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The IMAX Experience - in 3D - the world's most immersive movie experience - has entertained and enlightened millions of people worldwide. With crystal clear, larger-than-life, 3D images complemented by exhilarating state-of-the-art surround sound, audiences feel as though they are in the movie.

The high quality of all aspects of the IMAX 3D experience makes IMAX 3D presentations the world's best - providing the most realistic and immersive 3D ever. One key factor behind the magic of IMAX 3D is the implementation of dual filmstrip technology. This technology is far superior to the old fashioned �red-blue" anaglyphic 3D, which combines left- and right- eye images onto a single strip of film, compromising sharpness and color. IMAX 3D technology eliminates this compromise and enhances the images by not only using the world's largest film format (15/70mm), but also by using two separate strips of film for both image capture and projection.

The IMAX 3D camera is one of the highest resolution image-capturing devices in the world. By simultaneously recording separate left- and right-eye images onto two 65mm wide filmstrips � one for each eye - the IMAX 3D camera helps to create spectacular high-resolution images characteristic of the wide field of view of IMAX presentations.
The IMAX 3D projector simultaneously projects two strips of 15/70 film, one for each eye, onto a special silver IMAX 3D screen. Each member of the audience must wear IMAX 3D glasses, which channel the right-eye image to the right eye and the left-eye image to the left eye. The polarized lenses separate the left- and right-eye images. The 15/70-film format used by IMAX is ten times larger than conventional 35mm film. The sheer size of a 15/70 film frame, combined with the unique IMAX projection technology, is the key to the extraordinary sharpness and clarity of films exhibited in IMAX theatres.

IMAX 3D films take viewers on fantastic journeys to places far beyond the reach of most people. Audiences have been propelled back in time, transported into the future and taken to the far reaches of Earth. The release of The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience in November 2004, marked a milestone in cinematic history, as the first Hollywood feature film to be transformed into An IMAX 3D Experience.

IMAX theatres' specialized design and unobstructed views place audiences right in the on-screen action. IMAX 3D screens - up to eight stories high - eliminate the discomfort and decapitated edges of smaller-format 3D systems. The screen, coated with a specialty high-performance metallic paint, has a slight curvature that extends beyond the field of geometric recognition incorporating some of the audience's peripheral vision, enhancing audience members' feelings of being in the film. The images are enhanced by IMAX's specially designed multichannel state-of-the-art digital surround sound system that delivers superb clarity and quality for maximum impact.  
In IMAX theatres utilizing polarized 3D technology, each member of the audience wears custom-designed polarized IMAX 3D glasses. The IMAX projector, which projects two separate strips of film at the same time, uses polarized filters in front of each lens. Both filters are carefully aligned with the polarized lenses of the IMAX 3D glasses. This careful alignment enables the glasses to channel the two separate images to the appropriate eye - with the right-eye image to the right eye and the left-eye image to the left eye. 

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