Movie Types and Film Projection Part 3: Digital Formats

With few exceptions, every movie theater now uses digital projection technologies. There are only a select few places theatres that still use film based projection of either 35mm, or the more rare 7Omm and IMAX 7Omm formats. The cost for distributing movies is greatly reduced with digital. Film prints can cost several thousand dollars, 7OMM upwards of $20,000, and IMAX $55,000. Mailing a hard drive with a digital movie costs $300. Having digital projectors also lets the theater run movies without having a dedicated projectionist or projection staff, which further reduces cost to operate a theater or multiplex. There are currently 5 primary digital formats, 2K, 4K, 4K Laser, IMAX Digital, and IMAX Laser.

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Movie Types and Film Projection Part 1

Over the over 125-year history of motion pictures, there has been a constant effort to enhance the capturing and viewing quality of these recordings. Even now, despite many standardizations throughout the 1900s, there are many different theatre marketing names that have cropped up in an effort to get customers to pay ever-increasing ticket prices. Not all of these marketing terms are straightforward or represent accurately the many technologies used to project the images onto all of those screens.

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Turn on Light when Door Opens: SmartThings Home Automation

I use this automation to turn on my garage door, it does not sound like much but I find this simple automation to be one of my most used and loved home automation setups. I have a tilt senor on my large garage door and a open/close sensor on my conventional door. We park our cars in the garage and use it as our entry into the house. Basically as soon as we pull into the garage or walk out into it the lights turn on.  Our garage overhead lights are a significant improvement over the very dim light that turn on by the garage door alone. Even though I have this setup for our garage, this idea can easily be adapted to any light/door combination (e.g. closets, bathrooms, ...etc).

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Installation: Kids Guard Magnetic Child Safety Cabinet Locks

When our little one started opening cabinets, I looked around for the best cabinet locks I could find.  None of our cabinets have handles and I was not thrilled by the thought of drilling holes in our nice cabinets for locks. But then I found the Kids Guard Magnetic Child Safety Cabinet Locks. They use 3M double sided tape rather than screws to lock the cabinets.

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Party Button: Button Box

The button box is the most visible part of the party button system. Sometimes I would leave it on a counter top or side table as a conversation piece, but it can be easily hidden away if needed. The mobility of the button box is great as it can be passed around to party goers. When we first started dating I had my girlfriend (now wife!) press the button to start a New Year's Eve party. Needless to say, she was impressed!

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Installation: Safety 1st Furniture Wall Straps

When it was time to anchor our furniture because our little one was walking I selected the Safety 1st Furniture Wall Straps. They had good reviews on Amazon, were less than $3 per a strap, and did little damage to walls/furniture. Install is pretty easy and took me about 15 minutes after I figured out what I was doing.  I found the straps to work really well for most of our furniture, but decided to find another product for sentimental pieces that we did not want to drill holes into. 

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Turning an Old Router Into a New Wireless Access Point

Eventually we all end up with an extra router whether it is because your old router micro stutters or like me you get married and have two of everything. Whatever the reason don't let an extra router sit idly or worse rot in the local dump. This post will show how to setup a Linksys (Cisco) wireless router as a wireless access point for your home network.

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