Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Those that have followed the development of the Aussiemorphic Lens since 2005 will know that the Aussiemorphic Lens started out as a personal DIY project and grew into something much more...

I recently received a shipment of prisms that I can not sell as MK II elements and am therefore offering DIY/HT enthusiasts a chance to make their own affordable anamorphic lens.

For lack of a better word, theses prisms are perfect and not really B stock at all, but none of them have the optic anti-reflective coating that has made the MKII what it is today. Therefore I am offering the lens go at well below the RRP of $583.00ea of the MKII just to clear them out. This is great opportunity if you have previously not been able to afford an anamorphic lens and want to get into CIH.


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Tuesday, January 08, 2008


In 2008 I added a colorimeter to my calibration tools to allow more accurate video adjustments for the purpose of video perfection. Good looking video requires that the display be set to D6500K, however very few displays are set to this at the factory with many well above this level resulting in inaccurate image quality and colour fidelity.

The colorimeter is PC based and generates it's own HD test signals which are fed directly to the display via HDMI. A sensor measures the screen that is displaying the patterns. Once initial readings are taken, the video display can be adjusted to get much closer to video perfection or D6500K. Printouts of "before and after" of your display can be sent to you if requested as a bitmap.

This tool can be used for all types of displays including FRONT PROJECTION, PLASMA and LCD TVs. The difference needs to be be seen to be believed!

As SOUND is still 50% of the HT experience, I also offer audio calibrations as a part of this service.

The following charts are of my own system (DLP projector) showing what your system can and should look like.


I am now offering this service to all HT owners in the South East of Queensland from the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast. If you don't understand what D6500K means, sorry, you're just not getting the picture...

The fee for this service is $330.00 including GST.

You can book on line HERE

Use cavx01@hotmail.com if the email link above is not working.


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Custom Scope Installs

The following is brief highlight of some of the custom work I did at the end of 2007 in bringing CIH to my clients. Both of these systems are installed in multi purpose rooms, so will never be dedicated HTs, but it still shows what can be accomplished with some careful design.

In both instances, the clients wanted the biggest, widest screens they could have within the their room. Therefore I used the room design formula to calculate maximum screen sizes, optimal seating distances and best speaker locations.
I also had to engineer custom projector mounts and a custom screen mount.

The PROJECTOR STATIONS are made to provide a neat cosmetic look that is also functional and practical. When using an anamorphic lens, the mount needs to be able to support the extra weight, so traditional "pole"mounts usually fall short of the requirement and the PROJECTOR STATION is really the only answer.

Both systems used Oz Theatre Screen's Acoustic Vision (acoustically transparent screens) allowing the speakers to be hidden behind the screen. Whilst one system employed TRIAD in-wall speakers, the other system used conventional "boxed" speakers from DALI and a custom solution for mounting them had to be engineered.
A Custom Screen Mount

The DALI speakers used in this install are 220mm deep (not including the front grill), so I have taken advantage of the wall cavity to help hide some of their depth as well as allow wiring to the equipment plate underneath without having to cut the timber that makes up the wall frame.

Custom Wall Plates
I moved away from the commercially available wall plates for a few reasons. None of the mainstream products supported 7.1 so I engineered a plate that supports both audio and video and have added a black plate for any "future" upgrades.

Acoustic Treatments
Acoustic tiles are used around the speakers to help reduce reflections from the back of the screen fabric back onto the baffle or wall. This treatment is an integral part of the THX Baffle used in their certified dubbing stages and cinemas.

No system is complete without calibration of the Audio Visual components. Video should run at D6500K and the Audio should play back at +75dB per channel at -30dBFS.

The Look Of Perfect

I have recently added a colourimeter to my CALIBRATION tools to allow more accurate video adjustments. The goal of all video displays is to display grey at D6500K. I am now offering this service to all HT owners in the South East - Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast.

You can book on line HERE


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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

An Anamorphic Lens Shoot Out

One of the most frequently asked questions I get about the Aussiemorphic Lens is - How does it compare to the other commercial offerings? In an attempt to answer this, I recently had the opportunity to compare the Aussiemorphic Lens against the two leading prismatic lenses. Whilst the following is in no way scientific, the results are quite surprising.

The most important thing to remember here is that the Aussiemorphic Lens is marketed as a DIY kit, and that it is only a 2 element lens where the other 2 units in this "shootout" feature 5 elements and are corrected for both CA and focus.

The following images have been captured by my Fujifilm S5600 digital camera that was mounted on a tri-pod. The camera was white balanced and shutter speed reduced to capture an image without a lens in front of the projector, set and not altered in any way thereafter. The timer was used to ensure no motion blur occurred during image capture. The image source is Bru-ray Disc projected by a Sharp Z10000 720 DLP projector with a throw ratio of 2.5:1 onto a 3m wide 2.35:1 screen.




The Three Lenses Used
On the left is the Prismasonic FE-H1400R, in the centre is the Panamorph UH380, and on the right is the Aussiemorphic Lens MK II.


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