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Calibre Shows Cinema Processor to U.S. Market

UK-based image processing, scaling, and warping manufacturer Calibre introduced its new PVProHD-DC digital cinema alternative content processor.

This week at ShoWest 2010 in Las Vegas, UK-based image processing, scaling, and warping manufacturer Calibre introduced its new PVProHD-DC digital cinema alternative content processor.

"The PVProHD-DC digital cinema alternative content processor adds to the purpose-built digital cinema projector the ability to accept all professional audiovisual content and computer formats with optimal screen mapping, " said Paul Carey, president of Calibre's U.S. partner Marketing Specialists, in a statement. "Video timings for both Sony and Texas Instruments-based projectors are supported, making the product an ideal mate for any installation."

According to the company, the PVProHD-DC alternative content processor uses real-time SIMD DSP-based software image-processing techniques to re-master the alternative content image in real time.

Featuring a 1024-tap scaling filter plus de-interlacing aspect-ratio conversion, PVProHD-DC performs per-pixel motion adaptive noise reduction to significantly reduce image noise and grain in HD and SD images without causing loss of detail or motion blur, says the company. PVProHD-DC can also enhance image clarity through its detail enhancement algorithms and provides a real-time un-sharp mask, which is able to make near-HD-quality images from SD sources, Calibre adds.

PVProHD-DC uses 10-bit post-production-grade image processing algorithms to provide its best possible picture performance.

"Alternative content processing for digital cinema is a uniquely demanding task which requires the best possible scaling and image processing," said Tim Brooksbank, chairman at Calibre, in a statement. "The large screen size and dark viewing environment can sometimes mean that noise and picture softness, which would not be noticed on a normal projector or TV screen, suddenly becomes apparent to the viewer."



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