- RP Series Continues Growth with 119" & 147" Models
- Technology Update: Illuminating LED’s for Projection
- Dealers/Reps: Register at www.digitalprojection.com
- HOW-TO: Projector Setup and Calibration via Laptop
- DP Announces Major Expansion
- Photo Of The Month: Telluride Home Theater
- Tech Tip: Auto Shut-off For TITAN and LIGHTNING
RP Series Continues Growth with 119" & 147" Models
Just a month after Digital Projection’s launch of the RP97 at CEDIA 2008, the company is already adding two new, larger rear projection products – the RP119 and the even grander RP147. As you might guess, “RP” stands for Rear Projection, and the numeral in each RP product’s name represents the image diagonal in inches.
All three of the RP series products represent the pinnacle of image quality in large, pre-configured rear projection solutions, and provide a great alternative to oversized, overweight and inefficient flat screen products.
To assure maximum peak luminance, RP series products exclusively employ DP’s powerful but efficient 3-chip DLP projectors. The TITAN 1080p 500 chassis is incorporated within the RP97 and RP119 models, and the LIGHTNING 30-1080p is featured in the RP147. To deliver exceptional black level, even in very high ambient light environments, each RP product features the highest performance 16 x 9 aspect ratio screens available: StarGlas on the RP119 and RP147 and a choice of either StarGlas or Black Bead Optical on the RP97.
The no compromise combination of bright 1080p 3-chip DLP projectors and contrast preserving screens produces large-scale projected imagery with blazing peak white, deep black levels and rich color saturation – even in venues with significant ambient light. In fact, even in venues with walls of windows!
Each RP display has been designed with the benefit of rugged, precisely engineered and easy to assemble frame, mirror and projector mounting systems. Invest in an RP solution from Digital Projection and you receive a design-optimized, turnkey rear projection system ready to be built-into any venue where scale and ambient light dictate an uncompromised display.
If you have a room with way too much ambient light for a traditional projection approach, GET BIG AND BRIGHT with an RP system by DP.
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Technology Update: Illuminating LED’s for Projection
LED’s have long been considered a promising but technically challenging prospective light source for front projection displays. Indeed, LED illuminated rear screen televisions hit the consumer market a few years ago and their performance benefits were impressive: instant on, tens of thousands of hours of operational life, the production of a broader and more stable color space than traditional lamp technologies and efficient lumen-per-watt performance. The question has always been whether an LED illumination system could be bright enough to support front projection applications.
In a back corner of our exhibit at CEDIA, DP demonstrated our prototype LED illuminated single-chip projector. It is based on a pretty revolutionary LED concept known as Phlatlight™. More of a tightly spaced, tiny array of LED’s then a single really bright LED, the R, G and B Phlatlight™’s employed in our prototype are capable of producing thousands of raw lumens with just 360 watts of maximum illumination power. Even more interesting, the switching time of the LED’s is so fast they not only replace the traditional lamp system – they also remove the need for the motor driven color wheel, previously required by all single chip projectors. Removal of the color wheel also means removal of color wheel artifacts. For anyone sensitive to the color-wheel induced rainbow effect, eliminating that visual artifact is a huge, if not revolutionary, benefit.
Also, because the LED’s can be turned all the way off, implementations of these systems with dynamic black will be able to match CRT black levels on full-field black scenes.
Reproducible color gamut is another interesting benefit of LED illumination systems. Because the color point of the red, green and blue LED’s can be defined so precisely, they enable single-chip projectors to produce a color space and color saturation far beyond that of color-wheel based single-chip projectors (but still not on par with 3-chip systems).
Red, Green and Blue Phlatlight™ LED's
With such a compelling set of benefits, one might be convinced that LED illumination is the optimum solution for every application. The barrier to that concept, and the primary reason LED illumination will have very clear limits for front and large screen rear projection applications, is total system lumen output. Our prototype produced 480 ANSI lumens on screen. While we can envision the light output increasing to 700 - 800 lumens by the time the first LED illuminated projectors are launched (late 2009), brightness gains beyond that threshold are likely to be limited and slow to emerge.
By comparison, DP offers single and dual color wheel-based single chip projectors producing 6000+ lumens today. Even our entry-level single-chip projectors produce 1500+ lumens. Of course, our three chip systems can deliver up to tens of thousands of lumens and color depth beyond any single chip solution – color wheel or LED based.
That is where we get back to the question of the future LED illuminated single-chip projector’s suitability for specific applications. When using a small to medium sized screen in a very dark to theatrically dark venue, such as a very small conference room or a small home theater, the LED illuminated displays of the future may be an extraordinary alternative. However, if the application requires a mid-size screen and the venue has any ambient light striking the screen, more lumens are required to produce imagery with high environmental dynamic range and suitable visual appeal.
Other than dedicated home theaters, the majority of single-chip projectors purchased today are employed in venues with some ambient light. As compelling as the benefits are, for that majority of front projection applications, LED will not provide a dynamic front projection solution any time soon.
Nonetheless, the ongoing evolution of LED illumination systems marks a huge improvement in single chip image quality and provides extraordinary benefits in long-term cost of ownership. As the technology progresses from working prototypes to finished products, DP’s future LED illuminated displays are certain to expand the single-chip projection marketplace. Simply stated, the technology dramatically improves the economics of employing projection systems in applications where superb color performance is required, but humble lumen output is sufficient.
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Register For Access to Pricing, Control Docs and More
Digital Projection’s comprehensive new website offers unlimited access to a variety of support docs, manuals, CAD files and other important reference material. But did you know that all of our updated pricing is also available for download to registered Dealers and Manufacturing Reps?
By visiting www.digitalprojection.com/register and completing the brief form, authorized DP Dealers and Reps can receive login credentials and will then have direct access to our current pricing, plus other partner-specific information.
Please Note: if you were registered with the previous version of our website, your credentials will not work on the new platform. Simply visit www.digitalprojection.com/register, complete the form and you are on your way to gaining even more tools that can help you sell the industry’s most recognized precision displays.
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Setup and Calibrate your Projector from your Laptop!
Most laptops with a Network Port and /or a WiFi card can prove to be a valuable tool in setting up your Digital Projection display. In fact, the Titan chassis provides access to extensive control, setup, and ColorMax calibration - all from your laptop keyboard. An internal applet allows the operator to manipulate lens adjustments, picture controls, power on/off, blanking, even the display of internal test patterns. In addition, measured values for ColorMax calibration can be entered into the projector via this applet. This is extremely valuable if the color meter you use is also connected to your laptop. Simply read the data from your meter application and enter it right into the Titan application. You will never have to move from your chair!
To connect to your Titan via your laptop:
- 1. Activate the Titan’s WiFi connectivity by going to the “Setup” menu, then select “Network”, then select “wireless”.
2. On your PC, go to “Network Connections”, click on “TCP/IP” and change your IP address to “192.168.1.”, and in the last numerical location, enter any number up to 254 (example: “192.168.1.144”).
3. Search for wireless networks on your PC and connect to the Titan.
4. Open your browser and enter the Titan default IP address: “192.168.1.1”. Now you’re connected!
- 1. Confirm the Titan’s LAN connectivity is enabled by going to the “Setup” menu, then select “Network”, then select “wired”.
2. On your PC, go to “Network Connections”, click on “TCP/IP” and change your IP address to “192.168.1.”, and in the last numerical location, enter any number up to 254 (example: “192.168.1.145”).
3. Connect a cross-over LAN cable direct from your laptop to the projector. A standard LAN cable will not work.
4. Open your browser and enter the Titan default IP address: “192.168.1.1” . Now you’re connected!
- 1. You must use a conventional (non-crossover) LAN cable. No WiFi is available with the iVision or dVision series.
2. The default IP address for these projectors is 192.168.1.90, so set your computer to “192.168.1.”, plus any number up to 254 (example: 192.168.1.146).
3. Open your browser and type in the projectors’ default address of “192.168.1.90”. Now you’re connected!
For more information on computer / projector connectivity and calibration, go to www.digitalprojection.com, click “Product Resources and Support”, then click “Downloads and Documentation.”
Using your PC to setup and calibrate your DP projector has never been easier and can be a huge time saver. Try it next time and you may find you’ll never pick up a remote again.
DP Announces Major Customer Service, Marketing and Manufacturing Expansion
New Customer Service Reps, Technical and Engineering Staff and a New Manufacturing Facility Invigorate DP’s Growth
Thanks to our customers and extraordinary dealers, DP enjoyed significant growth in 2008. As we look toward 2009 we continue to make aggressive investments to support our ongoing expansion in both the Commercial A/V and Home Cinema markets. Those investments include recent additions in personnel, manufacturing facilities and technology resources. From a personnel standpoint, additions and promotions include David Kile, New Field Service Engineer for the West Coast and Ken Eagle, Midwest Market Development Manager. Kile is working directly with DPI clients on product, demo and application support. Eagle is managing all of DPI's sales through the company’s extensive Commercial A/V, Home Cinema and Staging channels in the Midwest regions.
Enhancing the company’s service and operations teams are Pamela Self, recently appointed Operations Coordinator and Kenada Harris, recently hired as Mid-Atlantic Customer Service Representative. Wallace Nelson and Mark Vaughn have just joined our growing service department as well. All of DP’s newly appointed personnel strengthen the company’s client support abilities and each associate brings a depth of directly related experience to their roles.
On the manufacturing front, DP recently completed a major manufacturing plant expansion. Production, quality control and warehouse footprints were all expanded by more than 30% to accommodate the growth in worldwide demand for the company’s precision displays. In parallel with the factory expansion, DPL has also promoted new Production Engineers from within the Manchester, UK team, as well as recruited a new Production Engineer for our electronics design and manufacturing facility in Cambridge. These additions are having an immediate positive impact on production capacity and delivery times, enabling growth in all channels by way of increased product availability.
Recent customer service fortification is also occurring through technological advances at DP. Our newly-launched corporate website, www.digitalprojection.com, brings extensive product line specifications, support documentation and technology detail directly to the public. Key innovations include calculation and comparison tools that allow dealers and end users alike to select the exact precision display to suit their application. Internal information systems at DPI have also undergone significant evolution with the addition of new database reporting tools.
Our commitment to providing world-class customer services along with the most innovative, reliable and highest performance projection displays is manifest by the continuing investments being made throughout the company.
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Auto Shut-off For TITAN and LIGHTNING 1080p & SX+ Projectors
Some of our customers have asked if the TITAN and LIGHTNING 1080p and SX+ models can be equipped to automatically turn off if no source signal is present for an extended period of time. Although that capability does not inherently exist within the product’s user interface, it can be created via the RS-232 interface using any control system that is able to recognize responses from the projector. The key is for the control system to be programmed to occasionally ask the projector what source it is receiving.
Below is the description of the source polling command string from the Titan / LIGHTNING 1080p & SX+ External Protocol Document.
As an example of how to use this command to execute a no-source auto shut-off, the control system could be programmed to poll the projector every 60 - 90 seconds as to the source it is displaying. After some quantity of consecutive ‘searching’ (no source) responses from the projector, the control system would then activate and display a countdown timer. The control system continues to poll the projector for source activity during the countdown. Once the countdown timer reaches zero, and assuming no sources were detected during the countdown, the control system would send an “off”’ command (located in section 3.1 of the TITAN / LIGHTNING External Protocol Document), as listed below.
The amount of time between the control system’s polling of the projector’s source can be defined as any value suitable for the application. Likewise, the programmer can also define the number of “searching” responses required before the shutoff timer commences, as well as the duration of that timer.
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
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 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