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Laser Light Engines, LLC, Again the First

Before Barco made their laser debut at CinemaCon last year, and before Christie showed Hugo at IBC 6 months later, Laser Light Engines of (near Boston) made a public demonstration of a Sony projector with a retrofit laser package at the SMPTE event prior to NAB. In the last year there have been several tentative announcements about working systems that might be delivered in the next year, but again, LLE has done it first.

The press release is attached, and not surprisingly it is missing the partners name. In big business this means that the partner has their own plans for their announcement. Let’s see if there is anything else to parse:

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Laser Light Engines, LLC, Again the First

Before Barco made their laser debut at CinemaCon last year, and before Christie showed Hugo at IBC 6 months later, Laser Light Engines of (near Boston) made a public demonstration of a Sony projector with a retrofit laser package at the SMPTE event prior to NAB. In the last year there have been several tentative announcements about working systems that might be delivered in the next year, but again, LLE has done it first.

The press release is attached, and not surprisingly it is missing the partners name. In big business this means that the partner has their own plans for their announcement. Let’s see if there is anything else to parse:

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Tripping Over the Laser Light – Fantastic~!

There needs to be some stage setting before getting to the post-play-out conversation of Christie’s monumental effort of presenting Hugo at the IBC’s Monday Big Movie Night. So, before elaboration on the details: Hats off to Christie and hats off to lasers – Great Science, Great Movie, Great Effort, Great Presentation.

There are two important “everybody knows” issues that need eliminating before discussing the Christie effort. The first is to counter the wishful thinking that has morphed into a meme-life of its own. It gets stated by people who should know better and was even in an earlier slide presentation in the same auditorium on the same afternoon of the Hugo presentation.

The meme says: There is a SMPTE/ISO/DCI luminance standard for 2D presentations (48 candelas per square meter, or 14 foot-Lamberts), but the DCI 3D document only speaks to starting the sequence with the left eye, 4:2:2 data streams and one other issue and therefore, since it doesn’t speak to luminance, it therefore allows a de facto standard of 4.5 ft/Lamberts.

That is as insane as saying that since the 3D standard doesn’t speak to issues of following the fire code, EXIT signs don’t need to be illuminated during 3D presentations. [DCI_Stereoscopic_DC_Addendum.pdf]

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Tripping Over the Laser Light – Fantastic~!

There needs to be some stage setting before getting to the post-play-out conversation of Christie’s monumental effort of presenting Hugo at the IBC’s Monday Big Movie Night. So, before elaboration on the details: Hats off to Christie and hats off to lasers – Great Science, Great Movie, Great Effort, Great Presentation.

There are two important “everybody knows” issues that need eliminating before discussing the Christie effort. The first is to counter the wishful thinking that has morphed into a meme-life of its own. It gets stated by people who should know better and was even in an earlier slide presentation in the same auditorium on the same afternoon of the Hugo presentation.

The meme says: There is a SMPTE/ISO/DCI luminance standard for 2D presentations (48 candelas per square meter, or 14 foot-Lamberts), but the DCI 3D document only speaks to starting the sequence with the left eye, 4:2:2 data streams and one other issue and therefore, since it doesn’t speak to luminance, it therefore allows a de facto standard of 4.5 ft/Lamberts.

That is as insane as saying that since the 3D standard doesn’t speak to issues of following the fire code, EXIT signs don’t need to be illuminated during 3D presentations. [DCI_Stereoscopic_DC_Addendum.pdf]

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[Update] LLE, Sony, NAB and CinemaCon

[Update] Nice demo. Bill Beck from Laser Light Engines gave a lot of background technical data which would be great to expand on later, since he was rushed to get the data in as well as play the demo reels.

The Sony demo reels were more than interesting. The LLE laser fibre was put into the Sony projector at the same place that the light from the Xenon bulb outputs. At the end people were overheard saying that they had never seen reds or purples so deep before, which makes sense since Beck had shown that the blue and red primaries chosen were significantly lower than usual. (The green primary was only slightly changed, a little higher on the CIE horseshoe.)

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[Update] LLE, Sony, NAB and CinemaCon

[Update] Nice demo. Bill Beck from Laser Light Engines gave a lot of background technical data which would be great to expand on later, since he was rushed to get the data in as well as play the demo reels.

The Sony demo reels were more than interesting. The LLE laser fibre was put into the Sony projector at the same place that the light from the Xenon bulb outputs. At the end people were overheard saying that they had never seen reds or purples so deep before, which makes sense since Beck had shown that the blue and red primaries chosen were significantly lower than usual. (The green primary was only slightly changed, a little higher on the CIE horseshoe.)

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ShowEast [Update]: HFR, 3D Sound, HI/VI Glasses, Test Tools and Duqu

Perhaps the industry is maturing finally. Looking at the  ShowEast Press Releases, many are expressing nuanced and sophisticated changes instead of heavy iron/brute force advances. We read about compliance with unknown standards in High Frame Rate projectors (Christie) and interesting installations of 3D Sound systems by Barco, wonderful Closed Caption glasses from Sony, and quality control test tools from Harkness and USL…oh, and a new variant on the Stuxnet virus coming to computer systems everywhere…but that’s a different story.

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4K; And Then There Were Two

4K DLP chips are shipping today, according to the Texas Instruments Press Release. The three authorized OEMs, Barco, Christie and NEC will now be able to ship the digital cinema products which their catalogs now call 4K ready.

There is some data missing from the PR. For example, Barco is advertising that there are two sizes of 4K chips expected, one to match the 0.98″ C range projectors, and one to retrofit the 1.2″ B range projectors that they offer in their product line. (Christie and NEC only mention retrofitting the 1.2″ chip versions.) We believe that what TI has just released is the 1.38″ 4K chip, which will retrofit into the three 1.2″ positions in the larger Christie (CP2220 and CP2230) and NEC projectors and the B Series Barco projectors. [This has been confirmed–Editor]

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DCI Compliance – Then There Were Three [Updated]

The DCIMovies website now lists 3 NEC, 2 Chrisite, and 3 Barco projectors as having passed the Compliance Test Plan detailed procedures. All 3 manufacturers are utilizing the same version of the Texas Instruments (TI) Enigma board and what appears to be similar versions of software. Details are on the linked site above.

Christie Press Release         Barco Press Release            NEC Press Release


Christie has just announced that their CP 2220 Series 2 projector has passed muster at CineCert for DCI Compliance. The sentence that says that they are the first has me in an infinite loop, which prevents me from reading any more. There is probably some nuance that says that they did something that Barco didn’t do, but who knows…the rest of the press release just seems so release-y after that.

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