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Bajsic Bojan
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From: Ljubljana, Si, Eu
Registered: Aug 2008


 - posted 09-11-2013 02:28 PM      Profile for Bajsic Bojan   Email Bajsic Bojan   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
What is everyone using/installing, and are you happy with it?

Which silver screen would be best suitable for using with 35mm projection, or is it absolutely needed for one to keep a white screen for it? I would hope there are surfaces available that can be used for both (35mm projection and polarized passive digital 3D), but i cannot seem to get any real experience with these.

Any info appreciated.

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Chris Slycord
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From: 퍼항시, 경상푹도, South Korea
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Back in the 1950s, when there'd been a fairly large number of 35mm dual-projector 3D movies, I highly doubt they were going to take down the silver screens and reinstall white ones every time a house would go back to playing a 2D movie.

And Technicolor 3D (which I imagine is dead) uses 35mm and, since it's polarized, would use a silver screen and switching between 3d and 2d films was reported here as just requiring reinstalling and realigning the lens.

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Stephen Furley
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Some theatres which had enough height to fly a screen frame did install two, one white and one silver for 3-D.

MOMI in London had four roller screens, matte white, pearlux, silver and rear projection; I did see all four used at various times. I believe this arrangement was removed after it closed and became NFT 3, but I think it still has a silver roller screen for 3-D

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Mitchell Dvoskin
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A silver screen will work fine with 35mm. The only issue is that silver screens tend to be significantly dimmer when viewed from the sides. Unless you have a wide theatre and a small screen, you should be fine.

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Mark Gulbrandsen
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 - posted 09-12-2013 07:57 PM      Profile for Mark Gulbrandsen   Email Mark Gulbrandsen   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I've done a mixture of Dolby 3-D on 1.4 gain white screens and Real-D on Silver, usually Harkness for both. I hate silver screens personally... But I do like the efficiency that Real-D offers...

Has anyone had any experience with the new MDI "High White 1.4 gain white screen that has a wide viewing angle? This would also work well for Dolby 3-D... It is pricy though. Harkness released the Clarius 170 which is a bit too high of gain IMHO but I haven't actually seen the claimed viewing angle specs on it like I have the MDI product. I also hear the Clarus 170 is manufactured only in France at this point in time so it is also no doubt very expensive.

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