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Christie shows 3D High Frame Rate

For many commentators, HFR (High Frame Rate) is more important for the future of digital cinema than 4K resolution, as it delivers a smoother image. Christie demonstrated HFR at IBC.

Christie used the occasion of ‘The IBC Big Screen’ theatre screenings at RAI Amsterdam to deliver the world’s first mass-audience demonstration of a 3D High Frame Rate (HFR) D-Cinema system using a single projector – the Christie Solaria Series CP2230 projector – in combination with other currently-available components.

“The RealD XL Cinema System and International Datacasting’s SuperFlex Pro Cinema Event Player (PCEP) are available today, along with Christie’s DLP projectors, providing cinema owners and content owners with the foundation they need to realise new revenue streams from the projection of ‘alternative content’ sporting and theatrical events in 3D HFR,” said Don Shaw, Director, Product Management for Christie’s Entertainment Solutions division (pictured).

Content showing the world-famous Cavalia equestrian production company in action was projected in 3D at 60 frames per second (FPS) during Dr. Shaw’s Exhibitor Considerations for High Frame Rate 3D Technology seminar.

“This demonstration sets the scene for single-projector 3D HFR cinema content delivery, following on James Cameron’s ground-breaking ‘proof of concept’ of HFR cinema content at CinemaCon 2011, which Christie assisted with,” said Shaw. “The delivery setup used at CinemaCon was a customised solution that used two Christie projectors, broadcast (rather than cinema) servers and unencrypted, chroma sub-sampled colour data, and as such was not intended to be duplicated in cinemas globally when the latest digital 3D content in such widely-anticipated movies as Avatar 2 and 3, and The Hobbit, are released beginning at the end of 2012.”

“Exhibitors are looking for complete systems that can be readily installed in cinema projection rooms to facilitate the rollout of these and other 3D HFR cinema productions, but to do so, technology manufacturers need to step up with cost-effective solutions that seamlessly integrate projectors, servers and 3D cinema equipment,” added Dr. Shaw. “The next step in the 3D HFR solution is for vendors to develop and market new, more powerful and more versatile Integrated Media Block (IMB) server technology to provide the performance and security that exhibitors demand.”