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The Samsung LED Cinema Screen marks a radical shift from the theater projection systems that have been used since the birth of cinema. Instead, the LED screen is more akin to a giant television screen, and its use would render the projection booth a thing of the past.
In order to prep movies for exhibition on the new LED screen in theaters, Samsung hopes to outfit postproduction facilities so that filmmakers can view their work on an LED display. The first color grading (digital intermediate) postproduction suite to offer a Samsung LED screen is Roundabout Entertainment’s Santa Monica-based post facility.
Through a deal with Samsung, the Éclair Paris-Vanves facility will be the next site. Eclair is owned by France-based cinema tech firm Ymagis and, as previously announced, Ymagis’ cinema services company CinemaNext offers installation of the Samsung LED screen, with an option to be coupled with the EclairColor HDR system. (Samsung’s system can also support HDR without the Eclair option.)
“After announcing earlier this year the successful integration of our EclairColor HDR solution with the Onyx Cinema LED, we are delighted to expand our collaboration with Samsung,” said Pascal Mogavero, Eclair’s senior vp. “Eclair is proud to be the first lab in Europe and the second in the world to be equipped with this new emissive technology.”
Samsung LED Cinema Screens have started to roll out in theaters. Pacific Theatres Winnetka in Southern California is the first U.S. theater installation, and there are several international venues, including two in South Korea and one each in Zurich, Bangkok and Shanghai.
CinemaNext will equip the Eclair facility with the Onyx Cinema LED technology. The suite will include a 5.2-meter screen with a 3D-capable, multiple-LED display, 18 seats, 7.1 audio technology from Harman’s JBL (a Samsung company) and a Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 15 color-grading system.
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