The silver screen I saw today at Red's demo booth had no hot spot, and didn't even look like a silver screen, for that matter. I was more concerned by the raised blacks and my right eye was greener than the left, but this color shift may have been the glasses quality. I'm guessing that it's using lcos to modulate, with laser as a light source only.
it's all prelim, so no worries.
The presentation was 2k simultaneous to each eye, they said they may have 4k in the next day.
It was very watchable, I must add.
The best 3D I've ever seen was at CES this year, on LG's OLED flat screen. Similar to the Red projector, it uses polarization and shows simultaneous left eye/right eye images. It was spectacular, even though the horizontal resolution is halved to each eye for 3D, which wouldn't be the case with the Red.
So, I'm a big, big fan of simultaneous left/right 3D. Something like the Dolby/Panavision stuff that has been discussed just above has the potential to be just amazing, and I wish that it was the solution out of the gate for this machine, but it's not. I'm not saying that Red made the wrong decision here -- just saying that the solution they have used really won't work for me at this time.
Unfortunately, since I just bought a (fully custom) screen that's worth about the cost of this projector, I will not be replacing it anytime soon. I realize that the polarization is only an issue for 3D, and it's true that 3D is not a major focus for me. I own a total of 4 3D Blu-ray discs, in fact, with plans to buy a fifth. But, it'd sure be nice to be able to watch those in 3D if I feel like it.
Another option, of course, is to simply buy an inexpensive DLP that does great active 3D and unremarkable 2D. I would use this second projector only for 3D, leaving the Red to handle 2D on my regular screen. This solution would cost substantially less than adding/replacing a screen like mine, and it's a solution that a number of home theater owners have used, because the category-leading 2D projectors in the $10k and under category (JVC, Sony) have until this year had stellar 2D and less-than-stellar 3D. (This year, a couple of the sub-$10k projectors are pretty darned good at both...)
However, it seems to me that one of the big kick-ass features of the Red projector is the simultaneous, 120Hz 3D. In the absence of widespread 4K content, I don't think you're gaining a lot from the 4K resolution, so the awesome 3D is one of the big features, and without it, the case for the Red becomes less compelling.
There's still a lot of appeal. I would expect the Red to have extremely rich, saturated color (which typical Blu-ray content can't take full advantage of, but perhaps RedRay will), hopefully instant-on and care-free operation like LED-based projectors have, and which conventional UHP-lamped projectors emphatically lack. It also has the potential to be very quiet.
So, it will still be extremely interesting to see how this machine performs when it ships, but I will not be waiting for it. The first projector going into my new theater will be something else. :(
I've been tooling around with a RealD-ish modulation filter which basically converts an active 3D projector into a passive one. Unlike RealD's modulators, this one is aimed at and priced for consumers, and works with any active 3D projector which has a VESA-3D connector for external sync. I've tested it with a couple of Optoma projectors on a Harkness Spectral 240 3D silver screen, and the results look very good. Sure there's crosstalk, but no more than on my JVC X70 active 3D projector.
While RED's projector is 4K and has those friggin' lasers, I'm also very keen to see what its simultaneous L/R looks like. RealD and this consumer version are both non-simultaneous, after all.
For anybody who has already attended today, have they mentioned if the projector is now running at 4K?
I'm very interested as to wether this will suit an IMAG situation for live shows, what kind of gear I would need to project graphic content direct from a computer, and most importantly, cost of ownership. Lamp life, display engine life, replacement costs etc.
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