Large-format Projectors and Screens Technology Showcase
Jan 18, 2011 4:29 PM, by Bennett Liles
Harkness Screens has a number of variants in its Stagelite brand. The Matt White 100 uses flexible white PVC material in 0.3mm thickness for cinema projection environments. The material can be laced into frames, used with manual or motorized roller screens, stapled onto wooden frames, or fastened with snaps spaced 6in. apart onto fixed or folding frames. A black reverse surface limits ambient light coming from behind the screen and prevents bleed through from the projection lighting.
Hitachi designed the 3-LCD CP-X10000 for staging, simulation, and large-room videoconferencing among other applications. With 10-bit full digital video processing, RS-232 remote control pass-through, a 350W UHB lamp, and a 100 Base-T Ethernet port, the projector operates in a versatile range of applications. It can input analog RGB, HDMI, DVI-D, composite, component, and S-Video. Additional features include a Kensington slot, digital gamma correction, whiteboard/blackboard mode, input source naming, and a hybrid 10,000-hour air filter.
Featuring screen resolution up to WUXGA, DLP DarkChip technology, and a choice of several attractive cover skin styles, the InFocus IN5500 series includes embedded networking and a filter-free design. The IN5532 uses dual 330W lamps to produce a brightness of 7000 lumens and includes HD15, BNC, and component analog inputs along with HDMI 1.3 connectivity. Dynamic messages can be displayed instantly by using the InFocus Dynamic Messaging System (DMS). The model features a standard lens image offset ratio of 110 percent to 50 percent vertical and +/- 10 percent horizontal, built-in cable management system, and a number of splitscreen patterns from two simultaneous sources.
Introduced last year, the DLA-SH7NLG 10-megapixel 4K D-ILA projector from JVC uses dual ultrahigh-pressure lamps and is designed for museums, simulators, and similarly demanding environments. The projector can simultaneously display two or four screens in WUXGA resolution using four dual-link DVI input terminals, and it features a low-latency mode for simulation. In single-lamp mode, the system can choose the lamp with the least accumulated time for more efficient operation, and the model lends itself well to stacked configurations and edge blending.
The Mitsubishi XD8100U is a single-chip DMD projector producing 1024x768 resolution using dual lamps to reach 7000 lumens brightness. Fitting a variety of optional lenses, the unit has a heat pipe cooling system. In lamp-relay mode, the backup lamp can be automatically switched on to continue operation if the other lamp goes out. The XD8100U can accept video in composite, S-Video, HD15, HDMI, and DVI-D with HDCP. Remote control is connected through 9-pin RS-232 in and out, RJ-45 for LAN control, and a wired remote on a 3.5mm stereo mini jack.
Capable of using a range of optional powered zoom/focus lenses and employing a liquid cooling system, the 12,000 lumen PT-D12000U 3-chip DLP projector from Panasonic delivers 1400x1040 resolution, 10-bit color processing, a 3D color management system, and a four-lamp optical system that can operate in lamp-relay mode for long uptimes. The projector also features Panasonic’s Auto Cleaning Robot, which uses a brush to clean the air filter when the unit is turned on. For show environments where smoke and fog are used, the optional ET-SFD 100 smoke filter can be fitted in place of the Auto Cleaning Robot tray. Input connections include HDCP-compatible DVI-D, RGB on five BNCs, 15-pin D-sub, and composite on BNC. Remote control is connected on 9-pin RS-232 in and out along with LAN control on RJ-45.
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