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Christie MicroTiles Enhance Wow Factor at SAS

SAS has selected and installed 197 Christie MicroTiles comprising five walls, four Christie projectors and four Christie Spyder X20 video processors at its worldwide headquarters in Cary, North Carolina. SAS, the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market, provides business analytics, data management and IT management software and services to the financial services, government, retail, energy, life sciences, manufacturing and numerous other industries.

“In designing our new state-of-the-art executive briefing center, SAS was creating a technology and functional showpiece,” said Woody Weaver, SAS senior manager of engineering and operations.

“MicroTiles, with their 1 mm bezel between each tile, provide a virtually seamless wall with the flexibility to build almost any configuration. Our building is platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified and MicroTiles met our requirements as a green solution with their low power consumption and no consumables.”

“You see the LEED Wall (4 Christie MicroTiles wide by 2 Christie MicroTiles high) as soon as you enter the building,” continued Weaver, “along with a second, smaller video wall nearby (5 MicroTiles wide by 4 MicroTiles high). The showcase display is the 40-foot long Welcome Wall (28 MicroTiles wide by 4 MicroTiles high), which becomes the backdrop for our registration area. We also have the Future Wall (12 MicroTiles wide by 3 MicroTiles high) displaying current and upcoming events.”

Located on the sixth floor, the executive wing’s Executive Wall features a 7 MicroTiles wide by 3 MicroTiles high array displaying computer models, cable television content and digital signage.
“We often send content from our auditoriums and meeting rooms to the Executive Wall, so others can watch the presentations,” added Weaver. “Even with a skylight overhead, the MicroTiles still look good. Next, we’re implementing a touchscreen application using infrared sensors.”

Christie Spyder and Christie MicroTiles – The Ideal Combination

Two Christie Spyder X20 video processors manage and control the content fed to the Christie MicroTiles.

“We can transform our lobby into a technology showcase and use the Welcome Wall in conjunction with our Spyders for our conference registration areas,” said Ken Weaver, senior IT manager, SAS. “For example, for an education conference here our graphics team designed a themed background for the wall, to which we added letter logos to facilitate the registration process. We often repurpose one wall several different ways just by changing up the display content.”

Four Christie Projectors and Two Additional Christie Spyders

Two additional Christie Spyders deliver top-notch content in the center’s two auditoriums. Both spaces feature two rear-projected Christie HD10-M projectors with a Christie Spyder X20 blending the content onto impressive 30-foot wide by 10-foot high screens. Two Christie HD6K-M projectors in each auditorium present content for two smaller, flanking screens.

“We chose Christie because it is good product. The MicroTiles have been very reliable,” Woody Weaver concluded. “The MicroTiles run 12 hours a day, six days a week and definitely provide that ‘wow’ factor for our clients when they walk into the building.”

Integrator AVI-SPL was pleased to install MicroTiles at the high-tech firm after becoming very familiar with the technology on other installations. Will Parry, senior vice president, special projects groups at AVI-SPL said, “We were happy to use the MicroTiles again after several large installations. We’ve had great success with them in the past, and highly recommend them to our clients.”

Christie Digital Signage Solutions Augment Retail Sales and Deliver Corporate Brand Messages

Christie®, a global visual technology company, will showcase its broad range of industry-leading digital signage solutions, which include designing, building, deploying and on-going monitoring services for the retail market, January 16 –17, at the National Retail Federation’s BIG show.

On Display at NRF, Christie Booth #667:
The Christie displays at NRF include a 2 wide by 6 tall (32 inches wide by 72 inches tall) Christie® MicroTiles® shopping station with touch interactivity, 11 additional Christie MicroTiles in a unique and engaging configuration, and two stacked 55-inch high-definition Christie FHD551-X HD LCD flat panels.

Interactive Virtual Shelf™ Displayed on Brilliant Christie MicroTiles:
Last year, NRF 2011 attendees previewed an exclusive sneak preview of the Virtual Shelf™ interactive concept display with mobile applications, designed by Arsenal Media, in collaboration with Christie. In 2012, the concept truly comes to life.

This stylish digital destination combines the award-winning Christie MicroTiles with a gesture-interactive shopping platform, mobile features, QR code promotions, lounge soundtrack, and ambient print design. Attendees will instantly see the benefits of this client-focused application that not only showcases up-sell and cross-sell opportunities based on fashion style or client persona, but gives consumers full control over their shopping experience by providing product category, model and color choices. The Virtual Shelf is unique in that its features are adaptable to each retailer’s brand, merchandising strategy and décor.

“The Virtual Shelf is a smart and stylish new breed of interactive shopping destinations. I believe it answers today’s consumer expectations regarding their in-store experiences while providing innovative merchandising opportunities for retailers. It utilizes a minimal amount of space without diminishing the impact of the sales experience and access to full inventory,” said Denys Lavigne, president of Arsenal Media.

Engage Clients from the Get-go With Corporate Lobby Digital Displays:
A Christie MicroTiles display demonstrates how Christie’s corporate lobby was renovated using this technology and booth visitors can inquire about how The Nielsen Company and others trust Christie to design, build, deploy and monitor corporate lobbies. Christie MicroTiles are modular, digital display tiles that interlock with one another like building blocks, creating a near-seamless display.

Christie as Guardian of Your Digital Networks:
Attendees learn how Christie teams with dealer networks to offer custom display solutions and support – including designing, building, deploying and monitoring displays through Christie’s state-of-the-art North American Network Operations Center where experienced technicians monitor and protect customers’ digital investments 24/7/365.

Via video clips and images displayed on two stacked 55-inch Christie FHD551-X HD LCD flat panels, attendees will also discover how Sun Life Financial (sponsor of IRIS by Cirque du Soleil® at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood), Fresh® (a Louis Vuitton subsidiary) and Rave Motion Pictures use Christie’s digital signage solutions and services.

“Christie has been in the visual technology business for more than 80 years, so we understand what retailers, architects and brand managers need to compete,” said Sean James, Christie’s vice president of managed services. “As guardian of digital signage networks, we offer specialty installations from design through deployment and into post-deployment monitoring and maintenance. We provide retailers the end-to-end solutions they need to increase their level of interactivity with customers, and to help them stand apart in a competitive world.”

Christie offers fully customizable, one-stop shopping from digital signage and services to additional products and accessories such as mounting brackets, frame and pedestal structural supports, Christie Vista Spyder and Christie Spyder X20 multi-image video processors, plus, a complete range of TVC controllers and media servers.

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Christie Provides TELUS Spark, The New Science Centre, With Complete Visual Solutions


TELUS Spark, The New Science Centre, is welcoming visitors with the help of 48 Christie MicroTiles and an assortment of Christie projectors. The center opened October 29, 2011 in Calgary, Alberta for people of all ages and abilities to explore and discover science, technology and art in new ways.

The two-story tall atrium houses an 8 unit wide by 6 unit high Christie MicroTiles array set between the Feature Gallery and the gift store.

Christie MicroTiles are modular digital display tiles that can be stacked and clustered like building blocks to create display walls of any shape or scale. They are also “self-aware” – meaning that the sensors built into the MicroTiles automatically complete time-consuming and costly color calibration needed to keep conventional video walls looking uniform.

“The Atrium is where we have a space for discovery leaders and hosts to deliver presentations and for informing people about what is happening at the center,” said Dennis Cheng, audio video manager, TELUS Spark. “There is a very large picture window on the south side of the atrium that lets in a lot of sunlight. In fact, it lights up the entire atrium. We needed a technology to overcome that issue and the Christie MicroTiles came in as the solution. The MicroTiles are LED-based and were the only product bright enough to overcome that large amount of ambient light.”

“Looking down from the second floor of the atrium, the MicroTiles display still looks great,” added Barry Crean, vice president, Operations. “People look down at the display from any angle and are quite impressed by what they see. The MicroTiles look terrific.”

A second wall, comprising 22 Christie MicroTiles, slated for installation this year, will act as a donor wall to recognize large-scale donations.

Ten Christie Projectors Complete the Solution

Cheng explained that as a new building, TELUS Spark is poised to attract a wide variety of special events and the Atrium is the perfect place to stage these opportunities.

“Again, because of the ambient light on the south end of the atrium, we needed a projector to overcome the light challenges. The Christie Roadie HD+35K was the best option,” said Cheng. “The Roadie projects 100 feet away onto a 30-foot by 16-foot screen that is suspended from a movable truss over 30 feet above the atrium floor.”

The center also has seven Christie DWU670-E 1-chip DLP® projectors with four dedicated to the Open Studio gallery. Catering to youth, the Open Studio allows participants to digitally paint with light or compose a symphony with color. The finished artwork or composition is then projected onto one of four screens.

Of the remaining three projectors, one is in the Being Human gallery and the other two are on mobile carts, used throughout the science center.

Christie DWU670-E 1-chip DLP® projectors provide exceptional brightness (6000 ANSI lumens / 6500 center lumens) and image quality with native WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution.

“We really like the look and performance of these single-chip projectors,” added Cheng. “They work exceptionally well and were the ideal wide-screen choice for our needs.”

A Christie DS+750 1-chip DLP® projector is used at the Shadow Rock exhibit in the Open Studio gallery. Offering an exceptional balance between high brightness and superior color and reliability for 24/7 applications, the Christie DS+750 digital projector delivers 7500 ANSI lumens at SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution.

“The final Christie projector we have is the Christie CP2220, located in our 164-seat Presentation Theatre,” Crean continued. “We wanted a quality space where we could do flat image 3D and the Christie CP2220 is exactly what we needed.”

Designed for ease of use and maximum reliability with the majority of screens in commercial exhibitions, the Christie CP2220 digital cinema projector is an all-in-one digital cinema projector solution and the brightest, highest performance projector with the lowest operating costs in its class.

“We had a walkthrough with some technology experts and they recognized that by choosing Christie projectors, we had chosen high quality and cutting edge technology. Once we decided on Christie, everything – including delivery of the products – happened very quickly,” Crean concluded.

“We worked closely with Geoff Chick (Central and Western Regional Sales Manager, Canada) and Dave Muscat (Senior Director of Sales, Canada) – who were very responsive throughout the process. Having great products means we have the potential to achieve great things with our exhibits.”

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Christie MicroTiles: A Site To Behold At Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics


Christie display technology is at the forefront of Northern Kentucky University’s (NKU) College of Informatics with a striking Christie MicroTiles array, four Christie projectors, and two Christie Spyder X20-1608 image processors managing and controlling the content.
Located in the Digitorium of Griffin Hall – the university’s first LEED-certified building – the 19 wide by 15 high Christie MicroTiles (25 feet wide by 15 feet high) array is drawing rave reviews for its bright, vivid colors and its flexibility in displaying images, videos and graphics.

The 120-seat Digitorium hosts virtual performances, simulations, collaborative gaming, workflow modeling and 3D visualization, all fed to the Christie MicroTiles by the Spyders.

“This project had a strict deadline and it wasn’t an option to miss the opening date of Griffin Hall,” said Kevin Collins, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Diversified Systems, project integrator. “The timeline for installation from paper to completion on this entire project was just six months but integration went smoothly. In fact, it went up just like 1-2-3 and was a textbook integration. The MicroTiles definitely have a very high cool factor.”

“The number of sources we feed into the tiles from the Spyders is huge,” added Shawn Samii, project manager, Diversified Systems. “The MicroTiles receive several feeds including streaming video, HDMI out of a laptop, display footage out of a laptop, AV, cable TV feed, PC graphics, static images, and broadcast STI feeds.”

“In the Digitorium, we have eight opera boxes (four on each side) with computers in each one, which get tied back into the MicroTiles wall – so we can do live interaction,” said Chris Strobel, associate professor of electronic media and broadcasting, NKU. “We anticipate hosting ‘cyber defense’ competitions in the Digitorium, where each team will be stationed in an opera box defending their own computer network from cyber attack.

“We may also participate in various types of “capture the flag” cyberwarfare competitions in that space (which involve both defense and offense). In both cases the ‘BigWall’ functions as high-resolution dashboard/scoreboard that allows the audience on the main floor to track the highly multi-facetted real-time status of the competition.”

“Everybody who has looked at the MicroTiles wall is in utter disbelief,” concluded Samii. “The wall is truly a sight to behold.”

“When we show student projects such as films and animations on the MicroTiles, there is definitely a ‘wow-factor’ that you wouldn’t get with other technology,” concluded Strobel.

Serving as the main Digitorium projector is one Christie HD6K-M with three Christie LW650 projectors located outside the auditorium.

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Christie Surpasses 26,000 Digital Cinema Projector Milestone

Christie announced that it has shipped and installed more than 26,000 digital cinema projectors worldwide, led by the firm’s DCI-compliant Christie Solaria™ Series 2K and 4K projectors, from the popular Christie CP2220 and Christie CP2230 workhorses to the CP4220 and CP4230 thoroughbreds.

Christie’s news follows on Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announcement today that in the 12-month period between December 1, 2010 and November 30, 2011, the number of DLP Cinema® screens worldwide grew to a total of 51,620 for an increase of 84 percent. As part of TI’s announcement, coincident with the Cine Asia 2011 conference in Hong Kong, TI awarded a commemorative plaque to Christie customer, United Circuit Cinemas, Shanghai Film Group.

“The versatility and convenience of our one-stop shopping approach based on our deep understanding of exhibitor needs has won us new customers across the globe. Christie continues to be the exhibitors’ choice for financing options like our innovative Virtual Print Fee (VPF) program in North America, leading edge-hardware and software and unparalleled support from Christie’s Managed Services,” said Jack Kline, president and chief operating officer, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.

“All of this enables exhibitors to deliver a filmmaker’s vision today in 2D, 3D, 4K and future-proofs their investments for 3D High Frame Rate (HFR) projection quality, depending upon the movie’s format and our clients’ budgets and audience expectations,” added Kline. “Combined with display support for 2D, 3D, 4K and 3D High Frame Rate (HFR) projection, exhibitors can choose between formats to suit their budgets and audience expectations and deliver a filmmaker’s vision or broadcast content the way it was intended while future-proofing their investments.”

Contributing to the total were projectors shipped to a score of exhibitors across the globe in November 2011, including units bound for Canada, Costa Rica, China, France, Japan, Mexico, Poland and the United States.

Not Resting on Success
Since 1999, Christie has been the dominant leader and expert in digital cinema projection. More than 12 years ago, Christie introduced the world’s first digital cinema projector, the Christie DCP-H, followed by the Christie CP2000 series and, most recently, the Christie Solaria™ series for both 2K and 4K resolutions. In addition to product launches and technology firsts, Christie was selected for the first large scale digital cinema deployments in all major regions of the world, including Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific.

In keeping with its technology leadership and reputation for innovation at the service of its customers, the Christie Solaria™ Series solutions are being continually improved and expanded upon, with recent announcements including:

• Christie’s Solaria V.2.2 software application, to include Christie Previsto™ High Frame Rate (HFR) technology, among other firmware upgrades, which will allow Christie Solaria Series 2 projectors to accept video content at frame rates as high as 48 and 60 frames per second (FPS) per eye in 3D and up to 120 FPS in 2D;

• A fully integrated media block (IMB) solution with 4K and HFR capabilities that is physically integrated into the projector, becoming an integral part of the display device, giving the Christie IMB a secure, high bandwidth connection that can manage HFR and 4K content without compromising image quality;

• 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.

All Christie projectors are designed to meet Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) specifications. They feature a new modular architecture for improved serviceability and ease of maintenance, with up to 25 percent lower cost of operation than competing technologies.

Christie Continues to Extend 4K and 3D Digital Cinema Footprint Across Asia Pacific Region

Exhibitors in countries throughout the Asia Pacific region continue to embrace Christie® 4K and 3D technology, employing the company’s award-winning Solaria™ Series of DLP Digital Cinema® projectors in hundreds of screens. Designed to meet DCI specifications, the Christie Solaria™ Series includes a fully integrated media block (IMB) solution that can manage Higher Frame Rates (HFR) and 4K content without compromising image quality.
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“Christie, as the pioneer of digital cinema projection technology, and the first to present digital solutions based on 4K, is committed to work with exhibitors in Asia to grow their digital 4K footprint in line with global trends in the film industry,” announced Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific.
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“The demand for 4K will continue to increase, especially in Asia where the cinema industry is experiencing a dynamism that has not been seen for a long time. Christie has deployed its Christie CP4220 and CP4230 projectors in various markets in Asia, with the highest number in China and Australia.”
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Rapid 4K Expansion in China

Christie has the most 4K installations in China including more than 350 with the Wanda Group, Asia’s largest cinema chain.
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“With Christie’s 4K projectors filling our cinema screens, we are able to provide a complete 3D experience unequaled in quality, brightness, image accuracy and alignment and ultimately, a total cinema immersion for our clients,” remarked Ye Ning, general manager of Wanda Cinema Group.
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United Circuit, the cinema operator under Shanghai Film Group, China’s largest cinema circuit, recently purchased 200 Christie digital cinema projectors, including the Christie CP4230.
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Xu Xiaoping, general manager of United Circuit, said the 4K digital cinema projectors are part of the company’s next step in providing industry-leading solutions for bigger screens and selected 3D releases. To date, United Circuit has installed more than 600 Christie digital cinema projectors across China.

India and Indonesia Embrace 4K

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The Christie CP4230 made the 3D screening of http://www.transformersmovie.com/ Transformers: Dark of the Moon at Bangalore India’s Urvashi Cinema, the country’s first 3D cinema, possible.
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“4K is a premium experience even going by worldwide standards. Urvashi prides itself on its commitment to give our patrons the best viewing quality, said Amit R Gowda, CEO of Urvashi Cinema. “We pursue excellence and that is the reason why we took such a bold move with the installation of the Christie CP4230 digital cinema projectors.”
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Ranjit Thakur, CEO of Scrabble Entertainment, Christie’s deployment partner in India, agreed, stating, “I have seen this industry progress and witnessed the ups and downs. The way in which India is progressing on the digital cinema platform is astonishing. Urvashi’s move to 4K digital cinema projection has set the bar for cinemas everywhere. This is the onset of a new revolution and I’m sure in the near future, we will see a lot of conversions from the cinema operators here in India.”
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In Indonesia, Christie is installing close to 200 digital cinema projectors, including several 4K models. Other Asia markets using Christie 4K DLP Cinema® projection technology include Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.
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Christie 4K Provides New Cinematic Experience Down Under
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Hoyts Group, Australia’s second largest chain with 55 cinemas and over 448 screens, employs a selection of Christie 4K projectors in both Australia and New Zealand.
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“We have been keeping pace with the strong push across the entire film industry towards digital cinema and one of the main driving forces is 3D content,” said Adam Wrightson, executive director and chief technology officer, Hoyts Cinemas Technology Group. “Christie’s 4K projectors provide our patrons with a whole new cinematic experience as never before, combining the best resolution, color contrast and image quality to give off crisp, life-like images in vivid colors.”
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“Christie 4K technology provides cinemas with the most reliable foundation for converting its operations to digital cinema projection. We worked with our exhibitors on integration, installation, service, and technical support for their 4K conversions, providing them with a complete solution for making the move to digital cinema,” concluded Lin.
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“In this regard, Christie will continue to push the boundaries of 4K cinematic experience onto screens across Asia. We are also looking forward to having people visit Christie’s CineAsia booth to see demonstrations of our 4K technology.”

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Christie Receives Innovation Award for Government of Canada’s Training Simulation Projection Upgrade

Christie®, a global visual technologies company, has been recognized by KMI Media Group’s Military Technology & Training (MT2) magazine as a top simulation and training company for the fourth consecutive year, for its industry advancement, innovation and impact on the military training industry across the spectrum of technologies and services. MT2’s Top Simulation & Training Companies publication recognizes annually, through an impartial group of subject matter experts, companies that significantly contribute to the training community with their products and services.
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Christie received the Blue Ribbon for Innovation award for its work with government and industry partners in mating the Canadian government’s Hercules Observer Trainer (HOT) CC130 J-model transport aircraft crew station mock-up with a hemispheric screen, and blending the output of two dual-input Christie Matrix StIM™ projectors, to provide a high resolution and wide field of view from the aircraft. The HOT depicts missiles and gunfire as seen from a CC130-J aircraft, training students to recognize, report, and respond in their manoeuvring aircraft. Employing their headset and countermeasure dispenser, students train day and night missions, stimulating their NVGs with the Matrix StIMs™. 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 are honored that the MT2 panel selected Christie as a top simulation and training company again this year,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president, Visual Environments, Christie.
“ Our technology is used in high-performance simulation environments all over the world, and with the Christie Matrix StIM claiming many industry firsts in simulation training, we are constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation and solutions.”

The Christie Matrix StIM addresses all the key requirements of the simulation industry in one compact, customer-driven design. The Christie Matrix StIM enables a new level of training by utilizing both visible light and IR. Through InfraRGB™ illumination (RGB and IR LEDs) and Christie InfraScene™, the unique capability of processing and displaying infrared content, true-to-life NVG stimulation is achieved for realistic and relevant training for difficult conditions of limited visibility and night time operations. With no consumables, the Christie Matrix StIM features extraordinarily long life, image quality and ease of service. Very low power consumption directly translates to lower operating heat, less cooling requirements and savings in electricity for a dramatic reduction in sustainment costs.

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Christie CP4220 and CP4230 Projectors Earn DCI Compliance

Christie® is pleased to announce that its Solaria™ Series 2 CP4230 and CP4220 projectors have obtained Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI) certification following compliance testing by CineCert, LLC.
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The Christie CP4230 was the world’s first superior 4K digital cinema projector and the latest addition to the Christie Solaria series. The Christie CP4220 and Christie CP4230 provide the brightest, highest resolution in their class, as well as the most robust and cost-effective 4K DLP Cinema® solutions.
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“Ours was the first 4K DLP Cinema projection system to be demonstrated publicly, over a year ago at IBC 2010, and then officially launched several weeks later,” said Don Shaw, director, product management, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “We welcome the certification, which will be of most interest to our largest customers whose plans include showing the latest in ultra-high resolution, superior cinema content to their most discerning audiences.”
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Christie’s All-in-One 4K Solution
Numerous theater chains and independent cinema groups around the world have purchased the CP4220 and 4230 projectors, including Southern Theatres (USA); Cineplex Inc. (Canada); CCI (Europe/Israel) and United Circuit, a subsidiary of the Shanghai Film Group (SFG) Corporation (China). The latest Christie Solaria CP4220 and CP4230 projectors feature the Christie 4K+4 advantage, which includes maximum performance for 3D, Christie Pixel Track™ technology for optimum image quality, simple maintenance procedures and the lowest cost of ownership of any digital projector on the market.
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All Solaria Series 2 projectors are designed to integrate seamlessly with the Christie IMB – a complete, integrated media block (IMB) solution planned to be available in early 2012 – and the currently available Christie Previsto™ High Frame Rate (HFR) technology. Featuring complete Cinema content support, as well as MPEG2 and H.264 support for preshow advertising and alternative content, the design of Christie’s IMB is grounded in a solid understanding of a projector’s software, thermals, vibrations and internal power supply, ensuring the most reliable projection system on the market. The combination of the Christie CP4220 or Christie CP4230 and Christie IMB, offered by the world’s largest manufacturer of digital cinema projectors, brings exhibitors ultimate confidence that they will be ready for upcoming 4K or 3D HFR movies in a single projector system.

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Southern Theatres to Complete Circuit-Wide Digital Conversion of All Screens Exclusively with Christie Digital Cinema Projectors

New Orleans-based Southern Theatres, operator of the AmStar Cinemas and The Grand Theatres, has agreed to complete the digitization of all of its screens with Christie Solaria™ Series DLP Cinema® projectors. The agreement, which will provide patrons with the highest quality movie-viewing experience available, covers the purchase of 147 Christie DLP Cinema® systems. This includes the Christie CP2210 and Christie CP2220, as well as the Christie CP4230, which features the Christie 4K+4 advantage for the sharpest 4K-resolution images in the industry. Southern Theatres plans to be 100 percent digital by the end of December 2011.
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“We decided to complete our conversion to 100 percent digital cinema with Christie because we are very comfortable with the company and their quality technology,” said George Solomon, CEO of Southern Theatres. “They offer a first-rate product, backed by a top-notch support team.”
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Among notable conversions is the historic Dallas AmStar 14, the nation’s first megaplex, which opened in 1995 and features 14 auditoriums with screens lit exclusively by Christie. AmStar’s auditoriums also boast all-digital sound, 3D capabilities, wall-to-wall screens, stadium seating and high-back rocking chairs, in addition to a birthday party and game room. The megaplex will now include four new Christie CP4230 4K-resolution projectors, which provide the highest resolution available in the industry.
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“Through the years, Christie has demonstrated the highest capabilities, service levels and reporting,” Solomon added. “We look forward to working with them for many years to come.”
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“Southern Theatres is one of the top 20 independent exhibitors in the country, and they continue to expand successfully because they have earned a reputation for providing a superior movie viewing experience to their loyal patrons,” said Craig Sholder, vice president, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “Christie values the trust they have placed in us to provide them with the best products, services and technical support in the industry.”

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.

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