1Overview of Color and Mastering for Digital Cinema

In June of 1999, George Lucas released his film “Star Wars: Episode 1” on two digital cinema screens—one in New York and one in Los Angeles. In the five years since this historic debut, over 150 films have been released digitally to over 500 screens in 30 countries around the world. These digital movies have played over 20,000 shows to satisfied audiences. Although digital cinema has not been widely promoted as a new and improved display method, educated audiences have shown a preference for digital over film presentation.

This book presents a survey of the development of color encoding and decoding standards for digital cinema distribution and exhibition. It describes the key issues and provides ...

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