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Seattle Cinerama Selects Christie for World’s First Permanent Cinema Laser Projection Installation

Purchase follows on heels of US FDA approval of variance for Christie, allowing the sale of laser projectors for use in cinema; notably the first and only such variance approved for a manufacturer of DCI-compliant cinema projectors

Christie®, a global leader in digital cinema projection, is pleased to announce that it has been chosen to supply and install the world’s first commercial digital laser projection solution at the Seattle Cinerama Theatre, located at 2100 4th Avenue in Seattle, WA. The purchase order is for a 4K Christie digital laser projector, with scalable light output up to 60,000 lumens.

“When hi-tech visionary Paul G. Allen bought the theater in 1999, he gave Cinerama full rein to innovate in order to provide our community with a cutting-edge movie going experience,” said Cinerama Theatre Manager Greg Wood. “Selecting a laser projection solution – with its ability to render 2D and 3D movies with stunning clarity and brilliant, accurate color rendition – is in keeping with this tradition.

“We were excited by demonstrations of the technology earlier this year by Christie and we are looking forward to welcoming this reliable and brilliant laser projector installation to our space.”

Christie recently received the first US FDA approval of variance allowing the sale of laser projectors for use in a cinema, which is the first and only such variance to date approved for a manufacturer of DCI-compliant cinema projectors.

Said Jack Kline, president & COO, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., “Cinerama has a long history of innovation and our latest projector will empower the theater to take the audience experience to the next level. A laser projector is a significant investment for any cinema and the fact that the Seattle Cinerama has chosen Christie to help this venue continue in its capacity as one of the world’s premiere movie theaters is a great vote of confidence.”

Site scoping and technical evaluations will begin in August, with an anticipated switch over from conventional digital projection to the latest Christie digital cinema laser projector planned for early next year.

Noted Dr. Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions, “Cinerama’s huge screen requires the best and brightest in digital cinema projection technology, so it can demonstrate how spectacularly a moviemaker’s vision can be realized when shown at high contrast ratios and intense light levels. This in turn will yield an entirely new and naturally immersive experience for the average moviegoer and aficionados alike. We know that Christie laser projection will deliver beyond everyone’s already-high expectations.”

Christie Laser-Projection Timetable Continues Apace
Christie has a history of innovation without equal in the cinema technology world. For example, most recently and for two full weeks beginning March 28, 2013, Christie joined forces with AMC and Paramount Pictures to project G.I. JOE: RETALIATION in the ‘first’ commercial exhibition of a 3D movie at brightness levels of 14 foot lamberts (ft-L) using laser projection. It was the first ever opportunity for the general public to enjoy compelling, immersive 3D images delivered at 2D light levels.

As well, in 2012 Christie showed select exhibitors in Asia how 72,000 lumens could be achieved, in a demonstration of its prototype laser projector in Beijing. That screening followed the September showing at IBC 2012 in Amsterdam of Hugo 3D – the first CPG (Cameron Pace Group) certified movie –introduced by Dr. Shaw, along with noted stereographers, Demetri Portelli and Corey Turner (‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’). The movie was then projected using Christie’s 4K laser projector prototype.

Christie hosted its first laser projector demo for cinema industry luminaries including Douglas Trumbull, Gordon E. Sawyer Academy Award winner, at its High Frame Rate Summit held in its manufacturing and engineering headquarters in Kitchener, Ontario in April 2012.

Christie intends to introduce a wide range of laser projectors building on core technologies and architectures, to power applications for the digital cinema, pro AV, visualization and simulation markets, throughout 2013 and beyond.

About Seattle Cinerama
When Paul G. Allen heard in the mid-1990s that Seattle’s historic Cinerama Theatre might close down to become a rock-climbing club, dinner theater, or even a parking lot, he signed a “Save the Cinerama” petition—and later took it a step further by purchasing the old movie-house himself. Seattle’s Cinerama Theatre was one of many opened in the 1950s and 1960s for Cinerama films, technological marvels of their day which were shown on a curved screen utilizing a three-projector system.

In 1998, Vulcan kicked off a major, multi-million dollar renovation of the theatre, refurbishing the interior and exterior, installing state-of-the-art sound and projector systems, and ensuring maximum accessibility for mobility- and sensory-impaired patrons. A grand re-opening celebration took place on April 22, 1999 to welcome the theatre back into commission. Since then, it has regularly been voted one of Seattle’s “best places to watch a movie” and plays host to various film festivals and blockbuster film premieres each year. See www.cinerama.com for current show times.

Jeff Klaas Joins Christie As Vice President For Business Products

Christie®, a world leader in visual technology displays, today announced that Jeff Klaas has joined the company in the role of Vice President for Christie’s Business Products division. Reporting to Jack Kline, President & COO, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., and based in Christie’s Cypress headquarters, Mr. Klaas will focus on managing the company’s Business Products strategies across diverse product platforms. He will support each of the company’s key geographic regions and markets with the goal of increasing sales and building relationships internally and externally.

Mr. Klaas most recently served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at SRS. During his tenure, SRS Labs, the largest software licensing company in the audio and voice post processing market, was named one of the best performing public companies in Orange County. SRS was also named as one of America’s greatest brands in 2011 and 2012, joining other iconic companies like Apple and Chevron. Prior to SRS, Mr. Klaas worked at Entropic Communications, a leading provider of silicon and software solutions to enable distribution of connected home entertainment. Mr. Klaas has also been recognized publicly for his contributions to ViewSonic and IAVI – two visual displays-oriented companies – where he served as General Manager and CEO respectively. Earlier in his career, Jeff was employed at Weyerhaeuser and Hewlett Packard.

“Christie’s reputation in the visual display industry is unparalleled. I am pleased to be joining such a dynamic team and am eager to contribute to both our product development process and growing the Business Products division’s customer base,” said Mr. Klaas.

“Jeff brings a unique blend of sales, marketing and general business management experience to Christie, including several decades of senior management experience at global companies,” said Jack Kline, President & COO, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. “We’re very pleased to welcome Jeff to our management team. His record of success will be a tremendous asset to Christie.”

Mr. Klaas is a published author and is often invited to be a guest speaker or panelist at industry events, sharing his personal story and professional insights on global business strategy and trends. He has been featured in several national publications, on talk radio shows, in Forbes and Ironman Magazine, and in the Orange County Register. In addition, Entrepreneur Magazine, the South Florida Business Journal, and Consumer Electronics Magazine have recognized him for his numerous professional accomplishments.

A triathlete, Mr. Klaas holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and lives in southern California, where he is involved in community and family activities.

SIM2 Announces Los Angeles Road Show Event as the World Launch of SUPERLUMIS

Miramar, Florida—August 2013— SIM2 is pleased to announce that, after successful stops in the UK, Miami, and most recently, Hong Kong, the 2013 SIM2 World Road Show is coming to Los Angeles August 21-22. This exclusive event—accessible by invitation only to SIM2’s valued business partners—will be held at the prestigious Actors Center of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, and will mark the world launch of the SUPERLUMIS, a new benchmark for SIM2.

World debut of the SIM2 SUPERLUMIS

“The 2013 Road Show to date has far exceeded our expectations, and given our strong market position on the West Coast, we have high expectations for these next few days as well!” said Maurizio Cini, CEO and President of SIM2. “This event marks a special moment for SIM2, with the world launch of the new SUPERLUMIS. What better place to announce the evolution of the award-winning LUMIS Series than in the heart of Hollywood?”

Created with the objective of outlining SIM2’s strategy for the CI market and unveiling some of the main technological developments planned for the next few years, the 2013 Road Show offers its key partners unprecedented access to products, information, and new business opportunities.

These events provide an unprecedented opportunity to enjoy a hands-on demo experience with the latest SIM2 projectors—products that not only represent state-of-the-art technology but extraordinary means for a successful business. In addition to the SUPERLUMIS, the event will feature the 4K CINEMAQUATTRO, the superbright SIRIO, the award-winning M.150, and the limited edition, ultra-exclusive FUORISERIE projectors.

The U.S. portion of the tour concludes September 4-5, in the Penthouse of the Waldorf Astoria, in New York City.

For more information, visit www.sim2usa.com.

Casio Takes DJ Equipment to the Next Level at DJ Expo

ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY, August 14, 2013 – Casio is excited to announce its participation in the world’s largest annual gathering of professional DJs, the 2013 DJ Expo presented by DJ Times magazine. DJ Times magazine presented its first DJ Expo in 1990 and 23 years later, it has become the DJ industry’s best-attended trade show/exhibition. Casio will not only exhibit its XW series of synthesizers, but it will also showcase its SLIM projector line on August 12-15, 2013 at the Trump Taj  Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ.

“DJ and musicians want the freedom to mix their performances on the fly to get the crowd moving,” said Stephen Schmidt, vice president of Casio’s Electronic Musical Instruments Division. “That is why we are excited to show off our latest Casio XW series of synthesizers at the 2013 DJ Expo. The XW series gives DJs and musicians of varying levels the ability to create their own unique sound by building performances and hits that push the envelope while getting crowds dancing.”

The XW-G1 Groove Synthesizer was specifically designed for the DJ and club performer providing an interactive step sequencer and a sample looper for digitally capturing performance patterns and external instruments. The XW-P1 is a 61 key performance synthesizer equipped with Casio’s exclusive Hybrid Processing Sound Source. It provides screaming virtual analog monophonic leads and basses, drawbar organs, complex layers, stereo pianos, drums and more. With the sounds and real-time control, the XW-P1 offers a variety of advanced features and technological functions performing musicians need.

Providing everything from pulsing dance grooves to animated synth textures and arpeggios, the Step Sequencer in both the XW-P1 and XW-G1 is the first of its kind. With nine tracks for drums, basses, synths and chordal parts, four controller tracks for adding panning, filter changes and other animation to existing parts and eight patterns that make up each sequence; the user can build and mix their performance on the fly. Sequences can even transpose live from the keyboard, providing a completely interactive experience. The XW’s unique six oscillator design can emulate classic analog synths, and create powerful leads and huge bass sounds. Tracks in the Step Sequencer can even drive other MIDI devices and computer applications including the iPad®.

In addition to its XW series of synthesizers, Casio will also showcase its SLIM projector line, specifically the XJ-A251 as a video solution for DJs. The SLIM projector’s 2X power zoom lens will project a large image from close range (60″ diagonal at 6 feet) without taking a lot of space and its multiple inputs can project content from a wide assortment of devices including a computer, DVD player or a video camera for live video.

“Today, many DJs are adding video elements into their performances and they need projectors that are portable but still deliver great quality and wide screen resolutions,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division. “With their lightweight and slim design, Casio’s SLIM projectors are ideal for DJs who travel from gig to gig and need equipment to fit their needs. Our SLIM series is not only compact, but is rich in features ideal for the DJ space.”

Weighing in at only five pounds, Casio’s SLIM projectors are 1.7 inches wide, making them the thinnest high brightness projectors in the industry. The SLIM projectors are powered by Casio’s state-of-the-art LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source and DLP technology that provides LampFreeTM, eco-friendly data projection at a fraction of the cost of traditional projectors. Casio’s
LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source combines blue laser light and a fluorescent element to generate a high output of green light. The green light, blue laser light, and the light emitted by a red LED are projected through a DLP® chip which, in turn, is passed through the projection lens to form an image. This technology achieves an increase in color spectrum compared with a mercury lamp, while lowering a projector’s total cost of ownership and maximizing investment. Finally, all of Casio’s SLIM projectors are LampFreeTM, which delivers hours of reliable operation without concerns for a dark screen or high frequent costs of mercury lamp replacement.

For additional information on Casio’s portfolio of projectors, please visit www.CasioProjector.com. For more information on Casio’s portfolio of electronic musical instruments, visit www.CasioMusicGear.com.

About Casio America, Inc.

Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets
calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit
www.casiousa.com.

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Casio Launches Extra Value Warranty Program for Entire Portfolio of Lampfree Projectors

DOVER, NJ, August 15, 2013 – Casio America, Inc. a leading manufacturer of projection technology, announced today the launch of a new Extra Value Warranty Program for its portfolio of LampFree projectors. The purchase program offers a one-year or two-year extension for up to a total of five years of coverage for parts and labor. This new extended warranty is available for purchase at any time during the original warranty period and applies to the Signature, Short Throw, SLIM and Pro series of projectors.

“The launch of the Extra Value Warranty Program demonstrates our commitment to providing consumers with high-quality, industry-leading LampFree projectors,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division. “With this new program, Casio has made one of the industry’s best warranties even better. It allows consumers to purchase LampFree projectors with the assurance that they will receive reliable, long-term operation.”

Casio’s original warranty program offered three years parts and labor coverage and several of the models offered a warranty on the LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source for up to five years or 10,000 hours. Depending on which option the consumer chooses, the Extra Value Warranty extends the standard parts & labor coverage for up to two additional years after the standard warranty ends.

For consumers who use Casio’s LampFree projectors frequently – ten hours per day for five or more days per week – Casio also offers Extended Use Applications. The standard light source warranty is one year or 6,000 hours, but with the Extended Use Application, consumers can purchase a two year Light Source Extended warranty, which will provide three years parts and labor and three years or 15,000 hours on the light source.

Extended warranties are available for purchase through Casio’s Authorized Dealer and Reseller Network. Depending on the model, the extended warranty price ranges from $100.00 to $360.00.

For additional information regarding Casio’s portfolio of LampFree™ projectors and our warranty programs, please visit www.CasioProjector.com.

About Casio America, Inc.

Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets
calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit
www.casiousa.com.

 

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Calibre UK hits the big screen to process alternative content at Europe’s largest international film festival

Europe’s largest international film event, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) relied on none other than Calibre UK for scaling and switching of alternative cinema content. Provided by Prague-based system integration, rental and staging experts Altei, HQView400DC processors were integrated with Sony 4K digital cinema projectors located throughout multiple cinemas that were used for event screenings.

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) took place between June 28 to July 6 in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. The event attracted over 12,000 film industry representatives and press from all around the world.

All guests had the opportunity to experience first-hand the immersive quality of digital cinema technology to give the very highest picture quality and viewer experience.

“The quality of the Calibre UK processing was essential to achieve best results combining alternative – non DCP content and Sony Digital Cinema projectors,” says Martin Vysušil, Sales & Marketing at Altei.

“Calibre UK HQView400DC alternative content processors were used for screening of movies from various sources including Digital Betacam, HD Cam, DVD and BluRay.”

Pauline Brooksbank, Managing Director at Calibre UK says: “We’re delighted Altei are relying on the flexible, robust and seamless processing from Calibre UK at the KVIFF as they have done so successfully in previous years.”

HQView400DC is a unique version of the Calibre UK HQView400, which is optimised for use as a digital cinema alternative content processor and is compatible with the alternate content input of market leading digital cinema projectors.

The HQView range of highly flexible image scalers provide stunning image quality in demanding applications including professional AV, staging, broadcast, houses of worship, medical, corporate and education.

ENDS

About Calibre UK
Celebrating its 25th year (08/08/88) Calibre has over the years achieved World recognition providing image scaling and processing technologies for use in digital cinema, large venue projection and LED events, surgical medical applications and broadcast/television studios, manufacturing products under its own brand-names as well as providing products and technology to several market leaders in the ProAV market worldwide. A market leader in innovation utilising its own in-house hardware and software design team for all product development and manufactured in its own factory in Bradford, UK.
www.calibreuk.com

Christie Display Technology and Adtech Systems Deliver Lifelike Images and Outstanding Customer Service at Boston College

With a commitment to fostering and imparting knowledge, Boston College has earned its reputation as one of America’s top institutions of higher learning. Therefore, when it was time to upgrade the projection technology at the storied college, Adtech Systems Inc., installed more than 70 Christie® projectors to deliver course material, lectures and presentations in classrooms and auditoriums.

After a successful demonstration, the school is replacing old product with Christie and calling it a great choice. “The (Christie) price point is fantastic compared to any other manufacturer. We had another manufacturer come in – offering all kinds of incentives and programs – and the product just didn’t meet what we wanted and the price point wasn’t right,” said Jim Clements CTS, project manager, Media Technology Services, Boston College. “Nobody comes close to offering what Christie offers. If you can install a Christie projector, why would you buy anything else?”

The seminar rooms are outfitted with Christie LWU420 projectors while a larger, theater-style 80-seat auditorium has a 1-chip DLP® Christie DHD800. Clements confirmed that one Christie LX700 and one Christie DHD675-E are slated for installation in the Fine Arts department.

The 8000 ANSI lumens Christie DHD800 offers full HD and high-brightness in a 1-chip DLP® projector, making it ideally suited for Boston College’s large auditorium. The Christie DHD675-E delivers lifelike color reproduction and its Dynamic Contrast is perfect for the smaller collaborative classrooms and meeting rooms.

“We also have several Christie LWU505 projectors in three different campuses in a number of different buildings including the Arts and Sciences building, which we just built,” said Clements. “The Arts and Sciences building is a 200,000 square foot, gothic-style facility with 54 classrooms using the LWU505 projectors right now.”

More Christie Technology on the Way
“As Bill Copley (Northeast Territory Sales Manager, Christie) and Adtech can see from future projects, we’ve gone out of our comfort zone in model type and we’re starting to incorporate a number of different models. That kind of success just breeds more success for us to go back to the product,” added Clements. “Bill has brought flat panel technologies to my attention. We have a sporting facility that we’re looking at doing some upgrades there – maybe we want to put in some of these environment-safe outdoor panels (Christie FHD551-W). Maybe we want to put in some video walls. Based on our experiences with Christie, it would certainly lead us to follow its product line.

“Bill (Copley) and Matt Fionda of Adtech Systems have been fantastic. Everything that Christie has promised and offered us they have delivered. That says a lot, certainly in this market. A guarantee or warranty is one thing, but to stand behind it and prove it just continues our partnership with Christie and Adtech as long as I’m here.”

Phase Two of the project – which includes an additional 20 projectors – will see a Christie L2K1000 installed in the 200-person capacity auditorium located in the Admissions/Fine Arts building that also hosts general classes and a 20-foot wide screen.

SIM2 Miami Road Show Exceeds Expectations

Miramar, Florida—July 2013—SIM2’s top dealer partners attending the SIM2 Road Show in Miami are calling the first two days of the three-day tour a resounding success. The exclusive event is designed to provide dealers with an unprecedented opportunity to view some of the company’s most advanced technological achievements to date—the CINEMAQUATTRO, SIRIO, M.150, LUMIS, NERO, and the limited-edition FUORISERIE home cinema projectors.

Bill Petters, of Sound Components, in Miami, said of the event, “What impressed me the most is the wide range of products that SIM2 has come to market with. Not only are the products extremely high performance, but they can be installed by integrators like our company, and are practical for end users—simple solutions with various price points. depending on the level of performance a client wants to get into. SIM2 has a very nice, wide range, from entry level to state of the art—it’s a great solution for us.” Bill’s favorite was the M.150. “The depth of field, color saturation, black levels, and brightness were simply outstanding.”

Stan Beran, of Sound Performance, in Miami, said, “First, I’m impressed with the amount of projectors on display, starting from a couple-hundred thousand to things more reasonable, around 10 to 12 thousand. What really knocked me out is the [M.150] LED projector, for people who like fine lines and details—it’s probably the best one I’ve ever seen. If you want the punch and attack, having the double stack SIRIO is a knockout for people—even one by itself is very bright.”

SIM2's CINEMAQUATTRO, a 4K 3-Chip DLP Home Cinema Projector

The star of the show was SIM2’s CINEMAQUATTRO, a 4K DLP 3-Chip Home Cinema Projector. Some of the key specifications are: three 4K (4096 x 2160), 1.38” DLP chipsets, up to 25,000 ANSI Lumens; Triple Flash 3D Technology; SIM2’s Exclusive High Contrast and Colorimetry Profiles; a user-replaceable Xenon Bubble Lamp; remote monitoring and so much more.

“With a third day yet to be completed, we have already exceeded our expectations in terms of attendance and excitement for this event,” said Maurizio Cini, CEO and President of SIM2. “Our guests in Miami were among the first in the U.S. to witness the amazing power of full 4K resolution from the CINEMAQUATTRO, along with a comprehensive demonstration of our full line of solutions. Based on the feedback from those attending, and building on the anticipated success of additional tour stops, we expect to see a dramatic growth in business over the remainder of 2013—even surpassing the positive trend we’ve seen in the past quarter.”

The 2013 SIM2 Road Show represents an extraordinary business opportunity for SIM2 partners, with the opportunity for one-on-one meetings with key company executives, crucial forecasting information and special product demonstrations. The U.S. portion of the tour includes additional stops in Los Angeles, August 20-22, and in New York City, September 3-5.

About SIM2 USA Inc. and SIM2 Multimedia
Since 1999, SIM2 USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Italian Projector Manufacturer SIM2 Multimedia, has dedicated its efforts and resources to generating opportunities and added value to its exclusively selected U.S. partners, by marketing, servicing, and supporting the best products the Professional and CI Projection Market has to offer.

SIM2 Multimedia is a worldwide leading manufacturer of Top Class/High End custom digital video projection systems and a primary supplier of high-performance large-screen systems used in control rooms and simulation environments. Over the years, SIM2, with its Italian-developed and -made display devices, has gained a reputation for meeting and often exceeding the industry’s demand for new, emerging technologies and business models, offering unparalleled performance, customer support, and passion. Made in Italy by SIM2 is not just branding, but also a prestigious mark of excellence!

SIM2 Multimedia’s marketing support and programs are global, with a direct presence in Italy (headquarters), the USA, the UK and China (sister companies), and in over 60 countries worldwide through partnerships with qualified distributors.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Upgrades Its PowerWall Theater with Christie Projection System

Los Alamos National Laboratory has selected visualization leader Christie® for an extensive upgrade to its Powerwall Theater (PWT), an innovative facility that enables researchers to view the complex models and simulations they have created using some of the world’s fastest supercomputers. The new theater will feature a total of 40 Christie Mirage WU-L WUXGA DLP® 3D LED projectors in a 5 wide by 4 high node grid configuration with double-stacked projectors in each node onto a new ultra high fidelity glass Stewart Filmscreen, and includes Christie AutoCal™ automated blending and alignment for the highest performance 3D content at up to true 120Hz and Christie ArrayLoc™ for continuous color and brightness matching. The technologies combined create seamless, integrated visualization to meet the multi-faceted needs of the laboratory.

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) develops and applies science and technology to ensure the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear deterrent. It works to reduce global threats and solve other emerging national security and energy challenges. Located within the Strategic Computing Complex, the new Powerwall Theater is part of the Data Visualization Corridor that also includes a five-sided La Cueva Grande Immersive Laboratory, as well as desktop visualization and collaborator capabilities. The Powerwall Theater is used to display 3D video content and PowerPoint presentations, as well as interactive data exploration and collaboration among LANL scientists and engineers, outside visitors and funders, stakeholders, and visiting scientists from across the U.S.

The Powerwall in action at Los Alamos National Laboratory

A Picture is Worth [More Than] A Thousand Words
Content is streamed to the Powerwall Theater through a large integrated infrastructure, which is hooked up to various file and visualization systems and computers, allowing users to easily switch between 3D stereoscopic video and high-resolution 2D data.

According to Laura Monroe, ASC Production Visualization Leader, HPC-5 Special Projects Team Leader, the PWT has provided the lab with a vital resource for displaying and interpreting data.

“Visualization allows for complex ideas to come to life in a way they wouldn’t on paper,” Monroe explained. “At times, we are doing simulations of physical data and certain dynamics —seeing it visualized in high-resolution, at a high frame rate (HFR) – and 3D can really help understand things faster. With new and advanced technology ever evolving, I would say a picture is worth much more than a thousand words now.”

“As an institution dealing with U.S national security as well as issues of national and global significance, LANL has an absolute need for premiere, top-of-the-line technology and equipment,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president of Visual Environments at Christie. “Visualization plays an incredibly important role in exploring and synthesizing data and information, not only among scientists within the lab, but also among external companies, visitors, and researchers coming in to view a presentation or collaborate on new ideas. We are pleased that our Christie Mirage WU-L LED WUXGA projectors were selected to deliver the visually stunning 2D and 3D images needed for this high-profile environment.”

Staying at the Forefront of Visualization with Christie
Before its new upgrade, the theater employed an earlier generation of 24 Christie Mirage Series projectors powering 24 separate screens. When it came time to bring the visualization theater up to speed, Christie was again selected to deliver a new and improved state-of-the-art solution. By using 40 double-stacked Christie Mirage WU-L WUXGA projectors for increased brightness, the new theater will now feature the latest advancements in seamless visualization technology. Four Christie Spyder X20 image processors were also chosen for the solution, providing enhanced integration with 20 megapixel video processing, matrix switching, and integrated source monitoring.

A key factor for the upgrade was ensuring a seamless, smooth appearance to the wall. Three vertical glass screens are replacing the 24 individual ones, while blending of the projection images, perfected with built-in auto-calibration and color balance capabilities, will ensure flawless image quality. With the new solution, everything is aligned with more accuracy and in less time.

Among the other criteria for the new design were versatility, ease of maintenance, color reproduction, sharpness and contrast, and 3D stereoscopic support. Christie Mirage WU-L projectors easily met these needs. They offer high resolution, high pixel density, high reliability, and continuous system calibration for a cost-effective 2D/3D capable, flexible visualization solution. The Christie Mirage WU-L also leaves a small energy footprint, with LED illumination that ensures precise, life-like vibrant colors, low cost of ownership and low maintenance.

Monroe added: “The Los Alamos National Laboratory has a very long history of using computer visualization to understand extremely large and complex systems. This is why we want to invest in very advanced visualization technology — we need to stay at the forefront of visualization technology to understand our large datasets.”

New BenQ MX661 Projector Simplifies Wireless Presentations for BYOD Applications

Now Shipping, Corporate Projector Introduces Latest QPresenter App for Handheld Device Sharing

IRVINE, Calif. — June 23, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations and global DLP(R) projector leader, today announced the availability of its new MX661 projector. Designed for corporate applications, the device features 3,000 lumens of brightness, a 13000:1 contrast ratio, and energy-saving technology to lower the projector’s total cost of ownership (TCO). Delivering an amazing one billion stunning colors, the MX661 offers Colorific(TM) image quality for accurate, crisp, and long-lasting color. With the MX661, BenQ is also introducing its latest version of QPresenter — the wireless software app that lets presenters and participants share files directly from their handheld devices. more

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