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Munich-based producer of cinema equipment ARRI and the Freiburg Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques have been awarded the “Academy Award of Merit” for their jointly developed ARRILASER film recorder

02.03.2012



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 of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 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”.

(…) “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.”

(…) Today, 14 years after the first prototypes, ARRILASER is an industry standard. More than 280 devices are in use worldwide for the recording of digital film data onto film.

Source: www.fraunhofer.de/en/press/