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DP To Launch Full Range of 3D Products

After years of development and the benefit of great guidance from some valued lead customers, Digital Projection is set to launch a comprehensive range of iVision, TITAN and LIGHTNING 3D projectors.

The heart of our new 3-chip DLP™ 3D product lineup is a new, high bandwidth sideboard input, which employs twin-dual DVI connectivity. The bandwidth of this input is so extraordinary, it can accept a full 1080p signal running at up to 120 frames per second (120 Hz). This frame rate is commonly used for the highest quality 3D applications, as it allows 60 frames of distinct content to be delivered to each of the viewer’s left and right eyes. Think flicker-free 3D.

Also think zero latency. DP’s new sideboard input takes a direct path to the DMDs so all sources connected via this input are taking the most efficient route to the screen. Input electronics in most projectors add from 2 - 3+ frames of video delay, which is a consistent challenge for customers with critical live event and I-Mag applications. By comparison, sources connected via our new sideboard input experience only a few lines of delay. Given there are 1080 lines in a frame of 1080p video, a few lines of delay is imperceptible.

The scope of our 3D product line will be disclosed in full detail in early February, but we can share the following facts now:

    · The lineup will cover a light output range from 2,000 – 20,000 lumens.
    · Contrast will approach 6000:1 on some models (this is the true native, full on to full off contrast – no active manipulation of the signal and no pumping of light output by use of an active aperture).
    · 120 Hz is the maximum input frame rate for sources with 1080p resolution, but lower resolution sources can be displayed at even higher frame rates.
    · All 3D models will also include DP’s acclaimed NextGen™ electronics, so beyond the high bandwidth sideboard input, full connectivity with all common source formats and input types is still maintained. Furthermore, DP’s extraordinary ColorMax™ and Xenon Color Mode capabilities remain intact.
That’s all we can share for now…we will reveal all the details of our 3D product line, including pricing and availability, when we launch in early February. It’s time to start thinking DP in 3D!

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Digital Projection TITAN Portrait
Tilt Your TITANS!

We have great news that will set the projection world on its side!

We are pleased to announce that the TITAN HD 600, sx+ 700 and 1080p-700 models have completed full qualification for portrait use in either dual or single lamp operation. By simply rotating these models onto their side, our customers can project content in portrait orientation, creating impactful imagery through aspect ratios that are taller then they are wide. The following photo is an exclusive shot of a portrait-mode TITAN 1080p-700 with outriggers for the adjustable feet highlighted:

Digital Projection TITAN Portrait

Portrait displays are a great solution for a growing number of applications. They can be used to:

    • Achieve a much taller image from a given throw distance than horizontal orientation would achieve.
    • Increase vertical screen resolution without the need to vertically stack and blend two projectors.
    • Simply create the attention grabbing impact of a dramatic vertical aspect ratio.
The portrait capability certainly adds to the flexibility and deployability of these 8,000 – 10,000 lumen TITAN models.

Applications where portrait orientation is suitable include:
    • Digital Signage, retail displays, museums and transportation.
    • Tradeshow exhibits.
    • Major staged events.
    • Command and control and process control.
    • Visualization and simulation.
    • Multi-projector edge blend applications where additional image height is desired.
    • Medical and scientific research where increased vertical resolution is required.
From an installation perspective, achieving the portrait orientation on a TITAN is easy to do via one of 4 methods:

1. Simply orient the projector on its side, with the input panel facing up. Although the projector cannot be locked down via this method, the clean, flat surfaces of the TITAN platform, combined with the rugged build standard, make this a perfectly stable solution for temporary portrait orientation such as when conducting demonstrations. The full range of motorized horizontal and vertical lens shift is still available.

2. Add DP’s optional TITAN Portrait Adapters, and the adjustable feet included with every TITAN can be used to support the projector in portrait orientation. Beyond the added stability of the increased stance, these adapters also enable the mechanical pitch and roll adjustability provided by the feet to compliment the extensive range of motorized horizontal and vertical lens shift.

3. Add DP’s optional RapidRig™ system and you now have pitch, roll and yaw, along with the extensive lens shift. When equipped with the RapidRig™ system, your portrait TITANs can be configured for pedestal mount, or quickly attached to truss and flown using industry standard cheeseboroughs.

4. Add the TITAN portrait ceiling mount kit (coming soon), and hang the portrait system as easily as you would in atypical landscape installation.

All TITAN HD 600’s, sx+ 700’s and 1080p-700’s delivered to date incorporate the portrait capability as a standard feature, as do all the future units we ship. We encourage all of our industry friends to explore how the portrait orientation can create a new solution for our customers. Just remember, any content to be displayed on a portrait projector must be created as portrait content – that is, rotated 90 degrees, just like the projector.

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Photo courtesy of Karl Mehrer of
Sundance Relies on DP's
Digital Precision For 11th Year

Nineteen DP projectors have just finished entertaining thousands of viewers at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, one of the most important film festivals in the world. Digital Projection has been the official provider of video projectors to the Sundance Film Festival since 1998.

For the past several years, we have lobbied the festival’s management team to change their name to the Sundance Video and Film Festival. Why, you may be wondering? Simply put, the majority of the festival’s content is now projected through our video projectors rather than film projectors. Video is a more consistently accurate, easier and less expensive medium in which to project.

This past summer, our applications support engineers selected the DP projector models best suited for each of the Festival’s venues. Decisions were based on the screen size, throw distance, and theater size. Then, in early January, our technical team advanced on the mountains of Park City and Salt Lake City, equipped with their fleet of nearly two dozen LIGHTNING and TITAN projectors. Armed with light meters and laptops, our Sundance projectionist team installed and tweaked every projector, critically calibrating color utilizing the proprietary Colormax™ electronics and firmware, found in all Digital Projection displays. This assured hundreds of filmmakers that their prized work would be presented with absolute color integrity.

With the 2009 festival now an official “wrap,” our projectionist team and fleet of projectors are both speeding back to headquarters. Some of the brand new TITAN 1080p-700 and TITAN Reference Displays that were used at Sundance are being offered for sale on our ”Specials” list. Iif you want to own the very best in projection technology, as well as a bit of film festival history, contact your DP Regional Manager for a “Sundance Special” quote. If you need the contact information for your local Rep, please see our regional contact list here: DP Regional Contacts.

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Digital Projection is Hiring

Location: Rocky Mountain Region, USA
Department: Regional Manager, Sales
Description: Digital Projection, Inc. (DPI), an Emmy® award winning manufacturer of high performance projection systems, is seeking candidates for a key Sales and Marketing position.

Regional Managers are the most important component in attaining Digital Projection’s sales and customer satisfaction objectives. They link dealers, consultants and end users to DP’s superb products, team and services. They provide the marketplace with training, product information, demonstration and sales support, and they are in command of their own success as well as the success of DP and it’s customers within their region. Applicants should be highly personable and technically proficient. We are seeking candidates based in the Denver or Rocky Mountain area that possess 3 – 5 years experience in the sales or support of large screen displays and/or related electronics.

Digital Projection provides competitive compensation, benefits and exciting incentives. Salary commensurate with experience. If you have the skills, personality and motivation to work with a team that is committed to producing highly differentiated large screen display solutions and experiences, email your resume to or fax your resume to 770.420.1360.

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Selling Projectors in Tough Economic Times
Chuck Collins

– by Chuck Collins, VP of Commercial AV at Digital Projection

I have the dubious distinction of being one of a handful of industry veterans who have sold video projectors through (4) major recessions over the past 30 years. Yes, I have been at this a long time. And before you start thinking too deeply about that fact, for your information, I started selling equipment at a very young age…and I plan on continuing to sell video projectors for a very long time! If anyone asks my age, just tell him or her I am 29.

Back to business - there is a lot skepticism, misinformation, and even fear in the AV marketplace right now. With all of the media hype about the credit crunch, corporate bailouts and layoffs, it’s hard not to get worried. But personally, I am not worried – I’ve been here 3 times before!

Anyone reading this is presumably involved in some way in the business of selling projectors. And if you think for a few minutes about the many features and benefits of Digital Projection products that we recite to end users, buyers and corporate purchasing agents everyday, perhaps your fears will be allayed. You see, those features and benefits are the most compelling answers to prudent spending within the corporate world.

Let’s review some key points.

DP projectors offer customers efficiency on EVERY level.
First, let’s talk about the more obvious benefits. Install a DP projector in an auditorium or a decent sized classroom and suddenly one can inform and instruct many people at once, as opposed to merely communicating with an individual.

Second, the efficiency in training multitudes at a time translates to decreased travel costs, which in turn equals higher productivity from the individual responsible for the training.

Finally, a successful projector salesperson will point to the energy efficiency of a projector from Digital Projection Inc. Our proprietary CoolTek™ Engineering takes efficiency to the extreme. Critically important benefits include the fact that each customer will enjoy maximum lumens from minimum input wattage. This means your customer will pay less in energy bills because it takes less energy to get brilliant imagery from a DP projector. In addition, because our total chassis power consumption is so low, our projectors exhaust fewer BTU’s, thereby saving the customer money by limiting the amount of additional air conditioning required to offset the projector’s thermal output.

Today’s projectors are more of a value than ever before.
When we started Digital Projection International over 12 years ago, we sold a 3500 Lumen SVGA projector for over $ 90,000.00. Believe it or not, that was a great price at the time. The image quality from those first POWER Displays blew away the other projectors of the era, plus the units provided our customers with an ease of use that competitive technologies could not approach. 12 years later, we know of a number of customers who are still using our first model. By comparison, end-users today can enjoy much higher resolution and brightness, from a smaller DP projector that is offered for a fraction of the cost of our original model. Of course, given the quality, performance and value of our lineup, we fully expect that many of the projectors DP is selling today will still be working 12 years from now.

Bottom Line:
Economies naturally contract and expand. When a market contracts, the opportunities increase exponentially for quality products to gain momentum. By focusing on the inherent power, efficiency and extensive customer support that Digital Projection offers, we can help transform 2009 into a groundbreaking year.

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The iVision and dVision SX+ and 1080P models can display WUXGA if the graphics card is configured properly. The default for most dual output DVI graphics cards is to output 960 X 1200 to any display lower than WUXGA. By setting the graphics card to output 1920 X 1200 from a single DVI output, displaying WUXGA is possible – even though these models offer a lower native resolution then the WUXGA source.

If native WUXGA is required, we recommend considering DP’s iVision WUXGA or dVision WUXGA models.

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Farewell to Bill

The senior staff at Digital Projection is sad to share the news of the passing of William (Bill) LeCompte, who succumbed to cancer on Saturday, January 24.

Bill was a past DPI associate, customer and long time friend to a number of us throughout our careers. Indeed, the seeds for DPI’s passion for precision in large screen imaging were planted by Bill many years ago.

Bill was a pioneering large-venue projectionist and sales professional, having worked for General Electric in the heyday of their Talaria product line. The Talaria products were known for their very high brightness (at the time 1000 lumens was very bright), but the products also had a reputation for producing less than inspired color and uniformity. Being the projection perfectionist that he was, Bill rolled up his sleeves, studied the technology and innovated alignment “tweaks” that overcame the inherent weaknesses and maximized the Talaria’s performance. For sure, when a Talaria was aligned by Bill LeCompte, nobody ever complained about color or uniformity – they were all too busy being entertained by the beautiful imagery! Bill was the original Projection Artist.

Some of the executives at DP were actually brought into this business by Bill – even trained by him. His commitment to understanding his clients applications and to creating an optimized projection solution, based on his deep knowledge of the technology he loved, left an impression on us all – and in turn, on Digital Projection as well.

We will all miss Bill deeply, but take heart in knowing that there will be days ahead when the sky above is strikingly blue. On those gorgeous days, it is just possible that Mother Nature asked Bill to help tweak the colors. We will really enjoy those days.

Rest in peace Bill.

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Photo of the Month

The John Cooper School Performing Arts Center
- The Woodlands, Texas

John Cooper School
The John Cooper School, located west of Houston, is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory day school. This fall, the school unveiled a brand new Performance Arts Center that utilizes a Digital Projection TITAN.

John Cooper School Photo courtesy of
A TITAN 1080P-500 with a 12’ X 21.5’ Stewart Filmscreen Grayhawk RS are used in the performance facility. The TITAN 1080p-500 is installed in the three-window space at the rear of the building (shown above). Control of the TITAN occurs front of house via an AMX control system.

Dollywood using Digital Projection LIGHTNING projectors Bill Schuermann, Senior Design Consultant at HFP Acoustical Consultants Inc., worked in conjunction with the following companies over a two-year period to complete the Performance Arts Center:
Architect - Morris Architects
Theater Consultant - Bill Conner Associates
General Contractor - Brookstone, LP
AV System Integrator - LD Systems

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Resolutions Overview

1280 x 720 (720p - 16 x 9 or 1.78:1): Great for High Definition Video applications.

1400 x 1050 (SX+ - 4 x 3 or 1.33:1): Predominantly a computer resolution. Also excellent for edge blending as the 4 x 3 aspect ratio maximizes screen height.

1920 X 1080 (1080p - 16 x 9 or 1.78:1): The benchmark for full 1080 high definition displays.

1920 x 1200 (WUXGA - 16 x 10 or 1.6:1): Outstanding for applications where both computer and 1080p sources will be displayed, as well as Video Editing where extra pixels allow for viewing the Operating System’s taskbar without blocking Video.

2048 x 1080 (2K resolution - 1.89:1): Although this aspect ratio doesn't match the native aspect ratio of films which are typically 1.85 or 2.35:1, this format is predominantly used for digital cinema.

Tech Tip Archive

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Tech Tip Archive

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
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 2008 - Scalability With DP's TITANS

Photo of the Month Archive

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
December 2008 - Dollywood's "4-D" Polar Express

Newsletter Archive

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
December 2008 - Looking Back, Looking Forward

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