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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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Christie Displays Cost-Effective and Versatile Control Room Technology at SecureTech 2014

Christie®, a world leader in creating and sharing the world’s best visual and audio experiences with versatile and cost-effective solutions for mission-critical communications, performance, and reliability, is bringing its surveillance and security solutions to SecureTech 2014, Canada’s only all-encompassing public safety, emergency management, and security showcase. Hosted by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), the show takes place November 3-5 at the Ottawa Convention Center. The Christie booth includes high resolution flat panels, the Christie Phoenix® open content management platform, and the Christie® Brio Team+ integrated wireless collaboration system.

Christie Phoenix featured at SecureTech 2014

Christie Phoenix featured at SecureTech 2014

Christie Phoenix provides seamless collaboration for the global workplace
Christie Phoenix enables seamless access and control of audio-visual data for thousands of viewers simultaneously regardless of location, breaking through physical walls of control rooms to encompass a global workplace. Christie Phoenix consists of one or more hardware nodes and web-based management software connected through a standard IP network. Using the powerful Christie Phoenix, security and surveillance operations, utility companies, government institutions, along with transportation and telecommunications centers, can make quicker and more accurate life-critical decisions, and share appropriate data even in the most challenging of environments. Christie Phoenix is renowned for ease of use and its ability to encode, decode and simultaneously display over 1000 video sources on multiple displays walls using multiple desktops.

Christie Brio – the future of collaboration
The award-winning Christie® Brio family of meeting presentation and collaboration solutions allow users to connect, collect and share content through a single unit. The family includes Brio Team, Brio Team+ and Brio Enterprise. At SecureTech, Christie will display Brio Team+, with an integrated wireless access point that eliminates the need for apps or additional hardware to mirror the full desktop of tablets, phones or laptops as 30 fps HD video sources in a collaboration session. Ideal for meeting spaces in corporate, academic and government facilities, Brio Team+ displays high quality video content at native resolutions through DVI video inputs that support video output sources 2560 by 1600 at 30 Hz or 1920 by 1080 at 60 Hz with HDCP.

Christie Flat Panels – Ideal fit for control rooms
Today’s security and surveillance systems going beyond basic displaying and monitoring and Christie flat panels deliver the image clarity and versatility needed in control room environments.

The booth features the Christie FHD552-X LCD flat panel. This 55-inch ultra-narrow bezel (only 3.5mm when tiled) flat panel display offers full HD resolution, high pixel density, and LED-backlit screen so images look sharp at any distance – all with energy-efficient operation and low cost of ownership.

Christie flat panels are installed in numerous control rooms and operations centres, including FishNet Securities, the largest independently-owned, privately-held information security solutions provider in the United States with clients in the energy, financial services, government, healthcare and retail sectors. Using Christie MicroTiles and Christie JumpStart content management tool, the large video wall displays intelligence data and surveillance video along with dashboard information — service tickets, the number of active service calls and service calls handled per person. The SOC at FishNet also serves as a showroom for clients and Christie MicroTiles can be used to display engaging 3D and interactive content.

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Christie and Wincomn Honor Mongolian Folk Hero With 360-Degree Projection Display

Christie®, a global leader in visual display solutions, together with its Chinese partner Wincomn Technology, assisted the Jangar Culture & Arts Palace to present an engaging 360-degree projection display to honor Jangar, one of the most respected Mongolian folk heroes.

Christie's 360 Projection Display at Jangar Culture & Arts Palace

Christie’s 360 Projection Display at Jangar Culture & Arts Palace

Located in the Hoboksar Mongol Autonomous County in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, the recently opened Jangar Culture & Arts Palace is a majestic circular-shaped museum measuring over 6,000 square meters. It took four years to complete. The four-story structure features an elaborate showcase of Jangar’s life story and the rich heritage of Mongolian culture. One of the biggest highlights is the permanent 360-degree visual display on the first floor that recounts the Mongolian Khan’s heroic exploits with spectacular visuals made possible with eight Christie DS+6K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors.

Beautifully displayed on a continuous flat screen measuring 12 meters wide by 4 meters high and using Christie Twist™, which offers seamless edge blending and color matching capabilities, the 10-minute show features highly realistic imagery and sound effects for an immersive experience. Wincomn Technology was responsible for the design, selection, installation and commissioning of the overall audio, visual and control solutions.

“The contents of the projection mapping performance are based on the Jangar Epic, a unique form of Mongolian storytelling and dance dating back to the 15th century,” said Zhiqiang Liu, project manager, Wincomn Technology. “We are very proud and honored to present one of the three great epics of ancient Chinese literature through projections on a 360-degree screen, and are pleased that the deployment of eight Christie DS+6K-M projectors have enabled us to provide visitors with a high quality and immersive viewing experience.”

Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific, added, “We are thrilled that Christie’s robust M Series projectors have been used for the first time to recount the amazing story of Jangar, who was elected Khan at just seven years of age, defeated the monster Mangus with his mighty warriors and established a Mongolian-style utopia. This visually-arresting 360-degree projection mapping performance is a fitting tribute to Jangar at this magnificent venue and it is an honor for Christie to play a role in breathing new life to this legendary folk hero and helping Jangar Culture & Arts Palace to create memorable shared experiences.”

Noted as a flexible, efficient 3-chip DLP® digital projector, the Christie DS+6K-M is easily tailored to meet the needs of the end user. The projector comes in a sleek, compact chassis and is equipped with a full set of options, including 2D and 3D capability. It also contains a dual lamp system, offering high efficiency and low cost of ownership.

The Christie M series projectors additionally come with features such as Christie Twist and Comprehensive Color Adjustment to ensure unparalleled edge blending capability and color uniformity across the entire display. This is a critical benefit for larger scale projection mapping projects, such as this 360-degree projection mapping performance at Jangar Culture & Arts Palace.

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Christie Supports Boston’s Illuminus: Nuit Blanche Festival as Presenting Sponsor

Christie®, a world leader in creating and sharing the world’s best visual and audio experiences, was the presenting sponsor of the acclaimed Illuminus: Nuit Blanche festival in Boston, a free nighttime festival of creative innovation that took place on Saturday, October 25 that transformed the historic and artsy SoWa district neighborhood into a vibrant urban canvas. Offering a unique opportunity for regional artists, designers, creative technologists, architects, performers and fabricators to showcase “their most thoughtful, innovative, and imaginative works,” Illuminus lit up Harrison Avenue with large scale projection displays. Christie’s Creative Services also spearheaded the content production for some of the experiences throughout the evening.

Projected images at Boston's Illuminus: Nuit Blanche (Photo courtesy Christie)

Projected images at Boston’s Illuminus: Nuit Blanche (Photo courtesy Christie)

Committed to good corporate citizenship and supporting digital art, Christie donated a wide range of display equipment, content and artistic services to help the event come to life. Christie products included Christie® MicroTiles® and LCD flat panels, as well as a variety of projectors that included the Christie LX700 XGA LCD, Christie Roadster S +20K and Roadie HD +35K, and Christie Roadster HD 10K-M projectors. The company also contributed by delivering impactful visual experiences based on the work of two artists from Converse’s “Blank Canvas” series – Caleb Neelon and Kenji Nakayama.

“Once the sun went down, artists could paint a new reality with light and projection,” said Jeff Grantz, Illuminus event producer and founder of Boston-based creative design firm, Materials & Methods. “Christie visual display products were the key, not only providing the cutting-edge display technology, but also some of the content and acting as a creative consultant, helping bring the artists’ vision into sharp focus.”

Lightweight and portable, all of the projectors were equipped with interchangeable lenses that provided the flexibility necessary for an event of this scale. Their powerful Christie Twist™ feature, which manages complex arrayed projectors, allowed them to distort projected content onto buildings and surrounding spaces to ensure optimal alignment and edge-blending. The results were stunning images and 3-D projections, flung across building facades, ceilings, and any other space or object that inspired the artists to “think big.”

Grantz, who also co-produced New York’s versions of the event in the arts-driven SoHo area of Manhattan, called Christie’s Senior Director of Experience Strategy and Creative Services Denys Lavigne, Illuminus: Nuit Blanche’s “patron saint.” Lavigne’s Global Professional Services group provided the equipment, services and digital content.

“Denys is one of those rare creative individuals who gets both the big picture and the little details,” he said. “We were plagued with bad weather that limited onsite resources and the amount of time we had to pull the whole thing together. Among the ‘miracles’ created by his team was a stunning ‘color bar’ sculpture using 40 Christie MicroTiles. It provided a beautiful backdrop that was probably photographed with people standing in front of it about 10,000 times! That’s Christie creativity: The ability to create something amazing – to be an integral part of a transformative cultural arts event like Illuminus, which will have a lasting impact on the city of Boston.”

Lavigne noted that, with the recent announcements at ShowEast with Christie’s 360 degree digital delivery capabilities the company is accomplishing something highly unique in its approach to multimedia network operations in the industry.

“Festivals like Illuminus are a wildly creative blend of digital art, traditional art, and a wide array of multimedia technologies – which inspire our teams to push the boundaries in how we approach creativity in digital media,” Lavigne remarked. “This event is one of the many installations that showcased Christie’s capabilities in developing next-generation experiential installations. It proved that Christie is out there, taking on the most sophisticated experiences and challenges to deliver a new level of engagement for a wide range of audiences.”

Gantz added: “Boston’s South End presented daunting challenges that would have otherwise proven a nightmare without the critical and creative thinking from the Christie team.”

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Christie and USIS Partnership Inspire AppNexus Employees with High Tech Office Spaces

Christie® and USIS AudioVisual Systems achieved grand success at AppNexus in creating additional space on a floor that includes both open plan office space and a basketball court.

AppNexus Basketball Court uses Christie Projector

AppNexus Basketball Court uses Christie Projector


AppNexus is a high tech company occupying three floors of office space on 23rd Street in New York City. As part of its culture, AppNexus holds employee motivational meetings called “Razzles.” Razzles include the use of Christie projectors and other tools to ignite excitement and motivate the team. At the end of a Razzle, employees can head from the fourth floor (where the Razzles are held) down to the second floor where the basketball court is located to work off the day’s stress.

According to Todd Hutchins (CTS-D), chief technology officer, USIS AudioVisual Systems, AppNexus needed additional Razzle space. The answer was to equip the second floor  where the basketball court is located  with technology on par with the fourth floor Razzle space where three Christie DS+6K-M projectors are located, ultimately creating an extension of the fourth floor. This included the installation of one Christie HD10K-M projector and the ability to do high-end video collaboration.

“AppNexus is critical when it comes to the projected image and audio quality,” said Hutchins. “When they use the room for presentations, there may be 400 people in the space that connect between several floors, plus others from international offices  it has to be perfect.”

When it came time to make a decision on the projector requirements, USIS AudioVisual Systems turned to Christie to fulfill its projection needs.

“We chose Christie not only because their products are superior but because they have always held true to our partner relationship. Whether we’ve needed technical support, sales assistance, or demonstrations, Christie has never let us down,” added Hutchins. “With Christie  it’s all about support. If our team has any issues, all we have to do is call and someone from Christie will be at our side to help, as any true partner should be. Because of what we do and how we do it, we will partner only with manufacturers who fully support their products.”

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