|Video Technology Magazine||June 2004|
For more information see: John Sokol's Resume
Sony and Panavision worked with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Lucasfilm on a series of tests that convinced George Lucas and producer, Rick McCallum of the benefits of shooting in digital 24P at 1920 x 1080 HD sampling.
The cost savings for Film Makers is tremendous. Said the producer McCallum, He estimates a saving of US$1.6 million in film stock, dailies (rushes), sound transfers, lab and telecine costs alone. He also maintains that he can document a total saving to the overall production of between $2.5 to 3 million dollars, by shooting HD over film.
On Star Wars Episode 1, Phantom Menace, Lucas shot the equivalent of 1.2 million feet of 35mm film (or about 20,000 feet a day). This would have cost the production $684,000 just for the raw film stock alone. By comparison, Lucas only spent $15,000 for HD tape stock.
Lucasfilm is now using Sony's New 4:4:4 High-Definition Recording System For Star Wars: Episode III, HDC-F950 HD camera and the SRW-5000 HDCAM SR VTR. The HDC-F950 captures uncompressed images at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 in 4:4:4 RGB
Common HD formats are :
SMPTE 260M 1920x1035 - 60 (2:1)
SMPTE 296M 1280x720
Sony's high-contrast screen
Other BlackScreen TechnologiesAt Projector Summit June 7&8 2004
Salvatore Suniga, President of Jenmar Visual Systems (The leader in Blackscreen technology) also spoke about their BlackScreen for rear projection applications in video wall, avionics and advertising. It has now developed a BlackScreen product for Rear Projection TV with some unique features. The presentation will focus on these unique features, when is the product going to be available, and its price points. The Jenmar BlackScreen RPTV product will allow producing RPTVs OEMs to complete directly with LCD and Plasma display products with similar performance characteristics as well as improving others. The BlackScreen RPTV will have similar viewing characteristics as LCD and Plasma displays, but much better resolution, contrast and ambient light control.
Lusoscreen from Portugal, can project images outdoors during daytime brightness levels.
CCTV DVR Video Technology Comming soon.
It lists for 9600 Swiss francs,this is around 7,500 USA Dollars.
The 70 MegaPixel camera shoots a panoramic image. Internet visitors can view either the animated panorama (100 Kilobytes) or download a high resolution panorama from the database (5 Megabytes). The movie function allows to see panoramas over a day, a month or a year in a timeelapse view.
More info on the livecam at RoundShot Inc.
Addition info on Panoramas at:
Archos AV340 MP3 and MP4 Player with DVR 100 - 500519
RCA Lyra for around $400. supports MPEG-1 & MPEG 4
Creative Labs NOMAD, Zen Portable Multimedia player that also supports plays Windows Media Video 7, 8 and 9.
Sony MSV-A1 2.5" LCD 560x220 resolution, MPEG4 $600
GoVideo PVP4040 Pocket Cinema Portable A/V Player with 3.5" LCD supports MPEG-4 audio/video, MP3, DivX 5.0, MPG, A/VI, MP4, DAT, WMV, ASF
Samsung Yepp YH-999 MP4 Player
IRiver PMC-100 play Windows Media Files 3.5" TFT Color Display
GameTrac Gizmondo has 2.8" Color Screen, MP3 Player, MP4 Video Player, Digital Camera, Bluetooth interface and Windows CE.
AVIAS MEC Station 6.5" LED Display 20 to 80Gig drive. Mpeg4, DivX, RMP, AVI, MPEG2 VOB, DVD and SVCD, MPEG1 QCIF to D1
And rumors of an iPod Movie Player. Jobs quashes iPod movie-player rumour on ZDNET
In addition many PDA's, SmartPhones (PDA Phones) and some camera Phones such as the Nokia 6600 and Siemens A700 can also play MPEG4 video. See last months article on the Nokia video.
Roku review Article
ReplayTV founder Anthony Wood has launched Roku, a consumer electronics company that is now marketing a high-definition media player for still photos, art and music.
ReplayTV, is a personal video recorder similar to the TiVo.
Roku’s initial product, the Roku HD1000, connects to any HDTV and provides a high-resolution canvas for digital media such as photos, art, music and other media applications. The company also introduced a new concept called LiveArt, which brings motion to still art.
The Roku HD1000 takes media from CompactFlash, SD/MMC, Memory Stick, SmartMedia and XD memory cards. It connects to a computer via built-in 10/100 Ethernet or wirelessly with a Wi-Fi adapter, and includes component, VGA, S-video and composite video out, for use with standard as well as high-definition TVs. Other connectors include component in, S-video in, composite in, RS-232, audio in and out, and digital audio out.
The Roku HD1000 connects to a computer via built-in 10/100 Ethernet or wirelessly with a Wi-Fi adapter, and includes component, VGA, S-video and composite video out, for use with standard as well as high-definition TVs.
videolan Streaming DVD's across a LAN
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