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Understanding Digital Cinema by Charles Swartz

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  • Author: Charles S. Swartz
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press: 2004
  • ISBN: 9780240806174
Understanding Digital Cinema
A Professional Handbook
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Charles S. Swartz (Editor)
University of Southern California Entertainment Technology Center, Hollywood, California
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Learn how to manage the change and control costs, from a "who's who" list of the leaders in this ground-breaking field

Walk away from reading this book with an essential understanding of digital cinema today

Understand the benefits of the transition to digital cinema

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UNDERSTANDING DIGITAL CINEMA: A PROFESSIONAL HANDBOOK is a comprehensive resource on all aspects of finishing, distributing and displaying film digitally. For technical professionals as well as non-technical decision-makers, the book is a detailed exploration of every component of the process, from mastering to theater management.

An overview of digital cinema system requirements

Post production work flow

Color in digital cinema

The digital cinema mastering process

Fundamentals of compression


Basics of audio

Digital distribution

Digital projection technology

Theater systems

The international perspective: Views from Europe, Asia and Latin America

A realistic assessment of the future of digital cinema

With contributions by:

Richard Crudo, President, American Society of Cinematographers
Leon Silverman, Executive Vice President, Laser Pacific Media Corporation
Charles Poynton, Color Scientist
Chris Carey, Senior Vice President, Studio New Technology, The Walt Disney Studios
Bob Lambert, Corporate Senior Vice President New Technology & New Media,
The Walt Disney Company
Bill Kinder, Pixar Animation Studios
Glenn Kennel, Texas Instruments
Peter Symes, Manager, Advanced Technology, Thomson Broadcast & Media Solutions
Robert Schumann, President, Cinea, Inc., A Subsidiary of Dolby Labs
David Gray, Vice President, Production Services, Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
Darcy Antonellis, Executive Vice President, Distribution and Technology Operations
Warner Bros. Technical Operations Inc. and Senior Vice President, Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Matt Cowan, Principal and Founder, Entertainment Technology Consultants
Loren Nielsen, Principal and Founder, Entertainment Technology Consultants
Michael Karagosian, Partner, Karagosian MacCalla Partners (KMP)
Peter Wilson, Vice President, Display Technologies, Snell and Wilcox Ltd.
Patrick Von Sychowski, Senior Analyst, Screen Digest

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Foreword, How New Technology Has Shaped Motion Pictures: A Short History; Introduction; The New Workflow For Post Production; Color in Cinema; The Mastering Process; Compression; Security; Audio; Distribution; Projection; Theatre Systems; The International Perspective: The View from Europe by Peter Wilson; The International Perspective: The View from Asia & Latin America; The Future of Digital Cinema

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Readership: Professionals worldwide in motion picture production, post-production and technology engineering; technology decision-makers within the entertainment industry and in technology companies. Also, Professionals in the exhibition field (cinema owners, projectionists, film labs, Boeing, others interested in getting into the digital-cinema field).

ISBN: 0-240-80617-4 Book/Hardback

Measurements: 7 1/2 X 9 1/4 in
Pages: 336
Imprint: Focal Press

Publication Date: 22 October 2004

List Price: $65.95

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