Barco has hired laser projection pioneer Bill Beck to work closely with its sales and research and development teams to further expand its reach into global markets.
The Laser Illuminated Projector Association applauds the efforts of the International Electrotechnical Commission for the May 16 publication of IEC 60825-1:2014, also known as Edition 3. This standard acknowledges, among many other updates, that laser-illuminated projectors should be classified the same way as lamp-based projectors, rather than as laser light show products. This action effectively acknowledges that the light emitted from laser projectors is unlike that of collimated laser beams used in light shows or other direct laser beam products.
Later this year, Moody Gardens MG3D Cinema will become the world’s first museum-based 4K 3D giant screen 6P laser projection system. The upgrade will replace Moody Gardens’ existing 4K xenon system with a state-of-the-art pair of Christie 4K laser projection heads, a 6P modular laser light farm with fiber optic delivery, Christie 4K 3D high-bitrate server, new giant screen 6P laser glasses, and a new premium white screen. D3D Cinema is systems integrator for the project.
Christie is once again the official projection partner to the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in September. A Festival sponsor for 14 consecutive years, Christie has played an integral role in ushering in the digital age at this renowned showcase for local and international talents. Today, with the help of this partnership, more than 99 percent of all Festival entries are screened digitally, with an increasing number in 4K, sharpening the shared experience between filmmaker and audience.
Filmmaker and visual effects legend Douglas Trumbull is partnering with Christie on May 11 to premiere UFOTOG, a dramatic 10-minute experimental sci-fi story about a lone man attempting to photograph UFOs. Directed by Trumbull and created in 4K 3D at 120 frames per second, the short film will be screened on a Christie Mirage 4K35, the 4K DLP resolution projector running at 120Hz, at the Seattle Cinerama Theater’s 2nd Annual Sci-Fi Film Festival.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted a product variance for Barco’s 6 primary laser 3D (6P) laser-illuminated projector. The FDA has also granted approval for a predefined laser show variance, allowing U.S.-based exhibitors to safely install the 4K Barco laser projector without excessive legal constraints and extra costs. In this way, exhibitors who install the Barco laser projector do not need to prove compliancy with the same stringent regulations as laser light shows.
Christie has announced that its long-term partner Sonic Equipment Company recently reached a milestone with the installation of its 1,000th Christie Solaria Series DLP Cinema projector.
Santikos’ Palladium cinema in San Antonio, Texas has acquired Barco’s new 4K 6P laser projector. The 19-screen Palladium cinema is the chain’s flagship property in central Texas.
Barco has announced that its long-time customer Cinemark is the first exhibitor to purchase its new laser projector, which was unveiled at CinemaCon last week.
Christie will unveil what it is calling the world’s first 6-primary 4K laser projector in the company’s Innovation Theatre at CinemaCon at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, March 24-28.