Barco announced the growth of its laser-illuminated cinema projector portfolio with two high-contrast flagship laser projectors for cinema screens and five new laser phosphor projectors for small to large screens. Following its flagship DP4K-L laser projectors and 2K CLP series of laser phosphor projectors, Barco is now bringing laser benefits to all cinema screens with the introduction of the 2K SLP series for small to mid-size screens and the 2K/4K BLP range for mid-size to large screens. The 6P RGB high-contrast range doubles the contrast of Barco’s current flagship laser projectors and provides exhibitors with an even broader choice in the Premium Large Format (PLF) segment. The BLP laser phosphor projectors will be shipping by the end of 2016, the SLP laser phosphor and LHC high-contrast projectors will be available first half of 2017.
Barco is introducing two high-contrast versions of its flagship laser projector series that offer twice the contrast — up to 6,000:1 – of its current flagship laser projectors. With the DP4K-20LHC and DP4K-40LHC, Barco offers exhibitors a wider range of options to captivate audiences with the ultimate visual experience. Reaching brightness levels of 36,000 lumens, the LHC series provide the same superior color saturation and uniformity as the other flagship laser projectors.
The introduction of the SLP series brings laser projection down to unprecedented price points. For less than 1 dollar per hour of operations, exhibitors can now enjoy laser image quality and ease of mind from a brand-new laser phosphor projector.
By introducing the DP4K-BLP projectors with native 4K and high-lumen light output, laser phosphor projection will now find its way to many large cinema screens across the globe. The SLP range brings laser phosphor quality to the smallest theaters at a very attractive price point. Varying in brightness levels — up to 24,500 lumens — and providing native 2K or 4K resolution, the laser phosphor projection portfolio combines Barco’s renowned DCI-compliant image quality with the outstanding uniformity and contrast that’s unique to laser illumination. The laser phosphor projectors show improved image quality on both white and silver screens and are fully compatible with popular 3D systems. Additionally, the projector’s light output remains constant over time.
Exhibitors who already own a B-series or S-series Barco cinema projector don’t need to invest in an entirely new model to benefit from laser technology. They can simply retrofit their current projector with a laser phosphor module. Based on a laser light source, the laser cinema projectors increase uptime and eliminate the costs, administration, and maintenance related to lamp-based illumination, for worry-free operation. The light output of the laser phosphor projectors can be dimmed to 30 percent of their initial brightness, enabling users to show both 2D and 3D content from one and the same projector.
Next to its new laser cinema projectors, Barco also introduces its brand-new Barco Alchemy Integrated Cinema Media Processor (ICMP) as an option. With this next-generation ICMP, exhibitors can leverage the full benefits of alternative content by directly hooking up their ‘UHD Premium’ sources to the projector. Two additional HDMI2.0 interfaces have been added to the ICMP, while keeping its legacy HDMI1.4 (and SDI) inputs. This gives users the option to hook up four different sources. Thanks to the capabilities of HDMI2.0, the 4K HFR and 4K 3D capabilities that the projector and server already had are now linked to a much wider portfolio of new alternative content sources.