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Color in Digital Cinema

Charles Poynton

This chapter outlines issues of color image reproduction and color science that are important to digital cinema. Many of the issues that I will discuss here have technical implications that are beyond the scope of this book. Technical details concerning many of these topics can be found in my book, Digital Video and HDTV Algorithms and Interfaces.1

“FAITHFUL” AND “PLEASING” REPRODUCTION

The central problem of most applications of digital imaging is to take an original scene, as a viewer might witness it directly, and code it into digital data that can subsequently be decoded and displayed as a faithful reproduction of the scene. Digital image data can easily be modified such that the scene is not ...

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