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New Christie Brio Team Turns Meeting Space into Collaboration Zones

With the introduction of Christie® Brio Team at InfoComm 2014, Christie continues to expand its Brio family of presentation and collaboration solutions. Designed for smaller meeting spaces in corporate, academic and government facilities, Christie Brio Team allows users to wirelessly connect up to five computers, smart phones and tablets to share information securely on a larger display while streaming audio through a meeting room’s sound system.

A meeting using Christie Brio Team presentation tool

Brio Team doesn’t require LAN access and the unit works effortlessly using software interfaces already integrated into standard PC, Mac or Android laptops, tablets and smartphone devices, with no additional software apps or external dongles.

“Brio Team makes it easy for individuals in smaller meeting spaces to gather and share information using their own devices,” said Christian Merrill, product manager at Christie. “With the addition of Brio Team to the Christie Brio line of solutions, we now have affordable collaboration technology for small internal teams to engage and share knowledge in corporate, academic and research facilities.”

Benefits of Christie Brio Team:

-Simultaneous connection for up to five computers, smart phones or tablets

-Accessible from most Wi-Fi enabled devices with no need to connect to wires or dongles

-Integrated Wi-Fi, Airplay and WiDi (wireless display) for greater installation flexibility and easy connectivity

-Intuitive “Meeting Manager” is accessible from any browser or directly from the meeting space touchscreen display to controls source layouts, audio, and other Brio Team functions

-Annotate over live content or use the touchscreen as a whiteboard and save the results for future reference

-Multiple level password security to ensure content and control of the meeting are shared only with authorized individuals

-No specialized training or IT support required

Christie Brio Team ships in late 2014.

Christie 4K Cinema Projector Screens Opening Film at the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival

The 17th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) kicked off on a high note with Christie®, a global leader in digital cinema projection, deploying its 4K digital cinema projector to screen the opening film of this prestigious event on June 14, 2014. Christie is also the exclusive digital projection partner for the SIFF for the sixth consecutive year.

The 17th SIFF, which takes place from June 14 –22, 2014, is China’s only non-specialized competitive international film festival accredited by the Paris-based Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films (FIAPF). The festival will open in style with the screening of the classic Chinese film Stage Sisters, which has been fully restored using 4K full-color technology. Directed by the late Chinese director Xie Jin and first released in 1964, the 50-year-old film is now widely regarded as Xie’s masterpiece. Stage Sisters is also the first full color feature film to be restored in 4K by the SIFF using the latest restoration technologies at Italy’s L’Immagine Ritrovata film restoration laboratory. The screening of this film at SIFF also marks its worldwide debut in full 4K glory.

The results of the 4K restoration are obvious when the film is played on the big screen using the Christie Solaria CP4230 DLP® Digital Cinema Projector. Not only can the audience enjoy significantly improved images, they can also appreciate finer details which were not visible previously. Simply put, the film looks absolutely stunning after the meticulous restoration process by L’Immagine Ritrovata.

Shanghai International Film Festival 2014

The Christie Solaria Series is the only 4K DLP solution able to provide the world’s most brilliant images, the highest level of content security, the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance. Fully DCI compliant, and built on Christie’s extensive cinema experience, the Christie Solaria Series is ready for the next evolution of digital cinema; capable of displaying premium 4K content or 2D/3D 2K High Frame Rate (HFR) feature films and alternative content in its original format.

In conjunction with this spectacular opening, Christie officially launched the world’s first commercial laser projection system at the Shanghai Film Art Center on June 13. On this occasion, Christie demonstrated the advantage of laser projection vis-à-vis conventional projection systems, and conducted a special screening of the Hollywood film, Godzilla. SIFF’s designated cinemas such as Shanghai Cineplex and Da Guang Ming Cineplex also featured the festival’s movie line-up using Christie’s Solaria series of 2K and 4K digital cinema projectors.

A stellar lineup of international movie celebrities is expected to attend this year’s SIFF red carpet ceremonies. Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Hayden Christensen, Rain, Song Seung Heon and Park Shin Hye will grace the red carpet at the opening ceremony on June 14, while the closing ceremony red carpet will be equally as star-studded with Natalie Portman and Son Tae-Yeong, among others, on parade.

“The organizers of this year’s SIFF have chosen Stage Sisters as its opening film to reflect the cultural, historical and technological elements of this truly international film event,” said Ming Zhang, marketing director, Shanghai International Film Festival Limited. “The screening of restored film masterpieces demonstrates the pioneering effort by the SIFF to support and breathe new life to classic Chinese films which are part of our enduring film history.”

“This opening of this year’s SIFF coincides with the annual Cultural Heritage Day and we hope that through the screening of Stage Sisters as the opening film, it will create awareness of the need to protect our film and cultural heritage. We are glad to have Christie as our exclusive digital projection partner once again to continue the creative process for the past six years. And we certainly look forward to more fruitful years of collaboration with digital cinema projection leaders such as Christie.”

Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific, said, “As the hub of Chinese film art, Shanghai is the place where many dreams become reality on the screen. As the barometer of China’s movie industry, the SIFF gathers the best film professionals around the world for this annual event. Christie, as a world leader in digital cinema projectors, is honored to be associated with the festival. We’re very happy and honored that the Christie Solaria CP4230 digital cinema projector is deployed to screen the fully restored version of the late Chinese director Xie Jin’s masterpiece Stage Sisters in its 4K glory.”

Christie Signs Azione Unlimited as New Partner

Christie®, the global leader in world-class projection displays and visualization solutions for the cinema, medical, and commercial AV markets, has signed an agreement with the Azione Unlimited educational/buying group to bring Christie solutions to all of Azione’s integration partners.

With a wealth of experience, innovation and expertise in display solutions from Christie, and the knowledge pool and synergy Azione Unlimited provides, the agreement offers the ideal partnership of Christie and 92 integrators across America, each of which is uniquely qualified to successfully market Christie’s display and projection solutions. Azione Unlimited and its integrators will have access to the 4K DCI-compliant Christie Solaria Series, the popular Christie D4K2560, Christie D4K3560, Christie HD10K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors, as well as Christie LCD video walls, Christie® MicroTiles®, and more.

Christie HD10K-M Projector among solutions available to Azione

“It is my pleasure to announce this agreement between Christie and Azione Unlimited,” says Tony Barton, senior director of sales, USA, Christie. “This partnership brings together two organizations with core high end technological capabilities to address the experiential expectations and requirements of the most discerning customers in the USA. Azione Unlimited is renowned for its strength in the industry and this partnership offers strong support for Christie as we grow our business.”

“These are the most exciting product lines that Azione Unlimited has ever introduced,” noted Richard Glikes, Founder and President of Azione Unlimited. “The reputation of Christie for high performance and unparalleled service dovetail perfectly with the caliber of dealers and ultimately the clientele we cater to. We value performance above all else, and the Christie partnership elevates Azione and our dealers. We are proud to have been chosen to be partners on this endeavor.”

Christie Unveils World’s First Commercial Laser Projection System in Shanghai

Christie®, the industry-preferred brand in the digital cinema projection market, today announced the unveiling of the world’s first commercial pure laser projection system installed at the prestigious Shanghai Film Art Center on June 13, 2014.

The Shanghai Film Art Center, the first cineplex to be built in China, has just installed the Oriental Mega Screen and is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities. The installation of Christie’s laser projection system at this facility is a clear indication that high-brightness laser projection technology is officially ready to enter commercial operations. Having successfully demonstrated high powered laser projection systems at numerous industry events for the past two years, including the world’s first commercial laser engagement in 2013, Christie has once again accomplished the pioneering feat of placing this groundbreaking projection technology permanently within the reach of the mass audience.

Don Shaw next to Christie Laser Digital Projector

Laser Projection Redefines 3D Cinema
As the pioneer and leader in laser projection technology, Christie is in constant pursuit of maximum brightness and the most realistic color reproduction. Through continuous research and innovation, Christie’s industry-leading products and solutions have time and again captivated and amazed audiences around the world, and constantly elevate the audiovisual experience to new heights. Christie laser projectors will provide industry-leading brightness of up to 72,000 lumens per projector head, wider color gamut capabilities, higher contrast, and dramatically reduced maintenance requirements, resulting in a better experience for all applications.

With a maximum brightness of up to 72,000 lumens, Christie’s laser technology has achieved an astounding breakthrough, which completely shattered its previous record of 34,000 lumens using conventional xenon lamp technology. Not only does this greatly increase the brightness when viewing 3D content, it also further pushes the capability of high quality visuals and art forms to new heights and restores cinematic colors to its intended realism and brilliance.

One of the biggest advantages of Christie’s laser projection system is its scalable and upgradable architecture, which allows users to precisely select the amount of laser light needed for their screen, with the capability to simply add more laser modules in the future if they wish to increase the brightness. Moreover, using the industry-proven Christie Duo system, there is no practical limit to the amount of light that can be put on a cinema screen. For maximum reliability, Christie’s laser system features integrated cooling in each laser module to provide the right amount of cooling for the lasers that are in use.

Shanghai Film Art Center celebrates installation of Christie laser digital projector

If the mechanical cooling components in one module experience a failure, then only that module goes dark, but the movie can still play very brightly with the light from other modules. Competitive architectures feature a single cooling unit, which represents a high risk, single-point of failure for the entire system.

Smooth Installation of World’s First Commercial Laser Projector
The process of installing the world’s first commercial 4K laser projection system in Hall 1 of the Shanghai Film Art Center by Christie’s highly-proficient technical personnel has been smooth sailing. Boasting a brightness of 60,000 lumens, a contrast ratio of 3000:1, and a 1.4 gain high uniformity white screen measuring 23 meters in width, these technologies are set to deliver an unprecedented and ultimate visual experience for the audience. Christie is on track in setting a new record in the global film industry with the installation of this cutting edge laser projection system.

“As a pioneer in the visual display industry, Christie prides itself in the pursuit of achieving the highest in brightness and achieving the most realistic color reproduction,” said Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie.

“With our rich experience in the field of laser research and development, and having conducted a number of professional and commercial laser demos, Christie is able to deliver full-fledged laser technology at the Shanghai Film Art Center. The installation has been exceptionally smooth due to our longstanding expertise and practical experience in laser projection technology.”

Christie is the world’s first visual technologies company to receive the US FDA approval of variance allowing the sale of laser projectors for use in a cinema.

Christie Leads the Way in Commercial Laser Projection
The event at the Shanghai Film Art Center showcases the capabilities of Christie’s 4K laser projection system in displaying spectacular images that redefine the cinematic experience. From the gleaming bodywork of the hottest automobiles to flying sparks from chainsaw-wielding workers, the minute details on an owl’s feathers to soaring grains of sand generated from swift motions of a shark, the crystal-clear waters of natural landscapes to glimmering lights from multiple windows of a New York skyline at night, Christie’s laser projection system elevates stunning and lifelike visuals to a whole new level.

Guests who attended the event are not just enthralled by this unprecedented visual experience, they are also convinced that this installation marks a new milestone in cinema projection technologies. At the same time, they look forward to enjoying these breathtaking visuals at more theaters in China. The gala event concluded on a high note with the special preview of the Hollywood blockbuster film Godzilla.

“We are very proud to install and showcase the superiority and brilliance of the world’s first commercial laser projection system,” said Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific. “This revolutionary projector system will show how 3D light levels, color fidelity, image uniformity, viewing comfort, and a sense of immersion can be vastly improved, versus the conventional 3D systems found in cinemas around the world today. This heralds a new chapter in the milestones of global film technology and reinforces Christie’s position as the leader in ushering commercial theaters into a new era of high-brightness laser projection.”

Christie Delivers Visual Display Technologies at InfoComm

Christie® is showcasing the widest range of visual display solutions at InfoComm 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center June 1820. A trusted market leader celebrating 85 years of experience and an InfoComm Gold Sponsor, Christie is introducing new laser phosphor 1-chip DLP® projectors, new LED tiles and LCD panels, the new Roadie 4K25 and 4K35, and a new Christie LX1750 3LCD projector for fixed installations, rental and staging, education, business, government and industry, sports and entertainment, houses of worship, meetings and events, and hospitality.

Christie products featured at InfoComm 2014

“Christie is a total solutions provider and it’s all about providing customers with the ultimate peace of mind; knowing that calling Christie means ‘problem solved!’” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing, Christie. “Christie solutions offer exceptional performance and reliability. They help customers create the world’s best shared experiences, visually and audibly, using the broadest range of collaborative tools available today.”

At InfoComm, Christie’s all-inclusive solutions will be highlighted in seven distinct zones.

Zone 1
Large, curved Christie® Velvet™ LED display with content managed by the Christie Spyder X20.

Zone 2
Christie 4K zone features blending of two Christie 4K25 3-chip DLP® projectors and two stacked Christie Roadie 4K35 3-chip DLP® projectors with content managed by a Christie Spyder X20.

Zone 3
Christie Brio Family of collaboration tools, introducing the new Christie Brio Team. Zone 3 also showcases the new Christie 84-inch Quad HD, Christie FHD651-T touch panels and the Christie Q Series, which will be using the new Christie One Mount.

Zone 4
Control Room display with stacked Christie Entero HB 70-inch HD front access display cubes, Christie Phoenix™, Christie JumpStart and Christie FHD552-X 55-inch ultra-narrow bezel LCD flat panels.

Zone 5
Christie Spyder image processing display solutions and a selection of Christie M Series 3-chip DLP® projectors, the Christie LWU501i and Christie Q Series.

Zone 6
The Projection Mapping zone includes the recently released Book of Transformations showcasing examples from all over the world. The display will be using Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors. The Christie Interactive Design Studio – 3D, interactive projection mapping display will feature Christie G Series projectors and Christie® MicroTiles®.

Zone 7
Interactive/Bulb-Free displays with the new laser-phosphor GS Series, Christie One Mount, Christie MicroTiles using Christie Interactivity Kit, and touch LCD panels.

Zones will include the following new solutions:

Christie GS Series Laser Phosphor Projectors
Christie is expanding its G Series projection family to include solid state illumination in WXGA (DWX555-GS), HD (DHD555-GS) and WUXGA (DWU555-GS) resolutions. Using 1-chip DLP® and a laser phosphor illumination system, the Christie GS Series provides an astonishing 20,000 hours of lamp-less operation and recommended for fixed installations where high resolution applications are required, such as boardrooms, higher education, houses of worship, and smaller entertainment venues.

Christie Velvet
Christie expands its line of tiled displays with the introduction of Christie Velvet high resolution indoor LED tiles that provide high image quality and are seamless to integrate. The new, smart design LED tiles are available in various sizes and can be built-to-order in 1.875 mm, 2.5 mm, 3 mm and 4 mm pixel pitches. With wide-viewing angles and exceptional image clarity, the tiles are suitable for indoor video wall applications, such as retail, hospitality, corporate lobbies and control rooms. Built for 24/7/365 use and backed by industry-leading warranty and trusted pre/post sales service, the high performance LED tiles can be used with Christie’s image processing and content management software.

Christie FHQ841-T 84-inch UHD LCD Panel

The new 84-inch “plug and play” Christie FHQ841-T multi-touch UHD LCD panel features 3820 x 2160 resolution, anti-glare glass and 10 simultaneous touch points. For customers and integrators who want a single source provider to meet all of its products and service needs, Christie offers a wide selection of displays that can be bundled with options such as Christie Brio integrated collaboration system, enhanced service plans and on-site support.

Christie FHD552-X 55-inch LCD Panel
Christie’s 55-inch ultra-narrow bezel LCD panel features a reduction in tiled space by 35 percent to just 3.5 mm between screens for a minimal loss of content. The Christie FHD552-X tiled display wall has full high-definition resolution, high pixel density and a LED-backlit screen. Images look sharp at any distance, with controlled brightness suitable for a variety of indoor environments. The Christie FHD552-X is compatible with Christie JumpStart and Christie Interactivity Kit for a fully interactive digital experience.

Christie Roadie 4K25 and 4K35 Ruggedized Projectors
The Christie Roadie 4K25 and Christie Roadie 4K35 3-chip DLP® projectors are built to withstand the rigors of the road delivering 25,000 and 35,000 lumens respectively. Both are ideal for rental/staging applications and offer 4K 60Hz projection that features industry-leading Christie TruLife™ electronics with 3G-SDI and Display Port as standard inputs and optional HDMI and DVI input modules.

Christie LX1750 3LCD Projector
Following on the heels of the highly successful Christie LX1500 comes the next generation Christie LX1750, offering a powerful 16,000 lumens (17500 center lumens), 4D color technology for superior color reproduction, and professional design. The LX1750 is ideal for houses of worship, large conference rooms, higher education, medium-sized auditoriums, and staging applications. The Christie LX1750 also features a suite of eleven optional, high performance lenses to support virtually any installation or venue, along with a fully motorized lensing system that offers easy setup and configuration.

Christie Brio Team
Christie Brio Team, the newest model in the Christie Brio family of presentation and collaboration systems, is a plug and play unit that makes it easy for individuals to wirelessly stream content onto displays from devices such as PCs, tablets, smartphones. Users can share content, edit in real time, save their work and capture action items for quicker follow-up while in study areas, small meeting rooms and huddle spaces. Brio Team, with its integrated Wi-Fi, AirPlay and WiDi receiver, requires no additional software apps, external dongles or local area network.

Christie Partners With Euromet Deliver Quality Ceiling Mount
Christie is partnering with Euromet to deliver a professional quality ceiling mount capable of supporting more than 20 Christie projectors. Christie One Mount is a modified version of the popular Euromet Arakno mount, but also includes a quick release pin to allow for easy projector serviceability. The Christie One Mount features a white and stainless steel color combination with a white ceiling mounting plate.

Christie Presence throughout InfoComm

Christie will be partnering with vendors throughout InfoComm including Crestron, in meeting room N250, which will be using a Christie D4K2560; Da-Lite, in booth C5408, with a Christie D4K2560, Christie HD10K-M and six Christie HD20K-J 3-chip DLP projectors; Stewart Filmscreen, in booth C6821, using the Christie Mirage 4K25 projector; coolux, in booth N405, with the Christie HD20K-J and Christie WU20K-J projectors; Alcorn McBride in booth N427, using Christie FHD551-X flat panels in landscape mode; the InfoComm Show Management, which is using several Christie projectors including the Christie S+22K-J, the Christie HD20K-J, the Christie HD14K-M in portrait mode, and the Christie Spyder video processor; rp Visual Solutions, booth N619, using 48 Christie® MicroTiles® Christie Interactivity Kit , and both the Christie Roadster HD20K-J and Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors; and InfiTec, booth N662, using Christie WU14K-M projectors.

NSCA Education Foundation Sponsorship

Christie is sponsoring the NSCA Education Foundation’s Drunk Unkles event, dubbed Insanity at Vanity, to be held at Hard Rock Hotel’s Club Vanity in Las Vegas, June 18. The annual event draws thousands of participants from the A/V industry, and media, to help raise money for the NSCA Education Foundation. For more information, visit www.drunkunkles.com.

Christie Acquires Arsenal Media to Expand Digital Signage Solutions Offerings

Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, announced today that it has acquired Montreal-based Arsenal Media Inc., a digital signage agency specializing in experiential installations, interactive content and strategic digital signage installations. Arsenal Media will become Christie Creative Media Services, operating within Christie’s Global Professional Services group.

Sean James, vice president, Global Professional Services, who will oversee this operation, said, “We are committed to better serving our customers with end-to-end digital and experiential installation solutions. Arsenal Media’s expertise in creating award-winning content, supported by a common thread strategy from concept to implementation, will allow Christie to broaden its digital signage capabilities. This acquisition is very timely, given industry participants are increasingly gravitating towards providers with comprehensive offerings.”

Arsenal Media boasts an enviable track record in delivering high impact digital signage and experiential installations that include collaborations with clients such as Viacom, Caterpillar, Nielsen, Cineplex, Morguard, Freeman XP, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Gemological Institute of America, TAD Associates and the Montreal Convention Center. Past collaborations between Christie and Arsenal Media have included the Miami Dolphins’ BuzzWall™, Sun Life Financial’s branded gesture-based display at the Dolby Theatre, and Christie’s award-winning 24K and 8K lobbies in Cypress, California and Kitchener, Ontario.

As part of the acquisition, Arsenal Media’s co-founder, Denys Lavigne, will join Christie as the senior director, Experience Strategy and Creative Services within Global Professional Services. Speaking about the synergies being created, he said: “We have cultivated an excellent relationship with Christie over the past six years, and this blending of expertise makes for a natural progression for both groups. We share a common passion for exceeding customers’ expectations and, as part of the Christie family, we feel we now have all of the tools to continue delivering next-generation digital signage experiences for our clients.” The only impact to Arsenal Media’s existing client base is they now gain access to a broader scope of services and expertise.

Founded in 1999, Arsenal Media is a creative agency specialized in the development of experiential digital signage projects and innovative interactive installations. Arsenal Media’s comprehensive understanding of the digital signage media blends solid creative and technical skills that help clients define, create and deploy best-of-class digital experiences. Some of Arsenal’s recent projects can be seen on Christie’s YouTube channel.

Kathryn Cress, Christie’s vice president, Global and Corporate Marketing, commented that the acquisition supplements Christie’s existing relationships with digital media partners, who will find in Christie’s Creative Media Services team an additional resource. “I’m confident that Christie’s rental staging, projection mapping and other solution partners will increase their offerings and business when they take advantage of the new, expanded and improved Christie Global Professional Services,” said Cress.

To date, Christie’s digital signage products and solutions have included indoor and outdoor HD LCD flat panels, LED-based MicroTiles® with proven DLP® technology, Christie Spyder image processors, the multi-touch Christie Interactivity Kit and the Christie JumpStart content management system for large-format displays. Complementing these proven products and solutions are services offered by Christie’s Global Professional Services division. Christie can drive projects through to completion from consultation to design and installation by experienced field application engineers. Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC) provides peace of mind by keeping systems running 24/7 with monitoring and maintenance of digital signage installations. Projects completed by Christie Global Professional Services have included installations for The Walt Disney Company, Barneys New York, and LVMH Moët Hennessy’s Fresh® retail stores.

Christie is committed to creating the world’s best shared experiences through a wide range of visual display and communications options for retail, architectural, digital out of home and corporate environments. Backed by decades of industry experience, award-winning technology and solutions that capture attention, communicate information and deliver experiences, Christie is a one-stop shop for customers, partners, dealers and integrators.

Arsenal Media was advised by Wildon-LJJ Inc. in completing this acquisition.

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Christie Matrix STIM™ WQ Projector Wins Innovator Award in Australia

Christie®, a global visual displays and audio technologies company, is proud to announce that it is the recipient of the 2014 Innovator Award for the Christie Matrix StIM™ WQ 1-chip DLP® projector at the DTC Annual Defence Industry Dinner & Awards Ceremony held on May 30 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Christie Matrix StIM-WQ

The Innovator Award, organized by the Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) – a branch of the Australian Industry & Defence Network – recognizes a company that has invested in research and development to produce innovative products and/or services that have contributed to building the capability of the defence industry in South Australia. The Christie Matrix StIM WQ, which is the world’s brightest, solid state WQXGA simulation projection system, fended off stiff competition from BAE Systems and NewSat to clinch the coveted award.

The award-winning Christie Matrix StIM WQ is a fully integrated projection system designed to address the requirements of today’s most demanding simulation and training applications. Its unique, dual input architecture makes it the only WQXGA simulation projection system available today that displays separate channels for visible light and Infra-Red (IR) spectrum for simulated Night Vision Goggles training. With the ability to separate RGB and IR channel management, the Matrix StIM WQ offers greater system design flexibility, enabling the user to tailor and optimize the system to meet the specific night training requirement.

Another advantage is its ability to composite the two 60Hz RGB inputs to deliver true 120Hz RGB operation. The result is dramatically improved image quality without image artifacts or perceived loss of brightness while maintaining compatibility with current Image Generator technology, and without the need to make changes to the visual database. Designed for 24/7 operation and with a platform rated at 50,000 hours Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF), the Christie Matrix StIM WQ’s rugged design for motion platform use is a durable projection system with no consumables and virtually maintenance-free. This helps to offer a cost-effective solution to lower the cost of ownership in the long run.

Michael Bosworth, general manager, Christie Australia, and Jim Gray, business development manager, Christie Australia, were presented with the Innovator Award during the awards presentation ceremony at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on May 30. The event was attended by over 400 representatives from Australia’s defence industry, and graced by the Honorable Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia.

“This award would not have been possible without the inspiration and hard work from our partners, management and fellow colleagues, for whom I have deep respect, and have worked tirelessly with to ensure that our visual solutions, such as the Christie Matrix StIM WQ, delivers the best visual experience for everyone who uses it,” Bosworth said in his acceptance speech.

Commenting on the win, Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific, said, “We’re very proud and honored to receive the Innovator award, and I would like to thank DTC and the judging panel for their recognition of the capabilities of our Christie Matrix StIM WQ projector. This is a clear testimony of the high quality and performance of Christie’s advanced visual technologies in meeting the needs of the most demanding users and applications.”

Christie’s Book of Transformation Celebrates Projection Mapping Around World

Christie® has published and released The Book of Transformations – a ‘coffee table‘ style book that explores and celebrates how artists and technicians are using powerful projection display technologies to visually transform familiar structures and objects.
The Book of Transformations provides key visuals, core plans and technical details on scores of projection mapping projects done around the world using Christie projectors and complementary enabling technologies. It is available as a free downloadable app across multiple platforms, a PDF file and as a limited release hard copy publication.

Through more than 70 case studies, readers learn how giant office buildings, ancient temples and churches, landmark towers, bridges, performance stages and even athletic playing surfaces have been re-imagined and truly transformed using ‘light paint’ and the creative genius of event producers and artists.

Projection mapping involves creating an accurate, virtual version of a structure, and then using powerful professional-grade projectors to transform the characteristics of that structure using painted light and motion graphics.

Canada’s Parliament Hill Centre Block features Christie's projection mapping

The tablet version of The Book of Transformations includes images, embedded video and detailed narratives of how various structures and surfaces were mapped, recreated in software, and then given entirely new appearances using powerful projected light. The Book of Transformations also traces the history of the art form, provides an extensive primer on how projects are conceived and executed, and looks at the future of the technology and medium.

The free tablet app is available on Apple’s App Store for iPads and Google’s Play Store for Android tablets. A non-interactive PDF is also available free of charge, allowing all the showcases and supporting material to be readily viewed on other tablet devices, as well as PCs and laptops.

The book follows the early 2013 release of Christie’s ‘The Book of Shapes,’ which explored the projects and possibilities of the Christie’s groundbreaking Christie® MicroTiles® modular displays.

Book of Transformations – Designed To Inform and Inspire
“The feedback and marketplace demand for the Book of Shapes was extremely positive, so we started putting the plans together for this new publication even as the first one was being released,” explained Kathryn Cress, vice president, global & corporate marketing, Christie.

“With this new book, we wanted to not only inspire our partners and end-users with what’s possible using our projection technology, but also help explain the process and ingenuity behind some of the truly amazing projection mapping work we’ve seen around the world.”

Bart Kresa of Los Angeles-based BARTKRESA Design inspired the book’s title, having produced stunning visuals at events and installations on several continents. “It’s magic,” said Kresa, “when the audience doesn’t see this as being done with projection … when the audience doesn’t really know how it happens.”
Sorted by vertical categories: Celebrations & Festivals, Corporate, Government, Mega Events, Museums & Entertainment, Promotional & Branded, and Retail & Fashion, the Book of Transformations celebrates projects across several continents.

Featured projection mapping displays include iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, St. Basil’s Cathedral domes in Moscow’s Red Square and the La Scala opera house in Milan. There are also Middle East mosques and temples, grain silos along Canada’s St. Lawrence River, and an old courthouse in Chile – all brought to life with projection mapping.

The book also shows how motion graphic artists and technical producers push the boundaries of projection such as in South Korea and Singapore where water vapor has served as the digital canvas. In the U.S. and Spain, new motor vehicles have been tightly wrapped in fabric and magically transformed through multiple projections and the imagination.

The Christie Technology behind Projection Mapping
Christie’s 3-chip DLP® projectors are used around the world for projection mapping. A wide choice of resolutions and brightness levels lets users project rich, evocative displays on almost any structure or surface. Christie’s range of projectors feature up to 35,000 center lumens, and are equipped with either Xenon or mercury illumination, meeting the requirements for applications of any size and budget.

Christie Twist™ technology allows users to warp and edge-blend projected images onto irregular shapes or surfaces, and complicated multi-projector setups are made easy using camera-based systems such as Christie AutoStack™.

To download a copy of The Book of Transformations, tablet users can click here.

Christie Technology Takes Visitors on Spectacular Coast to Coast Visual Journey

Christie® technology is taking people on an unforgettable journey across Canada – without flight delays, congested airports or jetlag. A spectacular new flight simulation ride called Fly Over® Canada launches guests into a thrilling immersive experience including the jagged peaks of the Canadian Rockies, cosmopolitan cities, the rugged East Coast and more via the Christie D4K35603-chip DLP® projector and images produced by Sherpas Cinema.

Christie Projectors are used in Fly Over Canada

Installed at Canada Place in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Fly Over Canada also features Uplift, a preshow presentation produced by the award winning Montreal-based Moment Factory using eight Christie DWU675-E 1-chip DLP® projectors.

Christie: The Brightest and the Best Choice
“As we built up the company we started talking to Christie about various aspects of this project. Moment Factory then specified Christie for the preshow projectors so that got us hooked up with the (Christie) DWU670-E projectors,” said Eric Sambell, director, construction &technology, Soaring Attractions.

“After considerable research by the technical and creative team at Soaring Attractions, the owner/operator of Fly Over Canada concluded that Christie was also the clear 4K projector choice for the main ride.

“We chose the Christie D4K3560 projector solution because we needed the brightness and intensity to light a 19-meter diameter surface area. Obviously we needed the brightest projector and as much resolution as we could get,” continued Sambell. “That meant a 4K solution but because it’s a motion ride we needed 60 hertz to avoid motion blur – which led us to the D4K3560.”

The Christie D4K3560 projector is part of the Christie TruLife™ electronics platform offering customers superior image and video quality for the most comfortable and realistic viewing experience.

Christie Steps up and does it Right
“The projector sits out on a perch, which made it a bit of challenge but the installation went smoothly and Christie made sure everything was perfect; they came through with everything right when we needed it. Everyone, from the Christie field application engineers to Geoff Chick (central and western regional sales manager, Canada), really stepped up and made things right.”

The show opened last summer and, according to Sambell, ran at capacity on weekends and well-exceeded expectations in the months that followed. He said people have returned up to ten times and the reaction from people of all ages has been overwhelmingly positive.

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Christie’s 4K Digital Cinema Technologies Light Up Screens at Toronto International Film Festival

Christie®, a world leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual displays, is proud to once again be the official projection partner to the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival® in September. A Festival sponsor for 14 consecutive years, Christie has played an integral role in ushering in the digital age at this renowned showcase for local and international talents. Today, with the help of this partnership, more than 99 percent of all Festival entries are screened digitally, with an increasing number in 4K, sharpening the shared experience between filmmaker and audience.

TIFF Bell Lighthouse Photo Credit: Charles Leonio/WireImage

The Toronto International Film Festival is recognized as the largest public festival in the world and one of the most prestigious venues for emerging artists. It screens close to 400 films from 60+ countries, from blockbusters to small independents and documentaries at every level, with nearly half the films making their world premiere. Last year’s People’s Choice Award winner, 12 Years a Slave, the powerful British-American historical drama from director Steve McQueen, went on to receive nine Academy Award® nominations, win “Best Motion Picture of the Year,” as well as a Best Supporting Actress award for its breakout star, Lupita Nyong’o. Other past favorites that premiered at the Festival and went on to international acclaim, including winning Oscars and Golden Globe awards, were Argo, Slum Dog Millionaire, and Silver Linings Playbook.

“Christie has been a true partner in every sense of the word. Its digital cinema projectors were among the first to be used at the Festival, helping us to demonstrate the exceptional power of this technology to reignite the excitement of the collective movie-going experience,” said Diane Cappelletto, TIFF’s director of technical production services. “The future is 4K and, as Digital Projection Partner, Christie continues to raise the bar of cinema excellence, increasing its 4K presence to more accurately present the filmmakers’ visions.”

A variety of Christie technologies will be used throughout the Festival venues, including the Christie Solaria Series 4K and 2K DLP Cinema® projectors, the Christie HD10K-M projector with dual HD-SDI input module, and six Christie CineIPM 2K digital cinema image processors. Reflecting the Festival’s move to 4K-resolution screenings, Christie’s sponsorship features 4K projections at Roy Thomson Hall, Ryerson Theatre, The Elgin Theatre’s Visa Screening Room, and Princess of Wales Theatre. Christie’s 4K projection technology is also installed at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

“Digital cinema is all about creating pristine, high resolution images that help filmmakers get closer than ever before to their audiences,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing, Christie. “Christie has been a leading advocate for 4K technology, and TIFF’s impact in this arena is indisputable, with a programming team that ensures the best and largest variety of films, talent and emerging stars make their mark here.”

“Christie is committed to strengthening its leadership role in digital technology on the world stage,” said John Hallman, Christie’s director of Canadian sales. “It is a great privilege to partner with TIFF and help the next generation of filmmakers, as well as many of its current masters, share their vision with an international audience.”

Christie’s visual technologies are part of many leading film festivals around the globe, including Cannes International Film Festival, May 14-25, and the Shanghai International Film Festival June 14-22.

Read about Christie’s 2013 involvement with the Festival at www.christiedigital.com/TIFF13 and watch the video. Information on the company’s 2014 sponsorship will be available starting in July.

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