Originally Posted by hifiaudio2
Can someone help my understand the benefits of this screen setup?
I do understand that the screen size for scope movies can be larger since most people could fit a wider screen in their theater this way, but that is where the benefits stop, unless I am missing something?
Not only that, but CIH allows you to project the correct AR for all movies at the same height allowing you to recreate the true cinematic feel. I remember going to T2 in 1991 on the BIG SCREEN and how the great that dream sequence was. Yet when this film came to video, that was lost. Watching the LB version was better than the original P&S versions but still did not have the visual impact I remembered from the cinema. That was until I set up my CIH (with a lens), and WOW!!!
I have since revisited almost all of my "SCOPE" films...
With next gen projectors (JVC rs1, etc), isnt the contrast ratio high enough that black bars on 2:35 material would be gone anyway?
They are still there on a 16:9 screen - your larger SCOPE image is still smaller. Zooming on a SCOPE screen may be an OK alternative, but no where as good as having a lens to do true CIH...
Isnt one of the goals to eliminate as many video processing steps as possible? Putting the "stretch" of the projector back in the signal could only degrade or soften the image.
Not really, scalers are already proven benefit. The point to remember is that the panel of a projector has a finite amount of pixels. Reproducing an image with every pixel available is going to be better than reproducing that same image at just 75% of the panel. The only thing about using 100% of the panel is of course the geometry - which we correct optically with the lens...
Another set of optics in front of the lens cant help, either.
It will depend on the lens...
Also, with 1080p projectors, wouldnt the resolution, even in the 2:35 section of the screen, be higher than a 720p projector with anamorphic lens?
Are there other benefits that I am missing?
I dont want to bash it at all - I just want to understand, in case it is something I should be looking into.
Find a CIH and experience it for yourself...