Professional sports, concerts, and corporate events can look forward to installing new state-of-the-art display and projection technologies as InfoComm 04 presents the Large Venue Display Gallery June 9 to 11 in Atlanta.
FAIRFAX, VA, May 20, 2004 - Professional sports, concerts, and corporate events can look forward to installing new state -of -the -art display and projection technologies as the International Communications Industries Association, Inc.® (ICIA®) delivers to eager audiences the Large Venue Display Gallery at its flagship tradeshow InfoComm 2004, to be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, June 9 to 11, 2004.
The Large Venue Display Gallery will showcase some of the latest and brightest large -venue projection systems from leading AV manufacturers, including Barco Events USA, Christie Digital, JVC, NEC and Sony Electronics. As a successor to the popular InfoComm Projection Shoot -Out® last held at InfoComm 2001, the Gallery is a noncompetitive free -form event. Each screening room is self -contained to eliminate ambient light sources, creating the optimum venue for manufacturers to showcase state -of -the -art projectors and accompanying technology.
This is an opportunity for the participating manufacturers to profile their large -venue brands in a focused manner to the Show's highly targeted audience, including the rental and staging market. Dana Corey, Senior Marketing Director of Barco Events USA, says, "The SLM R12+ projector, which was designed especially for the rental and staging market and features a compact, high -lumen system, is bound to impress visitors with its superb image quality. The SLM R12+ projector delivers up to 11500 ANSI lumens with SXGA+ resolution and DLP™ technology."
Christie Digital Systems' Gary Fuller sees the Gallery as a good opportunity to debut Christie's new Roadie 25K projector. "The Large Venue Gallery is an excellent place to exhibit the best our industry has to offer," says Fuller, Director of Sales and Global Product Manager for Rental/Staging. The Roadie offers a unique separate projection head and ballast and external extraction fan. The DLP -based projector operates at 25000 ANSI lumens of brightness with native 2048x1080 resolution and 1500:1 contrast ratio.
JVC Professional Products plans to break out its DLA -QX1 for the event. The projector operates at 7000 lumens of brightness and at QXGA 2048x1536 native resolution. Pete Zeidler, JVC Director of Business Development, points out that the QX1 offers ultra -high resolution, coupled with a 4:3 aspect ratio, which makes the QX1 very well suited for the simulation, graphics and visualization markets. Additional options are now available including a newly developed Dual DVI input card.
The Gallery features multiple "screening rooms" organized side by side and draped off in a dark hall (Hall A) adjacent to the Show's main exhibits (Hall B), enabling visitors to enter and move from one screening room to another. On display at NEC's screening room will be the 5300 -lumen NEC GT6000 with SXGA+ resolution (1400x1050) and high -definition capability with 1080i and 720p signal support. Don Fasick, Product Manager at NEC Solutions (America), Inc., emphasizes that "NEC's award -winning GT series of high -resolution projectors performs beyond clients' expectations with film -like video and crisp and detailed data and graphics display."
Finally, Sony is taking advantage of InfoComm's Large Venue Display Gallery to unveil a new digital projector for large -venue and cinema applications. The projector builds upon Silicon X -tal Reflective Display (SXRD) technology, which Sony views as a clear alternative for the professional market to liquid crystal display (LCD) or digital light processing (DLP) technologies. "This new technology will far exceed anything currently available for large -venue projection in terms of resolution and contrast," promises Tom Mykietyn, Director of Content Creation for Sony Electronics' Broadcast and Production Systems Division.
A SHOWCASE FOR BEAUTIFUL IMAGES
The Large Venue Display Gallery was created to promote appreciation of the high -quality large -venue presentation of computer -generated imagery, high -definition video and other creative material.
The companies plan to dazzle attendees by highlighting the power and effectiveness of their projection systems with their own source material as well as with photos, images and video sequences produced from the InfoComm Projection Shoot -Out® DVD, version 1.5, developed in collaboration with Extron Electronics.
The Barco screening room will show InfoComm Shoot -Out® video material, interlaced 1920x1080 with an HD -SDI coax feed; InfoComm Shoot -Out static imagery at a progressive 1920x1080 from a computer; and Slide Show Material at 1920x1080 from a computer.
Christie's screening room will showcase a native 2K digitally animated feature, Thru the Moebius Strip, provided by a GDC Technology server.
JVC's D -ILA projector will show PC images, graphics and simulations to give Gallery goers a full sense of what the DLA -QX1 can accomplish.
NEC will draw attendees in to see its projector in action with (high -definition) HD clips of outdoor activities, powered by an HD server.
The capabilities of Sony's projector will be tested by Hollywood -produced movie clips and test frames and InfoComm -provided content. "Our main goal," Mykietyn said, "is to have people walk away from this demonstration saying, 'I have just seen the future of large -venue digital projection."
To equip the screening rooms, Stewart Filmscreen Corporation will provide 27' Studiotek screens for each participating company. Extron Electronics will supply the cabling, signal routing and distribution hardware for all screening rooms. All high -definition signal delivery will be in the digital domain utilizing professional, uncompressed HD -SDI distribution. Extron's Steve Somers returns to serve as the technical coordinator of event, and the company's technical staff will assist with source signal distribution and interfacing source playback equipment with projectors and the source control systems. A Crestron Electronics' control panel will control source signal switching and program material selection within each screening room. Telex's Midas division is supplying its Venice model mixing consoles. Meyer Sound is supplying powered stereo loudspeakers systems featuring models UPJ -1P and USW -1P. XTA is supplying digital signal processing with its model DP226 processors. Doremi is supplying the HD digital media server.
The International Communications Industries Association, Inc.® (ICIA®) is the premier trade association for the professional audiovisual communications industry. ICIA is the founder of InfoComm, the conference and trade exposition for audiovisual communications professionals who come to learn about the latest technologies and available services as well as new and alternative applications. ICIA serves its worldwide membership as the pre -eminent provider of education, training and certification.
Taly Walsh, ICIA/InfoComm: firstname.lastname@example.org; 800.659.7469; 703.273.7200; www.infocomm.org