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AV Stumpfl gives Norwegian rock ‘Wings’ for Pink Floyd tribute concerts

YouTube video: watch?v=BeOmGmiHa-s&feature=youtu.be © Blank

Unique projection mapping, blending and warping in spectacular setting

Everyone is familiar with the idea of a rock concert, but few events take the word ‘rock’ as literally as the recent series of outdoor gigs staged in Norway by the Pink Floyd tribute band Puls. Against the dramatic backdrop of the Kilden-Fjæreheia quarry in Grimstad, the band played six sold-out nights to audiences who were wowed not just by the music but by the spectacular projection-mapped backdrop that was created courtesy of AV Stumpfl’s Wings AV multi-image control technology.

Event design and production for the Puls concerts was the responsibility of Norwegian company Blank. Tomas Håvik, CEO of AV Stumpfl’s Scandinavian distributor Preqbi AB, recalls the project’s technical origins:

“Blank were searching for a solution that could deliver edge-blending and warping of multiple projected images, automated according to a timeline and with built-in media serving capability. We advised them that Wings AV could deliver exactly what they needed, and once the decision had been taken, we helped them with education and support.”

Kent Bakke, General Manager at Blank, explains: “Our challenge was that we wanted to map the actual face of the quarry that provides a backdrop to the band’s stage set. The face of this ‘mountain’ measures about 55 metres wide by 20 metres high, and our render size for the project was 3120 x 1200 pixels, with a 256 pixel overlap between the two halves of the image.

“The Vioso module of Wings split the image into a multi-display, blending and warping the output of six high-output HD projectors with ease. We also used Vioso to create and edit the video content, building up an exact replica of the ‘mountain’ in 3D.

“The content was stored and played back using the Wings Engine media server, with the Wings Avio control protocol allowing secure and perfectly synchronised connection via MIDI to the show’s lighting-control desk. This meant that the video timeline was perfectly sync’d to the music and associated lighting cues, every step of the way.”

With an audience of around 950 people per night seated in a U-shaped amphitheatre exactly opposite the quarry wall, each show culminated in a spectacular climax that echoed the finale of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, with pieces of rock from the quarry appearing to break up and fall towards the stage and theatre.

Tobias Stumpfl, Commercial Director, AV Stumpfl, concludes: “From video editing to large-scale projection, interactivity and show control, our Wings platform does it all. With the support of local partners such as Preqbi AB and the superb creativity of customers like Blank, our technologies are delivering spectacular results that wow audiences all over the world.

“We congratulate everyone involved with the Puls concerts in Norway and look forward to many more exciting applications of Wings to come!”

Some useful links:

Facebook:
@AV.Stumpfl.Pro
@blank.no
@Preqbi-AB

More information about Preqbi AB can be found at www.preqbi.se.

About AV Stumpfl
AV Stumpfl is an award-winning Austrian company that designs, manufactures and markets a range of high-performance mobile and installation projection screens and multi-display and show control systems for professional and business applications. As a family business, its founders started the company out of a passion for the advancement of presentation and installation technologies. The product range is warranted for 24/7 usage. AV Stumpfl is located in Wallern, Austria, and is supported by a global network of distribution and service partners.
www.avstumpfl.com

AGCO Corp. Chooses Christie 4K Projectors for 3D Virtual Reality Powerwall

Agricultural machinery leader AGCO Corporation is using Christie® 4K high frame rate (HFR) projection to light up its 3D virtual reality powerwall at its engineering facilities in Jackson, Minnesota. AGCO installed a Christie-powered virtual reality system at its FENDT Research and Development facility in Germany and, impressed with the system’s results and utility, decided to expand its program to North America. The new powerwall in Jackson utilizes two Christie D4K3560 3-Chip DLP® 4K projectors

The Christie D4K3560 3-Chip DLP® projector features full 4K resolution and 35,000 center lumens running at a high frame rate of 60Hz.

running at 60Hz, with TechViz’ 3D visualization software technology and ART tracking system, to display images of agricultural machine models in stereoscopic 3D onto an 8-feet by 16-feet glass screen. Christie performed the site survey and full design, as well as the integration and installation, providing a “one-stop shopping” solution.

One of the largest manufacturers of agricultural machinery in the world, AGCO is committed to investing in state-of-the-art visualization technology to aid in design and development of farming equipment at its facilities. Using TechViz visualization software brought to life by Christie’s high performance projectors, AGCO engineers can view virtual prototypes of the machines on the wall during the design and development process. This allows them to visualize site lines inside and outside the cabs, take off the hood, analyze HVAC airflow, and carry out overall reviews of the machines. Eventually, they’ll use full automations of running machines to see how they respond to different surfaces and textures.

Improving Product Quality, Reducing Costs, and Encouraging Collaboration
The core functions of the system are to achieve optimal product quality and reduce costs by streamlining product development. AGCO also plans to use the powerwall for manufacturing and assembly training purposes, as well as servicing and marketing, attesting to the versatility and value of the solution.

“The powerwall has become an incredibly instrumental and useful part of our engineering process,” said Joseph Black, senior business analyst, AGCO Corporation. “By reviewing the models virtually we are able to catch interferences, perform clearance checks and fix engineering designs ahead of prototyping, allowing us to create fewer prototypes before the final product is ready. Ultimately, we hope the powerwall will not only help us reduce costs, but build the best farming equipment possible.” The TechViz XL software enables the display of virtual prototypes in real time without data conversion, and the use of a wide range of applications.

AGCO’s new powerwall has also succeeded in encouraging collaboration among employees and divisions by supporting communication through visual presentation. In addition to the individual operating the wall, 3D glasses are available for all of the observers in the room. This allows teams to gather and perform group analysis and work together on innovative new ideas. The powerwall screen, made up of a single sheet of durable glass, provides a much clearer image as compared to soft white screens.

Christie Technology and Service Get the Job Done
“3D visualization technology has proven to be an instrumental tool for engineers and developers, as it allows concepts and designs to be viewed and analyzed like never before. For AGCO, it’s critical for the virtual image to be as representative as possible, optimizing their ability to detect and correct any potential design concerns long before production release,” said Jennifer Smith, executive vice president, Global Market Solutions, Christie. “Offering the highest resolution, highest brightness and highest quality image and video displays available today, the Christie D4K3560 projector is the perfect solution. AGCO can be confident that the powerwall is delivering ultra-realistic images to ensure every detail of the object being displayed can be viewed clearly.”

The Christie D4K3560 3-Chip DLP® projector features full 4K resolution and 35,000 center lumens running at a high frame rate of 60Hz. Built on the Christie TruLife™ electronics platform, it delivers superior brightness, smoother video, and vibrant, life-like images.

“We were so impressed with the Christie D4K35 projectors, running at 30Hz used for the FENDT powerwall in Germany, that when it came time to install the system in Jackson, Christie was once again the clear choice. But with the projectors running at the higher frame rate of 60Hz, we can produce an even better image — a feat that we didn’t think was possible. The visuals look absolutely stunning,” added Black. “The Christie service team did it all for us – not just the overall design, floor plan, and configuration of the powerwall, but also the complete installation.”

Getting crowds closer to the action of ‘Le Tour de France’

Calibre LEDView scalers power big screens for Yorkshire’s fabulous ‘Grand Depart’

While more than 5 million fans lined the roads of Yorkshire for the opening weekend of the 2014 Tour de France, relatively few got close to the action itself. For those who could not, help was at hand in the form of large LED screens powered by LEDView image-scaling technology from Calibre UK.

The key screens were supplied by two companies – Lightmedia and Big TV – both of which specified Calibre’s LEDView530 as their large-display image scaler of choice for the Grand Depart.

LEDView530

Lightmedia supply screens from Leeds to Harrogate and from York to Sheffield

Lightmedia. Harrogate, 5 July, © Photography by David Lindsey, www.photosbydavid.co.uk.

Lightmedia supplied 19 LED screens along the route of the two opening stages from Leeds to Harrogate and from York to Sheffield, with many of them acting as the visual centrepiece for official Tour de France fan parks.

Eddie Elliot-Smith, Managing Director at Lightmedia, comments: “We use the Calibre LEDView530s as a key part of our rental-and-staging operation, to scale live broadcast content from TV cameras around the course for display on each and every one of the LED screens we supplied.

“We use Calibre because, quite simply, they are the most reliable solution in the world. Not only have we used them for this year’s Grand Depart, we also relied on them for other high-profile international events such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the wedding of Charles and Camilla, the launch of Xbox ONE and, indeed, Calibre’s previous generation of product at the Tour de France the last time it came to Britain in 2007.”

LED screens from Big TV for Skipton, York and Leeds

‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen from Big TV at Tour de France © Big TV, York, Friday, 4 July:

‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen from Big TV at Tour de France © Big TV. York, Friday, 4 July.

‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen from Big TV at Tour de France © Big TV. Skipton, Saturday, 5 July

‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen from Big TV at Tour de France © Big TV. York, Sunday, 6 July

‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen from Big TV at Tour de France © Big TV. York, Sunday, 6 July

Big TV head technician Simon Woodcock says: “We went down to Yorkshire fresh from Edinburgh Festival and provided LED screens to various areas on the opening weekend, including Skipton, York and Leeds. The new ‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen wowed crowds and we also provided screens for a number of private events and parties in Yorkshire as well.

“Calibre quality is central to our LED fleet for managing live feeds. The LEDView530 can take anything you throw at it!”

A high-quality LED-optimised scaler-switcher and universal interface for LED screens, the LEDView530 provides best-in-class professional image processing in a compact, affordable 1U format. It features a jog-wheel and LCD display on its for front panel for fast and easy set-up in the field, and boasts a plethora of useful features including colour adjustment of all source types, powerful picture resizing with simple pixel-accurate edge drag-and-drop, and superior scaling, de-interlacing and noise reduction to reduce image flicker and artefacts.

For mixed rental fleet use the scaler also has a Projection mode in which it supports warp mapping and edge blending, as well as geometry correction and general projection scaling functionality as well as a Scaler-Switcher mode for general purpose scaling and scan conversion making it a truly universal device. The LEDView530 also boasts genlock and I/O lock, making it suitable for on-stage or in-camera use at live events.

Pauline Brooksbank, MD at Calibre UK

Pauline Brooksbank, Managing Director, Calibre UK, comments: “As a Yorkshire company ourselves, we were delighted and extremely proud to have supplied LEDView530 units to power so many LED screens along the route of our county’s “Grand Depart”. This unforgettable weekend was not just a celebration of cycling but a unique opportunity for local people to experience a sporting event they had never come so close to before.

“The crowds who lined the route were 20-deep in places but, thanks to Calibre’s Yorkshire-manufactured technology’s ability to take live broadcast feeds and process them for large-screen display simply, reliably and with absolutely no sacrifice in quality, everybody felt that they were part of the action.”

About Calibre
Multi-award winning British company, Calibre has over the past 26 years achieved world recognition providing image scaling and processing technologies for use in broadcast/television, digital cinema, large venue projection, LED videowalls and surgical medical applications. Calibre manufactures products under its own brand-names as well as providing products and technology to several market leaders in the Pro-AV market worldwide. Calibre is a market leader in innovation, utilizing its own, UK & Germany-based in-house hardware and software design teams for all its product developments and its own UK manufacturing.

Some useful links:

Twitter: @CalibreProAV

Website: www.calibreuk.com

Zeo Systems Integrations Launches New Web Site

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 30, 2014

 

Zeo Systems Announces New Web Site

 

Hatboro,PA-

The Zeo Group, headquartered in Hatboro, PA.in the northern suburbs of Philadelphia, have partnered with local web design and marketing firm, IQnection to begin a total redesign and launch of the web sites for each of their distinct divisions. The first of these projects is the launch of the site for Zeo Systems, the installation and integrations division of the company. This site is located at www.zeo-systems.com. This launch is just the beginning of the exciting changes happening at Zeo. The launch coincides with Zeo’s purchase of the industrial park in which they are headquartered. Construction and expansion plans are on the immediate horizon so the homes of the different divisions will soon take on their own unique look and feel.

Christie Previews First 4K Laser Illuminated 3-Chip DLP Projector Running at True 120HZ

Christie® is previewing the latest addition of its Mirage 4K platform, the Christie Mirage 4KLH. This new model builds on all the benefits of the Mirage platform, but adds Christie Solid State Laser illumination technology, driving a new range of brightness and flexibility. The Mirage 4K platform is ideal for 3D applications for advanced visualization in automotive, location-based entertainment, government, military, oil and gas and more.

Christie laser projectors provide industry-leading brightness, wider color gamut capabilities, higher contrast, and dramatically reduced maintenance requirements, resulting in a better experience for all 2D and 3D applications.

Christie Mirage 4KLH laser 3-chip DLP® projector at true 120Hz

The Mirage 4KLH supports both full 120Hz active stereo and passive stereo with optional external filters and polarized passive glasses with 3P illumination. The Mirage 4KLH system is also configurable with Christie’s latest 6P illumination source, providing support for an unprecedented 120Hz per eye when used in a 6P passive configuration.

Like the existing lamp based Mirage 4K projectors, the Mirage 4KLH is anchored by the unique Christie TruLife™ electronics platform with proprietary 1.2 Gigapixel per second, floating point architecture, offering full 4096 by 2160 resolution at 120Hz for 3D and integrated Christie Twist for warping and blending. The preview of the Mirage 4KLH takes place in the Christie 3D showroom located adjacent to the IVR conference at the Tokyo Big Sight, Japan’s largest exhibition technology and high definition image technology, June 25-27.

“Christie, as the global leader in the visualization market has the first and only projector in the world to provide full 4K DLP® resolution at a true 120Hz. With this new Mirage 4KLH, Christie has raised the benchmark even higher with high performance visualization solutions currently available on the market,” said Larry Paul, senior director of Technology and Visualization Solutions, Christie.

Mamoru Hanzawa, director of Christie Digital Systems, Japan, added, “Christie designs the most functionally-advanced and intuitive 3D projection for visualization display solutions. Enhancing the Mirage 4K with laser illumination will expand the capabilities for new applications. Christie once again is demonstrating its leadership position and dedication to customers with solutions and services that our customers have come to expect. Our mission at Christie is to help our customers create the world’s best shared experiences.”

By introducing the world’s first stereoscopic 3-chip DLP® projector in 2001, Christie set new standards for 3D performance and changed the way people looked at stereoscopic images. For 12 years Christie has led numerous Mirage innovations to facilitate the use of 3D visualization for multiple applications, including visualization of advanced computer-generated models, and presentation of engaging content at location-based entertainment venues, opening the doors to enhanced human perception and understanding.

Christie Introduces Ruggedized Roadie 4K25 and 4K35 3-Chip DLP at InfoComm 2014

Christie® welcomes the Roadie 4K25 and Roadie 4K35 to its powerful solutions line-up at InfoComm 2014. Ruggedized and designed for rental staging, the Roadie 4K25 and Roadie 4K35 3-chip DLP® projectors deliver 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution at 60Hz – with optional 120Hz capability – and 25,000 and 35,000 lumens respectively.

Christie Roadie 4K Projector

For rental/staging applications including amusement parks, concerts, live event theaters, casinos, sporting events, large sales meetings, conventions, and more, the Roadie 4K25 and Roadie 4K35 are equipped with Christie TruLife™ proprietary 1.2 Gigapixel per second processing and built-in image warping and blending to deliver the high brightness, high-resolution videos and graphics that make presentations comes alive.

Utilizing the optional robust rigging and stacking frame, the Christie Roadie 4K25 and 4K35 are powerful projectors and perfect for large-format visual spectacles such as location-based entertainment and projection mapping. Providing detailed images with smooth motion transitions, both Roadies deliver what rental stagers demand for a more vibrant and appealing visual experience.

“Bright, brilliant images in 4K with 120Hz capability – all in a rugged and versatile solution – is exactly what the Christie Roadie 4K25 and Roadie 4K35 deliver to rental staging applications and fixed installations,” said Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Christie. “Images look clean and beautiful on almost any surface thanks to the built-in twist and warp capabilities, and the rigging and stacking frame means a fast, worry-free installation in a variety of settings.”

Christie Roadie 4K25 and 4K35 Deliver:
-4K Native Resolution at 60 Hz and upgradable to 120Hz.
-Built in Twist and Warp allows pixels to be mapped onto any projection surface.
-Full Connectivity with Standard Display Port and 3G-SDI input modules.
-Stacking and Rigging frame.
-Christie TruLife processing for excellent color reproduction.
-Rental Staging ruggedness; specifically built for the rigors of the road.
-Xenon illumination.
-Multi-inputs with standard 3GSDI, display port, and optional DVI and HDMI.

The Christie Roadie 4K Series comes with a three-year parts and labor warranty and ships in November 2014.

Hitachi Raises the Bar with Four New Ultra Short-Throw Projectors

Las Vegas, Nevada, June 18, 2014 – Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media
Division, Business Solutions Group today introduced its CP-AX2503, CP-AX3503, CP-AW2503 and CP-AW3003 Ultra Short Throw projectors – four high-performance models that are ideally suited for delivering large images in limited spaces. The new 3LCD projectors offer improved image quality, flexible connectivity including powered focus, and wireless networking plus a host of useful convenience features.

The CP-AX2503 and CP-AW2503 deliver 2,700 color and white light ouput with XGA and WXGA resolution, respectively, while the CP-AX3503 and CP-AW3003 offer 3,300 and 3,600 color and white light output with XGA and WXGA resolution, respectively. All four projectors include Hitachi’s High Dynamic Contrast Range feature that provides a unique ability to alter contrast when ambient light is present and yet preserve the integrity of the image. Additionally, Hitachi’s exclusive Accentualizer technology enhances sharpness, gloss and shadow detail for more realistic image quality while providing greater depth of field.

All four models can be used in tabletop mode, or wall mounted. All provide a full complement of inputs including two HDMI inputs, two computer HD-15 inputs, three USB inputs for use with a USB memory stick, wireless adapter or mouse plus component, composite video, audio and mic A/V jacks. All the projectors have computer monitor and audio outputs. In addition, all four models have RS-232C and RJ-45 Ethernet ports. An optional wireless adapter lets users connect their computer to the projectors via a wireless network. The projectors’ PC-less presentation feature enables users to project images directly from a USB thumb drive, eliminating the need to connect a computer.

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.

Christie Unveils First Laser Phosphor Series of 1-Chip DLP Projectors at InfoComm 2014

The new Christie® GS Series of laser phosphor projectors debut at InfoComm 2014 this week. Using laser phosphor illumination, the Christie GS Series provides an astounding 20,000 hours of operation and eliminates the need for lamp and filter replacements.

The Christie GS Series of Laser Phosphor Projectors

The solid state illumination, high-resolution, 1-chip DLP® laser-diode projectors come in WXGA, HD and WUXGA resolutions and provide a cost-effective solution with outstanding color matching and optional blending and warping for curved surfaces. Christie GS Series is perfect for fixed installation applications including boardrooms and conference rooms, government facilities, higher education, houses of worship and selected location-based entertainment venues such as casinos and live event theaters.

With features including wireless connectivity and a suite of optional lenses for greater installation flexibility, the Christie GS Series delivers the needed requirements for today’s demanding visual display projects and is suitable for 24/7 environments without a loss of image quality. Easy to install and use with input options such as Display Port, HDMI, DVI and HDBaseT, Christie GS Series provides clean, radiant images with up to 5400 ANSI lumens with Picture-in-Picture functionality.

“The move to laser phosphor technology with Christie 1-chip GS Series means a better combination of brilliant images, high performance and durability, while improving on a low cost of ownership,” said Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Christie. “The new Christie GS Series has the image quality and innovation that only Christie can deliver.”

Benefits of using Christie GS Series

-SSI-based laser phosphor for longer illumination life.

-Long life DLP® technology for greater reliability and more lifelike colors.

-Up to 1200:1 contrast ratio.

-Optional blending, warping for curved surfaces, and color matching for multiple projectors setups.

-24/7 capability for monitoring and signage applications.

-HD, WUXGA and WXGA resolution available.

-Wireless connectivity for less clutter and no cable management.

-Suite of lenses and portrait or landscape setup.

-With a choice of black or white shell, Christie GS Series easily blends into background.

The Christie DWU555-GS, Christie DHD555-GS and Christie DWX555-GS ship in August 2014 with a three-year parts and labor warranty.

Hitachi Expands Interactive Projector Lineup with Two New Models

Las Vegas, Nevada, June 18, 2014 – Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group today introduced two new interactive projector models, the Hitachi CP-TW3003 and CP-TW2503.

These new innovative interactive models feature an ultra-short throw design and they integrate Hitachi’s powerful software to deliver a complete interactive experience on any flat surface. With a rich feature set that meets the specific interactive needs of K-12, higher education, and corporate users, the CP-TW3003 and CP-TW2503 are both easy to install and easy to calibrate. They provide vibrant image quality with cost-effective operation and produce large images in small spaces. New generation interactive features include multiple pen capability, auto-calibration, PC-less drawing, and multi-display interactive use. Additionally, a suite of advanced features normally found only on the higher end models includes High Dynamic Contrast Range (HDCR), 2 HDMI ports, and Hitachi’s original technology Accentualizer that allows the projected image to appear more real by enhancing sharpness, gloss and shade. Plus, Hitachi’s Intelligent Eco and Saver Modes with ImageCare combines optimal picture performance with energy-savings for a lower total cost of ownership.

The CP-TW3003 features 3,300 lumens of brightness, while the CP-TW2503 offers 2,700 lumens, both models offer three USB inputs for use with a USB memory stick, wireless adapter or mouse plus component, composite video, audio and mic A/V jacks. Both projectors have computer monitor and audio outputs. In addition, they have RS-232C and RJ-45 Ethernet ports. An optional wireless adapter lets users connect their computer to the projectors via a wireless network. The projectors’ PC-less presentation feature enables users to project images directly from a USB thumb drive, eliminating the need to connect a computer.

For more information on Hitachi 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 Baptist Church Uses Versatile Hitachi Projectors For Environmental Ambiance and Mood-Setting

Las Vegas Nevada, June 18, 2014 – Jeff Mize, Minister of Music for First Baptist Church in Allen, Texas, discovered Hitachi projectors after being introduced to environmental projection in late 2013. Once he realized how environmental projections can add to the dynamism of worship services, the church purchased three Hitachi CP-X8170 projectors to be installed in the 1,400-person-capacity sanctuary.

“First Baptist Church hadn’t upgraded its video equipment since it was built in 2001 and was in need of some improvements,” said Mr. Mize. “The environmental projections provide a way to not only modernize our services but also set the appropriate tone through colorful backgrounds, gradient fills, texture surfaces and sometimes customized themes based on the subject of the sermon.”

With the help of Camron Ware of Visual Worshiper, who assisted in the design, training and implementation of the system, the projectors were mounted and installed on the front edge of the balcony of the church, allowing for floor-to-ceiling coverage at the front of the church.

Along with its practical price point, the Hitachi CP-X8170 projector was recommended to Mr. Mize based on its sharpness and clarity. Mr. Mize stated that the church has found more than just environmental projection uses for the projectors, which have been installed since December 2013.

“We were able to project a backdrop of modern day as well as biblical cityscapes and landscapes for a Christmas production without having to build sets,” said Mr. Mize. “The projectors have proven very simple to use and versatile—we’ve projected words on the walls for special effect and emphasis and our youth ministry has used the projectors for interacting with Twitter.”

All three Hitachi CP-X8170 projectors are networked to an upstairs control booth that is integrated with other technology regulators in the church.

Mr. Mize rented the projectors in early December 2013 in order to expose the church members to and gauge their acceptance of the new technology.

“We used the projectors for a particularly wide range of services and productions in December and just as we hoped, no one was ready to give them up after that,” said Mr. Mize.

The Hitachi CP-X8170 3LCD projector features 7,000 ANSI lumens brightness, and an aspect ratio of 4:3 (XGA).

For more information on First Baptist Church, visit http://www.fbcallen.org/

For more information on Visual Worshipper, visit www.visualworshiper.com

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

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About Hitachi
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.

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