The 5% Disagreement
- Another short one! I swear!
Ed Lantz brought up his 5% disagreement with me:
>Let me first say that I agree with Ryan on 95% of his points overI have always worn my preference for fulldome video on my sleeve
>the last weeks. But his latest defense of fulldome video hints at a
>bias that borders on elitism, IMHO.
(like many of my preferences, actually), since I initially saw the
technology. I believe I engaged in a full- versus partial-dome
debate with you the first time I met you, Ed. :) I don't exclude
anybody from that discussion, so I don't see how it's at all elitist.
>Not to mention he is knocking a fine product that I developed andI have no intention of knocking anybody or anything. From what I've
>Spitz has installed in 10 theaters to date.
seen of Spitz hardware and content, you folks do a great job. And my
understanding is that you sell fulldome video systems, too. My only
intention was to complement Alex Barnett's defense of partial-dome
video with my own ideas about fulldome.
>A "fulldome" experience is a partially immersive experience.Good point. But by definition, a "fulldome" experience fills the
domed projection screen; thus, I'm simply arguing that one should
maximize the impact of the presentation by maximizing the steradians
covered by moving imagery. Would you put opto-mechanical stars on
only part of a hemisphere...?
>A well-produced panoramic video production can have well over 80% ofHow does one measure that? 80% of what numerical representation of
>the impact that a fulldome has, in my experience.
impact? Obviously, we're in highly subjective territory here. (And
as I said at MAPS, image itself is subjective!)
>I find it strange that you are attacking those that only bought halfWhoa, whoa, whoa! "Attacking"? I don't attack people, and I don't
>as many edge-blended projectors as your facility.
attack institutions: I attack ideas. Let's be fair here.
I'll just close by noting that I have in the past put my
(institution's) money where my mouth is. When I was Director of
Theaters at the LodeStar Astronomy Center, I fought for fulldome
coverage over higher-resolution partial-dome coverage. I think it's
most often the right choice for institutions planning to move in this
direction. I've already expressed my reasons for thinking so.
Once again, thanks for reading.
Ryan Wyatt, Science Visualizer
Rose Center for Earth & Space
American Museum of Natural History
79th Street & Central Park West
New York, NY 10024