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BenQ Announces New Product Lineup for the 2015 International CES

New treVolo Electrostatic Bluetooth(R) Speaker, Pro Gaming Monitors, Design-Focused Displays, and Colorific(TM) Projectors Let Users Do It All With Flying Colors

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Dec. 11, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned digital lifestyle solutions provider, today announced its exciting new product portfolio for the 2015 International CES. Unveiling an all-new showcase that lets users do it all with flying colors, the company’s latest innovations include the official launch of BenQ’s treVolo electrostatic Bluetooth(R) speaker, a new line of fast-paced professional gaming monitors, design-focused photography and CAD/CAM displays, and Colorific(TM) projectors which produce color accuracy that goes far beyond the imagination. more

Moody Gardens and D3D Cinema Celebrate Opening of First Institutional 6P Laser Theater Featuring Christie

D3D Cinema and Moody Gardens have announced the grand opening of the MG3D Laser Theater at Moody Gardens, the first institution in the world to feature a giant screen 6-Primary (6P) laser projection system. Audiences will now experience films on a world-class 60 by 80-foot white screen – the largest in Texas – at nearly three and a half times brighter than the current industry standard, with vibrant colors and new 3D glasses technology. The 6P laser-illuminated 4K-resolution 3D dual projector system is manufactured by Christie®, a world leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual displays. The 6P eyewear is designed and manufactured by Infitec GmbH. The 1.4 gain premium white screen was provided by MDI.

Christie 4K 6P Laser Digital Projection System

Christie 4K 6P Laser Digital Projection System

“This installation marks a great step forward for giant screen projection technology – and Moody Gardens has once again taken a pioneering step with D3D to create a truly great theater experience for their audience,” said Don Kempf, president of D3D Cinema. “Their continuing willingness to forge ahead with new cinema technology and branding will help push the museum cinema market forward into a new era of cinema clarity, brightness and profitability. This industry has been waiting for lasers for a long time.”

“There is a bit of nervous excitement with being the first institutional theater in the world to implement laser technology,” added John Zendt, President and CEO of Moody Gardens. “But, when I walked into the theater and saw my screen light up like never before, I was thrilled! And that first impression was only at 75 percent of our brightness capability. I can now happily invite my giant screen colleagues to come and see firsthand what D3D, Christie and Infitec are capable of delivering on an 80 foot screen. To be first to market is very exciting. But the results themselves are amazing and it is an experience our guests will certainly appreciate.”

Christie’s laser system provides unparalleled image quality using a pair of state-of-the-art 4K laser projection heads, a 6P modular laser light farm with fiber-optic delivery, and Christie 4K 3D high-bitrate IMBs.

“We can confidently say that Christie’s 6P laser design is a real breakthrough for the industry,” said Don Shaw, senior director of product management, Christie. “Our non-flashing 6P architecture is without question the most light-efficient 3D technology on the market, providing four times the 3D brightness versus the competition, and enhanced color gamut and a remarkable contrast ratio as well. On a speckle-free premium white screen, Moody Gardens has achieved a peerless cinematic presentation.”

Infitec’s new 6P glasses deliver a startling 90 percent efficiency – unsurpassed in the industry. It’s the perfect complement to the 80 foot wide screen in the MG3D Theater, which is now capable of light levels over 16 foot-lamberts in 3D (measured through Infitec’s glasses). This is many times brighter than the theater’s previous 3D 70mm system and far exceeds any “ultra-bright” industry standards.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this project,” said Markus Fritz, COO of INFITEC GmbH. “We had to move a few mountains to make this happen but the results are incredibly gratifying. INFITEC is now uniquely positioned to provide 6P eyewear technology as giant screen venues turn to laser 3D in the coming years. Moody Gardens is now a flagship theater for us, and we will continue to improve on efficiency capabilities and giant screen eyewear designs in 2015.”

“I’m so happy with the final result, the brightness and clarity is amazing,” added Ronald La Faver, President of INFITEC Inc. “The vision of INFITEC on a pure laser based system came true.”

This latest collaboration between D3D and Moody Gardens builds on a longstanding partnership. In January 2011, D3D and Moody co-hosted the first annual Digital Cinema Symposium, showcasing 4K projection technology on a giant screen for the first time, including the first 4K versus 70mm split screen shootout. The following year, at the 2012 Digital Cinema Symposium, D3D showcased the first 4K 3D, 11.1 3D audio, high frame rate demonstration as well as a prototype laser on a giant screen, all industry firsts. The 2012 event was a milestone, marking the first time that industry professionals overwhelmingly acknowledged that a digital presentation exceeded the quality of a 70mm film in a side-by-side comparison. A case study was recently published by D3D and Moody Gardens, illustrating the financial benefits and qualitative success of digital presentation and rebranding.

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Christie Expands Its Industry-Leading 1-Chip DLP Family with Three New Christie Q Series Projectors

Christie® is adding three powerful and cost-effective solutions to the Christie Q Series family. The new whisper-quiet Christie DWX851-Q, Christie DHD851-Q, and Christie DWU851-Q models deliver 7900, 7500 and 7900 ANSI lumens respectively and are usable in either single or dual-lamp mode. Operational in portrait or landscape setup and suitable for auditoriums, board and conference rooms, government, video mapping, rental staging and more, the three new models provide 2500:1 contrast ratio, Christie eClarity™ for improved control over image sharpness, gloss and shading, and built-in High Dynamic Contrast Range (HDCR) that eliminates image washout in high ambient light conditions while preserving image clarity.

Christie Q Series 1-Chip DLP Projector

Christie Q Series 1-Chip DLP Projector


With two color wheels built-in, users can select the one that best suits their content and application. The High-Brightness color wheel provides superior whites for enhanced graphic presentations while the Ultra-Rich color wheel delivers an expanded color gamut and lifelike images. The Q Series is equipped with a software function that allows for easy switching between the color wheels.

“Christie DWX851-Q, Christie DHD851-Q, and Christie DWU851-Q deliver the high performance, flexibility and reliability demanded by today’s user – all at a low ownership cost,” said Curtis Lingard, product manager, Christie. “These industry-leading 1-chip DLP projectors require less power without sacrificing performance. They also have software that works with an optional camera for fast and easy edge-blending and warping in multiple projector setups to create panoramic or stacked displays.”

Features of Christie DWX851-Q, Christie DHD851-Q, and Christie DWU851-Q include but are not limited to:

- 2 HDMI input
- Dual 350W UHP lamps
- Christie eClarity and HDCR
- Built in Ultra-Rich and High Brightness color wheels
- HDBaseT
- Portrait mode capable
- Edge blending and Geometric correction
- DICOM® (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Simulation Mode for training
- Status monitor display
- Motorized zoom, focus and lens shift with memory
- PC-less presentation
- Black or white design
- 3G-SDI (HD model only)

Christie Q Series models ship in December with a three-year warranty, backed by Christie’s industry-leading customer service and support.

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Christie’s Visual Display Technologies and Integration Expertise at I/ITSEC 2014

Christie® continues to lead in the simulation market with cost-effective, high-performance visual display solutions and systems integration expertise. At I/ITSEC 2014, December 1 – 4, Christie will demonstrate three visual systems showcasing Christie AutoCal™ automatic display system calibration, a three-channel Matrix StIM WQ display showing simulated content at 120Hz, the debut of its low cost-of-operation Christie GS Series laser phosphor illuminated projectors, and an innovative spherical video trainer concept featuring real-world images for entry level applications.

Christie's Turnkey Simulator

Christie’s Turnkey Simulator


Calibrated to Impress with Christie AutoCal™
Christie AutoCal™ calibrates virtually any arrayed projection display, from flat to cylindrical to spherical, and adjusts it to its optimized viewing configuration resulting in a stabilized, consistent display. Using two Christie Matrix StIM™ WUXGA-resolution projectors, Christie will demonstrate the auto-calibration technology and process in real-time, showing how AutoCal’s simple interface offers expert display adjustment capabilities at the end users’ fingertips. It can re-calibrate both geometry and blending with accuracy and speed, helping to make the system easy to manage and maintain. The result is a highly efficient solution that reduces location resource requirements, maintenance costs and system downtime, while increasing customer independence with regard to maintaining their multi-projector displays.

Heightened Realism with Matrix StIM WQ at 120Hz

The Christie Matrix StIM WQ integrated, scalable projection system will use its unique, dual-input architecture to operate in 120Hz RGB interleaved mode to display simulation content at 120Hz for the clearest images with no motion-induced, visual artifacts. Another use of the Matrix StIM WQ’s dual-input architecture is Christie InfraScene™ mode which displays separate RGB and Infrared (IR) channels to produce independent, stimulated Night Vision Goggle (NVG) images for a more realistic NVG training experience. The 800-ANSI-lumen Matrix StIM WQ is the brightest LED-based WQXGA simulation projection system in the industry.

Christie will demonstrate a three-channel, front-projected display powered by FlightSafety International’s VITAL 11 Image Generator, showing a North Sea visual database optimized for 120Hz update rates. Each projector will composite two 60Hz inputs to achieve true 120Hz RGB operation, eliminating motion-induced blur and spatio-temporal aliasing and thereby dramatically improving dynamic image quality. The complete multi-channel system is automatically aligned using Christie AutoCal™ and Christie Twist™ warps and blends the image into a single, uniform display.

Christie Lampless Laser Phosphor Projection Makes its I/ITSEC Debut
Christie is big on compact and portability, but not short on features! Christie’s spherical video trainer system concept comprises a 2 by 2 array of Christie DWU555-GS solid-state, 1-chip DLP® laser phosphor projectors, with 5,400 ANSI lumens and WUXGA resolution for bright, razor-sharp 1920 x 1200 images. With Christie GS Series laser phosphor illuminated projectors, customers avoid the cost and maintenance of lamp and filter replacements and enjoy an astonishing 20,000 hours of low-cost operation. Ideal for entry-level applications, the fully integrated, compact trainer features several simulation integration technologies, including a 360-degree look-around ability, six channel sound, auto-alignment using Christie AutoCal™, and Christie Twist™ LT for image warping and blending to create a seamless image on a curved immersive screen.

Always pushing the boundaries of simulation display systems and exploring new technologies, Christie has designed this unique system concept to demonstrate a new way to see the world in a simulated environment. For some possible training applications, it is faster to capture an existing environment photographically than to synthetically model every feature in CGI. One example might be orienting a new crew member to an existing ship before they even go to sea. The spherical video content features real-world images instead of synthetic CGI, thanks to WorldViz Vizard5 software displaying real images captured in 360° stills and video from AirPano, Kolor and Empire Media Group (EMG) by helicopter, hot air balloon and foot in a navy ship.

“Military and defense organizations are constantly challenged to balance tighter budgets and yet still provide the highest quality simulated environments available for safe, effective and productive training of personnel,” said Jennifer Smith, executive vice president, Global Market Solutions, Christie. “Christie continues to demonstrate its knowledge and expertise in meeting simulation industry needs with cost-efficient, high-performance, fully integrated display solutions for today’s most demanding training requirements.”

Around the Trade Show Floor
Built by FAAC Incorporated, the Air National Guard’s (ANG) Boom Operator Simulator System (BOSS), using three Christie Matrix StIM WQ projection systems and two Christie FHD461-X LCD flat panels, will be on display at the Air National Guard Training Development, booth # 1769.

DiSTI Corporation, booth #2419, will use a Christie QuadHD84 UHD, 3840 x 2160 pixel, LCD display to demonstrate its CH-47F Virtual Maintenance Trainer.

JRM Technologies, booth #1915, offers a stimulated Night Vision Goggle (NVG) demonstration using a Christie Matrix StIM WQ dual-input projector and Christie InfraScene.

FlightSafety International, booth #1401, will use four Christie Matrix StIM WQ projectors to feature its CrewView glass mirror collimated display and Vital Image Generator with a North Sea visual database optimized for 120Hz update rates.

Da-Lite Screen Company
at booth #2469, will have three blended Christie DWU555-GS.

LMI do Brasil will use the Christie QuadHD84 to display DIGINEXT’s DirectCGF High Fidelity Battlespace Generation Computer Generated Forces at DIGINEXT Virtual Reality and Simulation booth #2726

The NTSA SIM TV lobby displays will showcase I/ITSEC and exhibitor promotional content using Christie M Series projectors.

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Christie Delivers New Twist to Blending and Warping Capabilities

Christie®, the worldwide leader in digital display technology, is launching three upgraded versions of its ground-breaking Christie Twist™ technology at the Live Design International (LDI) show in Las Vegas. The Christie Twist solution delivers full image warping and advanced edge blending in Christie 3-chip DLP® projectors using powerful software that controls and edge-blends multiple curved images seamlessly on any surface.

ChristieTwist Image Blending and Warping Module

ChristieTwist Image Blending and Warping Module

Easier to use and with better, more precise pixel-to-pixel alignment than ever, the upgraded Christie Twist product family includes three tiers of specialized Twist software  each for different application requirements. ‘Christie Twist’ software is a free download from the Christie website. ‘Christie Twist Premium’ and ‘Christie Twist Pro’ are paid upgrades and provide additional functionality for more complex projects.

Christie Twist and Christie Twist Premium are ideal for live theater and events, projection mapping, tradeshows, large classrooms, corporate boardrooms, museums, house of worship, casinos and entertainments facilities, and more. For more intricate projects – including flight simulators, virtual caves and domes  Christie Twist Pro delivers unlimited arbitrary placement points for even greater accuracy. When purchasing Pro or Premium, customers can buy a dongle to attach to a PC running Twist software or license individual projectors and eliminate the need for a dongle.

“Christie has developed a more advanced Christie Twist family and added a new category with Christie Twist Premium. Each version of Christie Twist is tailored to specific needs: from simple flat screen multi-projector warps and blends to highly multifaceted applications,” said Joel St-Denis, product manager, Christie. “Whether the surface is cylindrical, curved, jagged, or any other non-flat shape or surface, Christie has the right Twist solution for the project.”

Christie Twist technology also provides networked projector control by allowing the user to launch a virtual remote from within the twist software with all the functionality of standard Infrared remotes.
Key features of upgraded Christie Twist family:

Feature Christie Twist

Maximum Projectors – 6
Control Points – Up to 81 Grid control Points
Brightness Uniformity – No
Auto Blending (Wallpaper) – No
Auto Blending (Field of View) – No
Arbitrary Point Placement – No

Christie Twist Premium
Maximum Projectors – 18
Control Points – Up to 87 Grid control Points, including 6 arbitrary points
Brightness Uniformity – Yes
Auto Blending (Wallpaper) – Yes
Auto Blending (Field of View) – No
Arbitrary Point Placement – Maximum 6

Christie Twist Pro
Maximum Projectors – Unlimited
Control Points – Up to 1500 arbitrary or grid control points
Brightness Uniformity – Yes
Auto Blending (Wallpaper) – Yes
Auto Blending (Field of View) – Yes
Arbitrary Point Placement – Yes – Unlimited

Christie Welcome the High Brightness, Powerful and Rugged 45,000 Lumen 4K45 to Its Lineup

Christie® unveils its new Roadie 4K45 at the Live Design International (LDI) show, which takes place Nov. 21-23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The first company to reach 35,000 lumens, Christie has now attained a new brightness level for 3-chip DLP® with the new Roadie 4K45 – the brightest lamp-illuminated projector available  which delivers 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution and 45,000 lumens at 60 Hz with optional 120 Hz capability.

Christie Roadie 4K45

Christie Roadie 4K45


Christie delivers 45,000 lumens in lamp-based technology
Rugged, reliable, and road tested, the 45,000 lumen Christie 4K45 offers a higher level of image brightness for rental staging and fixed applications including concerts, casinos, sports events, amusement parks, conventions, annual meetings and more. It features Christie TruLife™ for the clearest, most true-to-life image quality.

“Both end users and audiences will benefit from the brighter visual display provided by the Roadie 4K45,” said Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Christie. “Rental stagers often deal with unavoidable ambient light and now, with the new, even brighter Roadie, that effect is minimized more than ever. And for the audience, it means a brighter, richer picture with more vivid detail and a better overall experience. The combination of 4K, 60 or 120 hertz and DLP® reliability easily manages the rigorous demands of rental staging and delivers an impeccable image performance.”

The feature-rich Christie Roadie 4K45 offers many additional benefits that Christie Roadie users expect including, but not limited to:

- 45,000 lumens using Xenon illumination.
- 4K Native Resolution at 60 Hz and upgradable to 120 Hz.
- Patented Christie TruLife® electronics for high resolution lifelike images.
- Built in Twist and Warp allows pixels to be mapped onto any projection surface.
- Full Connectivity with Standard Display Port and 3G-SDI input modules.
- User-replaceable lamps can be automatically aligned at the push of a button.
- User-friendly controls ensure easy maintenance and servicing.
- Stacking and rigging frame.

The Roadie 4K45 ships in March 2015 with a three-year parts and labor warranty.

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Christie Showcases New Roadie 4K45 Among Its Visual Display Solutions at LDI

Christie® welcomes the Roadie 4K45 and upgraded Christie Twist software to its line-up at the Live Design International (LDI) show Nov. 21-23. Located at booth No. 1421 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Christie will also demonstrate the benefits of using automatic projection mapping tools using a 3D digital sandbox and Christie G Series 1-chip DLP® projectors. The booth will also display the multiple award winning Christie® MicroTiles® in a 1-unit by 5-unit display and Christie M Series.

Christie Roadie 4K45

Christie Roadie 4K45

Christie 4K45 – Higher brightness, built for the road
Christie Roadie 4K45 is the brightest lamp-illuminated projector on the market. Rugged, reliable, and road tested, the 45,000 lumen Christie 4K45 offers a higher level of image brightness for rental stagers to use in concerts, sports events, amusement parks, conventions, live events, annual meetings, casinos, and more. It features Christie TruLife™ for the clearest, most true-to-life image quality.

New Christie Twist – More accurate, more options
The upgraded Christie Twist family presents three options  each for different application requirements. ‘Christie Twist’ software is a free download from the Christie website. ‘Christie Twist Premium’ and ‘Christie Twist Pro’ are paid upgrades and provide additional functionality for more complex projects.

Christie HD10K-M highlights its versatility
For outstanding performance in either fixed or rental staging applications including live events, theme parks, and other applications, the Christie HD10K-M, part of the celebrated Christie M Series, has built-in image blending and warping capabilities, operates in full portrait mode, and offers a 3D upgrade path. A Christie Spyder X20 will be managing the content.

Christie partnering with Show Management, coolux® and Da-Lite®
Christie is pleased to work with its valued partners at LDI 2014. Show Management will be using two Christie J Series and two Christie E Series projectors while the coolux® booth features six Christie J Series and one Christie Mirage WU14K-M projector. Da-Lite will use one Christie HD14K-M.

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InfoComm Announces University Days in Cardiff & London

InfoComm International®, the leading trade association representing the audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide announces two InfoComm University™ Days to 18th November at the Thistle Cardiff City Center and 20 November onboard the HMS Belfast, London.

Cardiff and London University Days are supported by Canon Europe. The London University Day is supported by Audio-Technica.

Chris Lavelle, Regional Director, UK & Ireland at InfoComm International said: “We’ve got an amazing line up of expert speakers who will present informative and topical issues. Interested parties are encouraged to sign up as early as possible.”

Each day will be a full day of education covering topics including networked microphones to the behavior of light in projection, LED video wall displays, cloud computing, big data and a look at InfoComm’s new AV Systems Performance Verification Guide. Each event will be followed by a networking reception to reflect on the day.

Certified Technology Specialist holders can earn CTS® renewal points. Each event is free to InfoComm members and includes lunch.

There will be prize giveaways for delegates including a compact digital camera from Canon at both events and pair of Audio-Technica headphones at the London University Day.

Viewing the full schedule is highly recommended. Please visit:

Cardiff – http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/40438.htm
London – http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/40532.htm

BlackTrax delivers realtime tracking to d3 at LDI 2014

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BlackTrax delivers realtime tracking at the d3 Technologies booth 1275 at LDI 2014, 20-23 November 2014, Las Vegas Convention Center, NV

Realtime motion tracking solution specialists, CAST BlackTrax will provide core motion tracking to support d3 Technologies booth at LDI 2014. In addition, BlackTrax expert staff will be present on the d3 booth to answer any questions in relation to tracking. The d3 booth is aimed at enabling creative designers and entertainment production professionals to see its latest hardware and to get a glimpse of what the future of live projection has in store.

Delivering targets on time

Whilst the exact nature of the d3 demonstration is a closely guarded secret until the show, the booth is designed to give projection designers the ultimate freedom to move. BlackTrax will be integrated with d3’s upcoming Dynamic Blend feature to track several objects.

With the benefits of fast, consistent and precise image tracking quality and reliability, BlackTrax delivers realtime tracking data to downstream technologies such as audio, lighting, multimedia and video cameras. At the same time, it can track performers, props, a moving video wall or projection display canvas.

Excited about the latest step in the technical collaboration between the two companies, Gil Densham, President at CAST BlackTrax said: “We have worked alongside d3 on a number of the world’s highest-profile, cutting-edge projects such as Marvel Universe LIVE! and a Honda Dealer Meeting, during 2014. We’re delighted to provide our BlackTrax solution to the d3 booth, helping to show its new media servers at their best.”

Ash Nehru, Software Director at d3 Technologies added: “We’re always looking for ways to advance the state of the art, and the ability to easily project content onto moving objects is clearly the next step. We’re conscious that we’re discovering a whole new design vocabulary – we’re excited to put this in front of creative designers at LDI, and see what they will do with it. BlackTrax has played an integral role in helping us to deliver that vision consistently in the high-pressure live environment.”

1 Gil Densham, President & CEO, CAST Group and Ash Nehru, Director of Software, d3 Technologies

Gil Densham, President at CAST BlackTrax and Ash Nehru, Software Director at d3 Technologies.

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BenQ Introduces Market’s First TI DLP(R) Projector With True-to-Life sRGB Color Accuracy

Colorific(TM) HC1200 Delivers Industry Standard sRGB Color Precision and Doubles ANSI Contrast Levels for More Accurate, Crisp, and Long-Lasting Image Quality

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Nov. 13, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions and the No. 1-selling projector brand powered by TI DLP(R) technology in The Americas(1), today introduced the newest addition to its stunning, high-brightness Colorific(TM) professional and home theater projector lineup: the HC1200. BenQ’s new HC1200 is purpose-built to follow the sRGB (standard Red, Green, Blue) industry color standard — a well-known and widely used guideline for color accuracy in smartphones, monitors, cameras and printers, and throughout the Internet. more

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