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Christie Vive Audio Cinema Solution on Track for 100 Installs in Inaugural Year

Christie Vive AudioChristie®, a world leader in advanced cinema technologies, today announced that the company was on schedule to install its 100th Christie Vive Audio™ cinema sound system.

“Christie made history a year ago when it began shipping the world’s first audio system to feature a unique ribbon driver technology in a single enclosure line array design, purposely crafted and built for entertainment environments,” said Patrick Artiaga, director, business development, Christie.

“Since then, the breadth and depth of the Christie Vive product lineup has been expanded to include a wide-range of speakers, amplifiers, and audio-video processors. As the creative community expands the envelope in delivering the most realistic audio experience possible to moviegoers, we’ve developed these Christie Vive audio products specifically to help production teams achieve their creative objectives and exhibitors meet performance challenges,” added Artiaga.

Designed to support all of the leading cinema audio formats including Dolby Atmos, 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound and Auro 11.1, Christie Vive Audio can be configured to provide the optimal audio solution for any cinema space, from post production studios and screening rooms to traditional auditoriums and premium large formats cinemas. Exhibitors such as Cinemex (Mexico), Wanda Cinemas (China), New Farm Cinemas (Australia), and Southern Theatres (United States) have chosen Vive. As well, many exhibitors embracing the Dolby Cinema™ program will use Christie Vive, beginning with the first Dolby Cinema install at the newly-constructed JT Eindhoven cineplex in the Netherlands, which opened in December 2014.

“We’re proud of our tradition of bringing the latest developments in audio technology to our Southern Theatres and Movie Tavern guests with the opening of the Southern Grand 14 Esplanade in Kenner, LA and Movie Tavern Northshore in Covington, La.,” said Ron Krueger II, President and Chief Operating Officer, Southern Theatres. “We’re the first theater to power every auditorium with Christie Vive Audio, a revolutionary leap in cinema loudspeaker design that provides an improved sound experience for every guest in every seat in the house, and we look forward to continuing this relationship with our plans in 2015 starting with the Movie Tavern Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge, La.”

“Over the past year, we’ve raised the bar in next-generation audio technology and implementation, giving exhibitors a true competitive edge that their customers can appreciate,” noted Artiaga.

The complete Christie Vive Audio solution includes ceiling surrounds, wall surrounds, and screen channel speakers, as well as subwoofers, and Class D amplifiers.
For more information on Christie’s new audio initiatives, visit www.viveaudio.com.

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Christie Acquires coolux to Improve Multimedia and Live Event Experiences

Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, announced today that it has acquired Cologne-based coolux GmbH (‘coolux’), a world-renowned developer and supplier of 3D compositing and rendering systems, best known for its Pandoras Box product family. coolux will be integrated into Christie’s Global Market Solutions team, maintaining its office in Cologne, Germany.

Jennifer Smith, executive vice president, Global Market Solutions, said “Christie is committed to deepen its marketplace lead in supplying a total solution for advanced applications such as projection mapping, broadcast delivery and all manner of large-scale digital canvas creation, so the fit between our products and services and those of coolux is a natural one.”

Continuing, Smith said “Pre-visualization capability when creating stunning, experiential events
– including real-time rendering of same – is increasingly important in the creative plans of entertainment designer and creative visionaries. The acquisition is a boon to those who need multiple display technologies to come together to create both continuous and non-continuous digital canvases, but most importantly, to be able to create and manage the content that flows onto these canvases,” added Smith.

coolux CEO Jan Huewel, who will report to Jennifer Smith in his new position of senior director, Processing Solutions, commented that “In a world where visual and audio experiences are assuming new importance in inspiring and moving audiences, content orchestration and synchronized content delivery is paramount and with today’s news, Christie, with its already impressive presence in this arena, has gained another leading-edge product line and development team to ensure it keeps its lead.”

More detail on the announcement will be provided at the biennial coolux Connect Conference, to be held January 8-9, 2015 at Vulkanhalle, Building E, Lichtstr. 43, 50825 in Cologne, Germany.

Initial reactions to the news of the acquisition was positive among global leaders in augmented reality and experiential-marketing projects, exemplified by award-winning projection designer Bart Kresa of BARTKRESA design Inc. , who said “I’ve used coolux and Christie products in a number of my productions and value both for their feature-rich gamut and reliability, so I’m excited about what Christie will come up with in future, leveraging its expertise and that of the coolux team.”

coolux has become a welcome feature at various industry shows, including ISE, NAB, LDI and InfoComm, and this presence will continue in the Christie experiential marketing booths at said shows, beginning with the NAB 2015 show in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 13-16, 2015.

coolux, on its own and in combination with Christie products, has earned an enviable track record in delivering impactful 3D visualization and composting solutions and driving many notable events (details available upon request).

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Moody Gardens and D3D Cinema Celebrate Opening of First Institutional 6P Laser Theater Featuring Christie

D3D Cinema and Moody Gardens have announced the grand opening of the MG3D Laser Theater at Moody Gardens, the first institution in the world to feature a giant screen 6-Primary (6P) laser projection system. Audiences will now experience films on a world-class 60 by 80-foot white screen – the largest in Texas – at nearly three and a half times brighter than the current industry standard, with vibrant colors and new 3D glasses technology. The 6P laser-illuminated 4K-resolution 3D dual projector system is manufactured by Christie®, a world leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual displays. The 6P eyewear is designed and manufactured by Infitec GmbH. The 1.4 gain premium white screen was provided by MDI.

Christie 4K 6P Laser Digital Projection System

Christie 4K 6P Laser Digital Projection System

“This installation marks a great step forward for giant screen projection technology – and Moody Gardens has once again taken a pioneering step with D3D to create a truly great theater experience for their audience,” said Don Kempf, president of D3D Cinema. “Their continuing willingness to forge ahead with new cinema technology and branding will help push the museum cinema market forward into a new era of cinema clarity, brightness and profitability. This industry has been waiting for lasers for a long time.”

“There is a bit of nervous excitement with being the first institutional theater in the world to implement laser technology,” added John Zendt, President and CEO of Moody Gardens. “But, when I walked into the theater and saw my screen light up like never before, I was thrilled! And that first impression was only at 75 percent of our brightness capability. I can now happily invite my giant screen colleagues to come and see firsthand what D3D, Christie and Infitec are capable of delivering on an 80 foot screen. To be first to market is very exciting. But the results themselves are amazing and it is an experience our guests will certainly appreciate.”

Christie’s laser system provides unparalleled image quality using a pair of state-of-the-art 4K laser projection heads, a 6P modular laser light farm with fiber-optic delivery, and Christie 4K 3D high-bitrate IMBs.

“We can confidently say that Christie’s 6P laser design is a real breakthrough for the industry,” said Don Shaw, senior director of product management, Christie. “Our non-flashing 6P architecture is without question the most light-efficient 3D technology on the market, providing four times the 3D brightness versus the competition, and enhanced color gamut and a remarkable contrast ratio as well. On a speckle-free premium white screen, Moody Gardens has achieved a peerless cinematic presentation.”

Infitec’s new 6P glasses deliver a startling 90 percent efficiency – unsurpassed in the industry. It’s the perfect complement to the 80 foot wide screen in the MG3D Theater, which is now capable of light levels over 16 foot-lamberts in 3D (measured through Infitec’s glasses). This is many times brighter than the theater’s previous 3D 70mm system and far exceeds any “ultra-bright” industry standards.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this project,” said Markus Fritz, COO of INFITEC GmbH. “We had to move a few mountains to make this happen but the results are incredibly gratifying. INFITEC is now uniquely positioned to provide 6P eyewear technology as giant screen venues turn to laser 3D in the coming years. Moody Gardens is now a flagship theater for us, and we will continue to improve on efficiency capabilities and giant screen eyewear designs in 2015.”

“I’m so happy with the final result, the brightness and clarity is amazing,” added Ronald La Faver, President of INFITEC Inc. “The vision of INFITEC on a pure laser based system came true.”

This latest collaboration between D3D and Moody Gardens builds on a longstanding partnership. In January 2011, D3D and Moody co-hosted the first annual Digital Cinema Symposium, showcasing 4K projection technology on a giant screen for the first time, including the first 4K versus 70mm split screen shootout. The following year, at the 2012 Digital Cinema Symposium, D3D showcased the first 4K 3D, 11.1 3D audio, high frame rate demonstration as well as a prototype laser on a giant screen, all industry firsts. The 2012 event was a milestone, marking the first time that industry professionals overwhelmingly acknowledged that a digital presentation exceeded the quality of a 70mm film in a side-by-side comparison. A case study was recently published by D3D and Moody Gardens, illustrating the financial benefits and qualitative success of digital presentation and rebranding.

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Christie Expands Its Industry-Leading 1-Chip DLP Family with Three New Christie Q Series Projectors

Christie® is adding three powerful and cost-effective solutions to the Christie Q Series family. The new whisper-quiet Christie DWX851-Q, Christie DHD851-Q, and Christie DWU851-Q models deliver 7900, 7500 and 7900 ANSI lumens respectively and are usable in either single or dual-lamp mode. Operational in portrait or landscape setup and suitable for auditoriums, board and conference rooms, government, video mapping, rental staging and more, the three new models provide 2500:1 contrast ratio, Christie eClarity™ for improved control over image sharpness, gloss and shading, and built-in High Dynamic Contrast Range (HDCR) that eliminates image washout in high ambient light conditions while preserving image clarity.

Christie Q Series 1-Chip DLP Projector

Christie Q Series 1-Chip DLP Projector


With two color wheels built-in, users can select the one that best suits their content and application. The High-Brightness color wheel provides superior whites for enhanced graphic presentations while the Ultra-Rich color wheel delivers an expanded color gamut and lifelike images. The Q Series is equipped with a software function that allows for easy switching between the color wheels.

“Christie DWX851-Q, Christie DHD851-Q, and Christie DWU851-Q deliver the high performance, flexibility and reliability demanded by today’s user – all at a low ownership cost,” said Curtis Lingard, product manager, Christie. “These industry-leading 1-chip DLP projectors require less power without sacrificing performance. They also have software that works with an optional camera for fast and easy edge-blending and warping in multiple projector setups to create panoramic or stacked displays.”

Features of Christie DWX851-Q, Christie DHD851-Q, and Christie DWU851-Q include but are not limited to:

- 2 HDMI input
- Dual 350W UHP lamps
- Christie eClarity and HDCR
- Built in Ultra-Rich and High Brightness color wheels
- HDBaseT
- Portrait mode capable
- Edge blending and Geometric correction
- DICOM® (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Simulation Mode for training
- Status monitor display
- Motorized zoom, focus and lens shift with memory
- PC-less presentation
- Black or white design
- 3G-SDI (HD model only)

Christie Q Series models ship in December with a three-year warranty, backed by Christie’s industry-leading customer service and support.

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FAAC Selects Christie Matrix StlM WQ LED Projectors to Power Air National Guard’s BOSS Trainers

Christie, a leader in simulation solutions, was selected by FAAC Inc. and the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training & Instrumentation (PEO STRI) to power the visual displays for the Air National Guard’s Boom Operator Simulation System (BOSS). A compact, state-of-the-art immersive environment designed to support the complete boom operator training curriculum, the BOSS replicates the KC-135R Block 40 boom pod and control/gauges and features visual displays comprised of three Christie Matrix StIM™ WQ DLP® LED simulation projectors and two 46-inch Christie FHD461-X LCD panels. Contracted for a total of 17 complete trainers, FAAC has already installed five at end user sites and will deliver and install the others at locations throughout the U.S.

Christie Matrix StIM WQ projectors used in BOSS Trainer

Christie Matrix StIM WQ projectors used in BOSS Trainer

Exterior of BOSS Trainer with Christie Matrix StIM Projectors (lr)

Recreating the immersive environment of a KC-135 aircraft, the state-of-the-art BOSS features head tracking technology, voice recognition and synthetic response, sophisticated and detailed visual models, as well as full recording and debriefing capabilities. The aircraft physical model emulates the actual aircraft boom and uses Christie’s advanced, high-resolution, out-the-window displays, with realistic computer-generated images provided by MetaVR. Meeting Aerial Refueling Airplane Simulator Qualification (ARASQ) standards, it allows refueling boom operators to perform the same complex aerial maneuvers critical to refueling an aircraft in mid-air. With a compact 22’ by 21’ footprint, it fits within a standard-size room and can be disassembled to fit through double doors for the ultimate in portability and installation flexibility.

“The government was already impressed with the capabilities of Christie projectors, which it had been using in earlier BOSS prototypes. When we evaluated projectors to be used on this program of record, we determined that Christie still had the best solution on the market,” said Christopher Caruana, Director of Major Programs, FAAC Inc. “Performance, image quality and reliability were the key drivers, and the Christie Matrix StIM WQ delivers on all counts.”

Caruana noted that one of their biggest challenges is supporting the trainer’s modular design that can easily be disassembled at the production site and then reassembled at the user site, where the complex and intricate visual display system needs to be perfectly aligned again. He credits the Christie design and assembly teams with creating sturdy visual display systems – which include the projector and the structure for the projectors to sit in – that allows FAAC’s install team to perform the fine adjustments needed to efficiently and smoothly complete the reassembly process. The system also required flat panel screens with thin bezels, and the Christie FHD461 LCD panels offer ultra-thin bezels to provide a perfect, virtually seamless visual environment when combined with the projected images.

“Christie is proud to have been chosen by FAAC, a world leader in supplying world-class simulation based solutions for more than 40 years,” said Dave Muscat, senior director, Visualization, Simulation and Control Room Solutions, Americas Region at Christie. “Their selection of Christie to power one of the most critical components of a training simulator – the visual display system – is a testament to the quality, reliability and performance of Christie simulation products and reflects our commitment to meeting the industry’s highest standards. We look forward to continuing our excellent and productive partnership with FAAC to deliver additional trainers to locations all around the world.”

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Christie’s Visual Display Technologies and Integration Expertise at I/ITSEC 2014

Christie® continues to lead in the simulation market with cost-effective, high-performance visual display solutions and systems integration expertise. At I/ITSEC 2014, December 1 – 4, Christie will demonstrate three visual systems showcasing Christie AutoCal™ automatic display system calibration, a three-channel Matrix StIM WQ display showing simulated content at 120Hz, the debut of its low cost-of-operation Christie GS Series laser phosphor illuminated projectors, and an innovative spherical video trainer concept featuring real-world images for entry level applications.

Christie's Turnkey Simulator

Christie’s Turnkey Simulator


Calibrated to Impress with Christie AutoCal™
Christie AutoCal™ calibrates virtually any arrayed projection display, from flat to cylindrical to spherical, and adjusts it to its optimized viewing configuration resulting in a stabilized, consistent display. Using two Christie Matrix StIM™ WUXGA-resolution projectors, Christie will demonstrate the auto-calibration technology and process in real-time, showing how AutoCal’s simple interface offers expert display adjustment capabilities at the end users’ fingertips. It can re-calibrate both geometry and blending with accuracy and speed, helping to make the system easy to manage and maintain. The result is a highly efficient solution that reduces location resource requirements, maintenance costs and system downtime, while increasing customer independence with regard to maintaining their multi-projector displays.

Heightened Realism with Matrix StIM WQ at 120Hz

The Christie Matrix StIM WQ integrated, scalable projection system will use its unique, dual-input architecture to operate in 120Hz RGB interleaved mode to display simulation content at 120Hz for the clearest images with no motion-induced, visual artifacts. Another use of the Matrix StIM WQ’s dual-input architecture is Christie InfraScene™ mode which displays separate RGB and Infrared (IR) channels to produce independent, stimulated Night Vision Goggle (NVG) images for a more realistic NVG training experience. The 800-ANSI-lumen Matrix StIM WQ is the brightest LED-based WQXGA simulation projection system in the industry.

Christie will demonstrate a three-channel, front-projected display powered by FlightSafety International’s VITAL 11 Image Generator, showing a North Sea visual database optimized for 120Hz update rates. Each projector will composite two 60Hz inputs to achieve true 120Hz RGB operation, eliminating motion-induced blur and spatio-temporal aliasing and thereby dramatically improving dynamic image quality. The complete multi-channel system is automatically aligned using Christie AutoCal™ and Christie Twist™ warps and blends the image into a single, uniform display.

Christie Lampless Laser Phosphor Projection Makes its I/ITSEC Debut
Christie is big on compact and portability, but not short on features! Christie’s spherical video trainer system concept comprises a 2 by 2 array of Christie DWU555-GS solid-state, 1-chip DLP® laser phosphor projectors, with 5,400 ANSI lumens and WUXGA resolution for bright, razor-sharp 1920 x 1200 images. With Christie GS Series laser phosphor illuminated projectors, customers avoid the cost and maintenance of lamp and filter replacements and enjoy an astonishing 20,000 hours of low-cost operation. Ideal for entry-level applications, the fully integrated, compact trainer features several simulation integration technologies, including a 360-degree look-around ability, six channel sound, auto-alignment using Christie AutoCal™, and Christie Twist™ LT for image warping and blending to create a seamless image on a curved immersive screen.

Always pushing the boundaries of simulation display systems and exploring new technologies, Christie has designed this unique system concept to demonstrate a new way to see the world in a simulated environment. For some possible training applications, it is faster to capture an existing environment photographically than to synthetically model every feature in CGI. One example might be orienting a new crew member to an existing ship before they even go to sea. The spherical video content features real-world images instead of synthetic CGI, thanks to WorldViz Vizard5 software displaying real images captured in 360° stills and video from AirPano, Kolor and Empire Media Group (EMG) by helicopter, hot air balloon and foot in a navy ship.

“Military and defense organizations are constantly challenged to balance tighter budgets and yet still provide the highest quality simulated environments available for safe, effective and productive training of personnel,” said Jennifer Smith, executive vice president, Global Market Solutions, Christie. “Christie continues to demonstrate its knowledge and expertise in meeting simulation industry needs with cost-efficient, high-performance, fully integrated display solutions for today’s most demanding training requirements.”

Around the Trade Show Floor
Built by FAAC Incorporated, the Air National Guard’s (ANG) Boom Operator Simulator System (BOSS), using three Christie Matrix StIM WQ projection systems and two Christie FHD461-X LCD flat panels, will be on display at the Air National Guard Training Development, booth # 1769.

DiSTI Corporation, booth #2419, will use a Christie QuadHD84 UHD, 3840 x 2160 pixel, LCD display to demonstrate its CH-47F Virtual Maintenance Trainer.

JRM Technologies, booth #1915, offers a stimulated Night Vision Goggle (NVG) demonstration using a Christie Matrix StIM WQ dual-input projector and Christie InfraScene.

FlightSafety International, booth #1401, will use four Christie Matrix StIM WQ projectors to feature its CrewView glass mirror collimated display and Vital Image Generator with a North Sea visual database optimized for 120Hz update rates.

Da-Lite Screen Company
at booth #2469, will have three blended Christie DWU555-GS.

LMI do Brasil will use the Christie QuadHD84 to display DIGINEXT’s DirectCGF High Fidelity Battlespace Generation Computer Generated Forces at DIGINEXT Virtual Reality and Simulation booth #2726

The NTSA SIM TV lobby displays will showcase I/ITSEC and exhibitor promotional content using Christie M Series projectors.

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Christie Delivers New Twist to Blending and Warping Capabilities

Christie®, the worldwide leader in digital display technology, is launching three upgraded versions of its ground-breaking Christie Twist™ technology at the Live Design International (LDI) show in Las Vegas. The Christie Twist solution delivers full image warping and advanced edge blending in Christie 3-chip DLP® projectors using powerful software that controls and edge-blends multiple curved images seamlessly on any surface.

ChristieTwist Image Blending and Warping Module

ChristieTwist Image Blending and Warping Module

Easier to use and with better, more precise pixel-to-pixel alignment than ever, the upgraded Christie Twist product family includes three tiers of specialized Twist software  each for different application requirements. ‘Christie Twist’ software is a free download from the Christie website. ‘Christie Twist Premium’ and ‘Christie Twist Pro’ are paid upgrades and provide additional functionality for more complex projects.

Christie Twist and Christie Twist Premium are ideal for live theater and events, projection mapping, tradeshows, large classrooms, corporate boardrooms, museums, house of worship, casinos and entertainments facilities, and more. For more intricate projects – including flight simulators, virtual caves and domes  Christie Twist Pro delivers unlimited arbitrary placement points for even greater accuracy. When purchasing Pro or Premium, customers can buy a dongle to attach to a PC running Twist software or license individual projectors and eliminate the need for a dongle.

“Christie has developed a more advanced Christie Twist family and added a new category with Christie Twist Premium. Each version of Christie Twist is tailored to specific needs: from simple flat screen multi-projector warps and blends to highly multifaceted applications,” said Joel St-Denis, product manager, Christie. “Whether the surface is cylindrical, curved, jagged, or any other non-flat shape or surface, Christie has the right Twist solution for the project.”

Christie Twist technology also provides networked projector control by allowing the user to launch a virtual remote from within the twist software with all the functionality of standard Infrared remotes.
Key features of upgraded Christie Twist family:

Feature Christie Twist

Maximum Projectors – 6
Control Points – Up to 81 Grid control Points
Brightness Uniformity – No
Auto Blending (Wallpaper) – No
Auto Blending (Field of View) – No
Arbitrary Point Placement – No

Christie Twist Premium
Maximum Projectors – 18
Control Points – Up to 87 Grid control Points, including 6 arbitrary points
Brightness Uniformity – Yes
Auto Blending (Wallpaper) – Yes
Auto Blending (Field of View) – No
Arbitrary Point Placement – Maximum 6

Christie Twist Pro
Maximum Projectors – Unlimited
Control Points – Up to 1500 arbitrary or grid control points
Brightness Uniformity – Yes
Auto Blending (Wallpaper) – Yes
Auto Blending (Field of View) – Yes
Arbitrary Point Placement – Yes – Unlimited

Christie Phoenix Connects Louisiana’s Port Fourchon’s New Emergency Operation Center

Christie®, a world leader in visual display and audio technologies, has expanded its reach to Port Fourchon, a major seaport on the Louisiana coast. Port Fourchon has recently completed construction of a new multi-agency Emergency Operations Center (EOC), including a 30-seat incident command room utilizing the Christie Phoenix® open content management system to seamlessly display all of its integrated security systems in one visual operating space as the centerpiece of its emergency response activities. With Christie Phoenix displaying the port’s Maritime Domain Awareness System during real or simulated training incidents, Port Fourchon personnel, industry clients, and emergency management officials can now collaborate and share information, as well as view a common operating stream for greater situational awareness and enhanced incident response and decision making capabilities. Additional Phoenix nodes can be added to address the expanding technology requirements of the port, which is currently in the next phase of expansion that will more than double the port’s size to meet the needs of the growing industry it serves.

Christie Phoenix is used at Louisiana's Port Fourchon

Christie Phoenix is used at Louisiana’s Port Fourchon

State-of-the-art command center, now integrated through Christie Phoenix
Port Fourchon is located on the southern tip of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, on the Gulf of Mexico. It services over 90 percent of the domestic deep-water oil and gas exploration, drilling and production activities in the Gulf of Mexico. Comprised of seaport and airport services, it also leases land and facilities to tenants in the oil and gas industry. Its EOC features a wide range of new generation and legacy technologies that include a 4 x 2 video display and two 70-inch annotation displays in separate breakout rooms, with the EOC utilizing Christie Phoenix to display the port’s award-winning maritime domain awareness system GLPC-C4 (Greater Lafourche Port Commission Command, Control, Communication and Collaboration), surveillance cameras, a radar solution, an Automatic Identification System (AIS), and other associated technologies.

According to Port Fourchon, the key concerns during the design of the EOC was to provide a physical space where key personnel and officials could collaboratively and securely view all of the streams of data available through GLPC-C4 system in order to view incidents, collaborate, share in information and make decisions -all in real time. Christie Phoenix proved to be up to the challenge of meeting those concerns and is a critical part of Port Fourchon’s technology ecosystem. Among its functions, the Phoenix can take data on the video wall and throw it onto one of the annotation displays, allowing the Coast Guard to break out and discuss a certain situation and devise a plan to present to a larger group. The Phoenix can also move programs around the screen with ease, having particular items pop up within seconds and simultaneously display multiple applications at-a-glance, without the need to go in and out of applications or for closing and reopening streams.

“Christie Phoenix was the ideal content management tool for Port Fourchon’s hi-tech requirements,” said April Danos, Port Fourchon’s Director of Information Technology. “We looked at many other solutions, but nothing else compared in usability, ease of network integration and cost. Another factor was its scalability. We can add more Phoenix units later to handle more video feeds, and the nodes will continue to seamlessly act as one unit. Other companies who saw the Christie Phoenix in action agreed that our system represents an ideal convergence of efficiency, reliability, and scalability.”

Danos noted that, in an emergency, the incident command center must be able to quickly connect with industry and government stakeholders, including the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, as well as local governments, such as the Lafourche Parish Government and Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office to allow for swift reaction times and collaborative decision making. The command center is also utilized for training purposes in the use of camera systems, software applications and large scale security drills. All of these functions have been made more convenient and accessible with the installation of Christie Phoenix.

“Any technology that can help us react as swiftly as possible and collaborate easily is essential to our operation,” she said.

Lloyd Francioni, managing partner at Interstate Electronic Systems(IES), the New Orleans-based audiovisual systems integrator, who designed and installed the video wall, stated, “It was important to take Port Fourchon’s monitoring and surveillance to the next level and there was no doubt that the Christie Phoenix system would take them there. The solution provided value and performance and in terms of design, I think it’s ahead of many similar products on the market.”

Dave Muscat, senior director, Americas Region, Visualization, Simulation and Control Rooms at Christie, observed, “Port Fourchon is an impressive government operation, responsible for overseeing a significant number of activities throughout the Gulf of Mexico, all of which depend upon a rapid response to crises of all kinds and at all levels of importance. With our increasing presence in the surveillance and security market, this partnership provides another opportunity for the Christie Phoenix to shine.”

Port Fourchon comprises 1200 developed acres that house state-of-the-art service facilities which include 90 percent of deep-water oil and gas exploration, drilling and production activities in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP). Combined these facilities produce one in every five barrels of oil in the United States.

Collaborative visual solutions for mission-critical monitoring
Today’s control rooms go beyond traditional displaying and monitoring, and Christie’s collaborative visual solutions are removing boundaries and enabling expansive collaboration for many of the world’s most mission-critical operations. By integrating stunning zero-maintenance displays with the power of the network, Christie is completely redefining the control room space, and setting the stage for an increasingly distributed control room environment. Across every sector in business, commerce and government, Christie is raising the bar beyond today’s stringent control room requirements.

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Christie Welcome the High Brightness, Powerful and Rugged 45,000 Lumen 4K45 to Its Lineup

Christie® unveils its new Roadie 4K45 at the Live Design International (LDI) show, which takes place Nov. 21-23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The first company to reach 35,000 lumens, Christie has now attained a new brightness level for 3-chip DLP® with the new Roadie 4K45 – the brightest lamp-illuminated projector available  which delivers 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution and 45,000 lumens at 60 Hz with optional 120 Hz capability.

Christie Roadie 4K45

Christie Roadie 4K45


Christie delivers 45,000 lumens in lamp-based technology
Rugged, reliable, and road tested, the 45,000 lumen Christie 4K45 offers a higher level of image brightness for rental staging and fixed applications including concerts, casinos, sports events, amusement parks, conventions, annual meetings and more. It features Christie TruLife™ for the clearest, most true-to-life image quality.

“Both end users and audiences will benefit from the brighter visual display provided by the Roadie 4K45,” said Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Christie. “Rental stagers often deal with unavoidable ambient light and now, with the new, even brighter Roadie, that effect is minimized more than ever. And for the audience, it means a brighter, richer picture with more vivid detail and a better overall experience. The combination of 4K, 60 or 120 hertz and DLP® reliability easily manages the rigorous demands of rental staging and delivers an impeccable image performance.”

The feature-rich Christie Roadie 4K45 offers many additional benefits that Christie Roadie users expect including, but not limited to:

- 45,000 lumens using Xenon illumination.
- 4K Native Resolution at 60 Hz and upgradable to 120 Hz.
- Patented Christie TruLife® electronics for high resolution lifelike images.
- Built in Twist and Warp allows pixels to be mapped onto any projection surface.
- Full Connectivity with Standard Display Port and 3G-SDI input modules.
- User-replaceable lamps can be automatically aligned at the push of a button.
- User-friendly controls ensure easy maintenance and servicing.
- Stacking and rigging frame.

The Roadie 4K45 ships in March 2015 with a three-year parts and labor warranty.

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Christie Showcases New Roadie 4K45 Among Its Visual Display Solutions at LDI

Christie® welcomes the Roadie 4K45 and upgraded Christie Twist software to its line-up at the Live Design International (LDI) show Nov. 21-23. Located at booth No. 1421 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Christie will also demonstrate the benefits of using automatic projection mapping tools using a 3D digital sandbox and Christie G Series 1-chip DLP® projectors. The booth will also display the multiple award winning Christie® MicroTiles® in a 1-unit by 5-unit display and Christie M Series.

Christie Roadie 4K45

Christie Roadie 4K45

Christie 4K45 – Higher brightness, built for the road
Christie Roadie 4K45 is the brightest lamp-illuminated projector on the market. Rugged, reliable, and road tested, the 45,000 lumen Christie 4K45 offers a higher level of image brightness for rental stagers to use in concerts, sports events, amusement parks, conventions, live events, annual meetings, casinos, and more. It features Christie TruLife™ for the clearest, most true-to-life image quality.

New Christie Twist – More accurate, more options
The upgraded Christie Twist family presents three options  each for different application requirements. ‘Christie Twist’ software is a free download from the Christie website. ‘Christie Twist Premium’ and ‘Christie Twist Pro’ are paid upgrades and provide additional functionality for more complex projects.

Christie HD10K-M highlights its versatility
For outstanding performance in either fixed or rental staging applications including live events, theme parks, and other applications, the Christie HD10K-M, part of the celebrated Christie M Series, has built-in image blending and warping capabilities, operates in full portrait mode, and offers a 3D upgrade path. A Christie Spyder X20 will be managing the content.

Christie partnering with Show Management, coolux® and Da-Lite®
Christie is pleased to work with its valued partners at LDI 2014. Show Management will be using two Christie J Series and two Christie E Series projectors while the coolux® booth features six Christie J Series and one Christie Mirage WU14K-M projector. Da-Lite will use one Christie HD14K-M.

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