Don Shaw, senior director of product development for Christie, talks about the transition from film to digital projection in commercial cinemas around the world, 2K vs. 4K projection, the release and display movies in native 4K, laser-illumated projectors, color gamuts, high dynamic range, high frame rates, 3D, answers to chat-room questions, and more.
Really insightful statements from this discussion. Some things I never knew about when attending a cinema movie I now understand and are interested to see gain traction (higher light output in 3D (good) with lasers and the fact that most cinemas still show a 2k master through their 4k projector (bad) ).
Thanks Scott...I really feel like I learned a lot about digital cinema by watching this. I certainly was not aware of how high the penetration rate of digital (% of total cinema screens projected digitally) was. I was assuming we were only around 50% or so.
Also, sounds like 4K is a ways off in terms of broad adoption by Hollywood. As someone else mentioned, that puts it way off in the future for us home theater geeks.
Well done! Watched the entire episode straight through!
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The fact that the majority of theaters use 2K masters from the studios says it will be a long time for 4K in the home. can't see them making 4K for the home when theaters rarely use it.
Maybe the home theater industry knew something we didn't? What if the reason they are pushing 4k home theater to encourage 4k in the cinema firsthand, as they may have known that 2k masters were still being used? Just a thought as it seemed 3D was short-lived for the most attention.