Introduces the New eXtreme HDR High Definition Film Recorder at SIGGRAPH
CALIFORNIA (August 10, 1999) -- CELCO’s new eXtreme HDR High Definition
Recorder, the latest in the company’s popular eXtreme line of products,
makes its debut at SIGGRAPH, August 6-8, 1999.
The eXtreme HDR,
which records onto camera negative or intermediate film stock, is designed
and optimized to shoot 1920 x 1080 HD resolution. The recorder is capable
of shooting a range of resolutions including NTSC, PAL, and HD and
recording onto 16mm and 35mm film.
The eXtreme HDR is
an important addition to our product line, says CELCO marketing director,
John Constantine. We expect to see entire films shot digitally on HD video
and projects scanned in HD with Philips’ Spirit DataCine and Cintel’s
C-Reality scanners. HD video is so close to 2K resolution now that it
looks good on the big screen: It’s theatrical quality. The speed and
price of our eXtreme HDR makes it more feasible for filmmakers to shoot in
HD because it brings down the cost-per-foot or cost-per-minute to record
It will be some time
before there are substantial numbers of theaters with digital projection,
he adds. By going to film via the eXtreme HDR at the end of the
postproduction process, filmmakers can make a digital negative of their
work for theatrical release and archiving.
The eXtreme HDR will
shoot the 1920 x 1080 HD format at a rate of five seconds per frame,
giving the system the speed of a laser recorder at about half the price.
CELCO has also continued making technological advancements to its EBX
Advanced CRT technology which deflects an electron beam by non-mechanical
means for increased reliability over laser systems.
software engineered by CELCO, is able to sharpen images on the fly; it
also contains interpolation tools for increasing resolution.
At SIGGRAPH CELCO
will also be showing its top-of-the-line eXtreme Nitro recorder. Nitro is
capable of handling any resolution from NTSC to 8K, says Constantine.
"The Nitro also works with all film formats up to 65mm including
15-perf IMAX, 5-perf 65mm and 8-perf 65mm. It is also the only production
film recorder in the world that can expose 65mm formats onto Kodak 5244
Intermediate film stock.
During the past year
eXtreme Nitros have been installed in a number of postproduction and
visual effects facilities worldwide where they have been in production on
many popular feature films. The Nitro at Industrial Light & Magic has
filmed out hundreds of shots for Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace,
"The Mummy," "Wild Wild West" and "Deep Blue
Sea." In addition, all of ILM’s contributions to the Electronic
Cinema at SIGGRAPH have been output on the eXtreme Nitro.
For more information
on CELCO’s eXtreme HDR and eXtreme Nitro products, please contact Jim
Darby at (909) 481-4648, by fax at (909) 481-6899 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit CELCO’s Web site at: www.celco.com