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Christie Laser-Projection at IBC 2012

Dr. Don Shaw, Senior Director, Product Management, Entertainment Solutions at Christie®, addresses attendees of the “IBC Big Screen” theater at RAI Amsterdam (Sept 10) at the world’s first laser-projected screening of a full-length movie – Hugo3D – and the public premiere of Christie’s first prototype laser

Christie Technology Assists FishNet Security With High-Level Protection

Two Christie® MicroTiles® video walls and three Christie DHD800 1-chip DLP® projectors are helping keep watch at FishNet Security in Overland Park, Kan. FishNet Security is the largest information security solutions provider in North America, with clients in energy, financial services, government, healthcare, retail and other industry sectors.

FishNet Security, which serves most Fortune 500 companies, wanted its move into its new state-of-the-art headquarters earlier this year to include the best available technology, which is why Christie® was chosen for many of the company’s visual technology needs.

“When we bring clients and guests through our facility, it’s important to show them our latest solutions,” said Max Dodge, vice president of Sales at FishNet Security. “For that reason we brought in top-quality vendors like Christie to help us achieve that goal.”

Christie MicroTiles Lobby Display Welcomes Visitors While Curved Christie MicroTiles Video Wall Monitors Global Threats On-Screen
A 10-unit wide by 6-unit high Christie MicroTiles array greets guests in the lobby of the new headquarters as they step off the elevator. Powered by Christie Jumpstart, the video wall displays dynamic, rich media content provided by FishNet Security’s in-house Multimedia Group.

“This particular Christie MicroTiles array is flush with the wall and features vibrant graphics, which means people notice the content quickly,” said Justin Copeland, director of Multimedia at FishNet Security. “Guests immediately see their own names or those of the corporations they represent on the MicroTiles.”

In the company’s Security Operations Center (SOC), a 22-unit wide by 7-unit high curved Christie MicroTiles video wall supported by a frame created by RP Visual Solutions displays threat intelligence data, various monitoring tool dashboards, open work tickets, active service calls and other Java-based applications.

“When there is a security concern or other issue, they project and share that information with their colleagues and supervisors,” Dodge added. “Everyone then analyzes it and the appropriate action is taken. There is also a constant security monitor globe displayed on the MicroTiles wall that tracks information security threats from around the world.”

Christie MicroTiles have built-in sensors that monitor each LED’s performance, automatically adjusting brightness and color continuously for the life of the display. Built with reliable solid-state components, each LED is rated at 65,000 hours to half brightness. Combining both DLP® projection and LED technology, Christie MicroTiles offer super-fine resolution, substantially brighter images and a much wider color palette than most conventional LCD and plasma flat panel technology.

Whether installed to perfectly represent the company brand or for mission-critical applications, Christie MicroTiles deliver 24/7 reliability and a low cost of ownership.

Three Christie DHD800 1-chip DLP® Projectors Display on the Largest Corporate Touch Screen in the United States
FishNet Security’s Executive Briefing Center (EBC) Viewing Gallery features a custom-built interactive touch screen display provided by Float 4 Interactive. Measuring 33-feet across by 7-feet high, the smart glass technology enables HD presentations to be directed from three Christie DHD800 projectors suspended from the ceiling to avoid interfering with sightlines. A giant “navigation wheel” on the screen enables users to launch applications and display interactive content with the touch of a finger.

“The Christie DHD800 projectors work superbly in the high ambient light, which is both natural and artificial,” Copeland said. “It’s a 5760×1080 resolution picture, and we’re creating videos at this resolution for maximum impact.”

Suitable for fixed installs and live events, the Christie DHD800 offers full HD and high-brightness in a 1-chip DLP® projector along with a user-changeable, twin-color-wheel system that provides the flexibility to tailor presentations to maximize high-brightness images and achieve superior-color reproduction. Ideal for 24/7 operation, the Christie DHD800 includes a lamp-interval feature that enables you to select the usage times between the dual-lamps for balanced lamp life.

“With their clean lines, minimal footprint and no visible hardware, the Christie MicroTiles fit the bill perfectly,” Dodge said. “Not only are the Christie MicroTiles video walls functional, they are also showpieces. No one leaves here without being in complete awe of the technology they see.”

Christie Showcasing “Solutions that Rock” Display Technologies in Burbank, California September 17-19

Christie FHD551-X Display Featured at "Solutions that Rock"

Christie, along with Draper Inc., Alcorn McBride and Tannoy today announced “Solutions that Rock”, a free event introducing several of its new display solutions to organizations involved with professional AV rental staging, fixed installs and corporate AV environments. The event takes place September 17-19 at Grips Local Union Building in Burbank, California.

“Solutions that Rock” provides a unique opportunity for consultants, architects, service planners and designers to get hands-on experience with some of the best audio and visual systems available and discover inspiring ways for projection to turn their ideas into reality. Attendees will also enjoy complimentary refreshments and gifts, and a chance to win an Apple iPad. There will be an Open House for the public on September 17 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Top local integrators will exclusively sponsor two of the days: Electrosonic will sponsor the full day September 18 session for invited guests and CCS Presentation Systems of California will host the full day September 19 session for invited guests.

“Solutions that Rock” is also an informal opportunity for dealers, integrators, distributors and end users to see how the showcased products offer leading edge and fully workable solutions for their customers. Attendees will participate in technology demonstrations and get hands-on experience of the capabilities for each solution, making them more confident when demonstrating and selling to customers and prospects.

The road show wraps up its 2012 tour with stops in Philadelphia, November 7-8 and Phoenix, December 3-5.

Products on Display
Highlighting the exhibits will be an eye-catching tower display of Christie® MicroTiles®, the industry’s most flexible, high-resolution modular design concept. MicroTiles are built on proven DLP® technology and specifically designed for maximum image quality in demanding indoor, high ambient light environments.

For the backstage experience, Christie will have multiple solutions from HD and 2K LCD to Xenon 3-chip DLP® images displayed on a 30-foot wide screen and a pair of 11-foot screens in portrait mode. The displays, including stereoscopic 3D demonstrations, will be managed using the Christie Spyder X20 multi-image processor.

The Christie Vista URS will also be at the show. The Christie Vista URS is an all-in-one matrix switcher that accepts multiple sources in any format (analog composite to digital 4K) and seamlessly routes any of these sources to any of eight user-configurable outputs, each of which can be configured independently for any analog or digital output format.

Christie’s new FHD551-X 55-inch flat panel LCD, designed for multi-panel displays, will also be on exhibit.

To fulfill the need to interface with IT systems, Christie will demonstrate its network solutions with all projection and multi-image systems connected to, and managed through, the IP network – including wireless control of all devices. Christie AutoStack™ – a camera-based, software driven solution, used for maintaining projector alignment in multiple blend and stacked designs – will operate across the network, offering a solution that manages both fixed installs and rental staging designs for both flat and curved screens.

Founded in 1902, Draper Inc. provides a range of products for the rental staging and fixed installation market including electric, manual, rear, portable and fixed screens, as well as a variety of projector lifts and mounts.

To register, visit http://www.christiedigital.com/solutionsthatrock.

Christie’s Integrated Video Display Solutions for Security and Surveillance on Display at ASIS 2012

Cost-Effective Video Wall Solutions to Meet Every Budget.

Christie, a global leader in visual display solutions, will showcase its integrated, high performance, high resolution mission critical video display wall solutions purpose-built for the most complex control room environments at ASIS 2012, the world’s most comprehensive educational and networking event in the security industry, September 10-13 in Philadelphia. Offering the latest generation monitoring and surveillance technologies, Christie display solutions represent the ultimate in 24/7 reliability and security for briefings, monitoring, surveillance, military and emergency operations centers.

Christie Entero 50 Inch LED-Based Wall Cubes

Christie Entero 50 Inch LED-Based Wall Cubes

At ASIS, the Christie booth will feature three different integrated options for video wall display for the security and surveillance industry, starting with a 2 by 2 array of stackable Christie Entero 50” SXGA+ DLP LED-illuminated display wall cubes, enabled by a Christie TVC-1700 video wall processor. The booth space will also showcase a 6 wide by 4 high Christie MicroTiles wall powered by a versatile Christie Vista Spyder X20 video processor, and a side-by-side display of two Christie FHD55X-1 tiled LCD flat panels. Information on Christie’s newest addition to the LED-illuminated video wall family, the 70” HD video wall cube (16:9 aspect ratio), ideally suited for video surveillance cameras/feeds, will be available at the booth.

50” SXGA+ DLP LED-illuminated display wall cubes
Built with Christie Entero LED light engines, all of Christie’s display cubes, including the 70” and the 50” (on display), offer great image stability, consistent brightness uniformity, 24/7 reliability, worry-free operation, ease of maintenance, and superior long life performance.

Christie MicroTiles
Ideal for command/control and surveillance, MicroTiles feature super fine pixel pitch of 0.567mm, a narrow 10″ (260mm) depth and continuous automatic color and brightness calibration. With its stunning image quality, 24/7 performance, minimal footprint and low cost of ownership, the MicroTiles can be stacked and configured into an endless variety of designs, and fit into nearly any environment.

Christie FHD551-X Flat Panels
The ideal solution where space and budget are limited, Christie FHD551-X LCD flat-panels are significantly thinner than conventional monitors, with LED backlighting and high pixel density offering high-definition resolution and energy efficiency.

Christie TVC-1700 Video Wall Controller
The newest display wall processor in our line-up, the Christie TVC-1700 manages and displays large amounts of information across video walls regardless of size, ensuring all the information is displayed exactly how you want to see it. This built-to-order video wall processor supports video wall configurations with up to 64 outputs and hundreds of inputs and managed by Christie MASTERSuite software, which enables instant access to any source of visual information. Christie TVC-1700 controllers ship with Windows 7 Ultimate so you can run multiple software applications on your video wall directly from the controller.

Christie Vista Spyder X20 Image Processor
The Christie Vista Spyder X20 is an award-winning, easy-to-use, versatile hardware-based video processor combined with the flexibility of a universal routing switcher. Its integrated source monitoring enables simultaneous, real-time, full frame rate monitoring of all inputs. With its 20 megapixel bandwidth, the Spyder X20 can drive multiple displays to achieve greater brightness, image quality, and resolution than has been historically possible.

“As a pioneer in the control room industry, Christie designs and builds cost-effective video wall solutions to meet customers’ needs, within their design specifications and within budget,” said John Stark, senior director, Collaborative Visual Solutions, Christie. “By approaching each project strategically and working with a team of experts, our customers benefit by getting 24/7 reliability and confidence in an exceptional video wall that seamlessly integrates into their entire infrastructure, allowing them to monitor, review, and share data in real-time. ”

Christie video wall display solutions are built with the latest display technologies, including DLP, LCD and LED that deliver superior, long-life performance at the lowest cost of operation. The displays are found worldwide and range from the Dallas Police Department’s Fusion Center to Mexico’s ultra-modern Federal Police Intelligence Center to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Christie’s visual display systems are built on proven technologies, with many products listed in General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules 58 and 70.

Christie 4K Solutions For Business on Display at IBC Europe

Christie Twist 4K is Available on the Christie D4K25 Projector

Meeting the growing demand for 4K projection outside of cinema applications, Christie® announced the official launch of Christie Twist™ 4K at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) 2012 today. Designed for Christie 4K, 3-chip DLP® projectors used in business applications, Christie Twist 4K enables the warping, blending and color matching of multi-projector displays in large-screen, fixed installation applications including amusement parks, automotive designs, museums and planetariums that require exceptionally large images in a multi-channel (tiled) format.

Christie Twist 4K creates uniform, tiled images with superior color consistency across the entire display when using several projectors and is on display at the Christie booth with the new Christie D4K25, 25,000 lumen projector.

“Whether it’s a flat or curved surface, with Christie Twist 4K, ProAV professionals can now blend and color match images from multiple 4K projectors – easily creating large, ultra-high resolution canvasses that will amaze audiences like never before,” said George Tsintzouras, senior director, product management for Business Products, Christie.

Christie Twist 4K is equipped with Quad DVI input, allowing for the use of standard DVI sources. “With Christie Twist 4K, Christie expands its 4K solution offering and gives end users the ability to create large, high-pixel density panoramas that show their content with the finest detail, without distortion,” Tsintzouras concluded.

Christie Twist 4K comes with a two-year parts and labor warranty backed by Christie’s renowned sales and service support. It is displayed at the Christie booth September 7-11 and ships in October.

World’s First Laser-Projected Screening of Full-Length Movie Debuts With Christie Laser Projector; 2D Light Levels Achieved for 3D at IBC 2012 “Big Screen” Event

Christie® will light up the “IBC Big Screen” theater at RAI Amsterdam on Monday, delivering unprecedented 2D light levels for 3D content and, in the process, addressing one of the cinema industry’s most pressing problems – the unsatisfactory showing of 3D content at low light levels, typically less than 3 foot lamberts (ft-L), when 14 ft-L is the standard for 2D films. The event will also be the public premiere of Christie’s first prototype laser projector.

“Christie firmly believes that the best 3D is the brightest 3D and we need to help exhibitors with solutions that can project compelling, immersive 3D experiences to their screens,” said Dr. Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “Audiences deserve to see the brightest 3D with 14 ft-L on cinema screens. Our demonstration today will show just how truly spectacular a movie maker’s vision can be when shown at the highest light levels, making the shared experience more immersive, and, ultimately, driving more cinema ticket sales.”

Continuing, Dr. Shaw noted that “as well, some attendees leave 3D movies complaining of headaches, fatigue, and sore eyes. Just like reading a book in low light levels, low brightness on the movie screen is one of the reasons for these complaints. Delivering more lumens to the screen will help address these effects, as will the advent of ‘eye-easy’ high frame rate (HFR) movies.”

(Current, non-laser methods for delivering more light to screens include dual, Xenon-lamp based Christie DLP® projection systems, known as Christie Duo™, which are filling specific needs for 3D delivery in theatres across the globe, including, for example, at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood and other ArcLight Cinemas.)

A Short, Expert Tutorial…And then the Movie
Dr. Shaw will address the low brightness problem in detail in a short address, and noted stereographers Demetri Portelli (“Hugo”) and Corey Turner (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) will introduce 3 ft-L clips from their films and speak to the challenges inherent in making a 3D movie, knowing full well that it will be shown to audiences at inferior light levels.

“For me, crafting 3D images as a stereographer has been both the most challenging and the most rewarding experience of my career as a cameraman. I have suffered alongside many 3D film makers whose work has been compromised due to the inevitable low-brightness theatrical presentation,” said Demetri Portelli. “So this showing of Hugo 3D at 14 ft-L is an important milestone in 3D cinema projection, as it will deliver spectacular details and show how light conveys additional information in 3D space. I’m really excited and optimistic about Christie finding solutions and setting new standards for exceptional movie exhibition.”

As VP, Post Production for Paramount, Corey Turner oversees all stereoscopic 3D productions, and recalls that “When Paramount released Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which I also worked on as stereographer, some of the prints were special digital masters, aimed at systems that could deliver almost twice the brightness of standard 3D projection. But even that ‘limited edition’ only targeted 6 ft-L; of course that being much better than the current standard for 3D at 4.5ft-L, but a far cry from 2D light levels. I’m extremely pleased that the technology for brighter cinema exhibition is advancing and Christie is to be applauded for their advancements and advantages in this initiative.”

Corey added that “Technologies like this will only help filmmakers fall even more in love with 3D. It will also finally give audiences a way to see all of the wonderful detail that the director and many members of their crew put into each and every shot. People will no longer cautiously question, ‘…is this really in 3D?’ because they will be able to see and detect all of the subtle depth cues intended for the presentation.”

Laser-projection Begins New Era With Full-Length Film Showing
Following the presentation by Dr. Shaw and Mr. Portelli and Mr. Turner, Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo 3D” – the first laser projection screening of a feature-length 3D movie at 2D brightness levels – will be shown, courtesy of Paramount Pictures International, Christie and XPAND 3D.

Commenting on the laser projector and that route specifically, Dr. Shaw said that “There’s half-a-dozen different ‘forks in the road’ decisions that have to be made when designing a laser-projection system and most manufacturers will take different paths.” He noted that Christie customers have come to expect the best in technology and service from the world’s largest supplier of DLP cinema projectors, operating for more than 80 years, and “…our final laser projector family, when announced, will continue this trend of innovative, high performance products that will address the specific needs of our customers in the cinema, pro AV and advanced visualization and simulation arenas.”

Christie Puts Virtual Print Fee Program “On The Fast Track” To Help Exhibitors Meet Industry-Wide Signing Deadline of September 30, 2012

Industry’s Most Flexible Turnkey Solution Makes North American Exhibitors’ Transition to Digital Cinema Easy and Affordable.

With exhibitors facing a looming industry deadline of September 30, 2012 to join a Virtual Print Fee (VPF) Program, Christie announced that it has put its VPF program for North American exhibitors “on the fast track,” to ensure exhibitors are quickly signed up and guaranteed reimbursements as they make their move to DCI Compliant digital cinema projection systems.

“Christie has initiated ‘Fast Track’ handling at all levels within the administrative process to insure that exhibitors can take advantage of the industry’s most simplified plan for making the move to DCI Compliant digital cinema,” said Craig Sholder, vice president of Christie’s Entertainment Solutions. “It’s important for exhibitors to sign up on or before September 30, 2012 but once onboard they will still have until October 31, 2013 to make the physical conversion. During that time, they’ll have complete flexibility in choosing the best financing option for their needs, thanks to Christie’s highly flexible VPF program. We offer the widest financing options available, from self-financing to working out terms with one of our financing partners.”

Sholder added: “The sooner one begins the conversion, the better, since VPF revenues will not be earned until one has converted at least 50 percent of one’s complex. Exhibitors have nothing to lose and everything to gain by signing up with the Christie VPF program.”

Christie’s VPF program has been endorsed by all major Hollywood studios, including the Walt Disney Company, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Bros. The program has been recognized as giving exhibitors the greatest independence in planning a digital cinema conversion. As a result, more than 110 separate theater companies representing more than 1,500 screens across North America have enrolled in Christie’s VPF Program to date.

Landmark Cinemas Typifies Satisfied Christie VPF Customer
Landmark Cinemas Inc., which operates 33 theaters in Canada, is among the many exhibitors already subscribed to the Christie VPF. It selected Christie Solaria Series digital cinema projectors for all of its 100-plus screens throughout Western Canada and the Yukon. With the digital conversion completed, Landmark now shows 2D and 3D movies, live events and other alternative content.

“Christie has always been exceptionally committed to providing exhibitors with superior products and technical expertise,” said Neil Campbell, chief operating officer, Landmark Cinemas. “We selected their VPF program because it provided us the ultimate in flexibility. Their technicians worked with our installation company, King Cinema Services, to ensure every conversion took place without any disruption in service.”

As part of the VPF arrangements, Landmark worked with Christie in support of sourcing, integrating and testing hardware, enabling Christie to remotely monitor and manage Landmark’s digital cinema projection environments.

“We are ready to roll today with signing and installations,” said Sholder. “We can handle hundreds of projector orders simultaneously – absolutely no waiting or bottleneck. When the exhibitor is ready, we’re ready.”

Christie’s VPF program is backed by more than 80 years of experience in the cinema industry. It offers expert support and flexible options for all phases of the digital conversion process. Solutions include DCI Compliant digital cinema projection systems and Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC) services, currently monitoring and supporting more than 110,000 devices in over 2,500 locations globally.

Christie’s Moving-Yoke Projection Technology Adds To The Excitement At 5LINX Sales Meeting

Christie® technology was the clear choice when Atlanta-based PPi was asked to provide the projection technology for the 5LINX company sales meeting at the Las Vegas Convention Center recently. 5LINX is a direct marketing company providing electrical, power, cellular and satellite services to customers throughout America with its head office located in Rochester, New York.

PPi produces corporate events and for the 5LINX meeting, they used the best ideas from award and reality shows – especially American Idol – and combined them. The 64-feet wide by 40-feet deep multi-tiered stage was bathed in colors from numerous spotlights, a Christie YK100 moving yoke system, and several Christie projectors – creating a feast for the eyes.

Geoffrey Platt, event production designer at PPi, used one Christie YK100 yoke with a Christie WX10K-M projector and was impressed with the result.

“One of the main elements of the show was an opening segment with lighting and pyrotechnics shown behind a center screen measuring 23-feet across by 11-feet high that tracked eight feet up-and-down, from which presenters would emerge,” he said. “The Christie YK100 and projector were tracking to this center screen, which is why we used the yoke solution. The quality of the WX10K-M projector we used in the yoke was great.”

Designed for staging and event productions, the award-winning Christie YK100 supports the Christie M Series 3-chip DLP® platform as well as the Christie LX1500 LCD model, giving AV professionals a range of brightness levels from 5,700 to 15,000 ANSI lumens and a choice of resolutions to fit any event requirements. The flexible Christie YK100 moving yoke includes an interchangeable head system so technicians can swap out one Christie projector for another— on the same yoke. The Christie YK100 can be rigged or set up at floor level with both projector and yoke control from the same console using DMX512 protocol.

“There are some similar moving projection products on the market but they don’t even come close to the quality of the Christie YK100,” he said. “For what we were doing, I couldn’t conceive of a better fit. This was the first time I had used the Christie YK100 and the yoke performed beautifully.”

Christie HD10K-M and Christie HD18K Projectors Complete the Presentation

Platt said that 5LINX used Christie HD10K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors for both a secondary screen and the ‘halos,’ which were tension fabric cut in rings eight feet across that hung 20 feet above the stage. Projected onto the halos were graphic treatments above customized 5LINX logos.

PPi also used four Christie HD18K 3-chip DLP® projectors – one each for four separate, main screens – to display graphics, PowerPoint, video and IMAG.

Planning and executing such an elaborate show is a major undertaking but Platt knew Christie technology would perform as advertised.

“I have never had any problems with Christie projectors and they have always been rock solid,” he concluded. “We had no issues at all. I love the color, contrast and picture quality and everything worked flawlessly out of the box. Christie also has the moving yoke/projector system, which is a big plus and made the decision that much easier. Christie had everything we needed to ensure this event went smoothly.”

Christie Takes Visual Display Technology Into New Dimensions at SIGGRAPH 2012 With 3D HoloStation

Christie’s Presence Felt “Virtually Everywhere” Throughout Event With Wide Range of Display Solutions.

Christie® is “virtually everywhere” at SIGGRAPH 2012 and, as a Platinum Sponsor of the conference, is confirming its leadership in 3D projection technology with a wide range of products and visual display solutions that support dealers, content providers, and partners in visualization, post-production, exhibition, and immersive technologies throughout the show.

Christie innovations are in full-force at its booth #1123, where it is showcasing its latest solution, the Christie HoloStation, a personal visualization system that displays up to 15 Megapixels of data in a 3D stereoscopic and interactive tracked environment in a compact, 6 feet by 6 feet footprint. It is driven by an NVIDIA® Quadro® Plex scalable visualization solution, external graphics processing designed for large-scale 3D visualization. Easy to deploy, the Christie HoloStation is self-contained, affordable and easy to use. It is ideal for applications such as car and aircraft design development and architectural walk-throughs, as well as for use as a 3D virtual trainer.

The Christie HoloStation at SIGGRAPH.

“The Christie HoloStation is an exciting visual solution that provides the functionalities of a Christie CAVE, but in a scaled down, innovative personal immersive environment. It’s high-fidelity visualization where you need it,” noted Zoran Veselic, vice president, Visual Environments, Christie. “Most important of all, it is easily deployed, so that it can be set up in nearly any cubicle in any facility. It is the perfect solution for bringing visualization to collaborative office spaces, the production floor in factories and in engineering department laboratories.”

The Christie booth will also display the innovative Christie Personal Immersive Environment (PIE) concept, composed of a three-panel arrangement of Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panels in portrait mode with a roughly 90-degree Field of View (FOV). With 3D content from WorldViz, an industry leader in interactive virtual reality solutions, the Christie PIE will use an intuitive 3Dconnexion controller that offers six degrees of freedom to allow users to virtually “fly” through a piazza. Flat panels can be added to the system to increase the FOV to as much as 320 degrees, maintaining an 8 by 8 maximum footprint, taking the gaming experience to a whole new level.

Christie will also be moderating the highly anticipated Production Sessions Panel, “High Frame Rate Cinema, Impacts on Art and Technology,” on August 8. The panel, moderated by Christie’s Dr. Paul Salvini, will feature 10 Hollywood visionaries such as Jon Landau, Douglas Trumbull and Dennis Muren, addressing the challenges to the post-production and exhibition communities. The Christie CP2230 DLP Cinema® projector used for the panel will show a variety of cinema content from leading studios and post-production houses, comparing 24, 48 and 60 frames per second.

The Christie CP2230, upgradable to 4K technology, is capable of lighting up screens up to 100 feet wide. Whether it is visual effects for TV and live-action film music videos, TV and web commercials, visualization and simulation content, or 3D feature films from Hollywood, Christie digital cinema projectors deliver accurate, razor-sharp, high-resolution images.

Platinum Sponsor Christie “Virtually Everywhere” At SIGGRAPH
SIGGRAPH attendees will find Christie display solutions throughout the main conference. From Christie’s DLP Cinema® projectors taking “center stage” in the Electronics Theater, where feature films will be shown in RealD 3D technology, to Christie’s 55-inch HD LCD flat panels to help attendees find their way around the show floor, to support for the conference production sessions with models such as the award-winning Christie HD10K-M 3-chip DLP® digital projector, with built-in warping, blending, color matching and portrait capabilities.

Among Christie partners at SIGGRAPH, the NVIDIA® booth will show content on a flexible, efficient Christie Mirage WU12K-M 3-chip DLP®, WUXGA projector with dual image processing capabilities and three modes of 3D presentation.

“Christie was the first licensee to market DLP Cinema® technology, and we have never looked back,” noted Dr. Paul Salvini, CTO, Christie. “We continue to help set the standards in 3D digital technology, in visualization and simulation, and we remain a pioneer of new technologies, such as 3D HFR, which is poised to revolutionize post-production and the exhibition industries.”

Visit Christie at Booth #1123.

Christie Partners with Crystal CG as Exclusive Corporate Partner of New Bureau Internationale Des Exposition (BIE) Center in Paris, France

Christie®, a world leader in visual technology displays, has entered into an exclusive partnership with Crystal CG, a leading digital media company, to supply innovative visual display solutions for the new Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) multimedia exhibition and information center in Paris, France. The Center, a collaboration between Crystal CG and BIE and 100 percent funded by Crystal CG, will be dedicated to the history of world expos. It will house a permanent exhibition highlighting BIE’s accomplishments, presented on the latest cutting-edge multimedia technologies from Christie. It will also feature meeting rooms to discuss Expositions, large-scale events and a comprehensive digital research library for delegates, scholars, students and future Expo organizers. The Center held its official grand opening July 27.

Crystal CG is a major Christie AV partner in China and the Official Digital Imaging Service Provider of the 2012 Olympic Games. As a corporate partner of the BIE Center, Christie will be providing a diverse array of advanced digital displays that include the award-winning Christie® MicroTiles® in the reception area, as well as projectors throughout the facility, including the exhibition area, meeting rooms and an immersive first-person experience area.

“As a result of the hugely successful collaboration between Crystal CG and Christie at the Qing Ming Festival at Shanghai Expo 2010, Christie was given the opportunity to partner with Crystal CG at the Center, and therefore work more closely with BIE,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, Global and Corporate Marketing at Christie. “It is a great privilege for Christie to be the exclusive corporate sponsor and to play an important role in the developmental phase of many key international Expositions that will have an impact upon the world stage.”

Cress observed that Christie is well positioned to partner with Crystal CG and co-partner the Center, as Christie has been a major provider of displays and projectors for large-scale events such as Shanghai World Expo 2010 and Yeosu Expo 2012 most recently.

Pascal Deseure, Managing Director at Crystal CG’s BIE Center noted, “Both Christie and Crystal CG are visual solutions pioneers with extensive experience in the industry. As partners, we look forward to demonstrating the power of visual technology to deliver messages from event sponsors and host cities on a grand scale, and to play a key role in the continuing success of BIE, the intergovernmental organization in-charge of all Expositions in the world.”

“The BIE is very pleased with this innovative space provided by Crystal CG in the heart of Paris. This showcase is a great opportunity to present and inspire world-class ideas to candidates, organizers and participants, through Christie’s cutting edge visual solutions,” Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, Secretary General, Bureau International des Expositions.

About Crystal CG
Crystal CG was established in Beijing in 1995 and has 3,000 employees in more 15 cities in China and around the world, including Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Singapore and Paris. It is a leading global creative group of digital and visual services, supplying clients in a wide range of industries (real-estate, mega-events, advertisement, automotive, medical, cultural, gaming, motion pictures, etc…) with integrated solutions and services. Crystal CG is widely recognized for its expertise and technical capabilities to deliver the most comprehensive and richest visual experience on the biggest scale and limited only by the imagination. Its creative visual solutions have powered such notable events as the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, the 2011 Shenzhen Universiade and the Yeosu Expo 2012. In March 2009, Crystal CG was recognized as the official digital imaging service supplier for the 2012 London Olympics.

About BIE
The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) (International Exhibitions Bureau) is the intergovernmental organization in charge of overseeing the calendar, the bidding, the selection, and the organization of World and International Expos. The BIE was created by an international convention signed in Paris, France in 1931, which established the rights and responsibilities of the Expo organizers and participants. The role of the BIE is to supervise and ensure the application of this Convention. As the international governing body of Expos, the BIE provides the regulatory framework for these prestigious global events, in which countries, international organizations, civil society groups, corporations, and citizens participate.

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