Optoma’s CinemaX P1 received an Editor’s Choice Award from Projector Central!

 

The recent explosion of interest and product introductions in ultra-short-throw (UST) living room projectors has been an exciting development that could bring the joys of bigscreen projection to a far broader audience than ever imagined. The Optoma CinemaX P1, released last fall, was one of the most anticipated of the new generation of 4K, laser-driven models. At $3,799 (up from its initial launch price of $3,299 following Optoma’s response to tariffs and unanticipated strong demand), it falls between VAVA’s $2,799 VA-LT002 (see our review here), Optoma’s own recently introduced CinemaX Pro at $4,999, and Epson’s anticipated LS-500, which starts at $4,999 mated with a 100-inch screen. Above that are more premium models such as LG’s $5,999 HU85LA (currently discounted as low as $5,600), which we reviewed favorably last year, and the three Hisense Laser TV packages based on the 120L10E1 projector, which start at $7,999 for the projector alone or $8,999 with a 100-inch screen (watch for our review). Also still pending is ViewSonic’s announced X1000-4K, a more aggressively-priced $1,699 model targeted at the broader mass market that will use a solid-state LED light engine rather than a brighter and more expensive laser light source.

 

PERFROMANCE

Color Modes and Calibration.
The P1 has six primary color modes for 1080p/SDR (standard dynamic range) content: Cinema, HDR Sim (for simulating an HDR effect with SDR), Game, Reference, Bright, and User. Beyond this, there are dedicated modes that activate with the detection of HDR10 or HLG HDR content, and another for 3D. Then, there are locked ISF modes that can be accessed by calibrators to store tuned modes for Day, Night, HDR, HLG, and 3D.

Much to my satisfaction, the Optoma’s out-of-box image quality in at least a couple of modes was very good, and with minor adjustments by eye worked well (in either a dark or moderately bright room) for either my 92-inch matte white, 1.3 gain Stewart Studiotek 130 reference screen or my 0.6 gain, 100-inch Elite Aeon CLR UST ALR screen. Furthermore, the P1 offers a deep selection of controls for full calibration and tuned up well, thus making a good image even better.

With out-of-box picture settings, the default Cinema mode looked a bit too red and cartoony but provided enough light for viewing in moderate ambient light on the larger, low-gain ALR screen. Reducing the Color (saturation) control and pushing the default Tint setting away from red and further toward green took the glow out of faces and delivered acceptable brightness with natural-looking colors and nicely delineated flesh tones. The Game mode, which is even brighter, could also be made to work in this environment with similar subjective tuning.

 

 

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Projector SuperStore Launches PSSAV.com

National AV Ecommerce Site Now Offers a Bigger, Better Experience

Scottsdale, Ariz. – (May 22, 2020) – Projector Superstore, the eCommerce division of the award-winning audio video systems integrator, CCS Presentation Systems, is expanding by adding the all-new “PSSAV” website.

Jeff Phillips, Co-Manager for PSSAV had this to say, “For over 20 years, Projector Superstore has been a well-known brand, trusted and valued by many. In an ever-changing marketplace, we wanted to make sure our customers associated us with more than just projectors.  Projector Superstore Audio Visual, or PSSAV for short, gives us more flexibility… without abandoning our roots, our mission, or our culture.”

The PSSAV website is built on a modern eCommerce platform. In order to improve the shopping experience, it was designed to work well with mobile devices and includes popular payment options to simplify the purchasing process. Shoppers will find it easy to navigate the site and to interact with product professionals when they need support. While they continue to offer multi-media projectors and related accessories, more attention will now be paid to new product categories such as Remote Work Tools, e-Sports, Digital Signage, Distance Learning, and more.

PSSAV Co-Manager, Chris Byrne, added, “The goal is to leverage our relationships with hundreds of product manufacturers and become a one-stop-shop for our customers’ audio-video needs. We have the expertise to help them choose the right technology for their specific requirements.”

To find out more about PSSAV – visit pssav.com today or call toll free:  888.525.6696.

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About CCS Presentation Systems

One of the largest groups of audio/video integration companies in the country, CCS Presentation Systems provides integration, installation, training and maintenance of audio-video equipment to businesses, schools and government clients. Products include video walls, large format displays, room control systems, interactive collaboration tools, digital projectors, digital signage, audio systems, and more. CCS is the preferred supplier to the Education, Corporate, Government, and Non-Profit markets, boasting more than 350 employees in 21 states, with annual revenue in excess of $150 million.

How to Stop Hot Spots

Have you ever seen a projection screen where one area is much brighter than the rest of the image on the screen? This is called hotspotting, and it is especially difficult to overcome when the projector is located close to the screen. There are ways to avoid hotspotting; as with all successful projection, it simply takes proper planning.

What causes hotspotting?
A “hot spot” is an area of the screen that is much brighter than the rest of the screen. It will look like a ball of light on the screen. If the throw distance is too short for the gain of the selected screen surface, the light hits the outside of the screen at a shallow angle. This reflects light away from the viewers’ eyes, so the outside of the image appears less bright than the middle of the image.

The amount of screen gloss can also make a difference, because it contributes to the overall specular reflectivity.

How do I prevent hotspotting?
Ultra Short Throw (UST) projectors are located less than 2 feet from the screen, so they are more prone to hotspotting, but it can be an issue with any system where the projector is too close to the screen, or the screen gain is too high for the projector’s throw ratio.

There are two easy ways to avoid hot spots on your screen. One solution is to use a surface with a gain of 1.0 or lower. Alternatively, you can increase the throw distance by moving the projector further away.

A key to planning a successful projection system is to choose the viewing surface first. The surface will have the biggest impact on your image and should be chosen to fit with the conditions present in the room. Then you can select the projector that will appropriately light that surface.

Which viewing surface works best?
The answer to this question depends on room conditions. For the best results with UST, we recommend TecVision XT1000X White and TecVision XH700X Grey. These diffusive surfaces have no or negative gain and provide uniform performance across the screen surface.

Ambient light rejection screens are more specular reflective than diffusive white or grey screens, so they typically require longer throw distances. However, Draper does have a solution for ultra-short throw projection under ambient light. TecVision XH800X UST ALR delivers improved contrast and color saturation in moderate to high ambient light applications. It rejects 57% of off-axis ambient light.

Whatever kind of projection system you are designing, make sure to refer to the screen manufacturer’s minimum throw distance ratio for each surface.

 

Source: https://blog.draperinc.com/2020/04/how-to-stop-hot-spots/

COVID-19, Doing Their Part With 3D Printing

An eight-year-old and her mother are teaming up to make a big difference during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lindsey Baker and her daughter, Delilah, wanted to do more during this tough time. Baker’s company works with 3D printer, and they decided they could use that in their Peoria home to fill the need.

It feels nice to be doing it,” said Baker.

While Delilah attends school at home and Baker works from home, the 3D printer nearby is constantly running. “The printers start at six in the morning, and then go until 10 at night,” said baker. Baker and her daughter are making face shield frames to donate to medical professional who need them.

We are printing the actual frames, and doctors are throwing those away on a daily basis, but the plastic that covers the face is what they are sanitizing, so they are going through frames quite quickly,” said Baker. It’s all made possible through Baker’s work at CCS Presentation Systems, and their manufacturer, MakerBot. Baker says it was important to include her daughter in the fight to help workers on the frontlines. “We just want to keep printing until there is not a need anymore,” said Baker.

The two will be dropping 200 of the frames at Honor Health on Friday.

Zoom Dropbox

How to use Zoom with Dropbox

How to use Zoom with Dropbox

Now you can easily save recordings and transcripts of your Zoom Meetings right into Dropbox from our new desktop app. Recordings will be saved as MP4s; transcripts will be saved in VTT format and indexed, so you can find them by searching for any term spoken in your meetings. In addition, you can now start instant meetings right from within Dropbox using Zoom’s powerful instant meeting feature.

The Zoom and Dropbox integration allows you to:

  • Create and join Zoom meetings directly from Dropbox
  • Instantly start a Zoom meeting from Dropbox
  • Present Dropbox files in a Zoom meeting
  • Message about a Dropbox file from Zoom
  • Automatically save a copy of recorded Zoom meetings and transcripts to Dropbox

 

For step by step instructions, visit https://help.dropbox.com/installs-integrations/third-party/zoom

EPSON Pro L12000QNL Laser Projector

Epson’s Develops Revolutionary 4K Projectors

LONG BEACH, Calif.March 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide,1 today announced availability of the world’s first native 4K 3LCD 12,000-lumen laser projector. A groundbreaking large-venue solution, the new Epson Pro L12000QNL delivers extraordinary detail and ultra HD image quality for incredible, lifelike performance for live events, higher education and corporate environments. The 4K resolution projector boasts 12,000 lumens of equal color and white brightness2 for accurate, bright and vivid color.

“As Epson continues to grow our award-winning laser projector line, the natural evolution was to introduce a native 4K solution for large venue needs,” said Ramzi Shakra, product manager, large venue projectors, Epson America, Inc. “Epson designed and manufactured the native 4K panel to provide uncompromising image quality. The high resolution brings to life intricate details for a more immersive audience experience.”

The Pro L12000QNL features two removable interface slots to accommodate a wide range of inputs, including 12G SDI and DisplayPort. Designed for demanding environments, this durable projector features a mechanical shutter and a sealed optical engine to withstand harsh live event conditions. The Pro L12000QNL’s laser light engine and electrostatic air filter offer virtually maintenance-free operation for up to 20,000 hours.3

Designed for simplified setup and use, the Pro L12000QNL is equipped with helpful tools such as built-in cameras that enable advanced projection capabilities. The Pro L12000QNL delivers seamless multi-projector displays with Tile Assist, which simplifies big screen projections by automatically compensating for overlapping areas and corner positions. The auto-color adjustment function detects color inconsistencies between multiple projectors allowing the Pro L12000QNL to automatically correct color.

The Pro L12000QNL is compatible with Epson’s existing Pro L lens family including a .35 zero-offset ultra short-throw lens for added installation flexibility. The free Epson Projector Professional Tool (EPPT) software simplifies the setup of multiple Epson networked Pro L projectors from both Windows® and macOS® devices.

 

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Shine bright with display solutions from Optoma

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A BRIGHTER VISION FOR HOUSES OF WORSHIP As the world’s leading brand in 4K UHD projection* technology, Optoma combines cutting edge technology and innovation to deliver remarkable visual display products designed to connect audiences with engaging video and audio experiences.

Optoma solutions let you project a powerful message in any type or size of house of worship. Our projectors are easy to install in new construction or retrofit to an existing system, with pro-level features such as lens shift and networking capabilities. Laser options offer low maintenance in addition to stunning color.

OPTIMIZED 130 INCH ALL-IN-ONE QUAD LED DISPLAY

Project powerful messages in any sized environment. Optoma displays are easy to install in new construction or retrofit into existing systems. Experience stunning, larger-than-life visuals with the 130-inch Optoma FHDQ130 1080p LED display. Employing a unique packaging process, the all-in-one LED display easily installs in three steps, creating a beautiful large format display in hours, not days.

  • All-in-one 130-inch solution
  • 1080p native resolution, 1.5mm pixel pitch
  • Integrated sender and HQUltra 4K scaler-switcher
  • Simple 3-step installation process

PROSCENE ZK1050 ULTRA BRIGHT LASER



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  • 10,000 ANSI lumens
  • 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, HDR10 compatible
  • Interchangeable lenses (0.85 – 10.18:1 lens options)
  • DuraCore Laser technology

PROSCENE ZK750 ULTRA BRIGHT LASER



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  • 7,500 ANSI lumens
  • 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, HDR10 compatible
  • Interchangeable lenses (0.85 – 10.18:1 lens options)
  • DuraCore Laser technology

FREE lens with Optoma ProScene ZU850 purchase



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Flexible, reliable and cost-efficient, the Optoma ProScene ZU850 laser projector combines state-of-the-art picture and color performance with installation versatility to deliver up to 30,000 hours of maintenance-free operation to classrooms, boardrooms, museums, houses of worship and public displays.

Receive a free BX-CAA06 standard throw lens when you purchase an Optoma ProScene ZU850, for a limited time. Need a different throw ratio? Receive $500 off any other compatible Optoma lens with the purchase of a ProScene ZU850.

  • WUXGA (1920 x 1200)
  • 8,000 ANSI lumens
  • 2,000,000:1 (Extreme Black enabled)
  • Laser light source up to 30,000 hours (Eco)
  • HDMI, DVI-D, VGA & 3G-SDI inputs
  • HDBaseT

NEC Video Wall

NEC DISPLAY ADDS 55” VIDEO WALL PANELS TO POPULAR UN SERIES DISPLAYS

Near bezel-less 55” UN Series of video wall panels now feature enhanced factory color calibration for easy setup and color uniformity

NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial-grade digital signage displays and projectors, today announced the addition of near bezel-less 55″ panels to its UN Series line of displays designed to make the video wall setup process easier thanks to its intensive factory color calibration and proprietary SpectraView Engine that ensures best-in-class color control.

The new UN552S and UN552VS feature just 0.44mm inactive area surrounding an anti-glare, high-haze IPS panel designed for seamless multi-screen configurations, ideal for digital signage uses in retail, corporate, and broadcast environments. The UN552S and UN552VS video wall panels also feature a full line of commercial-grade features such as enhanced OSD color control, easy content distribution, and superior software capabilities.

“When it comes to video wall setup, making sure the color is just right is often the biggest pain point for customers,” said Ben Hardy, Senior Product Manager at NEC Display Solutions. “That’s why we’ve engineered the UN552 line of video wall panels to have the easiest setup process by putting them through an intensive factory calibration process that ensures color uniformity, reducing customer frustration while providing the ultimate flexibility in color adjustment.”

Each UN552S and VS display is calibrated at the factory for luminance, RGB, White Point, Uniformity and Gamma to ensure each panel matches out of the box. This means customers shouldn’t have to waste time worrying about initial color calibration of individual displays when installing video walls. It also means that each panel ships with the ideal settings for an accurate out-of-the-box experience.

In addition, self-calibration is possible by plugging in an external SpectraView sensor directly into the display – ideal for customers who need to change the color temperature or need to copy settings when setting up a new panel. The UN552S and VS panels also feature best-in-class color control via the On Screen Display (OSD), with luminance and color gamut controls, as well as Brightness Uniformity, Hue, Saturation and Offset. Finally, thanks to a constant feedback loop between the SpectraView Engine, the physical panel, internal sensors, and Look Up Table settings, the UN552S and VS is able to maintain a constant brightness for a longer amount of time – ideal for applications in retail, transportation, and corporate customers that have near 24/7 operation.

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Vaddio TeleTouch, 22” Touchscreen Monitor

Vaddio built its brand image by making sophisticated camera technology available for everyone. Not only did they make such technology available, but they also made it easy to operate. One such example of their products is the Vaddio 22” TeleTouch touch screen monitor.

Here’s a brief description of this product’s amazing features. Without a doubt, it is going to become every video editor’s best friend.


Product Description

The Vaddio TeleTouch weighs only about 13 pounds, which is fairly light. Most other monitors of this nature are much heavier. Further, the monitor’s dimensions are 20.1 x 13.3 x 2.4 inches and it supports a DVI-D video input format. (The DVI cable is provided with the monitor)

What’s special about this monitor is that it displays all the camera views available on its touchscreen display. It also allows the user to activate several cameras just by touching their respective image. In fact, the screen can display up to 6 images/videos simultaneously. Basically, it’s like having one large screen through which multiple windows can be opened and operated at the same time.

Most other touchscreen monitors are only partially touch-sensitive. However, the Vaddio TeleTouch touchscreen monitor has 5-wire, resistive touch technology. That makes its entire screen touch-sensitive. Thus, users can navigate across the screen simply by touch or stylus, if they want.

What’s more, the display has a 1080p resolution, which is more than enough to create an HD image. Plus, its LCD display will ensure that the images are crystal clear without imbalanced contrast. The monitor also has the ability to reproduce up to 16.2 million colors. Therefore, the screen can display life-like, vivid images that appeal to the human eye.

In addition to all of the above, the monitor can also store up to 12 thumbnail camera shots. That means users won’t have to keep adjusting settings every time they want to use the monitor.

Further, the Vaddio TeleTouch monitor has a strong, resistive surface which makes it immune to damage. So, purchasing the Vaddio TeleTouch touchscreen monitor is pretty much a long-term investment.


What’s in the box?

Typically, the box comes with the following:

  • The touchscreen monitor
  • DVI and RS-232 cables
  • A world-wide power cord set.

(By the way, the monitor comes with a mount of its own.)

As for the warranty, the minimum warranty period is 1 year. However, the maximum warranty period depends on the seller.


Final Thoughts

To sum up, the Vaddio TeleTouch, 22” touchscreen monitor is the ultimate device every video editor ought to have. Thanks to its advanced display settings, combining videos and ensuring standardized editing become extremely easy. Plus, the device comes with a strong glass surface. So the user won’t have to worry about the glass breaking or getting scratched.

Typically, buyers are recommended to purchase a few accessories along with the monitor. The only reason they are asked to do so is to ensure optimum use of all of its features. Some examples of accessories are:

  • A steel equipment rack to support the monitor
  • The Vaddio ProductionVIEW camera control console
  • The Datacolor Display Calibration System

Sony BRAVIA 43”, Edge-lit LED, LCD, UHD And Android TV With Google Home Compatibility

With the new Sony Bravia 43” LED TV, no image is ever going to be just an “image” again. Here’s the breakdown of the amazing features of this TV:

This TV is 43” in width, which is almost the size of an average preschooler. Its diagonal length is 42.5, making the TV big enough to give viewers a life-like experience as they watch videos. Perhaps one of the most resourceful features about this TV is that it consumes only an average of 95 kW of energy per year.

It is only available in black but this TV is so slim and classy that it adds a stunning edge to any room it is placed in.

Moreover, the Sony BRAVIA 43” TV is an edge-lit LED model. That means, the edges of the TV have inward-facing LED bulbs that light up the LCD display. Being edge-lit also allows the TV to be thin and light, unlike the heavier full-array LED models.

Further, having an LCD display means the visuals displayed will have very little, if not zero, geometric distortion. Plus, the images presented on the flat screen will be exceptionally sharp and bright.

This Sony BRAVIA TV is also UHD, which stands for Ultra-HD. Some sellers refer to such TVs as 4K instead of UHD. Nonetheless, what all of that means is that the picture quality will be mind-blowing. In fact, this particular model has a screen resolution of 3840×2160, which is four times the usual screen resolution of 1080p. As a result, viewers can experience life-like visuals and vivid colors rather than artificial and irritatingly vibrant shades.

With its built-in, 20W, down-firing speakers, this Sony TV also offers extraordinary sound quality in addition to the amazing video quality.

Finally, this Sony BRAVIA model comes with Sony’s unique Motionflow technology. What that means is that visuals with be smooth with minimal blurring.


Perks of an Android TV

The Sony BRAVIA 43” Edge-lit LED, LCD, UHD TV is also an Android TV. Google only introduced Android TVs in 2014, as their second generation of web and smart-TV integrated TV models. Users can control such TVs by voice, remote controls, and through their smartphone applications. What’s more, users can send content directly from a computer or a smartphone to Android TVs, without the hassle caused by wires and plugs.

Moreover, such TVs have access to the internet, which means videos can be played on Youtube and other video-streaming sites. This Sony BRAVIA model would be ideal for HD-quality video conferences too.


Google Home Compatibility

The primary benefit that comes to mind when a device is Google home compatible is that it can be controlled through a smartphone. In addition to this advantage, such smart devices tend to be more eco-friendly and user-friendly too.

For instance, users can play the same music on a variety of smart devices just by adjusting the settings in their smartphone. That feature is definitely going to change the way indoor parties take place in the future.