CINEMACON (BOOTH #2411A), LAS VEGAS, MARCH 25TH 2014 - Harkness Screens the world's leading screen technology company and thought-leaders in on-screen brightness has launched its brand new 4th generation 2D and 3D screen surface, Clarus XC.
Clarus XC technology is the result of significant work by Harkness' Research and Development team and brings together a number of proprietary technologies to create a screen surface for the age of immersive cinema which has been approved by major Hollywood film studios.
"We developed our new Clarus XC screens to provide cinema operators with the ability to optimise digital projection and improve overall light distribution across the screen for polarised 3D; a key customer requirement. It is these conditions where light loss is proven to be most significant and where consequently presentation quality can sometimes be below the standard required," says David Harrison, Technical Director of Harkness Screens.
Designed to work with all passive 3D systems, Clarus XC screens create visibly deeper 3D content which draws in the audience creating a more captivating viewing experience. A whiter look under projection mean that colours look visibly richer and more accurate both in 2D and 3D resulting in a more defined, sharper and crisper picture.
Dan Huerta, VP of Sight & Sound for AMC Theatres, one of the early adopters of Clarus XC at their Burbank 16 site explains that, "our initial tests of the new Clarus XC cinema screen from Harkness produced very encouraging results, with perceived sharpness and color accuracy in both 2D and 3D. AMC has historically been a leader when it comes to cinema sight and sound technology, and we are excited to work with Harkness on this new product line."
The new 4th generation d-smooth coating technology has specific properties more commonly seen in white screens. This technology enables Clarus XC screens to benefit from significantly improved light distribution compared to traditional 3D silver screens. Through this, visible hot-spotting is reduced and uniformity is greatly increased, making compliance with 2D industry standards more easily achievable.
Harkness' proprietary and unique seam welding process along with Harkness' brand new d-smooth coating technology means Clarus XC screens have no visible seams under projection conditions and most importantly a smooth visual finish.
Clarus XC technology is available in three different gain levels, 1.4, 1.7 and 2.2 designed to suit all digital cinema environments from small screening rooms through to large format theaters.
For more information on the Clarus family visit www.harkness-screens.com/ClarusXC
About Harkness Screens
Harkness ScreensTM is the world's leading screen technology company, specialising in the design and manufacture of projection screens and supporting technologies.
From single-screen independent theatres to large multiplexes to large format immersive theatre experiences or live events, Harkness supplies thousands of screens every year for cinema, film production, special effects, live events and custom AV applications.
With truly global reach, Harkness is regarded as the world leader in cinema and today has screens in more cinemas worldwide than any other manufacturer. With its industry leading 2D and 3D screen brands (Perlux and Spectral) along with its innovative range of tools and iOS/Android apps, Harkness continues to lead the way in screen technology for cinema.
Founded in 1929, Harkness has manufacturing facilities in the USA, UK, France, India and China. Harkness Screens combines unrivalled experience with the latest technology and production methods to provide innovative solutions to the company's key markets worldwide. For more information, visit the Harkness Screens web page at www.harkness-screens.com.