The worlds largest trial project for Digital Cinema (aka. D-Cinema) is going to take place in Norway in 2006.
The project will be presented at the ShoWest
convention in Las Vegas March 13-16.
The total budget for the project is $2,000,000 (USD), and it's financed by the support of Filmweb, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Telenor, cinematech provider Hjalmar Wilhelmsen, the digital cinema advertising pioneer Unique Promotions/Unique Digital, and leading cinemas in Norway.
The goal of 12 month long project is to uncover problems related to
network installations of country-wide digital cinema technology.
The project will focus on distribution of digital movies and other types of entertainment through available digital projection and server technology, accoring to a press release by NORDIC
, as the project is called. NORDIC = NORway's Digital Interoperability in Cinemas
Norwegian "cinema goers" will certainly notice this project, since a total of 12 d-cinema systems will be installed in our largest cinemas.
(+ there are already a few running d-cinemas here already)
The project will also focus on more effective ways of digital distribution, through broadband and main servers.
It will also look at the posibilities to use JPEG 2000*, that has been developed by, amongst others, prof. Andrew Perkis at NTNU.
"We're not only going to cooperate with international standard-organizations and Hollywood studios.......
We are going to share all information and data from the NORDIC-project as wide and far as possible" - Andrew Perkis *JPEG 2000 is a new image coding system that uses state-of-the-art compression techniques based on wavelet technology. Its architecture should lend itself to a wide range of uses from portable digital cameras through to advanced pre-press, medical imaging and other key sectors. http://www.jpeg.org/jpeg2000/ Learn more about Digital Cinema here: http://www.jpeg.org/apps/cinema.html source
Looks like 2006 will be a great "cinema year" in Norway!