Each year, the “Academy Award of Merit” honors personalities who are responsible for a technical achievement which “has demonstrably contributed to improving filmmaking processes in a significant way”.
Franz Kraus and Johannes Steurer from ARRI and Wolfgang Riedel from the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques have each been awarded an Oscar for the design and development of the ARRILASER. The Jury of the Academy declared that this laser film recorder “demonstrates a high level of engineering resulting in a compact, user-friendly, low-maintenance device, while at the same time maintaining outstanding speed, exposure ratings and image quality”. Extracts from the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation should also be included in the broadcast of the Oscar Ceremony on February 26.
The basic concept of the ARRILASER was developed by a research team led by Wolfgang Riedel, who had already developed a successful large format recorder for the photography industry as project manager at Fraunhofer IPM. Riedel’s idea to use the acquired know-how for the motion picture industry led to an extremely successful partnership with ARRI. The experience in imaging technology together with the specialist knowledge as regards the motion picture industry’s needs allowed the Kraus, Steurer and Riedel team to define the requirements made of a laser-based, high-quality, high-resolution film recorder. In 1998, after only two years of development, the first prototypes of such laser film recorders were delivered to the Digital Domain und Computer Film Company for testing. Today, ARRILASER is an industry standard. More than 280 devices are in use worldwide for the recording of digital film data onto film.
“The idea was to provide technology which met Hollywood requirements as regards quality, but which at the same time was also efficient enough to be competitive for small-budget movies,” explains ARRI CEO, Franz Kraus. ARRI Product Development Manager Johannes Steurer adds, “The ARRILASER made it possible to offer all features at a reasonable price – even for extremely short recording times. The motion picture industry was thus able to move from recording-based effects to complete digital production. The ARRILASER therefore allowed for digital movie editing on a large scale for the first time.” “From a scientific point of view, the development of the ARRILASER was also an overwhelming success,” remarks Wolfgang Riedel of Fraunhofer IPM. “There were many technological challenges which could only be met because scientists from extremely varying organizations were consulted. Several significant advancements in the specialist areas can be attributed to this joint project.”
Fraunhofer IPM used the knowledge acquired from developing the ARRILASER for further innovation: the ARCHE laser film recorder is, for the first time, able to print digital image data, e.g. historical documents, accurately and colorfast onto film which is stable in the long term. The color microfilm recorder has been used for many years by the Institute for the Preservation of Archival and Library Material at the “Landesarchiv” (State Archive) of Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg.
Holger Kock | Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
RNA: a vicious pathway to cancer ?
14.08.2017 | Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Extensive Funding for Research on Chromatin, Adrenal Gland, and Cancer Therapy
28.06.2017 | Helmholtz Zentrum München - Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt
Whether you call it effervescent, fizzy, or sparkling, carbonated water is making a comeback as a beverage. Aside from quenching thirst, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have discovered a new use for these "bubbly" concoctions that will have major impact on the manufacturer of the world's thinnest, flattest, and one most useful materials -- graphene.
As graphene's popularity grows as an advanced "wonder" material, the speed and quality at which it can be manufactured will be paramount. With that in mind,...
Physicists at the University of Bonn have managed to create optical hollows and more complex patterns into which the light of a Bose-Einstein condensate flows. The creation of such highly low-loss structures for light is a prerequisite for complex light circuits, such as for quantum information processing for a new generation of computers. The researchers are now presenting their results in the journal Nature Photonics.
Light particles (photons) occur as tiny, indivisible portions. Many thousands of these light portions can be merged to form a single super-photon if they are...
For the first time, scientists have shown that circular RNA is linked to brain function. When a RNA molecule called Cdr1as was deleted from the genome of mice, the animals had problems filtering out unnecessary information – like patients suffering from neuropsychiatric disorders.
While hundreds of circular RNAs (circRNAs) are abundant in mammalian brains, one big question has remained unanswered: What are they actually good for? In the...
An experimental small satellite has successfully collected and delivered data on a key measurement for predicting changes in Earth's climate.
The Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes (RAVAN) CubeSat was launched into low-Earth orbit on Nov. 11, 2016, in order to test new...
A study led by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg presents evidence of the coexistence of superconductivity and “charge-density-waves” in compounds of the poorly-studied family of bismuthates. This observation opens up new perspectives for a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of high-temperature superconductivity, a topic which is at the core of condensed matter research since more than 30 years. The paper by Nicoletti et al has been published in the PNAS.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, superconductivity had been observed in some metals at temperatures only a few degrees above the absolute zero (minus...
16.08.2017 | Event News
04.08.2017 | Event News
26.07.2017 | Event News
18.08.2017 | Life Sciences
18.08.2017 | Physics and Astronomy
18.08.2017 | Materials Sciences