GDC Technology has announced that it has added Closed Captioning capabilities to its SA-2100 family of digital cinema servers. This will benefit cinema patrons who are hearing impaired as they can now read the captions individually (using specially designed equipment available on individual seats) while watching the movie at the same time. Unlike open captioning where text is permanently visible which can be intrusive to the viewing audience closed captioning allows individual caption reading. This means others seated alongside do not watch or even see the captions.
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International Datacasting Corporation in partnership with its Australian-based distributor OmniCast has received an order from Global Vision Networks for the provision of a new digital cinema broadband distribution network for Hoyts Cinemas in Australia and New Zealand. Under the order IDC has supplied their SFX4104 multimedia satellite receivers to Global Vision for installation throughout their network for Hoyts digital satellite cinemas.
OConnor has upgraded its workhorse Ultimate 2575 Fluid Head with the new D model. Improvements include ergonomic changes to controls and more pan-bar mounting points. The 2575D retains the counterbalance specifications and other characteristics that contributed to the popularity of its predecessor. Camera operators will find that the relocation of all controls on the platform to the operator's side (left) provide easier adjustment.
Palace Cinemas has announced the addition of twelve 3D-capable digital screens at its sites in Central Europe in the Czech Republic Slovakia and Hungary. Three will be in Prague two in Brno two in Bratislava and five in Budapest in addition to the one in operation since December 2007. Eleven of the sites will use Masterimage 3D technology while Palace West End in Budapest will add an additional Real D system. The Barco projectors and XDC servers were provided through XDC and installed by Film-Ton-Technik. Palace Cinemas’ first wide 3D premiere will be Monsters vs.
Petrol has introduced the Ditty Bag a lightweight carrier designed to keep essential tools and accessories well organized and close at hand during production. Petrol's new Ditty Bag comes equipped with an internal removable divider to separate contents. Multiple loops and pockets of different sizes are designed to hold a wide variety of items. What's more a removable tool pouch can be easily hung from a standard belt for even greater convenience. The bag's cold-molded laminate bottom lifts and protects contents from damage from adverse elements such as dirt or water.
Hungarian post-production facility Colorfront has integrated DVS’s Clipster digital intermediates workstation into its workflow. Colorfront founded by the Jaszberenyi brothers Mark and Aron plays a key role in producing international film projects such as Karchi Perlmann’s The Dinner which was awarded at both the Venice and Cottbus Film Festival. Aron Jaszberenyi Colorfront CEO says “Colorfront has become one of Europe’s leading post houses the only one in Hungary offering complete DCI Mastering to its customers.
Sachtler has introduced the FSB4 fluid head. With a payload ranging from 0-8.8 lbs (0-4 kg) the FSB4 is ideal for users of HDV cameras. This professional head offers Sachtler's renowned features such as aluminum housing three-step damping and five-step counterbalance. In addition the FSB4 incorporates Sachtler's proven SpeedBalance technology enabling fast and precise balancing. The FSB4 is the newest head in the Sachtler range that includes the FSB 2 and FSB 6. The new head is specially designed for compact cameras fully equipped with professional accessories.
The conversion to digital cinema by theatre operators throughout the United States continues and is gaining momentum as the 2009 schedule of 3D movies are released. Sonic Equipment Company an authorized Christie cinema reseller is equipping dozens of independent theatres across the U.S. Midwest with Christie DLP Cinema projectors with Brilliant3D technology. “Christie offers us the best choices in technology performance and reliability for our customers while also keeping prices affordable.
Vue Entertainment has announced that it will add 200 RealD 3D screens to its circuit. The rollout of 3D-enabled screens has already begun with an installation at Vue's flagship location in Leicester Square. Additional RealD systems are ready for installation immediately as new screens are added monthly at Vue cinemas. Vue prides itself on providing the most compelling cinema experience available and RealD 3D will give our audience a new and exciting way to experience movies says Tim Richards CEO of Vue Entertainment.
3D Entertainment's filmmakers Jean-Jacques and Francois Mantello have sold all media international rights to their first feature length film. Oceans 3D - Into the Deep presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau a working title has been acquired by Wild Bunch a Paris-and London-based sales distribution and production outfit. The film is set to become the first ever documentary to be both filmed and released in digital 3D.
By Michael Karagosian With Disney’s Jonas Brothers now in theatres and Dreamworks Animation’s Monsters vs Aliens soon to follow combined with a full slate of 3D releases throughout this year and next the drive has been on to install 3D systems in theatres.
Self-Financing 3D and Staying Ahead of the Curve This is certainly no time for the faint of heart in the exhibition business. On the one hand the overall economy is more problematic than it’s been in most anyone’s memory. On the other hand box office returns remain solid and the summer of 3D holds out the promise of even greater business. The challenge is to find the right way for your business to balance the two. Attendees at this year’s ShoWest convention which begins at the end of this month in Las Vegas will be looking for information on how best to meet that challenge.
A Veteran Cinematographer Talks about his Experiences By James Mathers President and Cofounder The Digital Cinema Society The number of digital cinema cameras in the marketplace has grown exponentially in the last year and half. It’s been adopted by such high profile directors as Peter Jackson Steven Soderbergh and Alex Proyas and has been used by such prominent ASC cinematographers as Vilmos Zsigmond Roberto Schaefer Don Burgess and M. David Mullen. The Red has also brought high-end digital cinema acquisition into a realm of affordability for many more Filmmakers.
Malco Theatres a Test Site for Dolby 3D Installs Two Harkness Perlux 220 Screens Malco Theatres is one of two test sites for Dolby Laboratories for Dolby 3D and the exhibitor recently installed two Harkness Perlux 220 screens.
The Jonas Brothers delighted screaming young fans during their surprise visit at the Galaxy Highland Theatre in Austin Texas on Sunday March 1. The young heartthrobs were in town as part of the band’s Surprise Theater Invasion Tour across the nation to promote their new film Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience. During their visit the Jonas Brothers graciously greeted and met with fans before they jetted off to the next stop on their tour. The boys have teamed up with NetJets Inc.
Liquid Pictures has announced what it says is the world's first camera system utilizing Red digital cinema cameras capable of shooting 4K 3D footage on land underwater and macro 3D. The proprietary system is built with a range of acquisition options including a digital 3D underwater beam splitter housing. The Liquid Pictures 4K 3D Digital Cinema Camera System can also be adapted to use Sony F35 Phantom HD and Phantom 65 cameras. Liquid Pictures has contributed to several landmark 3D films including Ghosts of the Abyss 3D U2 3D Journey to the Center of the Earth and Wild Ocean 3D.
U2 3D opened in more than 40 theaters in Japan on March 7. The film which premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival has grossed more than $20 million worldwide. The band’s long-awaited new studio album No Line on the Horizon — their first since 2004 — was released internationally just prior to the Japanese movie premiere. Mark Katz president of distribution National Geographic Cinema Ventures says “We’re delighted that U2 3D which continues to do well domestically and internationally will be released in Japan.
Cinedigm Digital Cinema has announced a first-of-its-kind multi-picture agreement with Olympus Pictures Distribution and Cinedigm’s Content and Entertainment subsidiary. As a part of the all-digital agreement which runs through 2015 and will include up to 15 pictures Olympus Pictures will theatrically distribute select movies through Cinedigm’s digital distribution network on a nationwide basis. Cinedigm will provide marketing promotion and other support for Olympus’ produced films.
The Society of Camera Operators has named Roberrt Gorelick (The Dark Knight) as Camera Operator of the Year. Upon receiving the award Gorelick said “This is the first award I've ever won except for a bowling trophy.” The Camera Operator of the Year award is nominated and voted on by the membership of the Society and the winner was announced at the February 21st awards event.
Georgia Theatre Company has installed Dolby 3D Digital Cinema in multiple theatre locations and has plans to increase its screen count over the next 12-18 months in selected locations throughout its circuit. The company operates 287 screens at 29 locations in Florida Georgia South Carolina and Virginia.