Disruptive Tech: Canon 5D MKII to shake up the DCinema Scene….

Canon, DCinema, Disruptive Technology, RED EPIC
When Canon announced their new 5D MKII DSLR Camera everyone was wowed by the 21MP sensor and all the other new goodies. What everyone has missed/neglected is the fact that this little beauty has the potential to become the new RED Camera. You see, with it's 2K video output (1080P) in quicktime RAW format at 30 fps and superb low-light performance, Canon has created a dynamite hybrid camera for the photo jounalists (or anyone who doesn't want to spend 20-30K on a RED camera). Vincent Laforet has done a very in depth review of this camera's video capabilities on his blog (video is upcoming). To quote Vincent: It produces the best video in low light that I’ve ever seen - at 1080p. A top commercial film editor who who regularly edits RED camera footage…
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New NVIDIA Quadro Plex Systems Bring Visual Supercomputing To The Deskside

DCinema, nvidia, Technology
I'm gonna date myself here and ask....Does anyone remember the Agnus Chip? How about the Fatter Agnus or the Alice? For those of you who don't know these were the original and upgraded OCS/ECS chips that did most of the amazing (for the time) graphics for the Amiga computer back in the late-80's/early-90's. Fast forward to today and the announcement of the "Fatter Quadra Plex" at Siggraph 2008. The new desktop graphics monsters come in two flavours. From the announcement:The NVIDIA Quadro Plex 2200 D2 VCS, with two Quadro GPUs, 4 dual-link DVI channels, and 8 GB of frame buffer memory, is designed for advanced visualization of extremely large models and datasets, as well as high-performance computing processes. Its partner, the Quadro Plex 2100 D4 VCS with four GPUs, 8…
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8K VFX Shots, When 4K is just too small…..

DCinema
Great article by Barbara Robertson over at studiodaily.com, outlining the process of creating the VFX shots for the new Batman movie (The Dark Night). I have to admit I did not love the movie like many others, but the VFX were first rate and after reading this article I have a better appreciation of what went into it. WOWWEE 8-).
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JVC does Super Hi-Vision

DCinema, JVC, projector
Yep, in the classic "mine is bigger than yours" fashion, JVC has once again upped the ante by introducing the worlds first single display device capable of 8K Super Hi-Vision. That's 8192x432o pixels of joy AKA 35 bloody megapixels. We recently covered the introduction of JVC's 4K D-ILA projector and well now the new game is called 8K.Victor Company of Japan, Ltd. (JVC) announces a new addition to its lineup of proprietary D-ILA (Direct-Drive Image Light Amplifier) high-definition reflective liquid crystal devices for projectors. The newly developed 1.75-inch 8K4K D-ILA device has the world's largest number of pixels and is able to display images of approximately 35 megapixels (8192 x 4320 pixels), the equivalent of more than 17 times the level of Full High-Definition. This means that a single display…
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RED One does Super 8

DCinema, Research, Technology
Yeah baby, If you're gonna telecine your Super 8 summer trip reels, why not do it using the RED Digital Cinema Camera at glorious (or is it gruesome) 4K. All those scratches and nicks blown up to 4K....Yummm. Well I guess film restorers will be back in business. The rig is a prototype made by Movie Stuff Workprinter XP specifically for the RED camera. The Workprinter's "trigger out" interfaces directly to the Red's GPI input to trigger capture in stop motion mode up to 30 frames per second in the Red's 4K mode). I wonder if they're gonna do a 16mm version of this rig as well. Now that would be a cheap 16mm telecine :-).
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iCinema does 360 Degree cinema……

DCinema, Research, Technology
iCinema has teamed up with Projectiondesign to create the first AVIE (Advanced Visualization and Interaction Environment). AVIE is the first horizontal panoramic streoscopic projection environment. The system uses a cylindrical screen measuring 35 feet in diameter and 13 feet in height. Seven PC's and twleve F1+ projectors complete the system. Infrared camera's allow the audience to interact with the projection environment. More info here.
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Sony gets dethroned….JVC joins the 4K Projection club

DCinema, JVC, projector
If you've been tuned into Digital Cinema Projection for the past couple of years, you'd know that when it comes to 4K projection (4Kx2K image), sony's SXRD series was pretty much the only game in town. DLP is limited to 2K and most of the projectors out there (Christie, Barco, NEC) are all 2K projectors. A downside of Sony's projector is that although it is as hefty as a small car it only has a 2000:1 contrast ratio (measured less than that calibrated). Its rated aggresively for 40ft screens which is not nearly big enough for true cinema applications.That was true until JVC announced their 1.27-inch 4Kx2K D-ILA (Direct-drive Image Light Amplifier) chip at InfoComm 2007. The chip can produce a 4096x2400 pixel image with a 20,000:1 contrast ratio. That's nearly 10x the…
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CineGrid GLIF Demo….

DCinema, Research
From CineGrid GLIF...Well many of you have probably been wondering why N.E.R.D. has been a bit slow for the past couple of months. Well, August was a bit of a nightmare month (although an enjoyable nightmare for the most part). I got a chance to go to Siggraph'07 in San Diego, followed by a European trip to end the other project I've been working on (Comedia II) at Ryerson. That trip passed through Amsterdam (WOOHOO) and ended in Stuttgart with a succesful demonstation of our high-resolution low bandwidth screen sharing app which was a part of Comedia II deliverables.The screen sharing basically uses a Blackmagic Design Intensity card to share/deliver/encode the DVI output of a CAD/CAM workstation to a remote site and with the addition of our home-brew pointer control…
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Samsung: First LCD display to use DisplayPort Interface

DCinema, DisplayPort
So we've been waiting for this for a while now. In Digital Cinema applications display technology throughput has always been a problem. Pumping ~10Gb/s of data to a screen is an issue, be it a projector and/or monitor. There have been a number of "hacks" to get these types of setups working (Dual or Quad DVI/HDMI ports). The problem usually is the seam. It is very hard to sync four DVI output chips properly and even harder to display the pixel information back on the screen (inside the projector/monitor).DisplayPort technology is one attempt to solve this problem:The DisplayPort connector supports 1 to 4 data pairs in a Main Link that also carries audio and clock signals, each with a transfer rate of 1.62 or 2.7 gigabits per second (Gbit/s). The…
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