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In several past blogs I have discussed international/industry standards that relate to the next generation of Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) devices (i.e., displays, video sources & video distribution).Â Specifically, in past blogs I have discussed (HERE and HERE) the next generation HDMI (i.e., version 2.0) and also the new High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) defined by the ITU-T Recommendation h.265 (discussed HERE and HERE).Â I have also previously discussed (HERE) the potential for a next generation Blu-ray Disc standard that would support 4K UHD resolution.Â For this new blog I am discussing another ârecommendationâ (i.e., standard) already published by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) that defines the âParameter values for ultra-high definition television systems for production and international programme exchange.â
Update on 4K Related Standards and 1080p Projector News
February 1, 2013 -
This blog includes a few updates related to the discussions on 4K and Ultra HD video, as discussed in my previous blogs, plus provides preliminary info on a few interesting new 1080p projectors from Optoma, BenQ and Sony that have been recently announced (i.e., post-CES 2013).
This is a short post-CES blog intended to provde a very quick review of the projector related news out of CES 2013.Â CES 2013 had very little to offer in terms of new projector introductions and the big push by the video manufacturers was for 4K Ultra High Definition LCD/LED displays.Â However there were a few projector introductions.
The 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) begins Tuesday, January 8th in Las Vegas.Â A day earlier (i.e., Monday, Jan. 7th) is designated as CES Press Day and several of the manufacturers of home theaters projectors and related products (including LG, Sharp, Panasonic, Sony, etc.) will be holding press briefings that day.Â This blog previews a few products planned for introduction at CES as well Â as discussing some projector technologies and related video products that may be introduced at CES for the home theater market. Updates from Jan. 7th press conferences now posted.
The 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) begins January 8th in Las Vegas.Â This blog discusses a few products that are known to be scheduled for introduction at CES as well and some speculation of what else we may see coming from the projector manufacturers (and a few others) known to be exhibiting at CES.
This blog discusses how the technology pieces are starting to come together in support of â4Kâ video.Â The first consumer 4K video projector that made it to market (in early 2012) was Sonyâs excellent VPL-VW1000ES projector.Â As of the date of this blog, the VPL-VW1000ES is still the only available consumer projector with a native 4K resolution and capable of accepting a 4K video input.Â Several consumer electronics manufacturers, including Sony, LG and JVC, are now introducing 4K resolution 84 inch flat panel LCD/LED displays.Â All of these 84 inch displays appear to be using the same LCD panels that are, by some unconfirmed reports, being sourced from LG.Â While some may point out all of these 4K display devices, with retail prices in the $20,000 to $25,000 range, are far too expensive to be affordable to all but a very select group of consumers. Â However, they do represent a modest first step in what will certainly develop into a broader market,with lower priced products, over time.Â What has been missing up to this point is any 4K video sources or video material (e.g., movies).Â This blog is focused on what we can expect for 4K video sources over the next year.
Since Iâm posting this blog in late November and we are now in the holiday shopping season, the focus of this blog is on a few useful accessories/devices for a home theater system.Â Iâm not talking about projectors or screens, or even AV receivers.Â Rather, Iâm talking about a few items the new or exiting home theater owner might want to have on their wish list.
Understanding the characteristics of the lamps used in video projectors and going as far as to track the light output of your projector can be a useful exercise for some home theater owners.Â The industry standard for lamp life is based on a 50% dimming of the lamp.Â Therefore, when a projector manufacturer specifies that a specific model of projector has, for example, a lamp life of 2000 hours that means that they expect the lamp to lose one half of its original (i.e, when the lamp was new) light output after 2000 hours of use.Â However, there are other factors that can impact the lamp life and it can be useful for the projector owner to understand what these factors are where their projectorâs lamp actually is in its life cycle.
September 7: Â This is the third blog in a series reporting on new products being introduced at the CEDIA Expo 2012, that is now underway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Â I will update this blog later today with more news out of Â the CEDIA show.
Thursday – 9 September: Â Today is the first day the CEDIA trade floor is open and several companies are officially introducing new projectors and related products today. Â I will be updating this blog a few times today, so check back.
Wednesday – 5 September: Â The CEDIA Expo 2012 trade show officially started today with the keynote address, but the trade exhibits don’t open until tomorrow (Thursday, 6 Sept.). Â However, there are a few news items from today.
This blog is a final preview before the start of the CEDIA Expo show that is held next week in Indianapolis (the CEDIA keynote speech and first press conferences are on Wednesday Sept. 5th and the trade show opens Sept. 6th).Â My previous blog included several video projector related products rumored to be making their appearance at CEDIA.Â For this new blog I will only cover those projectors for which their manufacturer has already released some information.
This blog presents a preview of new projectors and a few related products that may be introduced and/or demoâed at next monthâs CEDIA Expo 2012. Â The CEDIA Expo is the most important trade show in the USA for the introduction of new home theater video projectors and related products. Â Also included below are some products that may come to the marketplace during the next few months, but the manufacturer does not have an exhibit/booth at the CEDIA Expo.Â In some cases the product information that I discuss below is based the preliminary information from the manufacturer while for some other products the information below is based on what appears to fairly credible rumors.Â In the following write-up I have tried to clearly identify the rumors from the more firm information.
The current generation of the HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) specification was issued in early 2010, in the same time frame as the specification for Blu-ray 3D players (which specifies a HDMI 1.4a output).Â The latest version of the HDMI Specification is v1.4b which is functionally the same as v1.4a, but with the addition of testing requirements to be used by manufacturers to certify compliance with the specification.Â Most current consumer video devices include support for the HDMI v.1.4a.Â I provided an overview of the HDMI v1.4a provisions related to 3D video in my very first blog (HERE) for Projector Reviews.
This blog provides a wrap-up to the discussion of my past 9 blogs on the subject of Passive 3D Projection.Â Most of that discussion focused on using two consumer projectors operating in 2D mode and configured with auxiliary equipment/components such that one projector is used for the right-eye view and the second projector is used for the left-eye view as required to present a stereoscopic 3D image when viewed thru passive 3D glasses.Â This final blog in the series on passive 3D projection discusses a single projector solution for implementing a passive 3D projection system.
This post is Part 9 in a the series of blogs discussing do-it-yourself (diy) passive 3D projection systems that use two conventional front projectors.Â This new blog continues the discussion on the use of dual projection system that use color bandpass filtering (i.e.,Â âwavelength multiplexingâ), instead of polarization, as the means to separate the right from the left images.Â In simply terms, wavelength multiplexing, uses two projectors equipped with filters that pass only very narrow bands of colors within the visible spectrum with one of the filters passing a set of colors that is slightly offset from the set of colors passed by the filter being used on the second projector.Â The viewers then must wear passive 3D glasses whose lenses are filters that pass narrow bands of the visible spectrum that matches those being used on the two projectors.
This post continues the series of blogs discussing do-it-yourself (diy) passive 3D projection systems that use two conventional front projectors.Â In my previous blogs of this series the discussion has focused on passive 3D projection system that use polarized light as the means to separate the right from the left images that make up the stereoscopic image pair that creates the 3D effect.Â This new blog starts the discussion on the use of dual projector system that uses color bandpass filtering (i.e.,Â âwavelength multiplexingâ), instead of polarization, as the means to separate the right from the left images.Â In simply terms, wavelength multiplexing, uses two projectors equipped with filters that pass only very narrow bands of colors within the visible spectrum with one of the filters passing a set of colors that is slightly offset in wavelength from the set of colors passed by the filter being used on the second projector.Â The viewers then must wear passive 3D glasses whose lenses are filters that pass narrow bands of the visible spectrum that matches those being used on the two projectors.
This post continues the series of blogs discussing do-it-yourself (diy) passive 3D projection systems that use two conventional front projectors.Â In my previous blog (i.e., Part 6 of this series), I completed (at least for the time being) the discussion on projectors suitable for use as part of a passive 3D projection system that uses polarized light as the means to separate the right from the left images that make up the stereoscopic image pair that creates the 3D effect.Â This new blog wraps up the current discussion on passive 3D projection systems that use polarized light.
This blog post continues the discussion of do-it-yourself (diy) passive 3D projection systems that use two conventional front projectors.Â In my previous blog (i.e., Part 5 of this series), I discussed using projectors that inherently project polarized light as well as the role of external filters needed for use with such projectors.Â For this new blog, I will address one comment received to that previous blog as well as continue the discussion on passive 3D projection systems that uses polarization as the means to separate the right from the left images that make up the stereoscopic image pair that creates the 3D effect.
This is Part 5 of a series of blogs discussing passive 3D projection systems.
For these blogs I am focused on passive 3D systems that use polarization as the means to separate the right from the left images.Â Previously I discussed (in Part 3 â HERE) the role of the 3D Source, the 2-way HDMI Splitter and the 3D Processors.Â In my most recent blog (Part 4 â HERE) I discussed the different types of polarization, sources for polarizing filters, and projectors with non-polarized light output. Also in these earlier blogs I discussed some general characteristics to consider when selecting the projectors to be use for a do-it-yourself (diy), dual projector passive 3D setup.Â For this 5th installment of this series, I am discussing the use of projectors that inherently project polarized light and how these can be used in a diy 3D passive linear polarized dual projector system.