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HPA 2018: Direct View Cinema Displays to Displace Projectors

Film, and later, digital projectors have been the standard form of displaying movies since the art form’s beginning. But now, says veteran engineering executive in advanced imaging and sound Pete Ludé, so-called direct view cinema displays are poised to displace them. In an afternoon of HPA Tech Retreat sessions looking at new display technologies, Ludé drilled down into the use of emissive displays using millions of RGB LEDs. These giant displays, he said, offer tremendous dynamic range and beautiful pictures in moderate ambient light.

Ludé, who is now chief technology officer of Mission Rock Digital, also pointed out that microLED technologies in development may ultimately provide affordable, DCI-compliant displays. He listed all the reasons why emissive LED displays are desirable. “It has dramatically improved HDR, blacker blacks and very high peak luminance,” he said. “There’s also very low surface reflection, which allows for new screen configurations.”

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