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Christie Integrated Media Block (IMB) Achieves DCI Compliance for 2K and 4K Content

Ready for the high frame rate (HFR) revolution with the ultimate in reliability and compatibility, Christie® announced that its new Integrated Media Block (IMB) has been validated as DCI-compliant by Aegisolve, one of only three entities in the world fully licensed for compliance testing by the Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI).

The Christie® IMB is the first IMB to pass the DCI Compliance Test Plan (CTP) in a 4K DLP Cinema® projector, in both 2K and 4K modes of operation. It joins the DCI-compliant Christie Series 2 Solaria projectors, making this the world’s only, single-manufacturer DLP Cinema projector and IMB combination that meets the DCI specifications. As part of this testing process, the Christie IMB was also tested to the rigorous FIPS 140-2 security tests mandated by DCI in the CTP.

Building upon Christie’s expertise in D-Cinema technology, the Christie IMB has been designed by Christie engineers as a standalone IMB, meaning that everything it needs for control and content decryption/decoding is part of the IMB itself, and is the first such IMB to achieve DCI compliance. The only external hardware needed to operate the IMB is a compatible storage solution, which can range from a simple Network Attached Storage (NAS) or Direct Attached Storage (DAS) device all the way to a networked central storage system, depending on the needs of the exhibitor.

“With the largest share of the world’s digital cinema projection market, Christie offers exhibitors proven quality, reliability, and performance,” said Don Shaw, senior director, product management, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. “Having achieved full DCI-compliance on our IMB, Christie now offers a complete digital cinema solution that provides exhibitors the highest level of technical performance and value, producing the brightest and sharpest image and the most reliable HFR solution.”

“We are very pleased to confirm that the Christie IMB has passed all applicable CTP requirements for DCI compliance,” said Travis Spann, President of Aegisolve, based in Mountain View, California. “As an accredited and trusted third party, we are committed to providing our customers with rigorous, unbiased and efficient testing processes.”

The new Christie IMB provides the most reliable and secure digital cinema projection system design in the industry and unlocks the high frame rate and 4K potential in Christie Series 2 Solaria projectors. Manufactured by Christie and installed inside the projector, the single-brand digital cinema solution removes the limitations of proprietary external storage/decoding solutions connected to the projector via bandwidth-limited video cables. The Christie IMB allows HFR or 4K content to pass directly to the projector electronics, completely uncompromised and exactly reproducing the colour palette and stylistic intent of the content creator.

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.

Clear-Com Eclipse Intercom Gleams at Diamond Jubilee

Eclipse and V-Series Key-panels Cover Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s Accession to the Throne

LONDON, JUNE 19, 2011 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce that its Eclipse Median digital matrix intercom and V-Series key-panels played an integral role at the recent Diamond Jubilee celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the English throne. Delta Sound, a U.K.-based provider of sound design, equipment rental and sales, and communication systems and services, employed three Eclipse Median intercoms and more than a dozen V-Series user control panels to facilitate fast, reliable communications between the event’s sound, lighting, pyrotechnics, security and stage-management production teams.

Coordinating the different activities that took place over the Diamond Jubilee weekend, including a concert featuring more than 30 performers, a flotilla on the Thames River and a royal procession from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, was a massive undertaking. It required precise coordination and organization on the part of event organizers and production teams, which is why Delta Sound installed a 112-port Clear-Com Eclipse Median with several V-Series panels in the Jubilee’s event control room. The system, which features eight built-in interface module slots for easy interfacing with third-party systems, allowed event workers on walkie-talkies to communicate with workers on the V-Series panels in the control room, adding greater efficiency to the overall production.

Delta Sound deployed another Clear-Com Eclipse Median, along with a large number of V-Series control panels, for the Diamond Jubilee concert, which took place in front of Buckingham Palace. For the concert, Delta set up V-Series panels in the center of the traffic circle in front of the palace, on its roof and in its back garden. This allowed the sound, lighting, video and stage-management teams working the concert to coordinate their efforts. A highlight of the concert was a set by the ska band Madness where stunning, giant visuals of past English kings and queens, as well as images of typical British-style row houses, were imposed on the palace. Workers used the V-Series panels to ensure the visuals were projected as the band played its hit “Our House.” A third Eclipse Median, along with a dozen V-Series panels, were used by security operations during the Royal Family’s procession from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace.

“We found the Clear-Com system to be very straightforward to use, which is important when it comes to coordinating an event of this size,” says Phil Kidd, Delta Sound’s Project and Comms Manager. “The Eclipse Median systems and V-Series panels were easy to set up and we didn’t have to spend much time training people to use them. We also liked the ease of interfacing with other communications systems, such as the walkie-talkies used along the route of the royal procession. Overall, the systems worked very well for us.”

Clear-Com’s Eclipse family of digital matrix intercoms provide a flexible and scalable foundation for point-to-point and group-based multi-connections, supporting up to as many as 3120 user connections on a networked system platform. The Eclipse Median, which comes in a 6-RU frame that houses two CPU and eight matrix slots, with eight built-in interface module slots, is uniquely designed for mobile flight-case systems or any production environment where rack space is limited.

Fully compatible with the Eclipse systems, Clear-Com V-Series panels are a comprehensive set of advanced, fully programmable digital key-panels that come in rotary, pushbutton, or lever key form. The V-Series panels feature cutting-edge Digital Signal Processing, 10-character OLED display, international-character support, 8-shift key, and Listen Again memory. All V-Series panels can be connected to the matrix system via digital AES3, Co-ax, RJ-45, or over standard IP.

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

About HME
HM Electronics, Inc. is a diverse group of companies providing solutions that enhance productivity and customer service in markets including restaurants, sports and professional audio. Founded in 1971, we sell, service and support products in 89 countries worldwide, via company-owned offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and China, and an extensive network of HME-authorized distributors, dealers and service agents. Every day quick service restaurants take over 24 million orders using HME systems. With the recent acquisition of Clear-Com, HME is the world’s leading provider of professional intercom systems. To learn more, visit www.hme.com.

Christie Moves Champaign-Urbana Transportation Control Room Forward with New High Resolution 55 Inch Flat Panels

For the more than ten million passengers who rely on transit in Champaign, Illinois, and the surrounding areas, the new Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD) control room provides peace of mind as dispatchers monitor and respond more quickly to activities en route with a large Christie visual display wall.

As part of its Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), the CUMTD’s newly-built, larger headquarters includes a control room equipped with 10 state-of-the-art Christie FHD551-X LCD full-HD flat panels –ideal for control room solutions requiring larger, brighter video walls for a clearer view of information.

“The new Christie video wall is at the center of information sharing. It’s on 20 hours a day, seven days a week to monitor bus activities in the city,” noted Karl Gnadt, director of market development, CUMTD. “Christie’s flat panels are reliable and provide excellent image quality.”

Zdi, Inc, the systems integration company headquartered in Normal, Illinois, who won the contract commissioned by the CUMTD, partnered with AECOM to design the new control room, and selected Christie’s solutions and visual display products. “It’s the quality of the products, the ease of installation and the service that I knew I would get from Christie that made the decision easy. They were all spot on, and we will definitely use Christie products again,” said Jay McArdle, lead engineer with Zdi, Inc.

“The CUMTD required a solution that was up to date and could fit into a challenging space configuration, while providing the pixel density needed to display feeds from 300 new video cameras situated in bus stops, the transfer terminal as well as in maintenance and administration facilities,” said John Stark, Christie’s senior director of Collaborative Visual Solutions. “Christie has a broad range display solutions that lets you monitor, control and interact with all your visual assets – from any source – in real time.”

The Christie FHD551-X is a tiled LCD solution for a wide range of video wall applications, including control rooms, corporate and retail displays, and digital-out-of-home advertising.

This full-HD resolution, narrow bezel, flat-panel display is energy efficient with LED backlighting, and controlled brightness levels that are well suited for indoor environments.

According to Gnadt, “The dispatchers love the new control center, love the screens and their ability to enlarge images and see video feeds more quickly, which increases their response time for all activities.”

Digital Projection’s dual-lamp TITAN 660 series receives Pro Series 3 upgrades – Warp, Blend & advanced 3D capabilities

Atlanta, GA (InfoComm 2012) – Digital Projection International (DPI), an Emmy® Award-winning manufacturer of high-performance projection systems, announces a major capabilities update to the dual-lamp, high brightness TITAN 660 platform. Previously, the incredibly bright TITAN 660 and TITAN 700 models presented a powerful and rugged 3-chip DLP display with extreme brightness for large screens or high ambient light environments. By graduating to DPI’s latest NextGen electronics platform, more

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THAT Corporation Partners with Earthworks Audio for its dbx-tv Branded Total Cal Audio Microphones

Milford, Mass. – THAT Corporation, a leading provider of high-quality audio technologies, today announced that it has partnered with Earthworks® Audio to create a customized dbx-tv omnidirectional measurement microphone for its new dbx-tv® Total Cal audio calibration tool – a PC-based acoustic measurement and configuration system that simplifies and shortens the time required to configure a TV’s audio system.

Each Total Cal system utilizes a minimum of three state-of-the-art dbx-tv / Earthworks microphones to capture the sonic fingerprint of the TV audio system being measured through the built-in speakers. By comparing these sonic profiles to a series of preconfigured test tones, Total Cal is able to assess the performance of the TV’s existing hardware and automatically adjust its audio system to meet the setmaker’s sonic objectives. Using a proprietary genetic tuning algorithm and the myriad parameters of dbx-tv’s Total Sonics audio software suite, Total Cal achieves remarkable results that can be auditioned in just minutes without the need for a trained audio engineer.

“In order for our Total Cal audio measurement and calibration solution to deliver the best possible results, we knew we would need to specify incredibly sensitive transducers throughout the system,” said Tim Brault, dbx-tv’s Product Manager for Audio Enhancement Products. “Earthworks microphones are known throughout the audio industry for their superior flat and wide frequency response, superb handling of transients, and accurate polar characteristics. Since our respective companies share a common dbx heritage, and Earthworks has a stellar reputation for manufacturing the highest quality microphones, it was only natural to ask our friends at Earthworks to help us create something special for Total Cal.

“Over the years, Earthworks has teamed up with dbx-tv on a number of successful audio measurement projects,” said Bill Norton, COO of Earthworks Audio. “Our new dbx-tv microphones are incredibly accurate in terms of time domain and flat frequency response with virtually no handling noise. As a result, they are ideally suited for the exacting, free-field acoustical measurement requirements of dbx-tv’s Total Cal system.”

About Earthworks® Audio
Earthworks is a New Hampshire, USA based company that is dedicated to quality and sonic excellence. The company was formed by David Blackmer, the brilliant inventor and founder of dbx™, whose passion focused on inventing new technologies for microphones, preamplifiers and monitor speakers. These advanced, patented technologies provide Earthworks with the ability to manufacture the “next generation” of professional audio products that significantly outperform any other quality professional audio equipment on the market. For more information, visit www.earthworksaudio.com

About dbx-tv®
dbx-tv’s audio software enhancement solutions extract high-quality sound from TVs and other consumer devices, even those with the tightest of design constraints. Invented in the 1980s, dbx-tv originated as the Emmy®-award winning BTSC noise-reduction system that is now part of the North American analog-TV audio standard. Today, dbx-tv’s signature suite of TV audio intellectual property (IP) has enabled better audio in more than a billion TVs, set-tops and other devices worldwide. dbx-tv is headquartered just outside Boston, with offices in Silicon Valley, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul. For more information, visit www.dbx-tv.com.

“Total Sonics” and “Total Cal” are trademarks of THAT Corporation. dbx-tv and THAT Corporation are registered trademarks.
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Digital Projection’s TITAN 330 series now upgraded to Pro Series 3 – enhanced capabilities include Warp & Blend and advanced 3D models

Atlanta, GA (May 16, 2012) – Digital Projection International (DPI), an Emmy® Award-winning manufacturer of high-performance projection systems, announces a major capabilities update to the fully-certified portrait and tilt capable TITAN 330 platform. Previously, the remarkably flexible TITAN 330 displays stood as unmatched solutions for 2D or 3D applications needing either single-projector, portrait mode imaging solutions, or applications needing to tilt their displays at extreme angles. By more

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Digital Projection chooses distribution partner for Latin America

Atlanta, GA (InfoComm 2012) – Digital Projection International (DPI), an Emmy® Award-winning manufacturer of high-performance projection systems, announces the selection of Worldwide Trading Corporation (WWT) as a distributor for DPI’s line of precision displays throughout Latin America. Working side by side with DPI’s own established dealer network, WWT will now offer DPI’s precision displays directly to their extensive network of dealers, integrators and stagers. Effective immediately, this partnership increases more

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London’s Cato Music Showcases HARMAN’s AKG Professional Live Sound Mics In Professional Demonstration Suites

VIENNA, Austria – HARMAN’s AKG, in conjunction with UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd., has partnered with Cato Music, a leading tour production specialist, to showcase AKG’s range of high-end live sound microphones to artists and live sound professionals at its London facilities.

Based in Wandsworth, South West London, Cato Music is an all-encompassing tour production company, supplying rehearsal and production space, as well as backline hire, bussing, storage and now, demonstration facilities for artists and producers. With demo rooms in the newly acquired Cato Mansions adjacent to its existing rehearsal facilities, bands, artists and professional live sound engineers are able to easily demo the latest AKG professional microphones and wireless systems.

Included in the demonstration rooms are AKG’s DMS700 v2 digital wireless system, WMS4500 analogue wireless and new IVM4500 wireless in-ear monitoring system. A vast range of stage microphones from D5 and D7 vocal mics to drum mics and the latest C 414s are also on permanent display.

“Partnering with professional artists is crucial for our continuous growth in the pro audio business and with Cato’s client base and pristine facilities, we are excited to have a new opportunity to showcase AKG’s products,” stated Walter Ruehrig, AKG Artist & Key Customer Relations.

The Cato facility is now open and visits can be coordinated through Cato’s Laura Plenderleith at laura@catomansions.co.uk

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics.

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(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). 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 $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

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Digital Projection chooses distribution partner for North America

Atlanta, GA (InfoComm 2012) – Digital Projection International (DPI), an Emmy® Award-winning manufacturer of high-performance projection systems, announces the selection of IAVI as a Commercial AV distributor for DPI’s line of precision displays in North America. Working side by side with DPI’s own established dealer network, IAVI will now offer DPI’s precision displays directly to their extensive dealer network. Effective immediately, this partnership will increase DPI’s market reach and more

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Digital Projection upgrades budget-conscious, all-purpose professional projector line with new E-Vision 7000

Atlanta, GA (InfoComm 2012) – Digital Projection International (DPI), an Emmy® Award-winning manufacturer of high-performance projection systems, announces a broad upgrade to their E-Vision series–the newest platform in DPI’s high-brightness, high-value projection line. DPI’s existing E-Vision WXGA 600, a popular display solution within the corporate AV and house of worship community, will graduate to the E-Vision WXGA 7000 moniker. Alongside this change comes both an increase in more

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