Watch: Preview the New IMAX 3D 4K Digital Camera Used for TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

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The IMAX format is a pretty great way to experience a film.  Though most “IMAX” experiences these days weren’t actually filmed natively in the format and are instead just blown up versions of standard format, some filmmakers (ie. Christopher Nolan) have made it a point to push genuine IMAX to its limits.  It’s a cumbersome way to shoot a movie,  however, as the large, bulky cameras limit the director’s camera movements, and even in dramatic scenes the camera is so loud that any dialogue onscreen has to be redubbed in ADR.  However, IMAX has just unveiled a new, smaller, 65mm 4K digital 3D camera that Michael Bay used in Transformers: Age of Extinction, and the company has released a short video explaining how this new digital IMAX camera—the first of its kind—operates.  I’m very curious to see if it can stack up to the film IMAX experience.

Hit the jump to watch the digital IMAX 3D camera video, and get a look at the camera in action when Transformers: Age of Extinction opens in theaters on June 27th.

IMAX_3D_Digital_Camera_4K (2)Here’s a few quick facts about the camera via IMAX:

  • IMAX has developed the first fully integrated dual 65mm 4K digital large-format 3D camera.
  • The IMAX 3D Digital Camera delivers stunning image quality and is smaller, lighter and easier to use than other 3D digital camera systems on the market.
  • The IMAX 3D Digital Camera is a true 4K stereo camera. This means that both the left eye and right eye images are captured at full 4K resolution.
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction is the first feature film to ever use the new IMAX3D Digital Camera.
  • Exclusively in IMAX theatres, sequences filmed with the IMAX3D Digital Cameras will be presented in a 1.9:1 aspect ratio – offering moviegoers 26% more of the image than standard cinemas for a truly immersive IMAX 3D experience.
  • The production team on Transformers: Age of Extinction was able to capture major action sequences of the film – including chase scenes and helicopter shots – in high-resolution 3D in a way that was previously impossible thanks to the compact size of the new cameras.

Here’s the official description of the camera (via IMAX):

IMAX’s fully integrated dual 65mm 4K digital large-format 3D camera delivers stunning image quality and is smaller, lighter and easier to use than other 3D digital camera systems on the market.

Exclusively in IMAX® theatres, sequences captured with this camera will expand to fill more of the IMAX screen with unprecedented crispness, clarity, color and earth-shattering 3D for a truly immersive experience.

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  • Person

    If we believe the poster, the results are so good they’re earth shattering,

  • zonver

    65mm 4K .ok lol.. that doesnt make sense at all.. 65mm was the size of the analog film stock (width or length depending on what perf was used) and the resolution is well beyond 10K.. (15perf is about 18K)… so this is clearly some marketing thing so that they can say “oh no its digital but like 65mm) .. ridiculous

    • Thomas Hansen

      The size of the sensor is 65 mm. With a resolution of at least 4K.

    • MJ

      You are clueless as to what you are talking about. It’s a 65mm “sensor” – actually two of them. This has nothing to do with 65mm “film.” Apples and oranges, dude.

      Additionally, with print copies, lenses and projection involved, the best 70mm “fllm” projected in an actual movie theater would have have an effective resolution of about 4.5K, with 35mm being about 2.5K. You are casually quoting theoretical “master print/negative” resolutions only — this is not even close to what you see on the screen at the theater from those films on massed produced print copies.

      As projected at you local theater, 4K blows away 35mm, and 4K is on par with theater projected resolution quality of “70mm” releases from decades ago.

      You need to sharpen you pencil, as do all the 11 well meaning morons who voted you up for your complete set of misinformation here. Ignorance is bliss and everyone likes a seemingly clever speech I guess?

  • mattinacan

    too bad these fancy cameras are being used to film such a piece of shit

    • cezar211091 .

      damn right

  • DEADP00L

    This franchise is DEAD. I can’t think of anything sadder than Transformers.

    • The Flobbit

      A teddy bear…lying in a rainy gutter…the stuffing falling out. The Up theme is playing. And now I’m crying…

      Grown men cry to the Up theme and are not ashamed.

      • DEADP00L

        I feel No shame!

    • mattinacan

      only Bay himself is sadder

  • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

    Sigh. So much resolution, so little substance.

  • Grendal Sven

    Soooo… Instead of HD walking, talking piles of junk moving around the screen, they will be “SUPER HD” walking, talking piles of junk moving around the screen.

    Win.

  • MJ

    Most of us here are going to see it, but only a fraction of us are going to admit that we saw it. It’s like listening to a Carpenter’s song a.k.a. that scene in Tommy Boy.

    • DEADP00L

      Ever heard of pirating? We’ll watch it but we aren’t paying to watch it. Also netflix netflix netflix.

      • MJ

        I don’t do pirating.

      • DEADP00L

        I do and most of us do and will.

        I personally feel that I am getting robbed by studios who continuously produce crap, so the least I can do is pay them back by not actually paying to watch garbage. I pay for gas, tickets, food and time I’ll pay it happily for quality – not HD walking and talking piles of indistinguishable junk. Who don’t even get much screen time!

        That goes the same for creepy looking faced ninja turtles with supporting heroines played by horrendously horrible hacks who cannot even act.

      • Justin Kemp

        Maybe thats your problem. You are watching a low res pirated copy of a movie on a rinky dink computer screen that was suppose to be seen in a theater. Watching a movie in a theater is 10X more better than watching on a computer screen.

      • MJ

        Exactly.

    • mattinacan

      i walked out of the first one halfway and never saw 2 or 3. i would never see this.

      • MJ

        And yet here you are, reading the Transformers article, and posting about Transformers.

        And then I see you on the more recent Collider Transformers article from today posting there as well. And then we can all see that you took your valuable time to even comment on the poster…like a person who saw 1/2 of one of three movies would feel the need to comment on the poster…the fracking silly poster…really guy? Really? :-))

        Sure dude, whatever you say. (sarcasm)

        My bet is that you have secretly seen them all. Otherwise, why the intensive interest and all the posts from you for “supposedly” only seeing the first half on one movie? And your compulsive need to post about the movie poster — that what really “busted” you here, my friend.

        LOL ^ 2

      • MJ

        And yet here you are, reading the Transformers article, and posting about Transformers.

        And then I see you on the more recent Collider Transformers article from today posting there as well. And then we can all see that you took your valuable time to even comment on the poster…like a person who saw 1/2 of one of three movies would feel the need to comment on the poster…the fracking silly poster…really guy? Really? :-))

        Sure dude, whatever you say. (sarcasm)

        My bet is that you have secretly seen them all. Otherwise, why the intensive interest and all the posts from you for “supposedly” only seeing the first half on one movie? And your compulsive need to post about the movie poster — that what really “busted” you here, my friend.

        LOL ^ 2

  • dmpartners

    They need to step 3D up to 12K and then 24K, Im seeing blurry images, The picture needs to be crisp and brighter, I saw Dragon 3D last night and its not as clear as it could be. Look for 4K to go away.

    • Justin Kemp

      If your main concern is blurry images, then the problem isnt that the resolution is too low. Its the frame rate. If you want to have less blurry images and more crisp, then the frame rate needs to be doubled. Prime example would be The Hobbit at 48 fps. The 3-D was much more sharper then the standard 24 fps.

      • dmpartners

        Interesting Thanks

      • Kyle Chandler

        Yeah, I actually really enjoyed the 3d with the hobbit. At 48fps it felt almost akin to looking through a window. Not all theaters offer it, but if you can find a theater with it when the next one comes out it is worth seeing.

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