|April 14, 2004|
|Olympus Corporation (President: Tsuyoshi Kikukawa) is pleased to announce the introduction of the first complete input-to-output digital motion picture camera, editing, and display system in the world to support 8-megapixel high-fidelity imaging. The system's image quality is four times than that of existing high-definition television (HDTV) systems. The system includes a new 8-megapixel high-definition digital motion picture camera and hard disk drive recorder whose size and weight have been significantly reduced over previously announced prototype models. In addition, realtime data transfer between the recording and editing components of the system reduces editing time and allows the review of full-resolution, large-screen image data. To coincide with the introduction of the new system, a new Olympus High-Fidelity Theater with full high-fidelity digital movie production and editing facilities also opens today at the Olympus Hatagaya Plant in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward.|
|In the future, Olympus plans to develop the market for this extremely realistic high-definition movie system in theaters, cinemas, exhibition halls, showrooms, and other entertainment and commercial applications.|
|SH-880TM 8-Megapixel Digital Movie Camera And SH-880TR HDD Recorder|
|The Olympus High-Fidelity Theater at the Olympus Hatagaya Plant in Shibuya, Tokyo|
|With the advent of HDTV and terrestrial digital television broadcasting, the potential commercial and residential applications of high-fidelity imaging have begun to receive increased attention. Particularly strong interest has been focused on the development of unified standards for all-digital recording, editing, distribution, and viewing systems that can be used to achieve the simultaneous worldwide screening of digital entertainment and other content that can benefit from the extremely high image quality that such systems offer.|
|For some time now, Olympus has been involved in the research and development of large-screen, high-fidelity input and output technologies. In May 2002, it was the first company to announce the successful development of 8-megapixel high-fidelity movie camera and recorder prototypes that had the potential to be deployed in the field, and in September of the same year it successfully demonstrated their capabilities by using them to present a classical music concert conducted by Seiji Ozawa. Olympus also developed the VisionPlex automatic image calibration system for seamless large-screen display of high-fidelity output from multiple projectors, and in April 2003 installed such a system at the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution in Kobe. With the introduction of the latest system, and the opening of a facility that showcases its potential, Olympus plans to solicit business partners with a view to further market development.|
|The improved version of the 8-megapixel digital movie camera that was developed for this product release is smaller and lighter than the prototype version, and is now capable of battery operation. As a result, it is suitable for both location shooting and studio use. An optical link between the camera and recorder also now allows image data to be transferred over a distance of one kilometer or more, increasing usability and overall mobility. The hard disk drive (HDD) recorder unit allows instantaneous playback, which is a major advantage over film-based shooting, and makes it easy to review material on location.|
|In addition to showcasing the capabilities of the newly developed digital movie camera and HDD recorder, the new Olympus High-Fidelity Theater features an editing system specifically developed to handle 8-megapixel movie content. For output and display, the proven performance of an Olympus VisionPlex automatic image calibration system is used. From input to output, all of the equipment is interlinked and supports 8-megapixel imaging, so editing time is reduced, and dynamic 8-megapixel image quality can be captured, reviewed and screened on site.|
|The Olympus High-Fidelity Theater will be used to foster the development of business partnerships and commercial applications for the input-to-output system, and to serve as a showroom to help strengthen sales of the previously introduced VisionPlex display system. In addition, the facility will offer high-fidelity content production services.|
|Olympus High-Fidelity Theater Overview|
|Olympus High-Fidelity Theater Overview|
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