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[Gizmodo] Replacing the World’s Biggest IMAX Screen Is As Difficult As It Sounds

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At almost 97 feet tall and 117 feet wide, the screen at the Darling Harbour IMAX Theater in Sydney is the largest in the world. And after 16 years of service, it needed to be replaced.

Planning for the upgrade took almost an entire year, and hanging the $250,000 1,760 pound screen required the assistance of 31 riggers. But even though the new screen is now in place, it's still not quite ready to entertain theater patrons again. Once it's stretched taut to remove any and all wrinkles, the screen will be covered in an additional 770 pounds of highly reflective silver paint so the projected images have as much brightness and color saturation as possible.

http://gizmodo.com/5884299/replacing-the-worlds-biggest-imax-screen-is-as-difficult-as-it-sounds

The behind the scenes video is pretty interesting. If I were a billionaire one of these would certainly be going in my house.
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One day in the near future, many people will own an IMAX theater in their own home. I'm sure of it.
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100MP give or take in the IMAX film. Digital is going to have a long ways to go to catch up.
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I've watched some videos about their digital projectors. Much much more advanced than standard theater digital projectors. The movies come on a portable hard drive in a padded case for transport. The film movies however, come on a pallet of reels that have to be carried by forklift. For one movie apparently.
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Damn straight that screen is from Canada biggrin.gif
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---1,760 pound screen required the assistance of 31 riggers---.
I am ashamed of what my eyes read first time round frown.gif
    
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---1,760 pound screen required the assistance of 31 riggers---.
I am ashamed of what my eyes read first time round frown.gif

Oh god. I did the same thing. Too much time on 4chan...
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100MP give or take in the IMAX film. Digital is going to have a long ways to go to catch up.

Do you mean 100Megapixels? Isn't that something like 14000x7000 pixels, give or take? IS that the resolution for the movies they show? Thats like almost double 8k video.....:O

The framerate has to be upwards of like 120fps too for 3D right?drool.gif

Thats like a couple TB's worth of files per film.
    
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---1,760 pound screen required the assistance of 31 riggers---.
I am ashamed of what my eyes read first time round frown.gif

Oh glad i wasn't the only one that thought that too. lol
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seen this on tv couple of years last year.

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