I only study it as a hobby because it fascinates the hell out of me. I still marvel at how groups of engineers were able to come up with the first analog NTSC encoding using a modulated radio wave!
Hey if you're interested (and mods feel free to erase this if it goes against the forum rules) have a look at this forum.http://liftgammagain.com/forum/index.php
Great info and feedback from top professionals, I've lurked for a long time. Also consider joining the CML mailing list. It should feed that fascination (probably satiate it).
Thanks for the link! This is what I've been studying: http://www.amazon.com/The-Filmmakers-Ha ... 0452297281
I am on my second or third reading, and I learn something new every time. The reason I'm excited about the potential for the new 4K master of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is that from what I've read, there are 2 masters, currently: a version used for the Blu-ray here in the states, and then Mondo Films has an Italian master that is supposedly sharper, timed/graded better on the color, and does not make use of egregious DNR...something the American master is accused of. Having seen neither, I can't say for certain. I was impressed with how well well Fistful and Few Dollars More looked on Blu. Yes, Techniscope has a lot of grain, but grain doesn't bother me. It's simply part of the experience of shooting 2-perf film. American Graffiti is another Techniscope classic, and to me it's just part of the overall enjoyment and experience. Heck, when I watched ST: Into Darkness, the local theater was projecting a 35mm release print. It has visible print damage, the infamous "cigarette burns" before the changeovers, etc. The image was often soft and somewhat out of focus, but that could be the fault of the projectionist. In any event, I suspect it will be on of the last 'films' I actually see on film!
I also agree with you on better calibration for current gen TVs. I downloaded one of the free tools from AVS Forums, and to do it right (or to even attempt to do it right) takes time and patience. And even then, some panels just won't clean up as much as you'd like. But...then I think back to the days of watching Star Trek: TNG in broadcast as I pop in my TNG Season 1 Blu-ray and realize just how far we've come, even if the TV could stand to be calibrated more tightly.