Kodak Technology and Innovation at the 2010 Annual SMPTE Conference

Kodak Technology and Innovation at the 2010 Annual SMPTE Conference

Every year the Motion Picture Industry gathers together at the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) annual conference to share the latest technical developments in the entertainment marketplace.  In keeping with Kodak’s long-standing commitment to innovation in the entertainment industry, we presented three papers this year. They reflect Kodak’s ongoing investment in both film and digital technologies – representing a number of new advances that are highly synergistic with rapidly evolving digital workflows. 

In “Enhanced Image Recording Capability: Novel Light Management Technologies Applied to Camera Origination Color Negative Film Design”, Merrick Distant, Drake Michno and Sharon Johnston describe the set of technologies that enabled the improvements in the Kodak VISION3 family of films.   By the use of advanced dye layering technology and optimized sub-micron emulsion technology, they were able to achieve significant improvements in both signal –to-noise ratio in low exposures while expanding dynamic range.  These improvements allow film-makers to operate effectively in low light levels and capture scene content from the brightest highlights to the deepest shadows.  This is particularly useful in combination with the powerful digital intermediate toolset.

In “Designing a Film for Multiple Recorder Capability”, Ana Castro and Jack Rutter describe the design of an intermediate film specifically created for digital film recorders.  This was a particular challenge because of the wide array of recorder types and associated light sources. These films also demand very high resolution in order to preserve the resolution of the originally captured material.  They found novel spectral sensitizations and emulsion technologies that led to a film with significantly improved speed, latitude and sharpness.  It also is unique in its ability to work effectively with all of the digital film recorders in the market.

In “The Potential for a Revolutionary Change in Digital Cinema Projection Based on Laser Light Sources”, Barry Silverstein highlights underlying technologies for KODAK Laser Projection Technology.  The use of lasers has enabled a fundamental re-think of how digital projectors are designed.  The net result is a true breakthrough in the price-performance of digital projection.   Higher dynamic range, expanded color gamut, and bright built-in 3D capability are all delivered in a design that promises reduced total cost of ownership for the cinema owner. 

For over 100 years, Kodak has been serving the motion picture industry.  These papers are an illustration of our ongoing search for technologies that improve the overall cost, quality and productivity of the motion picture process.

I would also like to recognize two of our Kodak colleagues who were honored with SMPTE Fellowship status this year: Nestor Rodriguez, of our Advanced Development and Systems Group and Michele Golitzinsky who serves our postproduction market in Canada.  As SMPTE fellows, Michele and Nestor are recognized as distinguished professionals whose expertise in motion picture technology – film, digital and hybrid – represents an important element of Kodak’s success.  Congratulations!

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