- 2009’s Reference Showroom Dealer Program
- DP to Launch Full Range of 3D Products!
- Sundance Relies on DP's Digital Precision For 11th Year
- Digital Projection is Hiring
- 10 Ways Home Cinema Can Grow in the Current Market
- Congratulations Electronic Lifestyles Award Winners
- Farewell to Bill
- Photo Of The Month: Paradise Theater
- Tech Tip: Resolutions Overview
Announcing 2009’s Reference Showroom Dealer Program
Due to overwhelming demand, we are pleased to pre-announce the 2009 Reference Showroom Dealer program. Similar to last year's program, Home Cinema dealers will be offered an opportunity to be part of an elite group of Reference dealers by purchasing and installing DP’s latest Titan 1080P Reference model in their showrooms. The program is limited to the first 16 dealers to place Reference 1080p demo orders.
Beyond showcasing the absolute best Home Cinema display available today, all 16 of the 2009 Reference Showroom Dealers will also enjoy these extraordinary benefits:
• Deeper discounts on the TITAN Reference 1080p purchased for their showroom.
• Significant extra discounts on all DP 1080P models purchased throughout the 2009 calendar year.
• Participation in DP’s Reference Showroom Dealer advertising campaign. This year’s advertising reach will be extended to 8 issues, 5 in Home Entertainment and 3 in Luxury CE. All 16 of our 2009 Reference Showroom Dealers will be featured in all 8 of these double-page spreads.
• An invitation to attend our exclusive Reference Showroom Dealer Gala, to be held at CEDIA 2009.
• An invitation to join our ongoing Home Cinema Dealer Advisory Committee.
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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.
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Photo courtesy of Karl Mehrer of www.k2imaging.com.
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 more than 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fax your resume to 770.420.1360.
10 Ways Home Cinema Can Grow in the Current Market
– by George Walter, VP of Home Cinema at Digital Projection
2009 will be a challenging year for our country as a whole. Creating a strategy to not only survive but also thrive in this economy is a must. Here are a few ideas to consider when building your “Growth Strategy for 2009”:
1. When real estate values are down, homeowners often re-invest in their personal environments via home improvements. A Home Theater / Media Room is an excellent home improvement.
2. In tough times, it is even more important to spend quality time with one’s family. A Home Theater is a great way to achieve that goal!
3. Compared to other investments, a Home Theater is better than investing in a pool since Home Theaters / media spaces can be enjoyed any time of the day, every day of the year. Also, after the intital investment, ongoing costs are generally very limited, resulting in a low long-term cost of ownership.
4. Compared to other investments, a Home Theater is better than investing in a luxury sports car because Home Theaters / Media spaces can be enjoyed by more than 2 people. Home Theaters also won’t raise the homeowner’s auto insurance costs, consume expensive fuel, or attract speeding tickets!
5. From a technology perspective, it is the perfect time to invest in a Home Theater because the major technology improvement (to 1080p) has just been launched. There are no major technological leaps on the horizon that will drive costs down or render your customer's investment obsolete.
6. With the recent demise of Circuit City and Tweeter, affluent buyers are more likely to turn to professional home systems integrators over retailers, so now is the perfect time to be promoting all the quality and service benefits your company offers.
7. Promote yourself and your success. End users are much more likely to be selective when spending this year, so you have to put your best foot forward for every opportunity. Always ask your best customers for their referrals, create a list of stellar references and always rehearse your presentations in advance to assure you conduct powerful and flawless demonstrations.
8. There has been rapid growth in the availability of very high quality hi-def content. Use it to your advantage in every way possible . Make sure your customers understand their options for the highest quality media so they can get the most out of their home theaters. Of course, always keep a variety of powerful and appropriate demo content on hand – your demonstrations must create enthusiasm and an ownership desire.
9. Harvest from your past customer lists. The growth and prosperity of the last 2 years has resulted in many dealers “reacting” to new business opportunities and not taking the time to look at easy to justify upgrades for past customers who are owners of CRT based systems or 720P systems. Over-service your best customers.
10. Invest time with your employees. In tough times, teams succeed more than individuals, so it is vital to lead by example. Create an environment your people feel positive about and make sure they truly believe they can rely on one another.
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Congratulations Electronic Lifestyles Award Winners
Digital Projection would like to recognize the following 2009 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Designer Award winners and their specific applications:
• Gold, Large Home Theater – Aurant’s “Racquetball Court Conversion” using DP’s TITAN 1080p-500.
• Silver, Large Home Theater – Electronics Design Group Inc.’s “Comfort is King” theater using DP’s TITAN HD.
• Silver, Integrated Home – Aurant’s “In the Grotto” theater using DP’s dVision 30-1080p.
• Bronze, Integrated Home – Commercial Electronics Ltd.’s “Musically Inclined” theater using DP’s Mercury HD, VIP 2000 and TheaterScope anamorphic lens.
• Bronze, Technical Design – Engineered Environment’s “Reaching for the Stars” theater using DP’s TITAN 1080p.
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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.
Schlender Theater - Palm Desert, California
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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.
October 2004 - 720p or 1080i?
November 2004 - Aspect Ratios And Screen Dimensions
December 2004 - Using Perforated Screens
January 2005 - Total Environmental Dynamic Range
February 2005 - What You Need To Know About Gamma
March 2005 - DP's Screen Brightness Calculator
April 2005 - Optimizing The Lens Aperature on dVision Projectors
May 2005 - Mounting Projectors Above or Below The Screen
June 2005 - One Lamp or Two?
July 2005 - Handy Formulas For Projectionists
CEDIA 2005 - How To Use The VIP 1000 To Simplify Installations
October 2005 - dVision Security Features
November 2005 - DVI & HDMI: Making The Connection
December 2005 - Lens Shift And The 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 - Selecting The Prime Lens For TheaterScope
October 2006 - HIGHlite Bulb Compatibility
November 2006 - HDMI & HDCP
December 2006 - Using DP's New Screen Brightness Calculator
January 2007 - How To Use DP's Exclusive Rigging Frame for dVision Projectors
February 2007 - VIP 2000 Firmware Upgrade
March 2007 - Recently Updated Website Resources
August/CEDIA 2007 - VIP 2000 Firmware Update
October 2007 - Brilliant Color Part I
November 2007 - Brilliant Color Part II
January/February 2008 - The Technology Behind CoolTek Engineering
March 2008 - The Technology Behind CoolTek Engineering Part 2
April 2008 - The Technology Behind CoolTek Engineering Part 3
May & June 2008 - Theaterscope Handling Tips
CEDIA 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 and RapidRig™
December 2004 - 35 Million Pixel Immersive Display
January 2005 - 2005 CES International
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 - DP is Hot!
July 2005 - Rotary Club International 100th Anniversary
CEDIA 2005 - LCD vs. DLP
October 2005 - Ingleside Baptist Church
November 2005 - Dataton And Digital Projection At LDI
December 2005 - Holiday Greetings From DPI
January 2006 - Alford Media Uses DPI Projectors At Radio City
March 2006 - Auditoria Chooses DPI for House of Worship
April 2006 - Sinatra At The London Palladium
infoComm 2006 - McCann Systems Brings Mercury To Nintendo
August 2006 - infoComm 2006 Slideshow
CEDIA 2006 - MB Productions Gears Up The NBA Draft With DPI
October 2006 - Digital Projection Introduces 3-Chip 1080p At CEDIA
November 2006 - Digital Projection at LDI
December 2006 - Holiday Greetings From DPI
January 2007 - K2 Imaging at Tulas Centennial
February 2007 - 2007 Sundance Film Festival
March 2007 - DPI & NASCAR
April/May 2007 - Liberty University
June 2007 - Pearl Room at the Palm Casino
August/CEDIA 2007 - LIGHTNING Projectors Rock Hammerstein Ballroom
October - iVision 20 Military Visualization
November 2007 - The Caring Place
December 2007 - Happy Holidays From DPI
January/February 2008 - ISE 2008 - Amsterdam
March 2008 - DIFC Annual Event
April 2008 - Maggitti Theater
May & June 2008 - Abundant Living Faith Center
CEDIA 2008 - Definitive Electronics' Chandler Theater
October 2008 - Telluride Home Theater
November 2008 - Dallas Extreme, Home Theaters
December 2008 - First Impressions Theme Theatres
October 2004 - CEDIA 2004 Review
November 2004 - First Baptist Church Chooses DPI
December 2004 - DPI Announces Mercury Series Upgrades
January 2005 - DPI Official Provider to Sundance Film Festival
February 2005 - DPI Unveils Reference Displays
March 2005 - DPI Projectors at 2005 Academy Awards
April 2005 - DP Selected By Tribeca Film Festival
May 2005 - infoComm 2005 Preview
June 2005 - dVision HD Spotlight
July 2005 - DP Adds DVI & HDMI System Accessories
CEDIA 2005 - iVision 20 Series Introduced
October 2005 - CEDIA 2005 Wrap-Up
November 2005 - Special iVision HD-7 Promotion
December 2005 - New dVision Projectors For 2006
January 2006 - DP Introduces dVision 1080p
February 2006 - Introducing TheaterScope
March 2006 - DPI Shines at 78th Academy Awards
April 2006 - 2006 Tribeca Film Festival News
infoComm 2006 - 11 Major Product Introductions at infoComm 2006
August 2006 - DP Introduces First 3-chip 1080p Projector
CEDIA 2006 - CEDIA 2006 Product News
October 2006 - CEDIA Wrap-Up
November 2006 - dVision 1080p & Brilliant Color
December 2006 - DPI Expands Worldwide Operations
January 2007 - dVision 1080p Shipping Steadily
February 2007 - 2007 Road Show Announced
March 2007 - New Home Cinema Pricing Released
April/May 2007 - Brilliant Color Announced
June/infoComm 2007 - High-brightness TITAN Announced
August/CEDIA 2007 - infoComm 2007 Wrap-up
October 2007 - CEDIA 2007 Wrap-up
November 2007 - DPI Introduces The LIGHTNING 45HD-3D
December 2007 - DPI Marks 10 Years At Sundance
January/February 2008 - DP Announces Dramatic Improvements To Product Availability
March 2008 Imagine The Possibilities with our Reference Showroom Dealer Club
April 2008 - DP Defines Product Availability with QuickShip>> Designation
May & June 2008 - DP's Most Impressive infoComm Exhibit EVER
CEDIA 2008 - Bright Lights, Beautiful City - CEDIA 2008
October 2008 - RP Series Continues Growth with 119" & 147" Models
November 2008 - Projector Specials List for HC Dealers
December 2008 - Looking Back, Looking Forward