OT - Cinema picture defiition

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by John, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. John

    John Guest

    Went to the cinema last night as was irritated by the apparent out of focus
    image - particularly noticed during credits and titles.

    Is it me? Or has definition suffered recently? It seemed better in the old
    days of a smoke filled auditorium!!!!

    I also find some of the special effects a bit uncomfortable to watch - they
    seem a bit jumpy - yet people enthuse about them.
     
    John, Jul 31, 2008
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  2. John

    Bruce Guest


    If the cinema you went to uses digital projection, you will find that
    the resolution is far inferior to film projection. I try to go to
    cinemas (and movies) that use film.
     
    Bruce, Jul 31, 2008
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  3. John

    John Guest

    Mmmm - a fact not made public I guess!

    But - Digital = Good, in people's minds
     
    John, Jul 31, 2008
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  4. John

    noone Guest

    I remember once having a discussion with the manager of the Odeon
    Leicester Square, in which he couldn't see the, to me, obvious
    discrepancy between the words 'fanatical about film' on his doors, and
    showing a film digitally.
     
    noone, Aug 1, 2008
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  5. John

    John Guest

    Don't get me going on that - a bit like talking "footage" on digital media!
     
    John, Aug 1, 2008
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  6. John

    noone Guest

    They definitley need a new term. I proipose Byteage
     
    noone, Aug 1, 2008
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    Poldie Guest

    The quality has always been crap. It's one of the many reasons I don't
    go to the cinema unless I'm either taking kids there or being dragged by
    mates who want to watch the latest specious Hollywood shite. Out of
    focus; pops in the sound; audio/video out of sync/blackouts lasting from
    half a second to 2 seconds; audio too loud; loads of visual artefacts
    (hair, circles etc).
     
    Poldie, Aug 1, 2008
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  8. John

    Poldie Guest

    Poifect!
     
    Poldie, Aug 1, 2008
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  9. John

    Michael Guest

    Or "bite"-age
     
    Michael, Aug 2, 2008
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  10. Hello John.

    I visited a multiplex cinema shortly after it opened back in 1988. Sound was
    okay but the picture was definitely not in focus. This, of course, was in
    the days of "real film".

    It turned out that the multiplex had only one projectionist who used CCTV to
    monitor all the cinemas in the multiplex. The projectionist did not view the
    screens directly and so was not aware of the focus problem.

    After a few visits I learned to tell one of the staff that the focus was not
    very good and a few minutes later the focus would , thankfully, be pulled
    into its correct setting.

    Regards, Ian.

    Nottingham, UK
     
    Fred Anonymous, Aug 2, 2008
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  11. John

    Michael Guest

    Well, we are not so refined here. When that happens someone usually
    shouts out "fix the %$$#*&^zz focus and it gets done, if the shouting
    is loud enough.
     
    Michael, Aug 2, 2008
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  12. John

    John Guest

    So what is the digital process - is film still the master? Or are 'films'
    now made in digital?

    How are 'films' converted to digital and what medium is used to store it?
    Tape / DVD?

    In cinemas - how is the automation carried out? eg - lights / aspect
    screens / etc?
     
    John, Aug 2, 2008
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    Chris H Guest

    Especially considering the amount of digital CGI in the "film" in the
    first place.
     
    Chris H, Aug 3, 2008
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