- DP's Most Impressive infoComm Exhibit EVER
- HUGE Savings on infoComm Show Projectors
- DP Announces New LIGHTNING 1080p Ultra Contrast
- DP Appoints New Vice-Presidents and Regional Manager
- DP Announces Major TITAN Pro Series II Advances
- AV Partners Product Training Wrap-Up
- DPL Expands Manufacturing Facility
- Photo Of The Month: Abundant Living Faith Center
- Tech Tip: Theaterscope Handling Tips
Don't Miss DP's Most Impressive infoComm Exhibit EVER
With this year's infoComm being held in Las Vegas, we couldn't resist creating our most dazzling spectacle to date. DP has a wide variety of impactful displays and exciting events planned during the three-day trade show stretch.
A few of the anticipated highlights include our impressive, WatchOut driven, multi-screen exhibit on the show floor (booth N6340) and our powerful TITAN 1080p-700 in the Large Venue Gallery (Gallery #2). In addition, for the 5th consecutive year DP will serve as the Official Projection Sponsor for Texas Instruments’ infoComm party. This year, Kool and the Gang take the stage at TI’s “Boogie Night” themed bash the evening of Thursday June 19th. DP products will also be making great images in many partner locations on the infoComm show floor, including Stewart Filmscreen, RGB Spectrum, RP Visuals, Analog Way and Large Screen Displays.
With respect to new products from DP at infoComm, we will be unveiling evolutionary advances in each of our iVision, dVision, TITAN and LIGHTNING series families. Our new single-chip WUXGA DLP® projectors will be on display in our booth, featuring the latest DarkChip™ DMD technology from Texas Instruments and 1920 x 1200 pixel native resolution. We will also be showcasing the pinnacle of 3-chip DLP black level and contrast performance with our brand-new LIGHTNING 1080p Ultra Contrast (4000:1 contrast, 10,000 lumens) and TITAN 1080p Ultra Contrast (5000:1 contrast, 5,000 lumens) projectors.
There will be a wide array of dazzling imagery to behold at infoComm courtesy of DP. Be sure to stop by our booth (N6340) for a brief tour of the most Powerful, Efficient and Responsible displays on the show floor!
HUGE Savings on infoComm Show Projectors and B-stock Units Now Available
Our B-stock and infoComm show unit specials are moving quickly, with over 50% of the initial list already sold. Available models include:
• dVision XG - 1 Unit Left
• dVision 1080p - 2 Units Left
• TITAN HD-500 - 1 Unit Left
• TITAN 1080p-500 - 2 Units Left
• TITAN 1080p-700 - 3 Units Left
• LIGHTNING 40-1080p - 2 Units Left
For a comprehensive list of products that are still available, please contact your local DP Rep.
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DP Announces New LIGHTNING 1080p Ultra Contrast
Newest Large Venue Display Produces 4000:1 Contrast
The LIGHTNING Pro Series II, DP's brightest and most advanced large venue projection platform, has just been expanded with an extraordinary high contrast display - the LIGHTNING 1080p Ultra Contrast. Precise enhancements to this new product’s optical system render an exceptionally low black level, resulting in an impressive 4,000:1 contrast ratio and 10,000 ANSI lumens.
For customers with visualization, simulation, medical, scientific or exploration applications, or for customers who simply have theatrically dark venues and want superb dynamic range, the LIGHTNING 1080p Ultra Contrast delivers exemplary dark area detail and the most saturated, vivid colors.
The table below illustrates how the new model fits into the existing LIGHTNING line-up:
NEW! LIGHTNING 1080p Ultra Contrast
10000 Lumens/4000:1 Contrast
15000 Lumens/2000:1 Contrast
20000 Lumens/2000:1 Contrast
Another valuable enhancement included in the LIGHTNING 1080p Ultra Contrast is the addition of an HD-SDI input. Although primarily utilized in commercial applications, HD-SDI is widely recognized as the definitive standard for distributing the most pristine HD quality from source to display.
The new LIGHTNING Ultra Contrast will be featured at our infoComm booth (N6340), so stop in and see just how impressive DP’s Ultra Contrast imagery can be.
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DP Continues Expansion By Appointing New Vice-Presidents and Regional Manager
Earlier this month, Digital Projection announced the promotion of two key associates within the company. Chuck Collins, formerly Southeast Market Development Manager, has been promoted to Vice President - Commercial A/V, and George Walter, formerly Home Cinema Market Manager, has been promoted to Vice President - Home Cinema. In their new positions, Collins and Walter will be responsible for managing all of DPI's sales and distribution efforts for the North American Commercial A/V and Home Cinema markets.
Collins is a DPI veteran, as one of the company’s first associates when he joined the startup in 1997. Among his many achievements, Collins secured a nine-year alliance with the Sundance Film Festival, establishing DPI as the exclusive provider of digital projectors for the Festival’s digital programming.
Walter is also a 20+ year veteran of the display industry, having worked in product management for both General Electric and Barco before joining Digital Projection in 2000. Previously holding the company’s Home Cinema Market Manager position, Walter has been an integral force behind DPI’s presence in the highest tier of the Home Cinema market.
According to Mike Levi, President of DPI: “Chuck and George have contributed nearly 20 years of their careers to Digital Projection, and are cherished members of our senior management team.” Levi continued, “With guidance from both Chuck and George, DPI has focused on providing class-leading solutions, the highest level of business integrity and truly personal customer care. Those cornerstones have served our company well, and both Chuck and George consistently demonstrate these core values with every action they take. I am privileged to be working with such professionals, and honored to see them accept their new positions as Vice Presidents of DPI.”
In addition to the aforementioned promotions, DP also announces the promotion of Richard Hill to the position of Southeast Market Development Manager. Having acted as DP’s Marketing Communications Manager since March 2005, Hill will replace Chuck Collins concurrent with infoComm ’08. During his time as MarCom Manager, Hill worked assertively to promote Digital Projection’s products through extensive marketing and promotional campaigns and through direct relationships with the company’s Dealer and Manufacturer’s Rep network.
In the new position, Hill will be responsible for managing all of DPI's sales through the company’s extensive Commercial A/V, Home Cinema and Staging channels in the Southeast U.S. region.
Mike Levi commented: “Richard has done an amazing job as DP’s MarCom Manager since joining our company 3 years ago. As he steps into the vital Southeast Market Development Manager role, I am confident that his breadth of talents, attention to detail and commitment to excellence will serve our customers exceptionally well.”
Please join us in congratulating Chuck, George and Richard on their promotions when you see them at infoComm.
DP Announces Major Advances in TITAN Pro Series II Models
The powerful TITAN line-up has expanded once again with the introduction of the TITAN sx+ 700 and 1080p-700. As an evolution of the TITAN 600’s, the 700 series offers even more technological advances, with an upgrade to new, longer life HID lamps, improved contrast in excess of 2000:1, a newly designed optional Rapid Rig frame with easy to adjust pitch, roll and yaw adjustments, HDCP compliance and standard HD-SDI input connectivity.
Augmenting the list of new 700 series enhancements is the extreme mechanical flexibility the platform offers when operated in single lamp mode. Depending on which lamp is selected, 700 series projectors can be rotated, either horizontally or vertically, to project from nearly any angle. This mechanical orientation capability supports portrait displays, tight rear projection environments, multi head visualization / simulation systems, unique staged sets and virtually any application where extreme projector orientation is required.
Concurrent with infoComm ’08, the TITAN sx+ 700 and 1080p-700 will take the place of the TITAN sx+ 600 and 1080p 600 models. As they share the same footprint, lenses, control protocol and price as the TITAN 600 series projectors, the 700’s are seamless replacements for systems currently being specified for the 600 models. For clarity, the recently announced TITAN sx+ 600M and 1080p 600M models are retained within the TITAN lineup, as our 8K lumen, small 3-chip DLP solution.
DP, Stewart Filmscreen and AV Partners Complete 2-Day Training Series
In early May, Digital Projection, AV Partners and industry partner Stewart Filmscreen co-hosted DP’s Southern California Product Showcase and Training Series. The third annual event of its kind, this year’s expanded series included eight distinct technology workshops, with system installation and calibration being the primary focus of the curriculum.
George Walter, DP’s Vice President of Home Cinema noted, “Discussing the methods of how to present and sell the stunning images produced by DP displays and Stewart’s screen technology is certainly a key aspect of our training, but we have always believed that understanding the importance of proper mechanical installation and system calibration must come first. If these vital steps are not correctly executed, the full potential of the system will never be realized. ”
In addition to system installation and calibration, seminar classes focused on popular application trends, including the increasing use of constant height displays and the design of systems for outdoor venues using Stewart’s Starglas RP screen technology.
Training was followed by a product showcase that demonstrated the capabilities of DP’s mighty and resolute Titan 1080p-500 as well as the flagship 2K LIGHTNING 45HD-3D. Both displays were presented on Stewart Filmscreen’s CineCurve Masking Systems, utilizing full AMX control to create the seamless one-touch interface that is needed for projects of this caliber.
Always a gracious host, Stewart stated they were pleased to have DP and AV Partners back for another year. As Joaquin Rivera, Sales Director of Stewart mentioned, “DP’s imaging expertise, combined with the cutting edge fidelity of Stewart’s screens, produced yet another inspiring round of training events. Direct access to knowledge on such high-quality projection and screen technology ensures our dealers are equipped to deliver that same level of performance within their own projects.”
Over 120 attendees were hosted during the event’s two-day schedule and plans for next year’s Product Showcase and Training Series are already underway.
DP would like to thank Stewart Filmscreen for hosting the 2008 event at their facility in Torrance, CA, as well as AV Partners and Audio Geer - our Southern California-based Home Cinema and Commercial AV Manufacturers Representatives, for their support and planning.
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Digital Projection Limited Expands Factory, Increases Production Capacity
In response to increasing worldwide demand for our precision displays, DP recently completed a major expansion of our manufacturing plant. In approximate terms, our production, quality control and warehouse footprints have all grown by more than 30%. The additional space was added to accommodate:
- A 35% increase in new projector build stations
- Additional manufacturing test and burn-in darkrooms
- New Light Engine assembly and test area
- Improved layout of storage and kitting facility
In parallel with the factory expansion, DPL has also promoted new Production Engineers from within our Manchester team, as well as recruited a new Production Engineer for our electronics design and manufacturing facility in Cambridge.
The net result of these investments is a 50% increase in production capacity across our 3-chip DLP platforms.
The new production new facilities are up and running and we are already seeing the inventory-flow benefits of our expanded capacity. No doubt, while demand continues to increase for DP's powerful and efficient displays, DP's production team is ready, willing and equipped to meet the challenge!
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Photo of the Month
Three Digital Projection Lightning 40-HD Projectors were used in the application to produce the stunning on-screen images.
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TheaterScope Handling Tips
Steven Fackenthall, Application Support Engineer with DP, contributed the following best practices when manipulating our TheaterScope product.
It is not recommended to move, shove, push, or otherwise manipulate a TheaterScope by the lens ring due to the stress placed on the tiny Allen nut within. While the track holding the moving lens mount will withstand substantial pressure, lateral force poses a threat to the mechanical safety within the TheaterScope.
In the above photo you will see two tiny silver Allen screws. The dime pictured in the photo allows a scale reference point as to how small the screws are. The Allen screws are the only connection to the worm gear and its motor. Any lateral force on the lens sled is transferred to these screws which release, in response to the pressure, thus rendering the TheaterScope inoperable. The possibilities of this scenario mean the TheaterScope should not be mounted vertically.
The above scenario is, in fact, a purposeful part of the product's internal design. If an obstruction (for instance, a TITAN lens) impedes the sled's progress, the worm drive will disengage preventing any damage to the obstruction. Thanks to this preventative measure, the TheaterScope can be back up and running with no damage or ill effects whatsoever in less than 20 minutes.
On demos, QC work, transfer from site to site, installation, and any other activity where one might have to move a TheaterScope, do your best not to lift, push, pull, or apply any significant force to the ring or you'll find yourself needing a #2 Phillips screwdriver and an array of Allen wrenches.
October 2004 - Customized Mercury Performance
November 2004 - Perforated Screen Tips
December 2004 - More Perforated Screen Tips
January 2005 - Total Environmental Dynamic Range
February 2005 - What You Need To Know About Gamma
March 2005 - Using DP's Screen Brightness Calculator
April 2005 - Optimizing The Lens Aperture On dVision Projectors
May 2005 - Mounting Projectors Off-Center
June 2005 - Improved Edge Blending With HIGHlite Pro
July 2005 - Handy Formulas For Projectionists
CEDIA 2005 - Using The VIP 1000 To Simplify Installations
October 2005 - dVision Security Features
November 2005 - DVI & HDMI: Making The Connection
December 2005 - Lens Shift, And Projector Sweet Spot
January 2006 - Designing A Projector Enclosure
February 2006 - Managing Video Delay
March 2006 - Building The Ultimate Digital System
August 2006 - The Benefits of Enhanced Seven Point Color Correction
CEDIA 2006 - TITAN/LIGHTNING Lens Options
October 2006 - HIGHlite Bulb Compatibility
November 2006 - HDMI & HDCP
December 2006 - Using DP's Updated Screen Brightness Calculator
January 2007 - How To Use DP's Exclusive Rigging Frame For dVision Projectors
February 2007 - VIP 2000 Firmware Upgrade 1.2.4A
March 2007 - recently Updated Support Files
August/CEDIA 2007 - VIP 2000 Firmware Update
October 2007 - Brilliant Color Part I
November 2007 - Brilliant Color Part II
Jan/Feb 2008 - Technology Behind CoolTek Engineering Part 1
March 2008 - Technology Behind CoolTek Engineering Part 2
April 2008 - Technology Behind CoolTek Engineering Part 3
December 2004 - 35 Million Pixel Immersive Display
January 2005 - NYPD Command Center
February 2005 - Golden Rondelle Theater
March 2005 - 2005 Academy Awards
April 2005 - NYC Museum of Modern Art
May 2005 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
June 2005 - Electronic Arts Wins Best Booth At E3
July 2005 - Rotary Club International 100th Anniversary
CEDIA 2005 - LCD v.s DLP Technology
October 2005 - Ingleside Baptist Church
November 2005 - Dataton & DPI At LDI
December 2005 - Holiday Greetings From DPI
January 2006 - Alford Media at Radio City Music Hall
March 2006 - Mercury Projectors In House of Worship
April 2006 - Sinatra At The London Palladium
infoComm 2006 - McCann Systems Brings Mercury To Nintendo
August 2006 - Stunning Images From infoComm 2006
CEDIA 2006 - MB Productions Gears Up The NBA Draft With DPI
October 2006 - DPI Introduces 3-chip 1080p At CEDIA 2006
November 2006 - LDI 2006
December 2006 - Happy Holidays From Digital Projection
January 2007 - K2 Imaging at Tusla Centennial Celebration
February 2007 - 2007 Sundance Film Festival
March 2007 - NASCAR & Digital Projection
April/May 2007 - Liberty University
June/infoComm 2007 - The Palm Casino
August/CEDIA 2007 - LIGHTNING Projectors at Hammerstein Ballroom
October 2007 - iVision 20 Military Visualization
November 2007 - The Caring Place
December 2007 - Happy Holidays From Digital Projection
Jan/Feb 2008 - Integrated Systems Europe 2008
March 2008 - DIFC Annual Event
April 2008 - Maggitti Theater
September 2004 - DP introduces dVision series
October 2004 - FBC Installs LIGHNTING 28sx Projectors
November 2004 - DPI Announces Mercury System Upgrades
December 2004 - Stagers Embrace LIGHTNING 35HD
January 2005 - HIGHlite 12000Dsx+ "Inside the NBA"
February 2005 - DP Introduces New 2K x 1K Displays
March 2005 - LIGHTNING Projectors Used at Academy Awards
April 2005 - DP Selected By Tribeca Film Festival
May 2005 - DPI Introduces New Products At infoComm
June 2005 - infoComm 2005 Review
July 2005 - DP Adds DVI & HDMI Distribution Solutions
CEDIA 2005 - iVision 20 Series Debut
October 2005 - DP Product Repositioning
November 2005 - DPI Launches New Website
December 2005 - New dVision Products Announced
January 2006 - DP Introduces Single-Chip 1080p
February 2006 - Managing Product Availability
March 2006 - Amazing HIGHlite 12000Dsx+ Opportunities
April 2006 - DPI Selected By Tribeca Film Festival
infoComm 2006 - 11 Major Product Introductions at infoComm 2006
August 2006 - DPI Introduces First 3-Chip DLP Platform
CEDIA 2006 - DP Launches TITAN 1080p-250
October 2006 - New HIGHlite Pro Products Added
November 2006 - dVision 1080p & Brilliant Color
December 2006 - DPI Opens Offices in China
January 2007 - DP Announces New Commercial A/V Pricing
February 2007 - Digital Projection Announces 2007 Road Show
March 2007 - New Commercial A/V Pricing Announced
April/May 2007 - LIGHTNING 1080p Announced
June/infoComm 2007 - DP Launches High-Brightness TITAN
August/CEDIA 2007 - infoComm 2007
October 2007 - CEDIA 2007 Wrap Up
November 2007 - DP Announces 30K Lumen Display
December 2007 - DP Marks 10 Years At Sundance Film Festival
Jan/Feb 2008 - DP Exhibits at ISE Amsterdam
March 2008 - DPI Makes History with Product Shipping Landmark
April 2008 - DP Defines Product Availability with QuickShip