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Projecting Europeana archive data through the 3D ‘ECloud’

projectiondesign® sponsors Europeana initiative to drive creative use of open data

Norway’s projectiondesign® is delighted to announce that it has become a headline sponsor of the Europeana General Plenary, to be held in the Belgian city of Leuven from 13-15 June.

Adopting the theme ‘Connecting Society Through Culture’, the Europeana plenary aims to showcase innovative approaches to digitised content, inspire new ideas among its attendees, and to connect people and concepts so that those new ideas are realised. The event is expected to attract around 250 professionals from cultural heritage institutions, the open data community, and the software and technology development industries.

Caption: Vice President of the European Commission Neelie Kros explores Europeana

42113873 Watch the video at http://vimeo.com/42113873.

A key attraction at the Europeana plenary will be the ECloud – a unique visual experience featuring personal stories of World War I collected across Europe as part of Europeana’s 1914-18 family history roadshows. As part of its event sponsorship, projectiondesign will supply six F35 AS3D active stereoscopic 3D projectors to power the ECloud – creating a 9m x 3m interactive videowall that enables the browsing and display of multiple web pages simultaneously.

Pioneered by Dr Sarah Kenderdine and Prof Jeffrey Shaw, the ECloud is a collaboration between Europeana, City University Hong Kong’s Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment, and Australia’s Museum Victoria. The work builds on the large-screen 3D data visualizations being undertaken at City University Hong Kong’s ALiVE project, advancing the way that ALiVE re-uses archival databases coming directly from the internet.

“The purpose of this project is to provide both audiences and participating cultural organizations a renewed appreciation of the wealth of the Europeana datasets online,” comments Sarah Kenderdine.

“It focuses on World War I materials as a front-running project to the 2014 100th anniversary of the start of WWI. The project demonstrates that using the semantic relationships in existing metadata, ECloud can take advantage of Europeana APIs and the high-resolution content existing in Europeana partner repositories – in a public exhibition setting.

“3D allows us to re-define 2D data into a dynamic visualizations, increasing both appeal of the data and cognitive impact of the large format images distributed in 3D space. Such visualization strategies continue to hint at the endless permutations available to the user in a way that 2D designs cannot.

“We believe projectiondesign is the perfect partner for a project like the ECloud, because their 3D projector solutions, hardware architectures for edge-blending, and geometry correction for large-scale, multi-projector arrays are the most robust and reliable out there. We work exclusively with projetiondesign.”

Prior to the Europeana plenary, the ECloud made its public debut at a major event in Brussels on Wednesday 9 May. Hosted jointly by Europeana and the European Commission, the event is intended to raise awareness of Europeana’s rich resources and to demonstrate how Europe’s online cultural heritage can drive creativity and digital innovation. The event will be attended by around 100 stakeholders from cultural institutions and the creative industries.

“Europeana is a single access point to millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitised throughout Europe,” explains Harry Verwayen, Business Development Manager, Europeana. “It is an authoritative source of information coming from European cultural and scientific institutions.

“What I like about the ECloud installation we’ve created is that it transforms flat representations of cultural artifacts into a real experience. It is truly innovative approach and we are very happy about how it worked out.”

“The cultural significance of 3D and interactive visualization technology have always been important for us at projectiondesign,” says the company’s Thierry Ollivier. “Supplying projectors to the ECloud is not just about putting our name in front of Europe’s creative community; it is about opening people’s eyes – quite literally – to the possibilities opened up by the digitisation of archive content, and by the public’s open access to that content.

“We are delighted to have this chance to be associated with the ECloud and with the Europeana project generally.”

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TVLogic Adds Two More Awards To Its Growing Collection

LQM-471W MONITOR RECEIVES “STAR” AWARD FROM THE EDITORS OF TV TECHNOLOGY
DIGITAL VIDEO PRESENTS “BLACK DIAMOND” AWARD TO COMPANY FOR LVM-074W MONITOR

LAS VEGAS — TVLogic has added another two awards to its growing collection of honors. The manufacturer of LCD and OLED high definition displays received a STAR award from the editors of TV Technology at NAB 2012 for their new LQM-471W monitor; and their LVM-074W was recognized for outstanding achievement with a Black Diamond Award from Digital Video at the same show. NAB, held in Las Vegas from April 16th – April 19th, is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums.

Now celebrating its 12th anniversary, the STAR Awards (for Superior Technology Award Recipient) are designed to celebrate and showcase the preeminent technological innovations available to the media industry. A judging panel of broadcast industry experts reviewed a variety of products and services, examined the technical applications and their overall contribution to the industry, and then submitted their award nominees.

“The NAB show serves as the launching pad for thousands of new products and services for audio and video professionals,” said Tom Butts, TV Technology Editor-in-Chief. “Our panel of editors walked the show floor in search of the most innovative technologies. The products and services that we selected for the STAR Award made the cut—they demonstrated their ability to help advance the acquisition and distribution of entertainment and information across the media spectrum.”

The award-winning LQM-471W, a 47” 1920×1080 quad input monitor, was designed for multi-source monitoring in control rooms. With four SDI inputs/outputs, the LQM-471W supports multiple display configurations with features like Waveform/Vector Scope, Closed-Caption support, Timecode display, and remote control.

TVLogic also received a Black Diamond Award from Digital Video for their innovative LVM-074W 7″production Viewfinder Monitor. Black Diamonds recognize outstanding achievement in the advancement of video technology. A select panel of engineers, editors, and production and post professionals joined the magazine staff to judge the Best of Show awards. Weighing in at only 1.4lbs., the LVM-074W met the qualifications with its perfect blend of form and functionality.

“Our teams searched the NAB show floor for products that were truly deserving of recognition,” says NewBay Media Broadcast & Video Group Vice President & Group Publisher Eric Trabb. “Recognition with an award at NAB from the Broadcast & Video Group is a strong vote of confidence and admiration from this leading industry publication.”

Both TV Technology and Digital Video are part of NewBay Media’s Broadcast & Video Group of products.

About TV Logic
TVLogic designs and manufactures LCD and OLED High Definition displays from 7″ to 57″ designed specifically for broadcast, production, post-production, digital signage and multi-viewer applications. For further information: www.tvlogicusa.com.
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TV Logic USA Contact: Wes Donahue
818-885-6442 / wes@tvlogicusa.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 / mailto:harriet@desertmooncomm.com

XPAND 3D Continues Partnership With Cannes Film Festival

CANNES, France – XPAND 3D is proud to announce that it is once again the exclusive 3D technical partner for the 65th Cannes Film Festival. XPAND 3D is equipping four screening theaters at the Festival, including the 2,400-seat Lumiére auditorium, and eight screening rooms for the film market.

This marks the fourth year that XPAND 3D has served as the 3D technical partner for the Cannes Film Festival and XPAND 3D has renewed its partnership with the Festival through 2015.

“In addition to being the most prestigious film festival in the world, the Cannes Film Festival has championed 3D innovation, as exemplified by its decision to begin its Opening Ceremony in 2009 with the 3D screening of UP, and last year’s 3D screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” said Maria Costeira, CEO of XPAND 3D. “Our continued partnership with the Cannes Film Festival also demonstrates the Festival’s commitment to providing the most realistic and immersive 3D experience possible and we are proud to once again bring this experience to audiences at Cannes!”

The 65th Cannes Film Festival marks the continued growing popularity of 3D cinema, with feature films Madagascar 3 and Dracula in official selection. There will also be a tremendous increase of 3D screenings at the film market, with more than 100 3D screenings in total.

For the 65th Cannes Film Festival, XPAND will deploy its high-end Infinity active 3D glasses, which provide the brightest, most vivid and realistic 3D images available. XPAND Infinity glasses are also optimized to work with laser projectors, making it the optimal future-proof 3D system.

The Infinity 3D glasses provide up to 38% transparency and a 3000:1 contrast ratio. The glasses’ lightweight ergonomic designs ensure long-wearing comfort, and their wide 3D viewing angle provides an optimal 3D image across the entire cinema.

In addition, the Infinity glasses are now available in both adult and children sizes.

All new XPAND cinema systems and glasses fully support HFR (High Frame Rate) double and single flash at 96fps, 120fps, 144fps, 192fps, 240fps and even variable fps.

For more information on XPAND 3D, please visit www.xpand.me

About XPAND 3D:
XPAND 3D is the global leader in 3D technologies for cinema, with systems used by over 5,000 3D cinemas in more than 50 countries. XPAND 3D is also the 3D solution of choice for home, business, post-production, education, military, medical and professional 3D applications. XPAND 3D designs, manufactures and OEMs a range of consumer electronics 3D solutions that are driving the 3D revolution. XPAND is committed to advancing the state-of-the art in technology to provide consumers, businesses, educators and medical professionals with the comprehensive advantages of stereoscopic 3D. XPAND provides glasses on a linear scale from the most advanced and feature-packed for sophisticated surgical, training and home theater to more ruggedized and affordable for cinema and mass market use. X6D Limited is a global company whose products and services are marketed under the XPAND brand name.

Mike Poirier Joins PRECO as East Coast Manager, Distributed Products

Burbank, CA – PRECO, Inc., a well-established distributor of advanced technology equipment, has added Mike Poirier its sales team as east coast manager, distributed products. Kent McGuire, PRECO’s president, made the announcement from Company headquarters in Burbank, CA.

“The east coast is naturally an important market for us,” stated McGuire. “Mike’s extensive regional knowledge coupled with his technical experience will be a tremendous benefit to our customers. We’re delighted to add Mike to our staff and we look forward to strengthening our local support with his help.”

Mike joins PRECO with over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, and product management with electronic manufacturers, ranging from startups to publicly traded companies. Prior to joining PRECO, Poirier served as vice president and general manager of Teranex for six years. He previously held leadership positions with Algolith, Miranda Technologies (TSE:MT) and Syncom.

A former Electronic Engineering Teacher at CEGEP du Vieux Montréal, Poirier holds an Electronic Engineering Degree from Dawson College of Montreal.

Poirier is based in Orlando, Florida and will focus primarily on PRECO’s TVLogic and Avocent lines.

About PRECO
PRECO, Inc. is a Stocking Distributor and System Integrator of High Definition Video, Switching, Routing, Conversion, Test & Measurement, Video & Data Walls and Video Wall Controllers. For further information: www.preco.net

PRECO contact: Wes Donahue
Tel: 818-842-4632 /wes@preco.net

KanexPro Introduces High Speed HDMI Splitters with full 3D and 4K support

KanexPro (Booth # C7247 at InfoComm 2012), the leading A/V Connectivity solutions provider is proud to introduce ProBar Series of High Speed HDMI®. Available in combinations of 1×2, 1×4 and 1×8 I/O’s. Engineered for industry professionals wanting to distribute high-resolution video on eight HDMI displays. With no downtime or signal degradation, this HD splitter enables stunning resolutions up to 4K x 2K, 3D support and bandwidth up to 10.2 Gbps.

Fully compliant with EDID and HDCP management the ProBar HDMI splitters can be integrated anywhere from digital signage to healthcare AV where high-resolution signals are mission critical for today’s applications.

Available in 1x2, 1x4 & 1x8 sizes.

HDMI splitters

About KanexPro™

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively.

KanexPro is a registered trademark. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

Imerge Launches Ultra Compact Playback Unit – Experience the Mini Client

Imerge, the internationally acclaimed provider of multi-room audio and video entertainment solutions, has launched a new High Definition Mini Client playback device that is ideally suited to installations where space is at a premium.

This powerful, compact unit works in conjunction with the new Imerge MS1-3D range of media servers to offer local playback of DVDs as well as music and 2D HD movies, including full HD audio.

Weighing just 450g and smaller than two DVD cases, the Imerge Mini Client is supplied with VESA 75/100 mounts so that it can be mounted or hidden behind a TV screen without being obtrusive or detracting from the room décor. On a Super yacht with many cabins, for example, customers can archive and store all of their music and movies on the main MS1-3D server, yet still provide playback to each zone individually and with no compromise in sound or picture quality.

Each Mini Client installed connects to the main MS1-3D server, which can be housed in an equipment room, using GB Ethernet, thus doing away with costly and unsightly wiring. As well as delivering 2D HD playback via the Mini Client, the main server can also store and play DVDs as well as 2D and 3D Blu-ray movies in full 1080p High Definition quality to larger screens and movie theatres. Should other additional 3D zones be required, more MS1-3D clients can be added into the system, thus also providing more local archiving.

Graham Boswell, Sales Director for Prism Sound, which now owns the Imerge brand, says: “The Mini Client, which was shown as a prototype at ISE 2012, was developed in direct response to installers’ requests for a playback unit that was small enough to be unobtrusive, yet powerful enough to deliver the quality that Imerge customers expect. With very low power consumption and being four times smaller than its nearest competitor, the Mini Client is ideal for situations where space is tight as customers can house the MS1-3D server elsewhere and simply tap into its power and archiving capabilities via Ethernet.”

The introduction of the MS1-3D and Mini Client combination consolidates Imerge’s pioneering work in audio and media servers by offering the market a 4th generation entertainment solution that cements its position as a market leader.

The MS1-3D is a complete media server combining the highest quality playback of music and movies with an extensive range of additional benefits, making it the most compelling high-end media server on the market. The unit includes a multiple language user interface for international customers and an iPhone controller app that puts the user in complete control of the system.

The new MS1-3D integrates fully with the companion XiVaSafe high-reliability redundant disk storage array, which ensures that customers don’t lose media in the unlikely event of a disk failure. The network storage can also be used to store user documents and features RAID-6 technology meaning that up to two disk drives can fail without losing content compared to just the one in competing products – an important consideration when systems are remotely located. Imerge-branded server products are complemented by the XIVA on-line music store and a range of hardware and software accessories.

For more information about the Imerge MS1-3D and Mini Client, please visit www.imerge.co.uk

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Imerge
Part of what is popularly known as the “Cambridge Phenomenon”, Imerge is well-qualified to be the leader in its field. A spin-off from Cambridge-based technology consultancy “Scientific Generics”, it developed the world’s first hard drive-based audio server, the SoundServer, back in 1990s. In 2007 Imerge launched a multi-terabyte, 1080p-capable music/movies multi-room server which was hailed for setting new standards in usability and reliability, as well as delivering the very highest standards of audio and video performance. In 2008 Imerge launched the state of the art 1080p-capable MP1000 MediaPlayer which unlocked a breathtaking range of new installation possibilities. In 2008, Imerge changed the rules by introducing the world’s most advanced media server, the MS1, and its associated enterprise grade storage solution, the XiVASafe. Redefining the way we interact with our media, the MS1 has evolved into the MS1-HD, incorporating Blu-ray support, and the revolutionary new XiVA music store.

For more information please visit www.imerge.co.uk or www.xiva.com

Indonesia’s Largest Exhibitor Selected Christie For Digital Cinema Solutions

Christie® announced today at CinemaCon that Cinema 21, Indonesia’s largest cinema chain, has ordered 300 Christie DLP Digital Cinema® projectors including the Christie Solaria® CP2220, Christie CP4220 and Christie CP4230 models.

Almost 100 units purchased are Christie’s 4K digital cinema projectors. “Our experience with Christie has been a positive one. Almost 90 percent of the installation has been done and Christie provides fast and reliable technical support. The projectors also produce very high-quality and sharp images and they are very reliable in terms of technology,” said Suryo Suherman, president, Cinema 21.

Working together with Christie’s Indonesian partner, PT Megatech Engineering, the installation is expected to be fully completed by June this year in the entire country. “We’ve been working with Christie for more than five years and the company has always been a technological leader with groundbreaking advancements such as the Christie 4K projectors as well as high frame rate (HRF) projection development. Through Christie, we hope to bring the latest technologies to the audience in Indonesia,” commented Rudy Susanto, president, PT Megatech Engineering.

“Christie, as the pioneer of digital cinema projection technology, and also the first to present digital solutions based on 4K, is committed to deliver the best cinema projection solution and service to our customers. We are very happy to establish this new relationship with Cinema 21. With the cinema industry experiencing such vigorous growth in Indonesia, we are confident we will be able to continue serving film operators like Cinema 21 with the same level of commitment and dedication that we always have,” said Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific.

Founded in 1987, Cinema 21 is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year in commemoration of its dominance in the Indonesian entertainment industry. It will soon be presenting an enhanced cinematic viewing experience with its newly-built large-screen movie theaters in Indonesia. The first one is scheduled to open on May 4, 2012, to coincide with the premiere of “The Avengers.” It currently operates a total of 575 screens spanning over 122 locations across Indonesia. Its theaters are expected to be 100 percent digital by June 2012.

ArcLight Chooses Christie For Digital Cinema Projectors For Both 2K and 4K Movie Experiences

Christie®, a global leader in digital cinema projection, today announced that ArcLight Cinemas has completed the digital conversion of its four locations in California, boasting 33 auditoriums and 61 screens, with Christie Solaria® Series CP2210 2K, Christie CP4220 and Christie CP4230 4K projectors aligned to provide the best in both conventional and premier movie experiences.

The most advanced offerings in Christie’s industry-leading Solaria Series, the CP4220/30 projectors in particular provide brilliant 3D images in 4K resolution, along with the highest level of content security combined with easy operations and maintenance.

All auditoriums within the ArcLight brand are premium presentation auditoriums, focusing on a “black box” design aesthetic, which emphasizes undistracted viewing and features the best in sight and sound technology.

“Christie’s Solaria series will make it possible for us to present the latest technological advances to our patrons, such as 3D and big-screen experiences, as well as high frame rate (HFR) movies scheduled to launch later this year, beginning with epics such as Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit,” said Joe Miraglia, director of design, construction and facilities for ArcLight. “Since we offer a range of movies and theaters to suit distinct audiences, we needed digital projection that could adapt to any need, and Christie gave us the best solution.”

The projectors were installed by ACS Enterprises Inc. which chose Christie because of its winning combination of product and support excellence.

“At ACS, we care about our clients, their theaters and their continued success,” said Jose Alvarado, chief executive officer of ACS. “Christie is a partner that shares our philosophy and wanted to make sure we succeeded in our digital cinema transitions. By helping us succeed, they too succeed.

“In addition to providing first-rate technology, Christie collaborated in installation design, setup and testing though its Christie Managed Services group, which has been extremely helpful in quickly and efficiently providing the assistance we needed for ArcLight’s unique requirements,” added Alvarado.

Part of the Pacific Theatres group, the ArcLight chain includes the famous ArcLight Hollywood, which boasts the historic and unique Cinerama Dome – one of only three such theaters in the world today. In keeping with the unique architecture, and to be able to deliver a variety of enhanced movie experiences, the Dome now features
Christie Duo™ technology, a configuration of two projectors, advanced software and a space-saving frame that delivers a completely seamless, premium movie experience for the world’s largest screens.

Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions for Christie, said, “We offer an unparalleled range of leading-edge product, support, partnerships and financing options to make the benefits of digital projection available to all types of exhibitor in every market. It’s because of this commitment, and the loyalty of our customers, that we lead the market for digital projection solutions, and we’re pleased to have ArcLight as part of our customer family.”

ACS looks forward to many successful deployments with Christie, which dovetails with its long-range thinking to benefit clients. “It is part of our continued support cycle to monitor developments in the industry to make sure our clients are aware of the latest technology advances and what motion picture releases will implement/introduce such programs,” said Alvarado. “Our industry experiences have made us recognize that technological advances in motion pictures, with both picture and sound delivery, are usually not successful without the release of a major motion picture that demands these advances. It’s a process we consistently monitor; making sure our clients are in a position to adapt and implement when that picture is released to their patrons.”

About ArcLight Cinemas
ArcLight Cinemas, created by Pacific Theatres, represents an evolution in the movie going experience. With locations in Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Pasadena and El Segundo, the chain offers an unprecedented combination of technology, amenities, comfort, and customer service. ArcLight Cinema’s dynamic programming ranges from the newest Hollywood blockbusters to independent art house fare, cult favorites and classics and 21+ screenings, making it one of the most popular destinations for discerning moviegoers. Its signature amenities include black box auditoriums, extra-wide seats with double armrests, stadium seating, reserved seating at many locations and a wide variety of counter and café food options. For more information about ArcLight, visit www.arclightcinemas.com.

Christie and RealD Debut Brightest Commercially Available 3D Dual Projection System at CinemaCon

Christie Duo™ combined with the new RealD XL-DP Cinema System today to project Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Sneak Peek” of The Hobbit in 3D, presented at High Frame Rates (HFR) of 48 frames per second, achieving an unprecedented combination of uniformity and brightness. Christie®, a global visual technology company, and RealD, a leading global licensor of 3D technologies, powered today’s major studio presentation in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

In the setup for this presentation, projection engineers calibrated the system using brightness measurements taken towards the edges of the screen, rather than at the center. The abundance of light available allowed the center brightness to be reduced considerably and still provided luminance measurements in excess of six foot lamberts (ft-L) across the better part of this massive 70-foot-wide screen. By combining the Christie Duo and the RealD XL-DP 3D Cinema System, exhibitors can actually achieve double the light output over the previous leading large format solutions, and at a significant overall value during regular, commercial movie showings.

“With the new RealD XL-DP Cinema System, there is a technical solution for achieving 3D brightness at 2D light levels on some of the largest movie theater screens in the world,” says Rod Archer, vice-president of Cinema Products, RealD. “RealD technology delivers twice the light of other 3D providers, allowing premium large format screens to demonstrate the true potential of digital 3D cinema with a lifelike and immersive 3D presentation without compromising brightness.”

Says Don Shaw, senior director, Christie’s Entertainment Solutions product management group: “Although it may seem too good to be true, the incredible experience delivered today by RealD and Christie was achieved on a silver screen, using Christie’s Pureformity Color™ Technology to ‘control’ the center brightness, allowing us to obtain the most uniform image possible across this large screen. Standard Christie Solaria® projectors, the Christie Duo integration kit and the RealD XL-DP Cinema System combined to achieve this industry first, which will present a compelling alternative to the more costly, but half as bright, offering from the current large-format market leader.”

The RealD XL-DP Cinema System is a pair of matched left and right eye polarizing filters featuring the patented XL light recovery technology. This Cinema System is designed for use on dual DLP projector installations on large screens, usually over 65 feet in width (20 meters). Early users of this combination of the XL-DP Cinema System and dual DLP projectors report 3D presentation brightness at 2D light levels on screens as large as 92 feet (28 meters).

Christie Duo and Christie Pureformity Color™ Technology Immerse Audiences in the Movies
Introduced in February, the Christie Duo is a new dual–projector integration kit intended to give exhibitors the ability to create and deliver their own, branded premium theater experience. The Christie Duo™ integration kit can be used with either 2K or 4K Christie Solaria® Series digital cinema projectors, purchased with new projectors or purchased as a standalone integration kit for Christie customers who already have Christie projectors. Christie Solaria® Series digital cinema projectors are the world’s best-selling, DCI-compliant digital cinema projectors, with close to 30,000 shipped and installed to date.

The integration kit features the choice of two configurations: a compact and convenient stacking system for 3D installations, or a new, innovative physical configuration that perfectly aligns every pixel on the screen for optimal 2D and 3D presentations. Coupled with automated features that easily calibrate, align and optimize the images from both Christie Solaria® Series 2K or 4K digital cinema projectors, Christie Duo delivers a completely seamless, premium movie experience for the world’s largest screens.

Pureformity Color™ Technology – a contraction of the words Pure and Uniformity – aptly describes Christie’s innovative ability to achieve optimal image color and brightness uniformity. While every Christie projector is built to exact DCI standards, every projection system has inherent color and brightness uniformity variations across the screen, especially towards the left and right hand edges. These effects can sometimes be exacerbated by certain screen materials and auditorium lighting conditions. Christie’s Pureformity Color™ Technology provides an unprecedented level of field optimization for these issues so that image quality perfection can easily be achieved across the whole screen.

Christie IMB Introduced at CinemaCon

Christie®, a global visual technology company, today introduced the Christie® IMB, an integrated media block solution that seamlessly converts and delivers feature-film and alternative content within a secure environment to all of Christie’s 2K and 4K, DCI-compliant Solaria® Series 2 projectors.

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. Launched at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, following several months of commercial field trials, the Christie IMB provides an integrated solution from a single, trusted equipment supplier. Christie used its IMB at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference last week for hourly presentations of HFR cinema content on a single CP2220 Solaria projector, complete with automatic and seamless switching between different frame rates. This demo will also be held at CinemaCon. DCI Compliance certification is expected shortly.

“Most digital projector installations use a media block in an external server that is linked by cables to the projector,” said Don Shaw, senior director, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. “This creates bandwidth limitations that have an impact on picture quality, and restrict the system’s ability to offer higher frame rates and increased pixel resolution. The Christie IMB operates within the projector, becoming an integral part of the display device. The result is a secure connection that can manage the high bandwidth required for HFR and 4K content while maintaining terrific image quality.”

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.

The combination of the Christie CP4220 or Christie CP4230 projectors and Christie IMB, offered by the world’s largest manufacturer of digital cinema projectors, brings exhibitors ultimate confidence that they will be ready for upcoming 4K or 3D HFR movies in a single projector system. The first HFR feature film, The Hobbit, is scheduled for release in December 2012.

The IMB design reduces complexity because it eliminates the need for an exhibitor to support varied servers and IMBs currently on the market from different manufacturers. Christie achieves a fully integrated system solution by ensuring seamless interaction between its IMB and Christie Avias-TMS™, a Theater Management System (TMS) software application that allows exhibitors to centrally manage and orchestrate all of their projection operations within a cinema multiplex .

“Christie now offers a ground-breaking, single projection solution that converts and delivers packaged feature film content within a secure, DCI-compliant environment, while providing the option to upgrade to full HFR capabilities. Because we also manufacture the projector that forms the keystone of our advanced digital cinema solution, we eliminate compatibility issues that could occur in media blocks from third party suppliers, especially following software upgrade cycles,” said Shaw.

Christie’s Commitment to HFR
The two main goals of Christie’s HFR activities are to help the industry develop the best HFR content and the best delivery system for HFR content. The first goal involves assisting leading-edge filmmakers and post-production companies in perfecting HFR movie creation, so the industry has the most engaging, entertaining content possible. The second goal is to assist exhibitors in showing these 3D HFR movies in all their glory. To these ends, Christie is helping create the standards for 3D HFR movies through formal and informal technology-development alliances with major producers and directors, post production facilities, studios and technology partners. On the exhibitor’s front, Christie provides one stop shopping for all the hardware, software and services that enable exhibitors to deliver a filmmaker’s vision in stunning 3D HFR quality. For more information visit http://www.higherframerates.com.

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