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Britain’s Channel 4 Holds a 3D Week of Programming

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

A wide range of 3D content was available with stereoscopic depth in homes across Great Britain last month when Channel 4 held its first 3D Week. Steen Iversen CEO of Sirius 3D ApS whose glasses were used in the event said   “And if Flesh for Frankenstein’became too much for you in 3D you could simply take off the ColorCodeViewer 3D glasses and experience it in normal 2D.” According to Iversen even if spectators were not wearing the glasses they were still able to view a coherent watchable 2D image with minimal artefacts.

Cinedigm Presents Larger Than Life in 3D

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Cinedigm Digital Cinema will present the Dave Matthews Band Ben Harper and Relentless7 and Gogol Bordello Larger Than Life ... in 3D on screens nationwide. The 3D movie will run for one week only from December 11-17. Action 3D and AEG Network Live produced the movie. Digital technology has dramatically transformed the cinema experience says Bud Mayo chairman and CEO of Cinedigm. The ability to see Dave Matthews in 3D on a big screen at your local theatre for far less than the cost of a concert ticket is an exciting option for music fans.

Cooke Optics and /i Technology Work on System to Cut Production Time

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Cooke Optics is working with The Foundry to incorporate /i Technology into its compositing application Nuke. The goal is to save hours of time in post-production by eliminating the need to guess lens parameters and camera information. The Foundry recently carried out a test shoot at Blenheim Palace using the new Sony F35 camera which supports /i.

Hollywood Theatres to Install Sony 4K Digital Cinema Systems

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Hollywood Theaters is installing Sony Electronics' 4K digital cinema technology across its circuit. The Portland Oregon-based exhibitor will begin its digital conversion by equipping 13 of its U.S. locations (167 screens) with Sony projectors over the next few months. The 4K roll out will also include 53 screens outfitted for 3D digital projection combining Sony's single-projector 3D lens system with RealD 3D technology enabling the exhibitor to deliver the highest-quality 2D and 3D digital projection.

Kinepolis Group Choose SmartJog Servers

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

European exhibitor Kinepolis Group has selected SmartJog’s Digital Cinema Central Library Servers to use in all of its 23 theaters.  Kinepolis will purchase and install the Digital Cinema Central Library Servers which are capable of storing large amount of content as well as receiving Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs) via satellite and fiber.

Petrol Introduces Rain Cover for the Red One

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Petrol has introduced the Petrol PRC-Red-1 rain cover especially designed to provide environmental protection for a fully equipped Red One camera. Made mainly of clear polyurethane for maximum visibility the new transparent rain cover offers quick and easy access to all camera features. What’s more the manufacturer says it is roomy enough to enable working with the camera’s high-resolution Red LCD monitor on board. Petrol’s one-piece design makes the PRC-Red-1 easy to install while shooting.

Screenvision Renews Agreement with Hogan Communications

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Screenvision has renewed its long-term agreement with Hogan Communications a media and marketing company targeting the college market. Under the agreement Screenvision will continue to represent national and regional cinema advertising sales for Hogan’s 397 college campus-based screens while Hogan will continue to produce and distribute its cinema preshow Preview Theater in which the Screenvision-sold ads will appear.

Hollywood Post Alliance Award Winners Announced

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

During a gala evening at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles The Hollywood Post Alliance presented its Fourth Annual HPA Awards.  The HPA Awards honor top behind-the-scenes talent working in motion pictures television and commercials as well as handing out special awards for Engineering Excellence Lifetime Achievement and the Charles S. Swartz Award.  The special awards were announced earlier. The winners of the 2009 Hollywood Post Alliance Awards are: Outstanding Color Grading Feature Film in a DI Process Julie & Julia                                 Steven J.

Making Better Off Ted

Fri, 11/13/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

When cinematographer Brian Reynolds began prep for the Fox/ABC half-hour comedy series Better Off Ted his challenge was to trim the budget and keep the quality look as well as the 11-hour workday. “One of my first choices was to add Schneider’s Hollywood Black Magic filters to our lenses ” says Reynolds. “They are nothing short of amazing ” he says enthusiastically. “They combine the smaller lenslets of HD Classic Soft and added Black Frost. What this does to the skin is amazing. When you are shooting HD you are suddenly looking at an unfiltered image. Make-up freaks out.

Cinemark Imax Suing Each Other

Fri, 11/13/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The trade publication LF Examiner has reported that Cinemark USA and the Imax Corporation have filed lawsuits against each other. The dispute centers on Cinemark's premium XD digital theatres. Cinemark the third largest theatre chain in the U.S. filed a suit on November 4th seeking to invalidate two patents Imax holds on the conversion of cinema theatre to a super cinema theatre.

Rocky Mountain HD

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Tracker Productions a video production company in Banff Alberta Canada is using the JVC GY-HM100 ProHD camcorder to shoot 1080p footage of the Canadian Rockies for promotional corporate and travel videos. Cascading waterfalls snow-capped mountains serene lakes and animals in their natural habitats are among the majestic scenes being captured by cinematographer and Tracker Productions owner Les McDonald.
  “A bear might only give you 15 to 20 seconds to get that close-up so you had better be ready.

A Giant Heart

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Creative design house 7thSense has supplied four of its Delta media servers to the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago for the new Giant Heart within the You: The Experience exhibit which opened last month. A state-of-the-art AV installation using multiple projectors the project imposed a unique set of technological demands which obliged 7thSense to develop and customize Delta in very specific ways.

ShowEast: Money Talks

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

There were three main topics of conversation at ShowEast 2009 which was held last month in Orlando Florida: the first two were 2K versus 4K technology and money both how to raise it and how to make it. As in recent exhibition shows the money talks centered on financial business models and new ideas in alternative content. But in truth most everything really focused on the third topic – 3D – that of course encompasses the other two topics as well. And looming over all of this was the widely anticipated impending release of Twentieth Century Fox’s Avatar from director James Cameron.

Projectiondesign Changes Ownership

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Norwegian high performance projector manufacturer projectiondesign is capitalizing on the growing global demand for high-quality products as well as partner support with the announcement of a change in ownership to include Norwegian private equity firm Herkules Capital AS. The move follows the purchase of a 54 percent share in projectiondesign from previous main shareholder Eker Group AS headed by top Norwegian Industrial Designer Bård Eker.

QSC Audio Introduces Speaker System for Dome and Large Format Cinemas

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

QSC Audio has announced the purpose-designed DCS SC-424-8F flyable four-way tri-amplified speaker system for Dome and Large Format cinemas that require suspended mounting of screen channels or point source surround channels.   Both the Mid/High and LF enclosures are built with common dimensions to facilitate easy installation in vertical or horizontal arrays and are constructed of heavily braced 15mm concert tour-grade plywood.  In addition 16 M10 attachment points-per-enclosure are provided for safe and easy suspension.

Raleigh Studios Budapest Scheduled to Open in April 2010

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Raleigh Studios has broken ground on a new state of the art studio facility in Budapest. Raleigh Studios Budapest is well under construction and will open its doors in April 2010. The facility is less than 20 minutes from all major hotels and downtown Budapest making it the closest studio facility to the heart of Hungary. The studio boasts nine sound stages including a 45 000 square foot super stage that is 65 feet to the grid.

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