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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.

Christie’s “Solutions That Rock” Display Technology Show Rolls Into Boston Area November 19-21

Christie®, along with Draper Inc., Alcorn McBride and rp Visuals Solutions, is presenting the latest Solutions that Rock Nov. 19-21 at High Output Studios in Canton, Mass., just outside Boston. The free event shows several display solutions to organizations involved with professional AV rental staging, fixed installs and corporate AV environments.

“Solutions that Rock” gives consultants, architects, service planners and designers hands-on experience with some of the best audio and visual systems available, allowing them to discover inspiring ways to transform projection ideas into reality. Attendees can enjoy complimentary refreshments and gifts, and a chance to win an Apple iPad mini.

Christie’s wide range of technologies include LCD, DLP® and DLP Cinema® projectors, rear screen projection modules, video walls, advanced 3D projection technologies, virtual reality and simulation. Whatever the application, Christie solutions are purpose-built to meet unique projection requirements and are backed by industry-leading service and support.

Day one is sponsored by distributor JB & A with HB Communications sponsoring the second day and Adtech Systems the third. Also on the agenda is the AIA-certified class – presented by Draper – from 10-11 a.m. on Nov. 20 and Nov. 21.

“Solutions that Rock” is also an informal opportunity for dealers, integrators, distributors, consultants and end users to see how the showcased products offer leading edge and fully workable solutions for their customers. Attendees can participate in technology demonstrations and receive hands-on experience of each solution’s capabilities that will increase their confidence when demonstrating and selling to customers.

Christie Technology on Display
The benefits of the new Christie Brio will be highlighted onsite. This presentation and collaboration solution enables multiple users to share video and audio content from their laptop or mobile device by connecting to the meeting room’s video system through a Wi-Fi or Ethernet network. Presentations, video, and other media can be displayed without wires, dongles, or special software applications so meeting participants can go right to work without setup delays.

Christie Brio makes collaboration across multiple rooms, auditoriums and offices easy and immediate. It can connect to multiple worksites on a college campus or across several campuses. All Brio nodes added to a meeting will be able to see the same content and contribute to the meeting by sharing any presentation.

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.

Another highlight is the eye-catching tower display of Christie® MicroTiles® using Christie Jumpstart. Built on proven DLP® technology, Christie MicroTiles – the industry’s most flexible, high-resolution modular design concept – are specifically designed for maximum image quality in demanding indoor, high ambient light environments.

Both the Christie M Series and Christie J Series of projectors will be displayed as well as multiple solutions, ranging from HD and 2K LCD to Xenon 3-chip DLP® images, displaying on a 30-foot wide screen. Attendees will learn how to control any Christie J Series or M Series projector directly from their iOS-enabled mobile device using Christie’s latest network wired and wireless control solutions.

Also displayed is the Christie Vista URS. The all-in-one matrix switcher accepts multiple sources in any format (analog composite to digital 4K) and seamlessly routes these sources to any of eight user-configurable outputs, which can be configured independently for any analog or digital output format.

The Christie FHD551-W 55-inch LCD outdoor flat panel will also be at the booth and, to fulfill the need to interface with IT systems, Christie will showcase its network solutions with all projection and multi-image systems connected to, and managed through, the IP network – including wireless control of all devices. Christie AutoStack™ – Camera-based, software driven solution used for maintaining projector alignment in multiple blend and stacked designs, will operate across the network, offering a solution that manages both fixed installs and rental staging designs for both flat and curved screens.

Showing the architectural flexibility of Christie MicroTiles, the RPMM Mobile Matrix (Deployable Matrix Video Wall) from rp Visual Solutions will be supporting four Christie MicroTiles in a snake-like, staggered environment while the Christie Spyder X20 multi-image processor will manage all display content across the booth including the stereoscopic demonstrations.

High Output Studios is located at 495 Turnpike Street in Canton. To register, please visit http://www.christiedigital.com/solutionsthatrock2

New LED-Based Christie Mirage WQ-L Stereoscopic Projector Expands Christie’s Line of High Performance 2D and 3D Visual Display Systems

Christie®, a global leader in visual display solutions, announced the expansion of its Mirage Series of high-performing 2D and 3D projectors with the launch of the Christie Mirage WQ-L, an LED-based 1-chip DLP® projection system with WQXGA (2560 by 1600) resolution and 800 ANSI lumens for sharp images and exceptionally accurate and lifelike colors. Offering a stable and reliable LED light engine rated at 60,000-hours (approximately 6.5 years) life cycle, the Christie Mirage WQ-L includes Christie ArrayLOC™ for synchronized color and brightness management, which reduces calibration requirements.

Christie Mirage WQ-L Projector


A powerful but cost-effective and flexible display solution, the Christie Mirage WQ-L is ideal for a wide range of markets, from aerospace and automotive to oil and gas, government, academia, and entertainment. Its solid-state LED light engine delivers years of worry-free operation without compromising image quality.

“We received positive reviews when we previewed the Christie Mirage WQ-L at SIGGRAPH 2013,” said Larry Paul, senior director of technology and visualization solutions management, Visual Environments, Christie. “The projector’s sealed LED-based light engine eliminates the need for filters, reduces heat and makes it virtually maintenance-free. Its flexibility and low-maintenance design makes it the perfect display solution for a wide range of customers that require a high-performance system that is also eco-friendly and backed by Christie’s reputation for quality and reliability.”

The Christie Mirage WQ-L operates off the exclusive Christie KoRE™ electronics and firmware platform, which provides the most extensive level of input capability and control flexibility available for advanced visualizations systems.

The Christie Mirage WQ-L is now shipping.

Southern Theatres Powered by Christie Solaria Projectors, Vive Audio; Installation by Christie’s Managed Services

It’s “all Christie, all the time” as Southern Theatres selects Christie®, the dominant brand in the digital cinema market, to power every auditorium in its new, state-of-the-art 14-screen theater complex at the Esplanade Mall in Kenner, Louisiana. The Grand 14 Esplanade, scheduled to open December 12, will be the first to feature the “complete Christie experience,” fitted exclusively with Christie Solaria® Series digital cinema projection technology and the Christie® Vive Audio™ systems. Christie’s Managed Services team is providing complete support, from designing the technology floor plan, to installing and integrating all of the products, as well as providing 24/7 remote monitoring, maintenance and support through Christie’s own Network Operations Center.

Christie Vive Audio System


“We’re excited to bring the latest developments in digital cinema projection and audio technology to our guests with the opening of the Grand 14 Esplanade in Kenner,” said Ron Krueger II, President and Chief Operating Officer, Southern Theatres. “We’re the first theater to power every auditorium with Christie Vive Audio, a revolutionary leap in cinema loudspeaker design that provides the benefit of improved sound coverage for every guest in every seat in the house.”

The Grand 14 Esplanade will offer Southern Theatres’ branded Grand Premium Experience (GPX) auditorium, equipped with the Christie® Duo™ dual-projection system using Christie CP4230 4K DLP Cinema® projectors, ensuring that the RealD 3D images on the huge three story screen are the crispest and brightest possible. The GPX auditorium will also feature Christie Vive Audio configured for 46 channels using Dolby® Atmos™, a new audio solution that revolutionizes the experience of sound in entertainment. The groundbreaking new Christie Vive Audio system features speakers with an innovative single enclosure line array design combined with ribbon driver technology and high-powered Class D amplification – the first to be used in a cinema environment.

The combination of two Christie Solaria projectors and the Christie Duo integration kit is significantly less expensive than other branded ‘big screen’ industry solutions. With lower upfront costs, and no ongoing revenue sharing, Christie Duo is the global solution for creating an affordable, premium large screen movie experience.

“Interest has been exceptionally strong since our launch of Christie Vive Audio in July, with the postproduction and exhibition communities recognizing a unique opportunity to gain a competitive edge by unleashing the full potential of the new generation of digital cinema surround sound technology,” said Patrick Artiaga, director of Business Development, Audio Solutions for Christie. “We’re proud that Southern Theatres has made the Grand 14 Esplanade the world’s first all-inclusive Christie Vive Audio complex, flawlessly complementing it with the crisp images and spectacular video offered by Christie DLP® digital cinema projectors – giving their audience the ultimate movie-viewing experience.”

Specifically created and built for the digital cinema environment, Christie Vive Audio’s unique parabolic line array design envelopes audiences with dynamic, richly detailed and enhanced audio where speech, special effects, music, and alternative content sound incredibly natural and lifelike.

Added Mr. Krueger II, “The GPX auditorium will really allow our guests to fully immerse themselves into a 3D movie— with the unparalleled brightness of Christie 4K resolution digital projection and the combined power of the Christie Vive Audio and Dolby Atmos systems, viewers will experience every sight and sound as if they are actually ‘in the picture.’”

Christie’s Managed Services team has been involved exclusively since the beginning of the project, providing unparalleled professional consultation, integration, installation, and design services for all of the auditoriums,” said Sean James, vice president of Managed Services at Christie. “We supplied the complete, ‘one-stop-shopping’ solution, developing specifications for audio, projection, screens, power, system/network infrastructure, special audio support, and theater-wide automation solutions.”

Added James: “Our job is not over when the installation is complete. Managed Services will continue to provide the entire theater with 24/7 remote monitoring through Christie’s Network Operations Center, once the site is live.”

Christie’s Premium Cinema Solutions Wow ShowEast Audiences with 4K Laser Projector, Christie Duo, Christie Vive Audio and Professional Services

Christie® today announced its ShowEast presence, reinforcing its position as the industry-leading, one-stop shop for all manner of exhibitors – art houses, multiplexes, drive-in and custom cinemas. All these exhibitors across the world turn to Christie when sourcing impressive technologies and unparalleled support and services with which to immerse their audiences in a premium cinema experience.

Complete Christie Vive Audio System


“Christie is the perfect choice for all their cinema needs, including projection and audio solutions, lobby displays and professional services,” said Craig Sholder, vice president of Entertainment Solutions, Christie. “Specific to ShowEast, of which we are a sponsor, exhibitors who were not able to take in our laser projection demos in Burbank, Beijing or Amsterdam over the past 12 months are in for a visual extravaganza, as we’ve brought one of our laser prototypes to ShowEast. As well, we will delight their auditory senses with the combination of Dolby® Atmos™ and Christie® Vive Audio™ systems.”

Specifically, on Wednesday October 23 at 9.30am in the AMC 19 auditorium, the Christie and Dolby 4K laser projection and audio technology demonstration will set new standards for image and sound presentation. Christie’s prototype 4K laser projector will be fronted by a RealD XL Cinema System and accompanied by Christie Vive Audio speakers and amplifiers configured for Dolby Atmos – a new audio solution that revolutionizes the experience of sound in entertainment – to deliver a premium cinema experience.

Christie leads the industry in the development of cinema laser projectors, having announced in August the supply and installation of the world’s first commercial digital laser projection solution for the Seattle Cinerama Theatre, and was the first to receive a US FDA approval of variance allowing the sale of laser projectors for use in a cinema. Exhibitors will finally have the capability to show movies in 3D projected at 14 foot-lamberts, the standard brightness level for 2D presentations, but virtually impossible to achieve with a single projector for 3D on all but the smallest screens.

In the AMC 17 auditorium, Christie has installed two Christie Solaria CP4230 4K projectors in a
Christie® Duo™ configuration, fronted by the RealD XL-DP Cinema System and connected to a
Dolby Atmos system. Again, this configuration allows movies in 3D to be projected at 14 foot-lamberts, a brightness level typical of 2D presentations but seldom achieved with 3D screenings.

Christie SKA-3D Cinema Processor


The combination of two Christie Solaria projectors and the Christie Duo integration kit is significantly less expensive than other branded ‘big screen’ industry solutions. With lower upfront costs, and no ongoing revenue sharing, Christie Duo is the global solution for creating an affordable, premium large screen movie experience. The RealD XL-DP Cinema System is a pair of matched left- and right-eye polarizing filters featuring a patented XL light-recovery technology. It was designed specifically to be used with dual DLP Cinema® projector installations having larger screens, typically greater than 65 feet wide (20 meters).

Christie’s Booth Showcases Choices for Exhibitors
Visitors to the Christie booth #915 will have the opportunity to experience the firm’s cornerstone digital cinema offerings, whose scope encompasses new formats and technologies, backed by turnkey service and support for all of an exhibitor’s operations.

On the product front, visitors can view and hear the merits of the Christie® Solaria® One, Christie Duo, Christie IMB™ and Christie Vive Audio offerings, the latter including the latest LA3, LA3C and LA3S suite of speakers.

A complete projection solution for screens up to 35 feet, the Christie Solaria One comes with a zoom lens, custom-designed Xenon lamp, and a Christie Integrated Media Block (IMB) with its own easy-to-operate Screen Management Software (SMS). The Solaria One is brightest in its class, since it projects 8000 lumens in the DCI color space, 9000 for alternative content and in its Solaria One+ variation, projects 9000 lumens in the DCI color space and 10,000 lumens for alternative content.

Also on display will be the long-awaited Christie® SKA-3D cinema processor, which makes alternative content – such as preshow advertising and content from Blu-ray Disc players, gaming consoles, satellite receivers, computers and multiple 2D and 3D sources – look and sound as spectacular as feature presentations. This powerful audio and video processor can extract the latest, high-quality, lossless audio from HDMI signals, such as Dolby TrueHD® and DTS-HD Master Audio®, for integrating into cinema audio systems. Christie SKA-3D is now shipping in North America and will be available globally next month.

Christie’s Managed Services Exhibits Service Solutions for Cinema
Christie’s Managed Services offer a wide range of options for managing cinema equipment including projection/audio systems and lobby digital signage. Exhibitors partner with Christie at every stage –from system design to staging and testing, onsite maintenance, remote monitoring and transparent real-time reporting.

A Christie® WeatherAll FHD551-W LCD outdoor display with multimedia will highlight eye-catching, in-lobby digital signage displays, including Allure Global Solutions’ digital box office, showing the latest movie trailers, as well as Managed Services’ expertise in designing, building, deploying and supporting a digital signage network that’s right for exhibitors.

Through video on a Christie FHD461-X HD LCD panel, attendees will experience Christie’s state-of-the-art Network Operations Center (NOC), which monitors and services more than 110,000 remote devices for studio and exhibition customers in more than 2,500 locations in North America and several locations globally including Australia, China, Mexico and Russia. The NOC’s combination of around-the-clock remote monitoring and services help to safeguard customers’ visual technology displays.

The Managed Services team will also have video demonstration of their customized turnkey boothless projection lift system as part of a complete customized solution.

Flexible Financing for the Home Stretch Digital Cinema Conversions, Courtesy of Scrabble
For independent theatres that still need to convert to digital cinema, Christie has established a joint venture with Scrabble Ventures LLC. This venture helps exhibitors finance, over time, the purchase of a Christie digital cinema projector, and has already helped many community theatres make the move to digital, including Viva Cinemas, Villagio Cinemas and the Totem & Roxy Cinemas. Scrabble representatives will be at their booth, #918, across from the Christie booth, to assist exhibitors in understanding their options to convert to digital cinema. For more information, please visit: http://www.scrabbleventures.com.

The annual ShowEast conference, now in its 28th year, is being held at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida, Oct. 21-25.

Christie’s Educational Forum Designed to Increase Visual Display System Knowledge in Simulation Industry

Due to popular demand, Christie®, a leader in simulation projection display solutions, will host its fifth SIM University, a free educational forum for visual system engineers, program managers and technical specialists in the simulation industry, on Oct 22-23 at the Dayton Country Club, Dayton, Ohio.

“Visual display capabilities in the simulation industry are forever changing and advancing. It’s important to bring together experts and participants in this field and offer an in-depth look at system fundamentals and design as well as advancements in solid state illumination and how it will impact visual display systems for the simulation market. The event also expands our own knowledge of industry needs and priorities so that we can stay ahead of our customers’ needs,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president of Christie’s Visual Environments.

On Oct. 22, Christie will provide introductory technical sessions for those with entry-level
experience in visual display systems for simulation or anyone interested in a refresher. It will cover topics such as the fundamentals of projection technology, resolution, optics, and display specifications. For those with intermediate or advanced knowledge or anyone who attended the Oct. 22 session, October 23 is dedicated to system design considerations and image quality, display specifications (part two), the visual systems design process for RFP proposals, choosing the correct visual system components, and night vision goggle (NVG) stimulation principles and practice. Both days include hands-on exercises. For a complete agenda and to register, please visit SIM University.

Joining Christie’s engineers and technical staff in presenting at SIM University is FlightSafety International, a world-leading aviation training company. Specialists in simulation and training interested in learning more or about future SIM University events can email the SIM University team.

Christie Technology Defines Performance, Reliability and Value at EDUCAUSE 2013

Christie® is at the forefront of the EDUCAUSE annual conference October 16-17 in Anaheim, California, exhibiting several premium performance visual display solutions for the higher education market. The engaging booth features the new Christie Brio collaboration tool, a selection of Christie projectors from an extensive product line-up, and the multiple award winning Christie® MicroTiles®.

Christie Brio


Christie Brio – Share More
A conference highlight is Christie Brio. This presentation and collaboration solution enables multiple users to easily share video and audio content from their laptop or mobile device by connecting to the meeting room’s video system through a Wi-Fi or Ethernet network. Presentations, video, and other media are displayed without wires, dongles, or special software applications so meeting participants go right to work without setup delays.

Christie Brio makes collaboration across multiple rooms, auditoriums and offices easy and immediate. It can connect to multiple worksites on a college campus or across several campuses. All Brio nodes added to a meeting will be able to see the same content and contribute to the meeting by sharing any presentation.

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 DHD775-E with Wireless Connectivity Option
Ideal for classrooms, auditoriums and boardrooms, the Christie DHD775-E has native HD resolution and easily connects – wired or via wireless connectivity option – to today’s computers. The Christie DWU775-E features an optional dual processor warp module for blending of multiple projectors to create a seamless display even on a flat surface.

Christie LW720 – The Brightest Single Lamp WXGA in the Market
Compact and affordable, The Christie LW720 delivers 7200 ANSI lumens and 2500:1 contrast ratio for superior brightness and deep, rich colors. Taking advantage of the broad suite of lenses ranging from 0.5:1 ultra short throw lens to long throw of up to 9.2:1 throw ratio, the Christie LW720 has one of the largest lens shift ranges on the market, which allows customers greater installation flexibility.

Christie FHD551-X Flat Panel with Ultra-Narrow Bezel
The Christie FHD551-X is on display. This full HD 55-inch indoor LCD flat panel features a bezel-to-bezel width of 5.5 mm, LED backlighting, high pixel density and a wide viewing angle, making it suitable for tiled displays in classrooms, meeting rooms, auditoriums or lobbies.

Christie MicroTiles – Ideal for Campus Lobbies, Auditoriums and Collaborative Spaces
Also on display is a 1-unit wide by 5-unit high Christie® MicroTiles® tower. Christie MicroTiles, with their much wider color palette compared to conventional LCD displays, deliver pure, saturated, accurate colors on a nearly seamless, stunning digital canvas. With their modular design, Christie MicroTiles are configurable into any shape or size, creating the perfect blend of architecture and technology. Several higher education facilities including the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at the North Carolina State University and Texas Tech University are enjoying the benefits of Christie MicroTiles video walls.

For more information on the complete line-up of projectors and displays systems, visit Christie at booth # 1260, 1262.

Christie Integrated Media Block Completes Dolby Atmos Testing, Licensing

Christie®, a global visual technology company, today announced that the Christie® IMB, an integrated media block solution that seamlessly converts and delivers feature-film and alternative content within a secure environment, now supports Dolby® Atmos™, a new audio solution that revolutionizes the experience of sound in entertainment.

Christie Integrated Media Block (IMB)

Dolby Atmos unleashes the potential of sound in storytelling by giving filmmakers the creative freedom to easily place or move sounds anywhere in the movie theatre to create a life-like cinema sound experience. The announcement follows beta tests at several large cinema customers of Christie that confirmed the Christie IMB – Dolby Atmos synergy, including support for all of the latter’s functionality, including playback.

“Combining our powerful IMB with Dolby Atmos, and adding our new Christie Vive Audio™ cinema sound system, enables exhibitors to create a movie experience that is second to none,” said Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment solutions, Christie. “Christie continues to work closely with Dolby and other cinema partners to ensure reliable and flawless support for Dolby Atmos.”

Christie boasts the largest installed base of DLP Cinema® projectors globally, many of them with Christie’s own IMB, so the power of Dolby Atmos will now be available to many more cinema installations worldwide. Available today, the Christie IMB firmware update enables the change for all of Christie’s 2K and 4K, DCI-compliant Solaria® Series 2 projectors having a Christie IMB.

“By integrating Dolby Atmos with third party solutions like Christie’s IMB, we are making it easier than ever for exhibitors to embrace the future of cinema sound,” said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. “Dolby is the only company that has successfully deployed object-based audio in hundreds of cinemas worldwide, using sound to make movie audiences feel as if they are in the movie, not merely watching it.”

Built into Christie projectors or easily inserted into previously purchased units, the Christie IMB utilizes industry standard, non-proprietary storage solutions, giving exhibitors the smoothest possible transition to HFR (high frame rate) and 3D projection standards. The Christie IMB provides an integrated solution from a single, trusted equipment supplier.

All Solaria Series 2 projectors are designed to integrate seamlessly with the Christie IMB and the Christie Previsto™ High Frame Rate (HFR) technology. Featuring complete cinema content support, as well as MPEG2 and H.264 support for pre-show advertising and alternative content, the design of Christie’s IMB is grounded in a solid understanding of the projector’s software, thermals, vibrations and internal power supply, ensuring the most reliable projection system on the market.

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