Imax Corp. has acquired the rights and patents that will allow it to produce the world’s first large-format laser film recorder, facilitating Imax’s ability to digitally record computer-generated or processed images onto film at a higher quality and speed than ever before.
“This initiative is a continuation of Imax’s commitment to developing digital technologies, including a camera, which will allow us to move films from 35mm to Imax theaters and eventually to Imax 3-D theaters,” said Imax co-CEO and chairman Bradley Wechsler in a statement. “This acquisition is a key next step in that process.”
Imax acquired the patented film recorder technology from Pthalo Systems, formerly a Vancouver-based technology firm. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
The introduction of this new technology, combined with the work already under way on developing a high-resolution large-format film scanner, will allow Imax to digitally process an entire film negative on demanding feature films. This will facilitate the use of computer-generated special effects and digital image capture and processing in the 15/70 film format.