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Light Iron Chooses Christie Solaria Projection For Postproduction Needs

Light Iron, a leading postproduction house based in Los Angeles, has expanded its use of Christie Solaria® Series digital cinema projectors offering rich, saturated color, high brightness and sharp, 4K resolution to its ever growing clientele.

A Christie CP4230 digital cinema projector was installed at Light Iron's new facility in New York City


“We’ve used other manufacturer’s 4K projectors when 4K projectors first hit the streets, but the fact of the matter is it’s more important to be the best at something than the first. And the best 4K solution is exactly what Christie brings to the market. With its reliable and proven name, it was an easy decision to make Christie the standard for our screening rooms in both Los Angeles and New York City, with Christie Solaria 2K and 4K projectors in operation at both locations, including a Christie Solaria CP4230, which will be highlighted at the official unveiling of our new facility in New York City tonight,” said Michael Cioni, CEO, Light Iron.

“Christie’s all-in-one design allows us to view 4K content without an external cinema server. This allows us to stream uncompressed 4K content from our DI color systems directly to Christie projectors in our LA and New York facilities. This makes the integration of 4K into our technical pipeline nearly identical to our 2K pipeline, and that’s one of the reasons it’s the best projection solution on the market,” added Cioni.

Christie DLP Cinema® Projectors a Hit with Postproduction Houses
“Our product flexibility is gaining us a lot of converts in the postproduction space. One of our key differentiators here is that the user doesn’t have to swap input cards when switching between uncompressed and packaged cinema content, as two slots are standard on the Solaria 4K projectors,” said Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management with Christie’s Entertainment Solutions group. “And as one of these connections is a professional-grade quad 3G-SDI connect, Christie can ensure that post facilities have a robust and convenient digital interface for flawless viewing of 4K digital cinema or alternative content.”

After four years in Los Angeles, Light Iron has expanded into New York to help serve the postproduction community there. A pioneer in 4K postproduction projection, Light Iron hopes to demonstrate to the NYC cinema and postproduction community the solid workflows that 4K enables and how easy, cost-effective and quick it is to implement a 4K workflow as an alternative to 2K workflows, which don’t facilitate 4K digital content as well. Light Iron’s New York screening room has a 35-foot throw and a Microperf screen 16 feet wide by 9 feet. The 4K content is played out of a Quantel Pablo Rio with AJA Corvid Ultra video card, while 4K content is fed via 4 by 3G-SDI. The facility at 580 Broadway will be unveiled to a broad cross-section of the industry at its grand opening tonight.

“Ours is the only post facility designed for 4K from the ground up. While working with 4K files is becoming common, viewing pixel-for-pixel results is not. The Christie CP4230 expands Light Iron’s creative freedom by enabling real-time 4K monitoring in a calibrated DCI space. Since that’s where the cinema is headed, that’s where Light Iron needs to be. There’s really no one else on either coast that feels as strongly about this as we do,” said Cioni.

About Light Iron
Light Iron is a postproduction company specializing in on-site dailies, digital intermediate, archival, and data services for projects originated on file-based motion cameras. With facilities in Hollywood and New York City, Light Iron serves feature film, episodic television, commercial, and web-bound projects at both the independent and studio level. The company distinguishes itself by providing clients state-of-the-art hardware and software solutions configured to enhance the creative process. More specifically, Light Iron delivers post production workflows that minimize time, maximize image fidelity, and increase filmmakers’ creative control over their projects.

DPA Microphones Spends A Night At The Opera

The sound team at the Parco Della Musica Auditorium in Rome recently turned to DPA Microphones’ Reference Standard 4017 Shotgun Microphones to record the audio for a specially commissioned double DVD of two operas that were being performed as part of the Santa Cecilia Opera Studio, a master programme devoted to Bel Canto.

With high quality audio a prerequisite – and with strict instructions from the director that no microphones were to be seen anywhere in the video footage – sound engineer Giacomo De Caterini was initially struggling to work out how he could comply with the director’s brief.

“The director wanted to avoid any microphones that could be visible because he was determined to maintain strict focus on the performers,” De Caterini explains. “Due to bad experiences in the past, especially on video productions where close-up shots revealed poorly concealed microphones dangling from the singers’ wigs, he was very keen not to have any microphones on the singers’ heads. This ruled out the use of miniature microphones such as the DPA 4061s, which we had initially been considering.”

To add to De Caterini’s difficulties, some of the backgrounds were being video projected, which meant that microphones hanging from the ceiling were also out of the question.

“I was quite worried as the only option left was to use shotgun microphones positioned on the edge of the proscenium,” De Caterini says. “I realized this would only be OK if we had a sufficient quantity and if they were strategically placed to capture the audio properly.”

Luckily, Salvatore Zocco, product manager at DPA’s Italian distributor M. Casale Bauer, was able to come up with a solution. He gave Giacomo De Caterini some DPA Reference Standard 4017 Shotgun Microphones and suggested he tried them out as an option.

“Although I expected the high quality sound and trustworthiness that invariably comes with DPA microphones, what I did not expect was the ability of these microphones to deliver a sound unlike any other shotgun I have ever tried,” De Caterini explains. “They were much more akin to a pair of traditional cardioids, and with the amazing ability to behave more like ‘wide cannons’ than strict shotguns. In other words, instead of the typically coloured audio that becomes almost unusable as soon as the pickup is slightly off-axis, these microphones delivered great audio that required minimal tweaks and remained readable and clean even when picking up vocalists who were right as the back of the stage. Thanks to their new, dedicated preamps, they also delivered lower noise than any other shotgun microphone I have tried. Ultimately, what set them apart was something you certainly don’t expect from shotguns: sheer musicality.”

The two operas being recorded for this DVD project were Ravel’s “L’Heure Espagnole” and Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi”. Both were performed in the Petrassi Hall, which has roughly 700 seats and is the smallest of the three halls that form the Parco Della Musica Auditorium complex. The double DVD production was co-produced by the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Infocamere, the IT company for the Italian Chamber of Commerce, and distributed as a special gift to major Chambers of Commerce clients.

After completing the recordings for the DVDs, Giacomo De Caterini was so impressed with the performance of the DPA 4017 Shotgun Microphones that he refused to return them to M. Casale Bauer.

“They were definitely a keeper,” he says, “and they have now joined the Auditorium’s stock of DPAs. I’ve used a lot of DPA in the past – and B&K before them. I love all the classics like the 4006, 4015, 4011 etc., and I also use the DPA miniature microphones for live work, especially the brilliant d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and the compact cardioid 4021 microphones, which I consider to be the most treasured tools of my trade.”

Recently, De Caterini had the opportunity to use a pair of DPA 4041s (running at 130V with the dedicated preamp) and was completely blown away by their performance.

“They combine the best features of DPA’s classic omnis with the low/mid ability that has previously been the trademark of DPA’s competitors. Using them for the first time provided me with a rare moment of illumination – not to mention an almost irrepressible urge to reach for my wallet!”

Since completing the opera DVD project, Giacomo De Caterini has been working on a number of other high profile recordings including engineering and post-producing a CD of Verdi’s music for EMI Classics, which features the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia with Sir Antonio Pappano.

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Christie Solaria Series Projectors Light Up the Warner Bros. World Premiere of “The Great Gatsby” in 3D at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City

The highly anticipated world premiere of Warner Bros. “The Great Gatsby” lit up the screen in brilliant 3D, thanks to Christie Solaria® Series digital cinema projectors, which brought to life the splendor of the roaring twenties in rich, saturated colors and sharp, 4K-resolution. The star-studded event took place at Avery Fisher Hall, an iconic New York City venue at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

The Great Gatsby (Courtesy Warner Bros.)

Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the film is based on the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. on May 10. The event was a glamorous evening worthy of the film’s 1920s setting, featuring an audience filled with the film’s stars—Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton, and Carey Mulligan. A host of other A-list celebrities, including Jay-Z and Jake Gyllenhaal, also made appearances at the red carpet event.

“Christie is thrilled to have projected the world premiere of ‘The Great Gatsby’, a long-awaited movie based on one of the most beloved literary classics,” said Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. “As a trusted leader in digital cinema projection, we were pleased that that our projectors displayed all the splendor and opulence of ‘The Great Gatsby,’ fully realized in 3D!”

Preferred Christie® dealer Digital Media Systems selected two top-of-the-line Christie CP4230 DLP® digital cinema projectors for the screening, which converged the light from two projectors to create a seamless image projected onto a silver screen. Gregg Paliotta, president and owner of Digital Media Systems, said that this 4K Christie solution was the only choice for providing the brilliant 3D images needed.

Avery Fisher Hall - Ready for Great Gatsby Premiere (Photo Courtesy Gregg Paliotta)

“We have done other major premieres at Avery Fisher Hall in the past, such as ‘Hugo’ and ‘War Horse,’ so Warner Bros. and Lincoln Center trusted us and Christie to deliver the high brightness and absolutely flawless picture quality needed to screen this major studio event,” said Paliotta. “The Christie projectors always perform to our expectations, and ‘The Great Gatsby’ premiere was no exception. We are proud to be an exclusive Christie dealer for that reason.”

Christie Projects Tribute to Barbra Streisand For 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala at Avery Fisher Hall

A Christie® digital projector was chosen to honor Barbra Streisand at the 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center on April 22, 2013. Former President Bill Clinton presented the pop culture icon with the prestigious Chaplin Award for her lifetime of achievements and contributions to the art of film. The Christie projection system screened a tribute montage of Streisand’s illustrious career, which includes her Academy Award®-winning performance in “Funny Girl” and her role as director, co-producer, co-writer, and star of the film “Yentl.”

A 40-year tradition, the Chaplin Award Gala is The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s major fundraising event, which helps support the organization’s “ongoing work in education, artist development, and cross-cultural film outreach,” according to the Film Society. Special guests included actors Pierce Brosnan, Blythe Danner, Amy Irving, and Kris Kristofferson, with musical performances by Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis, and Liza Minnelli.

“We were thrilled that Christie technology was chosen to deliver the visual experience that honored Barbra Streisand with this deserving award at Lincoln Center,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, Global & Corporate Marketing, Christie. “We recognize that, with a sold-out audience filled with distinguished guests, a visual solution worthy of showcasing Ms. Streisand’s legendary performances was needed. And that we delivered, as our projectors are recognized for delivering the most brilliant, high-definition images in the industry today and with the reliability expected from the Christie brand.”

The Film Society of Lincoln Center chose Digital Media Systems to install a powerful and reliable projection solution for the gala at Avery Fisher Hall, one of Lincoln Center’s largest venues with a capacity of over 2,700 people. Digital Media Systems in turn selected a Christie Roadster HD18K 1080 HD DLP® Projector to light up a 32ft. screen throughout the event, confident that it would deliver an image that was bright and powerful enough to meet the demanding needs of the high-profile evening.

According to Gregg Paliotta, president and owner of Digital Media Systems, “We have done other projects for various Lincoln Center venues and events, and we always ensure that any projection and sound solution we use is world premiere standard. Quality and reliability are paramount. Absolutely nothing can go wrong once the curtains go up, which is why we choose Christie to deliver at these prestigious events. The Christie HD18K projector was the perfect solution for the challenging distance, angle, and space limitations of the projection booth.”

“This is an incredibly important event for us each year, as it helps support our organization through the celebration of those who have advanced the art and culture of film,” said Lesli Klainberg, managing director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center. “For the 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala, we really wanted the clips from Barbra Streisand’s career to pop with bright, sharp images. We have worked with Gregg Paliotta of Digital Media Systems in the past, and are always impressed with the quality of the Christie projectors and the exceptional services he provides in setting them up for our most important functions.”

Part of the Christie HD Series, the Christie Roadster HD18K features full 1920 x 1080 resolution, proven 3-chip DLP® technology with Xenon® illumination, high quality optics and 10-bit image processing for the brightest, clearest HD imaging available in the industry today.

About The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize and support new directors, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility and understanding of film. Among its yearly programming of film festivals, film series and special events, the Film Society presents two film festivals in particular that annually attract global attention: the New York Film Festival which just celebrated its 50th edition, and New Directors/New Films which, since its founding in 1972, has been produced in collaboration with MoMA. The Film Society also publishes the award-winning Film Comment Magazine and a year-round calendar of programming, panels, lectures, educational and transmedia programs and specialty film releases at the famous Walter Reade Theater and the new state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. For more information, visit www.filmlinc.com.

About Digital Media Systems
Digital Media Systems, Inc. represents the motion picture post production, distribution and exhibition communities for complete projection and sound services. It specializes in equipment and engineering support for world premieres and event screenings. It also provides multiplex and screening room installation service and maintenance. For more information, visit www.dmediainc.com.

Scrabble Entertainment Launches Most Affordable Digital Conversion Leasing Program for Exhibitors in North America

Scrabble Entertainment, an international deployment entity, is excited to announce the immediate roll-out of its affordable lease-to-own digital conversion program. The program to deploy DCI-compliant digital cinema equipment is supported by major Hollywood studios in the form of certain financial contributions pursuant to the terms of each agreement separately reached with each studio. The program does not require any financial pre-qualifications or credit check of any kind. The lease term, with an option to buy the equipment at the end of the lease at no residual value, will be of immense value to all potential exhibitors. Among the Hollywood studios that have signed up so far to separate, non-exclusive agreements are Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Motion Pictures, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, and 20th Century Fox. Scrabble is also in advanced negotiations with Sony Pictures Releasing Corporation.

“Scrabble Entertainment has enjoyed exceptional success in helping exhibitors convert to digital cinema in several countries, where we are responsible for 100% conversion of multiplexes covered by our programs,” noted Ranjit Thakur, founder and CEO of Scrabble Entertainment, which also recently expanded into South America. “We recognized the extraordinary financial pressures faced by many thousands of independent exhibitors, drive-in theatres, and art house theatres throughout the United States and Canada, which operate under tight budgets and could not easily afford the move to digital cinema technology. Working with preferred equipment suppliers and technical service providers, and with the financial support to be provided by the Hollywood studios under their respective agreements, we developed this flexible, lease-to-own program specifically tailored to accommodate the conversion of such screens to digital projection.”

Scrabble Entertainment has partnered with Christie Digital Systems, USA Inc, not only to supply equipment to the program, but also to include Christie Managed Services, which will provide remote monitoring and comprehensive maintenance, with round-the-clock support through Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC), along with preventative servicing and on-site emergency response.

“Local theaters are often important cultural and social hubs in their communities, and it is vital that they continue to provide quality entertainment to moviegoers,” said George Scheckel, Director of Business Development for Entertainment Solutions, Christie. “We are very pleased to be selected by Scrabble Entertainment as a preferred supplier of DCI-compliant digital cinema projectors, as well as a provider of technical support through Christie Managed Services. With more than 80 years of experience working with exhibitors of all sizes, we are ready to ensure a seamless move to digital by providing the highest quality equipment and service expertise, throughout the conversion process and for years to come.”

Scrabble is at CinemaCon 2013, Meeting Services Boardroom, Promenade Level (Across from Capri Room), Caesars Palace® Las Vegas.

About Scrabble Entertainment
Scrabble Entertainment is an international deployment entity and India’s only DCI- compliant digital cinema deployment company with VPF contracts with all six major Hollywood studios. The company has successfully been a catalyst in the conversion of several multiplexes and launched major deployment programs in India, the Middle East, Israel and South America. Working in partnership with content and technology providers, projector manufacturers, and other diverse distributors, Scrabble offers a seamless transition to digital cinema technology, providing the entire range of services that include installation, maintenance and training. Scrabble capitalizes on its extensive industry partnerships across all disciplines to offer exhibitors a lower cost-of-entry, with maximum flexibility in lease programs, as well as enhanced revenue streams and playback of alternative content. For more information, log on to
www.ScrabbleEntertainment.com.

iRidium Academy Teaches Faster, Easier Project Creation & Advanced Control Techniques

iRidium Academy Teaches Integrators Faster, Easier Project Creation and Advanced Control of Automation Systems and AV Equipment

Webinars and self-paced video training options are now available to integrators worldwide

Nizhny Tagil, Russia – April 9, 2013 iRidium mobile Ltd., the dynamic and rapidly evolving Russian-based developer of iRidium, an all-in-one App-based software package that enables the control and automation of AV equipment from a variety of devices, announces today that the iRidium Academy has been launched and is now accepting applicants.

The iRidium Academy is an online training center for integrators to learn about and increase their capabilities with the iRidium mobile software package. It is designed for Residential and/or Commercial installers and integrators who are looking for an unlimited and elegant control solution, and especially those who use Crestron, HDL-BUS or KNX control systems and want to increase their capabilities using additional Audio/Video equipment. Installers and integrators who want an all-in-one control and visualization solution to create custom drivers will also benefit greatly from the Academy offering.

iRidium Academy Now open For Enrollment

Two training options are now available, one being a series of online instructor-led webinars and the other is through self-paced online video coursework. Regardless of the chosen format, the iRidium Academy will teach installers and integrators how to quickly and easily integrate a variety of Automation systems and AV equipment using iRidium.

The iRidium Academy webinars begin this week and are scheduled as follows:

  • April 10 (12:00 GMT): iRidium for Global Cachè and AV & Custom Systems
  • April 12 (12:00 GMT): iRidium for controlling KNX
  • April 17 & 18 (12:00 GMT): iRidium Scripts: Creating drivers for controlling any equipment
  • April 23 (12:00 GMT): iRidium for HDL-BUS Pro

Upon completion of the iRidium Academy trainings, attendees will be able to:

  • Create unique interfaces in the iRidium GUI Editor
  • Create drivers for controlling any equipment
  • Create your own Automation projects
  • Set up connection with any Automation system & AV equipment in your project
  • With a 100% test score, additional bonuses will be awarded

To register for the webinars or for more information, interested parties should visit http://www.iridiummobile.net/academy/main/with-coach/.

Alternatively, video-based courses are available online and can be accessed 24/7/365. These can be found by visiting http://www.iridiummobile.net/academy/main/myself/.

Delivering unrivaled capabilities and elegantly styled customizable graphical user interfaces, iRidium provides integrators the ability to combine the functionality of a wide variety of electronics systems components into a single project. This enables the entire system to be easily operated by control panels, touch panels, tablets, devices and gadgets. Currently, iRidium is compatible with Crestron, KNX, TP4, Lutron, My Home, Global Cache’, HDL, Clipsal, Modbus, Helvar, Domintell and Weinzierl. Other brands will be added as they are collectively tested and approved.

The iRidium software package is flexible yet functional, and easily operated by users with varying degrees of technical knowledge. The application can be downloaded from the App Store, Google Play and via www.iridiummobile.net. Interested parties are encouraged to learn more about iRidium mobile on the web by visiting www.iridiummobile.net, by writing to contact@iridiummobile.ru, and by following @IridiumMobile on Twitter.

To download images, screen shots and other information, please visit our Press Dropbox folder: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qp01pfg4tt9vo6d/Bum5jo2rhr, managed by KMB Communications.

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About iRidium mobile

iRidium mobile is a dynamic and rapidly evolving Russian-based IT company that developed iRidium, a software package used to create unique, functional graphic interfaces for controlling any Residential or Commercial Automation System, Audio Video equipment or Media Server from any device or gadget operating on the iOS, Mac, Windows XP/7/8, or Android platform.

Simple and scalable, iRidium enables systems integrators to create graphic interfaces that have been fully adapted to meet the needs of a diverse range of clientele. When fully implemented, the application simplifies the integration of different electronic systems components by combining them into one centralized, customizable project within the iRidium system. Drivers for most Audio Video equipment are easily created using iRidium Scripts, further customizing the desired functionality of every component.

Utilizing the most current and cutting edge programming technologies available, the iRidium team consists of highly skilled programmers, information technologists and executive level management with an extensive background in designing, developing and delivering smart home automation and control solutions.

Available for download from the App Store, Google Play and via www.iridiummobile.net, iRidium is easy to implement, customize and use. The system is flexible yet functional, and easily operated by users with varying degrees of technical knowledge. Interested parties are encouraged to learn more about iRidium mobile on the web by visiting www.iridiummobile.net or by writing to contact@iridiummobile.ru.

iRidium mobile Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications | E.  Katye@kmbcomm.com

O. (406) 446.1283 | C. (425) 328.8640 | W. www.kmbcomm.com | T. @katyemcgregor

Christie Achieves Milestone with Industry’s First 4K Resolution 3-chip DLP Projector Running at 60 Hz

The quality, clarity and brightness of amusement park attractions, video and image-intensive shows, and exhibitions and virtual design applications take a significant leap forward today with the introduction of the new Christie® D4K2560 and Christie D4K3560 projectors. The new D4K models are the first projectors to combine 4K resolution, high frame rates at 60 frames per second (fps) and 3-chip DLP® technology. Both the Christie D4K2560 (25,000 center lumens) and Christie D4K3560 (35,000 center lumens) provide razor-sharp image detail – and video with smoother motion and transitions – for unsurpassed image quality and a more vibrant and appealing visual experience. The new projectors replace the Christie D4K25 and D4K35, respectively, and are perfect for any application requiring 4K, 60 fps, 3-chip DLP® projectors with high brightness.

The New Christie D4K3560 4K Resolution 3-Chip DLP Projector

“Christie is the only manufacturer providing full 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution at 60 Hz and the reliability and image clarity of 3-chip DLP® all in one package. Both projectors are a quantum leap forward in video image processing and a breakthrough in high frame rate and high resolution video projection,” said Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Business Products, Christie.

The Christie D4K2560 and Christie D4K3560 projectors are the first of Christie’s new TruLife™ Electronics platform that offers customers superior image and video quality for the most comfortable and realistic viewing experience. Additionally, the units come equipped with 3G SDI, Display Port, and DVI/Dual Link DVI inputs, so Christie customers can update their existing sites for future projects without the constraints of SDVI inputs.

“Customers such as automotive designers and amusement park operators will love the increased dynamic range and the highest fidelity content with immaculate, deep, and vivid color transitions,” Garrido continued. “Amusement parks, for example, are open all day and well into the evening seven days a week and the combination of 4K, 60 Hz and DLP® reliability can manage the heavy workload with smooth, crystal-clear video content much longer than what has been available.

“With the launch of the Christie D4K2560 and D4K3560, Christie stands above the crowd in its ongoing commitment to providing the ultimate visual experience to its customers. Our new projectors continue to demonstrate our dedication to being the industry leader with incomparable solutions and customer service.”

The Christie D4K2560 and Christie D4K3560 have a three-year parts and labor warranty and ship in June 2013.

Christie Continues Setting the Bar Higher at National Association of Broadcasters Show 2013

Christie® is showcasing its newest offerings at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show April 8-11 including the world premiere of 3-chip DLP® technology displaying 4K resolution at 60 Hz with the introduction of the new Christie D4K2560 and Christie D4K3560 projectors.

These new 4K resolution products are the first to include the new Christie TruLife® Electronics platform – a quantum leap in video-image processing and a breakthrough in high frame rate/high resolution video projection for the ultimate in hyper-realistic images.

The Christie D4K2560 is displaying full 4K resolution at 60 Hz and, along with the Christie D4K3560, the Christie D4K2560 provides precision image detail and video with smoother motion and transitions for a more vibrant and appealing visual experience. Featuring flexible 4K inputs, both projectors are ideal for applications requiring high brightness and 4K resolution with immaculate video and image quality.

Innovation Theatre provides Sneak-Peek at the Future of 3D Cinema
The spacious and inviting Christie booth also features the Entertainment Solutions Innovation Theatre presenting a groundbreaking comparison between 3 F.L. and 14 F.L. while emphasizing the benefits of higher brightness 3D.

Christie Broadcast Set Highlights Latest Trends
The Christie booth also features the ultramodern Christie broadcast set with a concave backdrop of 138 Christie® MicroTiles®. The 48 center tiles feature Christie Interactivity Kit and Christie Jumpstart while two portrait-mounted 55-inch Christie FHD551-X flat panels with damage-resistant, optically bonded Corning® Gorilla® Glass frame the sides of the fully integrated exhibit. All display technology is mounted using rp Visuals custom-mounted display solutions with two Christie Spyder X20 video processors managing the content.

Utilizing thin and lightweight Gorilla Glass, Christie is the only brand to offer a bonded solution that retains the LCD flat panel’s sleek, narrow-bezel design without increasing the image-to-image gap between panels.

Christie Business Products Zone
Located in the Business Products zone is the new Christie LW720 3LCD projector. Building on the successful Christie LW650, the Christie LW720 is a compact and affordable LCD projector with 7200 ANSI lumens and 2500:1 contrast ratio for high brightness and deep, rich blacks. The single-lamp LW720 has one of the largest lens shift ranges*, giving customers the ability to place the projector in a variety of locations in museums, houses of worship, large conference rooms and rental/staging applications.

Also at NAB for the first time is the Christie FHD551-W outdoor flat panel. Introduced earlier this year, the rugged 55-inch Christie FHD551-W with optically-bonded glass is a professional grade full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) solution for a wide range of applications including outdoor sporting events and venues, architectural applications, entertainment parks, the hospitality and resort industry, transportation, and other outdoor environments not usually applicable with standard LCD panels.

Following on the heels of a successful launch late last year, Christie is pleased to showcase the Christie DHD775-E and Christie DHD550-G 1-chip DLP® projectors. Fast becoming go-to solutions for displays in board rooms, classrooms and meeting spaces in government facilities, both the E Series and G Series comes with native HD resolution models and easily connect to today’s computers either wired or via wireless connectivity option. The Christie DWU775-E features an optional dual processor warp module for blending and warping images, color matching and an optional stacking system – making it ideal for applications requiring geometric adjustments and/or multi-projector setups and rental and staging applications. For fixed applications, the Christie DHD550-G provides exceptional image quality boasting 5000 lumens from a single mercury-lamp design. With high brightness and better price/performance than other projectors in its class, the Christie G Series is an excellent choice for myriad display applications where value and image quality are deciding factors.

The Business Products Zone also includes two Christie Roadster HD20K-J 3-chip DLP® projectors demonstrating their ability to flawlessly blend and warp images.

Christie Products at Five Additional Locations
A 3-unit tall by 2-unit wide array of 72-inch WU cubes will be displayed at the Vizrt booth while the Quantel booth features a Christie CP4230 DLP Cinema® projector using a Christie Spyder X20.

At the Autodesk booth, two Christie Roadster HD14K-J 3-chip DLP® projectors and a Christie Spyder X20 will be displayed while, at the Alcorn McBride booth, 24 Christie MicroTiles will be showcased. Creator of the Pandoras Box media player, coolux Media Systems is featuring the Christie YK50 dual-arm projector yoke supporting the Christie LX700 projector, 12 Christie MicroTiles and four Christie HD10K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors.

Finally, The Ryerson School of Media will have dozens of students traveling the show floor in their phosphorescent orange shirts, encouraging visitors to stop at the Christie booth.

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Christie Interactivity Kit and Christie MicroTiles Let Visitors Curate Their Own Tour at Cleveland Museum of Art

Visitors to the celebrated Cleveland Museum of Art and its Gallery One are engaging with displays and curating their own tours thanks to Christie® MicroTiles® and Christie Interactivity Kit. Blending art and technology as part of an elegant $100 million renovation, Gallery One’s Collection Wall is a 40-foot wide multi-touch screen comprising two 15-units wide by 5-units tall Christie MicroTiles video walls using Christie Interactivity Kit. The 4-unit wide by 3-unit tall “Line and Shape” MicroTiles video wall with another Interactivity Kit is located in Studio Play, Gallery One’s early (childhood) learning zone.

Inspiring visitors and motivating the younger, tech-savvy demographic to explore the museum’s thousands of works including Pablo Picasso masterpieces, the Collection Wall allows up to 16 people to interact simultaneously with the wall using RFID tags on iPad stations. The results they create also suggest further topics of interest. Visitors can personalize and build his or her collection, curating their own tour on the iPad using the museum’s ArtLens app.

Christie MicroTiles at Cleveland Museum of Art

The “Line and Shape” wall lets up to three children simultaneously draw lines or shapes. The content management software then finds and displays similar shaped artwork from the museum’s collection, encouraging participants to see shapes in everyday life.

Zenith Systems Finds the Answer with Christie MicroTiles
When Christie MicroTiles debuted, Doug Fortney of Zenith Systems, project integrator, learned how the museum could eliminate the need to replace projector lamps and not worry about color matching even for a display that runs all day. He was particularly interested in their maintenance since he wanted to install a video wall directly into the architecture.

“When I learned from Bob Christopher (Central Regional Manager, Business Products Fixed Install, Christie) you could repair each tile just by removing its screen – that got really interesting because, as an integrator, we’re always thinking about not only building something, but maintaining it. It was very important to come up with a sustainable design. Part of what is so attractive about MicroTiles and Interactivity Kit is the components are modular, not very big, and everything can be repaired quickly. We don’t really have access to the back – so we needed to be able to fix anything from the front,” said Fortney.

“The big things that appealed to us are no lamps to replace, the 65,000-hour half-life of the LEDs, the technology in the MicroTiles that helps them maintain a uniform color across all the tiles, and the great black levels. Trying to make this art look really spectacular requires fantastic black levels and the MicroTiles give us the blacks we want. The art really ‘pops’ on it and adds to that ‘wow’ effect because the black levels are so good.”

Visitor Interacts with Christie MicroTiles' 40 ft-wide Collection Wall


Christie Interactivity Kit Completes the Visual Solution
“The other piece that became very important was learning about Christie Interactivity Kit at another trade show – because this wall was going to be interactive. Until that point, we were looking at another product for the touch interface because we needed a very high accuracy performance where you touch a small piece of art and manipulate it,” noted Fortney.

Adding to the experience, Fortney and his team also wrote software that generates a dead zone around the initial touch, preventing accidental touches such as a piece of loose clothing from creating an unintentional result.

Powered by Baanto™ ShadowSense™, the Christie Interactivity Kit adds multi-touch interactivity to any large-format, rectangular digital display. It lets multiple users interact simultaneously with a video wall with the resolution and speed needed to support finger-based gestures such as flicking, pinching, rotating and scrolling. Scalable, and designed in pieces, Christie Interactivity Kit attaches to a video wall perimeter and is configurable into 84 different sizes with no drivers or manual calibration of sensors or cameras required.

Fortney said the displays are becoming the iconic symbol of the gallery, calling them a unique application of technology and a beautiful thing to see. He is not alone. The Cleveland Museum of Art and its Christie MicroTiles/Christie Interactivity Kit digital displays are earning enthusiastic reviews from staff, visitors and media.

“From everybody it has been an ‘Oh wow! This is beautiful.’ No one has seen anything like it,” Fortney concluded. “From a distance, the wall has a real ‘wow factor’ and then a completely different ‘oh wow’ experience when you go up and interact with it because now it is right in your face. Rather than simply a traditional static museum, you have interactivity that helps people see, appreciate, and understand the art that is at the museum. The technology draws this new crowd here and they want to experience it.”

RTW Appoints Christopher Spahr U.S. Director of Sales and Operations

Spahr Will Oversee and Develop U.S.-Based Sales and Marketing Strategies for RTW

LANCASTER, PA, MARCH 25, 2013 ─ RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Spahr as the company’s new U.S. Director of Sales and Operations in the United States. Spahr, who began his new role on March 1, 2013, will be based out of RTW’s new U.S. facility, located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He will work along with Group One, RTW’s exclusive U.S. distributor, to support the company’s dealer base in the United States. In his new position, Spahr will draw upon his extensive professional background in audio sales and engineering to establish the new sales and service protocols at the U.S. facility.

“The opening of our new U.S. facility marks quite a milestone for RTW,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “Our customers in the United States are very important to us. With his expertise in sales and business development and his years spent as a recording engineer, Christopher has the background and passion necessary to support our customers and dealers and to help expand RTW’s brand further. We are thrilled to have Christopher join our team!”

Spahr joins RTW from Sennheiser, where he served as that company’s market development manager. Prior to this, he held sales positions at various companies, including Richard S. Pass Associates, Inc., Peirce-Phelps, Inc. and Swank Audio Visual. In addition, he has spent time as a recording engineer, providing audio engineering and production services to a roster of top-tier record companies and artists, including a Grammy-winning Latin jazz CD with Arturo Sandoval. Spahr holds a Recording Arts Specialized Associate’s Degree from Full Sail University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Barry University.

Having Spahr in place to head up the U.S. sales force will be a key factor in the company’s continued success and future international expansion. With the experience he has gained in different segments of the pro audio market in the U.S. over the past 20 years, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this position. Chris Spahr will stay in close contact with RTW’s U.S. customers and navigate their needs, especially since the demand for RTW products has increased in the U.S. over the last years.

“I am honored to join RTW as part of its U.S. expansion plans,” says Spahr. “With its portfolio of innovative audio solutions, team of expert engineers and commitment to value, RTW is a wonderful fit for the pro audio industry here in the United States. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues to build up RTW’s stellar reputation further and ensure the company continues to maintain that success.”

To view a video interview with Christopher Spahr, please visit RTW’s YouTube channel via the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMD8SY5_1UM&feature=youtu.be

ABOUT RTW
For more than 45 years, Cologne-based RTW has accompanied the steady technological progress in the professional audio industry with innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post production and quality control. Its state-of-the-art audio and loudness metering systems have an excellent reputation throughout the world. With groundbreaking products such as the Surround Sound Analyzer, the company has been a key vendor of professional broadcast and audio metering equipment for decades.

RTW’s ranges of products currently includes the SurroundControl series for monitoring, controlling and routing stereo, multichannel and surround audio and the TouchMonitor range, which truly marks a paradigm shift in visual audio monitoring and loudness metering. Combining maximum flexibility and modularity with an intuitive touch-enabled surface and multichannel signal analysis, the TM7 and TM9 units are the essence of many years of experience. The attractively priced TouchMonitor TM3 entry-level system opens new markets, targeting applications such as journalist cubicles, edit suites and small control rooms.

As part of its expansion into the U.S. market, in 2013 RTW established RTW International, Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The new office is the first U.S. location launched by RTW, showing the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. The new U.S. office will house all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers.

For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130. For more information on RTW International, Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.

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