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DPI ANNOUNCES ANAMORPHIC THEATERSCOPE SYSTEMPackage Delivers 2.35 Aspect Ratio Through
Anamorphic Lens, Automated Sled, VIP 1000
KENNESAW, GA, (March 3, 2006) – Digital Projection International (DPI), an Emmy® Award-winning manufacturer of high-performance projection systems, announced the addition of the TheaterScope System to their 2006 product line. The anamorphic-based system includes an ISCO 1.33 anamorphic lens and a motorized lens sled, which provides accurate, RS232 controlled positioning of the anamorphic lens in front of the primary projection lens. When the TheaterScope system is ordered with one of DPI's Mercury projectors, a VIP 1000 image processor and fiber optic DVI cable are also employed.
DPI's TheaterScope System is specifically designed for use with the company's single-chip dVision and the three-chip Mercury series projectors. The primary function of the TheaterScope System is to allow native HD 16 x 9 aspect ratio projectors to display both HD and 2.35:1 content on fixed-height screens with no letterbox (horizontal black bars). In operation, the width of the 16 x 9 screen is increased to match 2.35:1 aspect ratio sources, thus maintaining screen height while increasing the overall image area by 33%. DP's anamorphic sled is engineered so the projector always employs the full area of the 16x9 DMD, even when displaying 2.35 aspect ratio material, thus maximizing on-screen resolution and brightness. When presented with 2.35 content, the dVision's electronics, or the VIP 1000, vertically stretch the source to fill the full height of the DMD. In tandem, a quiet motor moves the anamorphic lens into the precise position in front of the projector's primary lens, optically stretching the image by a factor of 1.33. The resulting image is displayed in a true 2.35 aspect ratio, similar to that of many commercial cinemas.
With many Hollywood films being distributed in their native 2.35 format, standard 16x9 displays must "letterbox" the content in order to fit the image on the chip and the screen. George Walter, marketing manager for DPI home cinema, commented; "Since native 2.35 DMD's and LCD's are not likely to exist anytime in the near future, DP's TheaterScope System is an impressive and effective method to enjoy movies in the maximum screen width format that Hollywood intended." Various screen-masking techniques are available that work in harmony with the TheaterScope System, resulting in a fully automated solution for the optimal viewing of both HD or 2.35 content on the same projector and screen. "Enthusiasts of dramatic home cinema technology will gravitate to our TheaterScope System because it provides the ability to use a much wider screen and delivers a far more authentic cinema experience," Walter added.
Digital Projection is currently taking orders for the TheaterScope System as an option for the dVision 1080p, dVision HD, Mercury HD and Mercury 5000HD projectors. TheaterScope solutions for the iVision and iVision 20 series are expected to follow later this year.
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About Digital Projection International
DPI's groundbreaking projection research and development has garnered the admiration of industry professionals around the world. This has earned the company many awards, including two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. DPI remains the first and only projector manufacturer to win the coveted award.
Today, DPI manufactures and distributes an extensive line of ultra high-performance 3-chip and single-chip DLP™ projection systems. These projectors are the reference standard for demanding applications such as large-venue, live event staging, fortune 5000, homeland security, education, medical and scientific research, command and control, digital cinema, commercial entertainment, worship and elite home cinema.