New 3-D movies more than a gimmick

A growing number of blockbuster, live-action films and animated movies are expected to be offered in 3-D in the next few years, as thousands of theatres around the country are outfitted with the special projectors and screens needed to show the films. About 700 theatres across the country are now outfitted with 3-D technology, with thousands of others moving to spend the $17,000 needed to install the equipment. So far, moviegoers have reacted positively to the few 3-D films that have been released in recent years, eager to shell out a few extra bucks for special 3D glasses.

For theatre owners and studios, the technology could be the answer they need to sophisticated home theatre systems, pirated movies, video games and other alternative entertainment. Some industry executives think theatres can add as much as 50% to the cost of a ticket for a 3-D feature. Moviemakers, meanwhile, estimate that making a movie in 3-D can add as much as $15 million to the cost.

Previous 3-D systems projected two images on the movie screen, one for each eye. That required the use of red and blue lenses or even glasses with mechanized shutters that opened and closed quickly to separate the images. With newer systems, moviegoers still need to don special glasses but this time special polarized lenses separate the stereo images projected on uniquely coated screens. The theatres also use digital projectors that show movies stored in bits on a computer hard disk rather than traditional film.

News source: CNN

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XerXis said,

why? rather on the contrary

Digital projection has a resolution that is less then film... unfortinuatly... but it does cost less to redistribute

neufuse said,

Digital projection has a resolution that is less then film... unfortinuatly... but it does cost less to redistribute


one of my local theaters uses digital projection and tbh i didn't notice a difference.

Glassed Silver:mac

Taking in to account celluloid's light transmittance, variable print grain and durability, digital projection is on average superior to film.

The benefits can be greater color fidelity, adaptability for polarized 3D projection, variety of source signals, purer white point and cheaper equipment, training and maintenance costs.

Drawbacks to digital can be shallow dark point and color contrast, less resolution compared to large format celluloid (IMAX) as well as the myriad of “technical possibilities.” Like playback system crashes, audio glitches, inept operators.

I recently saw Meet the Robinsons in Disney Digital 3D. The cinema they presented it in bought a Christie CP2000 3-Chip DLP digital cinema projector for the showing as well as future ones. That beast threw a gorgeous image. While there was a noticeable loss of resolution as opposed to film, the colors were bright and lustrous, and of course the 3D was the best I’ve ever seen. All I had to don was a cheapo pair of plastic polarized lenses and the image gained its “pop.”

Film always had a grain that bothered me. That gritty dithering would distract me sometimes. Then if the film was run for a while it would develop scratches and begin to waver in the frame.

I embrace out new digital projection technologies with open arms...er...eyes!

3d movies are awsome, although its been a few years since ive seen one (disney world was the last one i saw, think it was terminator two?) they used the polarized glasses and it was really cool...id love to see one again

surely whatever technology they add to the cinema, it wont be long before it is reproduced for home use? im sure this polarising technology is not impossible to put into a television, and surely not with a home projector?

digital projection - im surprised they didnt switch over ages ago, I hate the spots that appear all over the screen, even with a new film. dvd's are digital, why weren't cinema projections?

Some industry executives think theatres can add as much as 50% to the cost of a ticket for a 3-D feature.

Are you freaking kidding me? Going to a movie these days is a ripoff. And if you happen to have a couple of kids, ouch! And the idea of adding up to 50% more cost for a ticket? Puh-lease. :mad:

I agree with you on the cost. We already complain about the high cost of going to the theater and tickets will cost more for 3-D? Sure it might be worth it, but people would most like go less, so where's the gain?
Plus I don't particularly like the idea of wearing glasses, but there may be no technical way to avoid that at present.

We tried setting up one of these in my dorm room....My friend and myself have identicle projectors, the problem is that you need a silver screen in order to preserve the polarization of what's being projected onto it.

never could really see 3d as I've got astigmatism or uh double vision. That said, the only 3d that worked for me was the ones they sometimes used at the eye doctor in shades of gray. Those worked over my glasses. Using red and blue would mess with the prizm in my glasses and would screw it up. Shades of gray worked so much better.

Oh if only Holodecks would actually come to existence. Okay Trekkie here ignore me :P

Glassed Silver said,
uuuhm... 50% extra!? yea... kiss my ***.
as if the movies werent expensive enough lol

Glassed Silver:mac

qft

Saw Meet the Robinsons in Digital3D this past weekend with my kids. Looked great. Also saw Nightmare Before Christmas last Halloween in 3D. Also looked great.

Oh, I forget... everyone knows everything at all times, so they must know about what you're talking about. Most news has lag, but it doesn't necessarily make it less newsworthy.

i know LCD tv companies are developing 3-d displays. i've played with ours, but didn't find it too impressive. the 3-d depth was INTO the tv, instead of out in your face.

Now everybody can buy Home Cinema and enjoy much better quality than in the theatre. Personal 24"+ LCD monitor with soft chair and 1920x1200 resolutions beats any analogue cinema. Theatres are dead without 3D because all they can offer is overpriced crappy blurred images. I went to some London Odeon theatres recently in hope to see better quality. But all I could find is overpriced crap much worse than pirated DVD rip's. Also, bright light is needed to perceive sharper image but some cinemas have very weak projectors which doesn’t emit enough light on to screen. To compensate that pupil of human eye must expand and this makes image look even more blurred.

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