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#1 Chris_Burket

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 01:26 AM

Jim, I don't know if you still check this forum, but if you do...

I've heard you mention your "test slice" sensor many times. What exactly is that? Is it a small section of one sensor that you had made to test its capabilities? Or is it a full sized sensor "sliced" from a large wafer or something.... Obviously I'm no expert in sensor production.

I'm sure you are preparing the very best footage and stills for release this fall, but I am curious: Have you personally seen a still frame and/or 10 seconds of footage captured by the sensor and camera setup? I wouldn't expect you to release even a still until you have things perfected, but I'm wondering if its to the point where you have seen one, or shot some footage?
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#2 Jim Murdoch

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 02:54 AM

And also, how come your "bespoke" super-35 sized sensor has an HDTV 16 x 9 Aspect ratio?
Why not 1.33:1 like the Arri D-20?
With CMOS sensors you have exquisite control over which pixels actually get used, allowing you to optimize the data rate and so on, so why not a full-frame unit so you can use anamorphic lenses.
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Posted 24 May 2006 - 03:28 AM

I've heard you mention your "test slice" sensor many times. What exactly is that? Is it a small section of one sensor that you had made to test its capabilities?


That is correct.
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#4 Chris_Burket

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 12:12 PM

And also, how come your "bespoke" super-35 sized sensor has an HDTV 16 x 9 Aspect ratio?
Why not 1.33:1 like the Arri D-20?
With CMOS sensors you have exquisite control over which pixels actually get used, allowing you to optimize the data rate and so on, so why not a full-frame unit so you can use anamorphic lenses.



Hey, don't be hijacking my thread. Start your own. So back to the test slice thing....
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#5 Jim Jannard

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 12:24 PM

Correct. It is a small section of the large sensor to test both the sensor design and pixel design. Since we are doing things quite a bit different from the current group of existing sensors, we needed to prove the concept (which we did).
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#6 Chris_Burket

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 06:35 PM

Correct. It is a small section of the large sensor to test both the sensor design and pixel design. Since we are doing things quite a bit different from the current group of existing sensors, we needed to prove the concept (which we did).



Cool, thanks for the info. So have you seen a picture (although it would not be full res), created from your test slice? Have they made a full sized one yet?
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