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Ideal Home Screened Using Nagra’s myCinema, a First

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:49 -- Nick Dager

Last summer, Emagine Entertainment showed the first-run movie Ideal Home starring Paul Rudd at its Royal Oak Cinema in Detroit using Nagra’s myCinema technology. “This is the first-time audiences have enjoyed a feature length film leveraging advanced digital compression technology via Nagra-secured myCinema theater premise equipment,” said Jean-Luc Jezouin, Nagra’s senior vice president business development. “The plug-and-play experience of the myCinema solution offers a significant leap in digital cinema distribution technology, alleviating enormous costs experienced with traditional digital cinema prints.”

Fraunhofer IIS Introduces SDK for JPEG XS Image Coding

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:44 -- Nick Dager

The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS presents its new software development kit with optimized functions to code images with the new JPEG XS codec. JPEG XS is suited for use in production environments where high-resolution image data of up to 8k/60p UHD video must be transferred via Ethernet. The coding specialists of Fraunhofer IIS will demonstrate the JPEG XS codec as complete live stream with real-time playback.

DCI Has Lost Its Way

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:11 -- Michael Karagosian

The way it’s supposed to work, a cinema should be able to acquire DCI Compliant equipment with the assurance that first release movies would not be withheld for reason of having the wrong gear. With the recent release of its DCI Memorandum Regarding Direct View Displays, it is no longer clear where DCI is heading.

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Sony Unveils New 4K HDR Reference Monitor, Launches TriMaster HX Brand

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:03 -- Nick Dager

Sony has unveiled a new 31-inch Grade 1 reference monitor, the BVM-HX310, that offers accurate color reproduction and high-contrast performance to provide professional content creators enhanced flexibility and precision for critical picture grading decisions. It is also fully capable of reproducing 4K and high dynamic range content, supports industry standard brightness of up to 1,000 nits in full-screen and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio for HDR productions. The launch of the new reference monitor also marks the introduction of Sony’s new technology brand TriMaster HX.

Transforming the Moviegoing Experience

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 11:42 -- Nick Dager

The first Digital Cinema Summit, presented by Digital Cinema Report in conjunction with Integrated Systems Europe, will be held February 6, 2019 at the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam the Netherlands. The half-day event will highlight how advances in digital cinema technology are transforming the entire moviegoing experience. It will feature top digital cinema technology authorities from around the world addressing a range of issues facing professionals in all phases of the motion picture industry. The purpose of the event is to give digital cinema technology center stage.

Wanying Cinema to Open Fourteen New IMAX Theatres in Coming Years

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 11:56 -- Nick Dager

IMAX Corporation and Wanying Cinema Line, a subsidiary of China Resources Land, one of China's largest state-owned commercial developers, today announced an agreement for 14 new IMAX theatres. The theatres will feature IMAX with Laser and are expected to open between 2018 and 2021. This agreement brings the total number of contracted IMAX theatres in Greater China to more than 900.

Crowne Pointe to Feature Christie Projection

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 11:28 -- Nick Dager

When the innovative Crowne Pointe Theatre complex in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, has its grand opening in October, all nine auditoriums will feature Christie projectors. Integrity Entertainment Systems supervised the installation and project management. Highlighting the installation is the Christie CP4325-RGB pure laser projector in the giant, 60-foot screen in the 226-seat auditorium, the largest of the nine auditoriums.

HPA Tech Retreat 2019 Issues Call for Proposals

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 10:39 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood Professional Association has issued the call for proposals for the 2019 HPA Tech Retreat, which includes Tech Retreat Extra, the Supersession, breakfast roundtables, an Innovation Zone, and the main conference. Also open now are submissions for the breakfast roundtables. Now in its 24th year, the 2019 HPA Tech Retreat will take place February 11-15, 2019 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California.

Regal Opens ScreenX Theatres in New York, San Francisco

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 11:43 -- Nick Dager

In time for the release of Warner Bros. horror film The Nun, Regal announced today that it’s opening ScreenX locations in New York City and San Francisco. The launch this Thursday will mark the first theatres in each of these cities to feature CJ4DPlex’s ScreenX, the premium, panoramic, 270-degree cinema environment that projects films on three walls of the auditorium. With these openings, ScreenX expands its domestic presence to seven locations.

Juli Goodwin New AFI Chief Communications Officer

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 11:32 -- Nick Dager

The American Film Institute has appointed industry veteran Juli Goodwin as its new chief communications officer. Goodwin brings more than 25 years of experience in marketing and publicity to AFI, most recently as executive vice president of domestic publicity for Warner Bros. Pictures. Goodwin will serve on AFI's senior management team, leading communications strategies for AFI's national arts and education programs.

Christie Sponsors TIFF Again

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 09:38 -- Nick Dager

Christie announced that is the official digital projection partner of the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival, the world’s largest public film festival. This marks the eighteenth year in a row that the company has provided technology for the festival. Taking place from September 6-16, the Toronto International Film Festival garners global attention annually, screening almost 350 feature films and shorts, hosting 20 galas and attracting a veritable Who’s Who of international movie luminaries.

Schindler's List Releasing in Dolby Cinema

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 10:48 -- Nick Dager

To commemorate the 25th anniversary release of Steven Spielberg's masterpiece Schindler's List, one of the most significant endeavors in the history of cinema, Universal Pictures will re-release the film with picture and sound digitally remastered—including in 4K, Dolby Cinema and Dolby Atmos—for a limited theatrical engagement on December 7, 2018, in theaters across the United States and Canada.

Černjul ACES Crazy Rich Asians

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 10:36 -- Nick Dager

Crazy Rich Asians is one of the summer’s biggest success stories. Shot by cinematographer Vanja Černjul, ASC, HFC (The Perfection, The Deuce, Marco Polo) with VariCam Pure cinema cameras, the film is based on the best-selling novel by Kevin Kwan, and tells the story of an Asian American woman who meets her boyfriend's family, only to find out they are one of the richest families in Singapore. The Warner Bros film was directed by Jon M. Chu (Now You See Me 2, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and features an all-Asian cast, including Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh, and many others. It is the first Hollywood studio film to feature Asians in leading roles since director Wayne Wang’s 1993 film, The Joy Luck Club.

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