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Epson EB-Z8000 Series: What is the DCI specification, and are these projectors DCI compliant?


  • Epson EB-Z8000 Series multimedia projectors



What does DCI mean?

DCI is the abbreviation for Digital Cinema Initiatives, an organisation owned by the six major motion picture studios (the same six studios that comprise the MPAA). In July of 2005, DCI issued version 1.0 of its Digital Cinema System Specification, representing the consensus of DCI's members in regard to many technical details of digital cinema. The DCI specification can be thought of as the professional cinema equivalent of an agreement to exclusively use either the HD-DVD or Blu-ray consumer formats. The DCI specification is not a standard; however, it has significant input to the standards process. Standards for digital cinema are the domain of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). A copy of the most recent DCI specification (v1.2) can be downloaded from the DCI website. The latest version incorporates over 200 errata issued since the original release of the specification in 2005.

Is this product DCI compliant?

In order to be DCI compliant, a projector has to match several criteria such as being able to display a native 2048x1080 (2K) resolution at 24 fps or 48 fps, or 4096x2160 (4K) at 24 fps, and many other features. Its purpose is to establish and document specifications for an open architecture for digital cinema that ensures a uniform and high level of technical performance, reliability and quality. Many studios are involved such as Paramount, Sony, Universal, Walt Disney, Warner Bros, and others.

The EB-Z8000 series is able to reproduce the DCI colour space that is even wider than the HDTV colour space used for Blu-Ray discs. Single chip DLP projectors cannot cover this colour gamut; this is only achievable on 3DLP projectors, which have a much higher price positioning.

For more information on the DCI standard see the official website at the link below:

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