What is Digital Cinema?
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DLP Cinema technology delivers crystal clear and lifelike images for the ultimate in picture quality. DLP Cinema technology delivers a true digital picture with incredible clarity and vibrant colours every show.
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Celluloid film has been used to shoot, distribute and screen films for more than 100 years. Now, the film industry is at the threshold of the biggest change in its history: the transition from film to digital.
DLP Cinema technology has captivated millions of filmgoers, delivering clear, sharp, bright and accurate images to cinemas around the world. The total number of installed DLP Cinema projectors is nearly 15,000, with cinemas located in over 40 countries around the world. Since May 1999, more than 1,000 films have been released for screening on DLP Cinema projectors.
DLP Cinema systems have been deployed and tested commercially in cinemas since 1999, providing more than seven years of in-field usage. And with the May 2002 release of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones—the first all-digital live action feature, shot without a single roll of film—the digital revolution arrived to stay.
What exactly is digital cinema?
Digital cinema encompasses every aspect of the film making process, from production and post-production to distribution and projection.
While digital cameras are nothing new, and post-production houses have been using digital equipment to edit and master films and animation for some time, the all-digital distribution and projection of films has only recently arrived to complete the chain.
A digitally produced or digitally converted film can be distributed to cinemas via satellite, physical media or fiber optic networks. The digitised film is stored by a computer/server which "serves" it to a digital projector for each screening of the film.
Is digital really better than film?
For millions of filmgoers worldwide and leading directors including George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, the answer is an unqualified "yes."
When you see a film digitally, you see that film the way its creators intended you to see it: with incredible clarity and detail. In a range of over 35 trillion colours. And whether you're catching that film on the opening night or months after, it will always look its best, because digital films are immune to the scratches, fading, pops and jitter that film is prone to with repeated screenings.
That's why directors love digital cinema: it ensures that their creation will be reproduced with total fidelity at every screening.
Since 1999, DLP Cinema has projected many millions of shows to billions of filmgoers.
Where can I see a film digitally?
You can experience films in DLP Cinema format and projection at a growing number of select cinemas worldwide.
How does DLP Cinema® technology work?
1) A digital projector based on DLP Cinema® technology transfers the digitised image file onto three optical semiconductors known as Digital Micromirror Devices, or DMDs. Each of these chips is dedicated to one primary colour, namely red, green or blue. A DMD chip contains a rectangular array of over one million microscopic mirrors.
2) Light from the projector's lamp is reflected off the mirrors and is combined in different proportions of red, green and blue, as controlled by the image file, to create an array of different coloured pixels that make up the projected image.
3) The DMD mirrors tilt either towards or away from the light source thousands of times per second to reflect the film onto the screen. These images are sequentially projected onto the screen, recreating the film in front of you with perfect clarity and a range of more than 35 trillion colours.