DLP Cinema FAQs
( Frequently Asked Questions )
What are the advantages of DLP Cinema?
DLP Cinema technology delivers a true digital picture with incredible clarity and vibrant colours every show. With DLP Cinema technology, there is no more colour fading, jump and weave, scratching and dirt accumulation which are common problems that plague film. DLP Cinema offers a consistent image with no degradation over time. Filmgoers can see a film in its original pristine condition, exactly the way the director intended it, whether they see it during the first or fifth week of the run.
What are the benefits of digital cinema?
- For filmmakers, their films are seen exactly the way they are intended to be seen, with light, shade and texture captured with digital accuracy.
- For film distributors, it provides a better quality viewing experience of their films and allows tremendous cost savings in film print reproduction and distribution.
- For film exhibitors, they are able to offer a consistently better visual experience to the customer while having greater flexibility in film programming and cinema usage.
- For the filmgoer, the advantage is a more compelling, more captivating experience without the distractions that the degradation of film brings.
What is the role of Texas Instruments in digital cinema?
Texas Instruments has developed the digital projection technology, DLP Cinema, that is making the transition to digital cinema both possible and practical.
DLP Cinema technology has its roots in a development initiative that Texas Instruments launched in the early 1980s. Since the first demonstration of DLP technology in 1994, Texas Instruments has collaborated with studios and filmmakers to develop and improve DLP Cinema projection. When judged by critical cinematographers today, images projected by DLP Cinema technology are on a par with the best studio answer prints.
Does Texas Instruments build projectors?
No. Texas Instruments provides DLP Cinema technology to cinema projector customers Barco, Christie Digital and NEC. TI works closely with these companies to verify that quality standards are being met in order for these projectors to bear the DLP Cinema trademark.
Besides the digital projector, what else is needed to make digital cinema possible?
The digital projector is only the final element in the delivery of digital cinema. In the projection booth, a digital storage system, or server, is required to store the digital film data until it is projected. (The server is loosely analogous to the platter in current 35MM systems.) Several companies have introduced server products specifically for digital cinema applications. Texas Instruments works closely with these companies to ensure compatibility and interoperability with DLP Cinema equipped projectors.
How are DLP Cinema projectors different from the DLP projectors used in the home and office?
Texas Instruments uses a similar light modulation technique for smaller home and business projectors and for large venue projectors. These projectors feature DLP technology, as opposed to DLP Cinema technology. DLP Cinema technology is optimized specifically to meet the needs of the Hollywood creative community and light up the world's largest screens. DLP Cinema features the highest resolution of any DLP technology – up to 8.8 million pixels and specific feature sets for special management of colour, security, black levels and image manipulation needed for screening film content.
What are the differences between large venue projectors and DLP Cinema® projectors?
DLP Cinema projectors are based on DLP technology that is specifically adapted for showing film content and meets the needs and requirements of the motion picture industry. TI has been working with Hollywood since the mid-1990s to ensure that DLP Cinema offers the unique solution that meets the needs of the creative community.
Large venue projectors are based on DLP technology specifically designed for showing video and graphics content in demanding environments. Large venue projectors are highly versatile and can be used for staging and rental; large screen projection in conference centres and other public venues, such as places of worship; and large screen, high-brightness projection in control rooms and similar locations.
What are the latest developments in digital cinema and DLP Cinema technology?
DLP Cinema continues to be the only commercially available digital cinema projection technology and is now in nearly over 15,000 screens worldwide and growing rapidly. All of the six major studios and the majority of Independent studios have released films for DLP Cinema. TI announced a 2K resolution DLP Cinema chip in early 2003, which is now commercially available from all major cinema projector manufacturer customers, with installations in over 40 countries worldwide.
What are the latest developments in digital cinema standards?
Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) was formed in 2002 by the six major Hollywood studios to tackle standards for digital cinema and Texas Instruments has worked closely with DCI to assist in educating on digital cinema. They released the third version of their Digital Cinema System Specification standards in December 2005 and all DLP Cinema based projectors support their system requirements.