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Christie 4K Cinema Projector Screens Opening Film at the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival

The 17th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) kicked off on a high note with Christie®, a global leader in digital cinema projection, deploying its 4K digital cinema projector to screen the opening film of this prestigious event on June 14, 2014. Christie is also the exclusive digital projection partner for the SIFF for the sixth consecutive year.

The 17th SIFF, which takes place from June 14 –22, 2014, is China’s only non-specialized competitive international film festival accredited by the Paris-based Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films (FIAPF). The festival will open in style with the screening of the classic Chinese film Stage Sisters, which has been fully restored using 4K full-color technology. Directed by the late Chinese director Xie Jin and first released in 1964, the 50-year-old film is now widely regarded as Xie’s masterpiece. Stage Sisters is also the first full color feature film to be restored in 4K by the SIFF using the latest restoration technologies at Italy’s L’Immagine Ritrovata film restoration laboratory. The screening of this film at SIFF also marks its worldwide debut in full 4K glory.

The results of the 4K restoration are obvious when the film is played on the big screen using the Christie Solaria CP4230 DLP® Digital Cinema Projector. Not only can the audience enjoy significantly improved images, they can also appreciate finer details which were not visible previously. Simply put, the film looks absolutely stunning after the meticulous restoration process by L’Immagine Ritrovata.

Shanghai International Film Festival 2014

The Christie Solaria Series is the only 4K DLP solution able to provide the world’s most brilliant images, the highest level of content security, the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance. Fully DCI compliant, and built on Christie’s extensive cinema experience, the Christie Solaria Series is ready for the next evolution of digital cinema; capable of displaying premium 4K content or 2D/3D 2K High Frame Rate (HFR) feature films and alternative content in its original format.

In conjunction with this spectacular opening, Christie officially launched the world’s first commercial laser projection system at the Shanghai Film Art Center on June 13. On this occasion, Christie demonstrated the advantage of laser projection vis-à-vis conventional projection systems, and conducted a special screening of the Hollywood film, Godzilla. SIFF’s designated cinemas such as Shanghai Cineplex and Da Guang Ming Cineplex also featured the festival’s movie line-up using Christie’s Solaria series of 2K and 4K digital cinema projectors.

A stellar lineup of international movie celebrities is expected to attend this year’s SIFF red carpet ceremonies. Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Hayden Christensen, Rain, Song Seung Heon and Park Shin Hye will grace the red carpet at the opening ceremony on June 14, while the closing ceremony red carpet will be equally as star-studded with Natalie Portman and Son Tae-Yeong, among others, on parade.

“The organizers of this year’s SIFF have chosen Stage Sisters as its opening film to reflect the cultural, historical and technological elements of this truly international film event,” said Ming Zhang, marketing director, Shanghai International Film Festival Limited. “The screening of restored film masterpieces demonstrates the pioneering effort by the SIFF to support and breathe new life to classic Chinese films which are part of our enduring film history.”

“This opening of this year’s SIFF coincides with the annual Cultural Heritage Day and we hope that through the screening of Stage Sisters as the opening film, it will create awareness of the need to protect our film and cultural heritage. We are glad to have Christie as our exclusive digital projection partner once again to continue the creative process for the past six years. And we certainly look forward to more fruitful years of collaboration with digital cinema projection leaders such as Christie.”

Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific, said, “As the hub of Chinese film art, Shanghai is the place where many dreams become reality on the screen. As the barometer of China’s movie industry, the SIFF gathers the best film professionals around the world for this annual event. Christie, as a world leader in digital cinema projectors, is honored to be associated with the festival. We’re very happy and honored that the Christie Solaria CP4230 digital cinema projector is deployed to screen the fully restored version of the late Chinese director Xie Jin’s masterpiece Stage Sisters in its 4K glory.”

Christie Unveils World’s First Commercial Laser Projection System in Shanghai

Christie®, the industry-preferred brand in the digital cinema projection market, today announced the unveiling of the world’s first commercial pure laser projection system installed at the prestigious Shanghai Film Art Center on June 13, 2014.

The Shanghai Film Art Center, the first cineplex to be built in China, has just installed the Oriental Mega Screen and is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities. The installation of Christie’s laser projection system at this facility is a clear indication that high-brightness laser projection technology is officially ready to enter commercial operations. Having successfully demonstrated high powered laser projection systems at numerous industry events for the past two years, including the world’s first commercial laser engagement in 2013, Christie has once again accomplished the pioneering feat of placing this groundbreaking projection technology permanently within the reach of the mass audience.

Don Shaw next to Christie Laser Digital Projector

Laser Projection Redefines 3D Cinema
As the pioneer and leader in laser projection technology, Christie is in constant pursuit of maximum brightness and the most realistic color reproduction. Through continuous research and innovation, Christie’s industry-leading products and solutions have time and again captivated and amazed audiences around the world, and constantly elevate the audiovisual experience to new heights. Christie laser projectors will provide industry-leading brightness of up to 72,000 lumens per projector head, wider color gamut capabilities, higher contrast, and dramatically reduced maintenance requirements, resulting in a better experience for all applications.

With a maximum brightness of up to 72,000 lumens, Christie’s laser technology has achieved an astounding breakthrough, which completely shattered its previous record of 34,000 lumens using conventional xenon lamp technology. Not only does this greatly increase the brightness when viewing 3D content, it also further pushes the capability of high quality visuals and art forms to new heights and restores cinematic colors to its intended realism and brilliance.

One of the biggest advantages of Christie’s laser projection system is its scalable and upgradable architecture, which allows users to precisely select the amount of laser light needed for their screen, with the capability to simply add more laser modules in the future if they wish to increase the brightness. Moreover, using the industry-proven Christie Duo system, there is no practical limit to the amount of light that can be put on a cinema screen. For maximum reliability, Christie’s laser system features integrated cooling in each laser module to provide the right amount of cooling for the lasers that are in use.

Shanghai Film Art Center celebrates installation of Christie laser digital projector

If the mechanical cooling components in one module experience a failure, then only that module goes dark, but the movie can still play very brightly with the light from other modules. Competitive architectures feature a single cooling unit, which represents a high risk, single-point of failure for the entire system.

Smooth Installation of World’s First Commercial Laser Projector
The process of installing the world’s first commercial 4K laser projection system in Hall 1 of the Shanghai Film Art Center by Christie’s highly-proficient technical personnel has been smooth sailing. Boasting a brightness of 60,000 lumens, a contrast ratio of 3000:1, and a 1.4 gain high uniformity white screen measuring 23 meters in width, these technologies are set to deliver an unprecedented and ultimate visual experience for the audience. Christie is on track in setting a new record in the global film industry with the installation of this cutting edge laser projection system.

“As a pioneer in the visual display industry, Christie prides itself in the pursuit of achieving the highest in brightness and achieving the most realistic color reproduction,” said Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie.

“With our rich experience in the field of laser research and development, and having conducted a number of professional and commercial laser demos, Christie is able to deliver full-fledged laser technology at the Shanghai Film Art Center. The installation has been exceptionally smooth due to our longstanding expertise and practical experience in laser projection technology.”

Christie is the world’s first visual technologies company to receive the US FDA approval of variance allowing the sale of laser projectors for use in a cinema.

Christie Leads the Way in Commercial Laser Projection
The event at the Shanghai Film Art Center showcases the capabilities of Christie’s 4K laser projection system in displaying spectacular images that redefine the cinematic experience. From the gleaming bodywork of the hottest automobiles to flying sparks from chainsaw-wielding workers, the minute details on an owl’s feathers to soaring grains of sand generated from swift motions of a shark, the crystal-clear waters of natural landscapes to glimmering lights from multiple windows of a New York skyline at night, Christie’s laser projection system elevates stunning and lifelike visuals to a whole new level.

Guests who attended the event are not just enthralled by this unprecedented visual experience, they are also convinced that this installation marks a new milestone in cinema projection technologies. At the same time, they look forward to enjoying these breathtaking visuals at more theaters in China. The gala event concluded on a high note with the special preview of the Hollywood blockbuster film Godzilla.

“We are very proud to install and showcase the superiority and brilliance of the world’s first commercial laser projection system,” said Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific. “This revolutionary projector system will show how 3D light levels, color fidelity, image uniformity, viewing comfort, and a sense of immersion can be vastly improved, versus the conventional 3D systems found in cinemas around the world today. This heralds a new chapter in the milestones of global film technology and reinforces Christie’s position as the leader in ushering commercial theaters into a new era of high-brightness laser projection.”

Christie Delivers Visual Display Technologies at InfoComm

Christie® is showcasing the widest range of visual display solutions at InfoComm 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center June 1820. A trusted market leader celebrating 85 years of experience and an InfoComm Gold Sponsor, Christie is introducing new laser phosphor 1-chip DLP® projectors, new LED tiles and LCD panels, the new Roadie 4K25 and 4K35, and a new Christie LX1750 3LCD projector for fixed installations, rental and staging, education, business, government and industry, sports and entertainment, houses of worship, meetings and events, and hospitality.

Christie products featured at InfoComm 2014

“Christie is a total solutions provider and it’s all about providing customers with the ultimate peace of mind; knowing that calling Christie means ‘problem solved!’” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing, Christie. “Christie solutions offer exceptional performance and reliability. They help customers create the world’s best shared experiences, visually and audibly, using the broadest range of collaborative tools available today.”

At InfoComm, Christie’s all-inclusive solutions will be highlighted in seven distinct zones.

Zone 1
Large, curved Christie® Velvet™ LED display with content managed by the Christie Spyder X20.

Zone 2
Christie 4K zone features blending of two Christie 4K25 3-chip DLP® projectors and two stacked Christie Roadie 4K35 3-chip DLP® projectors with content managed by a Christie Spyder X20.

Zone 3
Christie Brio Family of collaboration tools, introducing the new Christie Brio Team. Zone 3 also showcases the new Christie 84-inch Quad HD, Christie FHD651-T touch panels and the Christie Q Series, which will be using the new Christie One Mount.

Zone 4
Control Room display with stacked Christie Entero HB 70-inch HD front access display cubes, Christie Phoenix™, Christie JumpStart and Christie FHD552-X 55-inch ultra-narrow bezel LCD flat panels.

Zone 5
Christie Spyder image processing display solutions and a selection of Christie M Series 3-chip DLP® projectors, the Christie LWU501i and Christie Q Series.

Zone 6
The Projection Mapping zone includes the recently released Book of Transformations showcasing examples from all over the world. The display will be using Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors. The Christie Interactive Design Studio – 3D, interactive projection mapping display will feature Christie G Series projectors and Christie® MicroTiles®.

Zone 7
Interactive/Bulb-Free displays with the new laser-phosphor GS Series, Christie One Mount, Christie MicroTiles using Christie Interactivity Kit, and touch LCD panels.

Zones will include the following new solutions:

Christie GS Series Laser Phosphor Projectors
Christie is expanding its G Series projection family to include solid state illumination in WXGA (DWX555-GS), HD (DHD555-GS) and WUXGA (DWU555-GS) resolutions. Using 1-chip DLP® and a laser phosphor illumination system, the Christie GS Series provides an astonishing 20,000 hours of lamp-less operation and recommended for fixed installations where high resolution applications are required, such as boardrooms, higher education, houses of worship, and smaller entertainment venues.

Christie Velvet
Christie expands its line of tiled displays with the introduction of Christie Velvet high resolution indoor LED tiles that provide high image quality and are seamless to integrate. The new, smart design LED tiles are available in various sizes and can be built-to-order in 1.875 mm, 2.5 mm, 3 mm and 4 mm pixel pitches. With wide-viewing angles and exceptional image clarity, the tiles are suitable for indoor video wall applications, such as retail, hospitality, corporate lobbies and control rooms. Built for 24/7/365 use and backed by industry-leading warranty and trusted pre/post sales service, the high performance LED tiles can be used with Christie’s image processing and content management software.

Christie FHQ841-T 84-inch UHD LCD Panel

The new 84-inch “plug and play” Christie FHQ841-T multi-touch UHD LCD panel features 3820 x 2160 resolution, anti-glare glass and 10 simultaneous touch points. For customers and integrators who want a single source provider to meet all of its products and service needs, Christie offers a wide selection of displays that can be bundled with options such as Christie Brio integrated collaboration system, enhanced service plans and on-site support.

Christie FHD552-X 55-inch LCD Panel
Christie’s 55-inch ultra-narrow bezel LCD panel features a reduction in tiled space by 35 percent to just 3.5 mm between screens for a minimal loss of content. The Christie FHD552-X tiled display wall has full high-definition resolution, high pixel density and a LED-backlit screen. Images look sharp at any distance, with controlled brightness suitable for a variety of indoor environments. The Christie FHD552-X is compatible with Christie JumpStart and Christie Interactivity Kit for a fully interactive digital experience.

Christie Roadie 4K25 and 4K35 Ruggedized Projectors
The Christie Roadie 4K25 and Christie Roadie 4K35 3-chip DLP® projectors are built to withstand the rigors of the road delivering 25,000 and 35,000 lumens respectively. Both are ideal for rental/staging applications and offer 4K 60Hz projection that features industry-leading Christie TruLife™ electronics with 3G-SDI and Display Port as standard inputs and optional HDMI and DVI input modules.

Christie LX1750 3LCD Projector
Following on the heels of the highly successful Christie LX1500 comes the next generation Christie LX1750, offering a powerful 16,000 lumens (17500 center lumens), 4D color technology for superior color reproduction, and professional design. The LX1750 is ideal for houses of worship, large conference rooms, higher education, medium-sized auditoriums, and staging applications. The Christie LX1750 also features a suite of eleven optional, high performance lenses to support virtually any installation or venue, along with a fully motorized lensing system that offers easy setup and configuration.

Christie Brio Team
Christie Brio Team, the newest model in the Christie Brio family of presentation and collaboration systems, is a plug and play unit that makes it easy for individuals to wirelessly stream content onto displays from devices such as PCs, tablets, smartphones. Users can share content, edit in real time, save their work and capture action items for quicker follow-up while in study areas, small meeting rooms and huddle spaces. Brio Team, with its integrated Wi-Fi, AirPlay and WiDi receiver, requires no additional software apps, external dongles or local area network.

Christie Partners With Euromet Deliver Quality Ceiling Mount
Christie is partnering with Euromet to deliver a professional quality ceiling mount capable of supporting more than 20 Christie projectors. Christie One Mount is a modified version of the popular Euromet Arakno mount, but also includes a quick release pin to allow for easy projector serviceability. The Christie One Mount features a white and stainless steel color combination with a white ceiling mounting plate.

Christie Presence throughout InfoComm

Christie will be partnering with vendors throughout InfoComm including Crestron, in meeting room N250, which will be using a Christie D4K2560; Da-Lite, in booth C5408, with a Christie D4K2560, Christie HD10K-M and six Christie HD20K-J 3-chip DLP projectors; Stewart Filmscreen, in booth C6821, using the Christie Mirage 4K25 projector; coolux, in booth N405, with the Christie HD20K-J and Christie WU20K-J projectors; Alcorn McBride in booth N427, using Christie FHD551-X flat panels in landscape mode; the InfoComm Show Management, which is using several Christie projectors including the Christie S+22K-J, the Christie HD20K-J, the Christie HD14K-M in portrait mode, and the Christie Spyder video processor; rp Visual Solutions, booth N619, using 48 Christie® MicroTiles® Christie Interactivity Kit , and both the Christie Roadster HD20K-J and Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors; and InfiTec, booth N662, using Christie WU14K-M projectors.

NSCA Education Foundation Sponsorship

Christie is sponsoring the NSCA Education Foundation’s Drunk Unkles event, dubbed Insanity at Vanity, to be held at Hard Rock Hotel’s Club Vanity in Las Vegas, June 18. The annual event draws thousands of participants from the A/V industry, and media, to help raise money for the NSCA Education Foundation. For more information, visit www.drunkunkles.com.

Casio Expands Signature LampFree® Projector Lineup for the Hospitality Space

 

CASIO EXPANDS SIGNATURE LAMPFREE® PROJECTOR LINEUP FOR THE HOSPITALITY SPACE
New Projectors Equipped with Fifth Generation LampFree® Technology, Built-In Memory, USB Display and Wired LAN Projection 

DOVER, NJ, JUNE 3rd, 2014 Casio America, Inc., a pioneer in the LampFree® projection space, is pleased to introduce a new lineup of Signature projectors. Geared for the hospitality industry, the new lineup of Signature projectors offer Casio’s LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source, which combines a laser, fluorescent element and LEDs to generate high brightness. Now in its 5th generation, the improved LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source offers a 30 percent increase in light output for improved colors for all models in Casio’s LampFree® portfolio in addition to an estimated 20,000 hours lifespan with minimal brightness degradation and continuous operation. The average user will save an estimated $800 after 6,000 hours of use compared to traditional mercury lamp projectors.

“Since its introduction, the Signature series has become our most popular product line with the K-12 education market. These new feature enhancements will further solidify the Signature series’ popularity,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division.

Weighing in at 8.6 pounds, the new Signature projectors offer a variety of features including remote operation capable through Crestron Roomview™, Intelligent Brightness Control, wired LAN projection and MobiShow®. The projectors also provide a powerful 3D graphic experience as each model is fitted with a fully connectable interface, including three types of video and audio inputs, as well as HDMI, RGB and RS-232C terminals.

Equipped with 2 GB of built-in memory, the new LampFree® Signature projectors allow many file formats, such as PDF and QuickTime, to be stored in the projector for quick and easy playback. The can also display content from a PC by connecting the projector and PC through a USB cable, as well as a variety of languages – 10 new in main (total 23) and 8 new in USB (total 18) including Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Finnish, Turkish and Portuguese.

Casio’s LampFree® projectors come with a standard three (3) year parts and labor warranty plus a five (5) year or 10,000 hour warranty on the LASER & LED Hybrid Light source. The new Signature models will be available in July with a MSRP starting at $919.99 through Casio’s national Pro AV dealer network and authorized distributors. For additional information on Casio’s 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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Opticomm-EMCORE Announces the New Genesis XD, a Multimedia Matrix for 4K UHD and Beyond

 

Alhambra, CA –June 1, 2014 – Opticomm-EMCORE, a leading provider of end-to-end multimedia distribution equipment for 4K UHD and beyond, is launching their new Genesis XD (“GXD”) at InfoComm 2014, an all-in-one multimedia matrix solution that converts, scales, switches and distributes video, audio and data for small-to-large connectivity applications.  A four-panel video wall will be created using Genesis XD and Genesis-compatible multipoint products, including their new GBOX Series of compact, throw-down boxes, Optiva system cards, and the new Eclipse HD system.

Genesis XD accepts and converts both analog and digital signals, including HDMI 1.4b with HDCP (now known as HEAC – HDMI, Ethernet, Audio, Control), Display Port, DVI, VGA, Component and 3G HD-SDI.  GXD’s massive 40 Gbps backplane accommodates uncompressed 4K UHD resolutions now and 8K resolutions later, allowing it to serve as a staple for Installers that want a flexible and reliable connectivity platform.  Remote locations can be connected via singlemode and multimode Fiber up to 10 kilometers (6 miles), as well as CATx/HDBaseT or IP/Ethernet up to 100 meters (300 feet).

A notable feature of Genesis XD is the ability to break-away and switch audio separately for professional audio editing and processing requirements.  GXD also embeds digital S/PDIF or stereo analog audio inputs into HDMI and 3G HD-SDI signals, as well as, de-embeds audio from those same digital signals.  Supported data formats include 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, RS-232, CEC, USB 2.0 (for keyboard, mouse, storage devices etc.), and IR, which provides IR control of the source equipment from the display end of the link.

Genesis XD is a non-blocking, full cross-point matrix switch that allows any source to seamlessly connect to one or all displays for continuous, trouble-free operation in critical applications.  GXD is a modular system, expandable and scalable from 8×8 to 256×256.  Initially, GXD will be launched in a 32×32, 9RU frame, allowing for 16 cards input and 16 cards output, with two channels per card.  It incorporates “intelli-scale” technology to instantly scale a video source to the native resolution of connected displays in less than one second.

The multi-format Genesis XD platform can be utilized in numerous connectivity applications, including but not limited to:

  •  Corporate: One building can distribute multimedia between floors via copper cabling then send the same signals to a second building via fiber cabling, all output from the same switch. For AV/IT integration applications, GXD can bridge both audio/video and data networks over the same IP/Ethernet infrastructure.
  • Education: GXD can utilize existing copper and IP infrastructure for video conferencing in classrooms, then convert these and other signals for long-distance transport over fiber, for distribution of seminars, surveillance video and broadcast journalism programs throughout a campus or regional district.
  • Government and Military: GXD can support all video, audio and data for multi-display, high-security, Command and Control rooms, as well as distribute ultra-high resolution interactive video for simulation/mission control applications.
  • Hospital Operating Room: GXD can be deployed as the central switch for all connectivity applications, including archiving operating procedures, live video feed of procedures for long-distance teaching applications over fiber and IP/Ethernet, as well as distribution of multimedia to digital signage/video walls throughout the building.
  • Security and Surveillance: High-definition HDMI and 3G HD-SDI video may be routed through GXD from multiple sources to a single output using a quad-multiviewer card.
  • Worship: GXD offers seamless switching between video cameras and computer graphics, providing reliable, high-quality signal distribution to multiple projectors and screens.

 

Genesis XD includes interfaces such as USB 2.0 for remote KVM applications, RS-232 Serial Data and Ethernet for controlling remote devices.  The system can be remotely controlled and monitored through any laptop or tablet to access the web-based GUI.  Other forms of control supported are RS-232 and Ethernet/SNMP commands, allowing third-party control systems to be used. Additionally, it features a front-LCD touch screen for control and to act as a preview screen for any connected video source, eliminating need for a local, dedicated monitor.

For more information visit us at InfoComm 2014, June 18-20, Booth C7716, go to www.emcore.com/opticomm, or call 626-293-3400.

Christie Matrix STIM™ WQ Projector Wins Innovator Award in Australia

Christie®, a global visual displays and audio technologies company, is proud to announce that it is the recipient of the 2014 Innovator Award for the Christie Matrix StIM™ WQ 1-chip DLP® projector at the DTC Annual Defence Industry Dinner & Awards Ceremony held on May 30 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Christie Matrix StIM-WQ

The Innovator Award, organized by the Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) – a branch of the Australian Industry & Defence Network – recognizes a company that has invested in research and development to produce innovative products and/or services that have contributed to building the capability of the defence industry in South Australia. The Christie Matrix StIM WQ, which is the world’s brightest, solid state WQXGA simulation projection system, fended off stiff competition from BAE Systems and NewSat to clinch the coveted award.

The award-winning Christie Matrix StIM WQ is a fully integrated projection system designed to address the requirements of today’s most demanding simulation and training applications. Its unique, dual input architecture makes it the only WQXGA simulation projection system available today that displays separate channels for visible light and Infra-Red (IR) spectrum for simulated Night Vision Goggles training. With the ability to separate RGB and IR channel management, the Matrix StIM WQ offers greater system design flexibility, enabling the user to tailor and optimize the system to meet the specific night training requirement.

Another advantage is its ability to composite the two 60Hz RGB inputs to deliver true 120Hz RGB operation. The result is dramatically improved image quality without image artifacts or perceived loss of brightness while maintaining compatibility with current Image Generator technology, and without the need to make changes to the visual database. Designed for 24/7 operation and with a platform rated at 50,000 hours Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF), the Christie Matrix StIM WQ’s rugged design for motion platform use is a durable projection system with no consumables and virtually maintenance-free. This helps to offer a cost-effective solution to lower the cost of ownership in the long run.

Michael Bosworth, general manager, Christie Australia, and Jim Gray, business development manager, Christie Australia, were presented with the Innovator Award during the awards presentation ceremony at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on May 30. The event was attended by over 400 representatives from Australia’s defence industry, and graced by the Honorable Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia.

“This award would not have been possible without the inspiration and hard work from our partners, management and fellow colleagues, for whom I have deep respect, and have worked tirelessly with to ensure that our visual solutions, such as the Christie Matrix StIM WQ, delivers the best visual experience for everyone who uses it,” Bosworth said in his acceptance speech.

Commenting on the win, Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific, said, “We’re very proud and honored to receive the Innovator award, and I would like to thank DTC and the judging panel for their recognition of the capabilities of our Christie Matrix StIM WQ projector. This is a clear testimony of the high quality and performance of Christie’s advanced visual technologies in meeting the needs of the most demanding users and applications.”

Christie’s Book of Transformation Celebrates Projection Mapping Around World

Christie® has published and released The Book of Transformations – a ‘coffee table‘ style book that explores and celebrates how artists and technicians are using powerful projection display technologies to visually transform familiar structures and objects.
The Book of Transformations provides key visuals, core plans and technical details on scores of projection mapping projects done around the world using Christie projectors and complementary enabling technologies. It is available as a free downloadable app across multiple platforms, a PDF file and as a limited release hard copy publication.

Through more than 70 case studies, readers learn how giant office buildings, ancient temples and churches, landmark towers, bridges, performance stages and even athletic playing surfaces have been re-imagined and truly transformed using ‘light paint’ and the creative genius of event producers and artists.

Projection mapping involves creating an accurate, virtual version of a structure, and then using powerful professional-grade projectors to transform the characteristics of that structure using painted light and motion graphics.

Canada’s Parliament Hill Centre Block features Christie's projection mapping

The tablet version of The Book of Transformations includes images, embedded video and detailed narratives of how various structures and surfaces were mapped, recreated in software, and then given entirely new appearances using powerful projected light. The Book of Transformations also traces the history of the art form, provides an extensive primer on how projects are conceived and executed, and looks at the future of the technology and medium.

The free tablet app is available on Apple’s App Store for iPads and Google’s Play Store for Android tablets. A non-interactive PDF is also available free of charge, allowing all the showcases and supporting material to be readily viewed on other tablet devices, as well as PCs and laptops.

The book follows the early 2013 release of Christie’s ‘The Book of Shapes,’ which explored the projects and possibilities of the Christie’s groundbreaking Christie® MicroTiles® modular displays.

Book of Transformations – Designed To Inform and Inspire
“The feedback and marketplace demand for the Book of Shapes was extremely positive, so we started putting the plans together for this new publication even as the first one was being released,” explained Kathryn Cress, vice president, global & corporate marketing, Christie.

“With this new book, we wanted to not only inspire our partners and end-users with what’s possible using our projection technology, but also help explain the process and ingenuity behind some of the truly amazing projection mapping work we’ve seen around the world.”

Bart Kresa of Los Angeles-based BARTKRESA Design inspired the book’s title, having produced stunning visuals at events and installations on several continents. “It’s magic,” said Kresa, “when the audience doesn’t see this as being done with projection … when the audience doesn’t really know how it happens.”
Sorted by vertical categories: Celebrations & Festivals, Corporate, Government, Mega Events, Museums & Entertainment, Promotional & Branded, and Retail & Fashion, the Book of Transformations celebrates projects across several continents.

Featured projection mapping displays include iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, St. Basil’s Cathedral domes in Moscow’s Red Square and the La Scala opera house in Milan. There are also Middle East mosques and temples, grain silos along Canada’s St. Lawrence River, and an old courthouse in Chile – all brought to life with projection mapping.

The book also shows how motion graphic artists and technical producers push the boundaries of projection such as in South Korea and Singapore where water vapor has served as the digital canvas. In the U.S. and Spain, new motor vehicles have been tightly wrapped in fabric and magically transformed through multiple projections and the imagination.

The Christie Technology behind Projection Mapping
Christie’s 3-chip DLP® projectors are used around the world for projection mapping. A wide choice of resolutions and brightness levels lets users project rich, evocative displays on almost any structure or surface. Christie’s range of projectors feature up to 35,000 center lumens, and are equipped with either Xenon or mercury illumination, meeting the requirements for applications of any size and budget.

Christie Twist™ technology allows users to warp and edge-blend projected images onto irregular shapes or surfaces, and complicated multi-projector setups are made easy using camera-based systems such as Christie AutoStack™.

To download a copy of The Book of Transformations, tablet users can click here.

Ocean Matrix Introduces New HDMI Over IP Extender / HDMI to CAT5/CAT6 Converter

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. – May 27, 2014Ocean Matrix, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of professional broadcast video gear, today announced the availability of a new HDMI Over IP Extender. The OMX-HDMI-2-IP transmitter accepts HDMI and converts it to standard TCP/IP to send the signal over your local area network via CAT5/CAT6. The receiver then converts the signal back to HDMI at the destination point. The transmitter has a static IP address and can pair with multiple receivers (up to 8). Multiple transmitters and multiple receivers can be paired on the same network. Ocean Matrix HDMI Over IP Extender

“With the distance limitations of HDMI and since CAT5/CAT6 infrastructures exist in virtually every facility we wanted to leverage these systems to provide a low cost, long distance HDMI transmission option,” said Dan Coscarella, Product Manager at Ocean Matrix. “Sending HDMI over your entire network frees you of the typical limitations found in send/receive point-to-point systems. The OMX-HDMI-2-IP delivers unparalleled performance in Pro-AV projection networks, digital signage systems and educational streaming applications taking advantage of your existing network and making it your HDMI network.”

The Ocean Matrix HDMI Over IP Extender is available and shipping now. To learn more about the OMX-HDMI-2-IP and other Ocean Matrix products visit www.oceanmatrix.com.

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About Ocean Matrix
Ocean Matrix is both a manufacturer and importer of cost effective interface solutions for video & Pro-AV users. Our in-house engineers evaluate every product with state-of-the-art test equipment to ensure quality results at the lowest possible cost. Every Ocean Matrix product features a 1-Year Product Warranty.

Ocean Matrix is exclusively distributed by TecNec Distributing and is available through the entire TecNec dealer network and online at Markertek.com.

More realistic than ever before: CAST releases beta version of wysiwyg R33

Ahead of its general product release, expected before the end of June, CAST Software announces the distribution of the beta version of wysiwyg R33 design and previsualization software suite – the second instalment in the graphics upgrade — with three of its new and significant features, many of which were evaluated and requested by CAST Software’s partner base.

LED Video Walls / Screen Virtual Point Light
As content changes on screens such as LED video wall displays, they emit a light ‘glow’ into the surrounding environment. wysiwyg perfectly replicates this effect so lighting designers will be able to produce the most accurate previsualization and deliver stunning designs for their clients.

Shaded View Profiles
Promising greater workflow efficiency, Enhanced Shaded View Profiles allows users to save a combination of lighting settings under a profile for future use.

200 Lighting Universes
Saving perhaps the best new feature of R33 to last, CAST Software has doubled the number of universes giving wysiwyg users access to 200 universes. This translates to 102,400 DMX lighting channels, ensuring that no project is too big for wysiwyg.

But what does an industry professional see when looking at wysiwyg for the first time? Really virtually real super rich graphics driven by the ultimate software application that is so comprehensive that it deals with all aspects of lighting, including those things, which affect lighting like moving props, LED video walls, and reflective surfaces. wysiwyg lets them design and pre-cue, and then previsualize, run a sequence or take screen shots to test or share, ultimately delivering a design that can be faithfully replicated for real.

One lighting designer working with the beta version is Emiliano Morgia who said: “On seeing the beta version of wysiwyg R33, my first impression was ‘Wow’. In our lighting design projects we are often working to very tight deadlines so the Shaded View feature will ensure that we’re even more efficient. Additionally R33 packs some punch in creating realistic previsualizations for clients, especially those who are increasingly requiring LED video wall displays.”

“R33 represents a huge leap forward in functionality and the next instalment of the on-going graphics upgrade. The speed enhancement, file handling and navigation improvements are a result of the direct feedback from our professional customer base. R33 continues to unleash creative lighting for today’s needs and exemplifies what we are prone to say around CAST: it just keeps getting better!” explained Bruce Freeman, Chairman at CAST Group.

Meanwhile, over 100 beta testers, representing a cross-section of lighting professionals, are busy putting R33 through its paces and will be communicating their findings to CAST over the next weeks.

A full set of R33 features will be announced when the general release version of wysiwyg R33 becomes available, likely before the end of June.

R33 Beta LED Video Wall Glow Video: http://youtu.be/rQaoazMZ7dI

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TDC provides core video expertise for largest-ever light festival Vivid Sydney

Aquatique Show International, Vivid Aquatique, Darling Harbour, Photography by Rodney Campbell.

TDC – The Technical Direction Company is proud to be deploying the full range of its professional and technical expertise in providing core technology and services to Destination NSW for the sixth annual Vivid Sydney festival running from 23 May to 9 June.

Anthony Bastic, Vivid Light Festival Director said: “Vivid Sydney is a unique celebration of light, music and ideas that will see the centre of New South Wales’ vibrant capital transformed by a series of state-of-the-art visual and creative art installations. There are two components to Vivid Light. The first is the Light Walk, which is the public interface of Vivid Sydney. This includes numerous light installations by artists. Secondly, also forming part of the Light Walk, are projections onto some of Sydney’s most iconic buildings including the Museum of Contemporary Art and Customs House. We are thrilled to work with TDC in bringing the artists’ vision to light.”

“This is our third year of working with Destination NSW on Vivid Sydney, providing a huge range of technologies including 3D media servers, 3D mapping, video projection equipment, projection tower infrastructure and sound installations, not to mention our highly skilled crews to manage the technology,” comments Kain Jones, Special Projects Manager at TDC. “We have used our experience of working on Vivid Sydney for the last three years to apply the insights with have learned to how to adapt and continue to make sure that the elements TDC is involved in are amazing.

“As Vivid Sydney grows, new buildings and locations are added, so initially we spend considerable time analysing which technology is best-aligned to meet the artists’ vision. We get involved from the outset in installation design, mapping the buildings to enable the designers to create content specific to the outline of those buildings. We then work on optimal locations for projector placement, media server selection, lens selection and the number of projectors required to meet specific brightness (lux) output for each installation.”

“Vivid Sydney is a great challenge for our company, the scale of this event is enormous in regard to projection technology required to bring it all together,” comments Michael Hassett, TDC’s Managing Director. “This year over 50 Barco projectors will be deployed in total, ranging from the brightest projector in the world, the HDQ-2K40 (40,000 lumens brightness) along with Barco HDF-W26 (22,000 lumens brightness) and FLM-R22+ (22,000 lumens brightness) projectors. This is a projection technology feat and not something that any company globally could pull together easily. We’re proud to be working with the great team at that Destination NSW again this year, and we look forward to the continued success of Vivid Sydney.”

• Over 50 Barco projectors will be deployed in total, ranging from the brightest projector in the world, the HDQ-2K40 (40,000 lumens brightness) along with Barco HDF-W26 (22,000 lumens brightness) and FLM-R22+ (22,000 lumens brightness) projectors. Photography Rodney Campbell.

The TDC team preparing for Vivid Sydney. Photography by Rodney Campbell.

TDC getting ready for Vivid Sydney. Photography by Rodney Campbell.

And the last word goes to Olin Winton, Technical Manager at TDC who says: “It’s always a joy to work on large format projection projects and Vivid Sydney is no exception. The opportunity to display images on iconic buildings takes months of planning and long nights of alignment. This year we have added several new projects to our list, which we are extremely pleased with. Seeing it all come together, working with world class technicians and seeing the end result of people interacting with the buildings is extremely rewarding.”

World firsts from TDC

This year’s Vivid Sydney programme includes a number of significant technological and creative firsts.

Dichroic Dimensions

Digital Shamans, Dichroic Dimensions, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Mordant Wing). Photography by Rodney Campbell.

Kain Jones points to one aspect of a unique interactive installation at the new building of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), where artist-in-residence Ross Manning has collaborated with multidisciplinary artistic collective, The Digital Shamans to give visitors the chance to projection-map the façade of the building using only their voice.

“There’ll be two microphones on a slightly raised platform. As the audience uses their voice to interact with the installation, various hidden layers of visuals and soundscapes will be revealed based on pitch,” explains Michael K Chin at The Digital Shamans. “TDC are an amazing company with the technical know how and equipment to cope with the subtleties in our work. Especially with the HD video taken of dichroic filters producing subtle gradients in tones and colour shifts, strong contrast and vivid colour. It’s been a pleasure working with TDC for the first time. They are very professional and their experience with past Vivid Sydney festivals has been invaluable.”

Gamma World

Jess Johnson & Spinifex, Gamma World, Original Façade, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Photography by Rodney Campbell.

Bringing together the worlds of live performance, interaction and visual art onto the original façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Gamma World’ combines isometric designs, old school gaming, pop up 3D books and forced perspective using 3D and animation tricks that powerfully takes the viewers on a journey through changing worlds.

Stella Carmody, Producer at Spinifex Group Sydney says: “What makes this projection so special this year is that we were able to combine our love of story-telling with the wonderfully inspiring artwork of Jess Johnson to create an abstract, engaging and playful piece of moving art on this iconic building. Hardware and projection mapping was undertaken by our good friends, large-scale projection experts, TDC.”

Urban Tree Project

Urban Tree Project, Ample Projects – MLC Centre, Martin Place. Photography by Rodney Campbell.

If you ever find yourself wondering what grew in the CBD before monuments of glass and steel, Urban Tree Project in Vivid Sydney 2014 will show you. The CTA building in Martin Place will grow out of the ground to become a magnificent living tree within the surrounding urban environment to celebrate and reflect on Sydney’s original green landscape. Design and animation company, Ample Projects turned to TDC to provide the projection solution.

“This project had unique technical challenges, so the natural choice for us was TDC. Ample designed a complex 3D mapping solution in collaboration with the TDC team. They were highly professional, providing projection design solutions for a cylindrical architecture screen with extreme focal planes. We look forward to working with them again soon,” says Ample Creative Director, Nicholas Tory.

“The shape of the structure was great to work on. We decided that the best solution was to map the projection to the curves of the building using Coolux Pandoras Box Media Servers,” comments Pete Lynn, TDC’s Media Server Specialist. “We’re very happy with the results.”

The projections for the Urban Tree Project are synchronised with a stunning laser lighting show as is the case with TDC’s projections for the Vivid Aquatique Water Theatre installation.

Spirit of Patyegarang

•	Patyegarang, Bangarra Dance Theatre Company – Vivid Light Walk Tour, Harbour Bridge Southern Pylon. Photography Greg Barrett.

Bangarra Dance Theatre is Australia’s leading Indigenous performing arts organisation celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. To mark this milestone the company presents its new production at the Sydney Opera House Patyegarang until 5 July and participates for the first time in Vivid Sydney with The spirit of Patyegarang. Projected onto the southern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The spirit of Patyegarang is a video installation marking the first Indigenous contribution to the Vivid Light Walk.

Bangarra’s Executive Director, Philipe Magid, said: “TDC is providing equipment and video expertise enabling our company to project a stunning work of art on to a section of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Through a fusion of dance movements and music soundscape and thanks to video projections supported by TDC, the important story of Patyegarang will awake and inspire with the sensations and emotions of ‘first contact’”.

Play Me

Play Me, Customs House, Photography by Rodney Campbell.

In a poetic explosion of colour, light and sound, ‘Play Me’ will transform the façade of Customs House into a series of massive ‘musical sculptures’ that are individually selected and manipulated by the audience.

“Each of these ‘sculptures’ depicts a family of musical instruments which the audience can ‘play’ in real-time using a touch screen located on a platform in front of Customs House bringing it to life in glorious torrents of ever-changing colour, light form and sound,” says Sergio Carrubba, director and projection designer at Danny Rose, the design team for this project. “We’ve worked with TDC before on the ‘Move Your Building’ exhibit at Vivid Sydney 2013. In all cases, TDC offers exceptional support during planning phases, onsite technical support and the very best in projection equipment to assist with our designs which will all be brought to life at Vivid Sydney.”

Ignatius Jones, Creative Director, Vivid Sydney, comments: “Vivid Sydney is a strange beast: on the one hand it is a major government initiative designed to drive visitation and tourist expenditure during the year’s lowest season, and on the other a celebration of the fusion of Art and Technology that is changing our world forever and for the better. As Creative Director I must split my focus between the exacting contractual and economic demands of government, and the necessity to provide cutting-edge technical solutions to all the issues of larges-scale – or should I say vast-scale – public entertainment.

“TDC has an instinctive and comprehensive understanding of these issues. They are the perfect collaborators: calm, creative and totally competent. I would have no qualms in recommending them to anyone in the tough world of live mass entertainment, and hope to be working with them for a long time to come.”


TDC staff working on this project:

Kain Jones – Special Project Manager
Olin Winton – Technical Manager
Steve Cain – Head Technician/Media Server Specialist
Pete Lynn – 3D Media Server Specialist
Drew Ferors – Projectionist
Gareth Marsh – Projectionist
Katrina Harding – Projectionist
Isaac McKenzie – Projectionist
Adam Fiddler – Technician

TDC are working with following designers for Vivid Sydney:
• Urban Tree Project, Ample Projects – MLC Centre, Martin Place http://www.vividsydney.com/events/urban-tree-project
• Aquatique Show International – Vivid Aquatique, Darling Harbour, http://www.vividsydney.com/events/vivid-aquatique
• Patyegarang, Bangarra Dance Theatre Company – Vivid Light Walk Tour, Harbour Bridge Southern Pylon, http://www.vividsydney.com/events/the-spirit-of-patyegarang
• Starry Night, Brad Miller – Pier 8, Walsh Bay Wharf, http://www.vividsydney.com/events/starrynight
• Digital Shamans – Dichroic Dimensions, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Mordant Wing), http://www.vividsydney.com/events/dichroic-dimensions
• Danny Rose – Play Me, Customs House, http://www.vividsydney.com/events/play-me
• Heinz Kasper – Mystery of Creation (Fragments of The Seasons), Cadman’s College, http://www.vividsydney.com/events/mystery-of-creation-fragments-of-the-seasons
• Jess Johnson & Spinifex – Gamma World, Original Façade, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, http://www.vividsydney.com/events/gamma-world-mca-original-facade

TDC equipment supplied:

• Over 50 Barco projectors will be deployed in total, ranging from the brightest projector in the world, the HDQ-2K40 (40,000 lumens brightness) along with Barco HDF-W26 (22,000 lumens brightness) and FLM-R22+ (22,000 lumens brightness) projectors.
• Coolux Pandoras Box Media Servers
• Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software

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