Golden digital standard for “Tiffanyʼs” screening
Last night's outdoor screening of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' in the Piazza Grande not only benefited from good weather and a packed audience of 4.800 people enjoying the Blake Edwards classic. It also featured state-of-the-art projection in the 4K standard, thanks to a DCP produced by XDC Group and top digital projectors from Barco.
The two Belgium-based companies, which recently accounted for an increasing number of new installs, explains us that in the early days of digital projection, 2K DLP technology was the fundament for D-Cinema projection in accordance with the DCI standards. But a few years ago, Sony introduced its SRXD 4K technology into the market, and until recently, the Japanese company was the only manufacturer offering 4K picture resolution for the exhibition business. Today, DLP projection systems, like the one developed by Barco for the Locarno Festival needs, are also ready to meet 4K standards.
From a service point of view, 2K and 4K projection systems are on a par again: both system types require the same amount of service, but due to the higher number of pixels, the first advantage stated is that 4k offers a higher picture quality. And picture resolution is not the only thing that has to be taken into account. According to Hollywood director James Cameron increasing the frame rates was another step to enhance the picture quality.
Nevertheless, XDC Group and Barco are among the leading D-Cinema content and service providers in Europe, and account for an increasing number of new 4K installations, mainly in large multiplex cinemas that use it as a brand label for high-quality cinema.
In the future of D-Cinema it can be concluded that 2K and 4K resolution will co-exist in the medium and long term. 4K resolution will remain a high-end standard which can be useful especially for large screens, like the one in the Piazza Grande.Massimo Benvegnù