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Preview: LIGHTNING 1080p

Pro Series II

DP’s LIGHTNING Pro projectors have been the precision workhorses of the large venue marketplace ever since we introduced the LIGHTNING 35HD in 2003.  That powerful display, as well as the even more lumen-potent 40HD-T (introduced in 2006), is still offered by DP today, and is based on the same 2K resolution DMD’s as the DLP Cinema® units employed in commercial theaters.  No doubt, our LIGHTNING Pro HD projectors represent the pinnacle of rugged build and absolute DLP® performance available to the Commercial AV market.  

Building on the solid legacy of the LIGHTNING HD series, Digital Projection is ready to launch production of a new fully-featured LIGHTNING series that will take an aggressive price position within our product line.  This new LIGHTNING Pro Series II platform will be offered at an extraordinary price/performance value while adding new features and retaining ALL of the capabilities demanded by the expert projectionists who rely on DP. 

And now, we proudly introduce the LIGHTNING 1080p displays.

DP will offer the new LIGHTNING 1080p projectors, with brightness levels up to 20,000 lumens – at list prices that are well under $100,000.   Specifically:

LIGHTNING 30-1080p:
15,000 ANSI lumens, 2000:1 contrast - $79,995!

LIGHTNING 40-1080p:
20,000 ANSI lumens, 2000:1 contrast - $89,995!

This all-new range of native 1080p large venue powerhouses employ Texas Instruments’ newest 10 micron 1080p DMD’s, harnessed to Digital Projection’s ultra-reliable and long life Hyper-CooledTM Xenon lamphouse and our extraordinary DirectFlow TM DMD and optics cooling technology.  Maximum source connectivity and accurate image resizing is provided through our advanced NextGen electronics, equipped with both Genum and Pixelworks chipsets.  DP’s amazing ColorMaxTM 7-point colorimetry assures color-critical applications benefit from the broadest color gamut, ultra-precise color calibration and the most stable white point definition available in any display.  Of course, all of the rugged capabilities that define our Pro series are retained, including DP’s RapidRigTM self-stacking handles featuring tool-less pitch, roll and yaw adjustments.  Considered in total, the new LIGHTNING 1080p’s are the most capable, reliable and cost effective large venue displays ever developed.

Even the lenses for the new LIGHTNING 1080p projectors are extraordinary values. Having been developed specifically for the latest 10 micron 1080p and 2K DMD’s, DP’s new “mini 2K lenses” are offered at roughly half the price of the LIGHTNING 35 and 40HD-T lenses, yet they provide more vertical and horizontal lens shift as well as improved geometry, contrast and razor sharp pixel definition.  And if that is not enough, Stagers and large venue projectionists operating mixed fleets of our TITAN sx+, TITAN 1080p, LIGHTNING sx+ and LIGHTNING 1080p projectors need only own one suite of lenses to support all of their units.  That’s right, our new Mini 2K lenses support all of the sx+ and 1080p Pro Series II projectors, from the 2000 lumen TITAN 1080p-250 and 6000 lumen Titan sx+-500, all the way up to the 20,000 lumen LIGHTNING 40-1080p and the 22,000 lumen LIGHTNING 40sx+.  Never before has one set of optics offered such a tremendous range of performance, platform compatibility and value.

The official introduction of the new LIGHTNING 1080p displays will take place in June at INFOCOMM, and we will be shipping first units in June as well.  Although not yet on our pricing, if your venue or customers can benefit from the amazing combination of resolution, lumens and price that the LIGHTNING 1080p products offer, contact us and we will be happy to share more details along with a preferred quotation.    

DP’s new LIGHTNING 1080p series – Image perfection, rugged reliability and un-matched value - to enable your venue and your imagination.   

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DP Announces Brilliant Color Technology for Single-Chip Projectors

Brilliant Color, currently available in dVision 1080P projectors, will be rolled out for all DPI single-chip projectors over the next couple of months. 

The primary benefits of Brilliant Color technology are increased projector brightness and improved color saturation and/or color gamut.  These performance improvements are achieved by adding 3 additional colors to the color wheel of single-chip DLP® projectors. 

DP will offer three different color-wheel implementations of Brilliant Color:

  • Enhanced Color (EC) - Optimized for maximum color saturation and gamut
  • Enhanced Brightness (EB) - Optimized for maximum spectral brightness
  • Balanced (B) - Optimized to strike the best balance between maximum color and brightness.

The core principle at work is the same among all 3 versions. In current single chip projectors, the existing color filters for red, green and blue are used to maximize brightness, but don’t allow for high color saturation - especially the yellow and cyan shades found in many natural scenes. By adding cyan, magenta, and yellow filter segments to the color wheel, additional spectral energy from the lamp is captured, thus increasing projector brightness. Also, the projectors’ color space (gamut) can be expanded to allow for a broader range of more saturated colors without sacrificing light output. In fact, depending on the BC color wheel employed, overall projector light output can be increased from 2% to 50% and still produce richer golds, cyans, and reds. 

Even basic RGB color wheel projectors can benefit from Brilliant Color technology. In typical RGB color wheels, the primary colors are divided into segments separated by small clear spokes. In a Brilliant Color equipped RGB color wheel, these transition areas are a combination of the two adjacent primary colors. For example, yellow is placed in the spoke dividing red and green, cyan in the spoke between green and blue, and magenta between red and blue. Previous technology could not take advantage of these colors, therefore they would not be passed to the DMD.  The new Brilliant Color technology captures these transition colors, adding small but significant brightness and color point capability to the light engine. 

Our current dVision 1080p utilizes Brilliant Color with a 7-segment RGB color wheel, but will migrate to an optional 6 segment RGB-CMY color wheel around infoComm. New versions of the popular iVision20, dVision and a new iVision 30 series will be offered with the 3 Brilliant Color options around infoComm as well. 

Customers can expect to see the details regarding the various color wheel configurations on DP’s price list at infoComm.  We will endeavor to stock projectors equipped with the Brilliant Color performance that offer the broadest application appeal for our customers.  The more niche oriented Brilliant Color products will be available on a special order basis. 

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Liberty University Chooses LIGHTNING Pro

One of the most important markets for Digital Projection continues to be the worship market and all of its affiliated applications.  Recently, Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University expressed a need for a projection system upgrade for their 9,500 seat Vine Center Arena.

Huge amounts of ambient light from the dome’s roof made creating a useable image a huge challenge. The arena was previously outfitted with LCD projectors that simply were not acceptable for the unique lighting challenges of the venue.  With 22,000 center lumens, the Digital Projection LIGHTNING 40 HD-T was the perfect solution.

Through the combined efforts of our Mid-Atlantic Commercial Rep NewComm Technologies, and Richmond-based dealer Street and Company, the right DP products were demonstrated to the right people and the University purchased 4 LIGHTNING 40HD-T’s for the arena.

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2007 Road Show Update

From San Francisco to New York, the 2007 Digital Projection Road Show has been a great success! If you had an opportunity to attend a show in your area, we hope you have a better understanding of how DP's range of precision displays can elevate the performance of your inspired communications and entertainment venues.

If you were not able to attend one our Road Shows on this tour, we have one more stop in Atlanta, GA on May 16-17th. Then, everyone is invited to join DPI at infoComm 2007 in Anaheim (June 19-21) for a first-look at over 5 new projectors that were not on the Road Show!

We value your feedback! Being the first year of a nation-wide Road Show, we strive to improve the experience we can bring to our customers at such an event. If you had the opportunity to attend one of our shows, please take a moment to answer a few questions about your experience.

Road Show Registration Form

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HD-DVD & Blu-Ray: DP's Search For The New Reference Titles

Help define the new reference DVD!

For many who have conducted home cinema demonstrations over the past few years, we know “The Fifth Element” quite well.  For standard definition DVD, this film was the benchmark.  It had scenes that would test resolution, black level, color intensity, and video processing.  Everyone seems to know it well and everyone has their favorite scenes.  We now enter into the high definition world, and one thing is for sure, the Blu-ray version of the Fifth Element is no benchmark. 

DP is looking to find the new Blu-ray or HD-DVD benchmark disc and we want your help!  E-mail us your choice for best scene, and best DVD.  We will review all submissions and score them for color, dynamic range, quality of resolution and electronic noise/artifacts.  The results will be posted on our website, and the people suggesting the highest quality DVD's and secnes will receive a free DPI Sundance Film Festival T-shirt. 

Join us in our search for the most impressive1080p content. No doubt, when complimented by the very best sources, we will all enjoy the absolute peak performance of our award-winning displays.

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Liberty University Chooses LIGHTNING Pro

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The Vine Center arena is used for sports, concerts and church services. Each LIGHTNING 40HD-T is projecting onto a 32’ x 18’ screen with four screens placed strategically around the dome. The projectors are used frequently and are proving to be a great investment for the University and its community.

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The recent WinterFest event at Liberty University was supported by brilliant images and IMAG shown on the new LIGHTNING 40 HD-T’s.

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Tech Tip Archive

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


Photo of the Month Archive

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


Newsletter Archive

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 Release

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