Shootout in Toronto
The IMERSA team was in Toronto October 7th to see the “World’s First True8K™ Digital Fulldome Demonstration” presented by the Giant Screen Cinema Association (www.GSCA.com) Technical Committee. Board member Dan Neafus shared this report on the event.
Evans & Sutherland (www.E&S.com) and Christie® Digital (www.christiedigital.com) provided 10 Christie Mirage 304K projectors, demonstrating a viable alternative to antiquated film-based projection. The spectacular presentation compared IMAX film side-by-side with fulldome video in the Ontario Science Center’s 24-meter dome.
“We were pleased to join forces once again with Christie at the GSCA and, this year, to showcase our new Digistar 6 system with True8K resolution,” said Michael Daut, Creative Director/Marketing Director, Evans & Sutherland Digital Theater. “This demo reset the bar and established a new gold standard for image quality and maximum immersive impact. It's humbling and exciting to be making history with this first of its kind demonstration.”
The fulldome system projected 8K resolution content across every meridian of the dome and the side-by-side 15/70 film versus 8K digital display allowed us to compare the quality of both media.
Numerous elements were created specifically for this event by giant screen filmmakers from around the world.
Great care was taken to show the most pristine image sources: 15/70 film was printed from the original camera negative; original camera footage in 8K was carefully mastered and color timed in full 8K resolution and displayed at the IMAX standard of 24 frames per second (fps). Digital content was also shown at 120 fps to highlight the impact of high frame rate (HFR) content on the visual experience, which is possible on the Christie Mirage 304K projectors.
Featuring the highest-resolution and brightest digital fulldome system ever demonstrated, Digital Dome Day marked the return of the live planetarium experience to Toronto after a 20-year absence. The Science Center of Virginia’s Justin Bartel presented public lectures during the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) is the leading global association for advancing the business of producing and presenting educational giant screen and immersive theater experiences.