HD in cinema

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  1. kevantlin

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    Will we ever be seeing HD in cinema

    Went to see "night at the museum" last night at a new cinema complex and the PQ was awfull (so was the sound)
     
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    Well it's film that is show in Cinema which technically, should/could be superior to HD anyway!
     
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    Isn't film roughly around 4000p or something?
     
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    You cannot do an apples for apples comparison because HD is digital and 35mm film is analogue. But some say every frame of a 35mm film is roughly equivalent to 12 mega pixels in digital terms (vs 2 mega pixels of full HD). However not sure how easy this is for the average viewer to notice.

    Found this article about the topic:
    http://filmschoolonline.com/sample_lessons/sample_lesson_HD_vs_35mm.htm
     
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    Every cinema I have visited has an awfull picture, these days I try and avoid going (unless my kids really want to see a film).

    Also the ticket prices are extortionate.
     
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    You can if you consider digital film scans at full resolution are 4096x3112.
     
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    Surely that would depend on the capability of the film scanner used?
     
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    Also are all films now all recorded on 35mm? Are any films recorded straight to digital media?

    And also, at what resolution for example are pure computerised films (e.g. Monsters inc) printed/produced?
     
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    Standard fullap frame scanning for 35mm motion picture film is undertaken at 4096x3112 and has been for about the last 15 years.
     
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    Films can be shot on 35mm ,16mm , films can be shot on hidef progressive video , films can be shot on "digital film" formats such as Vipers and genesis cameras. Films can be shot on SD video. I know of at least one film "mothlight I think" that was made by physically sticking insect wings to clear 35mm leader.

    Computer animation can be any resolution you like : if you mean computer generated animation released into the cinemas it can be any number of resolutions but its unlikely to be higher than 2048x1556.
     
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    Wasn't 28 Days Later one of the first to be shot on SD digital camcorders, albeit with some rather elaborate lens attachments?
     
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    Thanks, the point I was trying to get at was comparing what we're getting at home compared to the best likely "resolution" we are viewing at the cinema. In the case as highlighted with computer genrated images, the picture is only as good as the source, whether it has been transferred to 35mm or not.

    Given the variability (and often lack of control) of viewing distances/angles at the cinema I'd personally choose a "low definition" 1080p from a tested/calibrated viewing distance over 4096x3112 at the cinema any day!!
     
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    There is more to an image than resolution. Film has a significantly superior intensity and colour range than video whether its 1080p or not. There is intensity and colour variation on film that simply never makes it to video.

    1024x778 (1k) film material still looks better than 1080p video. You might find yourself very disappointed if you went into a large theater and they projected a 1080p video source instead of film.
     
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    recently went to see 'Nightmare before christmas' in 3D in the VUE cinema in cheshire oaks,ellesmere port. It was shown on some amazing projector(s?)

    The picture and sound where stunning. The best I had ever seen. It was a disney 3d presentation so I have the feeling the projection equiptment is pretty specialised and maybee moved between cinemas... no idea what the resolution it was running at but all i can say is it wiped the floor with the normal 'film' picture.
     
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    SHown on a digital projector..
     
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    I guessed as much but couldnt say what type as the picture was just amazing!
     
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    Shot on 35mm , mastered to the 2k D-cinema standard which isn't HD video.
     

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