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XPAND 3D Supports Barco With Infinity 3D Glasses for Laser Light Technology Demo at CinemaCon 2012

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – In the first demonstration of its kind, XPAND 3D is supporting Barco with its Infinity 3D glasses and 3D cinema system for a High Frame Rate 3D laser light technology demonstration at CinemaCon 2012 in Las Vegas. The event titled, “Laser Light Technology: The New Frontier in Screen Brightness”, will take place Wednesday, April 25 at 8:45 a.m. at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace and is open to all CinemaCon attendees.

The technology demonstration will feature XPAND Infinity active 3D glasses used in combination with Barco’s prototype 4K laser projection technology.

XPAND 3D active cinema systems and glasses are optimized to work with laser projectors, making them the ideal technology for speckle-free laser projection. The high-end XPAND Infinity 3D glasses provide the best 3D images in the industry.

The laser light technology demonstration will also include the display of HFR (High Frame Rate) content. All new XPAND 3D cinema solutions are HFR compatible.

Moderating the technical demonstration will be Todd Hoddick, Vice President, Entertainment Division, North America for Barco.

The event will also include a panel discussion moderated by Jerry Pierce, Chairman of Inter-Society’s Digital Cinema Forum. Panel members include:

* Wim Buyens: Senior Vice President, Entertainment Division, Barco
* John McDonald: Chairman, NATO Technology Committee and Executive Vice President, US Operations, AMC Theatres
* Pete Lude: Senior VP, Solutions Engineering, Sony Digital Cinema Solutions
* Michael Esch: Senior Director-Entertainment Solutions, Christie
* Jim Reisteter: General Manager, Digital Cinema Division, NEC Display Solutions of America

“Laser projection represents the future of cinema projection and the demonstration at CinemaCon will show exhibitors the best 3D ever seen,” said Maria Costeira, CEO of XPAND 3D. “We are thrilled to support Barco for this event, as we are confident it will represent a watershed moment in the evolution of 3D technology!”

“When CinemaCon asked us to project our prototype laser on a giant screen in the Colosseum, we were honored to show High Frame Rates, 3D, 4K and other capabilities at CinemaCon 2012,” commented Todd Hoddick, VP Entertainment for Barco North America. “Currently, our prototype can achieve 55,000 lumens of despeckled laser light from a single projector. While the industry still has a ways to go before government regulations and pricing make laser commercially viable, Barco will be ready when the time comes.”

For more information on XPAND 3D, please visit www.xpand.me

For more information on Barco, please visit www.barco.com

About XPAND 3D:
XPAND 3D is the global leader in 3D technologies for cinema, with systems used by over 5,000 3D cinemas in more than 50 countries. XPAND 3D is also the 3D solution of choice for home, business, post-production, education, military, medical and professional 3D applications. XPAND 3D designs, manufactures and OEMs a range of consumer electronics 3D solutions that are driving the 3D revolution. XPAND is committed to advancing the state-of-the art in technology to provide consumers, businesses, educators and medical professionals with the comprehensive advantages of stereoscopic 3D. XPAND provides glasses on a linear scale from the most advanced and feature-packed for sophisticated surgical, training and home theater to more ruggedized and affordable for cinema and mass market use. X6D Limited is a global company whose products and services are marketed under the XPAND brand name.

Christie Provides Products, Services and Financing, While “Future Proofing” CinemaCon Attendees’ Investments

Christie, a global visual technology company, will showcase a wide range of innovative cinema projection solutions, backed by its monitoring and support services, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, April 23 – 26. Christie is the world’s largest manufacturer, installer and servicer of DLP Cinema projectors and has contracted for its largest-ever CinemaCon exhibit area to confirm its position as the “Exhibitor’s Choice” for attendees of this pre-eminent gathering of movie theater owners from around the world.

“Christie is the key supplier of all the pieces that exhibitors may require to stay ahead of the digital cinema conversion curve,” said Craig Sholder, vice president, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “Our latest Christie Duo, Christie IMB and Christie SKA-3D offerings – the latter two being officially announced at CinemaCon – are part of our ongoing commitment to arm our customers with the pieces they need to deliver a wide range of cinema-market applications.”

Sholder noted that “independent exhibitors, which encompass drive-ins, film festivals and post-production in-house studios, get the same commitment and dedication that national circuit exhibitors have come to expect from Christie, so that we can deliver to all of them the technology and services they need to leverage cinema and alternative content, in 2K, 4K and in 3D on standard and large-format, ‘premium’ screens.”

In addition to comprehensive solutions on display in Christie booth #2111 and in the Milano Room, Christie is a sponsor of the International Day activities, including its Awards Luncheon on April 23, which Jack Kline, president and chief operating officer, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. will address. As well, Michael Esch, senior director, Entertainment Solutions product development at Christie, will take part in a panel discussion on “Laser Light Technology: The New Frontier in Screen Brightness” at 9am on April 25 in the Colosseum.

(Esch recently chaired a vibrant information sharing session and discussion on high frame rates, laser projection, and the future of 3D and 4K projection at Christie’s worldwide center for engineering, research and development in Kitchener, Ontario, which included the first-ever laser light engine projection of high frame rate cinema and alternative content on to a 30-foot white screen. Attendees at this HFR Summit included recent Gordon E. Sawyer Academy Award winner Douglas Trumbull; Ian Bidgood, Technical Director, Park Road Post Production; Matt Cowan, Chief Scientific Officer, RealD; John Helliker and Bert Dunk, Directors at the Screen Industries Research and Training Centre and Demetri Portelli, Stereographer.)

Christie’s HFR 3D Leadership for Cinema/Alternative Content Solutions
Christie will continue to demonstrate its high-frame rate leadership, epitomized by the HFR Summit, Christie’s technical alliances with Lightstorm, Park Road, Weta, the Screen Industries Research and Training Centre and other industry leaders, with a number of product introductions and demonstrations at CinemaCon.

The Christie IMB, an integrated media block solution that seamlessly converts and delivers feature-film and alternative content within a secure, DCI-compliant environment to all of Christie’s 2K and 4K, DCI-compliant Solaria Series 2 projectors will be formally launched at the conference, following several months of commercial field trials. DCI Compliance certification is expected shortly.

As well, Don Shaw, senior director, Entertainment Solutions, Christie will host a High frame Rates 3D Comparison for the media featuring footage from James Cameron in the HFR Theater in Christie’s booth on Monday, April 23, and for attendees throughout the duration of the show.

(A four-minute video primer on high frame rates and their future impact on movie-making, delivered by Dr. Paul Salvini, chief technology officer, Christie, is also available at http://vimeo.com/40316231).

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 Rates in 3D: A comparison of original film footage provided by James Cameron – projected at 24 frames per second (fps), 48fps and 60fps – will be the talk of the conference in the HFR Theater throughout the duration of the show. Attendees will see how HFR technology reduces artifacts such as motion blur, judder and strobing seen in the current generation of films. The Christie IMB will facilitate the hourly presentations of the HFR footage on a single Solaria CP2220 projector, complete with automatic and seamless switching between different frame rates.

Zone 2 –Lamps and Virtual Print Fees (VPF) Lounge: 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 its customers’ visual technology displays, keeping them running 24/7/365. The Christie NOC is remotely monitoring more than 50,000 devices in more than 1,800 locations while also providing the latest in predictive analytics to anticipate and resolve potential technical issues – minimizing theater and lobby downtime.

Zone 4 – Digital Theater Lobby Displays: Find out how the Managed Services group at Christie can design, build and deploy a digital signage network that’s right for exhibitors. Christie supports every stage of a digital signage rollout, from strategy and equipment selection to pre-staging and POS software integration, as well as a synchronized deployment and post deployment strategy. Ongoing hardware and software support, maintenance, monitoring and business impact analytics completes this ‘one-stop shopping’ experience. Additionally, the Managed Services team will showcase their customized booth-less projection system as part of a complete customized solution. This turnkey booth-less solution provides a special lift system that enables projectors to be positioned out of the way during normal operation and lowered for maintenance, freeing up space for seating that would normally have been taken up by the projection booths.

Zone 5 – Christie SKA-3D Audio-Visual Processor: See and hear the newly announced Christie SKA-3D digital cinema processor, a powerful product innovation that delivers flawless audio performance and 2D/3D image playback from virtually any content source on any brand of projector with separate L/R eye dual DVI inputs. It is a true, high-caliber “all in one” cinema processor that ends equipment rack clutter by combining the multiple units typically found in a projection booth – an audio processor, digital crossovers, video scaler, 3D decoders, video cross conversion and more – into a single, lightweight and compact box. On the video front, featuring full support for SENSIO Hi-Fi 3D and RealD Format, the new Christie SKA-3D seamlessly switches between multiple 2D/3D alternative content sources – including pre-show advertising servers, Blu-ray players, Sony PlayStation, set-top boxes, personal computers and satellite feeds – which in turn facilitate new revenue streams for digital cinema owners through the playback of any content available to them.

Christie’s Commitment to HFR
The two main goals of Christie’s HFR activities are to help the industry develop the best HFR content and the best delivery system for HFR content. The first goal involves assisting leading-edge filmmakers and post-production companies in perfecting HFR movie creation, so the industry has the most engaging, entertaining content possible. The second goal is to assist exhibitors in showing these 3D HFR movies in all their glory. 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, post production 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. For more information visit http://www.higherframerates.com.

Thomson Video Networks and Jünger Audio Partnership Offers Streamlined Loudness Control Solutions

Marc Judor, Manager International Sales and Marketing from Junger (left), and Claude Perron, CTO from Thomson Video Networks (right).

Thomson Video Networks has announced a strategic partnership with Jünger Audio that will bring Jünger’s renowned audio loudness technology to the ViBE encoding platform. With sophisticated handling of loudness built in, ViBE encoders will allow customers to achieve a reduced infrastructure footprint, as well as providing a simpler and more effective solution to regulatory loudness requirements.

Jünger Audio’s sophisticated audio leveling technology delivers broadcast audio that complies with all current loudness regulations (ATSC A/85, ITU 1770 and EBU R128). The company’s LEVEL MAGICTM algorithm provides a comprehensive series of level controls that address all of the issues broadcasters currently face, with audio coming from a wide variety of sources. Based on a Multi-Loop dynamic range control principle, where slow changes (AGC), fast changes (transient processing) and Look Ahead peak limiting are handled simultaneously, LEVEL MAGIC offers level management with exceptionally high audio quality and without coloration, pumping, breathing, distortion or modulation effects.

“We have chosen Jünger from the key players in this arena because the LEVEL MAGIC algorithm is very highly regarded by broadcast sound engineers for the outstanding results it delivers,” said Claude Perron, chief technology officer of Thomson Video Networks. “Audio quality is a key criterion for our customers and an important part of the viewer experience, and with this collaboration we can combine the leading loudness solution with the leading encoding technology.”

Thomson Video Networks and Jünger will work jointly to integrate LEVEL MAGIC into the ViBE platform, and the technology will be incorporated into new ViBE products from Q3 2012. An easy software upgrade will be available to customers of existing ViBE EM4000 and VS7000 units.

“In the light of new legislation, broadcasters around the world are very aware of the need to maintain legal audio levels,” said Peter Poers, managing director of Jünger Audio. “As audio specialists, we have spent many years developing technologies that address the loudness issue without any detrimental effect on sound quality. By combining LEVEL MAGIC with ViBE encoding, it is now much easier for broadcasters to deploy and operate a solution that complies with all current loudness regulations and offers a smaller footprint, thus minimizing the possibility of errors.”

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities.

Information about products from Junger Audio is available at www.junger-audio.com

About Thomson Video Networks
From the very onset of digital TV broadcasting, the Thomson name has been synonymous with supplying expertise, quality, and reliability to the world’s leading broadcasters. Since delivering the world’s first large-scale direct-to-home satellite system, Thomson Video Networks has been a global leader in compression systems for satellite, terrestrial, cable, IPTV, mobile TV, and Web streaming. The company helps its customers deliver superior quality video to anything from small handheld devices to large 3D HD screens, with the lowest bandwidth to ensure a profitable business model. A trusted supplier to more than 20 percent of the active channels deployed worldwide, with a global support presence and a reputation for delivering quality at every stage, Thomson Video Networks offers the experience and range of products to meet every need, from hybrid multiformat compression systems to contribution links for content exchange networks.

Information about products from Thomson Video Networks is available at www.thomson-networks.com.

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