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I went to the Imax theater and forgot how impressive and encompassing
it was. Truly this is the best of the best. How much is that projector? and is there better?

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IMAX projectors are specially made for their film. I believe are multi-million dollars in price and very big in size (size of a small car I think). Hard to compare it to something else.
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Why do I think that I'll read about a large dome-like structure being built onto the back of a house in Edmonton?


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HAHA now if we could all do that.

IMAX is still definitely King when it comes to film presentation.

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Of course.

But the real question is, what out there is better than IMAX?
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I saw this last month in Singapore. Awesome and although it was only 30 mins the Pirates showing and the 4D effects was fun. SimEx-Iwerks material I guess.

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I'm puzzled at the big deal people make about IMAX resolution, at least at the Hackworth IMAX at the San Jose Tech.

The immersion is spectacular, but if you look at any one spot it's just not very sharp at all, and I'm not a sharpness junkie.

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THe last time I saw IMAX locally at Science World maybe 4 years ago, I concentrated on the hairs and dirt in the optics clearly visible on the screen...

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I'm puzzled at the big deal people make about IMAX resolution, at least at the Hackworth IMAX at the San Jose Tech.

The immersion is spectacular, but if you look at any one spot it's just not very sharp at all, and I'm not a sharpness junkie.

You do realize that you have to compensate for the viewing angle as well. If you viewed an Imax frame at the same viewing angle as a regular 35mm or whatever, it would be ridiculously sharp.
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Of course.

But the real question is, what out there is better than IMAX?

Omnimax. Seriously. Imax is so boring in comparison.

For those not familiar they are both part of the same corporation. Omnimax is to my knowledge mainly at museums and features large curved screens the encompass your ENTIRE field of view and requires that the production be shot in with special Omnimax cameras. OmniMax is a completely immersive experience. If the camera is showing a flight scene you FEEL like you are flying.
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For me the IMAX conversions like 300 make going out to the movies a real event and pleasure again. A full house and everyone there to see the movie. The presentation is top notch IMO.

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"You do realize that you have to compensate for the viewing angle as well. If you viewed an Imax frame at the same viewing angle as a regular 35mm or whatever, it would be ridiculously sharp."

Of course, but what I said applies for every seat in the theater, and the whole point of IMAX is a large viewing angle.

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Omnimax. Seriously. Imax is so boring in comparison.

For those not familiar they are both part of the same corporation. Omnimax is to my knowledge mainly at museums and features large curved screens the encompass your ENTIRE field of view and requires that the production be shot in with special Omnimax cameras. OmniMax is a completely immersive experience. If the camera is showing a flight scene you FEEL like you are flying.


I didn't realize that was something different. When I lived in Philly, they had an IMAX theater that was the whole dome. Like looking into the inside of a really big half ball.

Now in Ft Lauderdale, they have the screen. It was such a letdown. But I thought they were both IMAX.
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I didn't realize that was something different. When I lived in Philly, they had an IMAX theater that was the whole dome. Like looking into the inside of a really big half ball.

Now in Ft Lauderdale, they have the screen. It was such a letdown. But I thought they were both IMAX.

No, regular Imax is not a domed screen (though it's often a little bit curved), just a really gigantic 4:3 screen basically.
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Omnimax. Seriously. Imax is so boring in comparison.

For those not familiar they are both part of the same corporation. Omnimax is to my knowledge mainly at museums and features large curved screens the encompass your ENTIRE field of view and requires that the production be shot in with special Omnimax cameras. OmniMax is a completely immersive experience. If the camera is showing a flight scene you FEEL like you are flying.

Unfortunately my local Omnimax does not compensate for film intended for flatter IMAX screens. This results in bent / limp lightsabers and curved buildings. On original Omnimax films the effect is extremely immersive (some people get disoriented and don't like it).
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I didn't realize that was something different. When I lived in Philly, they had an IMAX theater that was the whole dome. Like looking into the inside of a really big half ball.

Now in Ft Lauderdale, they have the screen. It was such a letdown. But I thought they were both IMAX.


Yep, same thing happened to me. Franklin Institute-The Tuttlemen IMAX Theater . When I moved out of the area I had no idea that IMAX wasn't a dome, I thought that was the whole point.

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i guess were spoiled here in ottawa since we have 2 imax theatres now. One is one of the few IMAX\\OMNIMAX combo theatres and another one at a famous players theatre that shows regular movies. The other thing you need to remember that the film for a imax projector is around 70mm instead of your regular 35mm. Also the sound system in those theatres is INSANE. Also for the sharpness comment.

1. Imax projectors are not digital projectors they are film projectors only the sound is digital

2. imax screens are a fine aluminum mesh not a solid screen

3. who cares about pq when it's larger then some office buildings
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I agree the OmniMax is much more immersive than the regular Imax. However, I did see a regular IMAX in 3-D, still had to wear the goofy glasses but that was rather immersive as well. I've also been to an IMAX screen with motion simulator seats.

So, how about an OmniMax screen in 3-D with motion seats?
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My preference is for standard 70mm with its wider aspect ratio. It is more immersive.

But almost extinct so I guess I have to settle for IMAX.

Conversions of films like 300 do look good but not like they would if actually filmed in IMAX.

We need to see higher frame rates. Motion is still a big problem. We are stuck with the framerate provided at the dawn of the sound era in 1927.
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I love Imax.

35mm is half frame 35mm frame. It is not your typical horizontal 35mm frame(projected vertically)
70mm is like a 6x4.5 medium format frame (projected vertically)
imax is like a 6x7 medium format frame (projected horizontally)

I think that Imax also has a 60 frame rate.
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IMAX and OmniMAX are currently only 24 fps, although their have been some films and exhibitions of them which were 48 fps.

Personally, I like 96 fps @ 4k - 3D, but finding material to play back is incredibly hard!

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