View Full Version : Surprise at movie theater
01-19-2006, 07:47 AM
I'm surprised that you're surprised PE :-)
Digital theater is just a souped up version of HDTV with higher resolution and different encoding.
HDTV typically uses long GOP sequences encoded with MPEG2.
Theater at the moment is using JPEG2000 (no GOP with every frame an I frame) but with temporal compression.
01-19-2006, 10:04 AM
I was surprised to see it with no prior notice in the paper or at the theater. I was also surprised at the quality given my experience with digital and the rather poor quality of the SW movies. I was surprised to see that it ran without crashing (LoL) and without hanging up in mid movie.
Not too long ago, I saw a film which hung in the gate and the frame burned up before the operator could shut it down. We missed a whole scene near the end of the movie after the operator fixed it. I guess I expected something worse from digital.
I'm still not exactly happy with digital, but my thoughts and experiences are reaffirmed. Digital is best when starting with a film original and that is made into a good scan and then viewed via some sort of good print. Now I can add that it is good viewed with a good digital projection system. (provisional judgment)
All digital seems to be the worst of all possible worlds.
So, film retains a place. God is in his heaven and all is right with the world.
01-19-2006, 10:41 PM
Earl, it was Tinseltown in Henrietta.
I almost went to Greece Ridge and if I had, I would not have seen the logo and etc..... They have installed something new at Greece Ridge which shows cable TV before the movie starts. Like controller roulette changing between cable channel previews, but Tinseltown had something else running AFAIK.
OK, Tinseltown, I'll check it out. Tinseltown is in Gates, but I know what you mean.
01-20-2006, 12:59 PM
Ok. They all blend into Rochester ~smiles~
01-20-2006, 08:48 PM
Well, I do photochemical and digital b&w restoration of major motion pictures and can tell you right now, 2K won't cut it for 35mm resolution images if you want to retain all the data; might work for Super 16mm, but not for full aperture 35mm.
Of course, there is a difference in what you can get away with between 2K modern production and dealing with battered elements to be brought back from the brink.
When the Sony 4K projector finally gets here, it MIGHT be the lynch pin that kills distribution on film, but we shall see, won't we?