Ymagis Group announced today that Barco high contrast 6P laser cinema projection systems are now ÉclairColor-compliant. The announcement was made in Barcelona during CineEurope, the official convention of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) in Europe.
The new ÉclairColor-certified Barco projection systems are high contrast 6P laser cinema projection systems - DP4K-40LHC and DP4K-20LHC – readily available on the market through CinemaNext, Ymagis Group’s business unit dedicated to exhibitor services. The ÉclairColor-certified Barco product lines will also include the high contrast laser phosphor DP4K-23BLP HC and DP4K-32BLP HC, which are slated for release before the end of the year.
"We are thrilled with the result of our cooperation with Barco that will allow our group to offer cinema exhibitors a larger selection of ÉclairColor projection system technologies," said Jean Mizrahi, Ymagis Group CEO and co-founder. "As we continue to expand the ÉclairColor footprint in Europe, this deal marks a milestone in our development. It is critical that our technology partners keep pace with our international ambitions around innovation and market growth."
Serge Plasch, Barco's vice president entertainment EMEA said, " ÉclairColor is a stunning new HDR color technology. In combination with the premium quality of the latest Barco laser projectors, ÉclairrColor delivers a great cinematic experience to audiences. I am truly delighted that our Flagship Laser as well as our high-brightness SmartLaser projectors have now been tested and approved by Ymagis Group’s engineers."
"We believe the result of this collaboration with Barco, which integrates both new projector sales and retrofit solutions for cinema exhibitors, will accelerate the deployment of our affordable HDR technology in our major markets,” said CinemaNext senior vice president Till Cussmann. “It also strengthens our value proposition for international and independent studios and cinema exhibitors."
"An ÉclairColor film features much more contrast,” explained Cédric Lejeune, Eclair vice president technology and innovation. “For example, in a standard auditorium with a standard projector, the difference between the lightest and the darkest points (white and black) is a ratio of approximately 1,500 to 1. With ÉclairColor that ratio is generally between 6,000 and 10,000. That extra contrast brings all the richness and depth to the picture to make the cinema going experience much more immersive."