The cinematic experience has been with us for many decades now. Yet the technology is constantly improving. Here is a list of the newest inventions which are likely to impact our movie-watching in the next few months.
1. IMAX with Lasers.
IMAX could be considered one of the big flops of cinema technology history. Heralded as the next big thing, IMAX is designed to create a more fully immersive experience by using much larger screens than a regular theatre screen. However, IMAX has failed to live up to expectations thus far.
The reason is that a larger screen comes with problems – namely, a larger screen makes the resolution of the movie it is playing a lot worse. However, new technology seeks to change that – the new improved IMAX laser systems mean that there is better colouring and better resolution when played on the size of an IMAX screen. This means a better quality picture, nullifying a big drawback of IMAX thus far.
2. Film making with Digital Cameras.
In terms of consumer photography, the ship has sailed for film. Everyone has a digital camera, from professionals with their DSLR and mirrored cameras to the average consumer who can get all of their photography needs from their tablet.
However, in film making – particularly big budget movies – film is still widely used. This is because the costs for creating a movie out of film are still lower, and the equipment is still more robust. As such, movie making for the most part has remained unchanged for many years.
However, now there are digital manufacturers that are coming to the market with versatile and powerful cameras which set to begin the usurping process of film in the film industry. This will have a huge impact.
3. Tablet film making
Tablets have proliferated on the consumer market. However, until this point, they have generally been equipped to do simple tasks only, especially when it comes to photography and recording. The processors in tablets have rarely been powerful enough to do any processing, and the cameras have been the equivalent to what you might find on a smartphone.
Now though, tablets are boosting their own advantages, and we will begin to see movies being made using tablets as a major tool. Tablets, even though not a powerful film-making studio by any means, carry advantages – they are portable, and they can be used for a wide range of tasks that the best cameras can’t. For instance, syncing, processing and photography can all be done on one device, along with editing. For the independent film maker, this is a bonus.
4. 3D without terrible glasses
Like IMAX above, 3D movie technology has long been hailed the “next step” in terms of an immersive viewing experience. Also like IMAX, the technology has failed to live up to its expectations. A big reason for this is that it’s mandatory to wear glasses – mostly unflattering glasses – whilst watching a movie. Not only are these glasses aesthetically unpleasing, but they can become uncomfortable after a time.
However, it’s likely that in the coming months we’re going to see solutions to this problem which might make the whole experience much better. New lens technology being worked on by companies like Sony might mean the old, clunky 3D glasses are a thing of the past.
5. Projections that will work on any surface.
Like tablets, which we mentioned above, projectors are a new force in consumer movie-watching. They will revolutionize how people consume media, because people can essentially set up a movie theatre or cinema in the comfort of their own home, providing the video files are good enough to support a clear viewing experience. Projectors, like IMAX, have historically had poor resolution, but the newest brands of projectors are much more powerful and support a wider range of colors.
Historically, the big problem with projectors is that you have needed a projector curtain in order to operate them. This means that they’ve been clumsy, lacking portability and requiring a dedicated area for the projection. Newer projectors do not have this limitation. They can now project onto any surface – even surfaces which aren’t flat, and the displays will be responsive.
6. 4D Movies
4D Movies are a new experience, but not a new idea. The idea of “Smellivision” has been banded around for decades. However, technology hasn’t been developed enough in order for theatre-goers to get this experience. That has all changed recently, with specialist theaters popping up – including for the upcoming Star Wars movie – where people will not only view the movie that they want to, but also experience movements, smells and atmospheric effects like smoke.
This will enhance the movie going experience, which in a time where the economy is poor and the price of cinema is ever-increasing, consumers are likely to take to in order to feel that they are getting the most for their money.
7. Realistic Audio
The sensory experience provided by 4D is icing on the cake. What matters most is high definition video, and that is followed by high definition audio. Cinema audio has always been a balancing act – the explosions that movies portray are, in real life, a lot louder than the words that a person speaks. Yet a cinema has to achieve both of those things whilst still fulfilling a basic requirement; the audience has to hear everything clearly.
New advances in audio technology mean that better normalization can take place, and each sound is going to be far clearer and easy to pick up.
8. Interactive Movie Screens.
Television has, for many years, been a one-way street. You sit and watch. This has led to it losing its share in the entertainment market – to computers, to video games, and to other interactive forms of entertainment. The invention of smart television and better menu creation systems might tip the movie industry back into favour as huge budget TV productions can now boost interactivity.
9. “Second Screen” apps.
Taking the above to the extreme, many movies are now being conceived with interactive apps for smartphones and tablets as additional extras. Like in Opera, where viewers are given a guide to the story and characters which they can use in real time, perhaps Apps will become that frontier for movies. You can find information about how watch TV and video on your cell phone and tablet right here.