Re: optical sound: Meditations on Revolution V

From: Jeff Kreines (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Jan 04 2006 - 12:09:06 PST

On Jan 4, 2006, at 1:10 PM, Freya wrote:

> ...and basically I think DTS would have to give it
> away, or maybe charge $20 for it at most. :( That or
> they would have to at least do something to seed the
> market.

There is no market. Sad but true.

There have been a few attempts to do digital double system in 16 --
Sam's DTS experiment, and an Aatoncode S16 experiment in, I think,
Japan -- but no one cares.

16mm optical tracks are pretty bad if the tracks are complex in
nature -- made worse by the fact that many 16mm venues have mediocre
acoustics and sound systems. (This includes venues with plenty of

You can easily slap a shaft encoder onto any projector which gives a
number of pulses per frame, and can be used to slave a computer or
other audio system. However, any splices in the print will alter
sync, etc.

Or you can embrace either 35mm blowups (!) or digital projection...
or drag around your own sound system. (We used to do that, along
with an interlock projector, but never again.)

Jeff "it's the end of the world as we knew it and I don't feel fine"

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