- DP Launches Year Round Specials Program
- Cutting-Edge Visuals at Mount Pisgah UMC
- HOW-TO: Projector Setup and Calibration via Laptop
- DP Announces Major Expansion
- Technology Update: Illuminating LED’s for Projection
- Dealers/Reps: Register at www.digitalprojection.com
- Dealer Spotlight: Immersive Display Solutions
- Photo Of The Month: Oregon Shakespeare Festival
- Tech Tip: Auto Shut-off For TITAN and LIGHTNING
Projector Specials, Year Round!
In light of the overwhelming response to our Infocomm and CEDIA specials, we are pleased to announce the launch of our Year Round Projector Specials program.
In the past, we have offered special prices on show-stock and demo projectors directly after major events. These specials have become highly anticipated events among our dealers. As such, we will now maintain a year-round list of projector specials that our dealers can access at any time.
These projectors are strictly first-come, first serve, and the Specials list is updated constantly. We recommend you check this list regularly for current opportunities.
As of today, there are 10 dVisions, 7 TITANS and many more on the list!
For a comprehensive list of currently available products, please contact your local DP Rep or your DP RMDM. If you need the contact information for your local Rep, please see our regional contact list here: DP Regional Contacts.
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Cutting Edge Projection with Mt. Pisgah's Agape Concert
Almost 1,000 attendees participated in a night of worship and praise at Mount Pisgah's Agape Experience on August 24, 2008. Each August, Mount Pisgah provides the community with the contemporary choir concert, and each year the production grows in scale and presentation. This year proved to be the most exceptional show to date, as cutting-edge lighting and projection were used to enhance the experience.
Two of Digital Projection’s Rental & Staging award-winning TITAN SX+ 500 projectors were inverted and controlled utilizing the TITAN's rotating keypad. One 12' circular screen and two 7.5' x 10' horizontal screens displayed custom graphics and commentary throughout the production.
Keith Frey, Director of Technical Ministries for Mount Pisgah, remarked, "the production's biggest challenge was discovering how we could project imagery onto suspended borderless screens without any bleed whatsover. Thankfully, geometric alignment was made simple and quick due to the numerous adjustment abilities found in the TITAN's mechanical design." Due to the TITAN’s mechanical flexibility, the "floating imagery" succeeded in creating a compelling visual accent to the production.
Concerning the decision to use TITANs as the precision display of choice, Frey stated, "Mount Pisgah likes to take advantage of all available technology, especially those products that allow us to push the envelope. With the TITAN SX+ 500 product, we were able to quickly and accurately align our images to borderless custom projection surfaces."
Frey continued, "Our design intent for this year's AGAPE concert was to create the illusion of images floating above the on-stage action, and we were extremely pleased with the results. The TITAN stands alone in what it offers the customer and we are thankful Digital Projection provides such a full solution to the projection market."
Steve Wood, Lead Pastor for Mount Pisgah, commented: " As a tool for enhancing worship, nothing compares to emerging technologies such as Digital Projection's TITAN projectors that help us share the gospel of Jesus Christ so vividly. Technological wineskins are the new stained glass that portray the witness of God at work in His people in ways that enable people to experience God in multi-sensory ways. The end result is simply fantastic!”
Due to the popularity of the Agape concert, Mount Pisgah is considering doubling their performance dates. Aside from the Agape production, Mount Pisgah also showcases national touring acts including Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman and many more, as well as performing simulcasts, a popular Christmas festival and choral concerts.
Setup and Calibrate your Projector from your Laptop!
Most laptops with a Network Port and /or a WiFi card can prove to be a valuable tool in setting up your Digital Projection display. In fact, the Titan chassis provides access to extensive control, setup, and ColorMax calibration - all from your laptop keyboard. An internal applet allows the operator to manipulate lens adjustments, picture controls, power on/off, blanking, even the display of internal test patterns. In addition, measured values for ColorMax calibration can be entered into the projector via this applet. This is extremely valuable if the color meter you use is also connected to your laptop. Simply read the data from your meter application and enter it right into the Titan application. You will never have to move from your chair!
To connect to your Titan via your laptop:
- 1. Activate the Titan’s WiFi connectivity by going to the “Setup” menu, then select “Network”, then select “wireless”.
2. On your PC, go to “Network Connections”, click on “TCP/IP” and change your IP address to “192.168.1.”, and in the last numerical location, enter any number up to 254 (example: “192.168.1.144”).
3. Search for wireless networks on your PC and connect to the Titan.
4. Open your browser and enter the Titan default IP address: “192.168.1.1”. Now you’re connected!
- 1. Confirm the Titan’s LAN connectivity is enabled by going to the “Setup” menu, then select “Network”, then select “wired”.
2. On your PC, go to “Network Connections”, click on “TCP/IP” and change your IP address to “192.168.1.”, and in the last numerical location, enter any number up to 254 (example: “192.168.1.145”).
3. Connect a cross-over LAN cable direct from your laptop to the projector. A standard LAN cable will not work.
4. Open your browser and enter the Titan default IP address: “192.168.1.1” . Now you’re connected!
- 1. You must use a conventional (non-crossover) LAN cable. No WiFi is available with the iVision or dVision series.
2. The default IP address for these projectors is 192.168.1.90, so set your computer to “192.168.1.”, plus any number up to 254 (example: 192.168.1.146).
3. Open your browser and type in the projectors’ default address of “192.168.1.90”. Now you’re connected!
For more information on computer / projector connectivity and calibration, go to www.digitalprojection.com, click “Product Resources and Support”, then click “Downloads and Documentation.”
Using your PC to setup and calibrate your DP projector has never been easier and can be a huge time saver. Try it next time and you may find you’ll never pick up a remote again.
DP Announces Major Customer Service, Marketing and Manufacturing Expansion
New Customer Service Reps, Technical and Engineering Staff and a New Manufacturing Facility Invigorate DP’s Growth
Thanks to our customers and extraordinary dealers, DP enjoyed significant growth in 2008. As we look toward 2009 we continue to make aggressive investments to support our ongoing expansion in both the Commercial A/V and Home Cinema markets. Those investments include recent additions in personnel, manufacturing facilities and technology resources. From a personnel standpoint, additions and promotions include David Kile, New Field Service Engineer for the West Coast and Ken Eagle, Midwest Market Development Manager. Kile is working directly with DPI clients on product, demo and application support. Eagle is managing all of DPI's sales through the company’s extensive Commercial A/V, Home Cinema and Staging channels in the Midwest regions.
Enhancing the company’s service and operations teams are Pamela Self, recently appointed Operations Coordinator and Kenada Harris, recently hired as Mid-Atlantic Customer Service Representative. Wallace Nelson and Mark Vaughn have just joined our growing service department as well. All of DP’s newly appointed personnel strengthen the company’s client support abilities and each associate brings a depth of directly related experience to their roles.
On the manufacturing front, DP recently completed a major manufacturing plant expansion. Production, quality control and warehouse footprints were all expanded by more than 30% to accommodate the growth in worldwide demand for the company’s precision displays. In parallel with the factory expansion, DPL has also promoted new Production Engineers from within the Manchester, UK team, as well as recruited a new Production Engineer for our electronics design and manufacturing facility in Cambridge. These additions are having an immediate positive impact on production capacity and delivery times, enabling growth in all channels by way of increased product availability.
Recent customer service fortification is also occurring through technological advances at DP. Our newly-launched corporate website, www.digitalprojection.com, brings extensive product line specifications, support documentation and technology detail directly to the public. Key innovations include calculation and comparison tools that allow dealers and end users alike to select the exact precision display to suit their application. Internal information systems at DPI have also undergone significant evolution with the addition of new database reporting tools.
Our commitment to providing world-class customer services along with the most innovative, reliable and highest performance projection displays is manifest by the continuing investments being made throughout the company.
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Technology Update: Illuminating LED’s for Projection
LED’s have long been considered a promising but technically challenging prospective light source for front projection displays. Indeed, LED illuminated rear screen televisions hit the consumer market a few years ago and their performance benefits were impressive: instant on, tens of thousands of hours of operational life, the production of a broader and more stable color space than traditional lamp technologies and efficient lumen-per-watt performance. The question has always been whether an LED illumination system could be bright enough to support front projection applications.
In a back corner of our exhibit at CEDIA, DP demonstrated our prototype LED illuminated single-chip projector. It is based on a pretty revolutionary LED concept known as Phlatlight™. More of a tightly spaced, tiny array of LED’s then a single really bright LED, the R, G and B Phlatlight™’s employed in our prototype are capable of producing thousands of raw lumens with just 360 watts of maximum illumination power. Even more interesting, the switching time of the LED’s is so fast they not only replace the traditional lamp system – they also remove the need for the motor driven color wheel, previously required by all single chip projectors. Removal of the color wheel also means removal of color wheel artifacts. For anyone sensitive to the color-wheel induced rainbow effect, eliminating that visual artifact is a huge, if not revolutionary, benefit.
Also, because the LED’s can be turned all the way off, implementations of these systems with dynamic black will be able to match CRT black levels on full-field black scenes.
Reproducible color gamut is another interesting benefit of LED illumination systems. Because the color point of the red, green and blue LED’s can be defined so precisely, they enable single-chip projectors to produce a color space and color saturation far beyond that of color-wheel based single-chip projectors (but still not on par with 3-chip systems).
Red, Green and Blue Phlatlight™ LED's
With such a compelling set of benefits, one might be convinced that LED illumination is the optimum solution for every application. The barrier to that concept, and the primary reason LED illumination will have very clear limits for front and large screen rear projection applications, is total system lumen output. Our prototype produced 480 ANSI lumens on screen. While we can envision the light output increasing to 700 - 800 lumens by the time the first LED illuminated projectors are launched (late 2009), brightness gains beyond that threshold are likely to be limited and slow to emerge.
By comparison, DP offers single and dual color wheel-based single chip projectors producing 6000+ lumens today. Even our entry-level single-chip projectors produce 1500+ lumens. Of course, our three chip systems can deliver up to tens of thousands of lumens and color depth beyond any single chip solution – color wheel or LED based.
That is where we get back to the question of the future LED illuminated single-chip projector’s suitability for specific applications. When using a small to medium sized screen in a very dark to theatrically dark venue, such as a very small conference room or a small home theater, the LED illuminated displays of the future may be an extraordinary alternative. However, if the application requires a mid-size screen and the venue has any ambient light striking the screen, more lumens are required to produce imagery with high environmental dynamic range and suitable visual appeal.
Other than dedicated home theaters, the majority of single-chip projectors purchased today are employed in venues with some ambient light. As compelling as the benefits are, for that majority of front projection applications, LED will not provide a dynamic front projection solution any time soon.
Nonetheless, the ongoing evolution of LED illumination systems marks a huge improvement in single chip image quality and provides extraordinary benefits in long-term cost of ownership. As the technology progresses from working prototypes to finished products, DP’s future LED illuminated displays are certain to expand the single-chip projection marketplace. Simply stated, the technology dramatically improves the economics of employing projection systems in applications where superb color performance is required, but humble lumen output is sufficient.
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Register For Access to Pricing, Control Docs and More
Digital Projection’s comprehensive new website offers unlimited access to a variety of support docs, manuals, CAD files and other important reference material. But did you know that all of our updated pricing is also available for download to registered Dealers and Manufacturing Reps?
By visiting www.digitalprojection.com/register and completing the brief form, authorized DP Dealers and Reps can receive login credentials and will then have direct access to our current pricing, plus other partner-specific information.
Please Note: if you were registered with the previous version of our website, your credentials will not work on the new platform. Simply visit www.digitalprojection.com/register, complete the form and you are on your way to gaining even more tools that can help you sell the industry’s most recognized precision displays.
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Immersive Display Solutions
A Q & A session with George Forbes, founder and president
Who is Immersive Display Solutions?
George Forbes: Immersive Display Solutions (IDSI) is a solutions-based company providing engineering, sales and marketing services. IDSI focuses specifically on the immersive display market, offering an entire line of OmniFocus™ “fisheye” single lenses. Sold either stand-alone through Digital Projection, or integrated into a broader IDSI system, the lenses work in conjunction with a hemispherical dome or fulldome display system. Supported products include fabric deployable domes (1.5-meters to 5-meters), hard shell rigid domes (1.5-meters to 6-meters), inflatable portable domes (3-meters to 6.5-meters), and custom displays such as the recently introduced inflatable and fabric panoramic displays. In addition to the dVision and TITAN/LIGHTNING OmniFocus single lens projection systems, IDSI can provide any of their displays with a variety of Digital Projection color-calibrated display systems and camera-based digital edge-blend products.
What new products do you offer?
George Forbes: IDSI recently announced the PufferSphere, a compelling 360° spherical display for the high-impact display of digital content. The PufferSphere's unique field of view creates a visually stunning presentation space, especially when compared with traditional flat billboard advertising. Equally adept at handling corporate branding, digital signage and existing promotional or educational content, the PufferSphere can also display custom event-specific or themed content. As far as the technology within the PufferSphere is concerned, an internally-mounted Digital Projection dVision 30 sx+ XL projection system projects images onto the inflatable spherical screen. Available in 2.0-meter and 2.5-meter diameter sizes, the system can be outfitted with the OmniFocus™ 180° x 135° truncated or 180° x 180° full dome lens to meet a variety of customer requirements.
Who are your typical customers?
George Forbes: Our customers typically fall into two very broad market categories: simulation and training or commercial presentation and visualization. We provide complete immersive visual solutions, display-only or visual system-only solutions to military, government and large contractors to meet their simulation or training objectives. A few recent examples are the JTAC dome at Air Force Research Labs, where Immersive Display Solutions designed and fabricated the transportable dome and back-end light shell structure which houses 13 iVision projectors, and also the 4-meter panoramic display we just installed with (4) iVision30sx+ UW-XC projection systems at the National Aviation Center. On the display and presentation side, we also provide complete immersive display solutions, display-only or projection-only solutions to markets such as retail, trade show exhibits, museums and aquariums, advertising, and educational customers. Another recent example was a solution consisting of (2) dVision30-1080p XC projectors with our OmniFocus lens installed into a planetarium application.
Why do you choose to work with Digital Projection?
George Forbes: The availability of high-performance, high-quality projection systems combined with outstanding local sales and customer support makes Digital Projection an excellent visual display system partner for IDSI. Since being introduced to Digital Projection in 2007, we have worked together on many projects, both large and small, and the support and technical assistance provided by their staff has always been immediate and outstanding. The combination of Digital Projection systems with our unique immersive display solutions offers a compelling solution to meet the needs of a wide range of markets and applications.
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Auto Shut-off For TITAN and LIGHTNING 1080p & SX+ Projectors
Some of our customers have asked if the TITAN and LIGHTNING 1080p and SX+ models can be equipped to automatically turn off if no source signal is present for an extended period of time. Although that capability does not inherently exist within the product’s user interface, it can be created via the RS-232 interface using any control system that is able to recognize responses from the projector. The key is for the control system to be programmed to occasionally ask the projector what source it is receiving.
Below is the description of the source polling command string from the Titan / LIGHTNING 1080p & SX+ External Protocol Document.
As an example of how to use this command to execute a no-source auto shut-off, the control system could be programmed to poll the projector every 60 - 90 seconds as to the source it is displaying. After some quantity of consecutive ‘searching’ (no source) responses from the projector, the control system would then activate and display a countdown timer. The control system continues to poll the projector for source activity during the countdown. Once the countdown timer reaches zero, and assuming no sources were detected during the countdown, the control system would send an “off”’ command (located in section 3.1 of the TITAN / LIGHTNING External Protocol Document), as listed below.
The amount of time between the control system’s polling of the projector’s source can be defined as any value suitable for the application. Likewise, the programmer can also define the number of “searching” responses required before the shutoff timer commences, as well as the duration of that timer.
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
May & June 2008 - Theaterscope Handling Tips
Late Summer 2008 - Lens Shift and the Projector Sweet Spot
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
May & June 2008 - Abundant Living Faith Center
Late Summer 2008 - Alford Media
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
May & June 2008 - DP's Most Impressive infoComm Exhibit EVER
Late Summer 2008 - TITAN Chasis Wins TWO Industry Awards