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Christie Awarded FlightSafety International Contract to Deliver New High Brightness, High Resolution Christie Matrix WQXGA Simulation Projection System to US Coast Guard HC-144A Ocean Sentry Program

Christie®, who introduced the world’s first DLP® simulation projection system with LED illumination, today announced that FlightSafety International, with Aero Simulation Inc. (ASI), has awarded Christie the contract to supply a projection system consisting of nine Christie Matrix StIM™ WQ 1-chip DLP® solid state, LED-based projectors, to the U.S. Coast Guard’s HC-144A Ocean Sentry program at the Aviation Training Center (ATC) in Mobile, Alabama. Aero Simulation Inc. (ASI) is the program’s prime contractor responsible for delivering the Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) and supporting subsystems.

The Christie Matrix StIM WQ is an integrated scalable environment projection system with the capability to display independent RGB and IR channels through Christie’s InfraScene™ technology at WQXGA (2560 x 1600) resolution. It features 800 ANSI lumens, 4.1 megapixels of resolution, fully ruggedized chassis, Christie proprietary technology such as ArrayLOC™, which allows a seamless and uniform performance across a projection array, MotoBlend™ to maximize system contrast and optimize dark scenes, robust and easy to use AutoCal™ to maintain the alignment to precisely match and blend arrays, and the latest fully adjustable Christie AccuFrame™ smear-reduction technology for the most true-to-life image quality in the industry. Unlike alternative approaches to “smear reduction,” Christie AccuFrame is integrated into the Christie Matrix StIM WQ and is fully adjustable in 1 percent increments over a 0-100 percent range. This allows system designers and customers to maximize dynamic image quality over a range of applications and/or training scenarios.

Christie Matrix StIM WQ


The all-new HC-144A Ocean Sentry has been certified by the USCG as its Medium Range Surveillance Maritime Patrol Aircraft. The Ocean Sentry has the capability to perform aerial delivery of search and rescue equipment such as rafts, pumps, and flares. It can serve as an on-scene commander platform for homeland security missions, since it is outfitted with the IDS Command and Control (C2) System, and the state-of-the-art C4ISR suite of sensors and avionics. The HC-144A’s modern C4ISR suite, modular cabin, fuel consumption rate, and short field takeoff and landing capability, make it uniquely suited for U.S. Coast Guard missions.

Christie is at I/ITSEC in Orlando, FL, Dec 3-6 showcasing several new simulation solutions including the Christie Matrix StIM WQ at Booth #2549.

Christie MicroTiles Help Shaw Communications Speak to Customers at Its Canadian Retail Stores

A waterfall array of Christie® MicroTiles® is inviting customers into the retail stores of Canadian media giant Shaw Communications, where the digital display technology educates customers about the Shaw universe that includes cable television, Internet and phone service.

Since the first 4-units high by 6-units wide array was installed in May at the Sunridge Mall store in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the unique waterfall displays are now up and operating in three more Shaw retail locations in Alberta and British Columbia, with more installations planned in the future.

“We wanted to make the stores exciting enough so the customer would look at the displays and see a reason to walk into the store,” said James Ferguson, national director, Retail, Shaw Communications. “Christie MicroTiles were the answer.”

Shaw Communications uses Christie MicroTiles at Sunridge Mall

Combining proven DLP® technology with the long life and reliability of LED, Christie MicroTiles are designed for maximum image quality in demanding indoor, high-ambient light environments. At just 16 inches wide by 12 tall and less than a foot deep, they are ideal for a wide range of applications, including architectural elements, out-of-home advertising, command and control video walls, and event production.

An Easy Decision
According to Ferguson, the decision to use Christie MicroTiles was easy because Shaw – parent company of Global Television – wanted a technology that would give it a “leg up” on other stores and Applied Electronics had already installed a 4-high by 10-wide MicroTiles array in Global Television’s Toronto studio for its morning news show. Familiar with the Toronto installation, Julie Shaw, vice president, facilities, design and management at Shaw Communications, suggested MicroTiles as an option.

“Julie set the tone by raving about what an ‘awesome product’ the MicroTiles were,” said Stephen Monteith, AV design and sales representative at Applied Electronics. “After that, it was an easy decision for the visionaries at Shaw. They immediately realized how the MicroTiles could be used in unique ways within the stores to capture the audiences’ attention.”

Falling for a Unique Waterfall Effect
Having decided on Christie MicroTiles, Ferguson and his team needed to decide where to put them and what content to show while creating a distinctive visual experience that would take advantage of Christie’s technology.

Rather than have all 24 MicroTiles depicting one piece of content simultaneously, Ferguson opted for a waterfall effect with the tiles slightly staggered with gaps along the X Y and Z access in a special bracket designed by RP Visuals. Content including media, innovative new products and services, in market offers and community initiatives are shown as individual thumbnails on the MicroTiles, allowing each piece of content to cascade across the whole screen, before pulsing back into one thumbnail. Hanging from the ceiling in each store, the waterfall configurations catch the attention of those who enter the store – and those passing by.

“We wanted to give our video people a cool ‘sandbox’ to play in that provided content versatility and didn’t limit their imagination,” said Ferguson. “And Christie MicroTiles did just that with the content provided by Breakhouse. Our customers love it and their eyes are drawn to it because it is so different from what they are used to seeing. There is an old adage in retail that customers don’t look up – but in this case they do because the MicroTiles display is different, flashy, and it has content that draws their eye to it.”

“The popularity of Christie MicroTiles continues to grow worldwide and here in Canada, with almost boundless application possibilities and configurations limited only by the imagination,” said Dave Muscat, Christie’s senior director of sales, Canada. “We are glad MicroTiles entice Shaw’s clients to look up when they are in the store since this also increases the value of Shaw’s upper shelf space and revenue possibilities. Christie MicroTiles offer customers a visual solution that enhances the creator’s vision, and we’re thrilled Shaw feels the same way.”

About Shaw Communications Inc.
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, high-speed internet, home phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fiber network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX – SJR.B, NYSE – SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.

About Applied Electronics
Applied Electronics is Canada’s leader in Broadcast, Post Production and Presentation Technologies in Sales, Systems Design, Integration, After-Sale Service, and Technical Support. With clients and partners all over the world and five offices across Canada, Applied Electronics is a proud family-run business that was started in 1958. Throughout its history, Applied has maintained its status as Canada’s largest broadcast supplier and integrator. Some of the projects Applied Electronics supplies and supports the latest technology for include: stadiums, legislative chambers, digital educational facilities, master control rooms, studio and post production, mobile productions and video conferencing facilities. The company mission is to be the complete technology resource for broadcast, post production and audio visual products and services, providing a range of top-line products combined with the experience required to execute projects of all types and sizes. Visit: www.appliedelectronics.com

Digital Vision Empowers Siren Digital

New State-of-the-art Hollywood Facility Relies on Nucoda and Phoenix

(LOS ANGELES, CA) Siren Digital, a film, TV and new media production group, has yet again turned to Digital Vision for a number of solutions to power the company’s new, state-of-the-art facility in Hollywood. Siren Digital has chosen Digital Vision’s Nucoda high-end color grading system with the DVO toolset and Precision control panel to sustain their DI and technological operations. Continuing a long-standing collaborative relationship, the team at Siren has worked with Digital Vision over many years, beginning with installations of Nucoda in Santa Monica and extending overseas to large-scale, facility build-outs in Korea and China. Over the course of many projects, the companies have found new ways to produce and manage the creation and delivery of entertainment content.

Kyle Jackson, co-founder of Siren Digital noted, “We have a significant comfort level and familiarity with Digital Vision’s outstanding toolset, support, and R&D group, built upon years of experience at another facility we designed and operated in Los Angeles, and global projects we’ve managed. Over the past five years, Digital Vision has been the backbone of many of our endeavors. Their software proves time and again to be able to handle the real-world challenges of changing post production workflows.”

Digital Vision’s Nucoda grading and mastering solutions offer a powerful color toolset that integrates easily with customized workflows. It supports ACES, all the major digital camera formats on the market, and provides robust features for creative flexibility. The Precision panel adds a high level of control for colorists, with its unique, industry-leading combination of tactile controls and integrated touch-sensitive panels.

The awarding-winning DVO (Digital Vision Optics) image processing software provides a comprehensive solution for image repair, restoration, enhancement and format conversion whether originated from film or video. DVO tools are only available on Digital Vision’s Nucoda and Phoenix platforms.

Siren Studios, an emerging 360-degree production studio, and Siren Digital together offer a broad base of services to the industry, from creative to advanced production, visual effects, post production audio, film finance, and international distribution. “We are engaged in a number of traditional and emerging processes, globally, and it is crucial that our tools work now and evolve with the way our colleagues want to collaborate in the future. While we are involved in some very technologically advanced work, we are also working daily on digital intermediates, designing post workflows, and delivering projects. We believe that Digital Vision is with us today and for the long run.”

In 2011, Digital Vision supported a massive restoration and color pipeline project for Jackson in South Korea with over 200 licenses for Digital Vision’s Phoenix restoration software. Jackson notes, “We knew from our experience that the range of capabilities – Phoenix for restoration and Nucoda for grading, as well as the tools in the highly regarded DVO toolset – was a perfect fit.”

Jackson adds, “Working with Digital Vision has always been one of the most rewarding technological collaborations we have ever engaged in. Their willingness to work closely with us to devise solutions is crucial. They understand real-world demands as well as creative needs. Just as important as the toolset is their willingness to respond with flexibility, ingenuity and dedication.”

Kelvin Bolah, President of Digital Vision stated, “We have known the Siren team for years, and have seen them consistently do ground breaking, interesting work. They think a bit differently, and they think big. You must be careful with words like ‘visionary,’ but that’s what we consider Siren Digital. We are looking forward to the exciting projects that Kyle, and his partners Jeff Brue and Matthew Treinish, have in their pipeline.”

Digital Vision’s Nucoda and Phoenix systems are in use around the globe on thousands of features, commercials, broadcast programs and restoration projects. To learn more about Siren Digital, visit www.siren6500.com. For further information about Digital Vision please visit www.digitalvision.tv.

About Digital Vision
Digital Vision is the supplier of the world’s best colour grading, restoration and film scanning solutions for the broadcast, film, commercial and archive industries. Founded in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden, Digital Vision has offices in London, Los Angeles, New Zealand, and Linköping in Sweden. Digital Vision’s Emmy award winning technology and products include Nucoda and Phoenix colour grading, finishing, mastering and restoration solutions that are used to create much of the worlds’ high profile television, film and commercials media broadcast and distributed today. In addition to the Nucoda and Phoenix ranges, Golden Eye film scanners and the Vintage Cloud solution provide innovative tools to create the industry recognized highest quality in scanning, film digitization, preservation and archiving.

In April 2011, Digital Vision acquired Image Systems and is now a division of the Image Systems group of companies.

All trademarks used herein, whether recognized or not, are the properties of their respective companies.

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Digital Vision Marketing Contact:
Alexa Maza | alexa.maza@digitalvision.se | Tel: +1 (818) 769-8111

Digital Vision PR Contact:
ignite | Christine Purse | chris@ignite.bz | Tel: +1 818 303 8088 | Mobile: +1 323 806 9696

Christie Launches Matrix StIM WQ and Matrix SIM WQ, World’s Brightest Solid State WQXGA-Resolution Simulation Projection Systems

Christie® a leader in simulation projection display and visualization solutions, takes solid state projection technology “to the next level” with the launch of the new Christie Matrix StIM™ WQ and Christie Matrix SIM WQ, the world’s first, fully integrated solid-state, WQXGA resolution projection systems designed specifically to address the requirements of today’s most demanding simulation and training applications.

Built upon the unique, dual-input architecture first developed in the groundbreaking Christie Matrix StIM™ LED illuminated simulation projector – the first to provide independent control over both the visible and infrared spectrum – both the Christie Matrix StIM WQ and Christie Matrix SIM WQ provide the highest levels of light output available in an LED-based WQXGA projection system when used in a real-world training and simulation application.

The Christie Matrix StIM WQ and Christie Matrix SIM WQ feature 800 ANSI lumens, 4.1 megapixels of resolution, fully ruggedized chassis, ArrayLOC™ and the latest fully adjustable Christie AccuFrame™ smear-reduction technology for the most true-to-life image quality in the industry. Unlike alternative approaches to “smear reduction,” Christie AccuFrame™ is integrated into the Christie Matrix StIM WQ and Christie Matrix SIM WQ and fully adjustable in 1 percent increments over a 0-100 percent range. This allows system designers and customers to maximize dynamic image quality over a range of applications and/or training scenarios.

Like all Christie Matrix series projection systems, the Christie Matrix StIM WQ and Christie Matrix SIM WQ are integrated, scalable environment projection systems purpose-built for simulation applications. Complete system solutions built on Christie Matrix StIM WQ and Christie Matrix SIM WQ along with Christie AutoCal™, directly translates to the highest levels of performance combined with extremely low sustainment cost and maximum life span.

Christie Matrix StIM WQ

“The introduction of the Christie Matrix StIM WQ and Christie Matrix SIM WQ represents a major leap in technological capabilities in simulation and training that strongly reaffirms Christie’s commitment to the industry,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president of Visual Environments, Christie. “Solid state projection technology is rapidly evolving, driven by customers’ increasing expectations for higher resolution and higher brightness from LED-based projectors. The Christie Matrix StIM WQ and Christie Matrix SIM WQ further strengthen our innovation leadership in simulation and training.”

Christie Matrix StIM WQ – “Star” of the Night Sky
The unique, dual input architecture of the Matrix StIM WQ makes it the only WQXGA simulation projection system available today that displays separate channels for visible light and Infra-Red (IR) spectrum for stimulated Night Vision Goggles (NVG) training through Christie InfraScene™. 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 of the Matrix StIM WQ’s dual input architecture is the ability to composite the two 60Hz RGB inputs to deliver true 120Hz RGB operation. When used with Christie AccuFrame™ smear reduction technology, 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.

Christie Matrix SIM WQ – A “High Flyer” in Commercial Flight Simulation
The Christie Matrix SIM WQ goes beyond FAA Level D compliance for projectors in Full Flight Simulators with its higher resolution and color matching technology. Solid state, LED-based illumination means reliable, 24/7 operation, with lower power consumption and an extremely low sustainment cost that translates to a low total cost of ownership. Its inherently stable long-life platform doesn’t fade over time due to its unique, lamp-less illumination systems that offer unprecedented stability and reliability, with no consumables for reliable, continuous operation.

“The Christie Matrix StIM WQ and Matrix SIM WQ will dramatically expand training options for a wide range of simulation programs,” said Veselic. “They are compatible with all simulation motion environments, can be mounted in either landscape or portrait mode and, with Christie AutoCal™, they provide real-time continuous calibration to ensure consistent luminance and color across the entire projection array, and minimum time for system set-up and re-calibration. They are at the true ‘front line’ of simulation technology, offering performance, value and versatility to meet the most demanding needs of the industry.”

Visit Christie at booth #2549 at I/ITSEC.

Christie Powers Up Video Wall Displays With Launch Of New Christie Entero HB Display Cubes

Christie gave notice that it is driving the future of control rooms with the introduction of its new Christie Entero HB video wall display cubes, based on cutting-edge LED technology with over 1000 lumens capability in illumination and wireless networking capabilities – the first in the world to do so. The system also includes proprietary third generation ArraySync auto-color and brightness LED video wall management, and improved tiling and scaling capabilities for the perfect video wall display in every application. Backed by more than 30 years in the video wall display market, Christie’s modular display systems “go big” with cubes that feature screen sizes from 50 inches to 80 inches.

The new Christie Entero HB display solutions offer exceptional ease of installation in a wide variety of cube sizes. It’s a purpose-built, continuously self-managed system that delivers exceptional levels of reliability, flexibility and functionality for utilities, government, security and surveillance, and public and emergency services – all with lower power consumption and lower cost of ownership.

New Christie Entero High Brightness Display Cubes, powered by LED-based projectors

New Christie Entero High Brightness Display Cubes, powered by LED-based projectors

“Christie’s new Entero HB series of video wall displays are designed for 24/7 environments, built on a entirely new platform that offers the highest performance in the market today, and the promise of new capabilities in the future with simple software upgrades and room for expansion,” noted John Stark, senior director, Collaborative Visual Solutions, Christie. “With abundant size and resolution options, it is a highly versatile display solution that meets the needs of end-users in the most demanding environments. Most importantly, they are backed by Christie’s global reputation for quality, unmatched service, and superior customer support.”

Christie’s new Entero HB series is based on the most advanced DLP, LED and image processing technology – all proven technologies for long life with minimal maintenance requirements. With Wi-Fi capability – an industry first – as well as the traditional control options, end-users are always “in control,” whether using the full-function IR remote keypad, wireless devices or a standard PC. The series features intelligent, “hands’ off” self-monitoring, 12-bit RGB color sensing and monitoring, as well as endless flexibility, from screen size to native resolutions to pixel density options – for the most customizable video wall display solutions in the widest range of environments.

“In an ever-more demanding world of control rooms where video display walls are ‘too critical to fail,’ Christie’s integrated solutions deliver a flawless performance every time,” said Stark. “Our solutions start with proven solid state technology and a true zero-maintenance design, to which we’ve added a new optical platform, newly designed high performance lens, all new electronics, as well as Christie proprietary circuitry and firmware design. It all translates to high resolution displays with 24/7 reliability, lower power consumption and better light efficiency, quieter operation, and intelligent, automatic color management that go the distance. In short, Christie is the one-stop answer to all of a customer’s visual display needs.”

Collaborative visual solutions for mission-critical monitoring
Today’s control rooms go beyond traditional displaying and monitoring and Christie’s collaborative visual solutions are removing boundaries and enabling expansive collaboration for many of the world’s most mission-critical operations. By integrating stunning zero-maintenance displays with the power of the network, Christie is completely redefining the control room space, and setting the stage for an increasingly distributed control room environment. Across every sector in business, commerce and government, Christie is raising the bar to exceed today’s control room operational requirements.

Christie “Flying High” With Seven Zones Of Innovation In Simulation And Training At I/ITSEC 2012

Christie® a leader in simulation projection display and visualization solutions, sets new standards in simulation and training at I/ITSEC 2012 with advancements in solid state projection technology, improved stimulated Night Vision Goggle (NVG) training capabilities, and dual-input projection system architecture that enables true 120Hz RGB output for improved dynamic image quality.

Christie will introduce the Christie Matrix StIM™ WQ, the industry’s brightest fully integrated solid-state WQXGA resolution projection system for simulation applications; an innovative Christie DualView simulator display concept that can separately compute and render the same scene for two unique points of view (POV); and the new 60Hz high performance Christie QuadHD 84 inch flat panel display with Quad HD resolution (3840 x 2160) and 1.07 million colors capability. Christie strategically merges its cutting-edge technologies, backed by years of proven industry experience, to deliver highly customized solutions that meet the specific training and simulation requirements of customers in military, government and civil markets.

“We are continuously surveying market needs and pushing the envelope of innovation, including embracing the integration of stereo and simulation, to deliver solutions that offer the highest performance and flexibility at the lowest cost,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president of Visual Environments, Christie. “From the industry’s first dual-input system that offered simultaneous display of both the visible and infrared spectrum to today’s DualView concept that renders two unique points of view on one screen simultaneously, Christie brings ‘real world’ solutions to the simulation market that help set the pace of innovation.”

Visitors to the Christie booth #2549 can experience a simulated fly-through of New York City with FlightSafety International’s VITAL X IG on three new Christie Matrix StIM™ WQ simulation projection systems, with WQXGA resolution, 800 ANSI lumens and 120Hz update rate for stunning dynamic image quality. Photo courtesy of FlightSafety International

Among Technologies Displayed at the Christie Booth # 2549 at I/ITSEC:

Christie Matrix StIM WQ – 120Hz Demo With the Latest IG and Display Technology
The new rugged Christie Matrix StIM WQ is an integrated scalable environment projection system that outputs 800 ANSI lumens and displays independent RGB and Infrared(IR) channels through Christie’s InfraScene™ technology at WQXGA (2560 x 1600) resolution – the first and brightest LED-based WQXGA projection system in the industry to do so at true 120Hz RGB output. Each of (3) Matrix StIM-WQs will be driven by two 60Hz channels from FlightSafety International’s six-channel VITAL X Image Generator to display a composite 120Hz output with improved dynamic image quality without trade-offs in brightness or compromising IG rendering capability.

Christie DualView Concept
The innovative DualView simulator can separately compute and render the same scene from two unique points of view (POV) with excellent image quality, allowing two operators to respond to their own, separately warped, full-screen image simultaneously. This achieves essentially zero geometric distortion rather than a compromise single DEP ( Design Eye Point) located half way between operators. As a result, the system offers collaborative training that is closer to real-life scenarios where fast action developments require rapid decisions. Christie partnered with RealTime Immersive Inc. (RTI – booth #325) and Immersive Display Solutions (IDSI – booth #1229) on this display concept.

Christie HoloStation Technology Preview
The Christie HoloStation is a personal visualization system that displays up to 16.8 Megapixels of data in a 3D stereoscopic and interactive, tracked environment – all in a compact footprint. It provides the functionalities of a full-size Christie CAVE™, but in a scaled down, completely self-contained personal immersive environment that fits into a cubicle or small office. With interactive 3D content from WorldViz, an industry leader in interactive virtual reality solutions, and a pair of NVIDIA® Quadro® cards, it features external graphics processing designed for large-scale 3D visualization. Easy to deploy and use, the Christie HoloStation can be set up in almost any facility, and with its head-tracking sensors, it is ideal for applications including aircraft design development, architectural walk-throughs and as a 3D virtual trainer.

Christie QuadHD 84” Flat Panel Technology Preview
The Christie QuadHD is a high performance 60Hz 84-inch flat panel display with Quad HD resolution (3840 x 2160) and 1.07 billion colors that provide rich, pristine and detailed images even up close for the ultimate in realism. The 60Hz refresh rate allows for smooth, real-time motion display of 2D content; and 50,000 hours illumination life makes it reliable and cost-effective. Easy to deploy, it is an affordable solution for high performance, professional data visualization applications.

Remote Operator Training Workstation
The Christie Remote Operator Training Workstation is a modular faceted display of three Christie FHD551-X high-definition 55” LCD flat panels, landscape mounted in a 1 by 3 array and one stacked below the center for lookdown views of maps or GPS controls. The low-cost simulation system provides a wide Field of View (120 degrees) and is perfect for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operator training, as well as command vehicles, ship’s bridges and air traffic control.

60 /120Hz Comparison
A dramatic, side-by-side demonstration of images projected at 120Hz versus 60Hz illustrates the accuracy and clarity of higher update rates. Christie integrates the Matrix StIM’s unique dual-input architecture with image generators running 60Hz to achieve the higher 120Hz update rate for the complete visual, with the result being a sharper image with no motion artifacts and no compromise in brightness. The display is powered by two dual-input Christie Matrix StIM™ LED projectors, with content and image generators provided by strategic partner MetaVR, a software development company that specializes in visualization of real-time 3D worlds.

Christie Spyder X20 – the Most Versatile Video Processor
The rugged Christie Spyder X20 is a powerful video processing system that provides the flexibility and control needed to create high-tech, high-quality video wall displays for applications such as monitoring and surveillance, command-and-control, action review and situational analysis. The Spyder X20 will power multiple displays such as a 3 by 4 Christie® MicroTiles® array (12 tiles) and two Christie FHD551-X 55 inch flat panels to feature security camera footage and topographical maps.

Christie products can also be found at partner booths throughout I/ITSEC, including Flight Safety International, the world’s leading aviation training company, which is using three Christie Matrix StIM projectors, at booth # 1701; DiSTI, global leader in the development of Human Machine Interface software for businesses, governments and the military, which is using three Christie FHD551-X LCD panels at booth# 1773; NDIA SIM TV displays, located in the conference lobby will use two Christie HD14K-M 3-chip 1080 HD digital projectors; Da-Lite, makers of the most comprehensive line of projection screens in the world, which is using a Christie DHD800 1-chip DLP® projector, at booth #2734, and Air National Guard, which is using 10 Christie Matrix StIM simulation projectors, is at Booth #1963.

ArcLight Cinemas Bring A Taste Of Hollywood To La Jolla, California With Christie Solaria Series Digital Cinema Projectors

Preferred Christie Partner ACS Enterprises Selects Christie As Exclusive Digital Cinema Provider At New La Jolla Theater In San Diego

Expanding its premium movie viewing experience to San Diego for the first time, ArcLight Cinemas once again trusted Christie digital projectors to exclusively light up the exhibitor’s new 14-screen multiplex in La Jolla, providing audiences with its signature Hollywood viewing experience that treats every guest like a star. The new 1,800-seat ArcLight La Jolla multiplex houses an array of Christie DLP digital cinema projectors, including five Christie CP4230 4K-resolution units, with one unit powering ArcLight’s first “Wide Screen” concept auditorium. ArcLight also plans to upgrade the projectors to High Frame Rate (HFR) 3D technology in time to present Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit,” since the Solaria Series is upgradeable to HFR.

“All our screens offer the best in sight, sound, and viewing comfort, with a wide variety of dynamic programming, ranging from the newest Hollywood blockbusters to independent art house fare, cult favorites and classics,” said Joe Miraglia, director of design, construction and facilities at ArcLight. “With such diverse content, ArcLight looked to Christie for a range of versatile and superior performance projectors from the Solaria Series, including the Christie CP2210 2K, Christie CP4220 and Christie CP4230 4K projectors, all of which provide the best in both conventional and premier movie experiences.”

ArcLight Cinemas recently opened its doors to the La Jolla community and held a special event on Friday, Nov. 16, to officially welcome its new audience.

According to Miraglia, the choice was also made easier thanks to ArcLight’s long history with Christie, which has resulted in the installation of 61 projectors in the company’s four Los Angeles-based theaters. With a mission to create the most memorable movie-going experience for film lovers and casual moviegoers alike, ArcLight Cinemas has been changing the way people experience going to the movies for ten years. Its sit-down café, extra-wide seats with double armrests, and full service concession areas make it more than a place to see a movie – it is also a destination for entertainment and a great night out.

Jose Alvarado, chief executive officer of ACS Enterprises Inc., which installed the Christie projectors in the La Jolla Theater at the Westfield UTC shopping mall, remarked that ArcLight auditoriums are unique in their designs. They are not constructed with maximum seating in mind; instead, they are built around the screen, focusing on a “black box” design aesthetic, which emphasizes undistracted viewing and features the best in sight and sound technology. Familiar with Christie’s winning combination of product and support excellence from its previous installations at ArcLight theaters, ACS powered all of the new screens exclusively with Christie projection systems.

“Christie continues to provide the highest quality picture presentation possible, offering best-in-class technology, as well as excellent technical support and expertise,” said Alvarado. “At ACS, we strive to efficiently meet our clients’ unique requirements, as does Christie. This shared philosophy is the basis of our highly successful partnership. ArcLight needed technology that would benefit greatly from the advances sweeping the industry for 3D and HFR film, and I trusted Christie completely to provide the most reliable products available today.”

“With the flexibility and adaptability of the fully DCI-compliant Solaria Series projectors, Christie presented the best solutions to meet ArcLight’s distinct audiences,” said Craig Sholder, Christie’s vice president of Entertainment Solutions. “Christie offers exhibitors the most cost-effective path to the next generation of digital cinema technologies, including HFR 3D movies. We continue to provide an unparalleled range of products and technical support, and are pleased to again be selected as the exclusive digital cinema provider by preferred partner ACS Enterprises, and to get the ‘V.I.P’ treatment from ArcLight Cinemas.”

Christie MicroTiles Earn Top Grade At Texas Tech University’s Rawls College Of Business

When staff at Texas Tech University’s Rawls College of Business visited a trade show and saw Christie® MicroTiles®, they knew they found the solution for their flagship classroom’s digital display wall. Located in Lubbock, Texas, the college has six areas of study – Accounting, Energy Commerce, Finance, Information Systems and Quantitative Sciences, Management, and Marketing – in addition to dual programs in conjunction with architecture, agriculture, foreign languages, law, medicine, and environmental toxicology.

Installed at a 15-degree angle pointing down at the audience for better viewing, the 12 units wide by 9 units high Christie MicroTiles array features educational content and, via a Christie Spyder X20 video processor, displays multiple pictures and videos simultaneously for instruction with a customized structure holding the display securely in place.

Christie MicroTiles, used with a Christie Spyder X20 image processor, are also a flexible and easy-to-use solution for the instructors who use the display. Instructors can show multiple images and easily change them. The tiles’ brilliant color and excellent resolution make the display — even detailed images from spreadsheets or graphs — viewable from any angle or distance in the amphitheater-style classroom.

“Our goal was to have a ‘wow factor’ and something that stood out on the cutting edge of technology,” said Kathryn Suchy, associate director/computing, Texas Tech University. “This Christie MicroTiles installation definitely accomplished that goal and when people see the MicroTiles and are told of their capabilities, they are blown away.”

Consultant and Integrator Serve Key Role in Leading Project to Completion
Serving as consultant on the intricate project was DataCom Design Group, of Houston, Texas, a solution-based firm focusing on filling client needs.

“The school wanted something that stood out when you walked into the classroom,” said Richard Brink, associate principal, DataCom Design Group. “The school really took to the MicroTiles and wanted as large a wall as was feasible.

“It was important for the school to have an additional recruiting tool for both students and faculty; something that really made a statement,” Brink continued. “Besides the physical practicalities of such an installation, keys to their decision were what content would be displayed and how they would utilize the screen itself. We asked them, ‘In your wildest dreams, how many images do you want to see for both special events and regular use?’ and similar questions. With the size, resolution and capabilities they wanted, the solution was Christie MicroTiles.”

Christie MicroTiles combine both DLP® projection and Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology to produce brighter images and a wider color palette than conventional LCD or plasma displays.

Jon W. Litt, account executive at Whitlock, project integrator, explained to the decision makers at the school that Christie MicroTiles were the correct choice.

“The school wanted a state-of-the-art statement piece and the MicroTiles dovetailed into that very, very well,” said Litt. “You basically put the MicroTiles wall up and allow it to do what it needs to do for many years. As a result, the school maximized the return on its investment.”

One design challenge the installation team faced was ensuring the custom bracket could support the weight of the array and leave enough space to keep it cool. The architect, structural engineer, mechanical engineer, and Litt worked together to design a bracket that could support the video wall – which had no other support but the ceiling bracket – and allow for sufficient airflow behind the wall without creating a wind tunnel effect and whistling sound. Litt said the team did “a lot of engineering on air velocity. It was a real advantage that Christie MicroTiles don’t burn very hot.”

Instructors select the sources of information or data to display and the Christie Spyder X20 image processor does the rest of the work of getting the selection displayed. “The [Christie] Spyder and [Christie] MicroTiles is a natural match,” said Litt.

“Christie MicroTiles have more resolution than any other solution available in the market. Color reproduction is great and the university really liked the overall low cost of ownership, because the tiles wouldn’t need a lot of maintenance and replacement compared to other solutions,” Litt continued. “That maximizes their return on investment.”

With more than 200 students sitting in the auditorium classroom and multiple images, spreadsheets, graphs and financial content displayed onto the Christie MicroTiles simultaneously, ultra high resolution and superior colors are vital.

“The color, saturation and brightness made the school so happy with the installation and the final product,” added Litt. “The reaction of people has been incredible. You walk in and see this massive video wall and people say, ‘wow that is so cool.’ Texas Tech wanted a statement piece — something state-of-the-art — and [Christie] MicroTiles really fit into this story.”

“There is no question that the MicroTiles video wall is a wonderful tool for recruiting high end faculty talent,” concluded Suchy. “If you have high-end faculty, the students will come and the Christie MicroTiles contribute to that end. We are very thrilled with the installation and you can see how classy the entire setup looks.”

Disney Chooses Christie MicroTiles For World Premiere Of “Electric Holiday” Window Display At Barneys New York

The world of high fashion comes to life in brilliant colors as multiple configurations of 425 Christie MicroTiles light up the windows of Barneys New York flagship store at 660 Madison Avenue, for their “Electric Holiday” display. A partnership between The Walt Disney Company, Barneys New York, and Christie, “Electric Holiday” is a multimedia presentation highlighted by a digitally-animated, moving art short featuring Disney characters Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Daisy Duck, as they strut the runway in original designer clothes. The short is the highlight of the high tech light show, accompanied by an original score by Oscar winning composer Michael Giacchino.

Following the world premiere on November 14, the eight-minute art short will continue to loop throughout the day on the Christie MicroTiles. The window displays will be up until January 3, 2013. Visit www.christiedigital.com/electricholiday to learn more about the display and if visiting over the holidays, post your photos on our wall at www.facebook.com/christiedigital.

“We are thrilled to be working with the experts at Christie on Disney Electric Holiday Windows at Barneys New York. Disney and Barneys wanted to create a visually stunning window display unlike any other and the Christie MicroTiles – with their high resolution, shallow depth, virtually seamless canvas and true-to-life image quality – made that possible. Utilizing 565 square feet of MicroTiles and 50 million pixels we are able to create a brilliant light and video show that will light up Madison Ave throughout the Holidays,” remarked Lylle Breier, SVP World Wide Special Events, Walt Disney Studios.

Christie MicroTiles Light Up Barneys New York Windows With Disney's 'Electric Holiday' Display

“‘Electric Holiday’ is a stellar combination of state-of-the art animation, lights, music, and fashion that will encompass eight windows of Barneys New York’s Madison Avenue store and represents one of the most complex combinations of shapes, resolution, size and depth of field ever used with the Christie MicroTiles,” said Sean James, vice president, Managed Services, Christie. “From the realization of the high-concept moving art short to the multi-layered arrangement of MicroTiles, it is a triumph of technical, creative and artistic vision never seen before on a holiday window display.”

Christie’s Managed Services team provided technical consultation at every stage of the installation, from concept finalization, to pre-staging, to on-site set-up, expanding on its long history of collaboration with Disney. Christie projection technologies have powered some of Disney’s most famous world premiere events, including “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “High School Musical”. Each window will feature an array of Christie MicroTiles in a staggered, multi-layer set-up of various shapes and depths, surrounded by bright meshes of lights that will be synchronized with the music.

Right Technology at the Right Place
The shallow depth of the display windows presented an especially daunting challenge, eliminating technology that required substantial space. Flat panels were considered, but their thick bezels significantly distracted from the display, which needed to appear nearly seamless.

Christie MicroTiles were the answer. Lightweight and shallow rear projection modules approximately 16” by 12”, they are less than a foot deep and fit perfectly in the store windows. More importantly, they have a nearly invisible 1mm gap between the tiles for seamless images and can be scaled to any size, shape and orientation, forming a digital canvas of the highest brightness and resolution. As well, with a viewing angle of 180 degrees, every view from the street offers “the best seat in the house”, regardless of where one is standing.

The Best and the Brightest
Harnessing the strengths of both DLP projection and LED technology, Christie MicroTiles offer substantially brighter images and a much wider color palette than conventional flat panel LCD and plasma displays. The result is a digital canvas composed of 425 MicroTiles in a combination of portrait and landscape modes, generating the equivalent of a 600 square foot image spread across 2,275 square feet of building. The complex design of the display includes:

• 565 square feet of Christie MicroTiles digital canvas
• 50 million pixels of resolution
• 15 simultaneous HD video streams
• 476 square feet of Traxon Mesh
• 600 feet of A-Deco Pixel strings
• five d3 Media Servers

“’Electric Holiday’ is truly a collaboration of some of the ‘best of the best’ in the world,” continued Sean James. “Achieving such a technological and creative triumph required a true partnership of trust among all the contributors. It represents the best in fashion from Barneys New York, the best in Entertainment from Disney, and the best in visual technology from Christie.”

VP of Christie’s Entertainment Solutions group, Craig Sholder added: “Christie and Disney share a long and successful history of collaboration, staging some of the industry’s most memorable multimedia events. Our latest partnership for ‘Electric Holiday’ continues in that tradition of success. We look forward to Christie technology, the Disney magic, and Barneys’ sense of fashion thrilling shoppers from around the world during the holiday season.”

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Acoustic Diffuser DemonstrationAcoustics First has just released another in a series of videos to help explain acoustical principles using simple, easy to understand video demonstrations. This latest demonstration tackles the mystery of acoustic sound diffusion. Using an array of ping pong balls to represent sound visually, this video simply demonstrates what occurs when sound strikes the surface of an acoustic diffuser. First, you will see what happens when sound hits a flat reflective surface with no acoustical treatment. Acoustic Sound DiffuserThe balls all bounce at the same time and in the same direction. This represents what happens to the sound when it hits a flat reflective surface like a wall. Then you see what happens when sound hits an acoustic sound diffuser. You will immediately notice the energy of the wave of balls is scattered in all different directions as well as deflected at different time intervals. Diffusers, disperse or scatter the sound like crowd control, preserving the sound to maintain sound clarity without destructive interference. This is the basic principle behind acoustic sound diffusion.

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