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Christie Lights Up Toronto International Film Festival Screens

Christie®, a world leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual displays, is proud to serve as projection partner for the Toronto International Film Festival® , which will take place Sept. 5–15.

In its 13th year as a Festival sponsor, Christie is providing industry-leading 4K projection solutions in addition to projectors from its Christie® Solaria® CP 2200 line, as well as one HD10K-M projector and three Cine-IPM 2K image processors.

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“Christie’s reliable digital cinema projectors help us give our patrons the best possible cinema experience, whether for standard 2K movies or high-resolution 4K productions in 2D or 3D,” said Diane Cappelletto, TIFF’s director of technical production services. “For brightness, color, depth and content security, Christie leads the way. We’re very pleased to work with Christie, one of our key, valued partners.”

The Toronto International Film Festival is the leading public film festival in the world, screening 366 features and 146 world premieres from 70 countries this year.

“Throughout Christie’s long-standing partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival, we have seen the growing use of a variety of digital projection technologies,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing, Christie. “This year’s strong 4K projection presence is very much in keeping with TIFF Festival’s leadership in new film technologies.”

As part of the Festival’s industry conference, Dr. Paul Salvini, Christie’s Chief Technology Officer, will be a panelist at the “Cinematography and Technology-4K: Beyond RED” discussion on Sept. 10 at 10:00 a.m., along with noted cinematographer Nick De Pencier and moderator David Leitner of Filmmaker Magazine.

Full details of Christie’s involvement with the Festival, including the supply of leadership 4K technology, can be found at www.christiedigital.com/TIFF13 and followed at #tiff13.

Christie 4K DLP Cinema® Projectors Anchor TIFF Festival Showings
This year, for the first time, there will be several 4K movies screened using Christie projectors in each of the 4K-designated venues. These include Roy Thomson Hall, the Visa Screening Room (Elgin Theatre), Ryerson Theatre and The Princess of Wales Theatre. Projectors from the Christie Solaria CP4220 and CP4230 series will be used at these venues, with others also installed at all screening rooms and auditoriums of the TIFF Bell Lightbox facility.

The world premiere of Godfrey Reggio’s 4K movie, “Visitors,” complete with a live performance by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, will take place at the Festival in the Visa Screening Room (Elgin Theatre). Shot in rich black and white and presented in high-resolution 4K projection, Godfrey Reggio’s latest film finds the full spectrum of emotion in human faces, gorgeous landscapes and, according to the movie’s publicity, “even the behavior of an especially expressive gorilla.”

Specially designed for larger screens, 4K projection makes the best cinematic images look even better. Through higher resolution and greater pixel density, Christie’s 4K DLP® projectors provide brilliant 3D images, along with the highest level of content security, the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance. They also provide full support for high frame rate (HFR) projection. Fully DCI compliant, and built on Christie’s extensive cinema experience, Christie’s 4K solution incorporates the proven design concepts of the bestselling Christie 2K projection platform, which is in use at eight Festival venues.

“Our participation in major film festivals is part of our commitment to the Canadian and international film industry,” said Dave Muscat, Christie’s senior director of sales for Canada. “TIFF Festival is one of the world’s leading film festivals and we are very proud to help it present 4K and other digital solutions that will ensure the best projection experience for its patrons.”

Christie digital projectors are used by leading film festivals around the globe, including Cannes, Shanghai and the British Film Institute. In Canada, Christie also sponsors the Vancouver, Calgary and Banff International Film Festivals, as well as Cine-Quebec.

New Christie MicroTiles S310 Screen Featuring 0.7 Millimeter Seams Now Shipping

Four years after initial product launch, Christie® MicroTiles® continue to captivate audiences with high resolution, high brightness displays that bring digital content to life in rich, vivid colors. Now, Christie has taken another step forward in near seamless video walls by offering a new screen option for its multiple award-winning technology: the Christie MicroTiles S310 screen.

Christie MicroTiles S310 screen features 0.7-millimeter seams


Featuring the same optical performance and construction as the S300, the Christie MicroTiles S310 screen is slightly larger and features 0.7-millimeter seams (compared to 1.3-millimeter seams for the S300). The S310 operating temperature range is 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit) to 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit). Just like the S300 screen option, the Christie MicroTiles S310 screen delivers excellent contrast with deeper blacks and image uniformity in even the most demanding indoor high ambient light environments.

“With its near seamless appearance, the new Christie MicroTiles S310 screen provides an even more lifelike visual experience – and creates an even more natural touch interface when Christie MicroTiles are coupled with the Christie Interactivity Kit,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie. “For applications such as broadcast sets, control rooms, and high-profile lobby, corporate or retail signage where the tightest possible seams are necessary, the Christie MicroTiles S310 screen is the clear choice.”

Christie Interactivity Kit provides the creative flexibility to incorporate multipoint touch interactivity into large-format digital displays and allows multiple users to interact simultaneously with content on Christie MicroTiles or any large-format video wall.

With a much wider color palette than conventional LCD and plasma displays, Christie MicroTiles display pure, saturated, accurate colors, making them ideal for public spaces. The modular display technology can be configured into nearly any shape and size to create an eye-catching digital canvas.

The Christie MicroTiles S310 screen is now shipping.

Extron Scaling Receiver for XTP Systems Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP SR HDMI, an HDCP-compliant scaling receiver that accepts HDMI, DVI, RGB, HD component video, and standard definition video signals from XTP devices. The receiver provides selectable output rates up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 and 2K, to scale the video to the optimal output resolution for the display. In addition to high performance video, it accepts audio, bidirectional RS-232 and IR, and Ethernet for transmission up to 330 feet (100 m) over a single CATx cable. Its many integrator-friendly features, including Key Minder, EDID Minder, picture controls, on-screen menus, audio controls, and internal test patterns, help streamline installation. The features and capabilities of the XTP SR HDMI make it ideal for XTP Systems that require precise and reliable scaling of video to digital displays. more

X2O Media Signage Goes Live at Singapore’s Latest Performing Arts Center

The Star Performing Arts Centre Features More Than 100 Digital Screens to Provide Broadcast-Quality Live Streaming, Wayfinding Signs, Event Promotions, and Meeting Room Information

MONTREAL — Sept. 5, 2013 — X2O Media, a full-service provider of software, network management, and content services for real-time visual communication applications, today announced its implementation of award-winning X2O Media software at Singapore’s latest performing arts venue — The Star Performing Arts Centre (The Star PAC). The software platform drives information to more than 100 digital signage screens across the nine-level state-of-the-art complex, including broadcast-quality live events streaming, wayfinding capabilities, upcoming event promotions, and dynamic meeting room information. more

Christie FHD461-X Ultra-Narrow Bezel Flat Panel Delivers More Vibrant, Sharper Images for Near Seamless Video Walls

Christie® continues to satisfy market needs for near seamless video wall flat-panel solutions with today’s introduction of the versatile Christie FHD461-X. Perfectly suited for space-limited installations; signage in museums, universities, corporate spaces, broadcast sets and retail environments, as well as monitoring applications such as security and surveillance, the Christie FHD461-X is the definitive choice with its ultra-narrow (5.4 millimeter) bezel and 3-inch depth. Delivering crisp, detailed images and high brightness with full HD resolution, the Christie FHD461-X is compatible with Christie JumpStart and Christie Interactivity Kit for a complete, interactive digital experience.

Videowall Composed of Christie FHD461-X Ultra-Narrow Bezel Flat Panels


The sleek, elegant and competitively priced Christie FHD461-X has 10-bit color for richer, more vivid images, higher (4000:1) contrast ratio for deeper blacks, and a shallower depth compared with other flat panels in its category. With its LED backlighting and high pixel density for sharper, more vibrant images from any distance, the Christie FHD461-X provides the brightness, and picture clarity needed for any indoor environment. Energy efficient and ENERGY STAR® qualified, the Christie FHD461-X features low power consumption at 105W (typical) for maximum sustainability and a reduced environmental footprint.

“Every digital display installation is unique and with the Christie FHD461-X, our customers now have a 46-inch ultra-narrow bezel flat panel solution with a thin profile to fit those tighter spaces where required,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie. “The Christie FHD461-X offers rich, superior color reproduction and high contrast ratio for an image that really jumps out at the viewer.”

Benefits of Christie FHD461-X LCD Flat Panel

- Superior image quality for visuals that ‘pop’ with the highest contrast ratio and color depth of any 46-inch SNB flat panel.
- At three inches, it is the shallowest panel in the 46-inch SNB category and complies with the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for an installed depth under 4 inches.
- More natural touch interface and no lost pixels/data – near seamless video wall with smallest bezel-to-bezel width for any 46-inch Super Narrow Bezel (SNB) flat panel.
- Energy efficient / ENERGY STAR qualified – low power consumption at 105W (typical) for maximum sustainability.
- Portrait or landscape supported.
- Can stretch single video source over multiple panels.
- Christie is the only display manufacturer to offer a fully modular multi-touch interactive solution (Christie Interactivity Kit) specifically designed for tiled video walls.

“The Christie experience is one of renowned quality, innovation and service across the entire digital display technology spectrum and we are proud to add the Christie FHD461-X to our family of solutions,” Heslett concluded.

The Christie FHD461-X debuts at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), Hall 9 Booth 9.C17 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 13-17, and is now shipping with a three-year parts and labor warranty.

ZIGEN Announces New ZIG-CX-100 HDMI Over Coax Extender Kit with 3D Pass-Through Allowing HDMI Signals to be Extended Over a Single RG-6QUAD Coaxial Cable

Award-winning product to be showcased during CEDIA EXPO, September 26-28, 2013 in Denver, CO 

LOS ANGELES, CA and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO Booth #3429) – August 22, 2013 Zigen Corp., a leading provider of reliable and versatile HDMI and audio distribution solutions for the Custom Installation industry, announced today that orders for the new ZIG-CX-100 HDMI over coax extender with 3D pass-through are now shipping. An award-winning solution for residential and commercial Audio Video installations, the ZIG-CX-100enables HDMI with 3D signal to be extended over a single RG-6 quad coaxial cable. Attendees of CEDIA EXPO in Denver, CO September 26-28, 2013 are encouraged to visit booth #3429 to see how ZIG-CX-100 works and to learn more about the Zigen lineup.

Available for immediate delivery, the new Zigen ZIG-CX-100 is a transmitter / receiver extender kit for long distance transmission of HDMI video and embedded audio. The kit comes with built in bi-directional IR and RS-232 control signal pathway that can be passed over the same coaxial cable. It enables 1080p/24Hz with 3D up to 330-ft/100 meters, and is compliant with HDMI 1.4, 3D, HDCP, and DVI – D standards. The ZIG-CX-100 can be used as a point-to-point solution or integrated with matrix switching equipment to extend inputs or outputs to remote locations.

“We developed the ZIG-CX-100 to bring High-Speed HDMI video standards and full feature set – including 3D, bi-directional RS-232 and IR – to infrastructures that utilize coaxial rather than category cables,” said Ed Dellalyan, President of Zigen. “With this new solution, integrators now have a viable alternative for complex jobs involving long distance HDMI video with embedded audio transmission. This is something that’s been needed for some time in commercial installations, older homes with existing coax, and locations with outdoor displays where coax is more durable. As such, not only does it solve problems, it creates opportunities.”

The ZIG-CX-100 is an ideal solution for retrofit work or upgrades where it is impractical or impossible to run new category cables. It works especially well in locations that require multiple displays to show the same HDMI content as it enables up to 250 units to be linked in series to deliver the content to up to 250 displays. The ZIG-CX-100 is priced at $699 MSRP and orders are being accepted now for immediate delivery.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit Zigen during CEDIA EXPO in booth #3429, where the line will be fully showcased. More information about Zigen and the new ZIG-CX-100 can be obtained by calling (877) 650-5252, visiting www.zigencorp.com, or by emailing info@zigencorp.com.

About Zigen

Zigen is an award-winning manufacturer specializing in Audio Video distribution solutions. Manufactured to rigorous standards and designed to provide HD solutions for complex Residential or Commercial audio/video installations, every product in the Zigen line is field-tested and installer approved. www.zigencorp.com

Zigen Press Contact:

Ed Dellalyan

 

6934 Canby Ave., Suite 107

Reseda, CA 91335

Phone: 818.654-5252

Email: ed@ZigenCorp.com

Web: www.zigencorp.com

 

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SnapAV Product Specifications and Dealer Pricing Now Available for Direct Download to D-Tools System Integrator™ Software

Authorized SnapAV dealers can access tiered pricing directly from D-Tools Data Library to further streamline estimation and project delivery 

CONCORD, CA – August 22, 2013 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced a key productivity enhancement for System Integrator™ software users. Now, authorized SnapAV dealers can download the SnapAV product and pricing catalog directly through the D-Tools Data Browser. This convenient tool enables authorized dealers to download the entire SnapAV product line – including tiered pricing levels – into their System Integrator catalogs, significantly reducing the time and cost associated with creating accurate estimates and system designs for their client engagements.

“Making this information available to our Authorized Dealers through the D-Tools workflow is a great productivity enhancement for our joint customers,” said Craig Case, President of SnapAV. “We are pleased to work with D-Tools and share a similar vision of making it easier for system integrators to deliver world-class solutions for their clients. The combination of our deep product line and D-Tools’ powerful workflow gives today’s integrators the power and convenience to compete and win.”

As a D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partner, SnapAV helps to provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information to over 4,400 companies using D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process and making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients, and the new functionality in D-Tools SIX enables delivery of specific dealer pricing, further saving time and cost.

“This is a game-changing tool and we are thrilled to offer SnapAV Authorized Dealer pricing to our SnapAV dealer customers directly from the Data Browser,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “This marks an important and significant step in the evolution of our platform, which has been built upon the goal of making the integrator’s job easier – while making it easier for our manufacturer partners to provide their dealers with the most up-to-date information available – which ultimately benefits the entire custom integration eco-system.”

About SnapAV
Established in 2005 and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installation-friendly audio, video and CCTV products for residential and commercial A/V integrators. SnapAV empowers integrators to run more efficient businesses by providing high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and award-winning customer service. All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties.

SnapAV Brands include Episode® Speakers and Electronics, Wirepath® Surveillance and Structured Wiring, Binary™ Media Distribution and Cables, Wattbox™ Power and Surge, Strong™ Mounts and Racks, Camden™ Cinema Furniture, and Dragonfly™ Projection Screens. Additional information about SnapAV and its product brands can be found at www.snapav.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012, 2013), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information about D-Tools can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, emailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools or Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com 

 

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Luxul to Provide Detailed Product Information to the D-Tools MVP Program as Part of Partnership Renewal

Current and detailed Luxul product information is now fully updated in D-Tools System Integrator™ and free of charge to current SI users for immediate use and specification

CONCORD, CA – August 22, 2013— D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Luxul has recently renewed their MVP Program membership. Through the MVP Program, detailed information on of the entire family of Luxul products is now available in the D-Tools product database, better enabling D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify the appropriate Luxul products. Based in Draper, Utah and led by Jeffrey Curtis, Luxul, is a leading innovator of Wi-Fi and wired networking products, whose products are used around the world in Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Military settings because they are powerful and cost-effective tools that offer maximum performance and reliability.

”Our product line continues to expand, and we are adding new high performance IP products to the mix on a regular basis. Because of this constant evolution, it’s important that integrators are kept up-to-date and aware of all our products and their specifications. Not only does the D-Tools MVP Program ensure this, it also provides custom integrators the tools they need to succeed,” said Kevin Hansen, VP of Commercial Sales, Luxul Wireless. “Since Luxul Xen products are sold exclusively to custom integrators, the partnership beautifully complements our commitment to deliver high performance solutions to the channel that increase performance, reliability and usability while reducing costs associated with installation and maintenance.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program helps to provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information to over 4,400 companies using D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process and making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients.

“Luxul manufactures high performance networking products that can easily help SI users overcome many typical implementation challenges,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Designed for efficiency and stability, Luxul products are a definite enhancement to the MVP program and we proudly offer their wireless and wired networking technologies to our user-base. We’re pleased to have them as part of the MVP Program.”

About Luxul

Luxul is a leading innovator of high performance networking solutions for implementing superior residential, commercial, industrial and mobile military network solutions. Designed for use in residential and commercial environments, the new Luxul Xen family offers a complete line of pre-configured modular solutions that simplify network design and deployment—resulting in a scalable network that is both powerful and easy to install. The complete Luxul Xen line includes High Performance Wireless Access Points, Gigabit Ethernet Switches, Commercial Grade Routers, and Power-Over-Ethernet (POE) solutions for residential or business networks. In addition to the Luxul Xen family, the company also offers a line of rugged solutions for mobile network deployments. For a complete list or Luxul products, visit http://www.luxul.com. Luxul products are widely used in residential, hospitality, healthcare, mining, military/defense, education, and mesh networking applications.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s -flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information about D-Tools can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

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PixelFLEX LED Panels Brighten Sunday Service

Thousands crowded into Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis recently for a Sunday service not soon to be forgotten. PixelFLEX LED Curtains adorned the church stage with a vivid, bright and high-quality video screen celebrating the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, adding a more lifelike feel to the service.

Flexible in all directions, PixelFLEX LED Curtains are able to bend and shape around structures for a more creative display, which is why Tony Morris, director of Technical Services for Bellevue, decided to utilize the panels for the performance backdrop.

“The flexibility really provides many advantages over the hard, inflexible panels,” said Morris. “Install and tear-down is extremely easy. Additionally, the rigging hardware on the top is simple to attach to the truss and the interconnection between the panels is all very straightforward.”

The production team cleared out the 75 ft. deep and 130 ft. wide stage, which usually has a 65 piece orchestra and a 200 voice choir, to have a clean slate for creating the atmosphere desired. The panels (20mm- 5 Panels) were used as a backdrop flown from a truss to enhance colors behind the singers, small band and pastor presenting during service that morning. The church’s stage has a trim height of about 45 ft. above the stage and the crew trimmed out the panels at 25 ft.

Videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection – PixelFLEX LED Curtains are available from low resolution to high resolution, allowing users to demonstrate simple effects or elaborate videos. The high caliber visual components of the curtains come with equally impressive customer service assistance and without the need for an extensive budget.

Pleased with the overall ease of set-up and tear-down, as well as the accessibility of the product, Morris said they are looking at additional ways of using PixelFLEX in the future.

“It’s amazing just how bright those things are,” said Morris. “We plan to try to incorporate the PixelFLEX panels in more elaborate productions moving forward to maximize the worship experience for our congregation.”

Bellevue Baptist Church, founded in 1903 and based out of Memphis, Tenn., is led by Pastor Dr. Steve Gaines and provides in church services as well as podcasts and television services for its members.

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA or @ledcurtain.

Digital Signage Experts Group Appoints New Certified Instructor

August 16, 2013 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Digital Signage Experts Group (DSEG) is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Tom Jones, Technology Solution Engineer (TSE) at Ingram Micro Inc. as a DSEG Certified Instructor. Having completed the DSEG Train the Trainer Program, Mr. Jones is licensed to conduct the Digital Signage Certified Experts on behalf of the organization. In addition, DSEG has appointed Mr. Jones to join the DSEG Advisory Board and collaborate with the other Advisory Board members to help guide the direction of the organization. more

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