One Hundred and Ten Years Ago Today …

Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture process, is first shown to the general public at the Palace Theatre in London by way of an eight-minute short filmed in Brighton titled A Visit to the Seaside.

This revolutionary technology was invented by George Albert Smith and launched by Urban Trading Co. of London and used commercially for 6 years. It was a two-colour additive colour process that involved photographing and projecting a black and white film behind alternating red and green filters at a rate of thirty-two images per second on panchromatic film.

Motion was a bit blurry, and color was a bit off, but it gave color to a world without any. It was revolutionary. And a mere 110 years later we can scan in Colortrac and capture 281,474,976,710,656 different colors (using 48-bit deep color), process it through ATI FireGL 3D Workstation Graphics Accelerators which can process 48-bit color, and display it on a HDR*1-enabled LCD*2 flat-screen display.

But still, a mere 110 years ago, this image of a 1911 Kinimacolor recreated from original materials, and found on Wikipedia, was revolutionary!

*1 High Dynamic Range
*2 Liquid Crystal Display