High Dynamic Range

Understanding Barco’s Lightsteering Technology

Tue, 07/16/2024 - 10:58 -- Nick Dager

Six years ago, Barco began giving private demos for key creatives and exhibition executives of its high dynamic range projection technology called Lightsteering. Today the Lightsteering line of products includes projectors for exhibitors as well as complimentary technology and software toolkits for studios and post-production professionals. Steering light to specific focal points within each frame, Barco says, produces brighter highlights and deeper darks for rich, brilliant, high-contrast images. This is what enables the patented laser projection technology at the core of the HDR by Barco eco-system to deliver a visual experience that the company says is unlike any other HDR system on the market today. HDR by Barco is expected to be widely available later this year. I recently spoke via email with Anders Ballestad, head of content and studio relations for Barco Cinema to learn more about HDR by Barco and, specifically, about Lighsteering. Here is that conversation.

Company 3 Post Opens East Coast’s First Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos Theatre

Mon, 06/03/2024 - 09:19 -- Nick Dager

Company 3 has opened a Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos equipped theatre at its facilities in New York. It is the first theatre of its kind at any post-production company on the East Coast. The theatre will enable Company 3's clients to experience their work in an acoustic environment as robust as that of any cinema in the world.

Select Films at Cannes Screening in HDR by Barco Format

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 15:19 -- Nick Dager

Barco today announced a special Cannes screening program showcasing critically acclaimed titles, prepared for and screened in the groundbreaking HDR by Barco format. The carefully curated slate highlights festival winners from Belgium, Italy, Germany, and the United States, making their global debut in breathtaking Barco HDR Lightsteering. Barco’s HDR film series will be held May 16-22 in Theatre 8 at the Cinéum Cannes Theatre.

Reflections on Making Devotion

Mon, 02/20/2023 - 12:16 -- Nick Dager

In October 1948, Jesse Brown became the first African American to complete the U.S. Navy’s flight training program and received his Naval Aviator Badge. The feature Devotion, directed by J.D. Dillard and based on the bestselling book by Adam Makos, recounts the true story of Brown’s distinguished service, focusing on the year 1950, at the onset of the Korean War, when he and his fellow pilots in Fighter Squadron 32 deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Leyte, first to the Mediterranean Sea and then to the East Sea, off the coast of North Korea.

SMPTE Hollywood to Explore HDR Cinema

Tue, 02/07/2023 - 09:28 -- Nick Dager

SMPTE Hollywood will explore the evolution of high dynamic range cinema at its February meeting. The free event, hosted by Amazon Studios, will take place February 11 at The Culver Theatre in Culver City, the only theatre in the western United States equipped with Digital Cinema Initiative compliant, HDR direct view screening systems

HDR and Where the Crawdads Sing

Mon, 07/18/2022 - 10:17 -- Jeroen Hendriks

[Editor’s Note: Jeroen Hendriks served as digital imaging technician on the feature film Where the Crawdads Sing, which opened in theatres this past weekend. Here, in his own words, are his thoughts about the project.] After having positive experiences using Sony’s OLED monitors for years, I chose their PVM-X2400 24-inch 4K high dynamic range monitor for use on my latest project Where the Crawdads Sing, based on the best-selling novel.

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