The update included a presentation from Adam MacDonald (European Sales Manager, GDC) on what his company was doing to ensure that cinema operators could quickly adapt and continue to efficiently operate during and beyond COVID-19.
This was followed by a presentation from Patrick von Sychowski on the future of cinema-going, sharing his positive outlook on the ability of the industry to recover from the crisis and bring audiences back to the Big Screen.
Goran Stojmenovik, Chairman of the Laser Illuminated Projector Association (LIPA), gave an update on Laser Safety Regulations for cinema, delving deep into recent rules that had to be followed by cinema operators when installing laser equipment in their auditoriums. In another presentation related to laser projection, Tom Bert (Director of Cinema Technology, Barco), explored the efficiency of the technology and its broader impact on operations and designing the cinemas of tomorrow.
Later in the day, James Gardiner (digitAll and CineTechGeek) presented Clairmeta, a python package for Digital Cinema Package (DCP) probing and checking, while Jeroen Schlaman (Innovation Specialist, Maccs) introduced his company and its solutions for distributors and cinema operators.
The event also featured our very own Rolv Gjestland, advisor in cinema concepts, design, logistics and technology for Film&Kino and author of How to design a cinema auditorium, recently re-published and available for free on the UNIC website. In his presentation, he explored the gap between theory (such as industry standards and recommendations) and reality when designing cinema auditoriums. He engaged in a lively defense of the need for (and limits related to) compromises, and the complexity of finding the adequate balance between objective and subjective criteria to achieve greatness and deliver a truly amazing Big Screen experience.
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