Crowne Pointe to Feature Christie Projection

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 11:28 -- Nick Dager

When the innovative Crowne Pointe Theatre complex in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, has its grand opening in October, all nine auditoriums will feature Christie projectors. Integrity Entertainment Systems supervised the installation and project management. Highlighting the installation is the Christie CP4325-RGB pure laser projector in the giant, 60-foot screen in the 226-seat auditorium, the largest of the nine auditoriums.

HPA Tech Retreat 2019 Issues Call for Proposals

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 10:39 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood Professional Association has issued the call for proposals for the 2019 HPA Tech Retreat, which includes Tech Retreat Extra, the Supersession, breakfast roundtables, an Innovation Zone, and the main conference. Also open now are submissions for the breakfast roundtables. Now in its 24th year, the 2019 HPA Tech Retreat will take place February 11-15, 2019 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California.

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