As South African cinemas move more and more into digital projection, the hollywoodreporter.com (Carolyn Giardina’s article, 15 March) reports that the 3-D release of Disney’s “Meet the Robinsons’ has highlighted the global need for the standardisation of 3-D digital cinema delivery.
It is estimated that some 650 digital cinema screens worldwide will be 3-D ready for the “Meet the Robinsons’ release. Disney is having to create eight different file formats for the digital cinema equipment currently used for 3-D. This comes to 42 separate packages if all the different languages required for global release are taken into account.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has reportedly started working towards standardising 3-D delivery, but it is expected to be a slow process.