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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.

*Varies on lens

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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Laser Projection Demonstration Lights Up G.I. Joe: Retaliation at AMC Theatres®’ Burbank 16, Using Christie Technology

Christie®, a global leader in cinema projection, is pleased to present Paramount Pictures’ highly anticipated G.I. JOE: RETALIATION on March 28 at AMC Theatres’ (AMC) Burbank 16’s ETX theatre. Christie is joining forces with AMC using laser projection technology to project the 3D movie at brightness levels of 14 foot lamberts (ft-L) – a “first” in the world of commercial cinema projection – on a 65-foot wide screen. This technology test will last for a two-week period and will be the first time that the average moviegoer will be able to enjoy compelling, immersive 3D images delivered at 2D light levels.

Paramount, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Skydance Productions, in association with Hasbro®, will release G.I. JOE: RETALIATION in digital 3D theaters across the U.S. and Canada beginning March 28.

“As a leader in innovation in the movie exhibition industry, AMC Theatres continues to push the envelope, looking for new ways to improve the movie-going experience for our guests,” said Dan Huerta, vice president, Digital Systems, AMC. “We are delighted to enlist a technology leader like Christie to provide a sneak peek at a major advance in movie-illumination levels that is on the horizon.”

Mark Christiansen, EVP of World Wide Operations for Paramount Pictures said, “We fully support the advancement of cutting edge technologies to further enhance the theatrical presentation for moviegoers. Laser projection provides incredible brightness, making each film look all the greater, but its impact on 3D is startling.”

Noted Dr. Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions, “Audiences will be impressed with 3D shown at 14 foot-lamberts, which is much brighter than current technology produces on most screens. This test of our laser technology will demonstrate how spectacularly a moviemaker’s vision can be realized when shown at light levels normally only possible for 2D movies. Audiences who attend the AMC Burbank 16 during the laser demonstration will see a 50 percent increase in the typical contrast ratio for 3D on a crystal-clear 4K projector and we’re confident that the average moviegoer will relish this new level of immersive experience.”

Christie Laser-Projection Juggernaut Gaining Speed, Building on Previous Successes
Commenting on the laser projector test, Dr. Shaw said, “This is not the first time that Christie has employed laser technology to stretch the boundaries of digital cinema projection. Last year, Christie also showed select exhibitors in Asia how 72,000 Lumens could be achieved, in a demonstration of our prototype laser projector in Beijing.

“And at IBC 2012 Amsterdam this past September, I was pleased to preface the showing of Hugo 3D – the first CPG (Cameron Pace Group) certified movie – along with noted stereographers, Demetri Portelli and Corey Turner (‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’), which was then projected using Christie’s laser-light projector prototype.”

Christie hosted its first laser projector demo for cinema industry luminaries including Douglas Trumbull, Gordon E. Sawyer Academy Award winner, at its High Frame Rate Summit held in its manufacturing and engineering headquarters in Kitchener, Ontario in April 2012.

Analog Way exhibits SmartMatriX Ultra, a new Multi-Screen Seamless Switcher at NAB Show 2013 – Booth #SL4229

March 2013 – Analog Way is pleased to exhibit SmartMatriX Ultra (Ref.SMX12x4), a new high-end Matrix Seamless Switcher. Based on Analog Way’s new LiveCore platform, the SmartMatriX Ultra offers state-of-the-art live processing and multi-screen management for impressive presentations. It will be exhibited in Analog Way’s booth #SL4229 during NAB Show, from April 8 to 11 in Las Vegas, USA.

SmartMatriX Ultra (Ref.SMX12x4) is a high-end 12×4 Scaled Native Matrix with ruggedized design for outstanding durability. It offers versatile AV connections for any set-up through 12 true seamless inputs and 42 plugs: 6 x HDMI, 9 x DVI-D, 3 x DisplayPort, 12 x 3G-SDI and 12 x Universal Analog. Included SFP Cage on the outputs is compatible with a large choice of SFP Optical modules. SmartMatriX Ultra supports any source from composite video to 2560×1600, and outputs a variety of formats including HD-TV and Computer format up to 2560×1600 and 4K.

The new state-of-the-art LiveCore platform

SmartMatriX Ultra features Analog Way’s new LiveCore platform offering powerful live image seamless processing and switching.
The machine provides 2 true seamless scaled layers per output, which can be controlled individually in time and transition. All layers are uniformly considered, meaning any source can be fully resized. Up to 50 frames and 50 logos can be easily stored in the device memory via a USB plug. They are all fully resizable and support all settings and transitions of the layers. The Native Background allows creative customization and an additional 3rd layer on any output.
With 2 independent true seamless scaled layers per output, SmartMatriX Ultra provides dedicated live processing for demanding presentations.
SmartMatriX Ultra offers a Full Preview for all 4 outputs with all PIPs available, as well as a customizable Live Source Mosaic Monitoring on an independent output. All sources and layers can be displayed in real time on the Program, the Preview and the Live Source Mosaic Monitoring output.

Additive modularity for impressive solutions

Two units of the SmartMatriX Ultra can be linked. In this configuration, inputs and outputs are shared and added, thus resulting in an impressive 24×8 Scaled Seamless Matrix system + 2 customizable mosaic previews.
In Mixer mode, sources can be perfectly mixed and switched, using PIPs and transitions without restriction. Hard Edge is also available on the SmartMatriX Ultra, allowing both horizontal and vertical wide displays.

User-friendliness and comfort of operation

SmartMatriX Ultra can be controlled directly from its front panel or using a Web Remote Control Software.
The front panel offers a large TFT color display with a new graphic user interface allowing the monitoring of sources directly on the screen. A new specific operating mode is directly available on the LCD screen for quick use of the device.
To facilitate the preparation of any presentation, a new optimized web-based Remote Control Software (Web RCS) was specifically designed by Analog Way. With a user-friendly graphic interface, the Web RCS can be run from virtually anywhere on any computing device. A Wizard mode, available on an intuitive dashboard, leads operators in the setup of the product and the preparation of the show.
Up to 5 operators can simultaneously use the RCS and see all tasks performed in real time on the Program, Full Preview and Mosaic Monitoring outputs.
Remote Services, including Support and Assistance, are available on the SmartMatriX Ultra. Through the Web RCS, users can quickly clone a show via a USB plug, access data related to the utilization of the machine, or have Analog Way’s Technical Support teams take control of their device for assistance or support.

Christie Donates Digital Cinema Projector to Gianopulos Family Theater at Wilson-Hanks Family Cultural Center, Saint Sophia Cathedral, California

Christie® has donated a top-of-the-line Christie digital cinema projector to help entertain the local community in the new Gianopulos Family Theater at the Wilson-Hanks Family Cultural Center, Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, California. The theater is the latest addition to the Huffington Center, located in the Byzantine-Latino Quarter of Los Angeles. Christie’s Managed Services team worked with audio-visual innovator BLACKSTAR Engineering to install the Christie Solaria® Series projector and other theater equipment, transforming a basketball court by day into a fully professional movie theater by night.

A Christie CP2230 Digital Cinema Projector Was Donated to Gianopulos Family Theater

A gala dedication ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 17, to unveil the new theater to the community and parishioners of St. Sophia, and to celebrate all of the benefactors involved in the development of this new venue. Christie will also be presented with a plaque that will be affixed to the theater in honor of its contribution to the center.

“Christie is pleased to provide a truly meaningful gift that will assist the church in serving the community,” said Jack Kline, president and COO, Christie. “Movies offer a great medium for telling stories, for sharing education, culture and history, and of course for entertaining. The Christie projector at the Wilson-Hanks Family Cultural Center is an integral part of the church, and we feel it serves an important function because movies are also a great way to bring a community together under one roof to share in a magical experience.”

Movies Bring People Together
A respected community institution, Saint Sophia is a Greek Orthodox Cathedral committed to serving the needs of the people of Los Angeles. Its non-profit entity, the Saint Sophia Foundation, developed the Huffington Center as a dedicated place where community members can gather for celebrations, meetings, performances and special events. Completed in February 2012, the new 53,000 square foot facility brings Los Angeles together in its banquet halls, cultural center, library, museum, basketball court, and more.

But there was one thing missing to fully complete the center as an all encompassing entertainment and events complex – a movie theater that could be used to host community events, pre-release screenings, and various third-party bookings.

BLACKSTAR and Christie’s Managed Services Team install a “Slam Dunk”
BLACKSTAR Engineering worked with Christie’s Managed Services team to install the equipment for a new convertible movie theater for the Center. The installation included a Christie CP2230 digital cinema projector, a Stewart Filmscreen projection screen, and a new sound system – all of which were designed and integrated to fit flawlessly into the architecture of the Huffington Center’s gymnasium.

“The idea to convert the gymnasium into a permanent, fully-functional theater came later, so the end goal was to allow for the gymnasium to host sports activities during the day and screen movies and other digital content in the evening, and to make the transformation with a minimal need for any special technical assistance,” explained Sean James, vice president, Managed Services, Christie. “We had to do more than transform a basketball court, complete with retractable baskets and bleachers, into a dynamic and multipurpose venue. We also had to ensure that the room could be converted with as little effort as possible, and that the theater would entertain an audience with the same degree of quality and comfort as a permanent theater.”

According to Andrew G. Setos, CEO of BLACKSTAR Engineering and the lead designer who worked on the project, BLACKSTAR and Christie had to come up with solutions to overcome a number of technical and design challenges. This included adjusting the location of the retractable basketball supports to allow for enough room for the screen case and designing a projector pedestal that would keep the light path above the audience.

“The transformation of the venue required acoustic, electrical, sound system, projection, and other design disciplines to be brought to bear so that, in the final result, it would not sound and look like ‘a movie screen in a gym’,” said Setos. “Christie Managed Services took my team’s design for the sound and picture aspects of the theater and realized it with top level professionalism. It has been a complete pleasure working with them to achieve this ambitious vision.”

The installation was completed in January 2013 and the Christie DLP® digital cinema projector is now lighting up a 36-foot-wide by 15-foot-high screen in brilliant color and high definition. To convert the theater for screenings and events, the bleachers are retracted, theater flooring is placed over the hardwood court, theater seating is installed, the screen is lowered, and the digital cinema equipment is powered on and ready to go.

“Everyone at the center is extremely happy with the final result and thoroughly impressed with the quality of the exhibition,” said Setos. “With all of the new upgrades, we have developed a truly state-of-the-art facility. This is a no-compromise 3D digital cinema and, when the lights go down, the experience of sound and picture is unsurpassed. This is owed in large part to the exceptional brightness afforded by the Christie projector, which has been a central element to the systems’ performance.”

Time for a Celebration
At the dedication ceremonies on March 17, a screening of the Oscar winning picture, “Life of Pi,” will be shown in 3D to showcase the new abilities of the theater.

Said George Preonas, President of the St. Sophia Foundation: “We are very grateful for the generous donations we received for the theater from so many people; their vision and expertise has provided us a technological marvel. The dedication ceremonies will be a time for us to show our deep appreciation for all of those involved in the project and to show off the theater’s potential for what it will offer to the community. We are confident that it will be something our entire community can be proud of.”

About BLACKSTAR Engineering
“Advising on the intersection of technology and media,” BLACKSTAR Engineering has been involved in virtually all aspects of cutting edge audio-visual media, from production and distribution to exhibition in every technology that has become mainstream. Among the areas of expertise that BLACKSTAR can draw upon to contribute to a client enterprise’s success: developing strategies in the new media; transactional advice and representation; legislative and regulatory activities. BLACKSTAR can assist in large-scale and unique audio-vision operations that range from helping startups to some of the most massive operations in the world, and can advise on tailoring such plans to the specific needs of the enterprise. For more information, log on to www.blackstar-engineering.com .

About the Huffington Center
The Huffington Center at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral is a new state-of-the-art event venue located in the heart of Los Angeles in the Byzantine-Latino Quarter. Conceived and developed by the Saint Sophia Foundation, a non-profit entity, the Huffington Center was made possible by the generous donations of several key donors including Michael Huffington, the Maniatakos Family, Tom and Rita Hanks, as well as hundreds of other donors in the Saint Sophia Community. For more information, log on to www.huffingtoncenter.org.

New Iconic Digital Signage Lobby Display at Christie Wins Silver DSE Apex Award

Christie® leaves Digital Signage Expo® (DSE) on a high note, with a Silver Apex award under Business, Industry and Government category for its digital signage display of Christie® MicroTiles® in the company’s new West Wing building expansion. The iconic display in its Kitchener, Ontario corporate office intersects technology, architecture and artistic design. Working with Arsenal Media, SRM Architects and rp Visual Solutions, it features sophisticated architectural integration and a unique technology solution to drive the 70Mpx creative canvas created for the company’s Artist-In-Residence Programme and other content development partners.

“Each year, DSE award winners reveal what’s current and evolving in digital signage and mobile media development, deployment and content creation,” stated Sean James, vice president of Managed Services, at Christie. He adds, “To create custom digital signage installations and content that engage consumers and visitors means working collaboratively with experts in various fields who use today’s advanced technology. Christie congratulates all partners in integration, installation, content and architectural design who received 2013 DSE Apex and Content awards.”

At the DSE awards ceremonies on February 27, several Christie products were featured in partners’ winning entries. The Apex awards honor innovation in the development and deployment of technology in the global digital out-of-home networks (DOOH) industry, while the Content awards honor innovative and compelling content created for digital signage in the DOOH networks.

Including Christie’s Silver Apex award for the company’s lobby digital signage, partners collectively took home 10 awards in four categories which included Christie visual display products. The categories were Arts, Entertainment & Recreation, Business, Industry & Government, Retail, and Education & Healthcare.

GOLD APEX AWARDS – Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
Westfield San Francisco Centre for its “Under the Dome” architectural projection mapping experience created by Obscura Digital, using Christie Roadster S+20K DLP® projectors.

San Francisco Public Utility Commission, for the “Digital Arts Panorama” designed by Obscura Digital, using a Christie® MicroTiles® video wall that stretches 58 feet long and sits atop a superstructure pedestal custom fabricated by rp Visual Solutions. Nathan Houchin, technical director at Obscura Digital commented, “We chose Christie MicroTiles because we didn’t want to sacrifice resolution or be concerned about off-axis viewing and serviceability.”

GOLD APEX AWARDS – Education and Healthcare
University of Waterloo Stratford Campus and its massive three-storey (6.5 feet wide by 30 feet high) Christie MicroTiles’ installation, the tallest in the world, was a collaboration amongst Christie’s Research and Innovation team, Westbury National Show Systems Ltd., and rp Visual Solutions. Christie’s visual technology displays are playing a role in the University’s mission to intersect technology, business and art.

Arsenal Media received a Bronze Apex award for its Fountain of Content, a custom-built structure featuring Christie MicroTiles, LCD, LED, Christie projectors (3D projection mapping) and accessories to control the show and an interactive sensor camera for creating visual effects. And, under the Retail category, Rose & Thistle Media received a Bronze Apex award for its unique holographic window display coined “Inverse Parallax.” As technical supplier, Christie worked with Rose & Thistle Media, Westbury National Show Systems and Dynamix Professional Video Systems to realize Holt Renfrew’s 175th anniversary celebration in Toronto, which featured 700 Christie MicroTiles, Christie HD10K-M projectors and Christie Roadster HD20K-J projectors.

Content Creation Award Winners
The Content Awards, which honor innovative and compelling content created for digital signage in the DOOH networks, were presented to winners in 10 different categories from a field of 70 entrants. Christie’s partner Arsenal Media received a Bronze content award for Christie’s West Wing MicroTiles display, a gold for the Fountain of Content, a silver for Wilfrid Laurier’s 100th anniversary MicroTiles display and a Bronze award for The Discovery Wall, developed with Christie for the American Association of Museums (AAM) showcasing Christie MicroTiles as a digital platform and featuring flash-based content that actively enables users to engage in a multi-zone experience. Obscura Digital won silver for the content on the San Francisco Public Utility Commission’s Digital Arts Panorama display and Rose & Thistle Media won a Gold Content award for the Holt Renfrew 175th anniversary event.

Download The Book of Shapes. Discover how Christie MicroTiles are being used as visual building blocks in engaging, eye-catching displays all over the world.

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