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“Oscars® Outdoors” Summer Film Series Shines Bright With Christie DLP Cinema Technology

With its second season underway as of June 15, “Oscars Outdoors,” a ten-weekend summer film series sponsored by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is receiving rave reviews. And integral to the success of its weekend screenings – offering contemporary favorites and classic Hollywood films – is the Christie Solaria® Series CP2230 DLP Cinema® projector.

Oscar Outdoors (Photo credit- Todd Wawrychuk ©A.M.P.A.S.)

Capable of projecting 2D and 3D films at high resolutions and in brilliant color, even through the challenges of outdoor cinema projection, the Christie Solaria projector continues to fill a black-backed, 40 foot by 22.5 foot Harkness screen with amazing images for the 500+ families in attendance most weekends. Complementing the visual impact is an impressive L-ACOUSTICS sound system.

“We improved upon our first season by incorporating the Christie® solution, a higher-quality projection,” said Jay Palmer, Theater Operations Engineer with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “The enhanced functionality combined with superb setup by Christie all figured in a very successful debut.”

Besides the Oscars Outdoors screening series, the open-air theater – on the property of the Academy at 1341 Vine St., between De Longpre and Fountain Avenues and between Vine Street and Ivar Avenue, just south of the ArcLight Cinemas – has been used by both the Academy and community as an event space for special screenings, educational events and other festivities.

“For more than 80 years Christie has been serving the movie industry and filmgoers, so it was natural that, when approached to assist with this worthwhile project, we readily agreed,” said Craig Sholder, VP for Entertainment Services, Christie. “Our technology is leading-edge and our ability to play well with other cinema offerings ensures successful showings.”

For more information on the Academy’s public events, visit www.oscars.org .

Christie and Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch Guests into the Cosmos at California Space Center Discovery Ball

Christie® technology and the Space Shuttle Endeavour journeyed to the cosmos in an extraordinary visual display created by BARTKRESA Design at the California Science Center’s annual Discovery Ball charity event. In line with the evening’s theme: ”Space Exploration: Past, Present, Future,” guests dined beneath Endeavour’s enormous wings while nine Christie Roadster S+20K 3-chip DLP® projectors displayed a night sky replete with stars, planets, comets and other galactic matter on the front and two side walls – including one portion of the show displaying a gorgeous multi-hued sunset morphing into a clear, star-filled night sky. The fourth wall contained a starry backdrop using lights.

“This was an exciting project to work on because I am always looking for opportunities to make the most of the architecture I have to work with and even making it part of the display if that is feasible,” said Bart Kresa, founder and projection designer, BARTKRESA Design. “One part of the show using the Christie projectors included both the sky and background looking like you were at Kennedy Space Center. We also showed views as if you were taking off on the shuttle followed by views of both the earth and space from orbit.”

With crossbeams, girders and the shuttle itself overhead in the pavilion hangar, Kresa’s challenge was how to map everything cleanly without breaking up the images.

“I knew that if we just projected over everything it would not look professional, the image would break up because of the beams,” said Kresa.

“We started by creating the design for the background and separated the elements in the show from the construction elements. We ended up projecting at angles. Because the space shuttle took up pretty much the entire hangar, we had to place the gear – including the projectors – in odd spaces. We placed some projectors underneath the trunk of the shuttle and used the Christie projectors’ keystone correction to make it all come together. Everything looked wonderful and it was really something to see.”

“Christie projectors are just great; they provide beautiful images and exceptional color,” he concluded. “They are very durable and the overall performance is excellent. I just love working with Christie projectors.”

Kresa has used Christie on other projects, including Shark Week, and continues to be excited to work with Christie technology.

Christie MicroTiles Illuminate Reception at Opening of Interactive Media Building at the USC School of Cinematic Arts

Christie®, a global leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual display solutions, recently showcased its Christie® MicroTiles® at the opening of the new Interactive Media Building at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts (SCA). Christie is partnering with USC to provide students and faculty with access to the latest in visual technologies.

Christie MicroTiles at Univ. of Southern California


A gala reception was followed by an open house where attendees, comprised mostly of game and tech-industry executives, as well as faculty of SCA and friends of USC, could observe and interact with different programs and content being developed for new entertainment and educational projects. Content for the 30 Christie MicroTiles was provided by USC School of Cinematic Arts.

The reception was also followed by a panel discussion on “The Future of Entertainment,” featuring George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Don Mattrick of Microsoft, and was moderated by Julia Boorstin of CNBC. The panelists discussed current technology shifts/trends with emerging medias and outlined where they believe the entertainment industry is headed in the future.

The SCA Interactive Media Building will house programs that include the Interactive Media & Games Division, the Media Arts + Practice Bachelor’s and Doctoral Programs, and the Institute for Multimedia. It will also house leading edge R & D labs, such as Game Innovation, Mixed Reality, and Environmental Media Lab. The building features all of the most advanced digital technology including 4K digital projection, game testing rooms, and multitouch screens.

“At the USC School of Cinematic Arts we always want our students to have access to technologies that will improve their ability to tell exciting stories and the Christie MicroTiles solution literally allows them to expand their vision,” said the School’s Dean Elizabeth M. Daley. “This is the kind of technology that seamlessly supports the best narrative storytelling, and the visual displays are just stunning.”

“We’re delighted to support the School with our proven Christie MicroTiles solution, built on DLP® technology, and used around the globe in many visual display applications,” said Jack Kline, President and CEO of Christie Digital Systems USA. “Christie MicroTiles are ideal for a wide range of demanding applications, including architectural elements, out-of-home advertising, command and control video walls, and event production, so we look forward to the content that the students will create to exploit the many features of our award-winning technology.”

Using the strengths of both DLP® projection and Light Emitting Diode (LED) illumination technology, Christie MicroTiles offer substantially brighter images and a much wider color palette than conventional flat panel LCD and plasma displays. With no practical limit to the number of tiles in a display, Christie MicroTiles produce a virtually seamless canvas, arranged in any shape or scale, with an unlimited number of super-fine pixels.

Christie Control Room Technology Selected By American Water for Its New Operations Security Support Center

Christie® technology is supporting an efficient digital operations security support center for American Water, the largest investor-owned water utility company in the United States. Thanks to the Christie® Phoenix™ network-distributed open content management system and a Christie LCD flat-panel video wall display solution, American Water now has the capability to simultaneously monitor its security systems across the U.S., in one centralized location.

Christie LCD Flat Panel video wall at American Water


American Water provides high-quality water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people in more than 1,500 communities in the U.S and parts of Canada. Working closely with AV integrator ClassCraft Design Associates, American Water developed an IP-based solution using Christie Phoenix, allowing the security management team to efficiently watch, operate, manage, and respond to security alarms and incidents across their operations.

Christie Phoenix nodes are now collecting data from various physical and digital sources throughout American Water’s service areas, including streaming video and audio, desktop captures, online information, local cable television feeds, and facility systems. The captured information is simultaneously being presented onto a display wall. Installed under the guidance of Class Craft Audio Video, the system was designed to be energy and space efficient, have low operating costs, and promote efficient security monitoring operations. From the display wall, information can quickly and easily be integrated, customized, recalled and shared from multiple locations and multiple sources with high accuracy and reliability.

“With several hundred IP-based sources we needed the ability to create custom layouts that could be recalled on-the-fly and quickly, allowing us to respond to alarms and incidents the moment they occur,” explained Nicholas Santillo Jr., CPP, PSP, Director of Operations Security for American Water. “It was important to select the right technology that would give us the best capabilities at the lowest cost of ownership – while allowing us more efficiency, and reliability in the management of our security monitoring operations.”

Simple, Reliable, Flexible, Scalable – Christie Solutions Fit the Bill
American Water and ClassCraft chose the Christie Phoenix solution after reviewing and comparing many other options. According to Michael W. Class of ClassCraft Audio Video, there were several requirements and challenges involved in the project that made Christie Phoenix the perfect solution for the job. Among them, the system needed to be simple, reliable, and easily operated by the security staff.

“Christie control room solutions are consistently reliable and simple to deploy, compared to other products that are out on the market – it’s something a buyer can understand,” said Class. “In addition, the product was the easiest to install and configure making it more cost effective than other solutions. This was a major consideration in my decision to recommend that solution over others that I saw.”

Another factor was the Christie Phoenix’s scalability, which allows American Water the ability to scale that solution up or down, as needed, to meet operational requirements. “It’s a key feature that we wanted in the environment and that the other solution providers did not offer,” noted Santillo.

He continued: “When we compared Christie Phoenix to other products on the market, the decision was clear. Simplicity, reliability, and low total cost of ownership were paramount. Other vendors’ complex solutions with multiple servers and switchers would mean more potential points of failure throughout the system with associated higher costs. Christie Phoenix is a simple design and a single-SKU solution, enabling us aggregate information quickly to ensure our employees’ and customers’ safety, protect our facilities, and provide holistic situational awareness to our operational teams.”

A Forward Looking Control Room
With the implementation of the new Operations Security Support Center, Christie’s commitment to service and quality has left a positive impression on American Water and ClassCraft. The Christie Phoenix system is operational, and American Water’s Operations Security professionals are pleased with the performance and reliability of the solution.

“The deployment of the Christie Phoenix at American Water has thus far been successful, providing a highly functional, highly adaptive solution that will meet their needs today, while also equipping them with the tools they need for solving tomorrow’s security problems,” said John Stark, senior director of Collaborative Visual Solutions at Christie. “By embracing forward-looking trends and using Christie Phoenix’s network-distributed, IP-based solution, American Water has developed a model for digital public utility control rooms.”

Christie Phoenix is a network distributed open content management system for simultaneous encode, decode and display of audio-visual data, enabling seamless access and control of audio-visual data, regardless of the user’s location.

Christie Introduces LED-Based Entero HB 72 Inch WUXGA Video Wall Cube and HB Rear Projection Light Engine

Christie® expands its line of Christie® Entero™ HB video wall projection solutions and strengthens its dominance in the industry with the introduction of the Christie Entero HB 72 inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200) video wall cube, a “bigger and better” addition to the projection cube lineup that sets new standards in power efficiency, visual performance and image brightness, with up to 1,100 lumens capability. Christie also introduces its next-generation High Brightness WUXGA rear projection light engine for ultimate installation flexibility for “ground-up” custom control room environments.

Christie Entero HB 72 Inch video wall cube


Built upon the proven Christie Entero HB platform – the first and only LED control room display to offer Wi-Fi capability for remote adjustments and diagnosis through any wireless device – the Christie Entero HB display wall cubes and HB light engines feature proprietary third generation ArraySync™ automatic color and brightness management, generating perfectly uniform display wall visuals for the lifetime of the installation. Designed for 24/7 environments, they represent the best price/performance on the market, with superior and intuitive modular design, easy upgradability, and flexible operation for the demands of power and utilities, government, security and surveillance, and public and emergency services.

“The Christie Entero HB 72 inch display wall cube and HB WUXGA rear projection engine offer exceptional flexibility and pack the widest array of features to meet the demands of the most challenging control room environments today, while offering easy upgradability to meet the demands of tomorrow,” observed John Stark, senior director, Collaborative Visual Solutions, Christie. “Combining best-of-breed projection systems like the Christie Entero HB WUXGA projection cube and engine with powerful display wall processing, such as Christie Phoenix™, and the result is the perfect solution for any control room application.”

Christie High Brightness WUXGA rear projection light engine


Expanding upon the most advanced LED display system design, the new Christie Entero HB 72 inch wall display cube and rear projection light engines come loaded with all the features that have made the series a success, including zero maintenance and high reliability, plug-and-play installation and Wi-Fi networking, as well as the full SXGA+, HD and WUXGA format capabilities. With enhanced continuous automatic self-management color and newer high brightness LED technology, they are true “plug-and-play” display solution available for control rooms today. The light engine can also be purchased for “stand alone,” custom installations or retrofit.

“With a superior optical platform, new high performance lenses, and a new generation of electronics and firmware design, no other display wall solution can surpass the power and performance of the Christie Entero HB series,” said Stark. “Every display wall cube represents the culmination of our 30 years of industry expertise, leadership and customer-centric approach. We’re ready to help our customers design the perfect control room, through innovation, experience, proven technology and demonstrated success across the widest markets.”

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 to exceed today’s control room operational requirements.

Christie Pushes the Envelope with Newest Tiled Display Solutions at InfoComm 2013

Christie® continues to stay ahead of the industry curve with today’s introduction of the next generation of Christie Jumpstart, the Christie FHD551-XG with Corning Gorilla Glass, and the company’s first turnkey multi-touch video wall solution. An industry first with the smallest image-to-image gap of any bonded LCD panel, the Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution comprises a 4-unit wide by 1-unit high row of portrait-mounted 55-inch LCD panels with bonded Corning® Gorilla® Glass, Christie Interactivity Kit, Christie Jumpstart, and the mounting hardware for a wall-mounted or freestanding display.

Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution


Christie JumpStart: Now with Higher Resolution Capabilities and Faster Performance

Christie Jumpstart now provides additional flexibility with six outputs (compared with four previously) and a 50 percent increase in resolution capability – now 15 megapixels. The content management system allows you to display multiple, high-bandwidth video files, graphics, Microsoft® Windows applications, Blu-ray™ and DVD movies, and text effortlessly on a large-format video wall. It is compatible with any digital display, including Christie® MicroTiles® and rear-projection or flat-panel display solutions.

Christie JumpStart features a 3.6 GHz processor, 16 GB memory and 64-bit server for even faster performance and a more powerful workstation. Users can also send serial over IP commands to external devices by scheduling them at any point along the scenario timeline.

“Christie JumpStart targets architectural markets including museums, universities, stadiums, corporate offices and retail stores needing high resolution, reliable content playback across large video walls,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie. “Rental stagers will also benefit from the speed and ease of setup of JumpStart, and its support for unique display configurations.”

Christie FHD551-XG with Corning® Gorilla® Glass – Beautiful, Durable yet Lightweight

The first 55-inch super-narrow bezel LCD display for tiled video walls with bonded Corning Gorilla Glass, the Christie FHD551-XG is ideal for touch screens including broadcast sets and high-traffic public spaces including hotels, restaurants, museums, airports and railway stations.

“The Christie FHD551-XG with Corning Gorilla Glass is scratch- and damage-resistant offering invaluable protection for multi-touch displays or in high-traffic, public spaces,” said Heslett. “The optical clarity of Corning Gorilla Glass makes images appear brighter and crisper than standard LCD and customers will also notice how lightweight it is, making for reduced shipping costs and easy installation.”

Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution Provides One Stop Shopping

Now, Christie customers can fulfill their entire video wall requirements with one vendor thanks to the Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution that brings a turnkey, interactive digital experience to multiple users. Quad Full-HD resolution, high pixel density and LED backlighting combine to provide a visually stunning display with the smallest bezels of any bonded video wall.

“This new turnkey solution provides a superior interactive experience that enables up to ten simultaneous touches and the best touch performance in high ambient light,” said Heslett. “Whether it’s museums, universities, corporate lobbies, retail environments, or broadcast sets, the Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution will capture people’s attention and fit in beautifully with the surrounding architecture. Reliable, practical and with the durability for high traffic areas, the multi-touch solution is easy to use and maintain, and provides a low total cost of ownership.”

“Christie is at the forefront of innovative digital display technology,” concluded Heslett. “It’s time consuming to search various vendors for what you need, but Christie has changed the game and is the first and only manufacturer to offer a complete, fully integrated, multi-touch video wall solution from a single source.”

Christie Jumpstart, Christie FHD551-XG with Corning® Gorilla® Glass and Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution begin shipping in July 2013.

Christie Raises the Standard for Digital Display Solutions at InfoComm 2013

The Technology Leader Provides the Needed Answers in Today’s Marketplace

The Christie® booth will be in the InfoComm 2013 spotlight June 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Christie will impress visitors with exciting, technologically-advanced and user-friendly visual solutions for the Pro AV, large venue, architectural, corporate, broadcast, control room and digital signage markets and demonstrate how businesses, government entities and academia can maximize their visual technology assets, while satisfying customers.

Projection Mapping Takes a new Turn

With the engaging interactive Christie Design Studio display, designers and engineers will see how what they imagine can become reality. The display features four Christie G Series 1-chip DLP® projectors in a projection mapping application featuring a prototype Audi R8. The Design Studio is supported by 37 Christie® MicroTiles® to create a gorgeous and changeable backdrop. A second projection mapping installation, a mini-pyramid, demonstrates how a small installation can create big impact. The mini-pyramid projection mapping solution features Christie’s E-series projection.

Christie Brio Meeting Room Solution lets Participants Share More Than Ever

As announced earlier, Christie Brio makes its global debut at InfoComm. Christie Brio sets new standards in meeting room presentation and collaboration, making it easier than ever to pool resources with colleagues anywhere without dongles, software or drivers to slow things down. Information including presentations, audio, digital whiteboard, and videoconferencing – added to any display attached to a Christie Brio node – are shared with all displays in the same meeting.

Christie Asserts its Control in Projector Market

Christie is also unveiling the Christie InControl™ app at InfoComm 2013. Christie InControl is aimed at rental and staging customers using Christie 3-chip DLP® M Series and J Series projectors in various applications including trade shows, live events and projection mapping. Fixed installation applications such as classrooms and boardrooms, houses of worship, government facilities and museums will also enjoy the convenience of managing the projector wirelessly.

The main interface includes projector on/off, fade to black and shutter on/off, test pattern and main and secondary input selection, projector orientation, and OSD on/off for complete command of lens settings and imagery.

Christie Continues to set the Standard in Multi-touch Interactive and Flat-panel Displays

Christie is also introducing the next generation of the Christie JumpStart content management solution, as well as the Christie FHD551-X flat panel with bonded Corning® Gorilla® Glass (the Christie FHD551-XG) , and a new multi-touch video wall solution to be displayed in the LCD Panel Gallery. The turnkey Christie multi-touch video wall solution – an industry first – comprising a 4-unit wide by 1-unit high row of the portrait-mounted Christie FHD551-XG , Christie Interactivity Kit, Christie JumpStart and the mounting system for a wall-mounted or freestanding display. The new Christie JumpStart boasts six outputs and the ability to drive content at 15 megapixels. With a 3.6 GHz processor, 16 GB memory and 64-bit server JumpStart’s more powerful workstation offers even faster performance.

Featured at the booth and already a big hit in the market is the Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W 55 inch outdoor LCD flat panel with optically bonded glass – the clear answer for high traffic areas such as outdoor sporting events and other open-air applications. Fully weatherproof, the Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W resists impacts and scratches; providing an industry-rated IP56/NEMA 4 outdoor display solution that can be deployed in virtually any environment, weather or season with complete peace of mind.

72-inch Christie Entero HB Video Wall Cube makes its Mark

Christie expands its line of Christie® Entero™ HB video wall offerings and strengthens its dominance in the industry with the introduction of the Christie Entero HB 72-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200) display wall cube and rear projection light engine. The bigger and better control room addition to the projection cube lineup sets new standards in power, performance and image brightness with up to 1100 lumens capability.

Built upon the proven Christie Entero HB platform – the first and only LED control room display to offer Wi-Fi capability for remote adjustments and diagnosis through any wireless device – it features proprietary third generation ArraySync™ for superior automatic color and brightness management. Designed for 24/7 environments, it represents the best price/performance on the market, with superior and intuitive modular design, easy upgradability, and flexible operation for the demands of power and utilities, government, security and surveillance, and public and emergency services.

Driving the content will be the Christie Phoenix™, which lets all users easily access and control audio-visual data securely from anywhere, at any time via standard IP networking technology. With Christie Phoenix, the same information, presented in the same format simultaneously is made available to all users regardless of their location.

Christie Projection Technology Leads the Market

The Christie E Series of 1-chip DLP® projectors are another show highlight. Working in conjunction with the Christie Spyder video processor, several Christie E Series projectors will be displaying rich, engaging content that shows Christie is at the forefront of technology. The booth also features the Christie D4K3560 featuring 35,000 center lumens, native 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution for ultra-realistic images. The Christie D4K3560 delivers smoother video at 60Hz with unique Christie TruLife™ electronics – a quantum leap in video-image processing featuring high frame rate and high-resolution video projection.

This projector’s 3-chip DLP® performance and durability make it ideal for large applications such as amusement parks, auditoriums, casinos, classrooms, museums, planetariums, theaters and virtual design centers.

On the main level of the Christie booth is the LCD gallery featuring the Christie LW720, Christie LWU501i and the Christie LW41 while the second floor is showcasing the Christie Spyder X20 managing and controlling content displayed by several Christie E Series and Christie G Series projectors.

Also among the booth offerings are the award-winning Christie Nitro Solutions; the integrated moving yokes and digital projector systems that enable bright, high-quality video and lighting effects to be projected onto virtually any surface. For InfoComm 2013, two Christie YK100 single-arm yokes will be supporting the Christie WU14K-M projectors.

Managing the content throughout the Christie booth is the Christie Spyder X20, a versatile hardware-based video processor combined with the flexibility of a universal routing switcher.

Christie Launches Its First Mobile App: Christie InControl

Christie® unveils the Christie InControl™ projector mobile app for applicable iOS devices at InfoComm 2013 this week. Christie InControl is aimed at rental & staging customers using Christie 3-chip DLP® M Series and J Series projectors in various applications including trade shows, live events and projection mapping. Fixed installation applications such as classrooms and boardrooms, houses of worship, government facilities and museums will also enjoy the convenience of controlling the projector wirelessly.

The Christie InControl™ App provides a responsive user interface to commonly used projector functionality such as; power on/off, shutter control, test pattern selection, and lens zoom and focus, in addition to more advanced projector functionality like 2D keystone and color management.

“Christie InControl gives users fingertip projector management of single or multiple projectors from their personal iPad, iPod or iPhone device over Wi-Fi” said Joel St-Denis, value add product manager, Christie. “Users can scan for available projectors on their local Wi-Fi network to add them to a group, or to manually type in the IP address of the desired projector. The App based Wi-Fi control provides a flexible alternative to infrared projector remotes, which can sometimes be out of range or misplaced.”

Benefits of Christie InControl™ Projector App

 All key projector information grouped into single area for simple review.
 Easy interaction and control of Christie 3-chip DLP® M Series and J Series projectors.
 Scan for available projectors on the local Wi-Fi network to add them to a group, or manually type in the IP address of the desired projector.
 Main Control interface groups all key commands on one page, allows for fast changes when needed.
 Ability to adjust zoom, focus or lens position from anywhere within Wi-Fi range, providing easier setup in large staging environments.
 Dedicated user interface for complete control over zoom, focus and lens offset. Position can be adjusted via joystick type interface or by entering specific x/y values.
 Easy group access and ability to create and save projector groups for multi projector control.
 Adjust color temperature and color drive level with immediate results on screen.
 Enable single or dual lamp mode where applicable and adjust lamp power level as needed.
 Four Corner 2D keystone control.
 Adjust image size, vertical stretch, horizontal/vertical position, pixel tack/phase and blanking.
 Provides simple slider based interface to adjust key image settings at the touch of a finger.
 Adjust power settings easily to meet requirements of a specific venue or permanent installation.
 Christie InControl is supported on iOS version 5.1 (and higher) enabled devices including iPad, iPhone or iPod.

“With the Christie InControl projector app, Christie continues to improve the end-user experience by offering this high quality app, which further strengthens the Christie Value Add portfolio.” concluded St-Denis.

Christie InControl will be available globally as a FREE download from the Apple App Store later this month.

New Christie Brio Meeting Room Solution Lets Participants Share More

The days of passing cables and adapters across meeting room tables, installing additional software, rebooting laptops, and apologizing for delayed or bungled presentations have ended with the launch of Christie Brio, a new meeting presentation and collaboration system that takes the hassles out of single and multi-site workplace meetings.

Developed by Christie®, a world leader in display and visualization solutions, Brio enables multiple attendees at meetings to run audio and video presentations from their own devices, without scrambling for matching display cables and adapters, plugging in dongles or installing and configuring new software to get it working.

Christie Brio


Straightforward to install and use, Brio uses wired or wireless connections to automatically share multiple presentations showing simultaneously on either one or two meeting room screens. Whether participants use Macs or PCs, iPads or Android tablets, or smartphones, presentations can be added to a meeting as a thought occurs, their information showing on that meeting room display in seconds.

Brio is being unveiled this week at the InfoComm 2013 Pro-AV trade show in Orlando, Fla., and starts shipping this summer.

Share and collaborate like never before
Using a single, low-cost hardware Brio node, any meeting room can automatically show up to five computer screens on that room’s display.”Once the content is processed by the node it can also be made available to other Brio nodes via ethernet. In this way a variety of information – including PowerPoint and Keynote presentations, audio, digital whiteboards, and videoconferencing sessions – can be shown on any display attached to the Brio node, and shared with all the displays in the same meeting.

Brio nodes can be connected via network to multiple worksites on a corporate campus, or across the country. All Brio nodes added to a meeting will see the same presentations, and any Brio node user can share a presentation in the meeting. Brio makes interactive collaboration across multiple rooms and offices straightforward, seamless and immediate, plus the cost of Brio nodes is low enough to equip even remote users in home offices.

Brio also takes full advantage of interactive whiteboard technology. Users in multiple locations can work together on notes and sketches. Any Brio node connected to a meeting allows users, anywhere, to contribute to that whiteboard session.

“We’ve all been in meetings that were slowed down or fell apart because of the many hassles that come up when multiple people with their own laptops and software try to get presentations successfully running on meeting room screens. I’ve seen cheers break out when it all actually works,” said Christian Merrill, Christie Brio product manager.

“Brio changes that, and makes it easy for multiple persons to run presentations at meetings – even across several corporate sites on a network and since Brio is all network-driven, it does not require users to install any new software or use a USB device to make it all work,” added Merrill. “The moment you introduce new software inside a corporate environment, you can have issues with approved software and administration rights. Visitors who need to run a presentation might even be unable to download the needed software, and many people with company issued laptops don’t have admin permissions to add new software. With Brio, if you can get on the network, you are good to go for making and contributing to presentations.”

Automated Setup
Connecting laptops to a Brio node automatically allows their screens to be shared with all displays connected in a Brio meeting, and the platform intelligently displays material in the correct aspect ratio. For multi-site meetings participants use an intuitive network interface to login and set up that is as simple as making a phone call.

Brio also fully supports smart devices like tablets running Windows 8, Apple iOS and Android. Both the node control and presentation connection work the same for tablets and smartphones as they do for PCs and Macs.

“As we thought about what we wanted in a meeting technology, there were three things that were very clear,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing, Christie. “One, it had to be easily accessible, with no special training or driver software that users had to install. Two, it had to tear down the existing communication barriers so that sharing information became effortless. And three, it had to allow users to share multiple types of content. The ultimate goal in developing Brio was to ensure that all participants could share whatever they needed to—to ultimately be able to share more.”

Versatile Playback Capabilities allow participants to share more
Christie Brio nodes fit in standard 19-inch IT racks or can sit on their own, packaged to look good on meeting rooms credenzas. The system supports dual-link and single-link DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI. Brio can handle a maximum of five sources.

Brio’s playback quality is exceptional, with the option of running uncompressed 1080p video sources. That means video plays as it was intended, with no dropped frames.

Brio removes another meeting room pain point; i.e., running audio from tiny laptop speakers and hoping all the meeting participants can hear it. With Brio, audio input is streamed through the wireless protocol or connected to Brio with standard jacks. The combined audio output is then connected to the meeting room sound system, and meeting participants still maintain individual control of their presentation’s audio volume. Audio is also shared with attached Brio nodes.

Pro-AV, corporate, meeting facility and education professionals can preview the power and potential of Brio at Christie’s booth # 2521 at InfoComm June 12-14, 2013.

Mission 26 Accomplished For Christie and Endeavour at the California Science Center

The Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final journey is captured in a compelling nine-minute video being shown on a Christie Roadster HD10K-M 3-chip DLP® projector at the California Science Center in the Mission 26: The Big Endeavour exhibit. The film follows the shuttle as it flies over Los Angeles – transported on top of a NASA Boeing 747 shuttle carrier aircraft – before landing at Los Angeles International Airport and taken on its 12-mile, three-day voyage to the Science Center with a cheering crowd of over 1.5 million who lined the route. The Space Shuttle Endeavour flew 25 missions into space, deployed three satellites and orbited Earth 4,671 times. Mission 26 refers to its final journey through the streets of Inglewood and Los Angeles to its permanent home at the Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion where it will inspire future generations of scientists, innovators and engineers.

David Knight and Christie HD10K-M Follow the Voyage to the California Science Center

At the Science Center, guests visit the Mission 26 exhibit, which features more than 80 large-scale photographs depicting Endeavour’s journey. Inside the gallery is the Mission 26 Theater where the new film is running continually throughout the day. Following the movie, visitors can walk downstairs, visit various exhibits and then enter a large pavilion where the Shuttle is displayed.

“We did the film because people love to visually relive this moment in history. It was the first and last time ever something like this would happen on urban city streets and it brought all kinds of people together from all over the world. This commemorates that and gives those who didn’t get to see it a chance to experience it as well,” said David Knight, producer, Endeavour Project.

Knight led a large filming project that documented the entire move-process, beginning with Endeavour being mounted atop the 747 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and culminating with her installation inside the Shuttle Pavilion. He pursued the project as a labor of love and the response was overwhelming. The 150-person film crew, equipment and everything involved in the project were all donated.

“For the movie that plays on a nearly 30-foot wide silver screen on the wall – people enter from one side, sit down and watch the movie, and then walk out the other side,” said Knight. “The walls don’t go all the way to the ceiling and hanging above the back wall is the HD10K-M. It is front-projecting and shows the movie in 2D with the plan to make a 3D rendering of the movie, and then we’ll switch over to 3D.”

The most compact in its class, the Christie HD10K-M provides true HD native resolution (1920 x 1080) with up to 10,000:1 contrast ratio, dual mercury lamps, embedded Christie Twist™ image warping and edge-blending, built-in portrait capabilities and is 3D upgradable.

“I appreciate the brightness and color depth of the Christie projector: the Mission 26 Theater installation utilizes a wall-painted screen, thus the demands for output power are extremely critical. Two other projector-brands were tried and the Christie difference is stunning,” said Knight.

California Science Center Foundation executive William Harris explained the success of the Shuttle’s final trip and the movie capturing the entire event.

“No Shuttle has ever been available for up close viewing like Endeavour here; you can walk right under and around it. Other shuttles have been available for viewing such as in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. but they are roped off and you can’t go underneath,” he said. “Endeavour is mounted low to the ground, you can actually walk right under it and can read the numbers on the individual thermal tiles, of which there are over 20,000.

“There has always been a lot of pride in the Shuttle program and what mankind can do when we set our minds to it,” continued Harris. “We flew Endeavour throughout California atop the 747 before landing at Los Angeles Airport (LAX). An estimated almost four million people saw it fly over. The number of people who have seen all this is absolutely staggering.

“We are all very pleased – and with up to 25,000 visitors per day it’s important that we have a highly reliable, extended-duty-cycle solution. Christie has delivered that.”

The Mission 26 exhibition runs through Labor Day, September 2, 2013.

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