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Christie’s EGG Concept Moves Simulation and Virtual Training Beyond the Edge

Christie® brings the ultimate in advanced visualization to I/ITSEC 2011, November 28 – December 1. Leveraging a powerful array of cutting-edge DLP and LED-based technology, the company utilizes its innovative engineering and integration expertise across multiple platforms and applications to deliver customized training and simulation systems from conceptual consultation through planning, integration and installation. The results are dynamic evolutions in technology that are reflected in such concepts as the EGG (Edgeless Graphics Geometry); a 4K resolution virtual sand table; a stereoscopic collimated display; a 60-120HZ high-speed comparison demonstration; and the Personal Immersive Environment (PIE) – all on display at the Christie booth.
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“It’s all about providing customers with the latest innovation, with proven reliability,” remarked Zoran Veselic, vice president of Christie’s Visual Environments. “From the initial site survey to final installation and beyond, Christie integrates its visual projection systems with content from some of the industry’s most innovative companies, such as Flight Safety International, WorldViz, Aechelon Technology, MetaVR and CSC to provide groundbreaking, customized solutions, standardized turnkey systems, and everything in between.”
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Among the various innovative concepts being demonstrated at the Christie Booth:
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EGG – Edgeless Graphics Geometry
The Christie EGG concept is a portable, deployable solution that delivers virtual reality without the edges. It seamlessly fills the entire Field of View (FOV) using groundbreaking technology to deliver smooth, continuous graphics that respond to an intuitive 3D hand control, and features dual-use stereo and simulation. The front-projection “tunnel of light” is driven by eight Christie Mirage WU-L projectors, featuring Christie ArrayLoc™, Christie AutoCal™, and ChristieTwist™, with 3D content provided by WorldViz, an industry leader in interactive virtual reality solutions. The display will demonstrate tasks where depth judgment is required, such as helicopter landing and aerial refueling.
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4K Resolution Virtual Sand Table
Proven to provide superior results, this ultra-high resolution sand table offers situational awareness combined with the interactivity of data in rich detail, allowing users to safely interact with the virtual content on screen – in this case, aerial photography mapped to simulated terrain. The result is a superior interactive experience that offers the added advantage of informative feedback and computer-based coaching during the exercise. The display uses a Christie D4K35 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution 3-chip DLP® projector delivering 32,500 ANSI lumens, powered by a Christie Spyder X20 video processor. The kiosks are context-specific and allow for individual contributions to the main 4K display.
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Stereoscopic Collimated Display
Supporting growing interest in stereoscopic visuals for simulation and training tasks where depth of field is key, the Christie 3D stereo collimated display features an infinite focal plane, so that the eyes can focus closer to infinity – a much more realistic response in the simulated environment. Collimation with 3D projection results in a more realistic out the window display that provides accurate positional information for both near and distant objects. Display is powered by four Christie Mirage WU-L projectors and delivers high resolution and pixel density, with a single-viewpoint perspective. Stereoscopic collimated display applications would benefit boom operator training, driving simulators, and crane operation, as examples.
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60 /120HZ High Speed Comparison
A unique, side-by-side demonstration of images projected at 120HZ versus 60HZ, illustrating the accuracy and clarity of higher update rates projection, in which Christie is recognized as the industry leader. Higher update rates offer sharper images with reduced motion artifacts. The display is powered by two dual-input Christie Matrix StIM LED projectors, with content and database provided by strategic partner MetaVR.
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Personal Immersive Environment (PIE)
Composed of Christie FHD551-X HD LCD flat panels, the Christie PIE concept features a three-panel arrangement in portrait mode for a roughly 90 degree FOV. Additional flat panels are added to increase the FOV up to as much as 270 degrees. Easily flipped into landscape to suit the user’s needs, it is a low-cost faceted simulation display system that is perfect for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) training, as well as ship bridges and air traffic control.
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Megapixel Display Wall
More is better, and this high-performance video wall, matched with a Christie Spyder X20 video processor proves it. Composed of a 4 by 8 array of award-winning Christie MicroTiles, this display features higher resolution and more vibrant colors than the standard display wall, making it ideal for situation rooms, as well as command and control or after-action review, where multi displays are needed for the management of information, such as satellite feeds, maps, live-camera feeds, graphics, and pre-recorded video. The Christie Spyder X20 manages and controls content in single or multiple displays, enabling the high resolution display of several images and source types, in real-time and programmed. The 20 megapixel bandwidth enables the Christie Spyder X20 to blend, window, mix and scale any source format, then routes the signal to any destination device or combination of display devices, with unprecedented flexibility and versatility, quickly and easily.
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“Christie continues to push the envelope with progressive visual technology and integrated solutions to meet every customer’s needs and budget,” added Veselic. “We are a leader in our field because we have established a reputation as innovation and system-solutions experts. We bring together technologies from the widest range of areas to create new capabilities. Most importantly, we understand our customers’ problems and we solve them.”
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Every Christie solution is backed by a full range of services and support provided in a collaborative environment that involves the customer every step of the way – and can support the customer after installation for the long-term.
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Christie products can also be found at partner booths throughout I/ITSEC, including FlightSafety International with a stereoscopic collimated display, booth #1701; CSC with Christie FHD551-X tiled LCD flat panels, booth #2511; and the NTSA displays, found at the entrance to the showroom floor.
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Christie is also proud to sponsor a teacher at I/ITSEC 2011 through the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA)’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program. The goal of the program is to further education in the four STEM disciplines and instigate interest in teachers who can then pass on their new appreciation for modeling and simulation to their students.

Government of Canada Selects Christie for Major Hercules Simulator Upgrade

Christie® today announced that Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) -Toronto, an agency of the Canadian Department of National Defence, has selected the award-winning Christie Matrix StIM™ projection system as part of a major technology upgrade to train threat reaction by aircrew of the CC130 J-model transport aircraft and other military aircrafts. Stationed in Canada’s new 17,000 square meter Air Mobility Training Centre in Trenton, Ontario, the two projectors are installed in the Department’s Hercules Observer Trainer (HOT) simulator. The HOT includes a correctly-sized mock-up of a CC130 J-model transport aircraft with a re-configurable crew station, swappable door and window, overlooking a 1.5 meter radius hemispherical screen and computer-generated images of gunfire, missile, and airborne threats.
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The Royal Canadian Air Force uses the revolutionary HOT simulator to train loadmasters in “true-to-life” scenarios. HOT simulates combat and search and rescue scenarios, training military personnel to become faster and more accurate in detecting threats and search targets. This increases the speed of their adaptive responses so that a quick assessment of imminent threat is communicated and defensive actions initiated. Equally impressive, the HOT can network with other flight simulators, allowing entire crews and even multiple aircrew to train together as a team.
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Christie worked with the DRDC and industry partners during the design phase to ensure that the projection system met the program requirements. With the upgrade, its visual system is now powered by two dual-input Christie Matrix StIM™ projectors that provide a higher resolution image and wider field of view from the aircraft for a more realistic training experience. Employing their headset and countermeasure dispenser, students train for day and night missions, stimulating their night vision goggles (NVG) with the Christie Matrix StIMs, something that couldn’t be achieved with a single projector with the first version of HOT. Results of data showed that with the HOT, trainees made 79 percent fewer errors and reduced their response time by 11 percent.
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“We have worked with Christie before and their products and expertise are both reliable,” said Stuart Grant, Defense Scientist, DRDC. “When we were looking for the latest-generation visual systems with Infra-red capabilities, the Christie solution was the most mature system available. The Christie Matrix StIM has the means for delivering the features we needed for NVG stimulation, as well as blending, warping and other capabilities. We also selected it for its low heat emission due to its LEDs, an important consideration for our trainees who were often subject to uncomfortable heat levels.”
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According to Jeff Clark, President of Renaissance Sciences Corporation, and NVG visual system integrator on the HOT project, “We recommended the Christie technology for its ability to provide four color NVG scenes, instead of the three-color industry standard. Our software is capable of deploying six different wavebands of simulation on one video card, so working with the Christie Matrix StIMs led to an impressive convergence of NVG stimulation technology.”
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“Christie integrated simulation solutions are comprised of leading-edge display technology and world-class system integration expertise,” noted Zoran Veselic, vice president, Christie Visual Environments. “Canadian federal agencies are making impressive gains in simulation training and development, and Christie is proud to play a role in helping them implement the latest, cutting edge visual technologies with the most important, sought-after features and the lowest cost of operation.”
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The award-winning Christie Matrix StIM is the world’s first true solid state LED-based simulation projection system and the first to provide simultaneous and independent control over both the visible and near-IR spectrum using LED illumination. It utilizes Christie TrueIMAGE™ integration tools for geometry, image blending and warping, color and brightness uniformity, low-latency and overall reliability and sustainability. Built with no consumables for a virtually maintenance-free system, the StIM features extraordinarily long life, image quality and ease of service.

UK’s Royal Naval Air Station Upgrades Helicopter Trainer with Dual-Input Christie Matrix StIM Projectors

The full flight simulation system at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose in the UK, where training facilities for the RN Sea King helicopters are based, has upgraded its visual system technology with the new Christie Matrix StIM™ WUXGA DLP® LED projectors. The upgrade dramatically advances the capabilities of their training and simulation facilities, allowing them to support normal visual operation as well as stimulation of aircrew Night Vision Goggles (NVG) simultaneously. For the Commando Helicopter Force and Airborne Surveillance and Control crews, who are tasked with supporting operations in Afghanistan, it fills a critical gap in the NVG training and offers them realistic, state-of-the-art imagery from the pilot’s cockpit.
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“The Sea King simulator is a world class training facility that provides cost effective, unique and invaluable training for all Royal Navy Sea King aircrew, as well as foreign users,” noted Lieutenant Commander Steve King, who is Officer in Charge. “It offers a realistic 200 degree field of view (FOV), representative of what pilots see from the actual helicopter cockpit. The recent upgrades were designed to enhance training for front line operations and include a full Defensive Aids Suite and a new Afghanistan package with bespoked graphics and hostile environments to provide a more realistic and challenging simulator training.”
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To achieve the world’s most advanced, true-to-life NVG training environment, an array of three dual-input Christie Matrix StIM single-chip LED projectors were installed, driven by upgraded versions of the ThalesView family of powerful Image Generators (IG).
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Christie’s InfraRGB™, which combines RGB and IR LEDs illumination, and Christie InfraScene™ contribute to the projectors’ unique ability to process and display infrared content. With Christie’s IR-compatible MotoBlend™, designed to maximize life-like images of both day and night, and Christie Twist™ processing, all of the projected images blend seamlessly to provide the ultimate, life-like 200 degree FOV from the simulator cockpit.
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Thales UK, which installed the system, recommended the Christie Matrix StIM projectors because of their unique ability to support both normal visual operations and stimulation of NVG. Because they raise the low-level night flying imagery to a higher level of fidelity than was previously supported by CRT projectors, they allow trainee and front-line pilots to realistically experience these challenges from the cockpit before getting airborne.
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“With the addition of new ThalesView IGs, the results were higher brightness and improved graphics. Whether 3D seascapes where the waves rise, as well as recirculation FX – sea, snow, sand and dust simulating the down force of the blades as they come into land – images are exactly what the pilot sees,” said Thales UK’s Brian Mouser, the program manager who supervised the five-week installation phase. “It’s a new level of realism of the different terrains and conditions likely to be encountered by helicopter personnel, including ground warfare, driving, military aircraft, and a wide diversity of physical environments.”
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Mouser added: “Technology has moved on considerably since we last updated the simulator. The Christie Matrix StIM offers capabilities that simply hadn’t been seen before, such as its unique ability to run conventional night and NVG images simultaneously. It also offers a huge weight, power consumption and size advantage. The StIM improves visuals, training and reduces power usage.”
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The new simulation center has proven extremely popular at RNAS Culdrose, with pilots and instructors alike observing the brighter and sharper images. They now relish the fact that air crew can operate in both visible and NVG modes simultaneously — an invaluable training aid especially for night operations to unlit landing sites as well as ships’ flight decks.
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“The simulator prepares our aircrew for every eventuality,” said Pat Douglas, Commander, Sea King Force, “By testing our aircrews in the safety of the simulator, we can take them far beyond anything that they are likely to experience in Afghanistan. This means they will be better prepared if they are faced with difficulties in theater. Just like in a real situation, in the simulator, they must take evasive action against enemy fire; engines will be ‘failed’ at critical moments of flight and the weather will be extreme. Key to this realism is that the new graphics are able to replicate actual areas of Afghanistan.”
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“The Christie Matrix StIM is the first projector to provide independent control over both the visible and infrared spectrum, and enable real-time balancing of both color and brightness levels,” observed Zoran Veselic, vice president, Christie Visual Environment. “It is also designed with solid state illumination, making it virtually maintenance-free. “Intense, 24/7 engagements spanning daytime as well as nighttime operations are the new reality of modern theaters of conflicts, making NVG training a crucial component of today’s state-of-the-art trainers. Christie is pleased to partner with Thales UK and contribute to RNAS Culdrose’s latest upgrades to the visual systems of their renowned Sea King simulators.”

Cinemas Guzzo Choose Christie for Digital Cinema Projectors

Les Cinémas Guzzo (“Guzzo”), one of Canada’s leading independent chains and the largest privately owned cinema chain in Quebec, is going 100 percent digital with its recent purchase of projectors, support and services from Christie®. The contract includes the Christie CP2000ZX, Christie CP2000-SB, Christie CP2210, Christie CP2200, and Christie CP2300 projectors. It also includes the upgrading of 27 screens to the Christie CP4220 and Christie CP4230 4K projectors.

With installation managed in-house – supported by Christie – the conversion of all 142 Guzzo screens is planned for completion by April 2012.

“In addition to the terrific image quality offered by digital projection, the conversion will give us more flexibility in the types of presentation we can offer, such as 3D and 2D, and more personalized pre-show and alternative content,” says Vincenzo Guzzo, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Cinémas Guzzo. “It will also help us decrease booth labor cost.

“With Christie, we get first-class service and great after-sale support. It’s also a bonus that their manufacturing is centered in Canada, since that means few border-crossing issues. We’ve been with Christie from our first installs in 2008, so we know they’re the most reliable choice for this project.”

Dave Muscat, senior director of sales, Christie Canada, said, “Christie is honored to help Cinémas Guzzo make this pivotal transition to digital, with best-in-class product and flexible, customized service. Christie is committed to meeting the needs of all exhibitors, including independents. We have earned more than 85 percent of Canada’s digital cinema exhibition market through our commitment to long-term partnership with our customers.”

Services as Well as Projectors Included
Guzzo has committed to working with Christie Managed Services in support of sourcing, integrating and validating hardware that enables Managed Services to remotely monitor and manage Guzzo’s digital cinema projection environments. Included with the hardware will be Library Management Servers that hold the feature films, advertisements, trailers and other digital content for playing on multiple screens.

In addition, Cinémas Guzzo will use Christie ACT™, a theater automation controller to automate presentations in some of its theaters. Christie ACT translates cues from connected devices to control most theater equipment including lighting, curtains, sound, masking and projectors. Christie ACT is accessible on any networked computer, laptop or handheld device using any web browser.

Eighteen Industry Awards for Christie MicroTiles

Digital display entered a new age two years ago with the introduction of Christie® MicroTiles® on Nov. 11, 2009 and the industry responded, presenting Christie® and its revolutionary technology with 18 honors since launch day. The modular digital display tiles can be stacked and clustered like building blocks to create virtually any shape or scale of display walls using an optical design producing unmatched levels of brightness, contrast and color reproduction.
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Christie Projectors “To the Rescue” at Comic Con in Javits Center and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City

For preferred Christie® dealer Digital Media Systems, Christie digital cinema projectors were the real “heroes” at the recent New York Comic Con convention and for a special preview of Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated “Hugo” at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. The company provided powerful Christie DLP Cinema® projectors exclusively to screen the latest films for some of the world’s most demanding moviegoers.
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Landmark Cinemas Chooses Christie Projectors for Full Conversion to Digital Cinema

Christie® today announced that Landmark Cinemas has chosen Christie’s range of digital cinema projection solutions for 100-plus screens throughout Western Canada and the Yukon.
The new projection solution at Landmark will include a range of DCI-compliant Christie Solaria™ Series projectors, specifically the CP2200, CP2210 and CP2300 projectors, to be installed by King Cinema Services.
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The installation, to be completed over the next six months with no disruption in service, will see Landmark, Western Canada’s largest independently owned chain, providing state-of-the-art entertainment in all its markets, including 2D and 3D movies, live events and other alternative content made possible through digital conversion. The chain has also subscribed to Christie’s Virtual Print Fee (VPF) program.
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“Christie guarantees us the twin pillars of superior product and the best people,” says Neil Campbell, chief operating officer, Landmark Cinemas. “The team at Christie is highly responsive. I can find the managers I need whenever I need them, and they’re always focused on meeting the unique requirements of each cinema.
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“Christie’s commitment to the Canadian industry is superb as well; they’re at all the shows and all the conferences, and they give the same great service and attention to the independents as they do to the big chains. We also like it that they’re Canadian, so any technical support we might need is close at hand. We’ve completed dozens of Christie installations, both at Landmark and through our installation company, King Cinema Services, and the team is always satisfied with Christie.”
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Landmark has committed to working with Christie’s Managed Services group in support of sourcing, integrating and testing hardware that enables Managed Services to remotely monitor and manage Landmark’s digital cinema projection environments. Included with the hardware will be Library Management Servers that hold the feature films, advertisements, trailers and other digital content for playing on multiple Landmark screens.
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Campbell also commented on the importance of going digital to give guests the best available technical quality, particularly in terms of 3D and alternative content. And in smaller markets, digital theaters make it possible for local businesses to present on-screen advertisements easily; something that was rarely available to them with older projection technology.
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Dave Muscat, senior director of sales, Christie Digital Systems Canada, Inc., says that Christie is committed to supporting the vibrant independent exhibitor sector with the same range of options available to the bigger chains, customized to meet their unique needs. “Our range of projector sizes, support options and the VPF program make it possible for cinemas in all markets to offer the superior picture and sound quality, and range of content and technical effects, that digital projection is making possible.”
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Christie’s VPF program is supported by all the major Hollywood studios. It provides a customized, simplified plan, including financial support, for exhibitors seeking the greatest independence in making the move to DLP Cinema® compliant digital cinema projection systems. The program offers expert support and flexible options for all phases of the digital conversion process, including DCI Compliant digital projection systems, and Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC) services, which offers 24/7 technical support across North America.

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Christie Projects for Electrosonic at Kuwait 360 Mall Family Entertainment Center

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Christie Introduces Powerful and Compact Visual Display Solutions at GovComm

Christie® brings a wide range of feature-packed display systems to GovComm 2011 in Washington, D.C., Nov. 1 – 2, that demonstrate the company’s full range of DLP®, LED and LCD solutions. Recognized for their power, flexibility and exceptional image brightness, Christie display systems are compact, high performance solutions that meet the needs of today’s government and military control room environments, which demand the latest high tech displays at the lowest cost of operation.
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“The needs of government, military and contractors for powerful and reliable technology never change, but today’s customers also demand greater versatility and control in more cost-effective, low maintenance packages,” said John Stark, senior director of product management for Christie’s Collaborative Visual Solutions (CVS), Business Products division. “With IT department budgets stretched to the limit across every industry, Christie’s broad choice of visual display systems offer ‘high tech without the high price,’ to address the complex surveillance and security challenges of today’s global environment.”
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At Booth #117, Christie will demonstrate:
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Christie MicroTiles Array
Recognized for their versatility that takes them from the heart of the fashion world in New York City to some of the most sophisticated control room environments, award-winning Christie® MicroTiles® are unsurpassed where true-to-life colors, image clarity and long-life capability are crucial. They offer super fine pixel pitch of 0.567mm and a narrow 10 inch (260mm) depth, making installation easy almost anywhere. Able to handle multiple high-definition sources as well as PC inputs, they are modular 12 inches high by 16 inches wide by 10 inches deep rear projection units that can be stacked to form any shape or size. They have won awards that include Eco-Design honors and the PALME Middle East award as the Most Innovative New AV Product of the Year, where they were recognized for their “quality, design, power of operation and rich list of features.”
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Christie HD10K-M and Christie LHD700 Projectors
The booth also includes two 10,000 ANSI lumens Christie HD10K-M projectors, edge blended on a curved screen showing 2D and 3D content; The most compact in its class, the Christie HD10K-M is noted for its high-performance, feature-rich platform, which delivers brightness, reliability and affordability in a compact package. The Christie LHD7000 is a portable, single-lamp projector that delivers 7000 ANSI lumens of brightness, full HD (1920 by 1080) resolution, 4DColor™ technology and inorganic LCD panels for high contrast and vivid color presentations
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Christie FHD551-X Tiled LCD Flat Panel
The Christie FHD551-X is the perfect tiled LCD flat panel solution, featuring a virtually seamless display. It is energy efficient, with LED backlighting and high pixel density that looks sharp at any distance. Significantly thinner than conventional display cubes, it is the perfect solution where space is at a premium. The panels automatically map in an array, based on how the cabling is configured, and can be part of a complete Christie turnkey solution that includes mounting brackets, frame and pedestal structural supports, Christie Vista Spyder and Christie Spyder X20 video processors, and an entire range of TVC controllers and media servers.
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Christie Spyder X20 Video Processor
Powering all of the content at the Christie booth is the world’s most versatile video processor, the Christie Spyder X20. The industry-leading video processor features highly sophisticated capabilities and an intuitive interface, all in a compact design. The Christie Spyder X20 offers total control and flexibility, enabling users to mix an incredible number of sources in multiple windows, create all kinds of picture-in-picture (PIPs) designs, as well as define, shape and blend borders with a remarkable sense of elegance and style, and do it all flawlessly, every time.
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“Christie visual display products offer the highest level of performance at the lowest cost of ownership, incorporating the latest generation of technology to meet the global needs of today’s more complex control/command environments. Christie can offer a complete turnkey solution for any size installation, to meet any type of challenge and budget,” said Stark.
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Additional Christie products will be on display throughout the showroom floor, including a 4 by 4 array of Christie MicroTiles with a third-party interactivity kit at the rp Visual Solutions booth # 107. Electrosonic will display a 1 wide by 2 high array using Christie 67” cubes at booth # 610. Avitecture, booth # 412, will have a 1 wide by 5 high Christie MicroTiles column and a Christie LWU420 LCD digital projector. A Christie HD10K-M projector will also be used for a keynote presentation at a session hall.

Christie Launches New Christie AVIAS-TMS™ Theater Management System

Christie® has introduced the new Christie Avias-TMS™, a Theater Management System (TMS) software application that allows exhibitors to centrally manage and orchestrate all of their projection operations within a cinema multiplex – regardless of the diverse projector, servers or operating systems (OS) in use.
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Easy to install and simple to use, Christie Avias-TMS™ can be accessed from any location through a standard Web browser, offering management the ultimate freedom and flexibility to conduct theater operations from an office or home PC, tablet computer or iPad. Its many features reduce the costs and inefficiencies of managing digital projectors separately. For example, the web GUI allows centralized scheduling of all content, devices and Key Delivery Messages (KDMs), including a drag and drop playlist to allow rapid changes based on changing customer demands.
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“The Christie Avias-TMS™ is an exceptional overseer of cinema time management,” said Don Shaw, director, product management, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “It is ideal for theaters of all sizes, with multiple digital screens and hardware platforms, because it provides an easy-to-read dashboard interface that highlights in real-time all projector and screen statuses, as well as the overall progress of each playlist playback. Theater managers don’t have to move from station to station to manage devices and KDMs. They can remotely start, stop or pause any show on any screen from a single location.”
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Collaboration with Arts Alliance Media Praised
In creating Christie Avias-TMS™, Shaw emphasized the collaboration with long-term industry partner, Arts Alliance Media (AAM), Europe’s leading supplier of a host of digital cinema technologies and services. “In keeping with Christie’s practice of incorporating tried-and-true third party solutions into some of our products to quickly deliver immediate benefits to our customers, the core of our TMS was built on AAM’s current, strong TMS offering,” noted Shaw.
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Howard Kiedaisch, CEO of Arts Alliance Media, added, “We have worked with Christie since we first started in digital cinema and have always looked for ways of enhancing our partnership. As a manufacturer of digital cinema projectors, Christie boasts its own impressive engineering and development group, so it was only natural that the two of us as leaders in the industry would collaborate to the benefit of exhibitors across the globe.”
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Shaw also noted that, while TMS solutions offered by some server manufacturers are often ‘thrown in’ with the deal, “You get what you pay for, because these so-called ‘free’ solutions tend to limit the exhibitor to one brand of server, effectively preventing the exhibitor from using existing or new hardware from other manufacturers.”
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Christie Avias-TMS™ is all about choice for the exhibitor; it is OS and hardware neutral and does not mandate the expense of a specific Library Management Server (LMS). Furthermore, it fully supports all DCI-compliant DLP Cinema® projectors and servers, so it can be integrated seamlessly into any existing theater system.
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“Like a conductor leading the orchestra, Christie Avias-TMS™ provides full control of every facet of a theater’s operation, allowing the freedom to run with the most cost-effective hardware for each of the screens that make up the digital cinema system,” said Shaw. “No matter how many screens you are managing, the Christie Avias-TMS™ is the perfect solution for getting the job done with a minimal amount of effort.”

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