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Experiencing the new Star Wars, Digitally

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Yesterday I was fortunate enough to attend a preview screening of the final chapter in the Star Wars saga, Revenge of the Sith, in a digital projection at the Metreon in San Francisco.

Fear not: I won't give away any spoilers, other than to say "It sucked less . . . barely."

What did impress me was the technology used to deliver the images to the silver screen. Texas Instruments was a sponsor of the event, and its 1080p cinema-grade DMD (digital micromirror device) is at the heart of the 3-chip projectors used in digital theaters around the world.

I watched the last two Star Wars movies in 720p DLP cinema and found myself noticing the occasional aliasing artifact. I plan to see the movie again on celluloid to compare the visual experience. Suffer I will for the sake of my craft.

If you are fortunate enough to live near a theater that offers digital projection, be sure to treat yourself to a show. As more movies are being shot digitally, theaters equipped with digital projectors bring the experience to the big screen in pristine quality—be it the first showing or the five-hundredth.

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