Monday, March 26, 2007

IMAX Projectors

The original IMAX projector was massive. It was also capable of both 24 and 48 fps projection. This is the first permanent IMAX installed.


IMAX created GT (Grand Theater) and SR (cost reduced) products still targetted mostly to museums.


The MPX product is very different and sized to fit in multiplex theaters. 3D capability is pre-built into a single relatively compact projector.



IMAX was an early participant in Digital Projection although originally targetted as a business expansion rather than a replacement or competition for the mainline IMAX product. DPI was bought and then sold in 1999-2001 but did create and release a "DigIMAX" projector line.



The most recent plans as of early 2007 are to use 2 Sony SXRD 4K projectors with some IMAX customizations. This would not provide "IMAX" level 15/70 picture quality but should be far better than other Digital alternatives and if successful could lead to true IMAX level digital projection.

http://bssc.sel.sony.com/BroadcastandBusiness/minisites/sxrd_new/pdfs/digitalCinema.pdf

2 comments:

Unknown said...

That's me in the picture next to the first Inax projector. That was taken with a first generation Kodak digital camera that had 640 X 480 resolution.

Mark Gulbrandsen said...

That's me in the picture next to the first Imax projector. That was taken with a first generation Kodak digital camera that had 640 X 480 resolution.