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American Red Cross Chooses Christie for Emergency Operations Center

Contribution Will Assist With Training and Disaster Preparedness.

Christie is proud to be part of the American Red Cross’ “Prepare SoCal” campaign, which aims to prepare Southern California businesses and households for natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and other emergencies. Through its contribution of four Christie LWU420 3LCD digital projectors for the American Red Cross’ Orange County Region Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Christie will be powering real-time emergency information during disasters. The American Red Cross Orange County EOC serves three counties (Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino); an area that would affect 453,000 businesses and 4.5 million workers if there was a large disaster.

Known as a first responder in many natural disasters around the world, the American Red Cross is launching the renovated center as part of its “Prepare SoCal” initiative, which involves improving its local disaster response capacity, training more volunteers, and strengthening links with neighborhood and other community organizations. The EOC, situated at 600 Parkcenter Drive in Santa Ana, Calif., will be the hub of activity in any emergency and linked with public health, emergency service and other government agencies to provide vital information. Its grand re-opening is July 28.

The EOC suite, including the EOC and Room #213, is a 2170 square foot facility, not including technical support space. In addition, there are also two classrooms that have additional voice and data capability and can be quickly converted as a call center or support space, and another 120 square foot communications room with telephone, radio and satellite capabilities to provide emergency communications support
for the EOC.

“We’re very proud to be part of this important community initiative,” said Jack Kline, president & COO, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. “We helped the Japan Disaster Relief Fund last year, through staff volunteerism and the donation of equipment, so it was natural for us to look closer to home to assist the American Red Cross, as our projection systems can make a life-saving difference in communicating information during natural emergencies.”

Christie donates high-end projection system to American Red Cross EOC

Ty Woolworth, corporate relations and development at the Orange County American Red Cross chapter, learned of Christie’s technology and altruism during the Japan crisis, and decided the company would be a good choice for meeting the Red Cross needs for reliable digital projection that can adapt to the challenges of a rapidly changing situation.

“We knew Christie could do an amazing job at updating our EOC, and helping to sponsor Prepare SoCal, so that we in turn could provide the best possible information and service during any emergency,” said Woolworth.

After the installation, support for the projectors will be delivered by Spinitar – a full-service AV company headquartered in Orange County that is a Christie-certified audio/visual supplier and one of the industry’s top fifty integrators in the United States.

Christie LWU420 Projector a Workhorse for Red Cross
The compact and portable Christie LWU420 digital projector is designed for educational facilities, corporations, government agency and house of worship applications that require high brightness and cost-effective widescreen 3LCD projection at 4200 ANSI lumens. The line features 3D Keystone™ technology, a four-corner geometry connection tool for flawless image alignment on flat or simple curved screens.

The Christie LWU420 is packed with premium features such as inorganic 3LCD light engine, H/V lens shift and Pro AV connectivity. The inorganic 3LCD light engine produces a more natural black state to greatly improve black levels for a broader, dynamic range and enables the Christie LWU420 to achieve richer detail in dark video scenes.

In other community activity, Christie USA recently participated in a Kids Against Hunger food packaging event onsite. Christie employees packaged 11,664 meals, of which 2,376 meals are going with the US Navy out of San Diego this summer to feed the hungry abroad while 9,288 meals are dedicated to those less fortunate in Orange County.

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Christie to Deliver Superior Visual Experiences at Toronto International Film Festival 2012

Entrusts Christie’s Powerful Digital Cinema Projectors With Over 600 Screenings.

Christie, a world leader in advanced cinema technologies, today announced its continued sponsorship of the Toronto International Film Festival by providing multiple Christie Solaria Series digital cinema projectors.

Recognized around the world for presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema to film lovers, the Festival screens more than 300 films from 60+ countries during its 11-day program September 6-16, in addition to offering year-long programming. This year represents Christie’s 12th year as the official projection sponsor, supporting The Festival’s mission of transforming the way people see the world through film. In 2011, The Festival selected Christie’s industry-leading Christie Solaria 4K DLP Cinema projector for screening filmmakers’ Ron Fricke’s and Mark Magidson’s 70mm movie Samsara –marking the first 4K screening at The Festival, while Francis Ford Coppola’s movie Twixt was shown in 3D on a Christie CP2230 4K-ready DLP Cinema projector.

General view of the atmosphere around town during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on September 14, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.

“The explosion of digital cinema technology has provided the industry with accessibility while meeting the rising demand of filmmakers around the world who want their films screened in the highest digital quality available,” said Diane Cappelletto, The Festival’s Director of Technical Production. Cappelleto adds: “Transforming many of our screens to digital format was made possible with the support of Christie, whose digital projectors are recognized worldwide for performance and reliability. We value Christie’s exceptional image quality and expert service to help make the Festival successful every year.”

“Throughout Christie’s long-standing partnership with The Festival, we have seen a growing use of digital projection technology for screenings. Last year, the sold-out documentary “Samsara” was screened in 4K,”said Kathryn Cress, vice president, Global and Corporate Marketing, Christie. “With its international flavor, The Festival truly transforms the way people see the world, and Christie is proud to support it as it transitions from what was once a film-only industry to one predominantly digital,” adds Cress.

Christie digital projectors are used by leading Festivals around the globe. This year, Christie renewed its official technical sponsorship of the Festival de Cannes for the next three years, a position it has held since 2006. In addition, Christie was the exclusive projection sponsor of the “Water for Elephants” screening at the opening gala of the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival last year. Today, Christie equipment is found in more than half of all digital projection rooms – about 33, 000 projectors in use.

Christie’s Commitment to HFR
The two main goals of Christie’s HFR activities are to help the industry develop the best HFR content and the best delivery system for HFR content. The first goal involves assisting leading-edge filmmakers and post-production companies in perfecting HFR movie creation, so the industry has the most engaging, entertaining content possible. The second goal is to assist exhibitors in showing these 3D HFR movies in all their glory. To these ends, Christie is helping create the standards for 3D HFR movies through formal and informal technology-development alliances with major producers and directors, post production facilities, studios and technology partners. On the exhibitor’s front, Christie provides one stop shopping for all the hardware, software and services that enable exhibitors to deliver a filmmaker’s vision in stunning 3D HFR quality. For more information visit http://www.higherframerates.com.

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Christie Hosts High Frame Rate Expert Panel at SIGGRAPH 2012 Featuring Douglas Trumbull, Dennis Muren

As the Platinum Sponsor of SIGGRAPH 2012, Christie®, the first in the world to publically demonstrate 3D High Frame Rate (HFR) projection technology using a single projector, is proud to host the SIGGRAPH HFR Panel, “High Frame Rate Cinema, Impacts on Art and Technology,” to be held Wednesday, August, 8 at 10:45 a.m., at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Hall K. The panel will feature 10 cinema industry leaders, led by Gordon E. Sawyer Academy Award winner Douglas Trumbull and Dennis Muren, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic. It will be moderated by Paul Salvini, chief technology officer (CTO) of Christie. SIGGRAPH 2012 will be staged August 5 – 9. (In late breaking news, Jon Landau, Academy Award-winning producer of “Avatar” and “Titanic” has confirmed his participation in the HFR panel.)

Filmmaker and Visual Effects legend Douglas Trumbull’s photographic effects credits include groundbreaking films such as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Blade Runner,” and “The Tree of Life.” Douglas Trumbull pioneered work on High Frame Rate cinematography and projection with his Showscan process of 70mm film photographed and projected at 60 fps, and is now exploring 3D at 120 fps. Dennis Muren is the recipient of eight Academy Awards for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, with credits that include “Star Wars” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”

“The SIGGRAPH HFR panel will explore the technology behind high-frame-rate cinema, and look at what it will mean to producers of content and to the audience experience,” noted Paul Salvini. “The panelists are pioneers in their fields, addressing the challenges of HFR across the entire workflow, to provide the post-production and visual effects communities with important guidance regarding the challenges and rewards of developing HFR content for the exhibition community.”

Additional panelists include:

Jim Beshears, Head of Post-production at DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., oversees all aspects of the studio’s self-contained editorial and post-production facilities. Jim has been instrumental in creating a solid support system capable of simultaneously managing multiple feature-length animated projects and multiple short projects.

Matthew Cowan, co-founder of Entertainment Technology Consultants and currently Chief Scientific Officer at RealD, of California, developed RealD’s successful 3D cinema system and is respected in the post-production community for his knowledge and application of human perception to 3D systems, color, and transfer functions in digital cinema.

Darin Grant, Chief Technology Officer, Digital Domain Media Group, is responsible for the overall technology strategy for the company and its many subsidiaries. He is the former head of production technology at DreamWorks Animation.

John Helliker is Founder/Director of Sheridan College’s SIRT Centre, a research and training facility focused on digital workflow innovations including HFR and virtual production. Based at Pinewood Toronto Studios, SIRT’s leading edge work is based on a unique set of partnerships with major industry guilds and associations, individual companies, as well as government and academia.

Luke Moore, Director of Special Projects at Canada’s Side Effects Software, in Toronto, is responsible for identifying and addressing the unique technical challenges faced by studios using the popular Houdini VFX and Animation software. Luke brings first-hand knowledge and anecdotes regarding challenges of managing large datasets necessary to enable higher temporal and physical resolution to meet the needs of new challenges in modern production environments.

Phil Oatley is Head of Technology at New Zealand-based Park Road Post Production, where his visionary talents have guided the company through incredible growth, including establishing key partnerships to promote HFR research and development.

Dr. Lincoln Wallen, Head of Research and Development at Dreamworks Animation, in California, and formerly CTO at Electronic Arts Mobile, where he was instrumental in shaping EA’s approach to the mobile business, creating a strong portfolio of mass market mobile games, as well as games delivering a next-generation consumer experience.

“As the first licensee to market digital cinema projection based on Texas Instruments’ revolutionary DLP Cinema® technology, Christie has remained an industry leader, helping the post-production and exhibition communities with the latest-generation products, service, and technical expertise,” noted Paul Salvini. “We are proud to moderate this panel, which brings together true industry visionaries to discuss HFR, the next phase of the digital cinema revolution.”

Salvini added: “Christie continues to forge alliances in Hollywood with powerful proponents of HFR such as James Cameron, as well as partnering with leading post-production facilities such as Park Road Post Production and Weta Digital Ltd., to ensure a seamless transition to HFR and a superior movie-viewing experience.”

Among the movies on the horizon to feature HFR is the sequel to James Cameron’s “Avatar,” as well as Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit,“ both of which will also be presented in stereoscopic 3D.

Salvini noted that Christie recently affirmed its HFR leadership with the world’s first and only single-manufacturer DLP Cinema projector and Integrated Media Block (IMB) combination that meets the DCI specifications in both the 2K and 4K mode of operation. It’s the best combination for producing the brightest and sharpest image and the most reliable HFR solution.

“Christie has earned a solid reputation for accelerating innovations in digital projection technology that includes the first to market a fully stereoscopic 3D DLP projector, in addition to providing leadership in the development and implementation of visualization and immersive technologies,” said Salvini.

To register for the conference, visit SIGGRAPH 2012. Also visit Christie at SIGGRAPH 2012 Booth #1123.

Hoyts Chooses Christie Duo for Blacktown Cinema 5

Christie Innovation and Dual 4K Projectors Light Up Australia’s Largest Traditional Movie Screen.

Christie, a global provider of visual display solutions, is proud to announce that Hoyts has chosen Christie Duo for the theater’s premium custom projection needs, lighting up Australia’s biggest traditional screen – the Blacktown Cinema 5 – with the brightest images available. The single-mirror configuration of Christie Duo with projectors from the Christie Solaria CP4230 Series was installed in time for the June 21 premiere of Snow White and the Huntsman.

Australia's Hoyts Cinema uses Christie Duo (Photo by Katy Carpenter. Image courtesy of Hoyts Cinema Technology Group.)

“We’re very excited to be the first exhibitor in the world to deploy the Christie Duo single-mirror, 90 degree projector configuration, which is a cutting-edge technology that delivers the brightest, pixel-perfect 4K images onto Australia’s largest traditional movie screen,” said Adam Wrightson, executive director and CTO of Hoyts Cinema Technology Group. “The technical capabilities that the product opens up for us will help us give our guests all the features of advanced cinema that they expect from Hoyts.”

“The light levels achievable with the Christie Duo are unprecedented for large screens. Most dual projector installations are installed for 3D output, and configured to use only one of the projectors for 2D films, resulting in lower than acceptable light levels. Christie’s solution allows both projectors to be utilized for playback of 2D content, delivering spectacular images on large screens. Christie’s technology ensures that convergence is not a problem, with Christie Duo perfectly aligning each of the 8 million pixels from the two projectors,” added Wrightson.

Christie Duo at Australia's Hoyts Cinema (Photo by Katy Carpenter. Image courtesy of Hoyts Cinema Technology Group.)

Hoyts Blacktown is the destination for Sydney moviegoers to enjoy Xtremescreen – Australia’s Largest Multiplex Screen – with its record-breaking 28.1-meter wide screen. The entire complex features 10 state-of-the-art cinemas, with comfortable stadium seating and the latest Digital Surround Sound.

The engineering teams from Hoyts’ Cinema Technology Group and Christie worked flawlessly together to resolve operational issues and get the world’s first single-mirror installation up and running in just a few days. To ensure the sound experience matched that of the new visual experience, Hoyts also replaced the auditoriums speakers and sound processing equipment with the latest equipment from QSC. “The system has been tested with 4K content and in my opinion is second to none in regards to Big Screen experiences available in mainstream multiplexes today,” added Wrightson.

“We pride ourselves on responding to customer needs and when numerous exhibitors approached us in late 2011 and into January with requests for a flexible and economical alternative to the industry‘s standard premium-cinema experience, Christie responded with Christie Duo. With Christie Duo, Hoyts is receiving the ultimate in performance, at a reasonable price point,” said Jim Dukes, product manager for Christie Duo, Christie Entertainment Solutions.

Christie Duo, available for the 2K or 4K Christie Solaria Series digital cinema projectors, is an integration kit specially designed to optimize 3D and other special effects on the largest screens. It features a choice of configurations including a compact stacking system for 3D installations, or a physical configuration that exactly aligns every pixel on the screen for optimal 2D and 3D presentations. With automated features that calibrate, align and optimize the images for 2K or 4K projectors, Christie Duo delivers a completely seamless, premium movie experience for the world’s largest screens at a cost that all manner and size of exhibitors can afford. Christie Duo answers the global market demand for a solution that delivers a high performance and financially accessible premium movie experience.

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Christie MicroTiles Stop Audiences in Their Tracks at Cinemas Guzzo

Two Christie® MicroTiles® displays are stopping moviegoers in their tracks when they walk into the Cinemas Guzzo IMAX® theater lobby at the Mega Plex Marché Central 18 in Montreal. Les Cinémas Guzzo (“Guzzo”), one of Canada’s leading independent chains and the largest privately owned cinema chain in Quebec, has more than 151 screens in 12 theater complexes.

The eye-catching displays – one in a 6 high by 11 wide archway, and the other centered just past the archway in a 3 wide by 6 high array – draw audiences into the theater itself with captivating content produced by Arsenal Media, who specialize in digital content creation and concept development with Christie MicroTiles. Once customers walk under the arch, the interior Christie MicroTiles wall greets them with a large movie poster with movie trailers playing inside the poster.

Everyone Loves the Christie MicroTiles Display
Vincenzo Guzzo, executive vice president, Cinemas Guzzo, was immediately impressed with Christie MicroTiles.

“I saw them for the first time at CinemaCon 2011 and I had never seen something so bright, crisp and sharp – and those are the most important things for me,” he said. “Arsenal Media produced some very interesting and complex content that runs on the MicroTiles. Everyone loves it and, in particular, the younger crowd who has said it’s really cool. The MicroTiles makes a lot of people just stop and take a minute to look at the whole display. Once they walk through the arch, they stop and stare again at the movie trailers playing inside the movie poster.

“The Christie MicroTiles, out of all comparable products, are probably the best because not only are they so bright and crisp, they can they be built into irregular shapes and are practically seamless.”

For visually appealing displays, Christie lobby advertising solutions – including Christie MicroTiles – offer high brightness, high-resolution technology that captivates audiences with lifelike, vibrant colors. Combining the strengths of both DLP® and LED technology, Christie MicroTiles can reproduce 115 percent of the NTSC color gamut and exceed standard LCD flat panel color output by more than 50 percent. Christie MicroTiles automatically self-calibrate for color and brightness with built-in sensors monitoring each LED’s performance. Throughout the life of the display, each tile detects its neighbor and adjusts its image to optimize the overall presentation.

Integrator and Content Provider Contribute to Success of Project
“Our company did the consultation for the construction and electrical work necessary, plus the actual installation and calibration of the MicroTiles,” said J.P. Berardini, branch manager, Genesis Integration, Inc. “Guzzo wanted an archway because they want moviegoers to feel like they are walking into ‘an experience,’ not just a movie theater. Genesis helped create a 3D-like experience with both the archway and the interior array and it works because of the MicroTiles.”

“This installation is a perfect fit from both a shape and strategic perspective,” said Angela Tanzi, vice president of operations, Arsenal Media. “We supported the configuration concept by leveraging shape and creating content that generated a very impactful point of focus for the arch. When customers enter the GUZZO-IMAX theater, they recognize right away that they’re up for an enhanced visual and cinematic experience.”

In November 2011, Les Cinémas Guzzo (“Guzzo”) announced that all its screens, support and services were converting to digital with Christie. The contract includes the Christie CP2000ZX, Christie CP2000-SB, Christie CP2210, Christie CP2220, and Christie CP2230 projectors. The agreement also includes the upgrading of 27 screens to the Christie CP4220 and Christie CP4230 4K projectors. The conversion will be completed in the spring of 2012.

Christie MicroTiles and Christie Spyder X20 Reach the Summit at History Colorado Center

The breathtaking majesty of the Rocky Mountains is featured at the History Colorado Center (HCC) in Denver on a 134-unit Christie® MicroTiles® array designed to emulate the jagged peaks of the famous mountain range, complete with spectacular video footage. The HCC, which celebrated its grand opening recently, wanted a large, expressive statement characterizing the history of the picturesque state while redefining the museum with relevant and engaging content.

“The HCC wanted a dazzling display in their atrium,” said Howard Steele, director, Technology Plus, the project’s consultant. “The atrium is very bright and only a 30K lumen projector would even begin to display images in that strong light, but that created issues with where to place the projector and exhaust.”

Ed Nichols, president and CEO, Colorado History Museum, agreed. “We had a wall in our atrium begging for a major media treatment because there was a visitor orientation problem. We thought of projectors but the architect introduced the museum to the Christie MicroTiles. As our staff contemplated the possibilities with a MicroTiles wall, we were intrigued with the idea of letting the wall tell the museum’s story to its visitors.

“The Museum also liked MicroTiles’ flexibility: they are high resolution, high visibility in bright light at different angles and distances. We wanted rear projection and a product that would be financially sustainable. The tiles have a long lifespan, which means a low cost of ownership.”

Christie MicroTiles are perfect for color matching and self-calibration according to Craig Shonka, project manager for AVI-SPL, project integrator. The first plan for using the MicroTiles was installing three simple, yet attractive ribbons running down the wall.

“It was Randy Pagnan of RP Visuals who made the mounting support brackets for the design we went with– which really made it all come together and align properly,” added Steele.

“The atrium is very big and full of daylight pouring in – especially from the south facing glass wall and the skylights,” said Stephanie Stewart, project manager, Richard Lewis Media Group. “When the museum saw the color saturation of the Christie MicroTiles, they went crazy; they loved how beautifully bright and crisp the images are – and so do we. The MicroTiles fit perfectly with what the museum is trying to say.”

Driving the content is the Christie Spyder X20 video processor. A versatile, hardware-based video processor combined with the flexibility of a universal routing switcher, the Christie Spyder X20’s integrated source monitoring allows for simultaneous, real-time, full-frame-rate monitoring of all inputs.

“We also have the option of reconfiguring the wall if we want to change things up or even growing the wall, and, in the end, we have great products (Christie MicroTiles and Spyder) that are running consistently,” continued Stewart. “This project was huge and both an artistic and technical challenge, but that made it exciting. The team that Kevin Barlow (Senior Director, Control Rooms, Christie) put together did a fantastic job. Ken Hartling (Western Regional Sales Manager, Control Rooms, Christie) was so helpful and it was terrific to work with Christie. The entire Christie team kept the project going smoothly; they were always solid and got us what we needed when we needed it.”

Dan Waltens, director of operations, AVI-SPL, said the project went smoothly. “Having worked with Christie in the past, we had that level of comfort when working on a project of this scope. Christie knew every detail, was involved in the project meetings so they understood what the HCC was trying to accomplish, and gave appropriate advice – that was key. The beauty of Christie MicroTiles is that you can access the power supply from the front as well as the back.”

Hartling said the Christie MicroTiles and Christie Spyder installation is “… one of the most extraordinarily complex projects I’ve ever been a part of and one of the most impressive installations I’ve seen. It’s eye-catching, creative and mind-blowing.”

“What we have is so different because a high-tech array in the atrium is an immediate signal to visitors that this is not a typical state history museum,” concluded Nichols. “The Christie MicroTiles array captures the magnificence of the Colorado landscape and furthers our mission in a financially sustainable manner.”

Christie’s Mirage M and J Series 3-Chip DLP Projectors Expand Popular Product Lines For Visualization Solutions

Christie®, the first to market a fully stereoscopic 3D DLP® projector more than a decade ago, announced an expansion to its product offerings for the visualization markets with the addition of its next-generation Mirage M Series high performance digital projectors. The M Series joins the latest Mirage J Series, adding three new 3D capable products to the dual-lamp platform for a total of 21 projectors in the Mirage Series lineup. The Mirage Series offers the broadest range of 3-chip DLP® 3D active stereo digital projectors ­single projector or in a multi-projector array- with advanced features that are specifically created for the demanding needs of the visualization market.

“Both Mirage M and Mirage J Series projector platforms now come with an Intelligent Lens System (ILS™) that features auto lens calibration and an all new version Christie Twist™ hardware that is included as a standard feature of the projector for no additional cost,” noted Larry Paul, senior director, Technology and Visualization Solutions Management, Christie.

“These new Mirage products are brighter than ever, they fill a critical need in visualization applications for display solutions that allow for greater quality in all types of immersive environments, from CAVE™ systems to spherical, curved and flat screen visualization display solutions.”

The new Christie Twist hardware provides enhanced built-in geometric warping with sharper imagery, and advanced edge-blending capabilities that reduce or eliminate all electronic blending artifacts to cover the full gamut of the most demanding of immersive visualization markets, including aerospace, architecture, energy, education and training, government, science, theme parks and transportation.

Christie Mirage M Series
The three new models in the Mirage M series are: Mirage DS+14K-M, Mirage HD14K-M and Mirage WU14K-M. The Mirage M series projectors consist of either SXGA+, HD or WUXGA resolution and now feature from 6,000 up to 12,500 lumens – the highest brightness available at 110V. They are easy to set up and configure, and deliver power and flexibility in a proven, high definition 3D platform. The new Christie M Series models will start shipping in July 2012.

Christie Mirage J Series
Recently introduced, the Christie Mirage J Series, is well suited for the visualization market. It couples the benefits of xenon illumination – for the most natural color accuracy and stability – with the most advanced electronics, performance and flexibility in stereoscopic digital projection today. The Mirage J Series models come in SXGA+ (4:3), HD (16:9) and WUXGA (16:10) resolution to suit any application and are available now.

The Mirage M and J Series projectors come out of the box ready to produce active stereo projection from four different types of 3D source inputs: Up to 120Hz native input over a single Dual Link DVI-D cable or VGA cable, a true 120Hz image from two 60Hz frame locked sources for compatibility with most passive stereo input sources, frame doubled content from 48-60Hz for maximum system compatibility with single link DVI-D or analog and full HDCP support of multiple mode 3D sources from consumer devices including triple flash at 144Hz.

Both the Mirage M and J series offer a host of options including HDSDI and other input cards and can also project polarized passive stereo output with an optional filter. A three-year warranty is standard on all models.

“Our Mirage Series offers high-performance 3D capability and world-wide power compatibility,” added Paul. “Visualization customers will all benefit from these remarkably powerful, flexible and cost-effective visualization display solutions.”

Overall, the Mirage Series projectors offer a wide range of 3D display solutions for single and multi-projector arrays in three illumination platform options: Mirage M with dual lamps that provide an extended lamp life up to 3,000 hours, Mirage J with long life Xenon illumination for the most natural color accuracy and stability up to 1500 hours as well as the Mirage WU-L with LED illumination featuring 60,000 hours of illumination life and stunning color. Mirage Series projectors are compatible with Christie AutoCAL and AutoStack™, using a camera-based system for the automatic alignment and blending calibration of projector arrays. In addition, users have remote, real-time monitoring through the Christie Net™ web interface.

Image Engine Chooses Christie 4K Solution for Its New State-Of-The-Art Screening Room

Image Engine, an award-winning visual effects company, has chosen a Christie® 4K DLP Cinema® projector for its new state-of-the-art screening room. The installation is the first in Vancouver to offer 4K technology for visual effects services.

“Today’s developments in digital cinema technology are giving filmmakers new opportunities to raise the bar and output their feature films at higher resolutions,” said Greg Holmes, Chief Executive Officer. “At Image Engine we are committed to providing not only leading-edge talent, but also the most advanced technology available for our clients.”

Founded in 1995, Image Engine is known for investing in local infrastructure to help filmmakers bring increasingly ambitious productions to the Vancouver region, and the investment in Christie technology is part of that commitment.

Christie’s CP4230 was chosen for its advanced technical capabilities, which include greater image detail, truer and more accurate colour rendition and crisp resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels, with 34,000 lumens brightness and 3D capabilities. Providing four times the resolution of standard 2K digital cinema, the facility can now review its work at the highest image resolution possible today.

“Working with leading edge technology is part of our company DNA,” said Academy Award®-nominated Visual Effects Supervisor and Chief Technology Officer Peter Muyzers. “4K technology is part of an evolution of filmmaking that we all need to embrace, and this investment means our clients can take full advantage of the latest technology right here in Vancouver knowing that our infrastructure supports them 100 percent.”

“We are already seeing the benefits,” Muyzers added. “Our clients really appreciate being able to come to our facility and see their vision realized as it’s meant to be seen, at the maximum resolution. It gives them the much-needed confidence that they just can’t experience without this technology.”

Kathryn Cress, VP, Global & Corporate Marketing at Christie, said “We offer an unparalleled range of leading-edge product, support and partnerships to make the benefits of digital projection available at all stages of the movie-creation process. Our 4K Christie Solaria® series helps world-leading post-production houses like Image Engine stay true to their client’s visions, showing where any corrections or adjustments are needed every night when reviewing the day’s work. Whether it’s enabling the highest resolution standards or walking hand in hand with them on high frame rate (HFR) production, Christie unleashes the creative freedom of directors, producers and the post community.”

Added Dave Muscat, Sr. Director of Sales, Christie Digital Systems Canada, “Helping Image Engine access the most advanced 4K technology available, in turn helps the firm attract clients, strengthening the local film industry in Vancouver. And with the industry’s only professional-grade quad 3G-SDI connection, Christie ensures that post-production facilities have a robust and convenient, uncompressed digital interface for flawless viewing of 4K digital cinema content.”

The screening room was inaugurated by “District 9” Director Neill Blomkamp, whose upcoming 2013 feature film “Elysium” (Sony Pictures International and Media Rights Capital) is currently in post-production at Image Engine.

Image Engine intends to attract more high-resolution productions by offering 4K services at minimal additional cost to clients. “Our goal is to provide this resource without the high price tag that people might expect,” said Shawn Walsh, Visual Effects Executive Producer. “A top-notch reviewing environment is essential for our clients’ projects.”

Image Engine provides world-class visual effects for feature films. With over 15 years in the industry and several award wins, the company has accrued feature film credits including the Academy Award®-nominated “District 9”, “2012”, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” & “Breaking Dawn, Part 1”, “The Thing”, “Immortals” and “Battleship”. Currently in production at the studio is: “R.I.P.D.” and Neill Blomkamp’s “Elysium”.

Image Engine is a privately owned and run company, based in Vancouver, BC. For more information, visit http://www.image-engine.com.

Christie’s Network Operations Center Launches International Support Offerings

Having established a dominance in the North American market with remote monitoring and servicing of more than 2,500 locations and 110,000 devices, Christie® Managed Services is now expanding upon the world stage. Using its growing international cinema partnerships, it will bring the Network Operations Center (NOC) and its proven technology and solutions-driven service to the global exhibition community.

Initial partnership announcements include Time Antaeus Media Group, a digital cinema industry leader with whom Christie launched China’s largest commercial d-cinema deployment in 2010; DOR International, a Christie certified reseller that designs, installs and maintains cinemas and professional audio video systems throughout Mexico; and the Independent Cinema Association of Australia (ICAA), the association of record for Australian independent cinemas.

The Christie NOC is a 24/7/365 facility where experienced Christie technicians remotely monitor clients’ visual display systems, making sure they are running smoothly, getting timely maintenance and receiving any necessary software upgrades. Christie Managed Services and its new NOC partners will provide the same network operations center services that are currently offered in North America to China, Mexico and Australasia. These NOC services include comprehensive remote monitoring and management of devices, along with technical phone support solutions to local exhibitors around the world. Christie will accomplish this by extending the core functionalities of its NOC to support customers and systems in the local languages, utilizing Christie’s proven suite of tools.

“As the world goes digital, the need for comprehensive technical support becomes more critical,” observed Jack Kline, president and COO of Christie Digital Systems, USA. “The NOC is a Christie innovation that anticipated the needs of the market in the early stages of the digital cinema revolution to ensure that our customers received, not just the latest, quality products, but also expert technical support for those products. Now we are ready to bring it to our customers worldwide.”

“The Christie NOC has been the backbone of service for the exhibition industry in North America,” noted Kathryn Cress, vice president, global & corporate marketing, Christie. “With Christie commanding more than 50 percent of the world’s digital cinema installations, it is a logical evolution to bring our technical expertise to our customers regardless of location. This includes providing them with the same high standards of service and commitment to our customers that helped us dominate the North American digital cinema market.”

Time Antaeus and Christie Form Universal Cinema Services (UCS) in China
A collaboration that began at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games, when Time Antaeus purchased 120 Christie CP2000-ZX models to power the spectacular opening and closing ceremonies, the Christie and Time Antaeus relationship has blossomed into a highly productive partnership, now working together to lead China’s cinema revolution that has seen the market grow dramatically in recent years.

The new Network Operations Center joint venture with Universal Cinema Services will be the country’s first service center modeled upon the North America-based NOC. It will offer hardware, software, remote monitoring, and local parts availability, making the partnership one of the most efficient and reliable in the region.

“Working with a partner you can trust is very important in a rapidly evolving marketplace like digital cinema,” says Mr. Zhang Baoquan, Chairman of the Board for Time Antaeus Media Group. “Our relationship with Christie has been a long and highly rewarding one. The introduction of the NOC in China shows they stand behind the products they sell, and further proves their loyalty in helping us better serve our digital cinema customers.”

“We are pleased to work with Time Antaeus to introduce China’s first NOC fully modeled on the proven technology of our North American facility. This unique new partnership will further increase the diversity and depth of services we can provide our customers in the Asia/Pacific region,” said Sean James, vice president, managed services at Christie.

Mexico’s DOR Internacional and Christie
In business for more than 14 years, DOR Internacional, headquartered in Guadalajara, is at the vanguard of design, sales, installation and maintenance of cinemas and professional audio video systems throughout Mexico. Along with its partners, it has installed more than 300 Christie digital cinema systems. Now, through its partnership with Christie, DOR Internacional will develop a Network Operations Center in Mexico City, following the North American model.

“Christie has provided us with the equipment and conducted training; and now, we are completing the installation of permanent connectivity in order to open the facility and provide the full range of tools, technical support and functionality to current customers as well as all the new ones,” said Jacques Dornbierer Hogan, Director General and Chief Executive Officer, DOR Internacional SA DE C.V.

Independent Cinema Association of Australia and Christie (ICAA)
ICAA members toured the Christie NOC in Los Angeles during CinemaCon, entering into the final phase to establish a node of the facility in Australia to support its members’ digital cinemas installations in Australia and New Zealand.

As part of the partnership, Christie has provide ICAA with extensive training and additional services through Christie Managed Services to take the benefits they provide members to the next level.

“The Christie NOC is a cutting edge facility that allows Christie technicians to spot potential trouble and solve it with the utmost speed and competency,” noted ICAA chief executive officer, Adrianne Pecotic. “We are pleased to join in partnership with Christie because their cinema expertise is essential in helping our members make the transition to digital as seamless and painless as possible.”

“ICAA is a visionary organization whose digital cinema solutions embrace all independent exhibitors in Australia seeking to transition from 35mm film to digital cinema technology,” continued James. “It is a testament to their commitment to their members that they have now stepped up to address the critical need of making the digital transition as efficiently and as cost effectively as possible, and to be ready to support that transition with the highest level of service available anywhere.”

Added James: “We are looking forward to creating many new partnerships, and to working with the tens of thousands of exhibitors across the globe that recognize the importance of having a rock-solid foundation of technical support beneath them as they launch their next phase of service to moviegoers in the digital cinema frontier.”

Christie Integrated Media Block (IMB) Achieves DCI Compliance for 2K and 4K Content

Ready for the high frame rate (HFR) revolution with the ultimate in reliability and compatibility, Christie® announced that its new Integrated Media Block (IMB) has been validated as DCI-compliant by Aegisolve, one of only three entities in the world fully licensed for compliance testing by the Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI).

The Christie® IMB is the first IMB to pass the DCI Compliance Test Plan (CTP) in a 4K DLP Cinema® projector, in both 2K and 4K modes of operation. It joins the DCI-compliant Christie Series 2 Solaria projectors, making this the world’s only, single-manufacturer DLP Cinema projector and IMB combination that meets the DCI specifications. As part of this testing process, the Christie IMB was also tested to the rigorous FIPS 140-2 security tests mandated by DCI in the CTP.

Building upon Christie’s expertise in D-Cinema technology, the Christie IMB has been designed by Christie engineers as a standalone IMB, meaning that everything it needs for control and content decryption/decoding is part of the IMB itself, and is the first such IMB to achieve DCI compliance. The only external hardware needed to operate the IMB is a compatible storage solution, which can range from a simple Network Attached Storage (NAS) or Direct Attached Storage (DAS) device all the way to a networked central storage system, depending on the needs of the exhibitor.

“With the largest share of the world’s digital cinema projection market, Christie offers exhibitors proven quality, reliability, and performance,” said Don Shaw, senior director, product management, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. “Having achieved full DCI-compliance on our IMB, Christie now offers a complete digital cinema solution that provides exhibitors the highest level of technical performance and value, producing the brightest and sharpest image and the most reliable HFR solution.”

“We are very pleased to confirm that the Christie IMB has passed all applicable CTP requirements for DCI compliance,” said Travis Spann, President of Aegisolve, based in Mountain View, California. “As an accredited and trusted third party, we are committed to providing our customers with rigorous, unbiased and efficient testing processes.”

The new Christie IMB provides the most reliable and secure digital cinema projection system design in the industry and unlocks the high frame rate and 4K potential in Christie Series 2 Solaria projectors. Manufactured by Christie and installed inside the projector, the single-brand digital cinema solution removes the limitations of proprietary external storage/decoding solutions connected to the projector via bandwidth-limited video cables. The Christie IMB allows HFR or 4K content to pass directly to the projector electronics, completely uncompromised and exactly reproducing the colour palette and stylistic intent of the content creator.

Christie’s Commitment to HFR
The two main goals of Christie’s HFR activities are to help the industry develop the best HFR content and the best delivery system for HFR content. The first goal involves assisting leading-edge filmmakers and post-production companies in perfecting HFR movie creation, so the industry has the most engaging, entertaining content possible. The second goal is to assist exhibitors in showing these 3D HFR movies in all their glory. To these ends, Christie is helping create the standards for 3D HFR movies through formal and informal technology-development alliances with major producers and directors, post production facilities, studios and technology partners. On the exhibitor’s front, Christie provides one stop shopping for all the hardware, software and services that enable exhibitors to deliver a filmmaker’s vision in stunning 3D HFR quality. For more information visit http://www.higherframerates.com.

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