New Movie Technologies

The 3D isn't new with its ridiculous glasses. For a long time even the surround sound is very high. Remember those old, curvy 'cinemascope' screens for those of you like me? When watching a movie in a theater or cinema, all these developments are designed to enhance our sense of being there. But they were all missing something .... Something, I'm happy to say, has now come to the theater near you. Digital cinema, in my opinion, is the only major development in the industry in decades. The reasons are obvious.

· Now you can watch on one screen the equivalent of a High Court TV video.

You no longer have to watch a wash that looks like a third-generation movie print that comes complete with scratches, holes and grain.

This image is as stable as a rock, as it does not pull film splashes on the registration pins as a conventional projector.

Because the film is based on a hard drive rather than large rails of film stock, this presentation is not limited to a frame rate of less than 24%. From that point onwards, feathers may be possible, in the digital domain, algorithms can be applied to correct such patterns.

· No more pops and clicks. Again, sound is created entirely from digital sources.

I'm really encouraged to write what this recent review of Avatar 2 was. Stories didn't get set in my theme theater. It was interesting, but the coolest movie I've ever seen. As a contractor for one of the companies that produces digital cinema projectors here in Ontario (and it provided my local theater), I wanted to see what digital projection can do with 3D technology.

It was immediately clear to me that film-based 3D just couldn't make an impact. Mr Cameron's time to release this epidemic was certainly right. The technology worked. I found any exhibits that were modest, brief and possibly abnormal by the general population. It was a perfect experience, innocent from the corners. I even automatically felt myself dodging a projection that seemed to blow the screen off my head!

So what is the cinema experience? In my opinion, the quality and resolution of the visual presentation are now reaching the limit that we can understand. Therefore, the wrapped screen will probably make a comeback or hologram. What about stimulating other senses, such as smell and touch?

And what about home theater? If the recent Concert Electronics Show in Las Vegas is an accurate indicator, the 3D DVTT will soon be in your living room. Think about it. Not only will you have to find the remote in the sofa, but maybe your 3D glasses are too.