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Christie Digital Cinema Projectors Screen World Premiere of Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” in Brilliant 3D at New York Film Festival

A Festival Sponsor, Christie is Among “The Brightest Stars” of NYFF Opening Night Celebrations.

The highly anticipated world premiere in 3D of Academy Award® winning director Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” was projected at Alice Tully Hall this weekend using acclaimed Christie Solaria digital cinema projectors as part of the 50th Annual New York Film Festival opening night celebrations.

'Life of Pi' lead actor Suraj Sharma (l.) and director Ang Lee at the New York Film Festival.

'Life of Pi' lead actor Suraj Sharma (l.) and director Ang Lee at the New York Film Festival.

Preferred Christie dealer Digital Media Systems selected and installed two powerful Christie CP4230 DLP Cinema projectors and synchronized their images on screen to meet the demands of the festival organizers, who required double the brightness levels of typical 3D presentations to more accurately depict Ang Lee’s epic 3D film, a fantasy about a boy stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. The film kicked off the prestigious festival, setting the tone for the scores of other screenings and special events on tap, including workshops and panel discussions, many of which will feature today’s most influential filmmakers and industry leaders, from September 28 through October 14.

In addition to Alice Tully Hall, the festival is utilizing other venues on the Lincoln Center Campus, including the Walter Reade Theater, and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, which includes the Francesca Beale Theater, Howard Gilman Theater and the Amphitheater.

“We are pleased to be a sponsor of the New York Film Festival,” said Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions at Christie. “As the undisputed leader in digital cinema with the largest number of digital cinema installations worldwide, Christie has earned a solid reputation as an industry innovator whose groundbreaking technology has revolutionized the digital cinema landscape. It’s our privilege to ‘play’ the premier venue at the New York Film Festival, and to be in the excellent company of some of the most creative and visionary filmmakers of our time.”

Gregg Paliotta, president and owner of Digital Media Systems, noted that festival organizers have worked with him in the past, and so placed complete trust in him to provide them with the best digital projectors available to meet their needs. Representing 20th Century Fox, which is distributing the film and is also a Festival sponsor, Paliotta selected the Christie CP4230 projectors for their exceptional performance on the large screen. The two-projector system helped deliver an unprecedented level of brightness, image clarity, and realism.

“They wanted the most reliable, most powerful projection system in the industry to achieve the higher level of brightness required for the 3D ‘Life of Pi’, ensuring the visual impact that
Ang Lee sought to bring his cinematic vision to life,” he said. “There was never any doubt in my mind that Christie was the only one that could meet such a challenge in terms of image brightness, while still maintaining deep color saturation and razor-sharp resolution. Christie was a huge success last year when I used them for the advance screening of Martin Scorsese’s highly acclaimed film, ‘Hugo,’ and I was confident that Christie would again surpass all expectations this year.”

Paliotta added: “The feedback from the audience was remarkable. The picture was visually stunning. Everyone was beyond blown away by how it looked. Without a doubt, it was a fantastic screening and an unforgettable evening.”

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XPAND 3D Brings Artistic Visions to Life at San Sebastián Film Festival

SAN SEBASTIÁN, Spain – Reaffirming its 3D systems as the technology of choice for the most prestigious film festivals around the world, XPAND 3D provided a world-class 3D cinema system through regional partner Kelonik for the 60th San Sebastián Film Festival in San Sebastián, Spain.

This year’s San Sebastián Film Festival featured Dustin Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones, Ewan McGregor, John Travolta Oliver Stone, Benicio del Toro, Ben Affleck and Catherine Deneuve receiving Donostia Awards. The Festival also included screenings of Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, David Frankel’s Hope Springs, Oliver Stone’s Savages and Ben Lewin’s The Sessions.

The San Sebastián Film Festival also featured the world premiere of The Art of Flight 3D and the European premiere of Storm Surfers 3D, both of which are sponsored by Red Bull. Both films were screened in the Velodrome, which features a 25 x 11-meter screen and seats approximately 3,500 people. Kelonik outfitted the Velodrome with an XPAND 3D system featuring XPAND’s classic X101 active 3D glasses.

“The Art of Flight 3D and Storm Surfers 3D both demonstrate the amazing possibilities of the 3D cinema experience with stunning photography, fast-paced action and innovative content,” said Maria Costeira, CEO of XPAND 3D. “XPAND 3D cinema systems allow the artists who created these works to truly realize their visions by enabling the audience to see 3D the way it is meant to be seen.”

“XPAND systems are the only way we can deliver the highest quality 3D while also maintaining the highest quality in 2D projections on the giant screen at the Velodrome during the Festival,” said Tomas Naranjo, Managing Director of Kelonik.

XPAND 3D is also the official partner of the Cannes Film Festival and is a sponsor ofthe Venice Film Festival, the Montreal Film Festival and the Sarajevo Film Festival. XPAND 3D systems are used for the biggest 3D premieres around the world.

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

For more information on Kelonik, please visit www.kelonik.com

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.

The future is bright: projectiondesign® ships new 3-chip 3D projector

Smallest, brightest and most powerful 3D projector for small to large screen applications

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The F85 3-chip DLP® projector is the latest 2D and 3D capable projector to join projectiondesign®’s unrivalled line up of innovative projectors.

Boasting an impressive set of features designed for demanding applications, the F85 series is the brightest projector in the projectiondesign range. The projector boasts a brightness of up to 11,000 lumens, and a contrast ratio of 14,000:1 for crisp, detailed images. The projector is available in WUXGA or 1080p resolution versions as well as a special version that can optically switch between REC709 and DCI P7 colour spaces. It brings colour saturation and accuracy, optional image processing and connectivity to any installation space.

“Performance, versatility, connectivity, brightness and low cost of ownership were our objectives when creating the new F85 series,” says Anders Løkke, Marketing Director at projectiondesign. “The F85 is compatible with a range of input and outputs including X-PORT™ module connectivity and bandwidth opening up the markets in which it can be used including rental and staging, live events, visitor attractions, advanced visualization and simulation and training.”

As well as 2D imaging, the projector can be used in active or passive 3D stereoscopic mode removing the requirement for multiple projectors in stereoscopic set up. The F85 series can display sequential 3D at up to 120 Hz, as well as frame rate convert any input signal to 120 Hz with the X-PORT DCC120, and combine two input streams to a single sequential.

The projector benefits from proprietary Advanced Color Optical Processing (ACOP), which combines both fixed and motorized optical filters to enable optical calibration with near infinite accuracy and without any loss of bit depth. When combined with projectiondesign’s RealColor color management system, ACOP ensures on-site color calibration with performance to achieve any desired color standard.

The projector is available with an impressive set of optical lenses for a wide range of focal distances ensuring fit in the most challenging of installations and architecture. Powered lens shift system with user adjustable optical color processing filters. The unit uses projectiondesign’s DuArch™ dual illumination architecture for high performance and extended lamp life and at 400W brightness, the F85 ensures the brightest imaging possible.

Adding to its installation flexibility, the unit weighs just 24.1 kilograms. The F85 series is available now,

The dual lamp optical engine with “hot swap” capability allows failsafe operation for critical applications for complete piece of mind. Common to all projectiondesign models, the F85 is compatible with ProNet software for network-based control, monitoring and calibration.

Designed for 24/7 operation, the F85 series comes with up to five years warranty. This means they the F85 is designed or continual operational and where predictable cost of ownership is a requirement!

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Christie is Projection Sponsor of Vancouver International Film Festival

Christie’s State-Of-The-Art Projection Lights up Films from Around the Globe.

Christie, a world leader in advanced cinema technologies, is proud to again sponsor the Vancouver International Film Festival, for which Christie will provide digital cinema projectors from its Christie Solaria Series, as well as Cine-IPM 2K image processors. The festival, one of North America’s leading cinema events, is bringing hundreds of new films to the city September 27 to October 14.

Vancouver Festival Director & CEO, Alan Franey, next to Christie Solaria Series projector

Vancouver Festival Director & CEO, Alan Franey, next to Christie Solaria Series projector

“It is only through the support of Christie that we are able to maintain the standards of excellence that filmmakers expect and deserve,” said Alan Franey, Festival Director & CEO, Vancouver International Film Festival.

The projectors and equipment, to be installed and managed by Christie partner Zoom Audio Visual Networks, will ensure that festivalgoers enjoy their cinematic selections in the crisp colors, brilliant image quality and 3D possibilities available only through state-of-the-art digital projection.

“Christie’s technology and support have made it possible to transform many of the Festival’s screens to digital,” said Michael Stewart, president of Zoom. “Their exceptional image quality and expert service help make the festival a big success for exhibitors and patrons alike.”

Dave Muscat, Christie’s senior director of sales for Canada added that, “Our participation in major film festivals is part of our commitment to the Canadian and international film industries. Our network of highly skilled and dedicated integration partners helps us make it happen, and Zoom’s work on VIFF is indicative of that commitment.”

In terms of admissions and number of films screened (about 150,000 attendees and almost 380 films), VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. The international lineup includes selections from the world’s top film festivals as well as numerous titles from smaller studios and providers. VIFF screens the largest selection of East Asian films outside of that region, is one of the biggest showcases of Canadian film in the world (with 80 Canadian titles this year alone being screened) and includes a large and significant non-fiction program.

Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing at Christie, notes that Christie’s digital solutions are helping festivals as well as the industry in general with the transition to digital projection. “Christie’s state-of-the-art projection technologies and skilled business partners make our firm the preferred choice for film festivals across the globe. And the arrangement with the Vancouver festival has a strong Canadian component, as Christie is the only provider of high-performance digital cinema projectors with its main engineering and major manufacturing site located in Kitchener, Ontario.”

Christie digital projectors are used by leading film festivals around the globe, including the Toronto International Film Festival. This year, Christie renewed its official technical sponsorship of the Festival de Cannes for the next three years, a position it has held since 2006. In addition, Christie was the exclusive projection sponsor of the “Water for Elephants” screening at the opening gala of the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival last year. This year, Christie’s DLP Cinema 4K resolution projector platform will support screenings at the 56th BFI London Film Festival October 10 to 21 with 2K projectors from Christie’s Solaria Series also being used by cinemas supporting the festival.

Christie equipment is found in more than half of all DLP Cinema® projection rooms – about 33,000 projectors – installed worldwide and utilizing a global network of skilled installation and support partners, Christie serves exhibitors of all sizes with products and services that provide the best cinema experience for exhibitors and their guests.

Christie’s Commitment to HFR
The two main goals of Christie’s HFR activities are to help the industry develop the best high frame rate (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 the formal and informal technology-development alliances with major producers and directors, post-production facilities, studios and technology partners. On the exhibitor 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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Dataton and Show Sage bring WATCHOUT to LDI 2012

Dataton and WATCHOUT™ Premium Partner for North America, Show Sage, return to LDI 2012

On booth 442, the latest features of WATCHOUT multi-image display and presentation software will be demonstrated. The new features include interactivity, video streaming, live presentation, 3D stereo display and multiple output display. Dataton and Show Sage will also sponsor the Projection Master Classes taking place during the show on 17 and 18 October.

Jim Testa, President of Show Sage explains: “LDI continues to be the meeting point for projection designers, creative designers and users of WATCHOUT and is a great location to share ideas and knowledge.”

WATCHOUT is a fully scalable system that’s software-based and does not require proprietary hardware. It orchestrates still images, animations, graphics, video, sound and live feeds into a single show across multiple display areas, either soft-edge blended or scattered.

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director at Dataton adds, “This year has been a tremendous success for the latest version of WATCHOUT. We’ve seen it deployed in several installations such as the Alexandria Center for Life Sciences, Minnesota State University Ballroom as well as a HBO and Shark Week events and Cold Play concerts, all backed up by the best technical support, through our trusted WATCHOUT Premium Partner, Show Sage.”

Key features of WATCHOUT are:

Video streaming and interactivity
WATCHOUT integrates video streaming and devices such as network cameras to allow video to be accessed over a standard network solution. It also offers the ability to interact with live components and assets of interactive media. Users can position, rotate and move all media objects in 3D and interactively. WATCHOUT integrates with various devices and external systems so users can connect sensors and control sources, such as iPads, to on-screen elements like images, video and live feeds.

Live presentation
A built-in text editor allows last minute changes, or additions, in presentation text without the need for graphics software such as Adobe Photoshop®.

The latest version also has a DMX recording function that lets you record a complete lighting show and play it back from a single cue in WATCHOUT. This new feature makes WATCHOUT even more attractive in live events and staging applications.

Stereo playback and management of multiple outputs

WATCHOUT offers 3D effects and stage preview to position and rotate all media objects, including motion paths and video fly-through. Seamless stereoscopic playback and support is offered for multi-head output cards so up to six displays can be driven off one display computer using a single cost-effective WATCHOUT license.

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Christie Laser-Projection at IBC 2012

Vice President, Post Production for Paramount Pictures, Corey Turner, addresses attendees of the “IBC Big Screen” theater at RAI Amsterdam (Sept 10), noting that “I am extremely pleased that the technology for brighter cinema exhibition is advancing and Christie is to be applauded for their advancements and advantages in this initiative.”

Christie Laser-Projection at IBC 2012

Dr. Don Shaw, Senior Director, Product Management, Entertainment Solutions at Christie®, addresses attendees of the “IBC Big Screen” theater at RAI Amsterdam (Sept 10) at the world’s first laser-projected screening of a full-length movie – Hugo3D – and the public premiere of Christie’s first prototype laser

KanexPro Introduces Mini Audio Amplifier with Mic Mixer

KanexPro the leading A/V Connectivity solutions provider is proud to introduce the Mini Audio Amplifier is a quarter-rack width digital amplifier (Class D) with equalizer control and Mic mixer. It’s a simple yet powerful device delivering 2×20 Watts@4Ohm default output with built-in volume/ bass feature. It also supports dual mono-output with 2 stereo audio selectable inputs. The Microphone mixer includes independent volume control with balance switching. Supports balanced/ unbalanced signals.

This Mini Audio Amplifier is mainly used during lectures, house of worship centers and various musical events where mic mixing together with equalizing audio is critical.
Mini Class D audio amplifier

Features:

• Fast switching audio amplifier
• 2×20 Watt@4Ohm as the default amplifier output
• Bridge connection supported by switching the amplifier to be 1x40Watt@8Ohm
• Supports Dual-mono output
• Built-in Microphone mixer (separately controllable)
• Line audio output, with volume controllable.
• MIC input supports 48V phantom power
• MIC port with balanced switching suppress
• Supports balanced/ unbalanced signals
• Supports Ducking power technology
• Ultra low inrush current
• Two stereo audio inputs, switchable by button, remote or RS232.
• Volume/Bass/Treble controllable by buttons or RS232
• Optional control by IR remote
• Convection cooled, antistatic case design
• LED indicator, for power and operating status
• IR remote (optional) not included
• Internal Universal power adaptable (100-240 volt AC, 50/60Hz)

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.

WATCHOUT brings Renault Megane III to life

Omagica supplies Dataton WATCHOUT for car launches

Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software was provided by Dataton Premium Partner, Omagica to Bolivia-based projection specialists Vinilo Lab for use in Bogota and Medellin city launches of the new Renault Mégane III family car.

Talking about this exciting project, Eduardo Ortega, Media Director, Vinilo Lab explains, “Our client wanted the look and feel of an action-packed and high drama film. To create the drama, we put WATCHOUT version 5.2 through its paces and took full advantage of the new corner pinning feature which allowed us to manipulate the corners of the desired projected image around curved surfaces such as the cars’ wheels. Here an extra projection layer was added to make the motion effect even more realistic and fast-paced. As the car was suspended and lowered into the stage area during the show, the result was perfectly synchronised.”

The event was attended by a packed audience of brand management, television and media as well as regional Renault dealers.

Adela Kriland, owner of Omagica adds, “Omagica are a trusted partner of Dataton and have worked with them for many years on projects with partners such as Vinilo Lab who are roadtesting the new features WATCHOUT on projects as exciting as the Renault Megane launch. Our technical support staff were on hand to offer valuable local advice during the setup of this project.”

“Dataton is no stranger to vehicle launches,” says Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director at Dataton. “Having a system that is reliable, easy to use and as robust as WATCHOUT is testament to its succcess. We look forward to seeing more installations as impressive as the Renault Megane launch using new and enhanced features of WATCHOUT in the future.”

A movie of the event can be found here: http://vimeo.com/42644640.

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Aker Solutions uses projectiondesign for iPort simulation centre


Industry-leading oil and gas industry visualization benefits from 3D projection

Aker Solutions’ iPort in Stavanger, Norway, is an integrated operations centre for the offshore industry. It offers 3D simulators and other visualisation technology for drilling, topside, subsea and down-hole operations, with five main areas offering different simulator setups – each one using projectors from Norway’s projectiondesign.

Employing over 18,000 people worldwide, Aker Solutions is a leading global services company that provides engineering services, technologies, products and field-life solutions for the oil and gas industry.

“The iPort simulators show virtual images of real offshore constructions and environments,” explains Marita Mæland, Sales and Marketing Co-Ordinator for the iPort. “Each offshore installation is meticulously copied and re-created as a virtual asset in a simulated environment. We then use these ‘virtual versions’ of real installations for testing, design and staff training purposes, to optimise operational processes and procedures, and to fine-tune equipment performance and drilling sequences.”

“The beauty of the iPort simulators is that all this development work takes place ‘off the critical line’ – in other words, the work is done without affecting the day-to-day operation of the real-world installations.

“Having access to complex information in the form of 3D simulated images simplifies project planning and execution, clarifies communications and reduces risk and cost for our customers. “

The result of years of detailed programming by Aker Solutions’ software development teams in Norway, Russia and Ukraine, the simulators used at iPort offer a unique approach that satisfies the needs of a wide range of clients. The iPort centre continues to be upgraded and is one of several such centres operated by Aker Solutions globally, all of which use projectiondesign.

Anders Løkke, Director of International Marketing, projectiondesign, comments: “Aker Solutions has a long tradition of industrial innovation and we are delighted that our projection technology forms a part of the cutting-edge work they are doing in increasing operational efficiency in the oil and gas industries.

“Wherever they have been used, our 3D projection solutions offer industry-leading levels of accuracy and reliability, providing a rapid return on investment not only for the companies that operate these simulators, but for their own customers as well.”

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