GDC Technology has signed a major contract in China. Under the new agreement Dadi Digital Cinema Development Limited will deploy 100 units of GDC’s SA-2100 digital cinema server in China by the middle of 2009. A roll out target of 300 servers by 2010 has also been set. Dadi is a Guangdong based company focusing on the business of building digital cinema multiplexes in China. “GDC is the undisputed leader in China digital cinema industry in terms of both the number of projects deployed and also the number of servers installed ” says Liu Kaijun general manager of Dadi Cinema.
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IndiePix is returning as the presenting sponsor and production partner for this year's Cinema Eye Honors. IndiePix was the Founding Sponsor and partner in the successful inaugural non-fiction awards last year and is once again joining with AJ Schnack author and filmmaker of Kurt Cobain: About a Son and Thom Powers documentary programmer for the Toronto Film Festival for the 2009 event March 29th in New York City.
Maximum Throughput has announced that its MaXedit Server Edition which the company says is the first multi-user editing application is now shipping. With MaXedit post-production facilities and studios can rapidly and cost-effectively set up a multi-seat editing environment that's suited for digital dailies and offline editing among other applications. Multiple concurrent users can access MaXedit by launching it from a Web browser.
The digital cinema roll out 3D and more will be discussed when exhibitors gather in Las Vegas later this month.
By Don Vasicek If you want to write screenplays that you can sell and get produced you might want to consider writing your ending first. What? Yeah well check movies out that get produced. You know those you pay $8 to $10 to see in the theatre depending upon where you live and what time of the day and week you go to see them and then read about the millions of dollars they made at the box office each weekend.
Ballantyne of Omaha has announced that it has reduced its overall staffing by 19 people or approximately 10 percent as part of the ongoing shift in its business from the manufacture of film projection equipment to the distribution of digital cinema projectors. Annualized cost savings related to these actions is estimated to amount to approximately $900 000. Ballantyne will record a first quarter severance charge of approximately $255 000 related to these actions.
Cinedigm Digital Cinema has reached announced an agreement with Sony Pictures Releasing Corporation supporting its Phase Two Digital Cinema Deployment Plan for up to 10 000 digital cinema projection systems over the next three years. SPRC will supply its upcoming pictures in a DCI-compliant format to Cinedigm installed theatres in the United States and Canada when booked and will make financial contributions for a limited time to promote DCI-compliant digital cinema technology.
Cinemarr Entertainment tapped the services of HD pioneer Randall Dark for Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies first high definition commercial.The 30 second spot a mixture of live action and animation was shot in 1080i with the Sony HDCam and Canon HD zoom lens and will be onlined and offlined at Cinemarr Entertainment in Sevierville Tennessee. TripAdvisor.com recently named Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies the number one aquarium in the United States. “Because of that ” says Cinemarr founder S. Shane Marr who also directed “there is nationwide focus on this aquarium.
Doremi Digital Cinema has announced the availability of CineAsset software for digital cinema and presentation applications. CineAsset is media asset management software that converts common computer files such as QuickTime AVI JPEG and TIFF to JPEG2000 MFX wrapped files for playback on any digital cinema server including Doremi’s DCP-2000 and DCP-2K4.
XpanD Launches X101 Series of 3D Glasses Technology XpanD has announced the official roll out of its newest model of 3D glasses – the X101 Series – calling them the most sophisticated technology in today’s marketplace for viewing stereoscopic 3D digital cinema. XpanD supplied the new glasses to patrons of Europalaces Theaters in France attending the new Disney animated movie Bolt 3D. The Europalaces installations have also been equipped with 20 DCP-2000 digital cinema servers from Doremi Cinema.
By Michael Karagosian You have to admire Jeffrey Katzenberg’s dedication. He made a big bet on 3D and he continues to stand behind his commitment in creative ways. His recent dance with Intel PepsiCo and NBC broadcasting 3D advertisements to televisions around the US during the Super Bowl game (that’s US-style football if you’re outside the US) was history in the making. For those not familiar the annual Super Bowl game is the most watched television program in the US. Of course the headliner ad was a 3D trailer of Dreamworks’ Monsters vs Aliens the long-awaited 3D blockbuster s
The California Academy of Sciences Adopts Dolby’s 3D System The new California Academy of Sciences a combination aquarium planetarium natural history museum and scientific research institution located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park has installed Dolby’s 3D digital cinema system. Working with media and technology consultants Visual Acuity the Academy installed the system in its new Hearst Forum’s 3D theatre. The theatre is currently screening Bugs! an educational 3D movie that complements the Academy’s rainforest exhibit.
JVC Unveils Two Professional Cameras that Record Native Final Cut Pro Files JVC has unveiled two cameras – the GY-HM700 and the GY-HM100 – both of which record directly to inexpensive SDHC memory cards in the QuickTime (.mov) format for Final Cut Pro. The compact shoulder GY-HM700 can also record to SxS media compatible with Sony's XDCam EX format. The GY-HM100 is the industry's first professional hand-held model to record files directly to solid-state media in the native format of Apple's Final Cut Pro editing system.
Litepanels has introduced the 1x1 Bi-Color LED light. According to the company the new Litepanels 1x1 Bi-Color enables never-before possible utility by providing a single fixture capable of generating a color temperature of either 3200°K or 5600°K or an infinite range of color temperatures in between. The Bi-Color name comes from its design which incorporates both 3200°K and 5600°K LEDs.
Leading digital cinema company Offhollywood announced today that it has officially launched Offhollywood South in Baton Rouge Louisiana. The company will offer advanced end-to-end motion picture production and post-production services backed by expertise in the latest digital technology offerings. Offhollywood also plans to introduce services in London later on in 2009. Louisiana has a history of artistic creativity and offers a 25 percent tax credit on in-state motion picture production expenditures exceeding $300 000.
The second annual Phuket Film Festival is set for June 4-11 with a line-up of international films and activities that organizers expect to cause an up-tick in tourism numbers arriving on the island in June. Late last year Tourism Council of Thailand president Kongkrit Hiranyakit was quoted as saying The tourism industry is being affected by many negative issues.
The British cinema chain Cineworld Group has chosen Doremi Cinema to supply equipment for the expansion of its Digital Cinema rollout which will double the number of digital screens in its chain the majority of which will be 3D enabled. Doremi is supplying its DCP-2000 digital cinema servers that include 3D playback. These will support the RealD 3D viewing technology to be used in Cineworld cinemas. Doremi recently announced that the Real D 3D EQ ghost busting technology that significantly enhances the 3D viewing experience will be available in Doremi servers early this year.
Rumblefish has announced that it is handling post-production for Vivaldi the Red Priest a Liana Marabini film. Rumblefish managing director Massimo Germoglio edited the film which presents a rich new portrait of the famous and prolific Baroque composer from Venice. Vivaldi was a true star of the Baroque era and the details that Marabini brings to life in her new film illustrate his genius and charisma and his suffering says Germoglio.
The New York based professional equipment company Technological Cinevideo Services has taken delivery of the new Sony F35 camera. The camera is already hard at work. “We chose the F35 because it allows cinematographers to use all the 35mm glass they have grown to know and love ” says Erik Schietinger of TCS. “Sony provides a well thought out product and a proven workflow in HDCAM SR that our customers can rely on.
National Geographic has announced that U2 3D has received a nomination for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project from the Visual Effects Society of America's 7th Annual VES Awards. In 2008 National Geographic received the award in this same category for its production Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure. U2 3D which was produced by 3ality Digital and distributed by National Geographic Entertainment premiered in January 2008 as the first-ever live-action digital 3D film.