Roger Morton - Penfield NY, Gabriel Fielding - Webster NY, Michelle Maurer - Rochester NY, Christopher Dumont - Rochester NY,
A method is described for processing motion picture scene data through a process in which the scene data is initially acquired from a film or an electronic camera and ultimately projected onto a screen, wherein image losses potentially occur during distribution and projection stages of the process. The method includes the steps of: (a) representing the scene data in a non-linear space; and (b) compensating for the image losses associated with the distribution and projection stages at a point in the process before they occur by converting the scene data into an intermediate space representing the space in which the losses occur and filtering the scene data in the intermediate space to compensate the scene data for the losses. Additional steps provide additional benefits, including the steps of: (a) digitally scaling the digital scene data anamorphically to provide an image that makes full use of the available film space on the film; (b) recording multiple intermediate prints from the digital scene data and performing a single printing step to make each release print from an intermediate print; and (c) using motion compensated frame averaging to digitally remove noise.
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