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Christie Brings Its House of Worship Visual Display Solutions to Life at WFX 2014

Christie® is bringing its visual display solutions to life at the Worship Facilities Conference and Expo (WFX) 2014, which takes place October 1-2 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. The Christie booth features the new Christie GS Series laser phosphor projectors, Christie Q Series and Christie M Series projectors, a Christie FHD651-T touch panel, and a Christie® MicroTiles® display. The Christie Spyder X20 video processor will manage all content.

Christie DWX555-GS Series of Laser Phosphor Projectors

Christie DWX555-GS Series of Laser Phosphor Projectors

A Christie display solution for every need
Making its WFX debut is the Christie DHD555-GS. Part of the 1-chip DLP® Christie GS Series, the DHD555-GS eliminates the need for lamp and filter replacements, providing 20,000 hours of low-cost operation. It features wireless connectivity and a suite of optional lenses for greater installation flexibility. Christie GS Series provides clean, radiant images with up to 5400 ANSI lumens with Picture-in-Picture functionality, making it ideal for houses of worship. Easy to install, the Christie DHD555-GS includes display port, HDMI, DVI and HDBaseT connectivity.

The booth also features the Christie DHD951-Q. Part of the Christie Q Series, the 1-chip DLP® projector is usable in either single or dual-lamp mode, and equipped with eClarity™ – advanced image processing that enhances images by providing greater control over image sharpness, gloss and shading. Moreover, with Q Series’ built-in High Dynamic Contrast Range (HDCR), image ‘washout’ in high ambient light conditions is eliminated.

Two blended Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors will display content on a wide aspect ratio curved screen using the Christie Spyder X20. Combining unparalleled image quality and low cost of ownership, Christie M Series provides incomparable results in houses of worship. Available with WXGA, SX+, HD and WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution and providing up to 10,000:1 contrast ratio, the industry-leading Christie M Series is equipped with Christie Twist™, which enables edge blending and warping for smooth, clean images from multiple projectors.

The LED edge-lit Christie FHD651-T will be showcased at WFX. Featuring a 2.7-inch deep profile, the elegantly designed LCD flat panel has the reliability and image quality needed for houses of worship where it will complement any décor. Delivering, bright, brilliant images, the congregation’s message will be visible every seat without interruption.

Featuring up to four simultaneous touches, the Christie FHD651-T has high-accuracy infrared touch technology with superior touchscreen performance in a fully integrated package.

The Christie booth will also display the multiple award-winning Christie MicroTiles in a 1 by 5 array. Christie MicroTiles deliver clean, saturated, precise colors on a nearly seamless digital canvas. Their unique modular design allows them to be configured into any shape or size, creating the perfect blend of architecture and technology.

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STEWART FILMSCREEN ELEVATES RESIDENTIAL THEATER TO COMMERCIAL DIGITAL CINEMA LEVEL WITH “THE 4K+ ULTRA HD EXPERIENCE THEATER” DEMONSTRATION AT CEDIA EXPO 2014

Stewart and Quantum Media Systems partner to provide 4K Ultra HD private theater packages that include advanced Digital Cinema projectors, uncompressed native 4K content, and highly specialized Stewart four-way masking screens

TORRANCE, CA and DENVER, CO – CEDIA BOOTH #136 – SEPTEMBER 10, 2014– Stewart Filmscreen Corp., the leading international manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings for residential and commercial applications—and the only manufacturer in the category that has been producing 4K+ products since 1947—is thrilled to bring CEDIA Expo attendees some of the best and most immersive visual experiences on the show floor. In collaboration with Quantum Media Systems, Stewart Filmscreen will present “The 4K+ Ultra HD Experience Theater” in booth #136 at the Colorado Convention Center September 11-13, in Denver, Colo.

Quantum Media Systems specializes in creating 4K private theater systems that go beyond typical home theater setups. Exclusively featuring Stewart Filmscreen projection screens, Quantum Media Systems Digital Cinema packages also include commercial-grade Digital Cinema projectors, proprietary Quantum Media Systems servers, and native and uncompressed 4K content for both first-run and home video releases, plus more. The 20’x24’x14’ 4K+ Ultra HD Experience Theater in Stewart Filmscreen’s booth at CEDIA Expo will feature an integrated Quantum Media Digital Cinema system that includes:

·  A 15-foot wide 1.78:1 Stewart Filmscreen Director’s Choice screen.

·  4K Commercial-grade Digital Cinema projectors.

·  Multiple servers running a wide variety of specialized uncompressed native 4K content utilizing the motion picture standard, JPEG 2000 codec.

“The video quality we are achieving in this space is so incredible, we hesitate to even call it ‘home theater’, which could be something as simple as a TV and a pair of speakers. These systems deserve the moniker private theater, because they have the same quality you’d find in a commercial 4K Digital Cinema, in a residential environment,” says Ken Hoffman, CEO of Quantum Media Systems. “Best yet, these systems are available to integrators right now.”

Quantum Media Systems uses standards practiced in commercial Digital Cinemas to deliver the 4K viewing experience, including 10-12 bit DCI P3 color space, DCP delivery (the method for delivering first-run Digital Cinema movies to commercial theaters), high dynamic range, JPEG 2000 encoding, and more. Stewart Filmscreen is used exclusively for these applications as the screens provide superior resolution and pixel density.

“We selected Stewart for Quantum Media Systems Digital Cinema packages because Stewart Filmscreen is not only a household name, it has a rich legacy of manufacturing 4K screen solutions that goes all the back to 1947. Because Stewart works closely with the Hollywood community, the company uniquely understands the complex technologies involved in our offering and delivers best-in-class screens that are ideally suited to the next-level residential theaters dealers are creating,” furthered Hoffman.

Those interested in experiencing, delivering, and learning more about the best possible visual experience are encouraged to connect with the Stewart Filmscreen team, Ken Hoffman, CEO of Quantum Media Systems, or Cesar Guererro, Director of Technology, while visiting the Stewart Filmscreen 4K+ Ultra HD Experience Center at CEDIA Expo in booth #136.

For more on Stewart’s legendary screens and technology, visit www.stewartfilmscreen.com, e-mail request@stewartfilmscreen.com, call(800) 762-4999, or follow @StewartFilm. For more on Quantum Media Systems, visit www.quantummediasystems.com or call (949) 240-4996. Please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications at Katye@kmbcomm.com or (406) 446-1283 for any Stewart Filmscreen media-related inquiries or to schedule a media tour.

About Stewart Filmscreen
Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen has been the consistent choice of discerning clientele around the world for more than 65 years. An Academy Award-winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, aesthetic-conscious architects, consultants, systems designers, and property owners rely on Stewart Filmscreen for the perfect combination of superior quality, flexible design, and dedicated support, and we consistently deliver. Providing the most immersive experience in the industry, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet nearly every need. Proprietary material science and innovative manufacturing methods allow Stewart to produce some of the most optically immaculate screens in the world, ultimately delivering a visual entertainment experience that’s unrivaled in the marketplace. Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. www.stewartfilmscreen.com | @StewartFilm

Stewart Filmscreen Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications | (425) 328-8640 | Katye@KMBComm.com | @katyemcgregor

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Christie Brings Pedigree Cinema Experience to Home Entertainment at CEDIA 2014

Christie®, the global leader in visual display and audio technologies, now brings its illustrious pedigree and 85 years’ experience to home entertainment at CEDIA 2014, September 10-13 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The tradeshow floor opens September 11 at 9:00 a.m. with Christie showcasing a variety of 3-chip DLP®, 1-chip DLP®, flat panel and audio solutions available for home entertainment, all bearing the celebrated Christie name and backed with the quality, reliability and service of the distinguished Christie brand.

Using DCI and alternative 4K content, the inviting 1,200 square foot booth features a premium home-entertainment theater where audiences will enjoy the exhilarating and memorable Christie experience with the thundering sounds and vibrant images previously available only in commercial theaters or to A-list celebrities. Additional alternative content will also be featured on secondary displays at the booth.

Additional presentations by Christie home entertainment experts will take place throughout the show, which will also include a ‘Who is Christie?’ quiz. Visitors to the booth who complete a survey can win a pair of M1 Vive Audio speakers and other special giveaways will be available.

The Christie Experience comes to your home
A trailblazer in Digital Cinema® technology, event marketing, and both large and small venue display applications, Christie is now expanding its expertise and scaling it to fit the home environment. George Walter, director of Home Entertainment, Christie, will be attending the show, participating in presentations, and giving media interviews.

“Now, the Christie cinema experience you’ve enjoyed at your local theater is available in the comfort and convenience of your home,” said Walter. “Working with an elite dealer system, Christie will orchestrate the delivery, installation and servicing of a wide-range of projectors, flat panel displays, processors and audio solutions to strengthen and complement the services of these high-end integrators.”

Christie home entertainment customers can also connect with the Christie Network Operations Center (NOC) to monitor their systems and components, receive software updates, and have access to 24/7 concierge support.

Casio Makes a Smash at the 2014 US Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships

CASIO MAKES A SMASH AT THE 2014 US OPEN GRAND PRIX GOLD
BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS

Company Donates Two Dual Projection Systems for Use During the Global Competition 

DOVER, NJ, AUGUST  28, 2014 Casio America, Inc., the leading brand of LampFree® projectors, donated two Dual Projection Systems that were used at the 2014 US Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships at Suffolk County Community College, which took place July 8-13, 2014. Sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation, 192 world class athletes from 30 countries competed including Canada, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Netherlands, Thailand, Russia, USA, Vietnam. The event was live broadcast via BWF’s BadmintonWorld.TV. The finals were live broadcast globally.

The Casio Dual Projection System was chosen specifically for its ability to project large (up to 300” diagonal), bright images despite high ambient light. The systems were used to project player profiles and live scoring throughout the duration of the event. One of the units was installed courtside to project live coverage on to a 9’ x 16’ screen.

“We are very appreciative of Casio’s donation, which gave us the ability to offer a great visual experience socially for both attendees and participants,” said Sami Saour, one of the event organizers.

Casio’s Dual Projection Systems are designed by incorporating two projectors mounted inside a custom cabinet. Dual Projection is available in two models; the XJ-SK650 features two 2600 Pro Series projectors and features up to 6,500 lumens, the XJ-SK600 features two Signature SeriesXJ-M250 projectors and provides up to 6,000 lumens. The Casio YA-S10 geometric correction box mounts on the outside of the cabinet and is used to align the two images. The box has 81 points of precision control allowing for easy modifications, alignment, and image warping using a remote control.

The Dual Projection System is powered by Casio’s state-of-the-art LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source, which provides LampFree®, eco-friendly data projection at a percentage of the cost of traditional projectors. Now in its 5th generation, Casio’s LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source combines a laser, a fluorescent element and LEDs to generate high brightness. The improved LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source now offers a 30 percent increase in LED light output for improved colors for all models in Casio’s portfolio in addition to an estimated 20,000 hour lifespan with minimal brightness degradation and continuous operation.  Casio’s LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source will continue to serve as the driving force behind its projectors.

For additional information on Casio’s dual projection system and its full portfolio of LampFree® projectors, visit www.CasioLampFree.com.   

About Casio LampFree® Projectors

Casio’s portfolio of LampFree® projectors combines a laser, a fluorescent element and an LED light to deliver a mercury-free hybrid light source that lasts up to 20,000 hours while sustaining a high brightness and keeping maintenance costs to a minimum.  Casio has four series of LampFree® projectors that are available for home, business, education and commercial applications – Slim, Signature, Pro and Short Throw. For additional information on Casio’s projector series and LampFree® technology, please visit www.CasioLampFree.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, 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. 

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Sweepstakes Winner Irvine Barclay Theatre Uses Hitachi Projector to Add Depth to Stage Performances

Irvine, California, August 26, 2014 – The Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine, CA hosts 200 events per year, many of which require a dynamic visual accompaniment. In the past, a projector would be rented on a case-by-case basis depending on performance groups’ needs, but after Chris Burrill entered and won Hitachi’s Facebook projector sweepstakes, it’s made a huge impact on both streamlining and improving performances.

“A high-quality projector such as this wasn’t in our budget plans this year, but we are thrilled with this acquisition,” said Mr. Burrill, General Manager, Irvine Barclay Theatre. “We get lots of shows that aren’t completely self-contained, and for those shows the Hitachi CP-X8170 saves us and our clients both time and money.”

The theatre used the projector for the first time earlier this year for ArgenTango, a benefit for the theatre’s programs featuring the cast of Forever Tango. A slideshow of Argentinian architecture complemented the onstage dancing to complete the mood. Another performance from JazzReach, a New York non-profit jazz program, projected a Miles Davis voiceover, images, live footage and interviews of the legendary trumpet-player while the group played his music on stage.

The Hitachi CP-X8170 projector offers a brightness of 7,000 ANSI lumens and features Hitachi’s exclusive Accentualizer image processing with Sharpness, Gloss and Shade controls that enhance sharpness, improve contrast and make fine details clearer. The result is superior, more realistic image quality even in brightly lit rooms that is comparable to the picture quality from a flat-panel TV.

“It’s been a great resource for several different kinds of shows,” said Mr. Burrill. “The HD capability and the zoom lens are features we weren’t used to having prior to the Hitachi CP-X8170, and they’ve definitely improved the audience experience so far.”

Check Hitachi’s Facebook page regularly for more information on free projector giveaways.

For more information on Irvine Barclay Theatre, visit http://www.thebarclay.org/

For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia

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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For more information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

Seymour-Screen Excellence Brings to Market Best-in-Class Ambient Light-Rejecting Film Screen Line

Available in 1.3, 2.1 and a black 1.2 gain version, the company’s proprietary technology prevents color shifting and sparkling in a manner that has already been declared best-in-class by reference calibrator
W. Jeff Meier in his June 2014 AccuCal Projection Screen Material Report

Ames, IA – August 19, 2014 – Seymour-Screen Excellence — the made-in-the-USA brand best known to date for its luxurious, reference-grade acoustically transparent 4K film screens — is rounding-out its offerings with Ambient-Visionaire™, a proprietary ambient light filtration technology that the company claims is the most advanced to ever reach the market.

The Ambient-Visionaire is a solid screen surface, comprised of billions of nano-mirrors, dithered at the desired viewing angle, and layered so that side light (from any direction) will be absorbed by carbon particles and the substrate.

Ambient-Visionaire screen surface close-up

”By shrinking the reflective elements down to less than 1/10th the smallest size visible by the human eye, the screen cannot create a discrete sparkle,” says Seymour-Screen Excellence Managing Director Chris Seymour. “They are so small and dense, that a 16K resolution pixel would have over 300 mirrors to itself; a 4K pixel would have nearly 5,000. With this more efficient method of selectively reflecting the projected image versus ambient light, the screen offers the reference quality color uniformity that Seymour-Screen Excellence is known for without exhibiting any color shift, sparkles or ringing – all issues that have plagued performance of ambient light-rejecting film screens.”

Chris Seymour putting the finishing touches on a film screen

Ambient-Visionaire Silver Series
To satisfy a wide range of installation applications, the Silver Series consists of both 2.1 and 1.3 gain versions. The Silver 1.3 was reviewed and declared best-in-class by W. Jeff Meier in his June 2014 AccuCal Projection Screen Material Report. Meier is considered by many in the industry to be a leading reference calibrator. The AccuCal report can be read here: http://bit.ly/1lWPgec

Ambient-Visionaire Black Series
Using the same aggressive combination of carbon particles and stacked, dithered nano-mirrors along with a deep black background that absorbs 90% of ambient light from any direction, the 1.2 gain Black produces a 12x improvement in contrast ratios in environments that are otherwise unsuited to front projection use, even outdoors.

The Ambient-Visionaire screens are available in sizes up to 130-inches wide (141-inches diagonal) in 2.37 aspect ratio and 100-inches wide (115-inches diagonal) in 16:9 aspect ratio. The surface of both the Silver and Black series feature a durable finish that can be wiped down and cleaned with common household cleaners including rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits.

While manufactured in Seymour-Screen Excellence’s Ames, Iowa production facility, the Ambient-Visionaire line is also available outside of The Americas through partner Screen Excellence, located in the UK.

”The response to Ambient-Visionaire from dealers, reps, calibrators and press has been extremely enthusiastic,” says Patrice Congard, Seymour-Screen Excellence partner. “Chris Seymour has done a phenomenal job – certainly his background as an engineer has been quite influential in the development of this special screen surface. I am quite confident that Ambient-Visionaire will be a catalyst in our joint-venture taking an even stronger foothold in the home theater channel.”

For more information on Ambient-Visionaire visit http://www.seymourscreenexcellence.com/materials.asp or call 515.450.5694.

For all Seymour-Screen Excellence media inquiries, please contact Paul Muto via paul@mutocomm.com or phone 631.849.4301.

About Seymour-Screen Excellence
Founded as a joint venture by US-based Seymour AV and UK-based Screen Excellence, SSE combined the leadership and innovation of their acoustically transparent projection screen materials for high-end custom installers and specialty AV retailers in North America. Using the latest in materials and design from Patrice Congard, originator of the modern acoustically transparent screen, the company’s state-of-the-art screens provide flawless picture quality and acoustic transparency, superior to traditional perforated screens or other less exacting woven screen materials. www.seymourscreenexcellence.com

About AccuCal
AccuCal was founded in 2005 by Jeff Meier to provide professional services and develop tools to support the installation of sound and video equipment. The services offered include audio calibration, design, performance measurements and video calibration. AccuCal is unique in this business segment. Jeff has developed proprietary software and methods that are combined with industry reference sensors and standards to deliver superior results. AccuCal also sells no products and receives no incentives to promote products. This provides clients the assurance that recommendations are not biased by equipment margins. Since 2005, Jeff has assisted with over 2,000 audio and video installations for home theater and commercial applications including movie post production, TV advertising, businesses, churches and schools.
Equipment that is supported ranges from reference quality to very modest in nature depending on the client’s budget and needs. www.accucalhd.com

Glendale Community College Chooses Hitachi Projectors For Low Total Cost of Ownership

Glendale, Arizona, August 19, 2014 – Arizona’s Glendale Community College media team has been implementing projector teaching technology ever since 2004 when Scott Kozakiewicz, Manager of Media and Help Desk, was put in charge of a data projector upgrade plan. After browsing several projector options based on their total cost of ownership, Mr. Kozakiewicz purchased a Hitachi projector and soon made the decision to convert the school to an all-Hitachi campus featuring over 300 Hitachi projectors.

“Hitachi is the one company that has a consistent design across its entire product line, so we have the ability to use the same bulbs with different models,” said Mr. Kozakiewicz. “Upgrades have been painless and affordable.”

Mr. Kozakiewicz needed a solution that was not only bright, affordable and dependable, but also user-friendly. He originally set up a testing area and invited faculty to experiment with several different projector companies and brands. Based on feedback from the teachers and media staff, Hitachi was the clear choice.

“The Hitachi projectors provide the necessary brightness to operate in a well-lit room and don’t overwhelm the faculty,” said Mr. Kozakiewicz. “Rather, the projectors supplement their teaching and presentations.”

Glendale Community College serves over 20,000 students between its two local campuses, with projectors frequently running from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and shorter days on Friday and Saturday. Mr. Kozakiewicz cited Hitachi’s customer support as an important factor as well—several times he’s gathered data from faculty, relayed it back to Hitachi, and seen his recommendations integrated into future projectors.

“My responsibility is to provide faculty and students with the latest technology that can enhance teaching and learning, but at the same time I have to be fiscally responsible to our taxpayers,” said Mr. Kozakiewicz. “We’ve been able to deploy and maintain more than 300 Hitachi projectors while satisfying both of these needs.”

When asked if he would recommend Hitachi projectors to similar institutions, Mr. Kozakiewicz replied that he would “without hesitation.”

“I was one of the first to invest in Hitachi and now many schools in our district have jumped on board as well,” said Mr. Kozakiewicz. “The best products are ones that you don’t need to think about being there—pure and simple, Hitachi’s projectors just work.”

For more information on Glendale Community College, visit http://www2.gccaz.edu/.

For more information on Hitachi projectors visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

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About Hitachi America, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd. headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

First Large-Scale Canadian Laser Projection Demo Highlights Toronto’s GSCA International Conference

In a special technical session of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) conference scheduled for September 23 at the Cineplex Cinemas Queensway in Toronto, Christie®, a world leader in creating and sharing the world’s best visual and audio experiences, is teaming with Harkness Screens and Electrosonic to demonstrate a premium giant screen cinema experience.

Press and GSCA delegates from 20 countries will have an opportunity to learn all about the latest in cinema technology from a group of industry experts and will be treated to the ultimate cinema experience, with clips from educational documentary films as well as Hollywood blockbusters being projected at over 90,000 lumens (brightness) by the Christie laser projection system—which delivers more than three times the light output compared to current, lamp-based digital projectors. Coupled with an immersive array of Christie Vive Audio speakers, this session represents the best cinema technology available today.

“GSCA prides itself on showcasing the best films in their best possible light,” says Tammy Seldon, GSCA Executive Director. “We are very pleased to partner with Christie, Harkness Screens, and Electrosonic to show our members the latest in projection technology” she added.

“As a pioneer in the cinema industry, Christie is known for delivering the ultimate cinema experience, both in image and audio reproduction,” said Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie.

Added Shaw, “As exhibitors realize the benefits of laser projection and advanced immersive audio systems, they will also realize the benefits of engaging leading integrators such as Electrosonic to take advantage of the oversight, detailed design assistance—for both hardware and software components—and system-level testing to perfection that only skilled integrators can deliver. We also can’t overlook the impact of matching the technology with the ideal screen surface, which has a tremendous impact on both the visual and audio experience in a cinema. Currently, we recommend Harkness Screens for all of our laser projection installations.”

“Electrosonic is proud to have shared 50 years with innovative partners and customers, pushing the limits of what audio-visual technology can do,” says Jim Bowie, President of Electrosonic Group. “It’s an incredible evolution across many markets including entertainment, which has been one of our top priorities for decades. Our work with visionary suppliers like Christie–who has led in laser projector development–reflects an important mutual commitment to technology and customers.”

The Christie laser projection system installed for the GSCA laser event uses a state-of-the-art,
6 primary (6P) color system that provides intense brightness, wider color gamut capabilities and higher contrast than traditional digital projectors, and delivers naturally simultaneous stereoscopic imagery with no 3D “crosstalk.” The result is the ultimate giant screen cinema experience for all 2D and 3D films. The system installed for this show will provide greater than 90,000 lumens of brightness, and images will be delivered at 4K resolution, to reveal stunningly clear details.

Film clips scheduled to be seen at the technical session include Antarctica’s Penguin Emperors, Dark Universe, The Life of Trees, NAYA Legend of the Golden Dolphin, Remnants, Star Spangled Banner: An Anthem of Liberty, The Turn of This Century, UFOTOG, as well as several shorter clips of the best of the Giant Screen clips.

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Siggraph 2014 Platinum Sponsor Christie Powers Up Screens and Award-Winning Visual Displays

Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, will be powering the screens that are showing some of the visuals effects of several of the year’s biggest blockbuster films and advances in computer graphics at Vancouver’s 41st International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, SIGGRAPH 2014, August 10 – 14. Christie will also lead a discussion on the latest projection mapping techniques at the NVIDIA Visual Computing Theater. Titled, “Virtual Automotive: Projection Mapped Graphics for Automotive Design,” Christie will display its latest digital “sandbox,” a fully three dimensional visual pipeline designed to automatically calibrate and maintain a customized projection mapped display, such a Corvette or other template model of any size.

“Christie CP4230 Digital Cinema® projectors are essentially powering the amazing Computer Animation Festival (CAF), enabling the leading VFX and film studios to exhibit their best work in two large presentation halls, including AMPAS’ award-winning content in film and animation,” said Jeevan Vivegananthan, senior director of engineering, Christie. “The CP4230 projectors will also showcase cutting-edge, real-time interactive technologies and techniques in the CAF’s Production Sessions as well as three sold-out evening shows of the incredibly popular Electronic Theater which features the finest work in computer graphics from the past year. And our 4K projectors will display a special screening of DreamWorks Animation’s ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’.”

Christie's 3D projection mapping Corvette

The auditoriums for the CAF and the Production Sessions will each feature two auxiliary screens, flanking the main screen, which will show close-ups of event speakers to the audience. These will be powered by Christie Roadster HD20K-J and Christie Roadster HD14K-M projectors, respectively.

Christie will also illuminate the SIGGRAPH Studio and SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, each of which will feature two Christie G Series projectors and the Art Gallery, which will include a 65-inch LCD touch panel display.

AMIA Partners with Alamo Drafthouse to offer 35mm Projection Workshop

Archival experts provide projection training for movie houses offering the 35mm film experience

(Los Angeles, CA) – AMIA will present a Film Projection Workshop in partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse to offer expert-led training for managers, curators and projectionists presenting 35mm film in theaters. The workshop will be held October 28, 2014 in Austin at the Alamo South Lamar location.

As digital technology has presented new opportunities to filmmakers and exhibitors, it has also impacted the availability of prints for theatres showing 35mm film. Fewer prints are available, and many of those come from archives and similar institutions that cannot replace these valuable assets should they become damaged. This makes the handling and projection of film prints critical, and the need for training vital.

“While digital has become the primary exhibition format, many theaters continue to show 35mm film prints. A number of films are simply not available in digital and showing them in their original 35mm format allows new audiences to appreciate rare prints, archive films, and titles from private collections,” noted AMIA board member Elena Rossi-Snook. “But it also requires special skills to work with rare and archival prints.”

The workshop will offer a hands-on tutorial for projectionists and theater staff working with 35mm film prints and will focus on film preparation and projection as well as special stipulations for archival projection, coordinating with lending institutions, and paperwork. Class size will be limited to 20 participants.

“I love digital projection for new release films, but only a tiny sliver of our vast film history will ever make it to the DCP format,” said Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League. “As an industry, we must continue to preserve, protect and carefully screen 35mm films and maintain our 35mm projection equipment. The day we stop is the day cinema as we know it is dead.”

Participants will receive industry-wide recognition for completion of the workshop, indicated by a certificate from AMIA. Participants may find more information and register at www.projectionworkshop.org. Registration opens August 10, 2014.

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ABOUT AMIA
As the world’s largest international association of professional media archivists, AMIA is uniquely poised to bring together a broad range of experts. Members represent film studios, corporate and national archives, historical societies, labs, post production, universities, footage libraries and more. Because of this diverse membership, AMIA provides an opportunity to interact with every facet of the field and a single forum to address the best ways to preserve and provide access to our media heritage in digital and analog formats. For further information, visit www.AMIAnet.org.

ABOUT ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE
Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin. 17 years later, the now 20-location chain has been named “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best theater in the world” by Wired.com. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including Drafthouse Films, which has garnered two Academy Award nominations in its short three-year existence and Badass Digest, an entertainment news blog curated by veteran journalist Devin Faraci.

More information about the Alamo Drafthouse is available on the official website at www.drafthouse.com.

Media Contact for AMIA:
Chris Purse
ignite strategic communications
818.980.3473
chris@ignite.bz

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