[Tig] SuperCineColor

S. T. Nottingham III Stn3 at aol.com
Tue Apr 8 18:04:13 BST 2008

For those that might be interested, a complete description of the process of
supercinecolor is described at the following site:

There are detailed descriptions of both the two-strip and three-strip
systems, and even examples of both. The Wikipedia entry appears flawed in
some areas, especially in its description of the yellow printer.

It should be noted that after the development of Eastman Color, even
Technicolor's use of the three-strip process for production was greatly
reduced in favor of generating color printing matrices directly from color

Use of these prints in projection caused problems. Due to the fact that
there were dye images on both sides of the film and focus on the screen
suffered due to the lack of depth-of-field of standard projection systems.

Optical sound-on-film reproduction was also an issue on projection systems
with the incorrect photocell pickups.

The high cost of manufacturing prints, and the wide availability of Eastman
Color doomed the process to failure in the late 50s. Technicolor purchased
the assets of the company when they ceased operations.

The web site linked above appears to be a good reference for cinematic

Tom Nottingham

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Came across reference to a color process I hadn't known about, 3-strip  
SuperCineColor, which was based on the earlier 2-strip Cinecolor  
process.  In 1948 it became a 3-strip subtractive system, and below is  
an excerpt from the Wikipedia entry.  I'm curious if anyone has ever  
seen a print struck using this process, which may have been just as  
beautiful, but different, from Technicolor.

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