How does digital work?

Digitally capturing motion pictures works in a manner similar to modern-day computers: the image is translated and stored as a series of bits and bytes (the 1’s and 0’s of binary code) on hard drive devices that can then be manipulated and edited immediately on a computer. This gives producers an advantage as film traditionally captured using a 35mm camera must first be converted to a digital format using a longer, more expensive process before it can be edited. That digital version then needs to be converted back to a 35mm film in order to be displayed on 35mm projection equipment, adding more time and cost to the process.

With digital cinema, the motion picture can remain in the same format all the way throughout the production process, maintaining image quality, decreasing production time and eliminating additional costs.