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What is high definition (hi-def)?

The current standard calls for a minimum resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels (pixels are the tiny dots that make up a video or computer image). This standard delivers more than five times the resolution, color, depth of field and detail of standard video. In order for a program to be truly hi-def, both the camera that records it and the screen on which it is displayed must be able to generate that minimum number of pixels. The hi-def standard calls for a widescreen, or 16:9 format.
 

How can I view hi-def?

With the North American broadcast standard move to a digital platform that supports high-definition, many more television programs are being produced and broadcast in hi-def. In this new digital universe, there has also been an explosion of hi-def specialty channels. The demand for good-quality hi-def content has never been higher. Find out where CineMuse hi-def programs are Now Playing.
 

What is hi-def production?

True hi-def video production requires hi-def video cameras and videotape during the production process, and use of hi-def capable equipment for post-production. Hi-def production combines the advantages of both conventional video and film production. Hi-def production and post-production generally costs more than standard video and less than film production for camera rental, film or video stock, film processing and transfer, and online editing.

 

I have IMAX / laser theater / immersive theater, why would I want or need hi-def technology?

CineMuse hi-def programs are screened at member institutions for different purposes—as value-added programming, to complement exhibits, and as an add-on for school programs. Because of the large CineMuse Library, it is possible to find a match for most subjects. It is also cost-effective and flexible, and doesn’t require a projectionist or large capital outlay to get started.

 

What is the cost of installing a hi-def cinema, and what equipment is required?

The cost of fully equipping an electronic cinema can range from $15,000 to project a ten-foot diagonal image, to more than $200,000 for a system that can project a quality image greater than 60-feet wide. A hi-def cinema requires a playback machine for prerecorded programs (either a videotape player or hi-def server using HD MPEG-encoded programs), a hi-def compatible video projector, an audio system and a screen. Purchase and installation of the above equipment for a typical 200-seat theater with a 15-foot screen can cost approximately $20,000 to $60,000.
 
For more specific information on recommended hi-def playback and display for CineMuse programs, see Technology
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