Thanks for the interest guys!
The Masquerade CIH won't have "adjustable rate control" (in other words the motor will be constant-RPM) but as far as I know that is true of EVERY masking system on the market (certainly all the ones using Somfy motors-which is most of them). But our system will definitely have "Jog" capability which is NOT true of all CIH masking systems. Without
Jog capability you only get two or three factory-set presets (usually 2.35:1, 16:9, and 4:3) and as John pointed out that will leave you with some significant black bars on a wide variety of films with "odd" aspect ratios. But on systems with Jog capability, you will be able to adjust the masks VERY close to the aspect ratio of any film with an aspect ratio between 4:3 and the native aspect ratio of the system you order (2.40:1, 2.39:1, 2.37:1, or 2.35:1 - customer's choice). The Jog function allows you to adjust the masks in approx. 1/2" increments, so in the WORST case (assuming the image is centered on the screen) you would either have 1/4" of black bars still showing OR you could "overmask" the image by 1/4". And although "normal sized" black bars are very distracting and are the reason that every projection screen company has been developing a wide variety of masking systems to deal with the issue, 1/4"
wide black bars are pretty much a non-issue and if that's all we had to deal with we'd NEVER sell any masking systems. Thank goodness for all those different aspect ratios and BIG black bars...
The price point on the Masquerade CIH will be higher than our current Horizontal and Vertical systems, but it will be WAAAYYYY below competitive systems like Stewart's VistaScope, Screen Research's Supreme Cinescope XMask, SMX's PROMASKch, or Vutec's Vision XFT (I don't believe Da-Lite and Draper offer CIH systems with masks that glide in and out from the sides - they only offer "drop-down" vertical systems). As I mentioned in the other thread, the price isn't set in stone yet, but the Masquerade CIH should come in under $4K for a mid-size system (screen sold separately, but with screen it will STILL be WAAYYYY below any other system).
As with our other masking systems, the Masquerade CIH can be installed over MOST popular flat fixed frame screens on the market including screens from Stewart, Da-Lite, Draper, Vutec, etc. (as long as the frame width doesn't exceed 3.3").
It almost makes me wish I were going with a CIH set up.
I know how you feel Rich!! My theater is width-limited and I already have the largest 16:9 setup that my theater can accommodate. So if I switch to a CIH system I would have the same
width 2.35:1 image that I already have, while my 16:9 image would shrink considerably. So I'll probably just stick with my Horizontal Masquerade (which is very cool in its own right), but it's HIGHLY tempting to switch and give up the 16:9 size because when those masks open up on the CIH system and that wide screen appears in all its glory, it's just so darn cinematic!