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Lyle Romer
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 - posted 05-18-2006 09:53 AM      Profile for Lyle Romer   Email Lyle Romer   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I would rather read that somebody other than sony had released a 4k projector but at least this is a little evidence of product being available in 4k.

http://dcinematoday.com/dc/pr.aspx?newsID=501

quote:
Press Release

Burbank, California- May 17, 2006
Doremi's Mastering Station Produces the First 4k Commercial Releases for the Da Vinci Code and RV Movies


Doremi DMS-2000 Doremi Cinema's DMS-2000 is the first digital cinema mastering station to create 4k movie files for major Hollywood Studio releases. The DMS-2000 was utilized to encode DCI / JPEG2000 4k masters for the new Da Vinci Code and RV movies.

The DMS-2000's exclusive hardware accelerated encoding provides up to real-time encoding of digital movie files. It is currently the only hardware accelerated DCI/JPEG2000 encoder on the market. Competing software-only encoders are typically slower and require complex multi-processor workstations.

The majority of films released in the DCI / JPEG2000 digital format are mastered with Doremi Cinema's DMS-2000 mastering station. The DMS-2000 is currently installed in eight leading post production facilities in the USA and Europe. Besides the Da Vinci Code and RV, recent movies mastered with the DMS-2000 include Cars, X-Men: The Last Stand, Poseidon, Over the Hedge, Stick It, The Sentinel, The Wild, Ice Age II, Inside Man, Stay Alive, Chicken Little, The Chronicles of Narnia, Glory Road, Eight Below and more.

The DMS-2000 is a complete DCI-JPEG2000 authoring system that supports bit rates up to 250 Mbits/sec. It provides extensive encoding parameter controls. The system features a hardware accelerated JPEG2000 compressor in a Linux package with internal storage. The DMS-2000 is the first product to combine all the tools for 2K image compression processing in one package and is competitively priced to encourage adoption. Doremi Cinema was first on the market with DCI-JPEG2000 mastering and continues to lead in market share and technical enhancements to the product line.

Doremi Cinema is also a leading cinema server manufacturer. Doremi's DCP-2000 cinema server is the first commercially available server capable of playing DCI-JPEG2000 digital movies. The DCP-2000 now has an installed base of over 300 servers throughout the USA with another 500 scheduled worldwide to be installed by the end of August 2006.


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Bobby Henderson
"Ask me about Trajan."

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 - posted 05-18-2006 12:37 PM      Profile for Bobby Henderson   Email Bobby Henderson   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
It's nice to hear about some new hardware being released to support 4K output.

Still, the critical element of how the movies are natively produced remains. 4K won't do much good if its D-Cinema master was derived from a 2K blowup. I think the hardest pushing needs to happen in the CGI and digital intermediate sectors of the production pipeline. If more movies can actually have their CGI and DI elements produced natively at 4K then the resulting 2K and 4K D-cinema masters will both look better. And the product itself will last longer in terms of comparable quality standards to future film releases.

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