- Looking Back, Looking Forward
- Sundance TITANS Now Available for Pre-Order!
- Dollywood Uses LIGHTNINGS in "4-D" Holiday Show
- Brawn Consulting Publishes Projector Efficiency Study
- dVision 1080p Projectors Adopt VIDI Technology
- Photo Of The Month: Dollywood's "4-D" Polar Express
- Tech Tip: Scalability With DP's TITANS
Thank You For a Great 2008 & Here's to the Arrival of 2009!
As we watch the close of 2008 approaching fast, we wanted to take a moment to thank all of our dealers, customers and friends for everything you have done to help Digital Projection make 2008 one of the biggest years in our history.
Although a variety of challenges restrained much of the economy at large - especially during the 2nd half of the year - DP was still able to realize strong growth in 2008. While it can be said that our robust product line, committed customer service and improved product availability helped support that growth, everyone at DPI knows the majority of the credit goes to the dealers, consultants and system designers who trusted us with their display projects. Thank you for sharing your opportunities with us!
Looking ahead to 2009, DP has prepared some very interesting new projection solutions, along with key enhancements to current products. In some cases the new products and capabilities will strengthen our offerings for the Commercial AV and Home Cinema markets that we already consider core to our business. In other cases our new announcements will be quite revolutionary - and likely to serve as powerful vehicles for DP and our dealers to provide solutions for a variety of new, high growth vertical markets. You can expect to see the first announcements in Q1.
With all of our recent success and DP's potential for continued strong growth in 2009, we want you to know that we remain focused on the core principles that have guided our company since we shipped our first projector nearly 12 years ago. Thus, we hereby renew our commitment to pursue technological innovation and unequalled product performance and value - all supported by unmatched customer services and straightforward business integrity.
Thanks for being a great partner in 2008, and here's to the coming of another GREAT year as we work together to bring DP's precision displays to the world's most important events and venues!
Sundance TITANS Available for Pre-Order!
Stories are told. Careers are launched. Rules are changed. With so much at stake, the Sundance Film Festival has trusted DP to deliver the most precise digital imagery imaginable for 11 consecutive years.
Now, you can own a piece of film history by reserving a TITAN projector that was actually entertaining at Sundance 09!
Actual commemorative plaque installed on each Sundance TITAN
DP's Projector Specials List now contains NINE brand new TITAN 1080p-700's and TITAN Reference 1080p projectors that will be relied on to deliver trend-setting content at the famous film festival in January 2009. Need another reason to contact your DP RMDM and request the recent version of our regularly-updated specials list? How about the fact that these projectors, plus over 40 others, are available at significant discounts! 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. If you need the contact information for your local Rep, please see our regional contact list here: DP Regional Contacts.
The exclusive TITAN 1080p Sundance projectors will be available for delivery mid-February, 2009, and are offered on a first-come, first served basis. Reservations are being accepted for these projectors now. Once they're all reserved, your opportunity to own extraordinary technology that served a role in entertainment history will be, well...history.
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Dollywood's Polar Express Creates "4-D" Experience
Two Digital Projection LIGHTNING 45 HD-3D Projectors are Bringing the Polar Express Holiday Experience to Life in a Dazzling "4-D" Display
The 3D projection is so realistic we've had guests take off their 3D glasses thinking that the snow in the Polar Express 4D experience was being "blown into" the theater.
- Pete Owens, Dollywood Public Relations Manager
Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas celebration, which was named the best theme park Christmas event in the nation during the 2008 Golden Ticket Awards, is creating holiday magic this season with the debut of their Polar Express 4-D Experience. As their first production in the newly upgraded theater, the Polar Express 4-D Experience has seen both unprecedented ticket demand and raving reviews from the viewing audience.
"We're calling it 4-D because it combines the 3-D movie with motion seats and smells and a lot of other features that make this a really amazing addition to our Christmas celebration," Dollywood Public Relations Manager Pete Owens says. "We spent about $1 million to basically gut the screen area and build a new, rounded screen plus install the best projection equipment in the industry."
In anticipation of presenting the future of digital cinema, the facility recently upgraded to a state-of-the-art 4D simulation theater. Industry veterans Julian Angus and Shane Nichols served as consultants during the theater's technological upgrades. After comparing the image quality of the top projection manufacturers on the market, the two Digital Projection LIGHTNING 45 HD-3D projectors were selected because of their superb image quality and immersive 3D projection abilities. "We've heard from people at parks all over the place and they're telling us there's no better 3-D in the world," Dollywood Construction Manager Mike Teske says. "That's not just us saying that."
Please CLICK HERE to read the rest of the article:
DOLLYWOOD'S POLAR EXPRESS CREATES "4-D" VIEWER EXPERIENCE
Alan Brawn Publishes Results of Projector Efficiency Research
Industry Veteran Alan C. Brawn (CTS, ISF, ISF-C, DSCE)
recently completed an industry efficiency survey for large venue projectors, and the findings echo the initial research DP conducted earlier in the year.
Below is an excerpt from Mr. Brawn's findings. You can read the full article by clicking here (pdf): Less Energy Consumption a Feature and Real Benefit by Alan Brawn
"While energy consumption should be of concern for every niche of the audio visual industry, nowhere is it more relevant than in displays. We are seeing some progress in energy consumption from the flat panel display manufacturers, but I had not heard a great deal from the projector side of the house. Being armed with natural curiosity I began to delve into the issue with several projector manufacturers. Frankly, I was surprised at what I discovered, especially at the high brightness end of the market. "
Please CLICK HERE to read the rest of the article (pdf):
Less Energy Consumption a Feature and Real Benefit by Alan Brawn
Please CLICK HERE to read DP's Efficiency Initiative:
Powerful. Efficient. Responsible: Bringing Efficiency to Large Screen Displays
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dVision 1080p Projectors Adopt VIDI Technology
DVision 1080p projectors will now begin utilizing Philips' exciting VIDI technology. VIDI is a Philips innovation developed in close cooperation with Texas Instruments in order to optimize the image performance of DLP-based projectors for both video and data applications. VIDI electronics activate the UHP lamp by way of a two-pulse system: one brilliant pulse and one dark pulse. The dark pulse enhances contrast, providing a smoother more vivid image, while the brilliant pulse boosts brightness by up to 25% to 30%. The brilliant pulse ensures there is a noticeable increase in brightness on the projection screen.
The Texas Instruments - Philips partnership in VIDI technology engineering allows the projector to pulse an individual color, or mix of colors by synchronizing the pulsing of the lamp with the cycling of the projector's the color wheel. For example, if you want more red, you can choose to "boost" the lamp output (pulse the lamp output) during the red interval of the color wheel. Thus, red illumination energy can be 25-30% brighter without affecting the overall demands on the lamp or lamp life. By creating a "dark" pulse, grey scale can be improved by up to 2 bits, along with an increase in contrast ratio and a reduction of dither noise by as much as 75%.
Different pulse combinations can be created to optimize projector performance for specific applications. VIDI technology allows color wheel-based projection systems, like DP's iVision and dVision series, to improve performance and flexibility without negatively affecting projector thermal output, efficiency or lamp life.
Our dVision 1080p-XB and XL projectors are currently available with VIDI technology. The dVision 1080p-XC will include VIDI technology in late March, 2009.
To learn more about VIDI technology, CLICK HERE to visit the Philips VIDI portal.
Dollywood - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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Creating a Scalable Display Solution Using DP's TITAN Series and Optional RapidRig™ Mechanics
Simple. Fast. Precise.
The demands of today's large-venue events call for projector rigging and stacking to be simple, fast and precise. DP's RapidRig™ system, which includes accurate pitch, roll and yaw adjustments for each projector, can be added as an option to all TITAN models.
Add and Remove Projectors with Ease.
Once the RapidRig™ hardware is installed, TITANS are easily lock-stacked and ready for fast attachment to truss using industry standard hardware. With the RapidRig™ system, you simply add and connect up to three projectors as needed.
No other projector system is as easily configured or as ruggedly capable for large-venue usage.
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
November 2008 - Correctly Adjusting Your TheaterScope
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
November 2008 - U.S. Navy Memorial Auditorium
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
October 2008 - DP Launches Year Round Specials Program
November 2008 - Connect with Digital Projection Across the World