Fiber-coupled, 6-primary projection system architecture ideally suited for immersive 3D experiences including Dolby 3D
CYPRESS, CA. - (March 3, 2014) - Christie® today announced upcoming demonstrations of the world's most advanced laser projection architecture and Dolby® 3D, to be held in the Christie Innovation Theaters throughout CinemaCon 2014 (Caesars Palace, March 24-27) and the National Association of Broadcasters NAB Show® (Las Vegas Convention Center, April 5-10). Christie DLP Cinema® laser projectors using 6-Primary (6P) color laser modules, earmarked for mass production in early 2015, will show how 3D light levels, image uniformity, viewing comfort, and a sense of immersion can be vastly improved, especially when combined with advanced separation technology like Dolby 3D, versus conventional 3D systems found in cinemas around the world today.
"Recent declines in domestic 3D movie attendance are a sign that the novelty is wearing off, with audiences less willing to pay a premium for what is all too often a mediocre experience. The lackluster quality of this experience results from a number of technical limitations with current 3D system architectures, the most serious one being restricted light levels that amount to only 10-30 percent of those levels achieved for 2D presentations," said Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions. "Simply put, the movies are too dark, leaving audiences struggling to discern critical details that make up the image in front of them."
"Christie's latest laser projection technology, using 6 specific primary colors rather than filtered or polarized broad-spectrum white light, brings dramatically improved 3D efficiency to projection systems, regardless of the size of screen in premium movie theaters," added Shaw. "We believe that this is the future of 3D cinema projection, that it is right around the corner, and that it will be a key element in boosting 3D box office revenues around the world. Our CinemaCon and NAB Show demonstrations will be the first 6P laser events available to the broad cinema community, from filmmakers to exhibitors, and reaffirms Christie's 80-year commitment to cinema innovation, rather than ‘moving beyond digital cinema' as some other industry players have promised."
At least twice as efficient as today's best 3D systems, Christie's 6P laser projectors generate a proprietary mix of photoptically-optimized light wavelengths for each eye directly from the source, in effect eliminating the need for a highly inefficient stage of filtering or polarizing the light as it leaves the projector. The Christie demos will use Dolby® 3D glasses specifically engineered to exactly match the 6 primary laser light wavelengths to yield nearly 90 percent light efficiency. "Their color separation based technique for 3D is well regarded as the gold standard among industry professionals, especially for its true color reproduction, compatibility with low-gain white screens, and superior crosstalk performance - only now it can be part of a system that is tremendously more light efficient," said Shaw.
"Dolby 3D's advanced color separation technology is ideally suited for next generation laser projectors," said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. "With extremely high light efficiency, nearly no crosstalk and crisp images with vibrant colors, we believe Dolby 3D combined with laser projection produces the best possible 3D viewing experience for audiences."
"Having had the opportunity to witness an early 6P laser demo at Christie's worldwide center for engineering, research and development in Canada, I can confidently state that this is an exciting and important innovation in 3D cinema," said Matt Cowan, Co-founder & Senior Technical Advisor at Entertainment Technology Consultants. "I look forward to further refinement of this technology and upcoming installation in premiere theaters around the world."
Consistent with efforts so far in developing 3-Primary (3P) laser projectors, which Christie sees filling important needs in several, non-cinema industries, Christie laser projectors will provide industry-leading brightness (up to 72,000 Lumens per projector head), wider color gamut capabilities, higher contrast, and dramatically reduced maintenance requirements, resulting in a better experience for all applications. As part of its largest research and development program ever, Christie will continue to develop superior 6P and 3P laser projection solutions for all of its global customers.
Specific to the development of cinema laser projectors, Christie leads the industry in this area, having announced last year that it would supply and install the world's first commercial laser projection solution for the Seattle Cinerama Theatre, and that it was the first to receive a US FDA approval of variance allowing the sale and installation of laser projectors in movie theaters and other high performance projection venues.
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world's most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images. Visit www.christiedigital.com for more information.
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Fiber-coupled, 6-primary projection system architecture ideally suited for immersive 3D experiences including Dolby 3D
The CinemarrayTM is a new, fully scalable cinema sound system, designed to meet all requirements of current and future (Digital) Cinema sound formats and contents. It is designed for applications where dynamic output with maximum quality cinema sound reproduction is needed, in any given size premium cinema theatre.
The modular design of CinemarrayTM gives it an (industries first!) unlimited scalability; By increasing the number of modules, more system output becomes available and more projection control is obtained.
The adjustable inter-cabinet splay-angles offer precise projection control, to direct the sound to the audience in such way that the audience in front and the audience in the back have exactly the same sound experience. In any size cinema theatre, in any seat in the room.
By implementing line-source technology throughout the entire system, the normal (-6dB step) reduction of SPL coverage from front to rear is reduced; this "proximity" effect (which sounds like the sound source is only meters away) dramatically improves the cinema experience for the audience further away from the screen. At the same time, the precise projection also minimizes unwanted acoustical reflections.
The driver arrangement of the CRA30 consists of a triple RBN401 pro-ribbon HF driver array, three vented 6.5" mid-range drivers and two vented 15" woofers with low power-compression 4" voice-coil design.
The CRA30 HF section performs from 1kHz. up to beyond 20kHz. with up to 90% less distortion than any conventional, compression-driver based system.
The stunning 2400W peak power input, offers a 1:16 uncompressed, virtually unlimited dynamic range with superb intelligibility, while enabling maximum screen compensations without any audible stress.
The absence of a "compression threshold" caters for the same tonal balance from the lowest to the highest sound pressure level, while the patented "Real-90" horizontal dispersion of the RBN401 guarantees a very wide stereo-experience throughout the auditorium.
For full system performance, the CinemarrayTM system is powered and controlled by an ALC Sentinel amplifier loudspeaker controller. Driven by the ALC, the CinemarrayTM system has its own dedicated speaker drive, guaranteeing absolute maximum output and sound quality with utmost reliability and without chance of blown speakers!
The SISTM circuit inside the ALC, together with the SISTM pre-wiring in the CRA30, ensures complete cable and connector resistance compensation, for a system damping factor of a mere 10.000. This significantly increases response accuracy, with tight and accurate mid and bass response regardless of cable length. The SISTM circuit makes position of the amplifier none-critical to ensure best performance.
In order to obtain the best possible coverage in any size theatre, the CRA30 comes in two versions: The CRA30n ("narrow") and the CRA30n ("wide"). Both fitted with the same speaker configuration, the CRA30n has a smaller vertical projection pattern for the seats further away, whereas the CRA30w features a wider vertical coverage pattern for the seats closer to the screen.
The (industry's most) shallow enclosure design of only 35cm/13,7" provides for flexible mounting, claiming only a minimum of space behind the screen.
CinemarrayTM system have already been installed in CinemaxX Mannheim Germany, Oslokino Colosseum Norway, EYE Filminstitute and Pathé Tuschinksi Amsterdam Netherlands.
More info on www.digitalcinemaready.info or www.cinemarray.com
Frozen hit a major box office milestone after crossing the $1 billion mark at the global box office. Frozen is the biggest non-sequel animated film of all time and the second biggest animated of all time globally.
Frozen hit the $1 billion mark after grossing $388.7 million in North America and $611.5 million overseas. The film is the seventh release from The Walt Disney Studios to reach $1 billion, joining Marvel's The Avengers, Iron Man 3, the second and fourth Pirates of the Caribbean films, Alice in Wonderland, and Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3.
Frozen is the third highest grossing animated release in North America and the fourth highest overseas. It is the top grosses in both categories among original IPs.
Los Angeles, CA - 28 February 2014 - The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc. (The Inter-Society) is pleased to announce that Jack Kline, Chairman, President and CEO of Christie's operating companies, will receive the ‘2014 Ken Mason Inter-Society Award'.
The ‘2014 Ken Mason Inter-Society Award' will be presented to Jack by Susie Beiersdorf, the Inter-Society's president and Vice President of Sales at Sony Electronics, on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 in conjunction with CinemaCon 2014. "I am honored to present Jack with this well- deserved award for his ongoing support of our industry, both personally and professionally" said Susie Beiersdorf. "Under Jack's leadership, Christie has become a major innovator in the entertainment industry including the first commercial deployment of digital cinema." The annual award honors an individual who has made outstanding long-term contributions leading to the overall improvement of the motion picture experience. Previous recipients include: Ken Mason, Barry Reardon, Al Shapiro, Bud Stone, Ioan Allen, Mark Christiansen, Sid Ganis, and Jack Cashin.
As President & COO of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., Jack is responsible for leading Christie's global sales and marketing. During his tenure at Christie, Jack has strengthened and expanded Christie's worldwide distribution of high performance projection displays and visualization solutions across the company's five major product portfolios: Cinema/Digital Cinema, Fixed Installation, Rental/Staging, Control Rooms, and Advanced Visualization & Simulation. "Having known Jack for over 20 years, I can think of very few individuals more deserving of this award" said Dan Huerta, Vice President of Sight & Sound, AMC Theatres. "Jack has helped grow Christie into one of the most recognized technology and service companies in the cinema and digital signage industries. His strategic vision and commitment to succeed have benefitted many, including cinema operators and moviegoers."
"Jack Klein is a true pioneer in theatrical technologies" said last year's Ken Mason award recipient, Jerry Pierce. "Jack made the leap to aggressively move Christie to digital projection taking a business risk and leading the way. His efforts pushed Christie to be on the leading edge of digital projection."
Furthermore, Jack was instrumental in developing Christie's new acquisition strategies that helped rapidly establish Christie as a major force in the digital arena; the acquisition of Electrohome Projection Systems in 1999 set the stage for Christie's increasingly dynamic leadership role in the global conversion to digital technology. "I commend the Inter-Society in its selection of Jack Kline as this year's recipient of the Ken Mason award" said Jeffery S. Miller, President, Studio Operations, Walt Disney Studios. "Jack's contribution to the development and deployment of digital cinema technology has vastly improved the movie-going experience. His long-term commitment to the motion picture industry, along with his insight and leadership in the projection and digital cinema arenas, deserve gratitude and recognition."
"Jack is one of the most well-respected and trusted individuals I know in this business," said Chuck Goldwater, Executive Vice President, Digiplex Cinemas. "For more than 30 years I have enjoyed working with Jack and watching him help lead the industry through significant technological advances, most recently into the digital cinema era. At Cinedigm Jack's role as our partner in the pioneering Christie/AIX deployment program was vital in making that such a successful venture. I applaud Inter-Society for selecting Jack to receive this honor, for which he is so richly and uniquely deserving."
Jack joined Christie in 1979 as a National Sales Representative; was promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 1988; was named Executive Vice President & COO in 1997; and was appointed as President & COO in 1999. As of 1 April 2014, Jack will be Chairman, President and CEO of Christie's operating companies worldwide.
"It's great when someone you've known and respected for many years gets acknowledged by their peers" said Ioan Allen, SVP, Dolby Laboratories. "Jack is a gentleman of the industry -- well deserved."
Jack is a member of several industry organizations, including the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers, and the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA). And he is actively involved with numerous charities, including the Lollipop Theater Network, the National Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.) Society, Stop Hunger Now, and Variety - The Children's Charity of the United States.
The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc. promotes interactive dialogue and information exchange between cinema-related entities with the goal of resolving issues affecting the overall cinema presentation. Founded in 1978 by Eastman Kodak VP Ken Mason, membership is composed of its four charter trade organizations - International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) - along with over 40 member companies, made up of trade organizations, motion picture studios, exhibition companies, manufacturers, technical consultants and other industry stakeholders.
Christie, a global visual technologies company, offers diverse solutions for business, entertainment, and industry. With expertise in film projection since 1929 and professional projection systems since 1979, we've established a reputation as the world's single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions for cinema, large audience environments, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and virtual reality, simulation, education, media and government. As a market leader, Christie has installed over 100,000 projection solutions worldwide.
CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest and most important gathering of movie theater owners from around the world. CinemaCon 2014 will be held at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV on 24 - 27 March 2014.