How Does IMAX Work?

How Does IMAX Work?


These days it’s all about viewing on the
go, right? Whether you’re stuck in traffic watching
a movie playing in the SUV in front of you, or catching a flick on your phone, it seems
like if you can’t put it in your pocket or under your airplane seat, then it’s not
worth it. But come on. IMAX was derived from the words “maximum
image” and you might be tempted to call it Maxi, but that doesn’t begin to capture
the immersive experience of watching eye-popping 3-D docs or major Hollywood flicks in a theater
like this. So now I’m here with Greg Foster. He’s the president of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. This is the man who decides what gets shot
and what gets shown in IMAX. IMAX is about scope. IMAX is about transporting you into this immersive
world. A typical IMAX screen is 52 by 72 feet. Way larger than normal movie screens. It’s also placed closer to the audience
and is slightly curved. That means the images on screen completely
fill your field of vision. Add in stadium seating so you don’t have
to worry about big-dude-right-in-front-of-me syndrome and up to 1800 watts of digital surround
sound, and you are ready for a primo movie-going experience. When filmmakers make a movie, they’re not
usually making the movie for a small 40-inch television screen. They’re making the movie for, if they can,
they’re imagination, for a 70-foot-wide screen. But how do you fill that screen with a crystal-clear
image? David Keighley! Nar! What’s up, man? David is the head of post-production. And he is impervious to cold. Why is it so cold in here? Well, it’s to keep the film good for a long
period of time. So, David, I take it this is the first step
in converting a conventional film into an IMAX film, right? What we’re doing here, we have a 35-millimeter
scanner and a 65-millimeter scanner. And what we’re doing is taking the analog
film and putting in the digital domain. Making it the ones and zeroes. But basically, there’s a lens here and there’s
a light source and it’s scanning, you know, pixel for pixel as that moves along. This process involves scanning the whole movie
one single frame at a time. So, it takes a good long time and so… But for one movie, how long? Well, I mean, you know, we could be scanning
here literally for months sometimes. So where does it go? To a server? We have 100 terabytes of storage. That’s where it’s going now through fiber
optics into our storage area network to get ready for us to do the next process, which
will be dust busting… Yup, he just said dust busting. But it’s not like cleaning the chip crumbs
out of your couch. So, if there is dirt in the scan, then you
have to do what’s called dust bust and get that dirt out by a process by just looking
at every frame and saying, “Oh, there’s a piece of dirt.” And then you have a computer program to replace
those pixels. And then it goes to the next process, the
DMR, the digital re-mastering process up in Toronto. Then it gets sent back here for final quality
control and transformation into a film print or a digital projection format. Now you’ve gone through the DMR process. You’ve finalised the color corrections. And now what? Well now you go into a process where you,
you package it. You make the DCP. The DCP is the digital cinema package. Basically, the whole movie on this little
guy. The hard drive goes in just a little case
like this. Can I plug the hard drive in now? Yes, you can. We’ll just show you how to do that. Awesome. Here’s a USB cable. Yes. We’ll put it there. And that’s all there is to it. That’s it? Well that’s it, but you know what? It’s not instant. This is a two-and-three-quarter hour movie. And we’ll just plug it in there and it takes
about two-and-three-quarter hours to actually ingest it in the projector. Hey David, now that I’ve seen what goes
into IMAX movies and make them so awesome, I really want to go watch one. Okay, well, why don’t you go down to the
theater and I’ll power up the system and you’ll see IMAX for real. Yes! Thanks man. Thanks man. Thanks to the specialised technologies developed
at IMAX, we can all feel like we are in the movies. Hit me.

75 thoughts on “How Does IMAX Work?

  1. Looks like he or she just work up. Like he slept on the plane before the interview after he’s been sleeping on the streets for a while

  2. didn't know it went digital. i was disappointed with the non-digital imax and did not bother ever since.

  3. why do they always change the classes? you buy a pair for one movie then try to use them the next, they tell you they won't work you gotta use a new pair.

  4. I think that this video not only looks old, but is old. Because who is still using reels🤔🤔

  5. Marty! Is that you! Come On we gotta go back to the 1950s and stop your dad from impregnating your mom so generations of poor saps won't have to watch some 1990s MTV wannabe!

  6. 1:06 how can anyone in the front row see what's happening, if I was sitting there I would only see an actors nose.

  7. Fu*ker you never mentioned the lasers and how polarity shift adjusts for distorted field of view. I feel like I have been cheated. Is this what discovery is down to these days?

  8. This isn't how imax is made. This is how a movie shot on 35mm is converted in to Imax. You are being lied to. These slightly larger screens are not true imax. A true imax is shot a a special camera. Discovery sucks

  9. The only bad,sad disappointing thing about it is

    it gives Studios like Marvel and others the excuse to make movies with shity writing and lean in on the IMAX experience to compensate it.

  10. IMAX definitely has its place in movie theaters. That is why we pay those dollars for that truly immersive experience. Just awesome!!

  11. I think ive gotten dumber after watching this, I did not learn a single thing, instead i lost my way of life

  12. 2:38 is he a she? Dang he's dressed like he's given up on life after coming to the future from 2001 with that haircut. And he says "Dasss it" I mean…

  13. Until imax gets their shit together. I'm jumping ship and on team Dolby cinema. Just can't go wrong with it literally the only thing missing in Dolby cinema is the 4story tall screen

  14. At some point they need to address the dim image situation when watching 3D. You already have a projector with a dim bulb, then you reduce the brightness by 50% making it 3D and finally adding insult to injury you put on tinted glasses. Makes for one shitty movie experience. I literally missed half of what was supposed to be on screen the last time I went to see Star Wars 3D in cimemas. I will never pay to see 3D again.

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