3D/Special Venue Projectors
May 10, 2013 2:59 PM,
By Bennett Liles
From home theater to fully professional commercial installation models, projectors have never been more adjustable and adaptable to fit the challenges of difficult angles, unconventional projection surfaces, and special venue requirements. Our survey shows the full range of style, size, and power among the latest projectors, and it includes those with features that allow installation in places that until recently might be considered too unfriendly for serious projector operation.
Acer has introduced the new H6510BD projector for displaying immersive 3D movies and games including Blu-ray 3D, DLP 3D, and Nvidia 3DTV Play. It provides 3,000-lumen brightness and full HD 1080p resolution with instant 2D to 3D conversion on the HDMI port without requiring extra software. SmartFormat technology provides complete multi-format support for instant projection, widescreen format support, and instant sync with wide-format displays without having to make resolution adjustments from the PC. Input connections include analog RGB/component video on D-sub, composite video, S-Video on mini DIN, component (three RCA), two HDMI, and PC audio (stereo mini).
Barco Galaxy 4K-23
The Galaxy 4K-23 from Barco brings 3D to the big screen with active 3D stereo and active Infitec 3D in 2K resolution, and a stacked setup option that enables passive Infitec 3D in full 4K resolution. Featuring a hermetically sealed optical assembly and 23,750-lumen images, the projector can be controlled on Ethernet, 8x GPIO, and RS-232. Unit diagnostics are available via PC touchpanel, Communicator control software, and SNMP agent. Motorized focus, zoom, and lens shift can be set and recalled. Also offered for Barco 4K projectors is the MCM-400 external warping, blending, and color-matching box, allowing multichannel configurations with multiple 4K projectors.
Designed by BenQ to provide a new classroom experience integrating iPad and Android tablets with BenQ’s new PointDraw Pen 3.0, the MX822ST interactive short-throw projector lights images with its 3,500-lumen brightness and XGA resolution. Keeping things simple, the projector also allows PC-less presentations through its plug-and-play USB input. The optional PointDraw pen enables teachers and presenters to write on any projection surface whenever enhanced interactivity is required. For audio, it also features onboard 20W speakers with audio passthrough and microphone input. If the projector is inadvertently turned off, the instant restart capability enables it to be turned right back on with no cool-down period needed.
Boxlight ProjectoWrite 6 WX31NST
The ProjectoWrite6 WX31NST from Boxlight integrates 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, PC-less operation with 1.5GB internal multimedia storage and interactive LightPen dual-user annotation software. With a native screen resolution of 1280×800 at 3,100 lumens, the projector uses three TFT LCD panels for imaging and features a 4X digital zoom with pan function, and inputs including RGB on D-sub, HDMI, composite, and S-Video. It accepts audio signals on two mini jacks, a pair of RCAs, one USB, and one mini USB. There is a variable audio output level through a 10W speaker and the unit can be controlled via Ethernet and RS-232.
3D/Special Venue Projectors
May 10, 2013 2:59 PM,
By Bennett Liles
Canon REALiS WUX5000D
Canon offers the new REALiS WUX5000 D projector with Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) imaging panels producing higher-than-HD-resolution (1920×1200) widescreen video and still images with an aspect ratio of 16:10, and a high brightness level of 5,000 lumens. The WUX5000 features a built-in Canon Color-Correction integrated circuit (IC) and 3D color look-up table (LUT) for six-axis color management. It also features a Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) simulation mode designed to reproduce medical images such as x-rays, CAT scans, and MRI images with 21-step grayscale gradation. There are also three optional high-resolution interchangeable lenses available for the WUX5000D.
Top of the line in the pro model projectors from Casio, the XJ-H2650 uses mercury-free imaging by combining a laser, a fluorescent element, and LED. Casio projectors can display DLP 3D-ready content from a compatible 3D-capable computer, and with the optional 2D-3D conversion software, convert and view 2D composite video content using active shutter DLP Link glasses. The unit provides 3,500-lumens brightness and WXGA resolution with a 1.2X manual zoom and manual focus. It can input RGB, component, HDMI, and composite video, and it has a USB connection. The projector is remote controllable through RS-232, Ethernet, and infrared.
Christie Digital Matrix WU14K
The Matrix WU14K DLP projector from Christie Digital delivers 12,000 ANSI lumens and WUXGA resolution with full scalability to support large, multichannel arrays. It features variable contrast ratio using an electronically adjustable iris, and it can be fitted with a color-purity filter for day and night scene blending. Developed for the simulation market, the Christie AccuFrame firmware enables the adjustable reduction of perceptible image smearing caused by image retention and eye motion. It is also equipped with Intelligent Lens System (ILS) for zoom, focus, horizontal and vertical offset, and a 2kW Xenon Bubble pre-aligned lamp module. Christie Twist provides built-in image warping and advanced edge blending that allows pixels to be mapped to any projection surface with proper geometry and pixel-to-pixel alignment so arrayed projectors operate as a single, uniform display.
Digital Projection HIGHlite WUXGA 660-3D
Digital Projection aims to bring high-tech features to the masses with its HighLite WUXGA 660-3Dwith 3-chip DLP imaging, built-in blend and warp, 1080p/WUXGA resolution, 8,000-lumen brightness, and high cooling with low noise in a compact chassis. The company’s Dual Flash Processing can be used to multiply the displayed frame rate for 3D sources. Input channels include VGA/analog RGB on 15-pin, two HDMI 1.3, component on RCAs, S-Video, composite on RCA, 3G-SDI on BNC, and DVI-D. The unit can be controlled via wireless IR, RS-232, and LAN. Optional accessories include a rigging frame and additional rigging hardware.
The LC-HDT2000 from Eiki features picture-in-picture, picture-by-picture, and edge-blending functions to deal with unconventional venues. Its 15,000 lumens and native 2K resolution can cover very large projection surfaces. With 10-bit color processing, it will accept signals in composite, component, S-Video, 15-pin D-sub, DVI-D, and HDMI. The unit incorporates hot-swappable lamps and can operate in two-, three-, or four-lamp modes while using any of a range of power zoom and focus lenses. The self-cleaning, multi-layer air filter is good for up to 13,500 hours and the projector can be remotely controlled and monitored on Ethernet.
Epson PowerLite Pro G6800
Epson is introducing the new Pro G series projectors with advanced edge blending and diverse connectivity. The PowerLite Pro G6800offers 7,000 lumens of color brightness and 7000 lumens of white brightness with a single lamp. This new model offers custom installation solutions such as an advanced split screen and HDBaseT for integration of full HD video and audio, Ethernet, and serial communication into a single Cat-5/6 cable that can be extended up to 328ft. It’s also 3D stackable for applications using polarized passive glasses. Along with the HDBaseT input, there are conventional HD-SDI, HDMI, VGA, and RGBHV video terminals.
3D/Special Venue Projectors
May 10, 2013 2:59 PM,
By Bennett Liles
The CF3DAT full HD 3D LCoS projector from LG features 1920×1080 native screen resolution and 2,500 ANSI lumens in 2D (1250 ANSI lumens in 3D) along with LG’s 2D to 3D conversion. The LED lamp can last up to 3,500 hours and the manual 1.3X zoom can fill up a 100in. to 300in. diagonal screen. Input connections include RGB, composite, component, HDMI, RF, and USB with control by infrared remote, RS-232, and Ethernet. The unit also provides a sleep control, picture still, auto source detection, digital keystone correction, and image flip.
Dual-lamp operation and an automated, reusable air filter are two key features from Mitsubishi on the new XD8600U DLP projector. It also incorporates heat-pipe cooling for energy efficiency and quiet running. Delivering 8,500 lumens in dual-lamp mode, the unit includes built-in edge blending for multiple side-by-side as well as stacked projection. Corrective distortion allows for projection to curved surfaces and full 360-degree projection along its vertical axis enables it to show images from floor to ceiling. An optional three-segment color wheel is available to emphasize depth of color. Native resolution is 1024×768 and it can accommodate several optional lenses.
The ultra-short-throw TW695UTi-3D projector from Optoma is made to deliver a very bright picture at 3,500 lumens with WXGA resolution from around 2ft. or less from the projection surface. It comes with the PointBlank interactive pen that turns any standard whiteboard into an interactive whiteboard. The unit is equipped for 3D display, over-the-network presentations, and it can show projects direct from a USB flash drive. For the academic environment, the projector can be monitored and controlled via Ethernet and RS-232 with many third-party AV networking systems from Crestron, Extron, AMX, and others.
Designed by Panasonic with the capability of displaying an 80in. picture from about 1ft. away, the ultra-short-throw and 3D-ready PT-CW230 can be mounted horizontally or vertically on or under tables, on floors, or ceilings to suit a variety of installation designs. The projector synchronizes with 3D glasses using the frame-sequential method to produce realistic immersive images useful in academic and museum settings. The unit can be immediately turned off by cutting the AC power, and it features a presentation timer, freeze function, digital zoom, and built-in closed caption decoder.
Projectiondesign F85 Series
The F85 series 3-chip DLP projector from projectiondesign can display sequential 3D at up to 120Hz, as well as frame rate convert any input signal to 120Hz with the X-PORT DCC120, and combine two input streams to a single sequential display. The F85 series can show video at up to 11,000 lumens with WUXGA or 1080p resolution using dual 400W UHP lamps. There is a powered lens-shift system with user-adjustable optical color processing filters along with motorized zoom, focus, iris, and mechanical shutter. Inputs include two DVI-D, two HDMI, two VGA and 1×5 BNC, S-Video, component, and composite analog.
Sharp has configured the XG-SV200W sealed DLP, 3D-ready projector to use an optional motorized swivel mount (AN-SV100T) that can swing the unit horizontally by 360 degrees for up to eight preset positions to suit multiple screen venues or environments with movable dividers. The 5,000-lumen projector features motorized 2.0X optical zoom, focus, and horizontal/vertical lens shift along with a 10W audio system. It has direct power-off, auto restart, and a built-in closed caption decoder. It accepts HDMI, RGB/component, S-Video, composite, and stereo sound sources. Control can be connected on RS-232, Ethernet, and USB.
The Sony VPLGT100 can use two DisplayPort inputs and 0.74in. 4K SXRD panels to show content at up to 4K/60P with 2,000-lumen color light output for use in virtual training, industrial design, and simulation. Featured are powered 2.1X zoom, focus, and lens shift (80 percent vertical, 31 percent horizontal), and along with the DisplayPort inputs, the projector also has HDMI and USB connections. It can be controlled by IR, RS-232, or Ethernet, and it includes two mini-jack trigger terminals. It can also display full HD 3D and 4K upscaling of 3D movies.
Equipped by ViewSonic with DICOM SIM mode and 3D Blu-ray compatibility, the PJD7333 SGA DLP projector also features wired and wireless LAN image display. The LAN display offers a quad split screen for simultaneously projecting content from up to four PCs, with the ability to broadcast from up to eight projectors. The projector can show content directly from a USB flash drive and with the optional WPD-100 wireless USB adapter, ViewSonic’s app on an Android, or iOS device can be used as a remote control. The unit is also controllable via RS-232 and Ethernet using Crestron’s Roomview and other third-party AV network applications.
The 538W-3D from Vivitek delivers native WXGA (720p) resolution at 3,200 lumens and it can go up to UXGA with connectivity options including HDMI v1.3, VGA, composite, and S-video. It can be controlled through infrared or RS-232, and audio can be input on RCA and mini-jack. The D538W-3D can convert 2D to 3D via HDMI and connect to any standard or 3D Blu-Ray player for 3D viewing. Other features include closed captioning, keypad lock, and rapid on/off. The focus and 1.16:1 zoom are manual and there is an internal 2W speaker. The lamp is rated up to 4,000 hours in economy mode.
The flagship home-theater projector from Wolf Cinema, the REF-1000, can fill screens up to 18ft. wide using four high-contrast VariScope lens options to show 3D content from Blu-ray players, TV shows, and 3D video-gaming consoles. Using a 1kW xenon arc lamp and dust-sealed, three-chip Texas Instruments DLP engine, the unit delivers 1920×1080 resolution at 6,500 lumens. Control options include infrared, RS-232/422, Ethernet, GPIO, and the built-in keypad and LCD display. Installation can be customized using motorized horizontal and vertical lens offsets while DVI and HDMI inputs support mandatory HDMI 1.4a 3D modes of operation plus 24Hz-144Hz triple flash 3D modes.
Wolf Cinema REF-1000