by Fabian Chaundy | 3rd April 2017
The new 34-foot HDR LED cinema display from Samsung aims to offer impressive performance for a new age of the cinema viewing experience. Samsung’s latest unveiling in cinema technology has clearly been designed for the new age of viewing experience. The 34-foot LED screen design follows the latest trend of High Dynamic Range, a hot topic that many manufacturers have been chasing after in recent times (check out THIS article for a recent example). Its 146fL (foot-Lamberts) make it over 10 times brighter than regular movie projectors, while offering “ultra-contrast and low tone grayscale settings” for contrast ratio of almost infinity:1. Of course, it also features Cinema 4K resolution of 4,096 x 2,160, one of the features which make it DCI-compliant. As a direct-lit display, this LED cinema screen can also offer high performance at ambient-light levels, meaning that its uses are not restricted to the dim environments of a movie viewing. This is why Samsung envisions cinemas utilising its display for other occasions as well, such as sporting events or concerts, to satisfy the needs of an audience with ever increasing demands now that televisions for home use are offering similar fetures. “As the popularity of advanced at-home entertainment systems and streaming platforms increases, theaters must reposition themselves as a destination for an incomparable viewing experience that consumers simply cannot encounter anywhere else,” said Sang Kim, Vice President of Samsung Electronics America. The Samsung LED cinema display was announced to coincide with CinemaCon 2017, and is currently undergoing the DCI certification process. You can find out more about it HERE. Looking forward to watching the next summer blockbuster in HDR? Or is it a passing fad? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.Read more
by Fabian Chaundy | 4th November 2016
High Dynamic Range. Heard of it? Canon recently released a white paper on HDR written by Canon Fellow Larry Thorpe, laying down the key concepts and preoccupations regarding this emerging technology. HDR. You’ve probably seen it advertised all over the place: on the latest generation Atomos recorders, on silly smartphone apps that take the High Dynamic Range look way over to the extreme, on new televisions and monitors claiming to be HDR Ready… It seems like its something we should want… but what is it? In his recent white paper about HDR, Senior Canon Fellow Larry Thorpe explains the trends in advancements in imaging technologies, and the main 5 parameters in which there has been particular preoccupation. As you can see, it is clear how improvements in each of these parameters translate to recent technological advancements (i.e higher frame rates and bigger resolutions). When it comes to contrast, it is important to understand that the Human Visual System (HVS) can simultaneously perceive details in both high brightness and shadow portions of the image, while at the same time being capable of perceiving much higher brightness levels than what current display technologies can offer. The Atomos Shogun Flame, one of the many current products offering HDR In an effort to further approximate to the abilities of the HVS, technologies are emerging that do indeed provide a much higher brightness, a clear example of this being the much higher nit count of current top-range recorders and monitors. However, this is not all that High Dynamic Range has to offer. As Larry himself puts it, this increased brightness is accompanied by a significant expansion of dynamic range – where both the brightness of the highlights and all their associated details are elevated to better emulate the real world, while at the same time the display can also portray details in deep dark portions of a scene.” While many people stay away from white papers due to their often very technical nature and language, I truly recommend you take a look at this Canon HDR paper by Larry Thorpe. It is a short, concise and clear effort to establish what HDR means from the viewer’s perspective, with enough tech talk to explain how this feature integrates in the greater scheme of imaging technology. If you have 10 minutes to spare, I’m sure you will find something interesting to take away from it. You can check out the Canon paper here. Also, do check out our talk with Larry earlier this year at NAB 2016, where we discussed the Canon C300 II and the release of the Canon Cine Zoom 18-80mm T4.4.Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 16th June 2011
Some people said I’m reporting too much about expensive gear. And they might be right. We’re indie filmmakers and we want to get our no budget movies done before we win that lottery fortune. So here’s something affordable: In fact this (“recertified”) monitor by not so well known company Haier costs less than a parking ticket, less than the articulating arm that could support it, and certainly much less than all we’ve spent on fighting malware this year. It might be one of those products that has a lifespan of “out of the box and right into the trashcan”, but if we look at the user reviews (“Not the best, but not horrible.”) on the seller’s page, it could be more useful than we think. Who has ideas for applications for this device? It offers a “high resolution display” which I guess is something between 320×240 and 640×480 and has a built in battery. 90 days warranty. Oh yes, it’s $25 [UPDATE]: Sold out on Newegg, get it on Amazon for 50 bucks via NextWaveDVRead more
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