The 2.35 Home Theater: Benefits and ChallengesThe challenges and opportunities of 2.35 constant-height anamorphic projection. by John Caldwell
Cinemascope films have been a vital part of commercial cinema for 55 years.
Larger and more immersive by design, these wide-viewing-angle films have engrossed audiences with projected images that fill nearly the very edges of the peripheral vision.
It has only been in the last two to three years, however, that a growing group of cutting edge specialty home theater dealers have learned how to take full advantage of Cinemascope viewing.
We present a generic primer on constant-height 2.35 anamorphic projection, intended to answer many of the basic architecture and set-up questions that dealers are having with the technology.5 Benefits of 2.35 Systems
There are many benefits to constant-height 2.35 projection, but here are 5:
- Increased brightness.
- Increased perceived contrast ratio.
- Complete use of the vertical resolution (pixel array) of the digital video chip.
- Elimination of pesky black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.
- Larger screen size, wider viewing angle and, with it, the ability to potentially place all three channels behind the screen, like the commercial reference.
Having a wider viewing angle is seen as the last great advantage that commercial movie theaters have over home theaters, but not anymore. Now, home theater dealers can rightfully claim technical superiority when certain practices are maintained.Click here to continue.