On the occasion of the CinemaCon Convention in Las Vegas, NV, USA, Digital Cinema technology leaders Barco and Doremi have announced that they are teaming up to launch fully integrated, ready-to-use projection and media server solutions for the Digital Cinema industry.
Combining Barco’s leading expertise in projection technology and Doremi’s proven playback solutions, the integrated packages offer a worry-free solution for all theaters that wish to go digital with a minimal hassle and risk.
They are the world’s first projection and media server packages that have been installed, tested and certified in the factory, to offer true turnkey cinema solutions. Moreover, they are fully ready to support High Frame Rate (HFR) 3D and Auro 11.1 3D sound technology.
Worry-free solution for independent cinemas
“We are very pleased to team up with Doremi and are proud to present this breakthrough solution. It’s another industry-first for both Barco and Doremi and just another example of how we continuously strive to offer our customers an even better cinema experience,” explains Wim Buyens, Senior Vice President Entertainment for Barco. “What’s more, thanks to this solution, we are able to make digital projection available for the entire exhibitor community, ranging from large multiplexes to smaller art house cinemas. In our new DP2K-12Cx package, independent cinemas will find a truly safe, worry-free and top-notch solution for their digital conversion needs, supplied and supported by the leading projector and server brands in our industry.”
Commitment to the industry
“Just like Barco, we are highly committed to the exhibitor community, and we always strive to provide the latest technology,” comments Michael Archer, VP of Digital Cinema at Doremi. “We are proud to help bring the first fully DCI-certified projection and media server packages to the digital cinema market.”
Both the DP2K-Cx and DP2K-Bx bundles are fully DCI-certified, providing the exhibitor community with maximum ease of mind. Another major plus is that these integrated systems are compatible today with higher frame rates up to 120 fps in 3D and 60 fps in 2D, which makes them a perfect match for playing out Hollywood’s upcoming HFR releases. Furthermore, the packages also set new standards in terms of image crispness, while offering more vivid colors and an improved image quality, especially in 3D. In addition to the new, fully integrated solutions which are delivered HFR ready, all Barco DP2K projectors can be upgraded to support HFR 3D through a free and simple software update.
Eight new projection and media server packages
The brand-new projector and media server packages will be available for Barco’s DP2K and DP4K series. Each new bundle contains a Barco digital cinema projector, a Doremi ShowVault and IMB media server. The DP2K-Cx media server package comes in three models: the DP2K-12Cx (for screens up to 12m), the DP2K-15Cx (for screens up to 15m) and the DP2K-20Cx (for screens up to 20m). Each of these consists of a compact digital cinema projector featuring Texas Instruments’ 0.98” DLP Cinema® chip. The second family, the DP2K-Bx, also includes three members: the DP2K-19Bx (for screens up to 19m), the DP2K-23Bx (for screens up to 23m) and the DP2K-32Bx (for screens up to 32m). The projectors in these bundles are based on the 1.2” DLP Cinema® chip. The projectors of the final two play-out packages are geared with the 1.38” DLP Cinema® chip and come in two variants: the DP4K-23Bx (4K resolution for screens up to 23m) and the DP4K-32Bx (4K resolution for screens up to 32m).
The ultimate 3D machine
The flagship model of the new DP2K-Bx range is the DP2K-32Bx package, providing an ideal solution for HFR 3D releases such as ‘The Hobbit’ and James Cameron’s upcoming ‘Avatar’ sequels, even on the largest cinema screens. Thanks to the projector’s record-breaking light output, and the Integrated Media Block’s capability of delivering HFR 3D at high bit-rates for optimal quality, the DP2K-32Bx is the ultimate 3D machine. What’s more, it can be equipped with the immersive Auro 11.1 3D sound technology, to treat moviegoers to an unparalleled 3D experience.
Barco at CinemaCon
Barco will showcase the projection and media server packages at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, USA, from 23 to 26 April 2012. You will find us in the Augustus Ballroom, booth #2317.