- Connect with Digital Projection Across the World
- DPI's Projector Specials are Going FAST!
- U.S. Navy Memorial Uses TITAN In Auditorium
- DPI Adds to Marketing/PR Department
- 2008 Race Season Wrap Up
- Photo Of The Month: U.S. Navy Memorial Auditorium
- Tech Tip: Correctly Adjusting Your TheaterScope
See the Industry's Most Precise Displays In Action
From Hong Kong to Amsterdam to Orlando, Florida, Digital Projection is participating in numerous trade shows and AV showcases in the upcoming months. Here’s a list of where and when you can connect with us:
1) ISE Amsterdam – DPL will be exhibiting our full line of precision displays from February 3-5, 2009, at Europe’s primary show for professional AV and electronic systems integration.
2) IITSEC – Two DPI dealers will be displaying two distinct DP chassis at IITSEC in Orlando, Florida from Dec. 1 – 4.
a. Immersive Display Solutions (Acworth, GA) and Electric Pictures Display (Melbourne, FL) will be co-exhibiting and presenting several fixed-wing and rotary-wing training scenarios on a multi-channel 4-meter (13-ft) diameter immersive panoramic display. Four DPI iVision20 sx+ -XC projectors outfitted with 0.8:1 ultra short-throw lenses, an automatic digital edge-blend and color correction solution create the image.
b. Display Solutions (Hudson, MA) will take 3-separate channels of video from an image generator (IG) and display them as a composite scene via three DPI Titan sx+ projectors on a cylindrical screen.
3) InfoComm '09 - Team members from each of Digital Projection Worldwide's offices will be on hand for a dazzling array of precision displays at this year's InfoComm.
4) CEDIA – DPI will have a massive exhibit at CEDIA Expo '09, the #1 show in the residential electronic systems industry.
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Projector Specials, Going Fast!
Our newly-launched Year Round Projector Specials program is quickly gaining momentum, with TEN projectors already sold for significant discounts. Need another reason to contact your DP RMDM and request to view the regularly-updated list? How about the fact that we JUST ADDED EIGHT LIGHTNINGS to the list? You read that correctly. Eight of the industry's brightest and most efficient precision displays are available, first come, first serve, right now with exceptional pricing. If you're an authorized DP dealer or Rep, all you have to do is contact your local DP RMDM for access to the list.
Remember: 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.
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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Navy Memorial Uses TITAN In State-of-the-Art Presentations
Hoppmann AV Chooses DPI’s TITAN to Deliver Dynamic Imagery at U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation’s Auditorium
Hoppmann has allowed us to fully utilize the numerous features of the Heritage Center by creating an outstanding visual and aural experience for our visitors and staff.
- Navy Admiral Richard A. Buchanan
Hoppmann AV of Chantilly, Virginia was recently chosen to develop an inspiring presentation environment within the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation’s Auditorium in Washington, DC. In an already impressive lineup of technologically advanced control and audio sources, Digital Projection’s TITAN 1080p-600M was chosen as the precision display for it’s superior light output, high quality graphics processing and high native resolution. As it turned out, it took a distinct departure from the initial project requirements to set the course for the impressive auditorium that is now open to the public.
The initial planning phase included the planned replacement of an existing 16’ tall curved IMAX screen with a standard flat screen. However, where others saw the existing screen as an insurmountable obstacle for the auditorium’s reconfiguration, Jared Leib, preliminary designer for Hoppmann AV, saw a tremendous opportunity. Leib commented, “After visiting the site for the first time, I was amazed by the size of the existing projection screen. The basis of my design was to utilize the drastically curved screen while providing a high brightness, full HD picture which would appear to wrap around the audience.” After researching high-lumen projection options, Leib decided on a combination of DPI’s TITAN 1080p-600 and DPI’s TheaterScope, an anamorphic lens and sled system that uniformly stretches the projected image to fill the 2.35:1 aspect ratio screen surface when required.
Many of today’s movie theaters are designed to display wider formats than HDTV standards (16:9 aspect ratio). In order to meet future advances in digital video content, as well as deliver today’s high definition DVD formats (HD-DVD/Blu ray), the TheaterScope anamorphic lens automatically slides in front of the projector, optically stretching the projected image to fill the 2.35:1 aspect ratio screen surface when required. While watching a 16:9 source (HDTV), the screen curtains expand, the image changes and the already large image becomes remarkably larger. This is a key component to delivering the full anamorphic HD experience that the auditorium deserves.
Leib remarked, “Imagine sitting in front of a 40’ curved projection screen, with 10,000 lumens illuminating dynamic HD imagery. The result is amazingly resolute and artifact-free video and HD imagery.” In addition to the already dazzling image quality, video and images can also be enhanced through Colormax™, the TITAN’s built-in seven-point colorimetry for expanded color space and color alignment accuracy. In response to the color performance of the projector, Vadim Finkov, Technical Engineer on the project, commented “The result is one-of-a-kind, giving the viewer superb image quality. Using only a single DPI projector w/ anamorphic lens, we have created a stunning visual experience.”
Although there may be high quality, high performance hardware required to make the Auditorium work seamlessly, the operator will not be overwhelmed with numerous controls. A simple interface with a customized LCD touch screen display within the projection booth provides easy operation. The LCD touch screen will clearly display sources, destinations, and other valuable information so the presentation/lecture runs smoothly. Furthermore, a 32” high definition preview monitor located within the projection booth helps prevent irregular source feedback or audio playback. The operator will have full visual and audible feedback from the system, which allows them to react before any presentation problems occur. In conjunction with the Auditorium capabilities, the President’s Conference Room will be upgraded to allow remote monitoring and control from the projection booth within the Auditorium. This means that an operator can monitor, control and react to any situation within both the Auditorium and the President’s Conference Room simultaneously.
In addition to dedicated operator controls in the projection booth, an 8.4” wireless LCD touch screen is located at the presenter lectern. The graphical user interface has been customized to allow any user, regardless of technical experience, to operate the basic functions of the integrated audiovisual system. Utilizing 802.11 standards for wireless devices, the wireless LCD touch screen controller can be used anywhere within the room allowing a presenter to roam freely while still having complete control at their fingertips.
Performance, quality, reliability, and ease of use are just a few of the defining technological qualities on display at the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation. You can experience the new auditorium at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 123, Washington, D.C., 20004.
DPI Adds to Marketing/PR Department with New Assistant
Building on the significant growth Digital Projection has experienced in 2008, we are pleased to announce the expansion of our Marketing Department with the addition of Carmen Berens as Marketing Communications Assistant. Carmen's appointment further illustrates DP's continued dedication to expanding client services and support in every department throughout the company.
Berens graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas with a BA in Marketing, as well as The Art Institute of Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia with an Associates in Graphic Design. She has previously worked for General Dynamics, Turner Sports/PGA.com, while her most recent title was Art Director of I Do For Brides, a regional bridal magazine.
Michael Bridwell, Marketing Communications Manager for Digital Projection, commented, “In a vast field of applicants, Carmen’s experience and creativity separated her from the pack. I have no doubt that she will make an immediate impact as we strive to discover even more ways to support our Reps and Dealers in 2009.”
Berens commented: “After working exclusively in the design world for the past few years, I am excited to be back to a more marketing services-driven environment. Digital Projection is a great group of people who have already made me feel very welcome.”
Please join us in welcoming Carmen to Digital Projection. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or the corporate office at 770-420-1350.
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DPI Wraps Up Powerful 2008 Race Season
The most sought-after ticket in our industry is a seat in one of Digital Projection’s luxury suites at NASCAR and Indy Racing League events around the country. These select hosted events have allowed us to share the thrill and excitement of some amazing races with some of our respected peers and friends in the AV industry. Any opportunity to spend a bit of extra time with our invited guests is appreciated, and a hearty thanks to everyone that was able to attend.
Our season began in March, where we hosted a large group at ClubOne in the Atlanta Motor Speedway for a NASCAR weekend. In April we rolled in to the Texas Motor Speedway for the first of two NASCAR Cup Races there, where our spacious 64-seat luxury suite was filled to capacity nearly all three days.
June brought a return to Texas for the INDY RACING LEAGUES’ (IRL) open wheel night race. Our guests were treated to an exhilarating light show as the sparks flew! We then followed the IRL’s open wheel drivers to “Wine Country” for an action packed weekend at the Infineon Raceway’s Road Course. This was a difficult stretch for DP and our customers, as we had to endure three whole days of fun and sun in the rolling hills of Sonoma County with amazing seats overlooking the entire track.
We then hosted over 60 guests at the Texas Motor Speedway over Halloween Weekend. Friday night between "trick or treat" fun, we watched an exciting NASCAR Craftsman Truck Race where Ron Hornaday won and edged closer to points leader Johnny Benson. On Saturday we enjoyed an action packed race that saw Kyle Busch win the NASCAR Nationwide event in a close race with Carl Edwards. On Sunday it was all Carl Edwards as points leader Jimmy Johnson had a miserable day. Our suite was packed all 3 days with Commercial AV Dealers, Home Cinema Dealers, Reps and Consultants. We will be partying at 3 different races in Texas again in 2009 and we hope you will join us!
The racing season concluded as we hosted 50+ guests on a thunderous weekend of NASCAR racing at the Phoenix International Raceway on November 7, 8 and 9. From our suite midway between turns 1 and 2, as well as from the rooftop observation deck, our guests had the perfect view of the track and the racing action. The weekend started with the Craftsman Truck Race on Friday, where Kevin Harvick took first place. In the Nationwide Cup Race on Saturday, DLP Driver Denny Hamlin just missed taking first place by 1/10th of a second, as he was outrun by Carl Edwards in the final stretch! The big event on Sunday, the Sprint Cup Race, included an infield tour for everyone in our group, as well as a personal Q&A session with Ken Schraeder, driver of the DLP #96 car. Although Jimmy Johnson proved to be too fast for #96 on Sunday, it was a great race and a great weekend in the Phoenix sun with our customers!
In total, Digital Projection hosted nearly 500 people to NASCAR and IRL races during the year, and had an outstanding time with each group. If you are interested in joining us in 2009, contact your local DPI Regional Manager early as availability is limited.
U.S. Navy Auditorium, Washington, D.C.
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Correctly Adjusting Your TheaterScope System (ALS-201)
The TheaterScope has some basic adjustment points that, when set properly, will provide optimized geometry and focus of your image on screen. This article offers a brief description as to the use of these adjustments to achieve the best result for your installations.
The image above is a side view of the adjustment points on the lens mount clamp as it sits on the transit pole of the TheaterScope. The five screws you see above function as follows:
- 1. Far left – The largest Allen screw is the hinge for adjusting the ‘bowtie’ effect of the ISCO III lens.
2. 2nd Screw – there are actually two of these (both marked #2 above) and they are #4 metric. These adjust the Left and Right aim of the ISCO III lens.
3. Middle Screw (#4 metric) – This screw’s purpose is to secure the entire assembly to the stabilizing pole.
4. Far right (#4 metric) – This screw allows for the actual adjustment of the ‘bowtie’ effect.
Please see the illustrations below for the three results when adjusting screw # 4 ( the far right Allen screw):
Figure 1.a. This is the desired end result that allows viewable content in the scale and format it was intended.
Figure 1.b. This is the effect when the adjustment is too high.
Figure 1.c. This is the effect when the adjustment is too low
Below is a photo of a properly installed ALS-201 TheaterScope ISCO III lens in front of the projector’s primary lens.
Please note: figure 1a, 1b, and 1c show extreme exaggerations of the bowtie or pincushion effect, introduced by the ISCO III lens. In reality, the distortion is slight, approximately 1.5% of total image height. This distortion is intentional, as the ISCO III lens was designed to deliver correct geometry on a screen with a shallow curve. On a flat screen, the small pincushion distortion will be visible. This is best dealt with by matching the height of the center of the image to the height of the center of the screen. This allows the slight pincushion in the corners of the image to overshoot the screen, and be hidden by the screen frame / masking.
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
October 2008 - Auto Shut-off For TITAN and LIGHTNING
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
October 2008 - Oregon Shakespeare Festival
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
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