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Screen Innovations Experiences Explosive Growth; Appoints Key Personnel and Expands Organization


Austin, TX – March 15, 2012 – Screen Innovations (SI), a leading US-based projection screen manufacturer, today announces that the company is experiencing explosive 40% growth, citing both domestic and international sales expansion and strategic employee appointments as the primary catalyst.

A relative newcomer to the projection screen category, SI has amassed a cult-like following that can be directly tied to the value and virtue of its innovative product offering. While much has been recently written about two-piece projection, unique, multi-purpose screen technologies such as those found in Screen Innovations’ Black Diamond screens represent a game-changing opportunity for integrators and designers worldwide.

SI attributes some of the explosive growth to the lack of margin found in traditional pixel-based flat panel displays. “TVs still have a place in the world for sure, but they are being replaced by larger, more energy efficient display technologies, and projection screens are now part of that equation” says SI President Ryan Gustafson. “We knew we were on to something big back in 2005 when we manufactured and sold our first screens to Gary Wermuth at WAVE Electronics in Houston, Texas. Since then, we’ve expanded the scope of our operation significantly, and continue to evolve our product line at a feverish pace in order to meet market needs.”

To support their explosive growth, SI has made several strategic personnel appointments:
Brandon Holmes and Dan Poirier join the SI Engineering team, providing needed skills and intelligence to further develop and expand the line.

Brandon Holmes brings more than a decade’s worth of engineering and technical sales experience in the commercial screen industry (LCD/Plasma/Projector) to the SI team. Culminating from many years as the principle Engineer for highly reliably outdoor LCD displays and Digital Signage Solutions architecture, Holmes demonstrates “solid design and testing fundamentals which lend well to SI’s commitment of delivering perfectly reliable and finished products.“

Dan Poirier possesses nearly 30 years of invention, manufacturing, engineering, product and process equipment development, plus precision machining and fabrication skills to Screen Innovations. Poirier’s prior creative accomplishments include the invention of processing equipment using linear servos, rotary servos, and piezo linear actuators, as well as Pneumatic Logic, Stepper and PLC controls. This, plus his background with consumer product development and custom thin film manufacturing process equipment design and build fits perfectly with SI’s initiatives, make him a valuable addition to the Engineering team.

Shannon Gustafson and Jay Biedermann join Blake Vackar in leading the Sales team, managing accounts for their respective territories, further developing the company’s network and reach through strategic partnerships.

Shannon Gustafson recently made her re-entry back into the SI workforce after a brief stint away to start a family. The proud mother of three-year old twins, Taylor and Austin, Shannon manages all aspects of the company’s international sales and marketing efforts. Living abroad for much of her life, Shannon has a unique ability to successfully manage a diverse international clientele. Boasting impressive double-digit growth figures during challenging economic times, Shannon has truly made her mark on the company and serves as an inspiration to those around her. “As a woman, wife, and mother, I appreciate the products we design and sell. As an employee, I am thrilled at the solutions we provide. By increasing our international presence, dealers and distributors worldwide now recognize that SI represents an unparalleled opportunity to provide their customers a superior entertainment experience.”

Jay Biedermann joined SI in January as the company’s Director of Commercial Sales Development. Formerly with DMX Music, where he won the Annual Circle of Excellence Award several years in a row, Jay brings a wealth of hands-on experience to the newly formed position. Already familiar with the SI line and market strategies, Jay has developed a keen strategy to expand SI’s reach into the commercial market. With a consultative approach and an eye for detail, he works closely with integrators and systems designers to ensure they have the tools and resources needed to properly design, specify, and install two-piece projection systems utilizing Screen Innovations screens. “SI’s technological prowess is virtually unmatched in the field. Revolutionary products like Black Diamond make my job especially fulfilling, as they allow me to demonstrate the innumerable ways these screens outperform the competition on a daily basis.”

Blake Vackar, who is now a well-known face for the SI brand, joined the company from D-Tools, and serves as the Director of US Sales. Managing all aspects of the company’s domestic sales strategy, Blake spends his time educating and inspiring others on the virtues and benefits of using Screen Innovations’ products. The face and voice behind many of the company’s educational videos that are showcased on the SI website, Blake utilizes his prior experience as an integrator to guide dealers to projection screen technology bliss, enjoying the fruits of his labor immensely. “To work with such a capable and creative group is just so cool,” he says, furthering “I get to show dealers how to reinvent themselves through two-piece projection, during the most expansive time the category has ever witnessed. To say our projection screens are life-changing may seem a little over the top, but there are times when it feels that way, based on the overwhelming response we get on a fairly regular basis.”

Screen Innovations’ trajectory from a garage-based business to a well-established internationally recognized projection screen powerhouse has been “a labor of love,” according to SI President Ryan Gustafson. “It has been incredibly fulfilling, and I am both proud and humbled at the same time whenever I think about how far we have come in such a short time,” said Gustafson. “Projection screen technology is finally hitting the mainstream now, and although we’ve been banging on this drum for many years, the technology has finally progressed to a state where it is truly a viable and appealing solution for many of today’s video-centric installations. In fact, this evolution is what motivates and drives us. While we understand and appreciate the world’s dependence on pixel-based displays, we believe that two-piece projection can -and will- justifiably surpass those technologies in both the residential and commercial spaces in the near future.”

Bringing a lifetime of inspired innovation to the SI team, Ryan Gustafson is the grandson of an inventor and is a consummate innovator himself. Spearheading many of the design and engineering initiatives, Ryan works closely with his teams to ensure the unique needs of SI’s diverse clientele is being met with each product delivered. “We are returning profitability to our dealers by providing them the solutions they need at an affordable price, backed by the best warranty in the business, and supported by a great group of people who are truly dedicated to their success,” he says.

An insatiable force behind the enterprising young company, Gustafson works tirelessly to promote SI technologies, initiatives, and accomplishments, often finding inspiration from family, friends, or during his time spent in the field. “I see opportunity everywhere I go. Sure, I don’t sleep much, but then again, does any father of three-year old twins?” he jokes.

Black Diamond, SI’s flagship projection screen, stormed onto the scene last year, upping the category’s ante significantly. Zero Edge designs introduced in 2011 added a plasma TV-like viewing experience to the Black Diamond line. Because of their pencil-thin bezel, projected images seem to ‘float’ off the wall, as though not restricted by any bounds. Representing a unique opportunity for dealers and consumers alike, Black Diamond Zero Edge price-points rival -or often beat- traditional flat panel displays, and the screens work brilliantly in either light or dark, dedicated or multi-use spaces in either residential or commercial environments. They are currently the only native black projection screens on the market.

Not one to sit idle, Screen Innovations will announce new product designs in the upcoming months. In fact, several new residential and commercial products are set for unveiling at Infocomm, June 13-15, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV, and CEDIA Expo, September 5-8, 2012 in Indianapolis, IN. SI will make pre-show product announcements the week prior to each event.

Serving as Screen Innovations’ newly appointed PR firm of record, Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications will spearhead SI’s communications efforts, working closely with Gustafson and the team to execute strategically targeted PR, marketing, and promotional endeavors. Bennett, who has been in the Consumer Electronics industry for nearly 20 years, brings hands-on experience with retail, distribution, light manufacturing, and supply chain and event logistics that not only complements, but also serves the diverse needs of the company well. “I started KMB Communications last year on the heels of my wedding and on the eve of CEDIA, knowing that I wanted to work with uniquely positioned, entrepreneurial innovators in the industry. It is an honor and an inspiration to work with the Screen Innovations team.”

About Screen Innovations
Screen Innovations (SI) is a leading manufacturer of projection screen technologies for residential and commercial applications. Delivering needed solutions, aesthetically pleasing designs, and competitive price points, SI screens provide unparalleled ambient light rejection and video image reproduction.

A highly innovative, industry-specific Screen Innovations design and engineering team works tirelessly, constantly evolving the category in order to effectively bring projection to the mainstream. Operating under the principle that, “No matter the budget, Screen Innovations has the best available screen solution to suit your needs,” SI aims to resolve the issues that have historically hamstrung the projection screen industry.

Handcrafted in the USA, each Screen Innovations product carries a lifetime replacement policy, and is produced utilizing advanced custom robotics and green manufacturing practices. Dedicated to corporate and consumer responsibility, every SI screen is manufactured in the most efficient manner possible.
For more information about Screen Innovations, visit: www.screeninnovations.com/. To download product images, logos, videos and associated content, please visit: http://www.screeninnovations.com/downloads/.

Screen Innovations Media Contact:
Katye (McGregor) Bennett
KMB Communications
O – (425) 374 – 8930
C – (425) 328 – 8640
E – Katye@KMBComm.com

Canon REALiS WUX4000 Installation LCOS Projectors and XF305 Professional HD Camcorders Create Value for a University’s Video Display and Capture Requirements

Set amid the majestic hills of Aliso Viejo, Calif., Soka University is a private four-year liberal arts college and graduate school. Among the many impressive buildings on its picturesque 103-acre campus is the new Soka Performing Arts Center. Designed and built to the highest standards, the Center is one of three campus locations recently outfitted with REALiS WUX4000 installation LCOS projectors from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. Displaying bright 4000-lumen higher-than-HD-resolution (1920 x 1200) widescreen 16:10 video and still images, a total of four REALiS WUX4000 projectors are used to present a variety of visual content at this prestigious University.

“The Soka Performing Arts Center is a stunning space both visually and acoustically,” noted Sam Morales, associate technical service manager at the University. “We wanted to have a zero-compromise facility in terms of the equipment that we put into that space, and that’s why we chose Canon REALiS WUX4000 projectors.”

Initially discouraged by the cost of large-venue projectors for the 1200-seat Soka Performing Arts Center, Morales and his team looked instead for a display solution for the smaller 180-seat black-box theater in the Academic Building. Their search led them to the Canon REALiS WUX4000 installation LCOS projector, which proved to be the right choice for both venues.

“I was skeptical that the Canon REALiS WUX4000 would even work in the black box theater, since it didn’t even have a projection screen in it,” he recalled. “What it does have is an almost transparent cyclorama with a non-reflective surface. But when we fired-up the REALiS WUX4000 and saw how it looked, we were amazed. The pictures were really sharp even though we intentionally used dark imagery to see what kind of detail we could get out of the projector. The results were so good that we felt immediately compelled to purchase one for that theater.”

Impressed with the performance of the Canon REALiS WUX4000, Morales and his team also tested it in the Soka Performing Arts Center. What they saw resulted in their decision to purchase not one but three more of the projectors. Two are stacked in the Center and another was installed in a large classroom.

“Even from 100 feet away, one Canon REALiS WUX4000 projector can do the job in the Center with good HD quality with proper brightness and contrast,” he said. “It’s also quite a cost savings, when you consider that the projection lamp for the first large-venue projector we looked at cost almost as much as an entire REALiS WUX4000. There are absolutely no grids in the picture like you see with LCD projectors and the overall quality is fantastic.”

Employing Canon’s fourth-generation proprietary AISYS-enhanced LCOS optical engine, the REALiS WUX4000 projector delivers crisp, seamless images with intricate detail, high brightness, high contrast and accurate color. LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) is a next-generation display technology utilizing tightly packed pixels providing excellent image quality. Canon’s proprietary AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) technology further increases the display advantages of LCOS by efficiently utilizing and equalizing light from the projector lamp. Featuring an easy-access lamp, air filter, and optical filter, and a choice of three interchangeable Genuine Canon projection lenses to suit a variety of presentation environments, the REALiS WUX4000 also provides quiet operation.

“Acoustics are the primary focus of the hall and we found that we can actually put the Canon REALiS WUX4000 projector right in the middle of the seats and it doesn’t bother anyone,” Morales stated. Canon projection lenses chosen for Soka University’s REALiS WUX4000’s include a 1.7x long-focus zoom for the large classroom and a 1.5x zoom for the black box theater. Both lenses are used in the Soka Performing Arts Center, depending on which of its multiple projection screens are being used.

Versatile HD Video Capture
REALiS WUX4000 installation LCOS projectors aren’t the only Canon professional imaging products being used at Soka University, Morales revealed. The institution also has ten Canon XF305 Professional HD Camcorders mounted on custom-made robotic arms in both the Center and the black-box theater. Easily removable from their mounts, the XF305 Professional HD Camcorders are used for a variety of production tasks at the University.

“The Canon XF305 is actually designed for hand-held ENG-style shooting, but we also use them as robotic-style HD cameras,” Morales explained. “In our custom mounts they can do everything that traditional robotic HD cameras can, and at a third of the price. They are fantastic HD cameras for performing arts centers and concert halls, where discretion is of the outmost importance. A larger HD camera would be too aesthetically cumbersome for those spaces.”

The Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder records Full HD video directly to Compact Flash cards. Equipped with three high-sensitivity Canon native 1920 x 1080 CMOS sensors, the XF305 features a Genuine Canon 18x HD zoom lens with Instant AF and a Full Manual Focus mode with mechanical “hard” end stops and distance markers. Weighing just 6 lbs., the XF305 includes a 4-inch, 1.23-megapixel LCD monitor (with built-in waveform and vector scope display) that can be positioned at either the right or left side of the camera body. The XF305 also includes an industry-standard HD-SDI output, a genlock input, and SMPTE time code (in/out) terminals for multi-camera productions. Equipped with Canon’s advanced MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps XF Codec for exceptional image quality, the XF305 employs the MXF File Wrapper for robust workflow and compatibility with all leading non-linear editing systems.

“These Canon XF305 HD cameras are very versatile,” Morales adds. “We can take them off of the robotic mounts and use them at different locations on campus. I keep one in my office and have taken it up in a helicopter to shoot aerial views. We also use them in our recreation center, where we hold our yearly gala. In the past we hired a crew with its own cameras. This year they used our Canon XF305 HD cameras and we saved thousands on rental fees.”

Named after a Japanese word that means “to create value,” Soka University’s choice of image projection and capture technologies do much to fulfill that goal, according to Morales. “In a very demanding application, with high expectations and standards, we feel that these Canon products create value for our video capture and display needs,” he stated. “We don’t want to settle for anything less than the best.”

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HARMAN’s Studer Vista 5 Console Is Installed as Part of Historic New York City Center Renovation

NEW YORK, New York – The New York City Center is one of the nation’s most renowned venues, host to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the American Ballet Theatre and a year-round program of concerts, theatrical performances and other events. Beginning in May 2010, the New York City Center embarked on a full-scale, $57 million renovation project that encompassed a complete redesign of the facility and the main auditorium, with a HARMAN Studer Vista 5 42-fader digital mixing console at the heart of the completely upgraded audio system.

“The auditorium was redone from the ground up-literally, as a new, sprung stage floor was installed,” said Augie J. Propersi, Audio Engineer at the New York City Theater, who did the audio system design in association with New York’s Scott Lehrer Sound Design. Ennead Architects LLP was contracted for the architectural design, with infrastructure consulting by performing arts facilities design specialists Auerbach Pollock Friedlander and acoustic consulting by Kirkegaard Associates.

“Because this was such a massive project and we needed to stay open for our resident company’s performance seasons, the work had to be done in two phases,” Propersi pointed out. “Phase one involved the construction of a new stage floor, new stage rigging and the construction of a new room to house the amplifiers. The majority of the work on the new audio system was done in phase two, including the construction of a new front of house area for the Studer Vista 5 console, the installation of all the speakers and audio/video electronics and the routing of all the cabling. In addition, we refurbished our lobbies, installed more comfortable seats, increased legroom and improved sightlines.”

The IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) Local 1 performed the equipment installation and cabling, with the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 3 providing the electrical wiring.

“As you can imagine, an audio system of this caliber is remarkably complex,” Propersi noted. “We are running 496 inputs and 378 outputs including 136 mic pres, 40 line inputs and outputs, 48 AES ins and outs, 128 MADI ins and outs, 32 Ethersound inputs and outputs and 64 CobraNet ins and outs. The system is all-digital from the Studer Vista 5 out. The Vista 5′s massive I/O capacity is absolutely essential in this application, and in fact, the console can handle more than 1,700 total inputs and outputs so we have ample room for any future expansion.”

“All the audio system signal wiring is AES/EBU copper cable and we’re using the AES-24 standard for connecting the audio devices together from the Studer Vista to TiMax matrix to amplifiers,” Propersi continued. “Almost all of the audio components are connected digitally, although some of the older outboard processors and components are connected via analogue and we can patch in a TV truck via digital or analogue connection if necessary, for example. The Vista 5 works absolutely flawlessly in ‘talking to’ everything in the system.”

Another extremely useful function of the Vista 5 is its ability to be remotely controlled. Propersi uses laptop computers to control the mix at various remote locations throughout the theatre. “If we want to tweak the mix from the sound designer’s location or up in the balcony, we can do that via the laptops instead of having to communicate via walkie-talking to the front of house mixer,” Propersi said. “The laptops can physically move the console’s faders and other controls without interfering with the person mixing the show, via wireless communication with the Vista 5.”

Even more important than the Vista 5′s connectivity is its ease of use under the demanding conditions of live performance, Propersi said. “The console’s Vistonics(tm) touchscreen displays make it much easier to see what you’re doing and get access to key parameters quickly and without having to scroll through banks of menus,” he noted. “The Vista 5 has a lot of additional features that are specifically designed for live sound mixing, like the ability to gang and assign groups of inputs, automatic recall of previous mixes and cues and extensive surround sound functionality.”

“The Studer Vista 5 has proven to be the ideal console for the City Center,” Propersi concluded. “We’re running a world-class facility at the City Center and the Vista 5 is absolutely up to the task and then some.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

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Clay Paky Sharpy and Alpha Profile 700 Fixtures Go Dreamin’ with Katy Perry Tour

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

It was a dream date for Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures and Alpha Beam 700 automated spotlights when they accompanied American pop star Katy Perry on her California Dreams Tour in support of her new “Teenage Dream” album.

Lighting designer Baz Halpin added 16 Sharpys to US leg of the tour after having used them for Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum shows.

“Katy’s tour was very theatrical. It was set in a ‘Candyfornia’ world that was very colorful and thematically-inspired, very much like Katy herself,” he explains. “The show was divided into five acts with different color schemes for each, ranging from pastel to dark, monochromatic to Saturated.”

Halpin found that he needed “very small but punchy” fixtures on the floor upstage and along the perimeter of the stage. “Since we didn’t have additional rehearsals, I wanted a light I already knew,” he says. “With Sharpy, I knew we could match and compliment colors with the Alpha beams and also have the benefit of quick, snappy changes of the color wheel.”

He gives kudos to the Sharpys’ ability to “cut through an already visually stimulating show. We could add to the look without muddling up what had already been programmed. The Sharpys were a nice exclamation point.”

Halpin utilized 36 Alpha Beam 700s as “multipurpose workhorses” on the tour. “They have a very strong beam, and I love the style of color. We could throw a gobo on and use them as Profiles or frost the lights and use them as a wash. They’re great for theatrical themes as well as very dynamic up-tempo looks.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “We’re proud that our lights are such an important component of this tour. Mr. Halpin has been a friend of Clay Paky for a while and it’s rewarding to see him use our fixtures in such interesting way

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Revolabs FLX(TM) Receives 2011 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award From INTERNET TELEPHONY

Revolabs FLX(TM) Wireless Conference Phone Recognized for Innovation

SUDBURY, Mass. — March 14, 2012 — Revolabs Inc. announced today that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named the Revolabs FLX(TM) wireless conference phone as a recipient of the 2011 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award sponsored by INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine. more

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Menlo Park multi-campus house of worship celebrates impressive systems upgrade

Atlanta, GA (3-14-2012) – Paul Wonsek Associates (PWA) of Marietta, GA, and Michael Garrison Associates (MGA) of Fresno, CA, recently implemented an impressive $2 million renovation of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. This ambitious project included upgrades to the existing acoustics, audio and video systems in addition to other building systems upgrades. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church’s “home campus” attracts a diverse group of people to multiple weekend services held in two separate venues. More than 3,000 people attend services over four sites on a weekend.

With their home campus in Menlo Park, California, the Menlo Park Presbyterian network delivers 11 services each weekend from multiple locations. The main weekly programs take place at the Menlo Park headquarters, and are then broadcast live to their satellite locations in San Mateo, the Bay Area and Mountain View. Worship services hosted in the Menlo Park sanctuary include both traditional and informal services, where a live worship band and video messaging enlist the newly upgraded projection and audio equipment.

Three retractable projection screens were installed in the 1,100 capacity main sanctuary: one 9.0′x 16.0′Stewart Filmscreen with Ultramatte 130 and two 7.2′x 12.8′ Stewart Filmscreen with Ultramatte 130. With a long throw distance plus ambient light to contend with, three 10,000 lumen Digital Projection TITAN 1080p-700 projectors were chosen to deliver the imagery to each screen.

For Durst and MGA, the project was a resounding success. Said Garrison, “We went from working with a church concerned that their budget might limit what the systems could accomplish to people thrilled with the finished product.”

Many thanks to Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, Michael Garrison Associates and everyone else involved that selected DP’s precision displays for this commanding installation.

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About Digital Projection International

Founded in 1989, Digital Projection International (Digital Projection) has been instrumental in the development and application of Digital Light Processing™ technology by Texas Instruments for projection systems. Digital Projection International introduced the world’s first 3-chip DLP® projector in 1997, and has since delivered expert system engineering and world-class customer services, thus maintaining its position as a digital imaging pioneer.

Digital Projection International’s groundbreaking projection research and development has garnered the admiration of industry professionals around the world. This has earned the company many awards, including two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Digital Projection remains the first and only projector manufacturer to win the coveted award.

Today, Digital Projection International manufactures and distributes an extensive line of ultra high-performance 3-chip and single-chip DLP® projection systems. These projectors are the reference standard for demanding applications such as large-venue, live-event staging, fortune 5000, education, medical and scientific research, command and control, digital cinema, commercial entertainment, worship and elite home cinema.

For further information, please visit www.digitalprojection.com or contact:

Press Enquiries
Michael Bridwell, Director of Marketing
Digital Projection Inc.
T: (770)-420-1350
E: mbridwell@digitalprojection.com

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Megaplex Theatres Launches VIP Experience with Christie Projectors

Christie, a global leader in visual display technology, is providing the 4K DLP Cinema projection solution at a new screen at the Megaplex Theatres at Jordan Commons, which debuts March 15 with VIP seating, table service and full reclining chairs as part of Megaplex’s transition to complete digital projection throughout its chain. Megaplex, a leading independent cinema chain in Utah, is converting all of its screens to digital projection, drawing from the Christie Solaria Series. The new projectors, including the Christie CP4230 driving the VIP experience at Megaplex Jordan Commons, are being installed by CLACO Equipment and Service.

Specific to Megaplex Theatres at Jordan Commons, Christie’s CP4230 was chosen to deliver massive, crisp resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels, with 34,000 lumens brightness, to make 3D movies come alive. This is in keeping with Megaplex’s emphasis on providing an industry-leading viewing experience for its guests. It is this commitment that led the chain to evaluate various suppliers for digital projection in 2011, and then chose Christie equipment and CLACO to deliver it.

“We know that moving to digital projection provides our guests with the best image quality, and helps us keep filling the seats for blockbuster titles as studios release them. After looking at the available choices and with the advice of CLACO, we decided that Christie had the best product, both technically and in terms of energy savings, service and support,” said Blake Andersen, senior vice president and general manager of Megaplex Theatres. “These new projectors let us offer more options to our advertisers and partners as well.”

Noted Eric Butterworth, sales manager at CLACO, “Christie was easily our recommended choice for Megaplex. The combination of Christie Digital Cinema projectors, Christie’s excellent customer service and 24-hour tech support, and their Christie Digital Xenolite Lamp (CDXL) technology were just some of the reasons why we went with Christie.

“CDXL lamps give us more options in terms of the brightness delivered on the screen, to achieve best image quality. This flexibility means that I could go with a lower lamp size, and still maintain the necessary brightness that the customer required, which provided greater savings,” said Butterworth. “For example, rather than be forced to run a 6,000 watt lamp in a non-Christie projector, I opted to install a Christie DCP with a 4,500 watt lamp, delivering the same or better brightness, with the attendant cost savings.”

Christie’s warranty and service plus packages provide Megaplex with peace of mind across its theatre chain. These services range from quick access to spare parts, on-site preventative maintenance/emergency service, 24/7/365 remote monitoring and technical phone support from Christie’s Network Operations Center.

Christie solutions installed or to be installed by CLACO at Megaplex Theatres include the CP2220, CP2230, Christie ACT (automation controller) and CP4230, as well as the Gefen Scaler scaling and switching unit.

“When our customers make the transition to digital projection, they’re looking for the terrific image quality and technical capabilities that digital offers,” said Craig Sholder, Christie’s vice president, Entertainment Solutions. “We work with local partners to develop a solution that meets the customer’s unique needs, and provide ongoing service and support, to make the transition smooth and rewarding.”

Megaplex Chain Stands Out Among Independent Exhibitors
The Megaplex Theatre chain (www.megaplextheatres.com) is known for innovative architecture and commitment to the community. The flagship Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons in Sandy, Utah, was built on the former site of Jordan High School and the lobby was designed to look like downtown Salt Lake City in 1870. In 2002, it was North America’s highest grossing theater for the opening weekend of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” Less than a year later, the theater sold over 120,000 tickets for “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” making this location the top-grossing movie theater in the world for this film.

With six multi-screen complexes in Utah, Megaplex Theatres was founded in 1999 by the former owner of the Utah Jazz, Larry H. Miller, and is now operated by his son Greg Miller, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. Two of the locations share screens with nearby museums where museum content is viewed during the day and Megaplex offers first-run movies in the evenings. Many locations offer reserved seating, lots of additional food options and D-box (moveable) seating.

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Auralex Application Specialist Heads to the Front of the Class at Ball State University

Daniel Porter Shares Expertise on Acoustic Theory and Real-World Applications for Central Indiana Section of the Audio Engineering Society

MUNCIE, IN — Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, recently participated in the Central Indiana Section of the Audio Engineering Society’s first ever Central Indiana Audio Student Workshop, which took place on March 10 on the campus of Ball State University in the Music Media Production & Industry Studios. more

VMP Features New SCM-2 Suspended Ceiling Replacement Tile at 2012 ISC West

The SCM-2, Designed for Use in Environments that Utilize Suspended Ceilings Such as Schools and Offices, Replaces the Actual Drop Ceiling Tile and will Support Projectors or, Flat Panels, or CCTV Monitors up to 200 lbs.

STEVENSVILLE, Md., March 14, 2012 — Video Mount Products (videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the security, commercial, CI, residential, and pro audio/video markets, is proud to announce that it will feature its new SCM-2 suspended ceiling replacement tile for ceiling mounts at 2012 ISC West, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from March 28-30 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, booth 3080. Now shipping, the SCM-2 has an MSRP of $169.95.

“The new SCM-2 has been designed for use in environments that utilize suspended ceilings, such as schools and offices,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of Video Mount Products. “The SCM-2 replaces the actual drop ceiling tile and blends into the ceiling itself, where the mount is then attached. It can be used to support projectors or, flat panels, or CCTV monitors less thanup to 200 lbs., and can be used with any VMP ceiling mount or any ceiling mount using 1.5in. NPT pipe.”

Additional specifications include:
• For use with 2ft. x 2ft. ceiling grids
• Can be used with standard 1.5in. NPT pipe or VMP ceiling masts
• Tie wire (30 feet), turnbuckles, and attachment hardware included
• Four integrated standard electrical KOs
• Ceiling tile can be rotated for nine possible mounting locations
• Load capacity – 200 lbs
• White powder coat finish

“Backed by VMP’s years of industry acclaimed product design and customer service, the SCM-2 is also backed by VMP’s Forever Warranty,” added Fulmer.

For more information on the SCM-2, please visit www.videomount.com or call (410) 643-6390 or toll free 877-281-2169. If you need help choosing the right mount for your application, try the Video Mount Finder at www.chooseamount.com.

About Video Mount Products
Born in 1994, Video Mount Products (VMP) is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the video, audio and security industries. VMP products consistently offer the latest designs in safety and flexibility, all at an outstanding value. VMP’s product offering continues to substantially grow by adding several mounting systems to address the increasing popularity of flat panel technology, both LCD and Plasma, as well as other growing segments across many markets.

VMP has become the mounting systems company of choice for professionals and their customers everywhere. All products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and security applications throughout the world. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that “support” is the core of the business.

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Vancouver Canucks use projected imagery to create unprecedented fan experience

Atlanta, GA (3-14-2012) – Established in 1970, the Vancouver Canucks now call the 475,000 square foot Rogers Arena home. Already well-respected as the official ice hockey venue during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the Canucks brand and creative team wanted to set a new, and largely unchartered, direction for the venue. Led by creative director Mark Raham, the Canucks contacted Epic Production Technologies to discuss large-scale imagery solutions for the venue. Given the numerous installation details to consider, as well as the large surface area that needed to be illuminated, Larry Darling, VP of Sales for Epic Production Technologies, suggested Digital Projection International’s (DPI) high-brightness projectors.

After initially selecting lower lumen displays, four 30,000 lumen LIGHTNING 45 sx+ displays were eventually chosen. The Canucks couldn’t be more pleased, as Raham remarked, “We’re so glad we went with the higher lumen displays because they have so much visual punch. We’re discovering new ways to use them every time we work with them.” The LIGHTNING displays are used in conjunction with Hippotizer servers and a Datapath X4 processor to project a blended and mapped 200′ x 80′ image on the ice. To add dimension and scale, the ice projections are complemented by four hanging scrims, reaching four storeys in height, creating a vertical projection surface above each corner of the ice surface.

In order for the projected imagery to fit within the frame of the rink, the projectors needed to be installed above the ice, as close to each center half of the ice as possible. This presented a challenge, however, as the LIGHTNING displays also had to be installed low enough to shoot under a massive clock. Furthermore, the projectors had to dodge lighting trusses, banners and other suspended accessories. It was decided that the LIGHTNING displays would be installed 90′ above the ice, enlisting the integrated pitch, roll and yaw adjustments found in DPI’s RapidRig rigging frames. The expanded lens shift capabilities inherent in the LIGHTNING platform continue to aid the team in precisely mapping their graphics to the ice surface.

With such powerful displays in their creative arsenal, the Canucks production team are regularly discovering new ways to, as Raham describes, “make the venue itself an all-encompassing, immersive experience.” To date, attendees will experience an approximately 10-12 minute custom-created pre-game ceremony, including imagery shown during national anthems. Additionally, at key moments in the game when action on the ice has paused, the displays reveal imagery mapped to specific surface details on the ice, such as boundary lines and logos. A massive light show occurs at the end of each intermission, enlisting the projectors to elevate the intensity level of the crowd with rock-concert styled effects. A final application includes the three stars presentation at the end of the game, with custom graphics accentuating the awards ceremony.

Darling and Raham are both elated with the impact the projectors have already made. According to Darling, “The upgraded fan experience really stood out during last year’s playoffs. TV broadcasters started to show the venue as soon as they possibly could so that they could show off the imagery.” Raham agrees, stating, “Our initial goal was to take the Canucks fan experience to the next level by making the venue come alive. Our fans expect and deserve to have an amazing experience every time they walk in the arena. We’ve had a great response so far and we can’t wait to unveil our next ideas.”

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About Digital Projection International

Founded in 1989, Digital Projection International (Digital Projection) has been instrumental in the development and application of Digital Light Processing™ technology by Texas Instruments for projection systems. Digital Projection International introduced the world’s first 3-chip DLP® projector in 1997, and has since delivered expert system engineering and world-class customer services, thus maintaining its position as a digital imaging pioneer.

Digital Projection International’s groundbreaking projection research and development has garnered the admiration of industry professionals around the world. This has earned the company many awards, including two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Digital Projection remains the first and only projector manufacturer to win the coveted award.

Today, Digital Projection International manufactures and distributes an extensive line of ultra high-performance 3-chip and single-chip DLP® projection systems. These projectors are the reference standard for demanding applications such as large-venue, live-event staging, fortune 5000, education, medical and scientific research, command and control, digital cinema, commercial entertainment, worship and elite home cinema.

For further information, please visit www.digitalprojection.com or contact:

Press Enquiries
Michael Bridwell, Director of Marketing
Digital Projection Inc.
T: (770)-420-1350
E: mbridwell@digitalprojection.com

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