[Tig] Any thoughts/review about Barco DP2K-P DCI Projector?

Neil Smith neilsm at mac.com
Mon Sep 5 18:50:51 BST 2011

Just want to clarify that we blew the Barco Light Engine because of switching between dual link HD SDI and single link inputs every few seconds .... Bryan would review the hi-res DPX files playing our of SCRATCH (dual link HD SDI) and then want to see the QT edit cut playing out of FCP through single link as well as WIP QuickTimes using the DVI input .... apparently $100k projectors are not design for rapid switching between inputs in quick successions ... as long as we counted to 20 between each switch the projector worked just fine.

As we got closer to the release date we were working the projector 7 days a week, from 8 am in the morning to sometimes midnight ... the last VFX shot was finalled about 10 days before the movie was actually released into theaters and after the other eight reels had been graded and printed .... a stressful time, to say the least, but the Barco handled the pressure just fine ... I however, needed a month to recover once the show wrapped.


Neil Smith
Managing Director
West Hollywood. CA.
323 850 3550
On Sep 5, 2011, at 10:29 AM, Neil Smith wrote:

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> We've been using a Barco 2k DP100 for six years now in our grading theater ... we calibrate it regularly with a PR650 but its always within .001 of the spec ... blacks are rich and deep, colors are very faithful, operation is easy with the Post software, and bulb lasts a good 1500 hours .... its worked flawlessly for six year with a minimum amount of problems .... apart from the time we blew up the light engine when we were doing the VFX reviews for 'Superman Returns' and Bryan kept waiting to change between DPX and Quicktime every ten seconds ... apparently not a good thing to do :-( .... we're doing the VFX reviews for the two last 'Twilight'  features and the post-super (also did Avatar) is more than happy with the image quality.
> Barco did a short write-up on 'Superman Returns' and us:
> http://www.barco.com/en/digitalcinema/pressrelease/1889/
> There are cheaper projectors on the market but if you're looking for a solid workhorse that delivers stunning colors, the Barco is a great choice ... I'm not convinced that 4k is the way to go just yet for DI work.
> Neil
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