Building on the success of the Phase 1 Christie/AIX Digital Cinema deployment plan AccessIT has entered into supply agreements with Barco and Christie Digital Systems to bring digital cinema systems to theatres in the United States and Canada. Christie will provide up to 5 000 projectors for the previously announced AccessIT Phase 2 Digital Cinema Deployment Plan. The planned number of Barco projectors was not announced.
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Blackmagic Design says its range of DeckLink cards are the only video-capture cards available to enable two Softron MovieRecorder applications running on a single MacPro workstation to simultaneously capture video from two different sources. Using a MacPro coupled with two DeckLink cards and two applications of Softron MovieRecorder enhances facilities’ ingest capabilities.
Semiconductor and electronics company Dalsa is committed to eliminating the ongoing losses in the digital cinema division by the end of the year. The Waterloo Ontario Canada-based company has recently entered into a non-binding letter of intent which includes a 30-day period of exclusive negotiations with Arri. Under the terms of the letter of intent Arri would acquire certain existing assets of the Dalsa digital cinema division. In any event Dalsa Digital Cinema and its Origin camera will almost certainly be history by the end of this year.
DVS and Arri have announced the certification of SpycerBox as a high-performance storage solution for ArriScan speeding up post-production workflows through the interaction between the two systems. Scanned footage can be transferred directly from ArriScan to the SpycerBox via InfiniBand making it immediately available for further processing. Footage is scanned in and provided directly to the digital workflow. ArriScan handles scanning processes at high speed. The SpycerBox connected via InfiniBand stores the high-quality footage data.
International Datacasting Corporation has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with OpenSky based in Italy for the provision of IDC's broadband satellite technology for the rollout of a new digital cinema distribution network in Europe. The MOU has been consummated with an initial order of uplink broadcast equipment and an initial deployment of IDC's satellite receivers to multiple theatres across Italy. Financial details of the MOU were not disclosed for competitive reasons. OpenSky is a European satellite service provider with headquarters in Italy.
Petrol a Vitec Group brand has introduced the PRC-EX1 transparent Raincover a weather protection device for Sony PMW-EX1 and HVR-Z7 cameras. Petrol's one-piece design makes the Raincover easy to install even while shooting. Constructed largely of clear polyurethane for maximum visibility the PRC-EX1 offers quick access to all camera features and enables work with the flip out LCD screen fully open. A hot shoe connector in the cover's rigid front hood section anchors and stabilizes it on camera. At the rear durable waterproof rubber fabric surrounds and protects the viewfinder.
Side Effect recently screened at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood during the 8th Annual Shriekfest Film Festival. After playing to a fervent crowd and receiving thunderous applause Side Effect was awarded with the Pretty/Scary Award for Excellence in Horror Filmmaking. With a multitude of international film festival screenings on the calendar Side Effect has already garnered the Best Screenplay Award at the Chicago Horror Film Festival Best Short at Germany’s Oldendburg Film Festival and the coveted golden chainsaw statuette in the Cutting Edge Short Film Competition at the Dead by Dawn F
Doremi Cinema has announced a licensing agreement with International Datacasting Corporation for the integration of real-time streaming software into its line of SuperFlex Pro Cinema products. The pact also enables Doremi to embed Sensio Live 3D decoding technology into Doremi digital cinema servers for CineLive 3D AccessIT's newest solution for theatre owners. Doremi's software is integral to CineLive 3D. It will allow theatres to play live 3D alternative content to multiple screens simultaneously. Today's solutions require hardware for each screen that is to receive a broadcast event.
Ballantyne of Omaha has reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30th. Net third quarter revenues were $12.3 million a 2.4 percent decrease from net revenues of $12.6 million in Q3 2007 principally reflecting an expected decline in film-based products.
Support for independent storytelling has always been the driving force of Sundance Institute. This year the Institute is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival by collecting anecdotes and memories from the people who know the most about what the Festival means. Only those who have been to the Sundance Film Festival can truly convey the true spirit of Sundance which is why the Institute is asking those who have been there to share their Sundance stories.
Xpand has reported that the animated 3D release Fly Me to the Moon from nWave Pictures has achieved unprecedented success on Xpand’s screens throughout Europe capturing an audience of approximately 73 000 during the film’s first five days of release. Sustaining the largest international market share of 3D screens spanning three continents Xpand predicts these numbers will grow substantially with Fly Me to the Moon’s current rating as the fourth most successful 3D film in 2008 based on audience numbers per screen. A delightful animated feature for the entire family the film embark
Q-tec Inc. one of Japan's leading video post-production service providers announced that it has completed the first domestic installation of 3D cinema system developed by digital 3D delivery company RealD. Q-tec plans to begin the full-scale operation this month. The number of digital 3D cinema screens in Japan was around 30 at the end of 2007 but there are currently more than 50 screens available as the United States film Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D was released in October. The number is projected to rise with the expectation of 3D films produced and released in Japan.
Chicago-based production equipment maker Zacuto has announced four new mounts including the Zephyr Zacuto's 15mm lightweight support plate; the ZRed an EVF Red One Mount; the Zandy a19mm to 15mm rod mount; and the Zgrip Zandy an articulating handgrip. Zephyr Replacing the Sony and Panasonic ENG style cameras’ V-Wedge plate the Zephyr allows a quick-release from the tripod plate.
Texas-based Premiere Cinema recently bought a cinema structure that is thanks to digital technology the first cineplex without a mezzanine while four of the fourteen theatres are 3D capable.
I missed this year’s ShowEast. I tore ligaments in my left foot in a volleyball game a few nights before the show began and was in no shape to navigate airports and trade show floors. However after going through a raft of press releases and talking to many people who were there I think it’s fair to say that I was not the only one who was feeling a measure of pain that week.
Panavision has announced an agreement with Abel Cine Tech and Vision Research for the acquisition of Phantom HD high-speed digital cameras. The contract means that the Phantom HD cameras and custom accessories will be available for rent in a complete system package with Panavision optics including anamorphic lenses.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is forming a technology committee to standardize mastering and packaging formats for content distributed over broadband networks. Such a broadband standard could fuel fresh business models by enabling consumers to purchase entertainment from any online destination and play it back on any device. The committee’s launch highlights SMPTE’s interest in addressing the challenges of delivering professional content—including movies television programming online programming and music—no matter the distribution platform.
Mac Guff one of France’s largest digital visual effects design studios is installing Exanet’s ExaStore Clustered NAS 2008 to ensure that its 3D animation video effects and post-production processes are supported at the highest performance levels available. “Mac Guff chose Exanet to provide its storage solution because ExaStore’s performance and reliability are unmatched in the media and entertainment industry ” says Jeronimo Munoz Exanet regional vice president Southern Europe.
QuVIS has selected Paragon Software’s Universal File System Driver technology to embed within their new Wraptor Digital Cinema Package mastering plug-in for Apple Final Cut Studio. Paragon's technology fulfills the requirements for creating a digital cinema content distribution hard drive according to the Digital Cinema Initiative specifications by enabling a Mac with Wraptor and Final Cut Studio to: Create a Linux ext2/3 File System partition on a USB2.0 external hard drive suitable for use as a DCI-compliant distribution hard drive.
Ymagis the Paris-based European digital cinema services provider has announced that Universal Pictures will provide movies to theaters equipped by Ymagis and will pay digital print fees under a long-term agreement similar to those signed by Paramount Disney and Fox. Ymagis started its roll out activity in July after the first signing contracts with distributors and has so far signed contracts with exhibitors for a total of 29 screens in France.