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Christie MicroTiles Showing the Dupont Story at Johnston Dupont Innovation Center

Christie® and AVI Systems have created a striking 10-unit wide by 5-units tall Christie® MicroTiles® digital display wall in Johnston, Iowa that impressed those attending the Center’s grand opening June 25. Also known as the Collaboratory, and the twelfth center DuPont has opened globally, the Johnston DuPont Innovation Center provides a unique environment for collaboration among more than 10,000 DuPont scientists and engineers with customers, government officials, academics, and business partners around the world.

DuPont Collaboratory - MicroTiles Display Wall


The 3,500 square foot space and adjoining collaboration room showcases the latest company technology, applications and products that are designed to meet the world’s biggest challenges, including food security, energy and protection.

AVI Systems and DuPont Choose Christie MicroTiles
The initial idea was to install flat panels but Les Hofland, System Sales Specialist, CTS, AVI Systems, had Christie MicroTiles in mind from the start.

“We showed the 5-high by 1-wide Christie MicroTiles tower we have to some people at the Center about two months before they brought us into this meeting,” said Hofland. “I brought in the DuPont people and one thing they really liked was that on each MicroTiles unit they could pull out the light engine and put a new one in within 15 minutes. They didn’t have to worry about replacing the entire wall.”

Christie and AVI Systems Meet Strict Deadline; Christie MicroTiles Overcome Substantial Ambient Light
Working with McCullough Creative, who produced the corporate videos and other content shown on the Christie MicroTiles, the installation team had a June 22 cutoff date for the opening three days later.

“The room was still under construction so we couldn’t get in there until the last week in May. They wanted the wall up and running a couple weeks ahead of the deadline to give the software designers some play time with the equipment,” said Hofland. “We met the deadline and I was very happy with the information we received for designing the wall. Everything showed up just days after we put the order in; things happened quickly and we were surprised about the fast delivery time. Christie really stepped up to the plate.”

Since they are located against one wall in a large, south facing room with glass windows running almost ceiling to floor, bright sunlight often bathes the Christie MicroTiles.

“Bright, ambient light is a factor but it doesn’t impact the MicroTiles at all,” said Hofland. “The display always looks nice and full without any problems seeing it. Everyone loves the MicroTiles and think it’s the best thing they have ever seen.”

With a much wider color palette than conventional LCD displays, Christie MicroTiles show pure, saturated, accurate colors. The modular display technology can be configured into nearly any shape and size to create a gorgeous digital canvas.

Christie Delivers Versatile Solutions for Government Installations at Govcomm 2013

Christie® is showcasing its visual display solutions at GOVCOMM 2013 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 4-5. Renowned for exceptional products and expertise, Christie (GSA Schedule account #GS-03F-0003L) meets the premium performance requirements of today’s government agency display technology needs.

Christie Phoenix for Mission Critical Content Management
Christie Phoenix is the ideal solution for network-distributed content management, enabling secure access and control of information from one or multiple users in virtually any location. Users are able to synthesize information quickly and generate fast and accurate decisions in critical situations. It is the clear choice for fast-paced command and control centers with mobile and dispersed workforces such as public utilities, government, security and surveillance, transportation and telecommunications.

Christie Phoenix Content Management System


Displaying the capabilities of Christie Phoenix is a 2-by-2 Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panel array. Christie FHD551-X flat panels can be used to create efficient high-definition, virtually seamless video walls with crisp images at a low cost of ownership. Christie FHD551-X flat panels can be installed as a single panel or a full video wall application in government breakout rooms, command and control centers, and briefing rooms.

Christie Brio for Instant Collaboration Anywhere
Introduced earlier this year, Christie Brio will be showcased in a captivating multisite meeting environment designed to highlight how efficient and effective teamwork and collaboration can be – whether across the hall or across the world. Government departments will see how easily they can securely share video and audio content from laptops or mobile devices by connecting to the meeting room’s display through a Wi-Fi or Ethernet network. Without any dongles or special software to set up, Christie Brio allows any participant anywhere to see their colleagues’ presentations simultaneously.

Christie Brio also takes full advantage of interactive whiteboard technology by turning it into a bi-directional collaboration tool. Any participant in a Brio meeting can use touch-enabled displays to add to or edit whiteboard contents, regardless of geographic location.

Christie Projection Technology for Government Visual Display Needs
Ideal for use in government briefing rooms, classrooms and training environments, Christie offers LCD, 1-chip DLP® and 3-chip DLP® projection for every government visual display need and budget. At GOVCOMM, Christie is demonstrating the superior performance, reliability and low ownership cost of the Christie LW720 LCD, Christie DHD550-G 1-chip DLP® and Christie HD10K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors.

Rounding out the visual display solutions are Christie® MicroTiles®. The high resolution, high brightness solution is ideal in high ambient light environments and their small stackable footprint makes them perfect when real estate is at a premium while providing flexibility in display design. Christie MicroTiles’ combination of LED illumination and DLP® display technology provides low cost of ownership coupled with a long life span.

Christie Commands Center Stage at TechNet AP 2013 with High Performance Control Room Solutions

Christie has established a commanding presence in the development of next-generation control room solutions that delivers the ultimate in high performance wall displays, content management and data security. Among its latest solutions at the AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific Conference and Expo in Honolulu, Hawaii, December 3 – 5, Christie will showcase its Christie® EnteroTM HB video wall display cubes along with the new Thinklogical VelocityDV1 3 direct fiber optic input card. The Thinklogical VelocityDVI™ 3 Direct Fiber-Optic Input Card installs directly into the Christie Entero HB cube, providing fiber-optic video signal extension capability at 6.25 Gbps bandwidth without the use of external receivers, power supplies and copper cabling, resulting in fewer points of failure and simpler, cleaner installations.

Christie Phoenix for Control Rooms


Co-developed with Thinklogical, a leading manufacturer and provider of fiber optic KVM, video, audio, and peripheral extension and switching solutions used in video-rich big data computing environments, , the Thinklogical DV1 3 strengthens Christie’s leadership in the control room market and expands the company’s diverse solutions for government, security and surveillance, utilities, public and emergency services.

“Integrating Thinklogical’s fiber-optic extension and switching systems with Christie’s advanced display technology offers customers lower cost of ownership through ease of installation, increased security and higher performance,” said Larry Wachter, Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing, Thinklogical. “This joint development with Christie enhances our ability to address customer requirements for high-performance visual computing solutions for command and control environments in multiple industries worldwide. We look forward to creating additional integrated fiber-optic solutions for other Christie display products.”

Christie will feature a 1 by 2 array of Christie Entero HB SXGA+ 80” cubes, a 55-inch Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panel and the Christie® Phoenix™ network distribution system for processing and content management.

High Brightness Meets High Security
The Thinklogical Velocity DVI 3 direct fiber optic input card is a highly secure extension solution that eliminates the need for an external receiver and power supply, as well as the DVI cable normally used to connect the receiver to the display. Since additional copper cabling between the video source and the cube are no longer necessary, the card also increases data security by eliminating the electromagnetic emanations generated by copper cabling. It offers customers lower cost of ownership through ease of installation, increased security and higher performance.

“This co-developed fiber optic input card installs directly into Christie® Entero™ HB video wall display cubes, making it ideal for government installations and command and control environments where data security and sharp, high resolution content is critical,” noted Jim Gavloski, director, Product Management, Control Room and Video Wall Displays at Christie. “Christie’s collaboration with Thinklogical is part of our continuing strategy to provide the highest-performing, most comprehensive line of control room solutions to our customers.”

Flat Out Superior Color in the Christie FHD551-X
The streamlined Christie FHD551-X is the LCD solution for a wide range of video wall display applications, including control rooms, event production and out-of-home signage. It is significantly thinner than traditional LCD displays, yet packs a full array of industry-leading specification that include full-HD resolution (1920 x 1080), virtually seamless borders, and energy efficient LED backlighting. The Christie FHD551-X is a high-performance, affordably priced flat panel, with controlled brightness and wide viewing angles that make it ideal for high trafficked indoor applications with irregular ambient lighting. It is a durable and reliable solution for demanding display applications on a budget.

Rising Above the Competition
Driving the content at Christie booth #611 will be the Christie Phoenix™ a network distributed open content management system. A true game changer in the industry that breaks through the physical walls of the control room to encompass a global workplace, the Christie Phoenix can simultaneously encode, decode and display audio-visual data securely from anywhere, at any time, via standard IP networking technology. Setting a new standard for content mobility, the Christie Phoenix allows the same information to be presented in the same format simultaneously to all users, regardless of their location.

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Christie Awarded Aero Simulation Contract to Deliver High Brightness, High Resolution Christie Matrix Simulation Projection Systems to U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1W Weapons Systems Trainer

Christie® today announced that Aero Simulation Inc. (ASI) awarded Christie the contract to supply the U.S. Marine Corps with projection systems consisting of 12 Christie Matrix StIM™ WQ 1-chip DLP® solid state LED projectors for AH-1W Weapons Systems Trainer (WST) Device 2F136A upgrades. Six display system projectors will be installed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., and six at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), New River, N.C. in 2015.

Christie Matrix StIM WQ Projector

The U.S. Marine Corps’ project includes the modification and technical refresh of two existing AH-1W WST systems with the replacement of visual display projectors, image generators and visual databases. With the goal of upgrading the system displays and supportability, while reducing lifecycle costs, the modified trainers will help teach pilot and co-pilot cockpit familiarization, engine operation, tactical navigation, and emergency procedures. The trainer supports standalone tactical training, as well as integrated virtual training with other devices. These features let the students practice essential aircraft operations and tactics skills in an environment closely resembling real world scenarios.

The 2F136A WST device comprises several functional systems producing a simulated environment and emulating real world scenarios for AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter aircrews with each trainer consisting of two visual display domes. The training device’s computer systems control two separate training platforms, one housing a Pilot position and the other a Co-pilot/Gunner position. The system provides Pilot and Co-Pilot/Gunner transition weapon systems, integrated crew, and flight proficiency training.

Powerful Christie DLP Display Technology at I/ITSEC 2013 Features First True 120hz Projector at 4K Resolution

Christie® is bringing powerful visual display solutions to I/ITSEC 2013, December 2 – 5 and demonstrating a diverse range of solid-state and lamp-based DLP® technologies in 2D and 3D. These include the Christie Matrix StIM™ WQ – the brightest, LED-based WQXGA-resolution simulation projector a deployable immersive training simulator; the Christie Mirage WQ-L stereoscopic projector and a demonstration of Christie 4K 3-chip DLP® projection technology at true 120Hz operation.

Flying High With Matrix StIM WQ at 120Hz
Displaying simulation content at 120Hz from FlightSafety International is the Christie Matrix StIM WQ, an integrated, scalable-environment projection system outputting 800 ANSI lumens for the clearest images with no motion artifacts. The Christie Matrix StIM WQ is the brightest LED-based WQXGA simulation projection system in the industry to display separate RGB and Infrared (IR) channels using Christie InfraScene™ technology, producing independent, stimulated Night Vision Goggle (NVG) images for a more realistic NVG training experience.

Christie will demonstrate a three-channel, front-projected display consisting of Christie Matrix StIM WQ projection systems and a VITAL X Image Generator from FlightSafety International. Using unique dual input architecture, each projector will composite two 60Hz inputs to achieve true RGB 120Hz output, dramatically improving image quality. The complete multi-channel system is automatically aligned using Christie AutoCal™.

60Hz and 120Hz – A Clear Demonstration of the 120Hz Update Rate Capability
Using a Christie Matrix StIM projector and two Christie Matrix StIM WQ projectors, Christie will demonstrate the visual impact between multiple combinations of WUXGA/WQXGA resolution and 60Hz/120Hz update rates. The Christie Matrix StIM and Christie Matrix StIM-WQ projectors will be driven by multiple channels of the Flight Safety Vital-X IG.

Deployable Immersive Training Simulator, Featuring New Christie Twist LT
Christie Twist™ LT is a purpose built, software-based solution that enables full image warping and advanced edge-blending functions to reside within a customer’s Image Generator (IG). Using the same user Interface as Christie Twist, Christie Twist LT provides fingertip control to seamlessly edge-blend multiple non-linear images. Christie Twist LT fully integrates with Christie AutoCal™ for automatic adjustment of virtually any projected display and optimal viewing configuration.

Also at I/ITSEC, Christie Twist LT will provide the low-cost, high-quality warping and blending solution to a single-operator, entry-level immersive training simulator concept, demonstrating a UAV operator training scenario. The simulator features a wide field of view, high resolution image, curved screen, tactile feedback system and binaural sound for an optimal immersive training experience. Using Christie AutoCal™ to provide fast and easy setup, the lightweight training simulator offers a compact footprint for easy shipping and deployment. It is ideal for use as a UAV operator trainer, part-task trainer, helicopter trainer, and for vehicle training.

“Christie Twist LT enables the expansion of our simulation ecosystem with an entry-level solution featuring low acquisition and sustainment costs for more cost-sensitive simulation applications,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president of Visual Environments at Christie.

Visual Powerhouse: Christie 4K DLP at 120Hz Demonstration
At I/ITSEC, Christie will showcase the pristine dynamic image quality produced by 120Hz update rates at 4K resolution, demonstrating its value for simulation and training applications. Christie 4K 3-chip DLP technology features the Christie TruLife™ electronics platform, a quantum leap in video processing enabling 4K DLP® projection at 120Hz. Christie TruLife also alleviates blurring and motion artifacts associated with high-speed simulation content and supports video-processing pipeline of up to 1.2 Gigapixels per second. Christie is the first and only provider in the world to deliver 4K 3-chip DLP® projection solutions at 120Hz, launching its Christie Mirage 4K projector in June 2013.

Christie Mirage WQ-L projector

Christie Mirage WQ-L Makes its North American Debut as the Only True 120Hz Full WQXGA Stereoscopic Projector Display in the World
At FlightSafety Booth #1401, four Christie Mirage WQ-L projectors in portrait mode offer a wide-field of view stereo collimated display content with stunning depth and immersive experiences for flight simulation training. The Mirage series of high-performing 2D/3D projectors welcomed the WQ-L projection system with its sharp images, exceptionally accurate and lifelike colors and reliable LED light engine rated at 60,000-hours (approximately 6.5 years) life cycle. The Christie Mirage WQ-L also includes Christie ArrayLOC™ for synchronized color and brightness management, which reduces system calibration requirements.

Flat-Out Impressive: Christie QuadHD84 Flat Panel
The Christie QuadHD84 is an 84-inch LCD flat panel display offering quad high definition, 3840 by 2160 resolution, and 1.07 billion colors for rich, pristine and lifelike images, even up close. The quad interface and true 60Hz refresh rate provides flexible connectivity and smooth, real-time motion display of 2D content with 50,000 hours LED illumination life.

Christie Mirage WU7K-M – High Performance Projection at Lower Cost
The Christie M Series and Mirage M Series are lower cost projection solutions that perform well in immersive environments. With 3-chip DLP® reliability, a dual P-VIP Osram lamp design and up to 10,000:1 contrast full on/off, the series offers high efficiency and low cost of ownership with crisp, detailed images and color. The Mirage M Series includes 2D/3D flexibility and 120Hz update rate capability for fast moving images. Both series’ projectors feature embedded Christie Twist™ for image warping and edge-blending and a built-in portrait display capability, from WUXGA resolution, HD to SX+ model options. On display is the Christie Mirage WU7K-M, a 6,300 ANSI lumen, WUXGA-resolution projector.

Christie Brio – Multisite Meeting Solution

Christie Brio


Customers will also have the opportunity to see the latest in meeting collaboration solutions and one of Christie’s newest products. Christie Brio is straight forward and easy to use, no more passing cables and adapters across meeting room tables, installing additional software, rebooting laptops, and apologizing for delayed or bungled presentations during critical debriefs. Christie Brio is a new meeting presentation and collaboration tool enabling meeting participants to share up to five audio and video presentations from their own devices. Brio uses wired or wireless connections to automatically share multiple presentations simultaneously on either one or two meeting room screens. Whether participants use Macs or PCs, iPads or Android tablets, or a Smartphone, presentations can be added to a meeting as needed, with their information showing on that meeting room display in seconds. Brio nodes can be network connected to multiple worksites across the country. Brio also takes full advantage of interactive whiteboard technology by turning it into a bi-directional collaboration tool. Any participant in a Brio meeting can use touch-enabled displays to add to or edit whiteboard content, regardless of geographic location.

“Christie is at the forefront of innovation, extending the boundaries of technology by enabling higher update rates with true 120Hz operation at WUXGA, WQXGA and 4K,” added Veselic. “As our diverse display solutions will demonstrate at I/ITSEC, Christie is continuously incorporating new technology to provide our customers with the solutions to meet their unique and demanding simulation and training requirements.”

Around the Trade Room Floor
DiSTI, at Booth #1281, will show a 3-channel Personal Immersive Environment using portrait-mounted Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panels to demonstrate their virtual maintenance training solutions. Da-Lite Booth #520 will have two blended and warped Christie HD10K-Ms and a Christie Spyder X20. Electrosonic, at Booth #532, will feature the Christie QuadHD84 LCD flat panel and Christie Phoenix in a command and control/situational awareness display; and NDIA SIM TV displays, located in the conference lobby, will use two Christie HD14K-M 3-chip® 1080 HD digital projectors.

Christie Visual Display Technology Powers Princess Cruises’ Upgraded Emergency Response Center

Princess Cruises, one of the premiere cruise lines in the world, is now supported with Christie® visual display technologies in the company’s new cutting-edge Emergency Response Center in its Santa Clarita headquarters. The center features a huge video display wall composed of 105 Christie® MicroTiles®, measuring 7 feet high by 20 feet wide, and powered by the Christie TVC-1700 video wall processor, which can display up to 64 outputs from a variety of digital sources and devices. Installed under the guidance of AV integrator Pacific Video Products (PVP), Princess Cruises’ video wall monitors up to 10 content feeds which include charts, videos, live television broadcast, and ship models in any size, simultaneously. When activated, the center allows the emergency response team to effectively stay in audio and visual contact with any of its ships, with information that can quickly and easily be integrated, customized, recalled and shared from different locations and sources with high accuracy and reliability.

Princess Cruises is dedicated to providing a relaxing and invigorating escape, with fleets that host over a million passengers each year. Working closely with Pacific Video Products, it developed a PC-based monitoring solution using the Christie TVC-1700, a flexible, built-to-order display wall processor delivering exceptional graphical power and multiple input options with local applications, network-streamed desktops, and direct-connected DVI, RGB and video inputs for control room video walls of any size. The TVC-1700 is managed by the intuitive, multi-tiered, proprietary software Christie MASTERSuite™ which enables instant access to any source of visual information in the control room.

Compact, Reliable, High Resolution – Christie MicroTiles Have It All
Princess Cruises and Pacific Video Products chose Christie MicroTiles after comparing several other options. According to Bob Myers of PVP, there were a number of strict requirements and challenges involved in the project that made MicroTiles the perfect solution. Among them, the system needed to be simple, reliable, and able to fit into a limited space.

“The room is unique from a design stand point, requiring a system that is flexible and compact enough to maximize use of the shallow space. Thanks to the Christie MicroTiles’ compact size and custom pedestals we were also able to add two or three vertical rows of power strips against the wall and install six LCD displays, with a live television feed where the images can be pulled onto the large video wall,” recalled Bob Myers, manager, Presentation Systems, Pacific Video Products. “Since the MicroTiles extend into the room, we used black louvered side panels to provide a clean look and promote airflow to keep the system cool. We also placed openings in the ceiling above the display to provide relief for heat buildup and further promote airflow.”

Myers continued: “We spent many months researching and reviewing different options. When we met with Christie’s Ken Hartling and the company demonstrated their MicroTiles solutions, we knew we had found our solution. The images wowed the audience with how bright and sharp they were, from almost any angle. For Princess Cruises, where the safety of thousands of passengers is paramount during emergency situations no other display wall and video processor solution would do.”

Another factor was the seamless integration of images on the screen. Christie MicroTiles can be joined with only a 1 mm gap between each unit, so one sees a higher number of high resolution images simultaneously without thick borders. “In addition, harnessing the power of the Christie TVC-1700, we are able to see these images ‘anywhere’ on the wall, in any size, something that was impossible to do before with projectors,” noted Andrew Shand, fleet safety manager (Emergency Response), Princess Cruises.

An Emergency Center with Advanced Technology
“The deployment of Christie solutions at Princess Cruises provides a highly functional, highly adaptive Emergency Response Center that will meet our customer’s needs today, while also equipping them with the tools they need for solving tomorrow’s emergency situations,” said John Stark, senior director of Control Room Solutions at Christie. “By embracing forward-looking trends and using award-winning Christie MicroTiles’ high-resolution, high brightness digital display screens and the powerful Christie TVC-1700, Princess Cruises has developed a model for digital emergency response centers that is the envy of the industry.”

“The purpose of this room is to support our ships in emergency situations,” said Paul Debnam, vice president, Occupational Safety and Emergency Response, Princess Cruises. “We can stream video and electronic data from other locations and even display information from someone’s laptop onto our video wall. The MicroTiles’ narrow seams and bright, sharp images also allow us to view anything from text to detailed electronic navigation charts in the highest resolution. We have total flexibility with the information coming in and going out using the complete Christie video display wall system.”

Christie Digital Projectors Power Immersive MoMA Exhibition

Christie® projectors have been selected by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for their presentation of the exhibition Isaac Julien: Ten Thousand Waves, a moving image installation by the renowned artist and filmmaker on view in the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium from November 25, 2013 through February 17, 2014. Working with MoMA, Christie partner Michael Andrews Audio Visual Services (MAAVS) selected eight Christie WU14K-M WUXGA DLP® projectors and one Christie HD14K-M 1080 HD DLP® projector to meet the needs of the exhibition and realize the ambitious vision of the artist.

Ten Thousand Waves premiered at the 2010 Sydney Biennial, and has been exhibited internationally to wide acclaim. The original inspiration for the 50-minute presentation was the Morecambe Bay tragedy of 2004, in which 23 Chinese cockle pickers drowned on a flooded sandbank off the coast of northwest England. The Christie projectors will display the installation’s beautifully crafted visuals, which incorporate images of archival footage recorded by a police helicopter the night of the tragedy, accompanied by audio recordings of distress calls from the scene. With this tragedy at the center of the work, Julien poetically interweaves images of contemporary Chinese culture with its ancient myths.

Christie Delivers for MoMA and the Artist
The technology used to present Ten Thousand Waves is essential to its exhibition at MoMA. A total of nine Christie projectors will display the work onto nine doubled-sided screens ranging in sizes from 16 feet wide up to 23 feet wide, all hung at multiple levels and locations throughout the atrium. The exhibition is intended to be viewed not only from ground level, but also from the upper floors, which themselves are at various heights and angles to the display and look down on the space. These multiple perspectives encourage audiences to move through, and interact with, the sights and sounds of the installation from their personal points of view.

Eight Christie WU14K-M projectors light up eight screens of various sizes, while one Christie HD14K-M projector lights up the ninth, and largest, screen. The intricacy of these arrangements required the use of cutting-edge audio-visual display technology to deliver powerful and bright images, as well as crisp and clear sound, to create a large-scale immersive experience. The projectors also had to be exceptionally bright to overcome the challenges of the high ambient light environment.

According to Michael Wright, President of Michael Andrews Audio Visual Services, it was paramount that the state-of-the-art display technology chosen run smoothly and bring all aspects of the installation together to achieve its full visual impact. The Marron Atrium is an expansive, high ceilinged, public space where the museum has less control of ambient light and sound, requiring a technological solution that could overcome these challenges.

“We choose Christie high performance projectors because they offer the most reliability and flexibility, and always deliver the excellence our customers demand in their visual displays,” said Wright. “The installation required full design flexibility, so that they could be arranged to fit the artist’s needs within the atrium space. Since the moving images are projected from challenging angles, the projectors also needed to match the images and colors flawlessly, making the Christie M Series a perfect fit for this project. Working on such a large scale and with so many projectors, the museum used the new Christie InControl™ App to individually control and calibrate every aspect of each projector wirelessly.”

“At Christie, we help our customers create and share the world’s best visual experiences, and we proudly support the works of innovative artists such as Isaac Julien, who are experimenting with unique ways to tell their stories to the world,” said Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Business Products, Christie. “Ten Thousand Waves is a great example of how advanced visual display technology can help facilitate an artist’s creative vision, and we are thrilled to provide Christie projectors for this exciting project at MoMA.”

Part of the Christie M-Series 3-chip DLP® projector platform, the Christie WU14K-M and Christie HD14K-M offer high resolution (1920 x 1200 WUXGA and 1920 x 1080 HD respectively), and feature embedded warping, blending, and color matching capabilities for ultimate design flexibility. Drawing a maximum power of 1500W with two lamps instead of four, they are also highly efficient, with low operating costs.

Nationwide Video to Expand U.S. Presence with Two New Locations in Las Vegas and Washington, D.C.

Leading audio and video equipment subrental supplier Nationwide Video announced a major expansion plan in the U.S., with two new locations opening January 2014 in Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. The two locations, which are now accepting orders for January, join Nationwide Video’s existing offices located in Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, and the New York/New Jersey area, growing Nationwide Video’s current footprint to six key locations in major event hubs across the U.S. The expansion will offer customers faster and more convenient access to Nationwide Video’s diverse inventory of pro A/V equipment, including high-quality projectors, cameras, lighting, digital displays and video gear.

“By opening up these two new locations in D.C. and Las Vegas, our goal is to increase our ability to support and respond quickly to the needs of our rental staging industry clients so they can in turn deliver on the requirements of their clients,” said Bret Tracey, president of Nationwide Video. “We are focused on continually expanding our affordable, client-focused solutions of high-quality, well-maintained gear, along with equipment knowledge and expertise.”

Tracey noted that customers will continue to receive consistent, high-quality customer and technical service, strong gear offerings as well as budget flexibility. Nationwide Video’s two new locations will allow them to be on the ground and ready to serve event stagers local to Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas, as well as those rental staging companies who will be traveling to these major event locations to execute events. With Nationwide Video in D.C. and Vegas, customers will have local and immediate access to a deep and diverse selection of quality equipment – round-the-clock, seven days a week – while also minimizing the associated costs of shipping gear.

Along with the opening of its two new offices, Nationwide Video will launch a new, brand-consistent URL, www.nationwidevideo.com, while its current URL, subrent.com, will remain active to ensure service to existing clients is not disrupted.

“We strive to provide the highest level of service to all our customers, along with the latest technology and event staging solutions, as well as our expert technical support and consultation,” said Tracey. “We appreciate our customers’ support and want to make it even easier for them to make Nationwide Video their trusted subrental gear partner time and time again.”

About Nationwide Video
Headquartered in Wixom, MI, Nationwide Video is a leading wholesale subrental supplier to the rental and staging industry in the United States. Their regional warehouses are located in Atlanta, Detroit, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Washington, D.C. Nationwide Video’s inventory includes projection, audio, display and lighting equipment such as LCD and DLP® projection and lensing, SD and HD cameras, camera sport lenses, heavy duty tripods, LED solutions, Christie® MicroTiles®, switching racks, engineering racks, switching-edge blending systems, DVI fiber, routers and much more. Customers can contact Nationwide Video using its regional 1-800 contact numbers noted on www.nationwidevideo.com for 24/7/365 customer and technical support. Nationwide Video also offers freight-free standard shipping in the continental U.S., helping to simplify the subrental experience for its customers and investing in its partnerships. Nationwide Video staff are dedicated to providing equipment that has been quality tested, ensuring customer orders are show-ready upon arrival. While Nationwide Video is located in the U.S., they ship internationally and ensure that customers’ gear orders arrive on time and in excellent condition.

Christie Lights up “A New York Holiday” at Barneys New York

The “Empire State” meets state-of-the-art display technology from Christie® for a spectacular, fully immersive visitor experience this holiday season at the Barneys New York flagship store in Manhattan. Barneys and Christie have partnered again to bring back the traditional family shopping experience in a “bricks and mortar” setting, creating magical windows and an in-store gallery through the use of visual technologies. Inspired by music icon and native New Yorker Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, visual artist Joanie Lemercier and Barneys’ creative director Dennis Freedman, “A New York Holiday” is a series of unique windows facing Madison Avenue and an interactive in-store gallery brought to life by the latest generation of Christie digital display technologies. “A New York Holiday” experience is the ultimate demonstration of what happens when creative retail merchandising meets Christie displays and the company’s Managed Services’ solutions and technical ingenuity.

“A New York Holiday” will premiere November 20th, benefiting the Shawn Carter Foundation, a New York-based charity which awards post-secondary scholarships to students facing socio-economic hardships. Working with artist Joanie Lemercier and Mr. Carter, Barneys will utilize a wide range of Christie display technology, including projectors, Christie® MicroTiles® and Christie HD flat panel monitors, to create dazzling, multimedia events that completely envelop the customers in one-of-a-kind interactive experiences.

“Barneys New York had an overwhelmingly positive response from customers and designers last year to our holiday windows, which have become known for their innovative use of immersive and interactive narrative with cutting-edge technology that leads people into our store,” said Dennis Freedman, Barneys New York creative director. “Last year, Christie was instrumental in the success of our holiday display. With a musical, fashion and business innovator like Mr. Carter, we were confident that Christie’s superior technology and the expertise of its Managed Services team could help us bring his vision to light, not just to our store in Manhattan, but also to select flagship locations in other major cities.”

Tommy Dobrzynski, vice president of visuals at Barneys New York, added, “Everything that encompasses ‘A New York Holiday’ – the items chosen, the amazing designers that participated, the windows, the design of the BNY SCC Gallery, the Christie technology and their team’s unique ability to help us leverage technology to achieve our creative vision – represents a perfect example of groundbreaking collaboration that I hope will WOW customers and passersby.”

The third floor of the retailers’ Madison Avenue Flagship has been transformed into the BNY SCC Gallery, an immersive 1,200-square-foot space with a seamless 360-degree projection that utilizes projection mapping, exclusive content, lights, and movement, to transport customers into the world of New York. A 70-foot long “hall” with floor projection will guide visitors from the 3rd floor elevator to the Gallery. The BNY SCC Gallery Space will showcase limited edition products designed by Mr. Carter in collaboration with various designers which will be available for purchase.

MADISON AVENUE WINDOWS

Floating City
The retailer’s iconic Madison Avenue windows will mesmerize passersby and customers with moving content that demonstrates how light and shadow are experienced in New York City, incorporating the theme colors of black, white and gold. Among the highlights are a “floating city” projected upon a 16-foot-tall “rock” wall, which houses the viewing area for the projection mapped experience, and includes twinkling stars in a night sky and a slow-moving sunrise revealing the shimmering floating city – enhanced by a visual program that incorporates architectural language, changing geographical landscapes and climate (snow, rain) – all through dazzling 3D mapping technology.

Mirrors, Icicles and 3D lights
A large, abstract hanging resembling a rock or icicle formation will be covered in thousands of fragmented mirrors. With Christie projection mapping washing light over the formation to create a light show on the object itself, it will be reflected into the room as well as onto the window and finally the street.

Among the technologies used will be the Christie HD14K-M projector, Christie LW720, Christie LWU420, and Christie HD flat panel displays, including the new Christie WeatherAll flat panel.

A traditional favorite during the holidays will have a modern new twist, with a window housing the “BNY NYC Sleigh Ride” featuring a rotating cast of improvisational performers from Upright Citizens Brigade outfitted in modern Santa costumes who will take children on a virtual “sleigh ride” through an abstracted New York City. Through the use of experiential screens, the occupants will feel like they are up in the air and flying through New York. Christie WeatherAll flat panels on the outside of the window will show images of the children and “Santa” as they take the Sleigh Ride.

“New York is home to some of the most technologically sophisticated customers in the world, and the holidays are an especially competitive time for retailers to capture their attention and bring them into their stores,” noted Sean James, vice president of Christie’s Managed Services. “We are pleased to again be part of Barneys New York’s holiday display campaign, both in New York and other flagship locations across the country. Through visual technology and collaboration, Christie helped bring the creative vision to life.”

Christie display technologies will be featured in select Barneys regional flagship locations in Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston, where Christie HD flat panels will greet visitors and provide content to highlight the Shawn “JAY Z” Carter collection within that store.

“Barneys is demonstrating the possibility of taking a creative merchandising concept, marrying it with advanced visual technologies and deploying it on a varying scale in regional stores across the country,” added Sean James, “We were happy to work with the creative team to find solutions that would work in each of their five locations, from the larger Manhattan flagship store, to the smaller locations.”

Christie Facebook contest
To get everyone into the holiday spirit, one lucky Christie Facebook follower will have the opportunity to win a $1,000 Barneys gift card (redeemable online or in-store), courtesy of Christie and Barneys. Visit Christie’s Facebook page November 29-January 3, 2014 for details.

Photo credit: Tom Sibley

Christie’s Projection Mapping Display Comes Alive at LDI 2013

A stunning and captivating projection mapping presentation is the showpiece of the Christie® LDI trade show booth in Las Vegas Nov. 22-24. The colorful and exciting booth features two interactive projection mapping displays including a 6-foot wide by 3-feet tall interactive preview of an upcoming Christie book featuring the most innovative projection mapping projects from around the world.

Proyección de Ideas Takes Center Stage for Projection Mapping Display
Producing both engaging projection mapping exhibits is Chile-based Proyección de Ideas (P.I.). The multi-faceted audio visual company has produced over 1,400 events and is renowned for creating gorgeous projection mapping performances throughout both North and South America and, as a Christie partner, will be on hand to discuss how to turn projection mapping dreams into reality. P.I. joined Christie at both LDI 2012 and InfoComm 2013, developing content that played on P.I. servers.

The exhibit uses two Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors controlled by the P.I. Mambo Player media server system. Proyección de Ideas’ Mambo Player will also be controlling another multi-touch screen with images provided by two Christie Roadster HD20K-J 3-chip DLP® projectors. All content is high resolution and attendees can engage with the multi-touch interface.

A second Mambo Player will be controlling the Christie MicroTiles video walls and both the both the Christie YK50 and Christie YK100 projector yokes.

Award Winning Nitro Solutions, Christie M Series and J Series, Flat Panels, and Christie MicroTiles Complete Christie Booth
Christie’s spacious and inviting booth also features the Christie Nitro Solutions family, Christie J Series 3-chip DLP® projectors, the Christie FHD551-W and Christie FHD551-X flat panels. Two 2-units wide by 5-units tall Christie® MicroTiles® arrays frame the booth.

The Christie YK50 is a small, dual-arm projector yoke and is suitable for moving projection applications in houses of worship, museums, trade shows, nightclubs and other venues where space is limited.

A single-arm yoke, the Christie YK100 is designed for the Christie M Series with projector control managed via DMX protocol – enabling users to integrate and control lighting equipment and video projectors with the same console.

Introduced early this year, the WeatherAll™ Christie FHD551-W LED edge lit LCD 55-inch flat panel with full HD and optically bonded glass is designed to carry the message outdoors. Weatherproof and designed to withstand the elements, its high brightness LCD and durability communicates to audiences regardless of weather conditions.
The ultra-narrow bezel Christie FHD551-X flat panel offers full HD resolution, high pixel density and an LED-backlit screen. Suitable for a variety of indoor environments, the Christie FHD551-X provides sharp images from any distance.

The Christie J Series targets a variety of applications within the rental staging and fixed installation markets that require high brightness, superior performance and crisp, clear images every time – all in a compact, rugged and reliable package. The Christie J Series includes 2D and 3D-capable models, a range of brightness levels from 6200 ANSI lumens to 20,000 ANSI lumens, and SXGA+, HD and WUXGA resolutions.

Creating extraordinary visual displays, Christie MicroTiles offer substantially brighter images, a much broader color palette, and a virtually seamless canvas compared to conventional flat panel LCD and plasma displays.

A Christie Spyder X20 video processor will be in the booth and, directly across the aisle, at the coolux Media Systems booth, six Christie J Series 3-chip DLP® projectors will be displayed.

An LDI Gold Sponsor, Christie is presenting Projection Master Classes using two Christie HD20K-J and two Christie DHD775-E projectors.

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