[tig] viewing distances
Mon Sep 27 22:57:22 BST 2004
Clearly a lot to mull over.
It is interesting too because in audio dubbing suites there is a similar
problem. I recall one ex-colleague (Billy Mahoney, Head of Audio at
Molinare) pointing out the need for mixing to a large projected image, even
for TV drama, so that they didn't miss some minor action on screen that
needed a bit of foley that might well have been missed on a 20" monitor.
Given that the colourist is creating complex masks amongst other detailed
adjustments, I can see the need to be absolutely certain that they still
work on a full size cinematic screen.
Another person I was talking to recently reported that a DoP had said that
they liked a screen size that enabled them to see the entire screen, as
large as possible but without having to move their heads around to take it
Unlike TV, which is where most of us have come from, nothing is really fixed
in the new world. Aspect ratio, type of display (Might be cinema via digital
projector or via a print, might be a TV screen or even, shudder, a phone),
viewing conditions, delivery method etc
Anyway thanks to everyone for the links and thoughts.
Hugh James Waters
Waters Technical Services
hugh at hjwaters.co.uk
----- Original Message -----
From: "Graham Collett" <grahamcollett at sprockets-telecine.co.uk>
To: <tig at colorist.org>
Sent: Monday, September 27, 2004 8:19 AM
Subject: [tig] viewing distances
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> Cast in stone from SMPTE was 3.5 x diagonal ... cant remember the
> angle, something like 10/15 degrees ..... Although it was a written spec
> it was never practical to use ...
> Graham Collett
> Sprockets(telecine) Ltd
> > What, for example, is the optimum viewing distance from the screen and
> > are there any rules of thumb (or actual specs) to suggest any
> > particular physical size of screen to use?
> Without answering the question or citing hard data, I can report on
> "conventional wisdom" regarding a way the "cinema experience" differs
> from the "big screen TV" experience.
> Our perception of a moving image depends not only on the angular size of
> the visual field, but also the absolute distance. A 4-foot screen viewed
> from 10 feet is not the same as an 8-foot screen from 20 feet. Above a
> certain distance (roughly 20 feet), our stereoscopic vision becomes
> pretty weak. Binocular disparity then tells us only that things are
> "far", not that they are all on a flat surface at the same distancen
> away. Thus, other 3-D cues (obscuration, relative motion, haze, etc.)
> dominate and are not being contradicted by stereopsis. The cinema "big
> screen" therefore gives a better impression of dimensionality than a
> smaller, closer screen with the same viewing angle, resolution, color,
> I'm just reporting the effect. I'm not saying that a DI suite should
> have a screen 20+ feet from the operator in order to do "accurate"
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