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If you have a theater or auditorium where you already present films or lectures, or a multipurpose space, it can be easily modified to present CineMuse hi-def cinema. The requirements include:

  • a space where you can control light and sound and seat an audience
  • a standard projection screen (masked for a 16:9 aspect ratio)
  • an audio system
 

With the above requirements in place, you will need two other pieces of equipment: a hi-def playback device and a display device.

 

Hi-Def Playback


CineMuse Network members have the option to use either a hi-def disc player or a hard drive based HD Media player. The choice of playback is included with CineMuse program licensing. Both players use hi-def MPEG-2 files, are network-enabled and very easy to operate.

CineMuse can also consult on more specialized playback options. For example, the disc player can be networked to a computer or a network hard drive, allowing it to access multiple program files at the touch of a button. Alternatively, for sites that need the system to operate unattended, CineMuse can suggest a server option where programs are played back directly from a computer using specialized software.

 

Hi-Def Display


Projectors

 

The size of the image projected will depend on the screen dimensions, the throw distance from the projector, and the specifications of the particular projector and lens. Most CineMuse Network members project the hi-def image onto a screen using a hi-def capable projector. There are several different kinds of projectors including LCD, DLP, and DLA. The key projector features that are relevant to hi-def cinema are:

 

Native resolution: This is the maximum number of pixels the projector can produce without any help from software. To get the full detail and beauty of high definition, look for a native resolution of 1365x1024 pixels or more.

 

Brightness: The brightness of a projector (measured in lumens) is relative to the room in which it will be used. As an example, a 1500 lumens projector used in a completely dark theater will produce a beautifully bright image with a throw distance of as much as 50 feet.

 

Contrast: This refers to the projector's ability to render differences in brightness. Contrast is often measured as a ratio. Look for minimum contrast ratio of 300:1.

 

Monitors

 
Hi-def video monitors can be a more effective choice than projectors for use with exhibits, in a lobby display, in a small theater, in lighted areas, or other settings that don't afford as much space as an auditorium. They come in three basic styles:
 

CRT monitors: The best images are produced by hi-def CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitors. However, they are very heavy, so they need a permanent installation. There are also fewer options in terms of sizes and brands.

 

Rear-projection monitors: These monitors are the most economical option on the market today for hi-def. Most have good sound systems build into the cabinet and most are on wheels. This makes them perfect for temporary or mobile displays.

 
Flat-screen monitors: While significantly more expensive than comparable CRT or rear-projection, the thin profile of plasma, LCD (Liquid Crystal Diode), and similar monitors makes them the most flexible in terms of installation. Most require external speakers. Check the resolution when purchasing a plasma or LCD screen since many do not provide hi-def resolution even though they accept a hi-def signal.
 
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