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SmithsonMartin Inc. Announces New Retail Pricing Structure for Entire Product Line, Including Emulator, Kontrol Surface 1974

TORONTO, 26 April 2012— SmithsonMartin Inc., the company that brought musicians and producers Emulator and which released the Kontrol Surface 1974 last December, announced significant price reductions to its entire product line. Effective immediately, retailers can now access the Emulator, Kontrol Surface 1974 and a range of accessories at a fraction of the previous cost. Among the most notable price reductions is the Emulator Lifetime License, which last month was reduced from $499 to $99.

The price reductions, which have been made possible as a result of SmithsonMartin’s increased purchasing leverage and the elimination of its two-tier distribution model, represents an outstanding opportunity for retailers to capture additional margin on the most innovative DJ and MIDI control products currently available on the market.

New Opportunities for Retailers
Now that SmithsonMartin has extended its market recognition well beyond the DJ market into areas such as lighting, broadcast, houses of worship and other areas, our company has significantly increased its purchasing power,” observes CEO Alan Smithson. “This has in turn enabled us to reward our network of international resellers with greater pricing flexibility — and the opportunity to earn very generous margins on if they choose to stock our products.” Following is a summary of new prices for SmithsonMartin’s product line (effective April 1, 2012):

By selling its products direct to retailers and bypassing traditional distribution, SmithsonMartin is able to offer its retailer partners who keep stock attractive sales margins, while offering generously increased margins for its entire retailer base. The company will also continue to offer products through its state of the art eCommerce site, which provides outstanding product support and shipping / logistics capabilities. SmithsonMartin has also become a vendor through www.XchangeMarket.com, a new service that allows retailers to sell software without carrying stock. “Resellers are moving more towards an on-demand purchasing model and XchangeMarket is the ultimate in instant delivery of software serial codes for our customers. Guitar Center has lead the way by adopting this technology early, thus making it the industry standard for software sales moving forward.” Commented Mr. Smithson.

The MIDI software of choice for a broad range of professionals
Recently, SmithsonMartin has significantly extended its user base as its Emulator multi-touch MIDI control software has become the go-to software for lighting designers, video artists, clubs, broadcast professionals and houses of worship. This month, SmithsonMartin will release its Emulator Modular 1.2, which ships with a range of specialized buttons, knobs and sliders, while offering bi-directional MIDI support for the most widely used software platforms.

For a full description of the new pricing, including accessories, please visit www.SmithsonMartin.com or contact Julie Smithson at 1-416-219-8749 or Julie@smithsonmartin.com

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Kontrol Surface 1974 controlling GrandMA 2 software to light Skrillex at Ultrafest 2012.

Tulsa’s KTUL Invests in JVC ProHD Cameras for Transition to Local HD News

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced that KTUL, the ABC affiliate in Tulsa, Okla. (DMA #59), has purchased 18 GY-HM790 ProHD cameras, as well as two GY-HM750Us, to produce its local newscasts in HD. The new cameras were first used in SD mode when they were delivered in March, but the station transitioned to full HD for ENG and studio production on Aug. 22.

KTUL is affiliated with Allbritton Communications Company, which is based in Arlington, Va., and recently standardized on JVC ProHD cameras at six of its stations. The new cameras are part of an overall transition to local HD news production for all stations in the group.

KTUL uses four of its new GY-HM790 cameras in the studio, along with a GY-HM250 on a jib. Roger Herring, KTUL director of broadcast operations, said the picture quality is a “huge improvement from where we were.” The studio cameras are connected via fiber optic cable, which allows the station to send all signals over a single cable – no triax or additional cable bundles necessary.

Herring said the station’s ENG shooters are pleased with the quality and weight of the ProHD cameras. KTUL uses Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and Apple Final Cut Pro editing systems, and recording ready-to-edit footage on non-proprietary SDHC cards has improved the station’s workflow. “Native file recording makes moving from camera to editor extremely quick,” Herring explained. “It allows us to edit quickly in the field as well.”

An ideal solution for multicore or fiber-based studios, the GY-HM790 offers an innovative modular design and a redesigned studio adapter sled. Its three, 1/3-inch progressive scan CCDs produce 1280×720 and 1920×1080 images, and its proprietary MPEG-2 encoder supports 1080i, 720p, and even SD (480i) for operations that have not yet made the move to HD. The compact, shoulder-mount camera is also an outstanding choice for ENG use, with a dual card slot design that records to low-cost, non-proprietary SDHC solid-state media cards in ready-to-edit file formats (.MOV and .MP4) for major NLE systems.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

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Recent AtlonaAcademy Webinars and Houston Training Event a Big Hit With Attendees

Over 400 Installation Professionals Attend for In-Depth Understanding of Latest Industry Technologies

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — April 26, 2012 — Atlona(R), a leading digital connectivity solutions provider, today announced that its recent AtlonaAcademy live training event and online webinars were a hit with attendees. Over 400 installation professionals registered for two one-hour webinars given as part of the AtlonaAcademy online training program, while another 40 attended an invitational regional training event held in Houston, Texas. more

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Listen Technologies Partners with Ampetronic to Deliver Induction Loop Solution

Listen Technologies has partnered with Ampetronic to expand its portfolio of assistive listening technologies to offer comprehensive assistive listening solutions to customers in the Americas.

Listen Technologies is pleased to announce its partnership with Ampetronic, the world leading provider of audio induction loop systems for assisting individuals with hearing loss. The addition of induction loop technology will round out Listen Technologies’ RF and Infrared Wireless Listening offerings.

Hearing loop solutions are widespread throughout the world but only recently has the technology started to be installed in a wide range of venues in North America. This is primarily as a result of grass roots efforts of the hard-of-hearing community who are demanding the benefits that this technology can bring to them. A loop solution transmits an audio signal directly into a Telecoil hearing aid reducing the need for an external receiver. The hearing aid becomes the receiver and the experience is enhanced as the users receive sound tailored to their hearing loss, can feel less discriminated against, and have no need to request or wear additional receivers.

Hearing loops can be installed in a variety of environments, from larger venues such as theatres, conference facilities, houses of worship to smaller one-on-one communication settings such as ticket counters and meeting rooms. Loop solutions can also benefit those that need hearing assistance in taxi cabs, trains, and buses.

Commenting on the partnership, Julian Pieters, Ampetronic Managing Director said, “We are thrilled to partner with Listen Technologies, a company that shares our strong commitment to improving the lives of hard of hearing people. Listen understands the need to deliver a complete assistive listening solution in the Americas, and are excited about the unique role that loop technology plays in improving hearing access. Our partnership will make professional quality loop solutions available across the breadth of the USA for the first time.”

“The data that is available on the hearing loss population is staggering,” said Russell Gentner, Listen Technologies President. “One out of eight US citizens (12 years and older) have bilateral hearing loss – that is 52 million Americans. This growing hearing loss community wants to engage in a full rich experience in a public setting and not be concerned with whether or not the solution they need is available. The beauty of this partnership is that Listen can be impartial when it comes to the technology for assistive listening and focus on delivering the best solution to meet our customer’s needs.”

About Listen Technologies Corporation
Listen Technologies Corporation manufactures and distributes wireless audio products world-wide for use in auditory assistance, soundfield, tour group, language interpretation and conferencing applications. Listen products provide superb audio performance, flexibility and ease of use, making them the ideal choice for schools, houses of worship, factories, entertainment facilities, government agencies and other entities. For more information on Listen solutions, contact Listen Technologies at +1.801.233.8992, or visit www.listentech.com.

About Ampetronic
Ampetronic is the world leading provider of Audio Induction Loop Systems for assisting the hard of hearing. Ampetronic provides a complete product and service package to meet the requirements of any assistive listening application, no matter what the environment. Customers benefit from Ampetronic’s 25 years of experience as innovator and market leader, both through its outstanding and versatile product range, and directly through their comprehensive support services. For more information on Ampetronic visit www.ampetronic.com

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Peavey® MediaMatrix® NION® Training Seminar Scheduled for May

Peavey® Commercial Audio will host a two-day MediaMatrix® NION® Certification training course in New Orleans during May, where AV designers, consultants, contractors and end users can learn the best practices for designing, deploying and implementing MediaMatrix audio distribution, processing and control systems.

The MediaMatrix NION Certification training course instructs AV professionals on the fundamentals of MediaMatrix, the most flexible and scalable audio networking system on the market, as well as how to design and program projects in nWare™; how to set up a NION processor; how to create end-user GUIs for nTouch™ 60 and nTouch 180 touch screens and PC kiosks; and how to integrate the XControl® into a MediaMatrix installation.

The MediaMatrix NION Certification training seminar will be held in New Orleans on May 10-11, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Each successful student will receive a completion certificate that can be submitted to InfoComm for receipt of 7.5 renewal credit hours for InfoComm CTS, CTS-I and CTS-D. For full class descriptions and registration, please visit mm.peavey.com/education.

Peavey has educated thousands of AV system designers, integrators and end users from around the world since MediaMatrix revolutionized the professional audio industry in 1993. MediaMatrix now offers the content of its renowned seminars as online courses at mmtraining.peavey.com. Completion of the online Peavey MediaMatrix Basic or Advanced course earns two hours of credit toward InfoComm’s CTS and CTS-D Certification Renewal.

Now installed in more than 10,000 facilities worldwide—from theme parks, hotels and stadiums to airports and government facilities—Peavey MediaMatrix was the first digitally controlled audio network, and is still the most flexible and capable audio networking system available. Learn how MediaMatrix can be used to create virtually any audio system. For more information, please visit mm.peavey.com.

About MediaMatrix®
MediaMatrix® is a division of Peavey®, one of the largest manufacturers of professional audio equipment in the world. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes in more than 130 other countries. MediaMatrix revolutionized the high-end audio technology market with its computer-based audio processing and control interfacing systems, and can now be found in more than 10,000 airports, stadiums, theme parks, government facilities and other venues around the world. To find out more about MediaMatrix, visit mm.peavey.com.
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ArcLight Chooses Christie For Digital Cinema Projectors For Both 2K and 4K Movie Experiences

Christie®, a global leader in digital cinema projection, today announced that ArcLight Cinemas has completed the digital conversion of its four locations in California, boasting 33 auditoriums and 61 screens, with Christie Solaria® Series CP2210 2K, Christie CP4220 and Christie CP4230 4K projectors aligned to provide the best in both conventional and premier movie experiences.

The most advanced offerings in Christie’s industry-leading Solaria Series, the CP4220/30 projectors in particular provide brilliant 3D images in 4K resolution, along with the highest level of content security combined with easy operations and maintenance.

All auditoriums within the ArcLight brand are premium presentation auditoriums, focusing on a “black box” design aesthetic, which emphasizes undistracted viewing and features the best in sight and sound technology.

“Christie’s Solaria series will make it possible for us to present the latest technological advances to our patrons, such as 3D and big-screen experiences, as well as high frame rate (HFR) movies scheduled to launch later this year, beginning with epics such as Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit,” said Joe Miraglia, director of design, construction and facilities for ArcLight. “Since we offer a range of movies and theaters to suit distinct audiences, we needed digital projection that could adapt to any need, and Christie gave us the best solution.”

The projectors were installed by ACS Enterprises Inc. which chose Christie because of its winning combination of product and support excellence.

“At ACS, we care about our clients, their theaters and their continued success,” said Jose Alvarado, chief executive officer of ACS. “Christie is a partner that shares our philosophy and wanted to make sure we succeeded in our digital cinema transitions. By helping us succeed, they too succeed.

“In addition to providing first-rate technology, Christie collaborated in installation design, setup and testing though its Christie Managed Services group, which has been extremely helpful in quickly and efficiently providing the assistance we needed for ArcLight’s unique requirements,” added Alvarado.

Part of the Pacific Theatres group, the ArcLight chain includes the famous ArcLight Hollywood, which boasts the historic and unique Cinerama Dome – one of only three such theaters in the world today. In keeping with the unique architecture, and to be able to deliver a variety of enhanced movie experiences, the Dome now features
Christie Duo™ technology, a configuration of two projectors, advanced software and a space-saving frame that delivers a completely seamless, premium movie experience for the world’s largest screens.

Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions for Christie, said, “We offer an unparalleled range of leading-edge product, support, partnerships and financing options to make the benefits of digital projection available to all types of exhibitor in every market. It’s because of this commitment, and the loyalty of our customers, that we lead the market for digital projection solutions, and we’re pleased to have ArcLight as part of our customer family.”

ACS looks forward to many successful deployments with Christie, which dovetails with its long-range thinking to benefit clients. “It is part of our continued support cycle to monitor developments in the industry to make sure our clients are aware of the latest technology advances and what motion picture releases will implement/introduce such programs,” said Alvarado. “Our industry experiences have made us recognize that technological advances in motion pictures, with both picture and sound delivery, are usually not successful without the release of a major motion picture that demands these advances. It’s a process we consistently monitor; making sure our clients are in a position to adapt and implement when that picture is released to their patrons.”

About ArcLight Cinemas
ArcLight Cinemas, created by Pacific Theatres, represents an evolution in the movie going experience. With locations in Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Pasadena and El Segundo, the chain offers an unprecedented combination of technology, amenities, comfort, and customer service. ArcLight Cinema’s dynamic programming ranges from the newest Hollywood blockbusters to independent art house fare, cult favorites and classics and 21+ screenings, making it one of the most popular destinations for discerning moviegoers. Its signature amenities include black box auditoriums, extra-wide seats with double armrests, stadium seating, reserved seating at many locations and a wide variety of counter and café food options. For more information about ArcLight, visit www.arclightcinemas.com.

Canon Professional HD Camcorders Enable St. John’s University to Expand TV And Online Coverage of Campus Sports Programs

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 26, 2012 – A leader in intercollegiate athletics for more than a century, St. John’s University today achieves increased exposure for its sports programs by producing high-definition (HD) coverage for home games with affordable, high-performance HD camcorders from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. The St. John’s Television Network (STJ-TV) uses Canon XF305 and XF105 professional tapeless HD camcorders to produce sports coverage not only for its official athletics website (www.redstormsports.com), but also for national and regional cable networks, and for Internet and mobile platforms available to millions of viewers and subscribers.

“This has been great for our fan base and marketing efforts for all of our sports,” said Mark Fratto, Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Communications at St. John’s University. Fratto explained that St. John’s had been using Canon SD (standard definition) camcorders for several years to produce sports content for its Athletic Department’s website. “We’re elevating our coverage to the next level and producing high-quality live-action HD sports not only for our own website but for much larger commercial distribution outlets as well.”

The University, with its central campus located in the New York City borough of Queens, has 17 varsity athletic programs known collectively as the St. John’s Red Storm. They include: basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, and fencing; men’s baseball and lacrosse; women’s softball and volleyball; and indoor and outdoor track & field and cross-country. Campus sports venues include the famed Carnesecca Arena and Taffner Field House, the Belson and Jack Kaiser Stadiums, and Da Silva Field. Essential to transitioning the St. John’s Television Network to HD sports coverage was choosing the right combination of affordable production equipment. This included high-performance HD video camcorders that are rugged enough to handle coverage of more than 100 different sporting competitions per year, but also intuitively designed to accommodate a production crew that includes both student and professional camera operators.
Choosing Canon
“In modeling the St. John’s Television Network we looked at professional teams that set the standard,” Fratto noted. “Those teams use a lot of Canon products, which is a brand known for its high-quality optics. You can get great results for the cost and the size of Canon cameras and lenses, so it was an obvious decision for us.”

“I researched HD camcorder models made by different manufacturers, talked to the people using them, and found that Canon’s XF305 and XF105 were both great choices,” added Sean McCluskey, St. John’s Director of Multimedia Services. “The XF305 and XF105 cameras are not heavy or cumbersome. They’re small, but not too small. They also have HD lenses, and that’s something other brands of HD camcorders with built-in lenses don’t have. Then there is the fact that the XF305 and XF105 have HD-SDI output, genlock input, and SMPTE time code in/out, which are very handy, since we’re doing not only live game coverage but also studio productions such as The Red Storm Report for a regional cable network.”

In addition to its five Canon HD camcorders (four Canon XF305’s and one XF105), the St. John’s Television Network’s affordable HD production system also includes a NewTek TriCaster 850 Extreme production system, a NewTek 3Play 820 slow-motion replay system, and two Windows-based graphics computers. “We assembled the right mix of easy-to-use, relatively low-cost HD technologies, integrated them into a mobile flypack, and use them with our Canon HD camcorders to do four- and five-camera productions,” Fratto noted. “Everything is completely portable, and all of our venues are within walking distance here on campus. We essentially took every aspect of large HD-truck productions and shrunk them, including the cameras.”

Compact and Sturdy HD
Designed for professional use, Canon’s XF305 and XF105 HD camcorders are multi-purpose video cameras that can feed live HD to a production switcher via their HD-SDI outputs (as in the case of the St. John’s Television Network) or record directly to Compact Flash (CF) cards. Both cameras are equipped with native Canon 1920 x 1080 HD CMOS image sensors for exceptional picture quality, the Canon XF Codec for precision HD capture and recording, and Canon’s proprietary Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor for accurate color and detail. The three-CMOS XF305 features a Genuine Canon 18x HD L-series zoom lens. The single-CMOS XF105 comes equipped with a Genuine Canon 10x HD L-series lens. Both models feature Canon’s SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) system with Dynamic and Powered IS modes for optimal performance in a wide variety of situations. The XF305 and XF105 also offer extensive Custom Picture Settings that users can save to an SD memory card for easy matching of multiple XF305 and XF105 cameras.

“The XF305 and XF105 HD camcorders allow us to set our own specific color profile and ‘paint’ the camera for HD,” McCluskey said. “We can save those profiles to an SD card and load them into all of our Canon HD camcorders, which is very convenient.”

McCluskey noted that the St. John’s Television Network relies on the XF105 for studio interviews and press conferences and on the XF305 for live sports coverage. “The XF305 is smaller than traditional HD field cameras for sports, so it gives you more functionality,” he confided. “You can hold them up high if you need to shoot down inside a huddle, or you can get down very low if you want to capture a ‘gopher’ shot. Some are on tripods and others are hand-held. Most important, the networks like the HD quality we are able to create with them.”

Creating New Platforms
As a Big East member, all of St. John’s conference basketball games are covered by national cable network video-production crews. The additional live HD game coverage that the St. John’s Television Network shoots with Canon HD camcorders and delivers to that network (and to other cable and online outlets) has the potential to revolutionize college sports television, Fratto believes.

“We are using this HD production model to shoot, transmit, and distribute those men’s basketball games that are not selected for air by the broadcast network,” he explained. “We are also able to create a platform for women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, fencing, softball, and baseball. None of those games would ever make it to air in broadcast quality if they had to be produced using expensive, traditional HD equipment. With our Canon HD camcorders and other affordable equipment, however, we are able to put these productions together ourselves and reach much wider audiences. There is also revenue involved, with broadcast sponsorships, billboards, replays and other opportunities. We believe we have developed a model that every college and university could use.”

“We have a video production operation that benefits our entire University,” Fratto concluded. “The St. John’s Television Network gives undergraduate students a chance to learn and contribute by experiencing hands-on HD sports production. We think that at least in terms of regional sports, this model – as demonstrated by what the St. John’s Television Network is doing with Canon HD camcorders and the other equipment – will be unbeatable in terms of the quality versus the cost.”

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $45.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2011† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.
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Oxygen DCT Announces New 5” Camera Monitor Range

Oxygen DCT has expanded its award winning Evolution Pro P3 monitor range to include four new high performance 5” camera monitors targeted at production and on-camera applications.

These versatile monitors have been designed to address a market segment dominated by lower quality displays but combining functionality, picture performance and pricing into ‘next generation’ monitoring. There are four different models in the range suited for use on high end television and film cameras such as the Red One and ARRI Alexa and also equally at home on DSLR cameras such as the popular Canon 5D and 7D.

All four 5” models have the same high quality signal processing and LCD screen to give sharp, detailed images with clarity and colour accuracy. The range of features and facilities is exceptional extensive and designed specifically for camera work, accommodating broadcast formats up to 1080p/50 as a 3G signal or HDMI.

Steve Hathaway, Managing Director of Oxygen DCT, says: “Like all of the monitors in our award winning Evolution Pro P3 series, these new 5” film and television monitors are feature rich, which ensures that wherever you are you’ll always have the best monitoring tools available, immediately at your disposal. The picture quality of these monitors is really exceptional – all Evolution Pro P3 displays provide very accurate colourimetry with fast response time and outstanding pixel by pixel motion interpolation, eliminating the noise and artefacts often associated with inferior displays.”

Oxygen DCT’s Evolution Pro P3 series use new LCD’s that build on extensive experience and a highly successful pedigree through valuable user feedback. It is this attention to detail that has made Evolution Pro P3 such a success with television crews and production companies world-wide.

The new monitors encompass an HDMI-only model that is ideal for DSLR users, through to a top end version offering 3G HD/SDI for 1080p signals. This model also includes internal HDMI to HD/SDI conversion allowing the monitor output to be used on larger film and broadcast productions. All of the models in the 5” range have a variety of camera production facilities such as focus assist and false colour, waveform display, vectorscope display, daylight mode, 8 channel audio metering, DSLR and native zoom, markers and freeze frame. The OFM050-SCH model is unique as it has a high brightness function with 1000nit output allowing the monitor to be used in bright sunshine.

With low power consumption and a starting price point of just £369, these lightweight monitors are the perfect complement to any cameraman’s kit, regardless of the camera used.

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About Oxygen DCT:
Oxygen DCT is a broadcasts systems solutions provider with a deep knowledge and understanding of the broadcast and professional media markets. This dynamic organisation has amassed in just over five years, a very extensive and comprehensive products portfolio of over 3000 carefully designed broadcast and production products that represent the pinnacle of engineering excellence. Oxygen DCT was the first company in the broadcast industry to fully implement online facilities for its customers and its unique, comprehensive online ordering facility automatically configures equipment systems for customers, saving time and provides industry professionals with the convenience of immediate online pricing. The ‘one-stop-shop’ website caters for the smallest requirements whilst also allowing users to prepare their own quotes and place orders online with immediate order confirmation. Oxygen DCT also provides advice, support and expertise as part of its ‘life cycle’ care scheme, ensuring that customers are fully serviced throughout their career life cycles.

Christie and RealD Debut Brightest Commercially Available 3D Dual Projection System at CinemaCon

Christie Duo™ combined with the new RealD XL-DP Cinema System today to project Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Sneak Peek” of The Hobbit in 3D, presented at High Frame Rates (HFR) of 48 frames per second, achieving an unprecedented combination of uniformity and brightness. Christie®, a global visual technology company, and RealD, a leading global licensor of 3D technologies, powered today’s major studio presentation in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

In the setup for this presentation, projection engineers calibrated the system using brightness measurements taken towards the edges of the screen, rather than at the center. The abundance of light available allowed the center brightness to be reduced considerably and still provided luminance measurements in excess of six foot lamberts (ft-L) across the better part of this massive 70-foot-wide screen. By combining the Christie Duo and the RealD XL-DP 3D Cinema System, exhibitors can actually achieve double the light output over the previous leading large format solutions, and at a significant overall value during regular, commercial movie showings.

“With the new RealD XL-DP Cinema System, there is a technical solution for achieving 3D brightness at 2D light levels on some of the largest movie theater screens in the world,” says Rod Archer, vice-president of Cinema Products, RealD. “RealD technology delivers twice the light of other 3D providers, allowing premium large format screens to demonstrate the true potential of digital 3D cinema with a lifelike and immersive 3D presentation without compromising brightness.”

Says Don Shaw, senior director, Christie’s Entertainment Solutions product management group: “Although it may seem too good to be true, the incredible experience delivered today by RealD and Christie was achieved on a silver screen, using Christie’s Pureformity Color™ Technology to ‘control’ the center brightness, allowing us to obtain the most uniform image possible across this large screen. Standard Christie Solaria® projectors, the Christie Duo integration kit and the RealD XL-DP Cinema System combined to achieve this industry first, which will present a compelling alternative to the more costly, but half as bright, offering from the current large-format market leader.”

The RealD XL-DP Cinema System is a pair of matched left and right eye polarizing filters featuring the patented XL light recovery technology. This Cinema System is designed for use on dual DLP projector installations on large screens, usually over 65 feet in width (20 meters). Early users of this combination of the XL-DP Cinema System and dual DLP projectors report 3D presentation brightness at 2D light levels on screens as large as 92 feet (28 meters).

Christie Duo and Christie Pureformity Color™ Technology Immerse Audiences in the Movies
Introduced in February, the Christie Duo is a new dual–projector integration kit intended to give exhibitors the ability to create and deliver their own, branded premium theater experience. The Christie Duo™ integration kit can be used with either 2K or 4K Christie Solaria® Series digital cinema projectors, purchased with new projectors or purchased as a standalone integration kit for Christie customers who already have Christie projectors. Christie Solaria® Series digital cinema projectors are the world’s best-selling, DCI-compliant digital cinema projectors, with close to 30,000 shipped and installed to date.

The integration kit features the choice of two configurations: a compact and convenient stacking system for 3D installations, or a new, innovative physical configuration that perfectly aligns every pixel on the screen for optimal 2D and 3D presentations. Coupled with automated features that easily calibrate, align and optimize the images from both Christie Solaria® Series 2K or 4K digital cinema projectors, Christie Duo delivers a completely seamless, premium movie experience for the world’s largest screens.

Pureformity Color™ Technology – a contraction of the words Pure and Uniformity – aptly describes Christie’s innovative ability to achieve optimal image color and brightness uniformity. While every Christie projector is built to exact DCI standards, every projection system has inherent color and brightness uniformity variations across the screen, especially towards the left and right hand edges. These effects can sometimes be exacerbated by certain screen materials and auditorium lighting conditions. Christie’s Pureformity Color™ Technology provides an unprecedented level of field optimization for these issues so that image quality perfection can easily be achieved across the whole screen.

Paul Kent Rejoins Electrosonic as Senior Consultant to the Theme Parks and Attractions Market in the EMEA Region

Paul Kent

Paul Kent

Electrosonic has announced the appointment of Paul Kent as Senior Consultant to the Cultural Entertainment and Leisure (CEL) team for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Kent originally joined Electrosonic in 1996. During his 12 years of employment, he worked with major theme park clients and designers in Europe, USA and the Middle East as a Project Consultant.

Kent’s re-appointment is an important step in Electrosonic’s goal to expand its involvement in theme park and attraction projects throughout Europe. Prior to re-joining Electrosonic, Kent worked as a consultant for attraction design and operation companies, working on internationally renowned projects such as Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. Kent will use his past experiences to increase Electrosonic’s already extensive expertise in master planning, entertainment technology, construction management and operations.

“Kent brings with him 25 years of production and technical experience working within the entertainment industry,” commented Rob Smith, Sales Manager of the CEL team. “He is well known within the industry and possesses the skills and knowledge to drive Electrosonic’s theme park and attractions business forward within continental Europe.”

Electrosonic’s Entertainment business provides a complete set of audio-visual services, including custom designed audio, video and control systems and on-site service solutions. Custom solutions are provided for museums, theme parks, hotels and visitor centers. Entertainment clients include designers, curators, producers, fit-out contractors and end-clients themselves.

Paul Kent commented, “I am delighted to return to Electrosonic. I am looking forward to working with new and existing clients and taking on projects from their early conceptual stage through to completion.”

Kent originally joined Electrosonic in 1996 as a Project Engineer. He progressed quickly, taking on various roles including Regional Director for the Middle East business, Project Consultant and Senior Consultant for the US and UK operations, all of which have given him a strong technical background and extensive knowledge of state-of-the-art dark and flying rides.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, video conferencing and control rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.
Learn more about Electrosonic.

Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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