2007 December 17th, 14:21
HV20 on 35mm film?
I was just wondering how you think the HV20 shot in HD transfer to 35mm film and projected on a big cinema screen would look, you think it would start to look a bit grainy and pixelated cos i heard that some scenes from 28 Days Later where shot with a gl2 and everyone thinks the hv20 has better image quality...
2007 December 17th, 14:26
Yes the HV20's picture is 4x the resolution of what they used in "28 Days Later." With a lot of careful shooting I think the picture would look great on the big screen.
2007 December 17th, 14:47
I'm not sure of the statistics but aren't theaters moving away from film projectors to an all digital projection system and they actually get distribution via high speed downloads. I'm pretty sure that a number of theaters in my area (St.Louis, Missouri) has invested in digital. I would imagine once the theater goes digital they don't keep their film projectors.
Another thing that kind of ties in with this thread is when you talk about grain, doesn't the distance from the projected image & the size of the projected image play into whether you will see grain or not. I've been viewing all my HV20 video, HD DVD movies and all standard DVD movies on an 8 foot screen using a 720p/1080i (Optoma 70) projector at home the past couple months. I usualy sit about 8 foot from the screen. I will occasionally see grain in some commercially produced movies but not very often. I think I walked up close for a look one time and the grain was there even though I couldn't see it from a distance. My HV20 high def stuff looks great to me on an 8 foot screen 8 foot away.
To me the bottom line is that if you take a frame that is 1440 pixels wide and display it on a 30' ( I don't have any idea how a typical screen is in the muti screen theaters) screen, you're bound to see pixelation and or some grain if you were to stand up next to the screen and view it. Do the math and I'm sure you'll find that the pixels per inch on a 30' screen is going to surpise you, when you realize you typically view a computer screen at about 80 pixels per inch from about 16 to 24 inches away.
This could make for an interesting discussion about pixels, screen sizes, grain, & resolution.
2007 December 17th, 21:04
True, like this one for example.
Originally Posted by bluegrass
2007 December 17th, 15:11
As I've mentioned on another thread discussing a similar topic, I have watched some blockbuster films that suprised the heck out of me with the amount of grain in them, especially during night scenes. But then again...I like to sit up close to the screen......so others further back might not have seen what I did. But as far as theaters going digital, I think we still have quite a bit of time left before they go entirely digitally projected. Theaters around where I live all have digital projection but they still have limited showings in this format. But when they do go fully digital I think the smaller theaters would keep thier projectors because of cost. There would probably be those film fans who like to watch their movies in the soon to be "old fashioned" way...on film (sort of like when CD's eventually dominated albums but the DJ's kept the old analog vinyls alive in the local clubs etc.).