Texas Instruments DLP Digital
Video Projection System
Well, here it is. This is the machine that will one day perhaps
wipe out projetionists and film.
The projector mounts on a standard pedestal and uses a normal theatrical
The lamphouse in this demonstration is a 5000 watt Strong.
There are two lenses used with the system. One is a normal spherical
lens and the other is a 2x1 compression anamorphic lens, just like 35mm
The "guts" of the monster.
One wonders how much tweeking will be necessary once digital cinema
is a mainstream commodity. Here is one of the technicians making
final adjustments before the demo.
The source material came from a Panasonic D5 digital videotape player.
In normal applications, the movie will be downloaded off of satellite
and stored in the computer's memory for public showings. This D5
player is uncompressed video. The actual downloaded data will be
in a compressed state. No one knows how that will affect the quality
of the image. However, this demo I saw rivaled 35mm...and I believe
it was better than 95% of the theaters after 2 weeks of running a print.