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Christie Display Technology and Adtech Systems Deliver Lifelike Images and Outstanding Customer Service at Boston College

With a commitment to fostering and imparting knowledge, Boston College has earned its reputation as one of America’s top institutions of higher learning. Therefore, when it was time to upgrade the projection technology at the storied college, Adtech Systems Inc., installed more than 70 Christie® projectors to deliver course material, lectures and presentations in classrooms and auditoriums.

After a successful demonstration, the school is replacing old product with Christie and calling it a great choice. “The (Christie) price point is fantastic compared to any other manufacturer. We had another manufacturer come in – offering all kinds of incentives and programs – and the product just didn’t meet what we wanted and the price point wasn’t right,” said Jim Clements CTS, project manager, Media Technology Services, Boston College. “Nobody comes close to offering what Christie offers. If you can install a Christie projector, why would you buy anything else?”

The seminar rooms are outfitted with Christie LWU420 projectors while a larger, theater-style 80-seat auditorium has a 1-chip DLP® Christie DHD800. Clements confirmed that one Christie LX700 and one Christie DHD675-E are slated for installation in the Fine Arts department.

The 8000 ANSI lumens Christie DHD800 offers full HD and high-brightness in a 1-chip DLP® projector, making it ideally suited for Boston College’s large auditorium. The Christie DHD675-E delivers lifelike color reproduction and its Dynamic Contrast is perfect for the smaller collaborative classrooms and meeting rooms.

“We also have several Christie LWU505 projectors in three different campuses in a number of different buildings including the Arts and Sciences building, which we just built,” said Clements. “The Arts and Sciences building is a 200,000 square foot, gothic-style facility with 54 classrooms using the LWU505 projectors right now.”

More Christie Technology on the Way
“As Bill Copley (Northeast Territory Sales Manager, Christie) and Adtech can see from future projects, we’ve gone out of our comfort zone in model type and we’re starting to incorporate a number of different models. That kind of success just breeds more success for us to go back to the product,” added Clements. “Bill has brought flat panel technologies to my attention. We have a sporting facility that we’re looking at doing some upgrades there – maybe we want to put in some of these environment-safe outdoor panels (Christie FHD551-W). Maybe we want to put in some video walls. Based on our experiences with Christie, it would certainly lead us to follow its product line.

“Bill (Copley) and Matt Fionda of Adtech Systems have been fantastic. Everything that Christie has promised and offered us they have delivered. That says a lot, certainly in this market. A guarantee or warranty is one thing, but to stand behind it and prove it just continues our partnership with Christie and Adtech as long as I’m here.”

Phase Two of the project – which includes an additional 20 projectors – will see a Christie L2K1000 installed in the 200-person capacity auditorium located in the Admissions/Fine Arts building that also hosts general classes and a 20-foot wide screen.

Christie Holostation Combines High Performance with High Resolution for Maximum Visualization

Christie®, a global leader in visual display solutions, announced at SIGGRAPH the launch of its Christie HoloStation™, a fully self-contained, personal visualization system that provides ultra high performance 3D and high resolution display for an immersive experience in small spaces and for “on-the-go.”

“With its low maintenance and low cost of ownership, the HoloStation system is one of the most affordable immersive display solutions on the market. Its portability and compact footprint contains all the components required to operate a personal immersive visual display for scientific research or oil and gas exploration, among many other applications,” said Larry Paul, senior director of Technology and Visualization Solutions, Christie.

The Christie HoloStation comes complete with projection displays, screens, tracking and interactive technology and displays up to 16.8 Megapixels of data in a 3D stereoscopic and interactive, tracked environment. It provides the functionalities of a full-size Christie CAVE™, but in a scaled down (85-inch by 108-inch by 101-inch footprint), completely self-contained personal immersive environment that fits into a standard office or cubicle. With interactive 3D content and graphic cards as options, it features external graphics processing designed for large-scale 3D visualization and full Dual Link DVI-D bandwidth. Easy to deploy and use, the Christie HoloStation can be set up in almost any facility, and with its head-tracking sensors and interactive tools, it is ideal for applications including aircraft design development, architectural walk-throughs and product design reviews, maintenance and service training, medical training and as a 3D virtual trainer.

The HoloStation system showcased at SIGGRAPH 2013, July 23-25, is powered by four Christie Mirage WU-L WUXGA DLP® 3D projectors that deliver high resolution and rich pixel density, as well as continuous system calibration, in a small footprint unit capable of advanced 2D-3D visualizations. The Mirage WU-L with RGB LED is the first Mirage Series projector to use solid-state LED illumination, providing precise, lifelike, vibrant colors and consistent performance over an estimated 60,000-hours (approximately 6.5 years) life cycle. The compact, four-sided Christie HoloStation system allows visitors at the booth to become fully immersed and interact using the controls. The tracking system enables the 3D models to change their perspective at the slightest turn of the user’s body, making the virtual reality as close to real life as possible.

Christie’s commitment to bringing cost-effective solutions for small spaces makes this workstation affordable for companies whose daily tasks involve research, exploration and training, whether on the manufacturing floor or in a cubicle.

The HoloStation is available now.

Christie QuadHD84 LCD Flat Panel Display Delivers Brilliance and Flexibility at SIGGRAPH 2013

Christie® “goes large and fast” at SIGGRAPH 2013 with the official launch of its Christie QuadHD84 flat panel display, a versatile, quad high definition LCD flat panel that provides a unique interface for true 60Hz performance at a full 3840 by 2160 resolution with compatibility with both computer and video sources. The display has twice the actual update rate over consumer ultra high definition (UHD) TVs available on the market today. The 84-inch size can accommodate the most demanding collaborative needs of research and development, government, education, business, and industry.

“The QuadHD84 flat panel display offers compatibility with a wide variety both high and standard resolution sources – the most critical aspect of any display solution and one that guarantees a superior system, whatever the configuration, ” noted Larry Paul, senior director of Technology and Visualization Solutions, Christie. “At SIGGRAPH, we seek to describe the exceptional versatility of this extra-large, yet easily deployable and affordable, ultra high-definition display.”

The native resolution of the panel is driven by four frame-locked HDMI or DVI sources at 60Hz. Users can quickly connect to high-performance workstations or image processors for greater flexibility. The panel has three additional single channel HDMI 1.4a inputs capable of full Quad HD resolution (3840 x 2160 at 30Hz) and each of those inputs are HD compatible enabling beautiful graphics scaled to fill the screen at up to 60Hz. Boasting 8.2Mpx and smooth motion, Christie’s QuadHD84 lets you focus on what really matters – the content.

The 84-inch Christie QuadHD84 is a high performance visualization display that provides rich, pristine and detailed images, even up close, for the ultimate in realism. The super fast refresh rate allows for smooth, real-time motion display of 2D content while its 50,000 hours illumination life makes it reliable and cost-effective.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Upgrades Its PowerWall Theater with Christie Projection System

Los Alamos National Laboratory has selected visualization leader Christie® for an extensive upgrade to its Powerwall Theater (PWT), an innovative facility that enables researchers to view the complex models and simulations they have created using some of the world’s fastest supercomputers. The new theater will feature a total of 40 Christie Mirage WU-L WUXGA DLP® 3D LED projectors in a 5 wide by 4 high node grid configuration with double-stacked projectors in each node onto a new ultra high fidelity glass Stewart Filmscreen, and includes Christie AutoCal™ automated blending and alignment for the highest performance 3D content at up to true 120Hz and Christie ArrayLoc™ for continuous color and brightness matching. The technologies combined create seamless, integrated visualization to meet the multi-faceted needs of the laboratory.

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) develops and applies science and technology to ensure the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear deterrent. It works to reduce global threats and solve other emerging national security and energy challenges. Located within the Strategic Computing Complex, the new Powerwall Theater is part of the Data Visualization Corridor that also includes a five-sided La Cueva Grande Immersive Laboratory, as well as desktop visualization and collaborator capabilities. The Powerwall Theater is used to display 3D video content and PowerPoint presentations, as well as interactive data exploration and collaboration among LANL scientists and engineers, outside visitors and funders, stakeholders, and visiting scientists from across the U.S.

The Powerwall in action at Los Alamos National Laboratory

A Picture is Worth [More Than] A Thousand Words
Content is streamed to the Powerwall Theater through a large integrated infrastructure, which is hooked up to various file and visualization systems and computers, allowing users to easily switch between 3D stereoscopic video and high-resolution 2D data.

According to Laura Monroe, ASC Production Visualization Leader, HPC-5 Special Projects Team Leader, the PWT has provided the lab with a vital resource for displaying and interpreting data.

“Visualization allows for complex ideas to come to life in a way they wouldn’t on paper,” Monroe explained. “At times, we are doing simulations of physical data and certain dynamics —seeing it visualized in high-resolution, at a high frame rate (HFR) – and 3D can really help understand things faster. With new and advanced technology ever evolving, I would say a picture is worth much more than a thousand words now.”

“As an institution dealing with U.S national security as well as issues of national and global significance, LANL has an absolute need for premiere, top-of-the-line technology and equipment,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president of Visual Environments at Christie. “Visualization plays an incredibly important role in exploring and synthesizing data and information, not only among scientists within the lab, but also among external companies, visitors, and researchers coming in to view a presentation or collaborate on new ideas. We are pleased that our Christie Mirage WU-L LED WUXGA projectors were selected to deliver the visually stunning 2D and 3D images needed for this high-profile environment.”

Staying at the Forefront of Visualization with Christie
Before its new upgrade, the theater employed an earlier generation of 24 Christie Mirage Series projectors powering 24 separate screens. When it came time to bring the visualization theater up to speed, Christie was again selected to deliver a new and improved state-of-the-art solution. By using 40 double-stacked Christie Mirage WU-L WUXGA projectors for increased brightness, the new theater will now feature the latest advancements in seamless visualization technology. Four Christie Spyder X20 image processors were also chosen for the solution, providing enhanced integration with 20 megapixel video processing, matrix switching, and integrated source monitoring.

A key factor for the upgrade was ensuring a seamless, smooth appearance to the wall. Three vertical glass screens are replacing the 24 individual ones, while blending of the projection images, perfected with built-in auto-calibration and color balance capabilities, will ensure flawless image quality. With the new solution, everything is aligned with more accuracy and in less time.

Among the other criteria for the new design were versatility, ease of maintenance, color reproduction, sharpness and contrast, and 3D stereoscopic support. Christie Mirage WU-L projectors easily met these needs. They offer high resolution, high pixel density, high reliability, and continuous system calibration for a cost-effective 2D/3D capable, flexible visualization solution. The Christie Mirage WU-L also leaves a small energy footprint, with LED illumination that ensures precise, life-like vibrant colors, low cost of ownership and low maintenance.

Monroe added: “The Los Alamos National Laboratory has a very long history of using computer visualization to understand extremely large and complex systems. This is why we want to invest in very advanced visualization technology — we need to stay at the forefront of visualization technology to understand our large datasets.”

Christie Demonstrates Leadership in Integrated Visualization Display Technologies at SIGGRAPH 2013

Christie®, a world leader in 3D visual display technology, will project a dominant presence at SIGGRAPH 2013 with a wide array of innovative visual solutions featuring powerful LED and DLP® projection technology, cutting edge 3D stereoscopic systems, and ultra-high resolution displays to meet the most demanding needs of the visualization, postproduction, exhibition, and immersive markets. A Platinum Sponsor of SIGGRAPH, Christie’s visual solutions will be found at booth #159, as well as at the Computer Animation Festival, Siggraph Art Gallery, partner exhibits and events, and throughout the Anaheim Convention Center.

The enhanced Christie HoloStation, a fully self-contained, personal visualization system for small spaces and the 84-inch Christie QuadHD84 LCD flat panel are among the solutions Christie will launch at SIGGRAPH this year.

“Christie visualization solutions are used in a wide range of industries that include academia, national laboratories, oil and gas, government, automotive and manufacturing. Our success is a direct result of our drive to provide our customers with the most innovative tools to meet their unique and demanding visualization needs,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president of Visual Environments, Christie.

World’s First and Only 4K DLP® Resolution at 120Hz – the Christie Mirage 4K25 Projector
The recently launched Christie Mirage 4K25 will light up the Christie booth in brilliant high-resolution. Part of a series that also includes the Christie Mirage 4K35, the world’s only 4K resolution 3-chip DLP® projector series running at true 120Hz. The Christie Mirage 4K25 is anchored by the new Christie TruLife™ electronics platform with proprietary 1.2 Gigapixel per second processing, floating point architecture and full 4096 by 2160 resolution at 120Hz for 2D and 3D. Rave Computer’s powerful Render Cube is driving content on the Mirage 4K25 at the show.

Designed for high performance, high resolution 3D immersive visualization applications, the Christie Mirage 4K series provides 10,000 to 35,000 lumens brightness flexibility, a variety of input options including DisplayPort, HDMI and HD-SDI, and built-in Christie Twist™ for curved screens and blended array visualization applications.

Christie HoloStation 3D Personal Visualization System – a Truly Compact and Self-Contained Design
Featuring an improved and enhanced design, the Christie HoloStation is a personal visualization system displaying up to 16.8 Megapixels of data in a 3D stereoscopic and interactive tracked environment in a compact (85-inch by 108-inch by 101-inch) footprint. With interactive 3D content, workstations and tracking system as options, it showcases the exact same type of powerful graphics processing designed for large-scale 3D visualization on a display solution optimized for one-to-three users in a small footprint. Easy to deploy, the Christie HoloStation is self-contained, affordable and easy to use. It is ideal for applications including aircraft design development, architectural walk-throughs and product design reviews, maintenance and service training, medical training and as a 3D virtual trainer.

Christie QuadHD84 Flat Panel
The Christie QuadHD84, an 84-inch LCD flat panel display offers quad high definition with 3840 by 2160 resolution and 1.07 billion colors for rich, pristine and detailed images even up close and for the ultimate realism. A unique quad interface coupled with a true 60Hz refresh rate provides flexible connectivity and smooth, real-time motion display of 2D content with 50,000 hours LED illumination life for reliability and cost-effectiveness.

“At SIGGRAPH, we seek to illustrate the exceptional versatility of this extra-large, yet easily deployable and affordable, ultra high-definition display. The native resolution of the panel is driven by four frame-locked HDMI or DVI sources at 60Hz. Users can quickly connect to high-performance workstations or image processors for greater flexibility, ” said Larry Paul, senior director of Technology and Visualization Solutions, Christie.

Bundled Multi-Touch Collaborative Solution
Christie will preview its innovative interactive flat panel visualization bundle, with quad high definition, and multi-touch interactive technology providing unmatched resolution and performance capabilities in a size that can accommodate the most demanding performance and collaboration needs of research and development, government, education, business, and industry. At SIGGRAPH, Christie will showcase six-points of touch for a two-user experience, ideal for collaboration and video conferencing in high performance, professional visualization applications. Additional bundling options will help solve many common limitations of the typical large-screen display, including poor viewing angle options, low or no sound quality, and a lack of portability that can severely limit its placement in many collaborative environments.

Preview of the Christie Mirage WQ-L for Lifelike Colors
With consistent performance over an estimated 60,000-hours (approximately 6.5 years) life cycle, the LED-based 1-chip DLP®Christie Mirage WQ-L projector features precise and lifelike colors with WQXGA (2560 by 1600) resolution. Cost-effective and highly flexible, the Christie Mirage WQ-L includes Christie ArrayLOC™ for synchronized color and brightness management and provides high performance 3D content at up to a true 120Hz refresh rate.

Christie Visual Solutions Dominate the Conference Floor
At SIGGRAPH’s “Computer Animation Festival,” Christie CP4230 and CP2230 Solaria® Series digital cinema projectors and several Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors take “center stage” at two festival venues. The award-winning Christie HD10K-M, with its built-in warping, blending, color matching and portrait capabilities, is lighting up the SIGGRAPH art gallery and a third venue.

With the engaging interactive Christie Design Studio display at the NVIDIA® booth #803, engineers and designers will see how the imagination can become reality. The display uses an array of Christie® MicroTiles® to create a stunning backdrop for four Christie G Series 1-chip DLP® projectors onto a 3D-printed Audi R8 miniature.

Christie is also providing a Christie Roadster HD20K-J 3-chip DLP® projector – featuring Xenon illumination with full HD resolution – and two Christie HD14K-M projectors for NVIDIA’s session sponsorship events. Combining 4K resolution and high frame rates at 60 frames per second for razor-sharp image detail and video with smoother motion and transitions, the Christie D4K2560 projector will be on display at the AMD booth #521.

Christie Brings Cinema Sound to Vivid Life with the Launch of New Christie Vive Audio

Christie®, the world’s dominant brand in the digital cinema projection market, today launched the groundbreaking Christie Vive Audio™ solution to help exhibitors “complete the experience” for their moviegoing audiences. Designed for cinema, Christie Vive Audio leverages a unique articulated, single enclosure line array speaker design and ribbon driver technology, and combines it with the first use of efficient, high-powered Class D amplification in cinema – all at an attainable price point. Christie Vive Audio’s cinema speakers and amplifiers can be easily and efficiently integrated into any existing or new theater auditorium for the ultimate movie viewing and listening experience.
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Complete Christie Vive Audio System

“The introduction of digital technology has sparked tremendous changes in movie content since 2005, but many theaters are still using audio systems designed for 35mm film,” said Craig Sholder, Christie’s Entertainment Solutions unit vice president. “With Christie Vive Audio, we have found a way to take all the benefits of line array configuration and put it into a cinema environment by combining it with ribbon driver technology and Class D amplification – all in a single, elegant audio solution that is easily attainable to exhibitors.”
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“Typical audio solutions in the market have not kept up with performance demands of DCI specifications for audio – until now. The Christie Vive Audio integrated solution with its extended frequency response, high dynamic range and ultra fast transient response, along with unprecedented peak-to-average SPL ratios and smooth and even coverage, meets the performance demands of the DCI specification,” said Jim Hall, senior product manager with Christie’s Entertainment Solutions unit. “Christie Vive Audio represents a major leap in cinema sound, with perfect timbre-matching that unleashes the potential of today’s uncompressed digital audio along with leading immersive audio platforms such as Dolby® Atmos™.”
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The complete Christie Vive Audio solution comprises surround and screen channel speakers, subwoofers, and Class D amplifiers. It offers exhibitors the opportunity to provide audiences with the ultimate movie-viewing experience, enveloping them with dynamic, richly detailed and enhanced audio where speech, special effects, music, and alternative content sound more natural and lifelike. At the core of the system are the combination of superior sounding screen channel speakers with ribbon driver technology and the proven performance of a line array speaker design, all in a single enclosure.
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This innovative design helps increase the optimal listening area up to four times when compared to conventional compression driver-based audio systems and results in exceptionally smooth and even audio coverage throughout the auditorium. As well, Christie’s Class D amplifiers, which are more compatible with digital sources, are more efficient, resulting in lower operating costs.
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Added Patrick Artiaga, director, Business Development, Audio Solutions, with Christie’s Entertainment Solutions group, “The complete Christie Vive cinema audio solution can be tailored to the demands of any cinema space, from postproduction studios and screening rooms to traditional and premium large-format auditoriums. Each component of Christie Vive Audio has been specifically engineered to complement the other and combine to deliver a complete solution. By combining the superior performance capabilities of each piece into one integrated solution, Christie Vive Audio brings the next generation of cinema audio to any auditorium.”
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More information on Christie’s new audio initiative can be found at www.viveaudio.com.

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Christie Introduces New Matrix WU7K-J 3-Chip DLP® Projector That Delivers Power and Performance For Real World Simulation

Christie® today introduced its new Christie Matrix WU7K-J 3-chip DLP® projector delivering real world simulation to handle the most challenging of today’s display requirements. Featuring 6,300 ANSI lumens, the projector offers exceptional image quality and is packed with standard features that include full scalability, built-in geometric warping and edge blending, and high performance, image processing with 120Hz capability. The new Xenon-based projector joins the popular Christie Matrix Series family which includes the award-winning 1-chip DLP® LED-based Matrix StIM™ and Matrix SIM, as well as the Matrix StIM™ WQ and Matrix SIM WQ.

“The Christie Matrix WU7K-J is built upon one of the industry’s most innovative technologies, and provides customers with the highest level of system performance and capability available today,” said Dave Kanahele, director of simulation, Christie. “This new projector represents a continued evolution of DLP® technology combined with high brightness Xenon lamp illumination, superior image quality and stability, integrated with our unique Christie Matrix features to meet the most demanding requirements of our simulation customers.”

The Christie Matrix J Series models come standard with Christie AccuFrame™. Specifically designed to address the needs of the simulation market, this feature allows the user adjustable reduction of perceptible image smearing. It supports various frame rates and environments, ensuring the accurate display of high speed simulation content for the most true-to-life displays. Built-in image warping and advanced edge blending is provided by Christie Twist™.

“The most important aspect of this Christie Matrix WU7K-J projector is peace of mind,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president, Christie Visual Environments. “It’s compact, highly reliable and powerful, and includes standard in-demand features to help the virtual training world mirror the challenges of the real world.”

The Christie Matrix WU7K-J is suited to many simulation applications and is ideal for simulation and training applications requiring high brightness and system capability. It offers RGB color matching, full control of gamma curves and grayscale tracking and minimum processing latency.

“Oscars® Outdoors” Summer Film Series Shines Bright With Christie DLP Cinema Technology

With its second season underway as of June 15, “Oscars Outdoors,” a ten-weekend summer film series sponsored by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is receiving rave reviews. And integral to the success of its weekend screenings – offering contemporary favorites and classic Hollywood films – is the Christie Solaria® Series CP2230 DLP Cinema® projector.

Oscar Outdoors (Photo credit- Todd Wawrychuk ©A.M.P.A.S.)

Capable of projecting 2D and 3D films at high resolutions and in brilliant color, even through the challenges of outdoor cinema projection, the Christie Solaria projector continues to fill a black-backed, 40 foot by 22.5 foot Harkness screen with amazing images for the 500+ families in attendance most weekends. Complementing the visual impact is an impressive L-ACOUSTICS sound system.

“We improved upon our first season by incorporating the Christie® solution, a higher-quality projection,” said Jay Palmer, Theater Operations Engineer with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “The enhanced functionality combined with superb setup by Christie all figured in a very successful debut.”

Besides the Oscars Outdoors screening series, the open-air theater – on the property of the Academy at 1341 Vine St., between De Longpre and Fountain Avenues and between Vine Street and Ivar Avenue, just south of the ArcLight Cinemas – has been used by both the Academy and community as an event space for special screenings, educational events and other festivities.

“For more than 80 years Christie has been serving the movie industry and filmgoers, so it was natural that, when approached to assist with this worthwhile project, we readily agreed,” said Craig Sholder, VP for Entertainment Services, Christie. “Our technology is leading-edge and our ability to play well with other cinema offerings ensures successful showings.”

For more information on the Academy’s public events, visit www.oscars.org .

Christie and Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch Guests into the Cosmos at California Space Center Discovery Ball

Christie® technology and the Space Shuttle Endeavour journeyed to the cosmos in an extraordinary visual display created by BARTKRESA Design at the California Science Center’s annual Discovery Ball charity event. In line with the evening’s theme: ”Space Exploration: Past, Present, Future,” guests dined beneath Endeavour’s enormous wings while nine Christie Roadster S+20K 3-chip DLP® projectors displayed a night sky replete with stars, planets, comets and other galactic matter on the front and two side walls – including one portion of the show displaying a gorgeous multi-hued sunset morphing into a clear, star-filled night sky. The fourth wall contained a starry backdrop using lights.

“This was an exciting project to work on because I am always looking for opportunities to make the most of the architecture I have to work with and even making it part of the display if that is feasible,” said Bart Kresa, founder and projection designer, BARTKRESA Design. “One part of the show using the Christie projectors included both the sky and background looking like you were at Kennedy Space Center. We also showed views as if you were taking off on the shuttle followed by views of both the earth and space from orbit.”

With crossbeams, girders and the shuttle itself overhead in the pavilion hangar, Kresa’s challenge was how to map everything cleanly without breaking up the images.

“I knew that if we just projected over everything it would not look professional, the image would break up because of the beams,” said Kresa.

“We started by creating the design for the background and separated the elements in the show from the construction elements. We ended up projecting at angles. Because the space shuttle took up pretty much the entire hangar, we had to place the gear – including the projectors – in odd spaces. We placed some projectors underneath the trunk of the shuttle and used the Christie projectors’ keystone correction to make it all come together. Everything looked wonderful and it was really something to see.”

“Christie projectors are just great; they provide beautiful images and exceptional color,” he concluded. “They are very durable and the overall performance is excellent. I just love working with Christie projectors.”

Kresa has used Christie on other projects, including Shark Week, and continues to be excited to work with Christie technology.

Christie MicroTiles Illuminate Reception at Opening of Interactive Media Building at the USC School of Cinematic Arts

Christie®, a global leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual display solutions, recently showcased its Christie® MicroTiles® at the opening of the new Interactive Media Building at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts (SCA). Christie is partnering with USC to provide students and faculty with access to the latest in visual technologies.

Christie MicroTiles at Univ. of Southern California


A gala reception was followed by an open house where attendees, comprised mostly of game and tech-industry executives, as well as faculty of SCA and friends of USC, could observe and interact with different programs and content being developed for new entertainment and educational projects. Content for the 30 Christie MicroTiles was provided by USC School of Cinematic Arts.

The reception was also followed by a panel discussion on “The Future of Entertainment,” featuring George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Don Mattrick of Microsoft, and was moderated by Julia Boorstin of CNBC. The panelists discussed current technology shifts/trends with emerging medias and outlined where they believe the entertainment industry is headed in the future.

The SCA Interactive Media Building will house programs that include the Interactive Media & Games Division, the Media Arts + Practice Bachelor’s and Doctoral Programs, and the Institute for Multimedia. It will also house leading edge R & D labs, such as Game Innovation, Mixed Reality, and Environmental Media Lab. The building features all of the most advanced digital technology including 4K digital projection, game testing rooms, and multitouch screens.

“At the USC School of Cinematic Arts we always want our students to have access to technologies that will improve their ability to tell exciting stories and the Christie MicroTiles solution literally allows them to expand their vision,” said the School’s Dean Elizabeth M. Daley. “This is the kind of technology that seamlessly supports the best narrative storytelling, and the visual displays are just stunning.”

“We’re delighted to support the School with our proven Christie MicroTiles solution, built on DLP® technology, and used around the globe in many visual display applications,” said Jack Kline, President and CEO of Christie Digital Systems USA. “Christie MicroTiles are ideal for a wide range of demanding applications, including architectural elements, out-of-home advertising, command and control video walls, and event production, so we look forward to the content that the students will create to exploit the many features of our award-winning technology.”

Using the strengths of both DLP® projection and Light Emitting Diode (LED) illumination technology, Christie MicroTiles offer substantially brighter images and a much wider color palette than conventional flat panel LCD and plasma displays. With no practical limit to the number of tiles in a display, Christie MicroTiles produce a virtually seamless canvas, arranged in any shape or scale, with an unlimited number of super-fine pixels.

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