Digital Projection

digitalprojection on Shortlist for AV Awards

From AV Interactive:
Digital Projection, the UK based manufacturer of DLP projectors, has been shortlisted for the best ‘Specialist projector of the year’ in the annual prestigious AV Awards.

The projector has been recognised for its 20,000 lumen output from such a small and compact chassis, and the overall winner will be announced on 11th October 2013 at the Hilton Hotel in London, UK.

showimage.ashxCommenting on the shortlisting, Dermot Quinn, COO & Director of Development said, ” The remit set for the Development Team was to create a projector with the luminance and colour performance traditionally associated with Xenon, but with the compactness, reliability and low cost of ownership of mercury lamp technology. Highly specialised, software controlled cooling has been developed to keep each lamp within its ideal thermal operating range, the performance of each arc being constantly monitored to maintain coupling efficiency over life. The result is not only very a high initial light output, but also exceptional lumen maintenance over the lamps life.Comprehensive video processing and fully automatic, user-friendly HDMI 1.4 3D offers flicker free 120Hz frame rate capability. These ultra high bandwidth inputs with zero latency compliment the Warp, Blend, and PIP to offer a projector for any venue”

They’re up against the Panny PT-DZ21K 20k and the Epson EB-G6900WU. No word on the over/under for this race, but my money’s on DP.

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GraphicsEmotion

This business is full of deadlines and we all hate them. For some of us it’s more Love/Hate (I personally love tight deadlines…makes you feel alive). The following video shows a rather hectic deadline that Montreal-based GraphicsEmotion dealt with around Coachella time. Next time you have a deadline, remember what it must be like for a bunch of people to have that same deadline, and what it took to get to the end! We’ll look at some more great stuff from Julien Abril and the team at GEM in the very near future……

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Digital Projection Titan Super Quad vs. Truck

titanquad Finally a review that I should’ve thought of. I don’t care about lumens, features, resolutions, lamp life, blahblahblah….I want to know if I can drive my truck over your projector! A couple of things strike me about this video. One- that DPI has a 20k that is small enough to drive over, and two- the International Sales and Marketing for DP drives the same truck as I do! Woo-hoo! When DPI sends me a unit to test, I too can drive over it with complete confidence. It’s no secret that we’re big DPI fans here at Projectionfreak. I use two of their Lightning 35hd’s all the time and they are outstanding. DPI is stepping up their rental and staging projectors with the Titan Super Quad 20k. It’s got 4 UHP lamps that can theoretically pull 8,000 hours of service, dual DVI, 3g-SDI, and HDMI 1.4 inputs, multimode warp and edge-blend, and an intelligent lens mount that can memorize positioning from .67 to 11.2:1. And it weighs just under 40kg so with the combined rigging frame it’s a cinch to fly two! Check out the RavePubs product video from ISE 2013 after you watch them try to crush it:

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2012 – La 2 Spain TV Mapping

I thought this was a pretty unique way of ending a news year. Most of the time we’re treated to the same old ‘one-shot’ style story or a list of some sort….but projectionmapping is far cooler! Plus- who can’t resist a decent time-lapse? Juanjo Fernandez and his cohorts used a single 20k DPI to shoot this, although they said they’d rather have had 3 (who wouldn’t?)…real-world budgets- ugh.

Juanjo Fernandez of Gnomalab used Millumin to map it, along with:
Oscar Teston (Creator of VjSpain community) in art direction.
Rafel Gallego as Producer.
La bocina with the sound.
Romera diseño e Infografia, with the visual content, 3D and 2D.


all imagery courtesy/copyright Gnomalab

2012 summary News in La 2 Spain TV with mapping | Resumen del año 2012 en La 2 from Romera Diseño e Infografía S.L on Vimeo.


Time Lapse

Making off en timelapse del Mapping "2012" La 2 Noticias de TVE. from gnomalab on Vimeo.

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Butler Ballet’s Nutcracker

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My desk for the next week:

I’ll be running video and various other things for the Butler Ballet’s Nutcracker. It’s a huge production- 100 piece orchestra, 130 cast, kitchen sink and all. I use a Digital Projection Lightning 35hd fed by a Macbook Pro to shoot about 130′. Processing is done with Modul8 and Madmapper. The snow animation that I run was made in Apple’s Motion 5, and the wintery still-shot in the background is a perfect snowy day in front of my house. No real ‘mapping’ per se, but Madmapper makes it really easy to fire up a preset and fine tune the exact size of the scene.

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Friday Projection Pr0n 11/12


A little projection pr0n from a recent gig. It was for Intergalactic Nemesis, a ‘live’ comic book, where the action gets played out by performers in front of the screen. In this case, a Da-lite 28′ RP surface, with two Digital Projection Lightning 35hd’s. I also used a Barco ImagePro for processing and a shameless plug for Coolux test patterns. Happy Friday!

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Christie Ups the Ante at 72,000 lumens

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Brighter…must…get….brighter…..
And the jokes about the solar system wanting the Sun back will start rolling in any minute now….
I still want to see a photo, but 72k is pretty damn bright. At some point, there’s got to be a rule about one source being that bright…what if it failed? I know that two 35k Roadies doesn’t technically equal 70k brightness, but I think I’d want an online backup just for peace-of-mind. Still, you have to hand it to Christie Digital for advancing our little corner of technology. What’s the next threshold?

Christie®, a global leader in cinema projection, fascinated leading exhibitors from Asia Pacific with a demonstration of its prototype laser projector in Beijing today. Short movie clips of 3D content projected on a 20-meter wide by 12-meter high screen were screened at typical 3D brightness levels of 3-4 ft-L and then using the laser projector at 14 ft-L at the theater of Wanda Shi Jin Shan Cinema, leaving the audiences in awe.

“Today’s laser projection demo was fabulous! I’m impressed with the ultra brightness and life-like colors delivered onto the screen,” said Ning Ye, General Manager of Wanda Group.

“Christie is committed to creating new technology and maintaining our products at a high quality. We are continuously developing solutions to help exhibitors to project compelling, immersive images to their screens. Today we are pleased to demonstrate our first prototype laser projector to the exhibitors,” said Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific.

Presenting at the laser demo event, Dr. Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions, noted, “Audiences deserve to see the brightest 3D with 14 ft-L on cinema screens. Our demonstration today showed just how truly spectacular a movie maker’s vision can be realized when shown at the highest light levels, making the shared experience more immersive, and, ultimately, driving more cinema ticket sales.”

Dr. Shaw continued, “Some attendees leave 3D movies complaining of headaches, fatigue, and sore eyes. Just like reading a book in low light levels, low brightness on the movie screen is one of the reasons for these complaints. Delivering more lumens to the screen will help address these effects, as will the advent of ‘eye-easy’ high frame rate (HFR) movies.”

Commenting on the laser projector, Dr. Shaw said, “There’s half-a-dozen different ‘forks in the road’ decisions that have to be made when designing a laser-projection system and most manufacturers will take different paths.” He noted that Christie customers have come to expect the best in technology and service from the world’s largest supplier of DLP Cinema® projectors, operating for more than 80 years.

Dr. Shaw also shared with the exhibitors information on Christie IMB, an integrated media block solution that seamlessly converts and delivers feature-film and alternative content within a secure environment to all of Christie’s 2K and 4K, DCI-compliant Solaria® Series 2 projectors. Following his presentation, the audiences were treated to a demo of Christie IMB showcasing MPEG2 contents.

Christie hosted its first laser projector demo for cinema industry luminaries such as Douglas Trumbull, recent Gordon E. Sawyer Academy Award winner, at its High Frame Rate Summit in April 2012.

At IBC 2012 in Amsterdam in September, Christie gained recognition for the world’s first laser projection of Hugo 3D, a feature-length 3D movie projected at 2D brightness levels. Hugo 3D is the first CPG (Cameron Pace Group) certified movie.

Christie’s Commitment to HFR

The two main goals of Christie’s HFR activities are to help the industry develop the best HFR content and the best delivery system for HFR content. The first goal involves assisting leading-edge filmmakers and post-production companies in perfecting HFR movie creation, so the industry has the most engaging, entertaining content possible. The second goal is to assist exhibitors in showing these 3D HFR movies in all their glory. To these ends, Christie is helping create the standards for 3D HFR movies through formal and informal technology-development alliances with major producers and directors, post-production facilities, studios and technology partners. On the exhibitor’s front, Christie provides one-stop shopping for all the hardware, software and services that enable exhibitors to deliver a filmmaker’s vision in stunning 3D HFR quality

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infoComm12 presents some issues….

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I picked a heck of a week to go on vacation. infoComm2012 is in full swing at the Las Vegas Convention Center and although I had all kinds of chances to go and meet up with some great folks, they had to play second to my family! BUT- all of my extended family are showing off some great stuff at the show. What are the issues? Which one to buy of course….and there’s the fact that if you attend the show, how does one keep one’s head from exploding whilst on the show floor? Let’s see…..Las Vegas (check), high end electronics (check), massive, mind-blowing projection offerings (check), ummmmm. Can’t really come up with any negatives. Read on: (more…)

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DPI updates LIGHTNING Pro Series….

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Digital Projection Inc. has updated the LIGHTNING Series, their brightest, most capable projectors, to include warp & blend, SDI input, and HFR 3D as standard features. I own two of the 35HD series and I can tell you- they rock!. They’re circa 2006 though so I wonder if they can update my oldies-but-goodies…..

Atlanta, GA (May 18,2012) – Digital Projection International (DPI), an Emmy® Award-winning manufacturer of high-performance projection systems, announces a major electronics update to their entire LIGHTNING series. The newly-named LIGHTNING Pro Series 3D platform enlists DPI’s latest NextGen electronics platform, delivering advanced image Warp and Blend capabilities, 3G-SDI input compatibility, high frame rate 3D functionality as a standard feature in all LIGHTNING displays, and a host of additional professional features to suit the world’s most demanding large-scale imaging applications. Delivering between 20,000 and 30,000 lumens, LIGHTNING Pro Series 3D projectors (more…)

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Indianapolis Opera Projectionmapping Faust

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For the first time in the Indianapolis Opera’s history, projectionmapping is playing center stage. The past few seasons have seen projection playing a larger role in the repertoire, but this is the first time mapping has had a role. Gounod’s Faust, directed and designed by Joachim Schamberger, tells the tale of an aging scholar who trades his time in hell for earthly pleasures he’s missed out on. Schamberger, who’s previous projection designs were Tosca and Das Rheingold, has stepped up the projection role to a much higher level. I can’t tell you much about the actual opera itself, but I can tell you about the technical end:


For Faust, Joachim had 7 panels built (McGuire Scenic), various widths at 24′ high, that move on traveller tracks thus dividing the space into multiple planes. The panels are skinned in bright white and make absolutely pristine projection surfaces. In order to get the right perspective for sizing, he first used a camera view from the projection booth in Vectorworks to create the various scenes with line drawings. This gave a pretty good approximation of the angles, height, and space to be projected on. He then set about compiling the projection playback materiel using Photoshop and Final Cut. The resulting footage was then rendered in Final Cut at HDV 1920×1080 MPEG2. This presented a slight codec/bandwidth problem because the plan was to use VDMX and Syphon through Madmapper in order to size the scenes accurately. HDV and Mpeg2 are not the most friendly codec for playback through any software based system and the Radeon 2600HD cards in the trusty OctoMacPro were a bit under the task. Instead, I re-rendered the content, pared down the length of most of the clips, and packaged them all in PJPEG Quicktime movies. We ultimately decided on using Modul8 because of it’s extreme ease of clip organization, playback capabilities, and tight integration with Madmapper. All the content is played back via a FW800 1TB RAID 0. Viola- nary a burp in speed or smoothness. Because of the overall linearity of the set pieces, Madmapper proved to be invaluable. Joachim came up with a few templates of primitives that could be applied to many scenes and using presets, we were able to match the pieces exactly as seen in perspective. I used a Macbook Pro 17″ (quad i7, 16gb RAM), fed into an ImagePro, which fed a DVI DA and finally two DPI Lightning 35hd’s. The resultant image quality and brightness was astounding from 135′. Lensing provided by the good folks at Nationwide (thanks James!).

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It’s a Pirate’s Life for Me…..

I haven’t posted much in the last week because, quite frankly, I’ve been working my ass off. We were a bit shorthanded at the theatre and it ended up being a loooooong week. But I’ve slept since then and the gig this week is Pirates of the Caribbean- Curse of the Black Pearl…Live! Basically, we screen the film and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra plays the soundtrack. Ought to be easy right? Read on….. (more…)

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DPI offers a new Titan


Digital Projection has revealed an addition to the TITAN projector line with the new, 12,000 lumen TITAN 800-3D series. Incredibly compact for its lumen performance, the TITAN 800 platform incorporates DPI’s advanced image Warp and Blend capabilities, available 3D capability and a host of professional features to suit almost any commercial or staging application imaginable. The TITAN 800 platform is available in 1080p, WUXGA and SX+ native resolutions, and joins DPI’s already robust commercial AV product lineup, which now incorporates over 30, 3D capable precision displays. The TITAN 800 will commence shipping in Q2, 2012 and carries an MSRP range between $59,995 and $79,995, depending on the resolution.

Delivering 12,000 lumens of dazzling brightness, the new TITAN 800 projectors reveal powerful 3-chip DLP® performance available in an incredibly compact chassis. Utilizing DPI’s new, advanced electronics, (more…)

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DPI Lightning 45sx+ Lights An Entire Arena

OK….not the whole thing…but it’s pretty damn bright in there. The pre-game and intermission display at Rogers Arena, home of the Vancouver Canucks, got a make-over this year that includes four DPI Lightning 45sx+ projectors and Green Hippo media servers. I’ve always thought that arena’s should trick out their team intro’s and halftimes. I mean, the mascot shooting baskets and “shoot-the-puck” contests just don’t cut it any more.


There are also lightweight scrims that come down from the rafters in the for corners of the ice so it really opens the dimensionality of the show. The displays are split into segments by a Datapath X4 video wall processor, creating a 200-foot by 80-foot image on the ice. The DPI Lightning 45 sx+ packs a walloping 30,000 lumen punch with a contrast ratio of 1800:1. It also has an Intelligent Lens Mount (ILM) system that allows up to 10 different presets for lens settings (zoom, focus, shift) that can be recalled automatically. I own 2 of the 35hd’s and I can tell you, these are not your typical PJ’s- they’re big and super bright and it looks like they’ve accomplished their mission for the Canucks.

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New stuff this week….

I’ve been a bit slammed as of late. I haven’t really had time to even surf for content…but I do have a couple of great projects coming up that I’ll be sure to document thoroughly. One is for the Indianapolis Opera called ‘Opera Goes to the Movies’. We’re projecting a 32′ wide image with movie content as well as IMAG. I’ll be using two Christie HD 12k’s with .73:1 lenses. Ought to be a blast lining them up……

The other is Pirates of the Caribbean: Live in Concert. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra plays the soundtrack and we screen the movie with sound effects and dialogue intact. I’ll be using two DPI Digital Lightning 35hd’s with 3-4.3:1 lenses from about 120′ front projection. I’ve been stressing over this one a bit…but I’m pretty sure it’ll end up being a walk in the park.

In the meantime: Bart Kresa from BartKresa Design posted a great link to an article over on our Facebook page. He’s doing a workshop and speaking at Event Solutions Idea Factory in Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, February 26 – 29. If you’re anywhere near Vegas around then, this is one to see. Bart was responsible for the Christie booth at InfoCOMM last season and it was unbelievable! See for yourself….

Here’s a vid that features a little bit about the upcoming workshop in Vegas- and be sure to read the great article over at DesignDawgs by Liese Gardner. Thanks Liese!

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Street Drum Corps “BANG!”

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I recently had the pleasure of working a show at our theatre called “Street Drum Corps“. For anyone who hasn’t seen them, it’s a quartet of guys that bang on everything from trash cans to printers to microwaves and drums. They also use grinders and powertools. It’s quite a trip. From Cloweshall.org: “Since their formation four years ago, Street Drum Corps have constantly refined their sound on the road, blowing away audiences at nearly every major U.S. festival with their combination of thunderous percussion and visual stimuli. SDC’s shows are a primordial, stomping blast of energy, theatricality and passion. There’s a reason why members of No Doubt, Bad Religion, and Revolution tourmates Atreyu all want to play with them – why Conan O’Brien invited them to perform on his show – and why The Used’s Bert McCracken has practically adopted them as his pet band. SDC are more concerned with rhythm than genre. In their performances, one hears tribal, rock, punk, dance and industrial, all somehow blending together in a chaotic, beautiful mess.” (more…)

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Christie Digital Solaria Shines for ESPN 3D

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At CES yesterday the Christie Digital Solaria CP2230 3D was the star.  ESPN 3D along with RealD and Christie screened the BCS National Championship game between the LSU Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Las Vegas Hilton theater using  two of the powerful projectors for an incredible 3D sports experience. Christie’s collaboration with ESPN 3D highlights the enormous possibilities of digital cinema, which is allowing theaters to increase their revenue streams by beaming in alternative content such as sports, concerts and cultural events, in addition to showing major studio releases.

I’m not even a sports fan and I’d pay to see something like this….actually golf has a big appeal for this type of technology but I digress… (more…)

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