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Blaine Young
Master Film Handler

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From: Kirkland, WA, USA
Registered: Sep 2006

 - posted 11-10-2008 01:28 AM      Profile for Blaine Young   Email Blaine Young   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
While I understand that every installation is different, how much time does it typically take to convert a house from 35mm to one of the DCinema offerings? I'm just trying to get a ballpark figure - I'm not expecting to yank out 35mm and install Digital overnight, but what is a realistic expectation on the process?

For this query, we'll assume no work on the screen itself, maskings or audio (other than what is necessary to add DCinema to a CP650).


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Fred Tucker
Film Handler

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From: Sugar Land, TX
Registered: Sep 2007

 - posted 11-10-2008 01:32 AM      Profile for Fred Tucker   Email Fred Tucker   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
It depends on how many people you have. 1 person installed my DLP (non-IMAX) house in one day with a little bit of help by me to lift the projector onto the pedestal. Screen was done by a seperate company. nly audio work that needed to be done ws the installation & EQ of a CP-650.

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Phil Ranucci
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From: Carpinteria,CA, United States
Registered: May 2006

 - posted 11-10-2008 02:49 AM      Profile for Phil Ranucci   Email Phil Ranucci   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
One day with 2-3 people should do it, unless your booth access is difficult. We had to saw the doorjambs to get a Barco into our booth.Also add time for electrical/exhaust work if you're adding the DLP, but if it's a swap one day should be enough.

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David Zylstra
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From: Novi, MI, USA
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If you prep any required assembly, electrical and exhaust work any experienced installer should be able to easily convert 1 screen overnight.

In the final months of the AccessIT rollout they were doing complete multiplexes in less than a week (Sun-Thu) with a crew of 2-3(?) - they did assembly and prep during the day, screen conversions were done overnight.

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Ryan Thomas
Film Handler

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From: Boulder City, nevada, usa
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 - posted 01-20-2009 10:30 AM      Profile for Ryan Thomas   Email Ryan Thomas   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I know that we are converting from digital to 35mm and it only took 2 to 3 people one night to convert 3 screens.

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John Wilson
Film God

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From: Sydney, Australia.
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From Digital to 35mm???

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Mark Gulbrandsen
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From: Music City
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 - posted 01-20-2009 05:56 PM      Profile for Mark Gulbrandsen   Email Mark Gulbrandsen   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote: John Wilson was the last to post
From Digital to 35mm???

Yea! They got tired of waiting for BARCO to answer their question!

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Jonathan Althaus
Master Film Handler

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From: Bedford, TX
Registered: Dec 2008

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We were told we would start the conversion on July 1, 2008. We had 3 screens installed that day, and 2 more tomorrow, and as of now we are the only theatre in our region that will not be converted by February 27. Why am I not surprised........

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Mark Gulbrandsen
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 - posted 01-20-2009 06:25 PM      Profile for Mark Gulbrandsen   Email Mark Gulbrandsen   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Converting to digital is no big deal really, D-Cinema is easier to install than film and has few if any special requirements. I do reccomend surge protection for the whole building and at each booth panel. Proper exhaust extractors are also important. Good port glass is another. Sound systems can be re-used if they were decent to begin with.


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Monte L Fullmer
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From: Nampa, Idaho, USA
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Know of a complex that uses CP500's for their sound with their NEC units. They just use format "11" (ext. 6ch input..usually what DTS uses) on the processor.

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Richard Fowler
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From: Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA
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Generally for premieres we have have them up and calibrated image / sound in six hours or less, with preview of source matter which brand of projector.

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