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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 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.”

Christie Provides ShowEast Attendees with Single Source for all Digital Cinema and Signage Products, Services, and Financing Needs

Christie® pulled out all the stops to help the exhibitor community “Make the Move” to digital cinema excellence through a range of product introductions, technology previews and a five-zone booth providing one-stop shopping for exhibitors at the annual ShowEast conference held October 25 – 28 in Miami, Florida.

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“An increasingly complex exhibition environment, characterized by rapid advancements in technology and expanding choices, provides both opportunities and pitfalls to exhibitors,” said Craig Sholder, vice president, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “Christie’s presence at ShowEast is intended to inspire confidence among exhibitors that we can keep them ahead of the digital cinema curve, by future-proofing their investments.”

Leading the HFR Charge

To support exhibitors wanting to future-proof their investments in anticipation of showing high frame rate (HFR) movies – which are currently being developed by Hollywood’s most powerful directors – Christie has announced a major software upgrade for its Christie Solaria™ Series of digital cinema projectors. Supporting the industry’s efforts to have the most engaging, entertaining content possible and enabling the best delivery system for this HFR content are Christie’s two main goals.
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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, postproduction 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.

Helping Customers Improve Their Bottom Lines

In addition to adding HFR capabilities that will deliver audience-attracting cinema content delivery, HFR will also provide exhibitors with new business opportunities that include projection of alternative content such as live sporting events, as well as artistic and cultural presentations, such as concerts and operas.
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This contribution to an exhibitor’s bottom line will be enhanced by Christie’s recently announced Virtual Print Fee (VPF) Program, which is unique in its scale and flexibility, and through improved operations provided by the Christie Avias-TMS™ (see below) and Christie’s Previsto™ HFR technology, embedded in Christie’s Solaria V.2.2 software (see below).

The Five Zones in Christie’s Booth Showcase Choices for Exhibitors

“Visitors to the Christie booth will have the opportunity to experience our entire digital cinema offering, whose scope encompasses financing the move to digital cinema, establishing an affordable and flexible upgrade path towards new formats and technologies, and turnkey service and support for their operations,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing, Christie. “Five zones will amply demonstrate Christie’s commitment to be a trusted, one-stop shop for all exhibitor needs.”

Zone 1 – High Frame Rate Support:
Christie’s Solaria V.2.2 software application will be available soon and includes 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. The current industry standard is 24 FPS. HFR technology renders fast-moving objects in exceptional detail, boosting the clarity and smoothness of the image. Christie is once again partnering with International Datacasting to show a state-of-the-art demonstration of HFR, utilizing IDC’s Pro Cinema Event Player.

Zone 2 – Projectors, Lamps and Virtual Print Fees (VPF):
One size doesn’t fit all, and in this zone Christie experts will guide exhibitors through the range of Christie Solaria digital cinema projectors, Christie Xenolite lamp options and the details of Christie’s Virtual Print Fee (VPF) Program, which offers unprecedented financing options.

Zone 3 – Network Operations Center:
Christie remote monitoring will be showcased on an award-winning Christie® MicroTiles® display. Visitors can experience a video demonstration of Christie’s state-of-the-art Network Operations Center (NOC) for remote monitoring, maintenance and troubleshooting of digital cinema projection and digital displays. Christie safeguards visual technology displays, keeping them running 24/7/365. The Christie NOC is remotely monitoring more than 50,000 devices at customer locations across North America while also providing the latest in predictive analytics to anticipate and resolve potential technical issues – minimizing theater and lobby downtime.

Zone 4 – Christie Integrated Media Block (IMB) Tech Preview:
Advancing its leadership position in addressing the exhibition industry’s transition to 4K and high frame rate (HFR) projection standards, Christie will preview a fully integrated media block (IMB) solution with 4K and HFR capabilities at ShowEast. Physically integrated into the projector, Christie’s IMB becomes an integral part of the display device, creating a secure, high bandwidth connection that can manage HFR and 4K content without compromising image quality.

Zone 5 – In-Lobby Digital Displays:
Experience what your theater lobby could be with digital signage such as box office, menu boards and engaging interactive video wall displays. This zone, centered on Christie FHD551-X tiled LCD flat panel displays, will showcase how Christie Managed Services will design, build and deploy a digital signage network that’s right for you. Allure Global Solutions, a valued enterprise software solutions partner, will be on hand to demonstrate how Christie and Allure Global support every digital signage project stage, from strategy and content requirements to equipment selection and POS software integration, as well as a synchronized deployment and post deployment strategy. The firms also provide ongoing hardware and software support, maintenance, monitoring and business impact analytics.

Christie Previews Innovative Integrated Media Block (IMB) Solution at ShowEast

Advancing its leadership position in addressing the exhibition industry’s transition to 4K and high frame rate (HFR) projection standards, Christie will preview a fully integrated media block (IMB) solution with 4K and HFR capabilities, designed to meet Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI) specifications, at ShowEast.
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Designed and manufactured by Christie, the world’s leading provider of digital cinema projectors, the Christie IMB works with all of Christie’s Solaria™ Series 2 projectors to provide an integrated solution from a single, trusted equipment supplier. A key feature of the Christie IMB is that it utilizes industry-standard, off-the-shelf storage devices, unlike other media blocks that typically require expensive, proprietary storage solutions.
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Also, featuring complete MPEG2 and H.264 support, the Christie IMB allows exhibitors to display a larger variety of alternative and advertising content, fully streamed from the same storage device that holds the packaged cinema content. The complete, all-in-one projection system that results will provide unparalleled value, will be more reliable than third party solutions, and will give exhibitors ultimate confidence in their long-term investment decision.
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“Most current digital projector installations utilize a media block in an external server that is linked by cables to the projector. This creates bandwidth limitations that impact picture quality and inhibit the overall system’s ability to maintain and display video at higher frame rates and increased pixel resolution,” observed Don Shaw, Director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “The Christie IMB overcomes this challenge by physically operating within the projector. It becomes an integral part of the display device, creating a secure connection that can manage the high bandwidth required for HFR and 4K content without compromising image quality.”
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Shaw noted that the IMB design reduces complexity because it eliminates the need for an exhibitor to support varied servers and IMBs currently on the market from different manufacturers, on their different screens. Christie achieves further integration by embedding its Screen Management System – the control interface for the projection system – directly into the IMB.
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“Christie now offers a groundbreaking, single projection solution that converts and delivers packaged feature film content within a secure, DCI-compliant environment, while providing the option to upgrade to full HFR capabilities. And because we also manufacture the projector that forms the keystone of our advanced digital cinema solution, we eliminate compatibility issues that could potentially occur in media blocks from third party suppliers, especially following regular software upgrade cycles,” observed Shaw.
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Designed for Exhibitors by the Engineers That Know Our Projectors Best
The design of Christie’s IMB is grounded in a solid understanding of a projector’s software, thermals, vibrations and internal power supply; the type of knowledge one would expect from the world’s largest sole-source supplier of digital cinema projectors. It comes in three versions to suit your particular needs – a 2K/2D/3D standard frame rate model, that can be easily upgraded to support 2K/2D/3D high frame rates and, beyond that, an all-inclusive upgrade that adds 4K support.
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The Christie IMB, designed to work with all Christie Solaria Series 2K and 4K projectors, plays perfectly with Christie Previsto™ HFR, a technology that enables the upcoming Lord of the Rings prequels and Avatar sequels to be played by exhibitors on single projector systems, exactly as intended by the filmmakers. Choosing a Christie IMB today ensures that, with a simple license key upgrade, an exhibitor is ready when the first HFR feature film, The Hobbit, is released in December 2012.
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For more information on higher frame rates, visit www.higherframerates.com.

Christie Introduces Solaria 2.2 Software Upgrade, Featuring Christie Previsto High Frame Rate Technology, For Stunning 2D and 3D Cinema Presentation

To support exhibitors wanting to future-proof their investments in anticipation of showing high frame rate (HFR) movies – which are currently being developed by Hollywood’s most powerful directors – Christie has announced a powerful software upgrade for its Christie Solaria™ Series of digital cinema projectors.

Christie’s Solaria V.2.2 software application will be available soon and includes 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). The current industry standard is 24 FPS. HFR technology renders fast-moving objects in exceptional detail, boosting the clarity and smoothness of the image.

Hollywood heavyweights supporting higher frame rates include James Cameron and Peter Jackson. Both have indicated that their new movies, including Cameron’s Avatar 2 & 3, and Jackson’s two-film adaption of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, will be produced in HFR format, and exhibitors will require HFR-capable projectors to screen in theaters. Cameron, a vocal proponent of HFR production, has been touring major industry trade shows around the world, using Christie projectors to illustrate the benefits of higher frame rates, which he says, “will dramatically improve the viewing experience.”

“The transition to a higher frame rate standard is going to happen sooner rather than later, and Christie‘s Previsto HFR technology will protect exhibitors’ long-term investment in their digital cinema projectors,” said Don Shaw, director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “HFR will also provide exhibitors with new business opportunities that include projection of alternative content such as live sporting events, as well as artistic and cultural presentations, such as concerts and operas.”

In support of the transition, Christie also recently announced a historic, five-year agreement with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment, Inc., to drive research, testing, and development of HFR technology. The two companies will do this by sharing expertise, equipment and intellectual capitals. Christie will also outfit Cameron’s new production facilities that include screening rooms for the next two installments of Avatar. In welcoming the agreement, Cameron praised Christie engineers who, “share the same passion for perfection, for continuously raising the standard of excellence that I do.”

“Christie recognizes the enormous trust exhibitors and partners place in us to provide them with the latest technology, and they also trust Christie to help future-proof their investment,” said Shaw. “The Christie Solaria 2.2 software upgrade reflects our commitment to the exhibition community, to provide our customers and partners with quality products and services that will serve them for the long-term.”

For more information on higher frame rates, visit www.higherframerates.com

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Everything Fresh in Launch of Beauty Brand’s Newly Renovated Flagship Store Featuring Christie Microtiles

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Fresh®, a unique brand within the LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton luxury group, is using multi-sensory experiences in its newly renovated flagship store in New York City, and Christie® MicroTiles® are helping the beauty brand to pioneer new trends in the retail industry by combining old world sensibility with next-generation technology. Two innovative Christie MicroTiles displays complement the store’s four interactive “destinations? to excite the senses of sound, sight, smell, taste, and touch. Ultimately, the MicroTiles’ brilliant colors, sharp images and tactile-friendly surfaces encourage customers to linger and interact.

“We wanted to animate the Fresh brand visually and texturally, and revitalize its core values that reflect an appreciation for tradition, storytelling, and innovation,? commented Fresh founders Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg. “We really love how Christie MicroTiles blend in perfectly with the architecture of the store and our products – they are not shiny or glossy like more

John Stark Joins Christie to Lead Product Development for Control Rooms and Display Walls

Christie® today announced that John Stark has joined the company in the role of Senior Director of Product Management for Christie’s Collaborative Visual Solutions (CVS) within the Business Products division. Based in Christie’s Cypress office, Mr. Stark will focus on the development of Christie’s industry-leading collaborative visual solutions, including display wall controllers.

Formerly Director of Product Management and Technical Services for Jupiter Systems, Mr. Stark has been responsible for the content and direction of innovative visualization, display and control room products throughout his 20-plus years in the industry. While with Jupiter, he defined and directed the user interfaces for two of that firm’s most successful control room products: the Fusion ControlPoint display wall processor and the Jupiter PixelNet Domain Control software solution.

Previously to Jupiter, he held management positions at Barco Visual Systems, M3i Systems and Matrox Electronics respectively. He is a graduate of McGill University more

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Christie Achieves World’s First 3D High Frame Rate Alternative Content Demo Using Single DLP Projector at IBC 2011 “Big Screen? Event

Christie® used the occasion of the “IBC Big Screen? theater screenings at RAI Amsterdam last week to deliver the world’s first mass-audience demonstration of a 3D High Frame Rate (HFR) D-Cinema system using a single projector – the Christie Solaria™ Series CP2230 projector – in combination with other currently-available components.
“The RealD XL Cinema System and International Datacasting’s SuperFlex® Pro Cinema™ Event Player (PCEP) are available today, along with Christie’s DLP® projectors, providing cinema owners and content owners with the foundation they need to realize new revenue streams from the projection of “alternative content? sporting and theatrical events in 3D HFR,? said Dr. Don Shaw, director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions.
Content showing the world-famous Cavalia equestrian production company in action was flawlessly projected in 3D at 60 frames per second (FPS) during Dr. Shaw’s “Exhibitor Considerations for High Frame Rate 3D Technology? seminar, using the aforementioned suppliers and more

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