A 120fps Mirage in 4K
CHINA: Ang Lee’s latest film, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, is reported to be the first movie screened at 120fps in 4K and 3D. The director, along with cast members Joe Alwyn and Mason Lee, recently attended three premieres for the film, taking place in Taipei, Beijing and Shanghai. To show the film at its fullest frame rate and resolution, a Christie Mirage 4KLH RGB laser projection system was required at each cinema.
The projection system was modified especially for the film. It is capable of emitting up to 60,000 lumens per head, which doubles to 120,000 lumens when two projection heads and sets of RGB laser light sources are implemented. The Beijing Bona Youtang International Cineplex, Shanghai Film Art Center and Tapei’s Vieshow Cinemas Qsquare were all equipped with this dual Mirage RGB laser projection setup and configured to create 28 foot-lamberts. The manufacturer’s TruLife platform that facilitates a video processing pipeline of up to 1.2 gigapixels per second is also featured as part of the projection solution. This is anchored by Christie’s Freedom laser illumination system.
‘Ever since we screened a 15-minute preview of the film with director Ang Lee in April at NAB 2016, and again with clips at IBC 2016, we have demonstrated to the world that Christie is the only projector manufacturer capable of showing 4K, 3D and 120 fps per eye on a giant cinema screen,’ explained Dr Don Shaw, senior director of product management and sales at Christie Asia Pacific. ‘Although the Mirage system is not our purpose-built cinema laser system, it clearly gives us a glimpse of what could be the future of cinema projection. We are pleased that exhibitors have decided to invest in the system. This is unquestionably the most advanced projection system available, and the only system that can screen this landmark film in the way that the director intended it to be seen.’
‘We have been working closely with Christie and Sony Tristar Pictures in preparation of this major movie event, and have pulled out all the stops to ensure that Taiwanese audiences can enjoy this technically groundbreaking movie in the best possible way,’ said Vincent Tsang, Vieshow Cinemas’ national technical manager. ‘I was confident that this presentation, with its hyper-clarity and realism, would set a new milestone in cinema projection and it truly delivered on this promise.’