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Steve SwankQuestions about Rendering for the "Big Screen"
by on May 18, 2013 at 4:09:44 pm

I've been asked to quote on a short animation, basically a humorous "turn your cell phones off" piece, to be shown at a local theater, 30 sec +/-.

I've never rendered for film size projection. 2K, 4K?

Any tips from someone with experience would be helpful.

Thanks

http://www.doc3d.com


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Todd KoprivaRe: Questions about Rendering for the "Big Screen"
by on May 18, 2013 at 4:56:15 pm

Don't guess. Get the exact specifications from the folks for whom you're doing the work. This is not seen as a sign of ignorance but as a sign of professionalism; not asking for delivery specifications is the giveaway of inexperience.

There's a great article by Aharon Rabinowitz here on the COW about this:
http://library.creativecow.net/articles/rabinowitz_aharon/delivery.php

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Steve SwankRe: Questions about Rendering for the "Big Screen"
by on May 21, 2013 at 2:25:55 pm

Thanks!

http://www.doc3d.com


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Tero AhlforsRe: Questions about Rendering for the "Big Screen"
by on May 18, 2013 at 5:50:07 pm

Here are the DCI specs:

http://dcimovies.com/specification/DCI_DCSS_v12_with_errata_2012-1010.pdf

Now you need to know if it will be a DCP or just a video file. Then you'll want the resolution. Then you'll need to know who will do the packaging for the DCP if it will be a DCP etc.


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Todd KoprivaRe: Questions about Rendering for the "Big Screen"
by on May 18, 2013 at 6:01:39 pm

Tero, that may be useful if this will actually be shown from such a DCP-compliant system, but we don't even know that. Steve said that this was to be shown at a local theater; for all we know, this local theater shows movies using a DVD player. (Yes, one of my local theaters does exactly that.) So the important thing is simply to ask for delivery specifications.

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Tero AhlforsRe: Questions about Rendering for the "Big Screen"
by on May 21, 2013 at 6:18:47 am

That is quite right. The pre-movie ads look absolutely horrible here in Finland, but when the lights go out then those ads look alright.


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