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Christie Launches New Christie AVIAS-TMS™ Theater Management System

Christie® has introduced the new Christie Avias-TMS™, a Theater Management System (TMS) software application that allows exhibitors to centrally manage and orchestrate all of their projection operations within a cinema multiplex – regardless of the diverse projector, servers or operating systems (OS) in use.
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Easy to install and simple to use, Christie Avias-TMS™ can be accessed from any location through a standard Web browser, offering management the ultimate freedom and flexibility to conduct theater operations from an office or home PC, tablet computer or iPad. Its many features reduce the costs and inefficiencies of managing digital projectors separately. For example, the web GUI allows centralized scheduling of all content, devices and Key Delivery Messages (KDMs), including a drag and drop playlist to allow rapid changes based on changing customer demands.
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“The Christie Avias-TMS™ is an exceptional overseer of cinema time management,” said Don Shaw, director, product management, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “It is ideal for theaters of all sizes, with multiple digital screens and hardware platforms, because it provides an easy-to-read dashboard interface that highlights in real-time all projector and screen statuses, as well as the overall progress of each playlist playback. Theater managers don’t have to move from station to station to manage devices and KDMs. They can remotely start, stop or pause any show on any screen from a single location.”
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Collaboration with Arts Alliance Media Praised
In creating Christie Avias-TMS™, Shaw emphasized the collaboration with long-term industry partner, Arts Alliance Media (AAM), Europe’s leading supplier of a host of digital cinema technologies and services. “In keeping with Christie’s practice of incorporating tried-and-true third party solutions into some of our products to quickly deliver immediate benefits to our customers, the core of our TMS was built on AAM’s current, strong TMS offering,” noted Shaw.
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Howard Kiedaisch, CEO of Arts Alliance Media, added, “We have worked with Christie since we first started in digital cinema and have always looked for ways of enhancing our partnership. As a manufacturer of digital cinema projectors, Christie boasts its own impressive engineering and development group, so it was only natural that the two of us as leaders in the industry would collaborate to the benefit of exhibitors across the globe.”
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Shaw also noted that, while TMS solutions offered by some server manufacturers are often ‘thrown in’ with the deal, “You get what you pay for, because these so-called ‘free’ solutions tend to limit the exhibitor to one brand of server, effectively preventing the exhibitor from using existing or new hardware from other manufacturers.”
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Christie Avias-TMS™ is all about choice for the exhibitor; it is OS and hardware neutral and does not mandate the expense of a specific Library Management Server (LMS). Furthermore, it fully supports all DCI-compliant DLP Cinema® projectors and servers, so it can be integrated seamlessly into any existing theater system.
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“Like a conductor leading the orchestra, Christie Avias-TMS™ provides full control of every facet of a theater’s operation, allowing the freedom to run with the most cost-effective hardware for each of the screens that make up the digital cinema system,” said Shaw. “No matter how many screens you are managing, the Christie Avias-TMS™ is the perfect solution for getting the job done with a minimal amount of effort.”

Christie Provides ShowEast Attendees with Single Source for all Digital Cinema and Signage Products, Services, and Financing Needs

Christie® pulled out all the stops to help the exhibitor community “Make the Move” to digital cinema excellence through a range of product introductions, technology previews and a five-zone booth providing one-stop shopping for exhibitors at the annual ShowEast conference held October 25 – 28 in Miami, Florida.

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“An increasingly complex exhibition environment, characterized by rapid advancements in technology and expanding choices, provides both opportunities and pitfalls to exhibitors,” said Craig Sholder, vice president, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “Christie’s presence at ShowEast is intended to inspire confidence among exhibitors that we can keep them ahead of the digital cinema curve, by future-proofing their investments.”

Leading the HFR Charge

To support exhibitors wanting to future-proof their investments in anticipation of showing high frame rate (HFR) movies – which are currently being developed by Hollywood’s most powerful directors – Christie has announced a major software upgrade for its Christie Solaria™ Series of digital cinema projectors. Supporting the industry’s efforts to have the most engaging, entertaining content possible and enabling the best delivery system for this HFR content are Christie’s two main goals.
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To these ends, Christie is helping create the standards for 3D HFR movies through formal and informal technology-development alliances with major producers and directors, postproduction facilities, studios and technology partners. On the exhibitor’s front, Christie provides one stop shopping for all the hardware, software and services that enable exhibitors to deliver a filmmaker’s vision in stunning 3D HFR quality.

Helping Customers Improve Their Bottom Lines

In addition to adding HFR capabilities that will deliver audience-attracting cinema content delivery, HFR will also provide exhibitors with new business opportunities that include projection of alternative content such as live sporting events, as well as artistic and cultural presentations, such as concerts and operas.
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This contribution to an exhibitor’s bottom line will be enhanced by Christie’s recently announced Virtual Print Fee (VPF) Program, which is unique in its scale and flexibility, and through improved operations provided by the Christie Avias-TMS™ (see below) and Christie’s Previsto™ HFR technology, embedded in Christie’s Solaria V.2.2 software (see below).

The Five Zones in Christie’s Booth Showcase Choices for Exhibitors

“Visitors to the Christie booth will have the opportunity to experience our entire digital cinema offering, whose scope encompasses financing the move to digital cinema, establishing an affordable and flexible upgrade path towards new formats and technologies, and turnkey service and support for their operations,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing, Christie. “Five zones will amply demonstrate Christie’s commitment to be a trusted, one-stop shop for all exhibitor needs.”

Zone 1 – High Frame Rate Support:
Christie’s Solaria V.2.2 software application will be available soon and includes Christie Previsto™ High Frame Rate (HFR) technology, among other firmware upgrades, which will allow Christie Solaria Series 2 projectors to accept video content at frame rates as high as 48 and 60 frames per second (FPS) per eye in 3D and up to 120 FPS in 2D. The current industry standard is 24 FPS. HFR technology renders fast-moving objects in exceptional detail, boosting the clarity and smoothness of the image. Christie is once again partnering with International Datacasting to show a state-of-the-art demonstration of HFR, utilizing IDC’s Pro Cinema Event Player.

Zone 2 – Projectors, Lamps and Virtual Print Fees (VPF):
One size doesn’t fit all, and in this zone Christie experts will guide exhibitors through the range of Christie Solaria digital cinema projectors, Christie Xenolite lamp options and the details of Christie’s Virtual Print Fee (VPF) Program, which offers unprecedented financing options.

Zone 3 – Network Operations Center:
Christie remote monitoring will be showcased on an award-winning Christie® MicroTiles® display. Visitors can experience a video demonstration of Christie’s state-of-the-art Network Operations Center (NOC) for remote monitoring, maintenance and troubleshooting of digital cinema projection and digital displays. Christie safeguards visual technology displays, keeping them running 24/7/365. The Christie NOC is remotely monitoring more than 50,000 devices at customer locations across North America while also providing the latest in predictive analytics to anticipate and resolve potential technical issues – minimizing theater and lobby downtime.

Zone 4 – Christie Integrated Media Block (IMB) Tech Preview:
Advancing its leadership position in addressing the exhibition industry’s transition to 4K and high frame rate (HFR) projection standards, Christie will preview a fully integrated media block (IMB) solution with 4K and HFR capabilities at ShowEast. Physically integrated into the projector, Christie’s IMB becomes an integral part of the display device, creating a secure, high bandwidth connection that can manage HFR and 4K content without compromising image quality.

Zone 5 – In-Lobby Digital Displays:
Experience what your theater lobby could be with digital signage such as box office, menu boards and engaging interactive video wall displays. This zone, centered on Christie FHD551-X tiled LCD flat panel displays, will showcase how Christie Managed Services will design, build and deploy a digital signage network that’s right for you. Allure Global Solutions, a valued enterprise software solutions partner, will be on hand to demonstrate how Christie and Allure Global support every digital signage project stage, from strategy and content requirements to equipment selection and POS software integration, as well as a synchronized deployment and post deployment strategy. The firms also provide ongoing hardware and software support, maintenance, monitoring and business impact analytics.

Matrox Video to Host Free Webinar Addressing SDI Monitoring and Signal Management on Nov. 1 and 2

MONTREAL — Oct. 25, 2011 — Matrox(R) Video Products Group today announced the company will be hosting a detailed webinar on Nov. 1 and 2 that will address the monitoring, management, and processing of SDI feeds within a broadcast environment.

Matrox will be offering four sessions of the live webinar to accommodate customers and interested parties across multiple time zones:

Nov. 1 at 9:00 a.m. EDT, 13.00 GMT, 9:00 p.m. in Beijing and Singapore
Nov. 1 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, 18.00 GMT, 2:00 a.m. on Nov. 2 in Beijing and Singapore
Nov. 2 at 10:00 a.m. EDT, 14.00 GMT, 10:00 p.m. in Beijing and Singapore
Nov. 2 at 10:00 p.m. EDT, 02.00 GMT, 10:00 a.m. on Nov. 3 in Beijing and Singapore

Technical experts from Matrox will also introduce the new Matrox MC-100 dual SDI to HDMI mini converter, which supports a range of display resolutions through 3G, Dual Link, HD, and SD-SDI. Matrox MC-100 is a single portable unit that can be used as a HD-SDI switcher, a distribution amplifier, a multiplexer, and even as a 3D processing unit.

“Attendees to this webinar will learn how one, cost-effective device can be used to monitor, distribute, switch, multiplex, and converge SDI video feeds,” said Charles Amyot, product manager at Matrox Video Products Group. “Our new, award-winning Matrox MC-100 mini converter allows broadcasters and other organizations to accomplish all of these tasks, without having to purchase many single-purpose devices.”

Information about registering for the free event and other information is available at:

http://www.matrox.com/video/en/events/webinars/mc_100/.

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About Matrox
Matrox Video Products Group is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, DVD/Blu-ray authoring, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, clip/still stores, and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, post-production facilities, project studios, corporate communicators, and videographers worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information visit www.matrox.com/video.

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New Hit “X Factor” uses grandMA2 and Clay Park Sharpy Fixtures

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With the awards season and the new TV season getting underway grandMA2 systems and Clay Paky Sharpy moving fixtures have been in demand for such high-profile programs as Simon Cowell’s new “X Factor” music reality show for FOX and the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). A.C.T Lighting is the distributor for both grandMA and Sharpy in North America.

Lighting Designer Tom Kenny traveled with lighting director Brian Klunder and programmer Dirk Optende for the much-anticipated “X Factor” as the new show made talent stops across America in Chicago, New York, Miami, Dallas and Seattle. Then they settled into LA’s Pasadena Theater for two weeks of boot camp.

The show required four trucks of lighting gear including a grandMA2 control system which “really impressed” Kenny. “MA obviously listened to programmers and lighting designers in creating updates that have made everything easier with the Series 2 board,” he says. “It worked flawlessly on ‘X Factor.’”

Earlier, MTV aired its Video Music Awards; Kenny had teamed with programmers Mike Appel and Dirk Optende to field four grandMA2 systems to control over 2,000 lighting fixtures for the “massive” show. “The grandMA2s were a great upgrade and worked perfectly,” Kenny reports.

Kenny was eager to use Clay Paky Sharpy moving heads, which he first saw in London, on a charity event with The Who. “They are such a small unit – with set designers and directors not wanting to see lighting units on camera, they are very easy to put anywhere,” he notes. But their small footprint belies their power. “The output of the Sharpy surpasses any other light,” Kenny says. “I had them alongside 3K and 4K units, and they just cut right through.”

Kenny deployed 18 Sharpy fixtures on the floor for “X Factor” with another 18 on the rig. “They provided this big graphic, powerful stadium look that the producers wanted,” he recalls. “The days for the live auditions were very long, but the Sharpys performed brilliantly – they would be on for 16 hours with no problems. Their focusability and shape were amazing. The judges were very impressed with the look of ‘X Factor.’”

So was Kenny — so much so, in fact, that he decided to use Sharpy fixtures on the VMAs where the lights “were the talk of many an artist,” he reports.

“I plan to use the Sharpy on all my future shows – they are just great to work with,” he says.

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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