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3D/Large Venue Projectors

While large flatpanel displays get a lot of attention as the visualization outlet of choice for many venues, projectors are still ideal for application briefs that feature large audiences in complicated lighting situations.

3D/Large Venue Projectors

Apr 25, 2012 3:57 PM,
By Llanor Alleyne

Barco FLM HD20

While large flatpanel displays get a lot of attention as the visualization outlet of choice for many venues, projectors are still ideal for application briefs that feature large audiences in complicated lighting situations. With the 3D evolution fully upon us, projector manufacturers have been quick to answer the demand with projectors that provide the latest 3D bells and whistles as well as sharp image output with reduced susceptibility to environmental conditions. Here’s what some manufacturers are currently offering for 3D and large venue applications.

An ideal fit for large venues that require extra brightness to show crisp, clear images, Barco‘s FLM HD20 projector is an ultra-bright, durable projector with full HD picture-in-picture capabilities. With 20,000 lumens light output, the FLM HD20 is able to display widescreen, high-contrast images even in venues with lots of ambient light. Other features include a contrast ratio of 1,800: 1 with a high-contrast mode of 2,400:1, low noise levels thanks to liquid cooling, a sealed optic engine that prevents dust, smoke and other environmental contaminates from impairing picture quality, extended lamp warranty (750 hours), and good lamp maintenance at typically 1,000 hours.

Designed for use in demanding settings, BenQ’s SH960 large-venue projector boasts full HD 1080p native resolution and 5,500 ANSI lumens ultra-high brightness for brilliant images. The SH960 is equipped with a 3,000:1 contrast ratio and a native 16:9 aspect ratio with a full 1.07 billion-color palette. The projector’s dual-lamp design allows users to opt for maximum brightness or choose an eco-mode that extends lamp life by up to 30 percent. H+V Lens Shift technology gives users flexibility in projector placement, allowing the focal point of the lens to be adjusted in venues where dead-center placement isn’t possible.

Canon LV-8235 UST

Canon’s new LV-8235 UST ultra-short-throw projector is capable of displaying an 80in. image from only 1.04ft. away. Combining 2,500 lumens and a 2,000:1 contrast ratio with a compact design and a wide range of installation options, the LV-8235’s HDMI input allows it to project crisp HD images, from a wide range of hi-definition sources. Cited as a perfect partner with the laptop computers most used by students and professionals because it has WXGA native resolution (1280 x 800), the LV-8235 UST also offers 3D sync support as well as quiet operation and closed captioning.

Christie Digital Systems Mirage HD20K-J

Christie Digital System’s Mirage HD20K-J DLP projector offers customization based on need. Each projector, for example, ships with the ILS lens mount but allows users to use their existing CTS lenses and offers a wide range of optional lenses based on installation requirements. The HD20K-J features1920x1080 HD resolution, 18,000 ANSI lumens, a 3KW CERMAX Xenon pre-aligned lamp module, two standard full 330MHz dual-link DVI-D input cards, and variable contrast ratio using an adjustable iris capable of 1,600-2,000:1 (full on, full off) or 650:1 ANSI. A dust-sealed engine keeps out environmental hazards while liquid cooling allow operating temperatures up to 104 degrees and set-up lights aide users in seeing menu displays in low-light situations.

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3D/Large Venue Projectors

Apr 25, 2012 3:57 PM,
By Llanor Alleyne

Digital Projection Titan 800 3D

Digital Projection recently added the Titan 800 3D series to its Titan projector line. Featuring 12,000 lumens of brightness, the new projector incorporates DPI advanced image warp and blend capabilities and is available in 1080p, WUXGA, and SX+ native solutions. To achieve warp correction, the 800 models provide an adjustable interpolated grid array of up to 16×16 nodes with the ability to generate up to eight warps that can be downloaded and stored in the projector’s electronics. Edge-blending and multi-projector tilting are provided by high-bit-depth processing with Black Level Uplift ensuring all non-blending areas are uniform. Equipped with 3D capability, the Titan 800 series also features two 400W high-intensity discharge lamps as well as DPI’s ColorMax technology for flexible color management. A range of lens shift for extensive installation flexibility are further augmented by a suite of fixed and zoom lenses with throw ratios ranging from .73 to 11.2:1.

Eiki International’s EIP-HDT30 1080p DLP theater projector offers 8,000 lumens, a contrast ratio of 7,500:1 with DLP imaging. User-changeable color wheels optimize color brightness, while a lamp interval timer permits alternate one-lamp-on 24/7 operation. Eiki achieves low maintenance with the EIP-HDT30 via an up to 35,000-hour cartridge air filter and a Peltier-device-cooled DMD, sealed optical engine. Other features of the projector include picture-in-picture, picture-by-picture, edge blending, power zoom, focus, lens shift, and a range of lenses and modules.

Epson PowerLite Pro G5750WU

Designed for auditorium and boardroom applications, Epson’s PowerLite Pro G5750WU 3-chip 3LCD projector offers 4,500 lumens color, full HD WUXGA (1920×1200) resolution and C2Fine technology. Engineered to integrate with both IP and RS-232, the G5750WU works with industry-leading devices, allows easy remote monitoring and control functions using Epson’s Easy Management software, and is also compatible with Crestron’s RoomView. Other features of the G5750WU include DICOM simulation mode for medical training applications, a 7W speaker, a closed-captioning decoder, multi-screen options (project two side-by-side images from different inputs, or up to four images from network users), and five lens options that include bayonet lens and horizontal/vertical lens shift for flexible setup configurations.


The DLA-F110E 3D projector by JVC uses the company’s exclusive D-ILA technology to deliver 1920×1080 native resolution. Ideal for a variety of applications, the DLA-F110E uses three 0.7in. D-ILA imagers to deliver flicker-free images, according to the company. The unit’s wire-grid optical engine enables 30,000:1 native contrast ratio, while JVC’s PK-AG1 active-shutter 3D glasses and PK-EM1 3D signal emitter (sold separately) sets the stage for 3D presentations. The projector includes a HDMI 1.4a port to support side-by-side (broadcast), frame series, and above-below 3D transmissions. The unit also features a VGA input, RS-232C terminal for IP-based control, and motorized zoom and focus.

Mitsubishi UL7400U

A fitting choice for delivering high-quality presentations in big meeting room, halls, or theater-like venues, Mitsubishi’s UL7400U WUXGA projector features 5,000 ANSI lumens, a native resolution of 1920×1200, and a contrast ratio of 2,000:1. Support for remote management is offered via plug-and-play compatibility with Crestron RoomView and AMX Device Discovery, while optional lenses allows for adaptability based on application needs. Optimized temperature control enables a 4,000-hour lamp life and a cartridge-type filter that rolls ever 500, 750, or 1,000 hours based on user-determined settings helps to prevent dust from collecting on the LCD panel.


Designed for auditoriums with screens up to 46ft. wide, NEC’s NC1200C DLP cinema projector delivers 2K (2048×1080) resolution, 3D capabilities, and high-contrast images (2200:1). Touted by NEC as easy to operate and user friendly, the NC1200C also features memory functions for lens position and lamp output to simply frequent operation; lamp changes from the rear of the projector; direct selection buttons for eight stored projector configurations; an optional touchscreen to control the projector; auto lamp brightness control to maintain constant brightness by adjusting the lamp power as it ages; and allows for the use of standard film projector lamps with a required lamp adapter.

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3D/Large Venue Projectors

Apr 25, 2012 3:57 PM,
By Llanor Alleyne

Panasonic PT-D12000U

Featuring a four-lamp optical system, Panasonic’s PT-D12000U projector is equipped with geometric adjustment and edge-blending functions to accommodate a diverse pool of projection styles. Using the company’s exclusive Detail Clarity Processor to provide realistic textures and a DLP system to resist image degradation, the projector provides native WUXGA resolution to cover full HD specifications. The four-lamp system delivers 12,000/10,000-lumen brightness that allows the projector to continue working even if one lamp goes out, while Panasonic’s Dynamic Iris achieves 5,000:1 contrast without lowering the lumen brightness. Other features include 3D color management, full 10-bit picture process, an auto-cleaning robot to clean the air filter, and liquid cooling to absorb heat.

projectiondesign F82

The F82 series 3-chip projector from projectiondesign is outfitted with Texas Instruments DLP technology for long lasting image quality. Available with a variety of filter sets ranging from sRGB to the optional DCI colors, the F82 series also comes with a cache of custom made projection lenses with key features that include infinitely adjustable IRIS and aperture settings, motorized zoom, and focus and shift with memory for use in multiple settings with programmed calibration. Each lens uses low dispersion (LD) and aspherical glass elements for high-quality focusing and sharpness, as well as high optical interfield contrast. Other native features are: 1080p, WUXGA, and SXGA+ resolution; brightness up to 10,000 lumens; and contrast up to 15,000:1.

Runco’s 3Dimension D-73d projector integrates 3D visualization based on the company’s proprietary Constant Stereoscopic Video (CSV) architecture, which uses passive-glass technology that is said to be superior to the viewer and usually only available in public theaters. Paired with Runco’s 3Dimension Series passive glasses, the projector features support for all HDMI 1.4a mandatory 3D formats, including its own 3Dimension Processing system. The D-73d uses Texas Instruments DLP dual imaging and has full HD 1920×1080 resolution as well as three contrast ratio settings: Infinity:1, 20,000:1 and 10,000:1. A solid-state optical path with no lamps to replace means zero maintenance.

SIM2 ProC4

Designed to meet the requirements of emerging digital cinema and post production markets, SIM2’s ProC4 projector partners Texas Instrument’s latest 1080p DC4 DLP chipset with SIM2’s ALPHAPATH die-cast engine. Using 10-bit video processing (with HD internal scaling and de-interlacing capabilities) to eliminate image artifacts, the ProC4 also offers 1920×1080 resolution, three lens options with motorized zoom and focus adjustment, brightness of 4,500 ANSI lumens, SIM2’s Live Color Management that allows control of color temperature via user-defined P7 adjustments, PROC4 gamma correction to determine the system’s response to the gray scale, and SIM2’s EasyCinema software that offers colorimetry calibration.

Sharp XG-PH80WN

Sharp’s XG-PH80WN 3D projector, ideal for large venues, offers HD compatible wide-XGA native resolution and 5,600 lumens. Incorporating DL Link technology, the 3D-ready projector offers both 60Hz and 120Hz XGA (1024×768) and SVGA (800×600) sources along with WXGA sources in 1280×720 resolution with 60Hz and 120Hz down sampled. (When not being used for 3D projection, the XG- PH80WN offers full compatibility with traditional “2D” content.) With a contrast ratio of up to 2,100:1, the projector also includes a dual lamp system that provides redundant reliability—should one lamp go out performance can be maintain using the other lamp. Other features include a sealed DLP chip with interchangeable color wheel, five lens options, power H&V lens shift, and RJ-45 network connector for remote access via a web browser, diagnostics, and email sending.

Sony VPL-FH500L

Sony’s VPL-FH500L is a 7,000-lumen 3LCD projector offering 2,500 contrast ratio, native WUXGA (1920×1200) resolution and up to 8,000 hours of expected lamp life. Outfitted with Sony’s BrightEra technology, the projector is said to improve and maintain color purity throughout the life of the system by protecting the LCD panels against harmful UV light. Down time and maintenance costs and are reduced thanks to dual auto-switching lamps and synchronized lamp and filter replacement cycles. Featuring a wide range of inputs, an external monitor connection for the presenter’s convenience, and projection capabilities such as side-by-side image projection and DICOM GSDF simulation gamma mode, the VPL-FH500L is ideal for large venue installations.

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