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Christie 3D Visualization Solutions Chosen for Virtual Construction Simulation at Toronto’s George Brown College BIM Lab

One of Canada’s largest and most diverse colleges, Toronto’s George Brown College, chose Christie’s visualization solutions for its Building Information Modeling (BIM) Lab in the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies (CCET), at the Casa Loma campus. Students, industry professionals and business partners can use the BIM Lab to create digital 3D models and view them on a custom Christie-designed display solution, powered by three 120Hz stereoscopic 3D DLP® Christie Mirage WU7K-M projectors. The new immersive simulation space supports the College’s mission for continued innovation, enhanced practical and theoretical teaching and learning, as well as staying ahead of trends and technology in the construction industry.

Christie-designed Immersive Space at George Brown BIM Lab


BIM is a global term referring to a technology process where collaboration and knowledge sharing takes place, but when the creation of a simulated virtual reality exists, stakeholders can visualize facilities, operational issues, designs and construction. George Brown College understands that using the latest technology can facilitate learning and prepare their students for the future. Clint Kissoon, chair of CCET’s School of Architectural Studies and the Angelo Del Zotto Construction Management, said, “After detailed benchmarking, several meetings and seeing firsthand the Christie CAVE™ installed at Pennsylvania State University, we knew that a BIM lab was the way of the future, and that the Christie solution was the direction we wanted to take to create a fully immersive environment. The lab will advance skills today and in the future and fill a skills gap in the construction industry.”

Kissoon added: “Christie’s proposal came in within scope, budget and procedural requirements to enable us to conform to the Federal Economic Development Agency’s procurement processes and receive the grant for the project. The help we got from Christie really put us in the position to get what we wanted.”

Christie’s advanced stereoscopic Mirage WU7K-M projector, with WUXGA resolution at 6,300 ANSI lumens from dual lamps delivers crisp images, vibrant colors, uniform brightness, and with Christie Twist™, the user can control warping and blending so that the image fits any dimension or shape.

Christie 3D visualisation at George Brown College BIM Lab


“The Christie Mirage M series projectors are compact, highly efficient, and provide a low cost of ownership,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president of Visual Environments, at Christie. “They are the ideal solution for immersive simulation displays like George Brown College’s BIM Lab and other post-secondary institutions that are considering an enhanced learning and training environment through 3D visualization.”

Thought to be a first of its kind at a community college or university in Canada, the state-of-the-art facility provides learning opportunities that will cover all aspects of virtual design and construction — from project procurement to building processes and facility management. According to Pietro Ferrari, professor and coordinator, School of Architectural Studies at George Brown College, “What we’ve done with this screen in the BIM Lab is to position GBC to offer a program of BIM-related courses, including a post-graduate BIM Certificate program, that’s extremely deep and much more extensive than what other institutions are offering across Canada.”

CAST BlackTrax and Trinity Fellowship Church to present ‘Lights. Camera. Tracking!’

CAST BlackTrax delivers on ROI, increased creativity and systems flexibility

Appealing to large-scale event and production professionals, Paul Braile, BlackTrax expert at CAST BlackTrax Ltd and Michael Wells, executive director of operations at Trinity Fellowship Church, Texas will present the ‘Lights. Camera. Tracking!’ seminar at PLASA Focus: Nashville 2014 at room Mezzanine 27 at The Nashville Municipal Auditorium, TN from 12:00 to 13:00 on Tuesday, 18th and Wednesday, 19th of February.

Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, Texas utilized BlackTrax motion tracking system in its 3,750 seat auditorium integrated with live performers, lighting, sound, multi-media and video for its 2013 Christmas Program and beyond.

“Visitors will walk away from the seminar with an in-depth understanding of how our production has deployed BlackTrax bringing significant ROI as well as lighting, logistical and creative benefits,” explained Michael Wells, executive director of operations at Trinity Fellowship Church.

“BlackTrax is key to our presence at PLASA Focus: Nashville 2014,” said Bruce Freeman, chairman at CAST Group. “We will offer visitors outstanding education as well as hands-on experience of our innovations, opening their use for future projects.”

In addition to the company’s education initiative, CAST will exhibit its revolutionary BlackTrax, wysiwyg and Vivien technologies at Booth 201 at PLASA Focus: Nashville 2014 from February 18 to 19, 2014.

All seminars in the Professional Development Program at PLASA Focus: Nashville 2014 are free to attend. Interested parties are encouraged to register early for the ‘Lights. Camera. Tracking!’ seminar at http://www.prereg.net/2014/plasaone/.

For enquiries about the BlackTrax Solution please contact bt@blacktrax.ca or visit the website at www.blacktrax.ca.

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MassAV Creates ‘Ultimate Production Snake’ by FiberPlex

It’s lights, cameras and a whole lot more action for massAV as a result of a new FiberPlex Technologies optical snake recently added to its linecard.

The live event AV staging and production company in Billerica, Massachusetts, purchased FiberPlex’s WDM optical multiplexer to create what massAV Director of Operations Aaron Raymond calls the ultimate production snake. “We build a lot of very high end video systems, and when you start adding multiple lines of HD video along with audio, data, lighting and control for an event, it really has to be fiber,” he said, adding, “We’d been limited in our use of fiber until now because it meant having to set up an optical transmitter and receiver on every single channel, and that got expensive.”

Now, with FiberPlex’s WDM-8 active wave division multiplexer, massAV can multiplex eight discrete signals at 3 Gb/s each for transporting video, audio, lighting and control feeds onto one fiber pair.

The FiberPlex WDM multiplexer comes in 16-channel and 8-channel models and are on a cost parity with copper and copper’s associated installation and handling expenses. As the cost of copper cabling continues to rise, companies like massAV are going the fiber optic route to transport large volumes of content. Optical fiber has ten times the transference rate of copper at the high end and can transmit data error-free over greater distances by a 400:1 ratio.

“The FiberPlex multiplexer makes it so that we can run eight channels on the same fiber pair as opposed to dealing with the different types and sizes of copper cabling as well as the need to re-clock signals every couple hundred feet for longer runs,” explained Raymond.

As a result, massAV is able to replace 2,000 pounds of copper cabling with a 25-pound spool of fiber optics for large events, a savings that is realized by its corporate and other live event customers in reduced labor, setup time and transportation costs to truck in and set up copper cabling at events.

Multiplexing media and control signals onto one, 1/4-inch optical cable is also ideal for events that require running cables down hallways, across doorways or through public areas where bulky copper cabling is not practical, said Raymond.

massAV recently tried out the new multiplexer for a 1,500-person event with a main stage, two control areas, and 26 video projectors in the air – all tied together via the ultimate production snake consisting of little more than a spool of fiber optic cabling and a pair of WDM multiplexers. The setup involved multiple lines of data, video, audio, lighting control, intercom communications, and serial communications between equipment.

FiberPlex’s eight-channel WDM-8 and sixteen-channel WDM-16 multiplexers use interchangeable SFP/SFP+ modules for interfacing to a variety of gear and environments, including converting between media formats SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, and 6G-SDI and for HDMI/DVI, 10/100/1G Ethernet and MADI, as well as full duplex and BiDi optical. massAV’s new multiplexer provides the flexibility now and into the immediate future as new media requirements change, noted Raymond.

FiberPlex recently took to the road to conduct a 25-city demo tour of its active wave division multiplexers as the ultimate production snake (check with a local FiberPlex representative for details). FiberPlex makes fiber optic products and systems for government agencies as well as for houses of worship, corporate facilities, broadcast applications, and K-12 and higher education.

Cirque du Soleil Relaunches Varekai as an Arena Show using BlackTrax

Streaming realtime tracking data keeps the lights on the performers

The Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai, which has been touring the world since 2002, returned to Montreal, Quebec in December 2013 for its re-launch as Arena Shows. The production team proposed to lighting designer, Nol van Genuchten the deployment of the BlackTrax realtime tracking solution from CAST BlackTrax Ltd for moving light tracking of performers.

Improving production efficiency

“As lighting designer for the very first edition of Varekai, it’s great to be working on it again as it evolves. With the new arena tour, Varekai is hosted at a different location each week and presents its own lighting challenges allowing me to adapt the lighting to ‘the arena’ of each new environment,” said van Genuchten.

“We introduced BlackTrax as an operational efficiency and cost saving tool as well as a way of calibrating lighting highlights to track performers on the stage area. BlackTrax works by accurately tracking people and objects using a proprietary infra-red sensor and a LED beacon that is attached to a performer giving positional information for X, Y, and Z coordinates.

“Using BlackTrax we placed a tracker and beacon and designated certain fixtures to track certain performers throughout the show. At each venue of the Arena tour, BlackTrax quickly calibrates moving lights making sure that the performer and high-res light beam control is used, and that the beam of light is kept at minimal width,” added van Genuchten.

BlackTrax enhances creativity

As well as significant recurring cost savings, BlackTrax became interesting as it gave van Genuchten and Varekai more creative control with lighting.

“With BlackTrax, I had a lot more freedom to create and place highlights on performers within the imagery and doing so in a way that I couldn’t have done with a traditional follow spot.”

“The BlackTrax software interface is very well developed and the physical practicality of creating trackable LEDs and beacons worked well. What’s more, BlackTrax is supported by a very good technical team at CAST that were there to assist us with any queries we had.”

“BlackTrax is a very powerful tool for the future,” concluded van Genuchten.

Gil Densham, President and CEO of CAST Group Group said: “Did you know that in English “Varekai” means “wherever”, which also describes the renown of Cirque du Soleil for its highly creative, hugely artistic entertainment and clever leveraging of technology to consistently deliver magical results! BlackTrax is the solution that makes possible seamless, spontaneous creativity + artistry + technology – its job was to simplify. Nol and the creative team of magicians + artists used hot-wired technology to help spin a thrilling, vibrant and colorful yarn. And, we are pleased that BlackTrax played its part by streaming the critical, precise, target coordinates to lighting technology in realtime so the planned creative effects augmented the artistry.”

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Christie Lights Up TCL Chinese Theatres as Official 4K Digital Projection Partner, with Christie Duo Anchoring State-of-the-Art 932-Seat Auditorium

Christie®, a world leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual displays, announced that it is the official 4K digital projection partner of TCL Chinese Theatres for the renovated TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, with the acclaimed 4K Christie® Duo™ two-projector system anchoring that theater’s 932-seat auditorium and lighting up its massive screen.

Christie digital cinema projectors have also been installed exclusively at the adjacent TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, making the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame a “walk with Christie.” TCL Chinese Theatres reopened to the public on September 15, following extensive renovations, with the world premiere of the remastered “The Wizard of Oz: An IMAX 3D Experience.”

Front of TCL Chinese Theatres


The installation of the 4K Christie Duo solution at TCL Chinese Theatres is among the highlights of the extensive, multi-million dollar renovation that have helped the famous landmark make the move to digital. The reopened theater features the brightest 2D and 3D 4K-resolution images in the industry, with the auditorium playing host to a wide range of high-profile events, from world premieres and gala performances, to some of the entertainment industry’s most glamorous celebrations and awards shows.

“The TCL Chinese Theatres is an iconic institution that has played a significant role in the legends and traditions of the entertainment history worldwide,” noted Alwyn Hight Kushner, president and chief operating officer for TCL Chinese Theatres. “The TCL Chinese Theatres’ multi-million renovation efforts included a respectful acknowledgement of the theater’s history, while bringing it into the digital age, thanks to our digital cinema partners, which include Christie. We are also pleased that Christie projection systems are lighting up our TCL Chinese 6 Theatres’ screens nearby. For us, Christie was the clear solution for our non-IMAX 2D and 3D showings.”

Craig Sholder, vice president of Entertainment Solutions at Christie, noted that “The TCL Chinese Theatres is part of American history, as is Christie, with our record of more than 80 years service to the cinema exhibition industry. As the official 4K digital projection partner, Christie is proud to ensure that all the content shown at the TCL Chinese Theatres is always thrilling, magical and memorable – the way movies are meant to be.”

The Christie Duo two-projection system, selected and installed through Christie integration partner Southern California Cinetech Services, offers twice the brightness of conventional systems for enhanced 3D, 4K resolution and High Frame Rate (HFR) screenings, enabling TCL Chinese Theatres to deliver an enhanced movie-viewing experience. It features an innovative design that perfectly aligns every pixel on the giant screen for optimal 2D and 3D screenings.

Jim Dukes, Christie senior product manager, noted that the massive screen at TCL Chinese Theatres is an excellent canvas for demonstrating the enormous power and brightness of the total solution that Christie Duo and two Christie Solaria® CP4230 projectors deliver.

“Large screens such as the one at the TCL Chinese Theatres present a challenge to most dual projection systems when it comes to the convergence of the image, which must be perfectly aligned to ensure the sharpest results possible. The Christie Duo’s configuration options solve that challenge by making image convergence quick, easy and consistent,” said Dukes. “Since its introduction, the Christie Duo has been highly acclaimed for addressing the biggest issue faced by exhibitors when screening 3D movies: that is, the delivery of ample brightness to the screen to make the experience memorable.”

Dukes also observed that the dominance of the Christie brand in theaters is also reflected in the exclusive use of Christie digital projection systems in the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres nearby.

“Christie digital projectors are used by leading exhibitors around the globe and are found in more digital cinema installations than any other brand,” he said.

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 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 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.

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