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This Redray 4k Cinema Player Looks Like Something Out of Terminator

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The much lusted after Redray, which looks like the blu ray player Terminator and Darth Vader would use, can now be pre-ordered for $1450 and will start shipping in December. That's damn expensive but 4K! 4K! 4K!

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The Redray can play HD, 3D and 4k media and has a 1TB hard drive to store those fatty files. RED is also introducing a .RED codec (native 4K file compressed to 2.5mb/s) and Odemax, "an all-inclusive environment for home and theatrical delivery of feature films, with built-in digital rights management, sales, marketing and analytics tools." Whatever. I know blu ray players and set top boxes are supposed to look all minimalist and small and invisible and stuff but the Redray's brawny design is making me wet with happy thoughts. Find out more here [RED]

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As an industry professional, anyone who is interested in the true nature of HD, 2K, 4K should read this article

http://magazine.creativecow.net/article/the-truth-about-2k-4k-the-future-of-pixels

it's a really fascinating interview with John Galt of Panavision.

Quotes:

" Another problem with a message built on "marketing pixels" is that it confuses pixels and resolution. They don't have anything to do with each other. What defines the resolution, quite frankly, is the optics more than the sensor.

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Let's just pretend for a moment that IMAX truly is 4K. You watch IMAX at between one and one and a half picture heights from the screen. But in order to get to appreciate 4K on a regular movie screen, you would have to sit much closer than normal. In other words, when you go to a movie theater, and most of the modern theaters with stadium seating are designed so that the middle of the theater is 2 ½ to 3 picture heights from the screen, for most of us who watch movies, that's pretty where we want to be sitting. Maybe just a little bit closer from some of us who do this for a living, because we're maybe looking for artifacts or issues. If you sit much closer than 2 ½ picture heights, that's what you're seeing, artifacts, not movies!

So if you had true 4K resolution in your local theater, everybody would have to sitting in the first 6 rows. Otherwise they wouldn't see any extra detail. Their eyes wouldn't LET them see it. You know this intuitively from passing by these beautiful new monitors at trade shows. You find yourself getting absolutely as close as possible to see the detail, and to see if there are any visible artifacts. At normal viewing distances, you can't.

So the whole 2K 4K thing is a little bit of a red herring.

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