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Digital Projection announces huge support and service partnership in Western U.S.

Atlanta, Georgia – 3/1/2013 – Digital Projection International (DPI), an Emmy® Award-winning manufacturer of high-performance projection systems, announces another major expansion of its customer sales and support network. Effective immediately, Anew Communications Technology, Inc. (Anew C.T.) will work on behalf of DPI’s headquarters, clients, end-users and industry partners across the Western U.S. This news follows DPI’s January 2013 announcement of their recent manufacturer’s rep expansion across the Central and Eastern regions of the country. DPI’s rep firms are an integral part of the robust line of communication that exists between each DPI customer and the U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

Anew Communications Technology, Inc. (Anew C.T.)
Anew C.T. is a sales and marketing manufacturer representative firm concentrating on the Commercial Audio Visual Market and Digital Signage applications. Founded in 1999, Anew has represented numerous high-profile AV manufacturers throughout their history. Anew C.T. will help with the sales and training of dealers and integrators in the western US, as well as help expand DPI’s resonance in that region. Anew C.T. will cover the following states: CA, AZ, NM, CO, WY, MT, WA, OR, ID, NV, UT, HI. Anew C.T. has numerous offices throughout the west, and contact information can be found by clicking here.

Chuck Collins, VP of sales for DPI, remarked, “Anew has an excellent reputation in their region, and we couldn’t be happier about confirming the relationship. Between the factory sales and support teams already present in the Western U.S. and the addition of Anew’s multi-faceted team, DPI’s commercial customers in the west are in very capable hands.”

 

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For further information and story photography, please contact:

Michael Bridwell, Director of Marketing
Digital Projection Inc.
T: (770) 420-1350
E: mbridwell@digitalprojection.com

About Digital Projection International

Founded in 1989, Digital Projection International (Digital Projection) has been instrumental in the development and application of Digital Light Processing™ technology by Texas Instruments for projection systems. Digital Projection International introduced the world’s first 3-chip DLP® projector in 1997, and has since delivered expert system engineering and world-class customer services, thus maintaining its position as a digital imaging pioneer.

Digital Projection International’s groundbreaking projection research and development has garnered the admiration of industry professionals around the world. This has earned the company many awards, including two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Digital Projection remains the first and only projector manufacturer to win the coveted award.

Today, Digital Projection International manufactures and distributes an extensive line of ultra high-performance 3-chip and single-chip DLP® projection systems. These projectors are the reference standard for demanding applications such as large-venue, live-event staging, fortune 5000, education, medical and scientific research, command and control, digital cinema, commercial entertainment, worship and elite home cinema.

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Casio Revolutionizes Storefront Advertising With New Digital Signage Business at DSE 2013

CASIO REVOLUTIONIZES STOREFRONT ADVERTISING WITH NEW DIGITAL SIGNAGE
BUSINESS AT DSE 2013

Casio Signage Drives Business and
Offers Infinite Applications

 

LAS VEGAS, NV (FEBRUARY 27, 2013) — Coming off the cusp of a successful Consumer Electronics Show, Casio America, Inc. is pleased to showcase its new digital signage business with its ground-breaking approach to storefront advertising at the Digital Signage Expo. As the hero application of Casio’s new digital signage business, Casio Signage takes a revolutionary new approach by leveraging optimum advertising tools and cloud services to attract new customers and increase repeat business. Casio Signage will be exhibited in Casio’s booth (#147) at the Digital Signage Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center, February 27-28, 2013.

“Storefront advertising must be attractive, interesting and versatile in order to entice consumers to enter an establishment,” said Shigenori Itoh, Chairman and CEO of Casio America, Inc. “Casio Signage offers retailers and business owners a unique way to make consumers feel welcome, while delivering relevant content in a personal manner. We have no doubt that Casio Signage will
set a new standard for storefront advertising and change the industry as a whole.”

Casio Signage is a cutting-edge storefront advertising tool with the ability to captivate passers-by with a realistic-looking character that talks to them. Using a custom designed screen shaped like a character, content is created to match the characteristics needed to bring people into a store. The character’s appearance and voice can be easily changed to keep customers from losing interest and increase store traffic. Casio Signage is compact and requires no installation work, making it easy to place nearly anywhere. It also offers multilingual support or multifunctional options creating a fully customizable system with content that is most relevant for the customer base.

Together with innovative cloud services such as the distribution of digital coupons, stores with Casio Signage will enjoy an edge
over the competition.

Main Features of Casio Signage

  • Realistic images help captivate passers-by and attract new customers – The screen itself is shaped like a character or person, and speaks to visitors to get their attention and invite them in.

 

  • Content is easily updated to increase store traffic  – Retailers simply provide Casio with a still image and text. Casio then animates the image and adds the voice. No video production is required for stores. This process makes it easy to edit the animation for future use.

 

  • Compact size that can fit almost anywhere – It features a small 18” x 21.10” footprint. No installation work is required.

 

  • Multilingual support – Available languages include English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and more. Customers can select the language they want to hear.

 

  • Cloud services are available for unique retail promotions – Casio can provide cloud services such as digital coupons for customers with smartphones.

 

  • Long-lasting light source – The originally developed Laser-LED Hybrid Light Source by Casio delivers approximately 20,000 hours of life.

 

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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, digital cameras, 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.

CASIO SHOWCASES UNIQUE SIGNAGE SOLUTIONS AT DSE 2013

CASIO SHOWCASES UNIQUE SIGNAGE SOLUTIONS AT DSE 2013 

Projector Stacking System and YA-S10 Converter System Offer Innovative Technology
with An Overall Lower Cost of Ownership

LAS VEGAS, NV (FEBRUARY 27, 2013) — Casio America Inc. , a leader in the digital projection industry, is proud to introduce two new systems ideal for a variety of digital signage applications – the Projector Stacking System and the YA-S10 Converter System. Featuring Casio’s LampFree™ LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source, the Projector Stacking System is available in two different models, the XJ SK650 and the XJ-SK600. The YA-S10 Converter System features cutting edge technology that allows a single projector to display images on curved surfaces. Both systems will be exhibited in Casio’s booth (#147) at the Digital Signage Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center, February 27-28, 2013.

“As a leading provider of digital projection technology, we are constantly developing new applications that address the changing needs of the digital projection/signage industry,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division. “We are confident that our new Projector Stacking System and YA-S10 Converter System will increase efficiency and streamline costs for retailers and business owners alike, further raising industry standards and solidifying Casio’s presence as an industry leader.”

The Projector Stacking System, designed with two Casio projectors stacked on top of one another, projects two sharp, high-quality images, which the YA-S10 Converter System control box then merges into one screen. It is available in two different models; the XJ-SK650 and the XJ-SK600. The XJ-SK650 features double stacked Pro Series XJ-H2600 projectors and provides users with up to 6,500 lumens, while the XJ-SK600 features double stacked Signature Series XJ-M250 projectors and provides up to 6,000 lumens. Both of these models provide roughly twice the lumen output provided by a single projector.

The Projector Stacking System includes two (2) projectors, ceiling mount housing and the YA-S10 Converter System control box, which corrects and merges screen images. The system features high-precision correction and an interface that allows easy modifications using a remote control. The YA-S10 Converter System control box focuses on image alignment with each of the projectors in the Stacking System. When the YA-S10 Converter System correction box is connected, both projectors can also project high brightness images at any angle making the Projector Stacking System ideal for digital signage, sports bars, house of worship and many large venue applications.

When used separately Casio’s YA-S10 Converter System enables users to project images onto curved pillars, round areas, flat surfaces or any unique shape. The system is set up to adjust any image misalignment or distortion without the need for additional hardware. Using the YA-S10 Converter System with any Casio LampFree™ projector, images can be corrected for curved surfaces using free-form surface compensation with a lattice of up to 81 grid points for adjustments.

Both the Projector Stacking System and Convex System are powered by Casio’s state-of-the-art LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source, which provides Lamp-Free, eco-friendly data projection at a percentage 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. Since there is only minimal loss of brightness even during long-term use, it is ideal for those heavy-duty applications involving frequent use of projection such as retail stores, grocery stores, restaurants, offices and other environments. With an estimated life span of 20,000 hours, both systems ensure low
maintenance and streamlined costs.

Casio’s new Projector Stacking System and YA-S10 Converter System are currently available for purchase. For additional information regarding Casio LampFree™ projectors, please visit www.casioprojector.com.

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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, digital cameras, 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.

BenQ Introduces High-Brightness Projector With Native 1080p Resolution

New SH940 Brings More Brightness, Simple Operation, and Lower Total Cost of Ownership for Large Venue Applications

IRVINE, Calif. — Feb. 28, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations and global DLP(R) projector leader, today introduced the SH940, its latest high-brightness, large-venue projector. With native full HD 1080p resolution, the device offers flexible installation features, Hollywood Quality Video (HQV), and is specifically designed to bring exciting A/V experiences to large spaces at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO). more

Christie Projection Mapping Display Transforms Canada’s Parliament Hill Centre Block into Virtual Storybook

For the fourth consecutive summer Christie® 3-chip DLP® projectors will be lighting up Ottawa’s famed Parliament Hill with a rich and engaging display that attracts more than 250,000 visitors annually . The gripping narrative of Canadian history via the National Capital Commission’s sound and light show, “Mosaika – Canada Through the Eyes of Its People” begins July 10 and ends September 7 this year.

Accompanied by lights, a 5.1 surround system, and audio track produced by Groupe Phaneauf, the four Christie Roadster S+20K and five Christie Roadster HD18K projectors paint a video canvas onto the 472-feet long by 246-feet tall, six story high Parliament Building Centre Block including the iconic Peace Tower in the middle. One portion features a dramatic 3D segment where the entire structure appears to move in and out in 3D space.

A Journey in Three Acts
Act One explores Canadian landscapes and our founding peoples. The journey begins at Canada’s beautiful west coast, then soars eastward, over the Rocky Mountains, through the foothills and prairies, across the Great Lakes, down the St. Lawrence River, into the Atlantic Ocean, and then northeast to modern-day Newfoundland and Labrador. From here, the audience is taken north, passing ice floes and polar bears, into Canada’s Arctic region, where the aurora borealis dances in the velvety night sky. Along the way, the audience discovers the gorgeous mosaic of natural landscapes, flora and fauna that make up Canada’s diverse natural world.

Canada’s founding peoples are also introduced in Act One, and the storyline carries the audience beyond Canada’s Confederation in 1867. ‘Mosaika’ presents how multitudes of people, ideas and voices have combined in a great discussion to create this country.

Act Two presents Canadian achievements. It begins with the railroad — the great iron link that tied the country together and encouraged westward expansion and settlement. Other achievements are explored, in war and in peace, social achievements that helped to create Canada’s rights and freedoms, as well as Canadian achievements in the arts and culture. Great Canadians are encountered, including Agnes Macphail, Tommy Douglas, Terry Fox and many others.

Act Three is a discussion of Canadian values. In the third act of ‘Mosaika,’ Canadians from across the country are seen and heard, discussing what is important to them, what it means to be Canadian, and their hopes for the future. Their encouraging and inspirational words drive ‘Mosaika’ toward its emotional climax.

From History to Projection Mapping Reality with Christie Reliability
Jean-Marc Beauvalet, manager, technical services, National Capital Commission (NCC), said the NCC used two Christie projectors for the predecessor of the current show; however, ‘Mosaika’ was one of its first forays into multi-projector use and projection mapping.

“Because of our experience with them, we were fully confident using the Christie projectors for ‘Mosaika,’” said Beauvalet. “Christie has played an important role in helping us achieve our goals with this presentation – to reflect what Canada and its history are all about.”

“We had used Christie projectors before and were fully confident of their performance – and, as the projectors play such a crucial role, that made everything else easier to deal with. After Moment Factory – the show designer – did a full pixel mapping of the buildings, our biggest challenge was how to repeat the placement of these projectors to ensure a perfect performance every night. The solution they came up with for the projectors that stayed on the hill was to have the projectors on hydraulic lifts with repeatable heights; they have a sensor that stops them at 120 inches so every performance is exact.”

Not only the production itself but also the public and media reaction impresses the NCC.

“The projection mapping creates something magical that people aren’t expecting – they don’t expect to see their Parliament Building transformed into such beautiful colors and delightful imagery. People say, ‘this is incredible. I never thought I would see anything like this in my life.’ It’s an honor to see visitors and Canadians with smiling faces telling us how wonderful the show experience was,” Beauvalet concluded. “With the help of Christie, we have achieved our goal with this presentation – to instill a strong feeling of pride in our country and our capital with a one-of-a-kind free nightly show. I can say that Christie and its technology are extremely reliable. They deliver exactly what they say they will.”

“‘Mosaika’ is an extraordinary accomplishment that presents the history of Canada in a way that is entertaining, educational, and visually compelling,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing, Christie. “We are very proud the National Capital Commission selected Christie projectors to be part of this exceptionally innovative and memorable event.”

Fox Theatres in Pennsylvania Goes Digital with Christie Projectors

Christie® is helping the Fox Berkshire theatre, Reading, Pa., enter the modern age of digital cinema, following the complete upgrades of its eight screens exclusively with Christie Solaria® Series projectors. Formerly the Wyomissing 8, the facility recently celebrated its return to the Fox Theatres family after being under different management since 1996.

The movie house’s integrator and one of Christie’s preferred partners, Entertainment Supply & Technology (ES&T), selected Christie’s Managed Services team to install eight DCI-compliant Christie projectors, including two Christie CP2230s, one Christie CP2220, and five Christie CP2210s. As part of the agreement, Christie’s Managed Services team, in addition to projection, provided an integrated hardware package comprised of sound, networking and theatre management systems and will continue to provide onsite technical field services and 24/7 remote monitoring and telephone support through its Network Operations Center.

Donald Fox, President of Fox Theatres, has been pleased with the progress. “ES&T was instrumental in readying the facility for the conversion, and in the timely delivery and installation of all the equipment,” he said. “Working with Christie’s Managed Services team, they had Fox Berkshire up and running in time to show all the holiday blockbusters. Christie projectors wowed our audiences with the exceptional clarity, brilliant colors, and sharpness of the images. They were a hit right from the start.”

“Fox Theatres has a long history of entertaining the local community, ensuring that movie-goers get the best possible cinematic experience,” noted Sean James, vice president, Managed Services, Christie. “ES&T and Christie have always been strong supporters of independent chains like Fox Theatres, which are vital to the economic health of the communities they serve.”

Christie projectors will also feature strongly in the future of Fox Berkshire, according to ES&T, which said it looks forward to installing them at four new screens scheduled to go up in 2013. These include a large-format theater with a giant screen, which will be added to the complex during the second phase of renovations. Total revitalization plans include adding Dolby® Surround 7.1 in all the auditoriums, renovating the lobby, entrance, restrooms, concession stand, and signage, as well as installing new seating in existing rooms.

According to Bruce Schneiter, vice president of technical services, ES&T, the smooth installation of Christie projectors was a reflection of the experience and professionalism of ES&T. “We are a strong advocate of performing thorough field checks and site surveys at the client’s location prior to the delivery of the equipment, ensuring a perfect match of components, fast and efficient installation, and minimum downtime.

“ES&T is committed to helping exhibitors realize their vision of designing modern facilities that reflect the latest innovations in lobby and auditorium design, as well as digital entertainment,” Schneiter continued. “Our association with Christie has always been strong, built upon our mutual commitment to providing our customers with the highest quality products and technical support.”

Added Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions for Christie: “We are very pleased that Christie projectors were selected to bring the movie-viewing experience to the next level of entertainment for the people of Wyomissing, with cutting-edge technology that includes High Frame Rate (HFR) and 3D digital cinema capabilities. We look forward to continuing our excellent relationship with ES&T to help exhibitors across the country make the move to digital.”

Christie Brings Element of Innovation to DSE 2013 with Custom Digital Signage Solutions, Interactivity Kit and Debut of All-Weather Outdoor Panel

Whatever the weather, Christie®, a global visual technology company, will be at Digital Signage Expo 2013 with innovative products and services designed to meet the digital signage needs of today’s customers. As a complete digital signage solutions company, Christie will debut its new Christie® WeatherAll Series of outdoor flat panels and showcase Christie® MicroTiles®, with Christie Interactivity Kit, and new bundling options for professional services and customized digital signage solutions through Christie’s Managed Services team.

Among the products at Christie Booth #1242:

Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W LCD Outdoor Flat Panel


Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W LCD Outdoor Flat Panel
The new Christie WeatherAll Series of LCD outdoor flat panels made its world debut at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show on January 29, setting the standard for outdoor LED edge-lit LCD technology. They are now ready to conquer the elements at DSE 2013 with the introduction of the first product in the WeatherAll series – the 55-inch Christie FHD551-W LCD display, engineered to withstand the harsh elements that normal flat panels cannot. Rugged and versatile, the IP56/NEMA 4-rated Christie FHD551-W LCD display is a professional grade full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) solution designed to perform in a wide range of applications, including outdoor sporting venues, outdoor live events, architectural applications, entertainment parks, public displays, the hospitality and resort industry, transportation services, as well numerous other outdoor environments not typically applicable with standard LCD panels. The new Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W LCD outdoor panel will also be on display at DSE’s New Product Pavilion.

Christie MicroTiles with Christie Interactivity Kit


Christie MicroTiles Wall with Christie Interactivity Kit
Booth visitors can paint on a graffiti wall or play a carnival game on a Christie MicroTiles wall, equipped with a Christie Interactivity Kit. Powered by Baanto™ ShadowSense™, the Christie Interactivity Kit is a complete solution for adding multi-touch interactivity to any rectangular digital display. Modular and scalable for the utmost in flexibility, the Christie Interactivity Kit can be configured into 84 different sizes. It can accommodate practically any large format display up to 21.4 feet wide and 6 feet high, and is also the perfect interactive solution for Christie® MicroTiles®, for arrays measuring up to 16-units wide by 6-units tall. The easy-to-use, field-installable kits are designed in pieces that simply attach around the display wall perimeter and plug into a computer USB port without the need for drivers. It offers excellent performance with high touch accuracy and fast response times that support up to 18 touches on a large-format display.

Fashion Kiosk with 46” LCD Interactive Flat Panel
With interactivity in fashion in the digital signage world, fashion comes to the world of interactivity with a 4 by 1 array of 46 inch LCD flat panels featuring Gucci content powered by OOOii. The display features OOOii real time servers driving a scalable immersive experience, using a Kinect sensor to allow customers to interact with the content by pausing the display at will and switching the fashion models on the screen. It is an example of the innovative digital signage solutions offered by Christie’s Managed Services team, whose customized digital signage solutions are found worldwide, from the runway of New York Fashion Week and the aisles of Fresh® cosmetics flagship stores. Managed Services delivers solutions that are integrated, technology agnostic and fully customizable. Christie’s Managed Services works with national dealers and network partners to help customers design, build, deploy and support digital display networks specific to their needs, budget and timeline.

Christie, Barneys New York, and Disney Partnership
Parisian haute couture came to life in brilliant colors while multiple configurations of 425 Christie® MicroTiles® lit up the windows of the Barneys New York flagship store during the 2012 holiday season. A partnership between The Walt Disney Company, Barneys New York and Christie, the story of this unique collaboration is told in an eight-minute video presented on a 6 by 4 Christie MicroTiles wall. The video features interviews with spokespeople from Disney and Barneys New York, as well as Christie’s Vice President of Managed Services, Sean James. Christie’s Managed Services team collaborated on technical consultation of the installation, from concept finalization, to pre-staging, to on-site set-up, expanding on its long historical partnership with The Walt Disney Company.

Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panel with Corning® Gorilla® Glass
The Christie FHD551-X 55 inch HD LCD flat panel with damage-resistant, optically bonded Corning® Gorilla® Glass will be previewed at DSE. Corning’s thin, lightweight glass solution retains the LCD flat panel’s sleek, narrow-bezel design that empowers a wide variety of tiled video-wall applications. Minimal seams, as small as 5.9mm, permit each panel to offer high-pixel density paired with the high optical clarity of direct bonded Gorilla Glass to optimize full HD resolution and capture the absolute viewing experience. Corning Gorilla Glass helps enable better touch-sensitivity so it is ideal for touch screen interactive technology, including Christie Interactivity Kit, and its damage-resistant properties help to maintain its beauty over time. The FHD551-X LCD flat panel uses less than one watt of power in standby mode and offers an exceptionally low total cost of ownership, with reliable performance.

Engaging Speakers on the tradeshow floor
Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie, will speak on the topic, “Engaging Your Audience with Large Interactive Media Walls,” on February 28, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m., at the DSE 2013 Interactive Technology Theater (end of aisles 400 & 500). The workshop introduces the concept of large interactive media walls and their application in digital signage. It outlines the technology options for creating a large interactive media wall and their pros and cons – all illustrated with real-world case studies on how to engage audiences.

David Guthrie, director, business development, Managed Services, at Christie, will offer a workshop on, “Designing, Deploying and Sustaining a Digital Signage Network,” on February 28, 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., in the Digital Signage Workshop Theater (near front aisle 100). He will discuss things to consider at every stage of a rollout from setting goals, to design and display selection, pre-staging, integration, deployment and support for displays.

DSE 2013 Apex and Content Awards
Having walked away with numerous awards last year, Christie and partners are once again finalists in the DSE Apex and Content Awards. For this year’s awards, to be announced on February 27, Christie keeps it “in the family,” with a nomination for the Christie West Wing in the “Business Industry & Government” category.

Christie Products Around the DSE Show Floor
Christie products can also be found at partner booths throughout DSE, including Scala, Booth #922, with a configuration of 35 Christie MicroTiles to welcome visitors. Corning Inc., at Booth #650,will display a 2 by 1 array of Christie FHD551-X 55 inch LCD flat panels with Corning® Gorilla® Glass, and content highlighting the visual and physical benefits of this combination of technologies, and rp Visual Solutions, at Booth #1338, will display a 2 by 2 configuration of Christie MicroTiles as well as a block mount custom designed for this product, which allows for up to 8 MicroTiles to be cantilevered out to either side. And Arsenal Media at Booth #739 will feature its ‘Fountain of Content’ concept structure using 47 Christie MicroTiles, Christie FHD551-X 55 inch LCD flat panels and a Christie projector.

BARTKRESA Design deploys WATCHOUT for projection mapping at Universal Studios Japan®

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Ethereal angels and operatic singing supported with projection mapping, lighting, special effects to wow audiences, transporting them to a winter wonderland!

The system uses none other than Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software to manage images in a complex and stunning production that combines performances from a 60-strong cast of actors and opera singers with lighting and special effects, on a building façade and stage measuring 250 ft wide and 70 ft tall.

“Christmas time is a family time, we’ve been brought in to create stunning visuals that immerse and transport viewers on a Christmas journey,” explains Bart Kresa, Projection Designer at BARTKRESA Design. “In the design process, we created the sketches, paintings, 3d designs and animations managed using WATCHOUT. We produced the whole thing working with the Universal Studios Japan Show Director on creative elements and the Universal Studios Japan Producer on technical requirements.”

Twelve playback and four production WATCHOUT servers managed the content which was displayed with 31projectors including the Christie Roadster S+20K and Christie Roadster HD18K1080 HD DLP® models supplied by Corporate Image Associates, Inc, Images areprojected onto a stage and the main building façade, creating a magnificentbackdrop for the show.

“WATCHOUT works in sync with the show using a time code that syncs lighting, sound, projection and smokemachines. We use masking, perspective control and have done some layering ofanimations such as snow over background animations.”

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director at Dataton says: “Once again, the skill, creativity and expertise of Bart Kresa is teamed with WATCHOUT to create a dramatic, celestial, show which I’m proud to see has wowed audiences at Universal Studios Japan from both Japan and abroad.”

The Gift of Angels II, The Song of an Angel 2012 commenced on 13 November 2012 and concluded on 7 January 2013.Universal Studios Japan® located in Osaka is one of the four Universal Studios theme parks in the world. As part of its Universal Wonder Christmas 2012 initiative, Universal Studios Japan put on a Christmas Spectacular, “The Song of an Angel 2012.” Internationally renowned projection design studio, BARTKRESA Design designed created the multimedia content, engineered and deployed allprojection mapping and equipment. The event included spectacular New Year celebrations on 31 December 2012 in front of thousands.

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Modern museum techniques: projectiondesign® helps visitors better comprehend the stories of First World War

The newly opened In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium interprets the stories of the First World War as seen in the Flanders region using modern museum techniques and multimedia for visitors of today and tomorrow. projectiondesign® F22, F32 and F35 wqxga projectors and WB processors were provided by specialist museums system integrator, Ocular BVBA for use in the Belle Epoque, First Battle, Ypres Salient and Third Battle exhibit areas with the aim of stimulating a more in-depth look at how museum visitors deal with war and peace.

A video of the project can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOax1CpVt-o

On entering the museum, a Poppy Bracelet is given to all visitors. As visitors move around the beautifully restored medieval cloth-hall building in the city’s main square, a micro-chip inside their ‘Poppy’, a globally recognised symbol of the First World War, provides them with video projections, interactive touchscreens and soundscapes used to re-create the pain and tragedy of the War.

The museum has always focused on the stories of individuals within the larger picture of the Great War. These personal stories are told through many and varied objects on display, interactive installations and life-like characters.

Piet Chielens, Coordinator In Flanders Fields Museum, explains: “To really embrace the whole public with the impact of landscape then I think the best way of doing it is with projection. That is what we’ve done here. People are really thrilled with the experience and that is largely due to the techniques we’ve chosen to present it.”

Nicolas Vanden Avenne, Managing Director at Ocular BVBA explains: “Every projection surface in this museum is either curved or has a rather unusual shape for projection, which made this a technical challenge. Along with projection, we use the blend and warp functionality of the WB processors throughout the museum.”

As visitors enter the museum, they walk through the Belle Epoque exhibit, which highlights the period of time leading up until the war. In this area two F32 projectors are used to project footage on to a curved structure that looks like a forest of wood panels.

In the First Battle exhibit, an F35 wqxga projector is used to project from the ceiling onto a 3D scale model map of the battlefields from the North Sea to the front line. Viewers can watch the deployment of allied troops in the city of Ypres and the first battle from an eagle’s point of view.

Ypres Saliant uses three projectiondesign F22 projectors and WB1920 processors onto a 170-degree curved screen to observe the progress of the war as if travelling in a balloon high in the sky. Footage includes a view over buildings and deployment of troops around Ypres. The content is a combination of historical footage and custom made film.
Perhaps the most harrowing exhibit the Third battle, uses four F22 projectors onto a curved screen and ceiling to provide symbolic visuals with narration by nurses, doctors, soldiers, priests about one of the bloodiest battles in the First World War.

“To achieve the exhibit areas, Vanden Avenne says, we had to look for a partner that could do the engineering of our projections and cooperate with us during the building of the museum. We turned to projectiondesign because of their high-performance projectors for each exhibit area and choice of lenses.”

“As the museum is open ten hours a day, we wanted to have reliability, longevity with no image degradation. projectiondesign guaranteed that their projectors would remain consistent during heavy use,” adds Vanden Avenne.

Anders Løkke, Marketing Director says: “We are consistently impressed with the integrated approach that Ocular has taken. The exhibit areas are pushing the boundaries of how projection can be used to engage, inform and tell the story of the First World War. The added touch is that visitors to In Flanders Fields Museum can take their poppy home to remember the video projections and the stories of the First World War.”

And the last word goes to Vanden Avenne who says: “Working for clients such as the In Flanders Fields Museum is a richly rewarding learning experience. Ocular loves creating experiences and will continue to bring people’s stories to life for academic and cultural institutions for a long time to come.”

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projectiondesign is a Norwegian company that designs, manufactures and markets a range of high- performance projectors and supporting systems for professional, business and consumer applications. Among its core markets are high-resolution scientific visualization, visual training and simulation, medical imaging, broadcast and post production, public media and entertainment. Numerous industry milestones that distinguish projectiondesign’s award winning, innovative technology include the introduction of the world’s first single-chip SXGA DLP projector in 2002, the first commercially available 1080p DLP projector in 2006, the first WUXGA resolution DLP projector, and the first portable and high-resolution active 3D stereoscopic projector in 2008. In 2009, projectiondesign introduced its first 3-chip projector and debuted LED illumination. 2010 signified the company’s first image warp and blend product with the Multi Image Processors, as well as the world premiere of the WQXGA resolution (2,560 x 1,600) projector, and revolutionary patented Remote Light Source technology. The entire professional product range is warranted for 24/7 usage. projectiondesign is located in Fredrikstad, Norway, with representatives in more than 17 offices throughout the world and is majority owned by Barco, a global leader in digital visualization.

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