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In old Gaelic Etymology the god Albiorix ALBIO = WORLD RIX=REX King... The REGIONAL PROTECTIVE DEITY of the area now known as the French Riviera. Somewhat befitting for a client rumored have rented half of the rooms in the Hotel Du Cap for a b-day bash during Cannes. For those of you new to the forum, our company has been naming our signature rank engagements after moons of a planet whose iconic imagery conveys the spirit of Science Fiction, Saturn. Qualification for the Moon of Saturn badge is simple, it has to start with a clean technological slate,if it has been done before and it worked it has to improve upon it, if it has not been done before then it better be the best solution to the ever restraining field conditions of the project [room size, interiors designer's egos and ever pesky budgets], business-wise "rolling out Moons of Saturn" is not a profitable business to be in because the effort involved in development can never be charged for.

But that would be EUROPA so I am digressing.


This is going to be a quick 3 month Commando Pace build of a 4D system perched atop a 65 floor European Skyscraper. Il'l post pictures HERE

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HERE I WILL POST SHOP DRAWINGS AND INSTALLATION DIAGRAMS, I WILL POST COMPLETELY INCORRECT RENDERINGS (ie. Wiring Diagrams) TO SHOW THE CORRECTION AND EDITING PROCESS.

Here is what will now be the infamous Screen:

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Herein I shall drop Ray's UNIQUE FIELD REPORTS . [These are best appreciated when played back through a text reader app].D:D

FIELD REPORT (16AUG13) DAY-1:

REC on project.

Screening room is new construction on 61st floor of new building. Penthouse suite for X.

Working with crew of (nationality mix) fellows. These folks were not given enough detail on preparation of sub-systems. Hence, the going is quite slow.

Projector Data:

Christie Mirage HD20K-J; SN: 308368001
Lens; Konica-Minolta, fixed zoom 1.12:1; SN: 3635623B00657

Tasks Performed:

1) Worked with local crew to install Brand X "lazy Susan" hanging platform unit. This took the crew the better part of the day as there were major cuts and changes that were required to clear the existing cosmetic frame installed already, and mount the new Brand X platform unit. The hanging threaded rod used on the BrandX unit was barely long enough to fit. We adjusted the platform to the lowest possible position on the threaded rod and I hope to have enough lens shift to get the image below the ceiling protrusion (the lap pool floor above the screening room requires a significant "soffit" protruding down from the ceiling between the lens of the projector and the screen position). REC will test as soon as we have permanent power to the projector.

2) Dug around the storage room and found:
- Lens
- Floor racks
- 3D kit
- BRAND X power conditioner
- 2 x racks for front of house

3) Assembled and installed Floor Racks. This took the afternoon to install as the carpentry needed heavy modification. The crew modified the sub flooring for the rack to fit properly and they are installed. However, the cosmetic wood doors and panel must be replaced. REC notified Project Manager and crew, and the new facia material is being planned and ordered. The reason the facia must be replaced is that the two-door access panels they designed do not allow for servicing of the rack equipment. The openings are shifted and the are too small to pull-out the rack slides.

4) Mounted the Brand X power conditioner in the right floor rack (as seen facing the rear of the screening room) at the bottom per spec. Gave direction to local staff for electrical run of raw power to conditioner, then another line from the output of the conditioner to the projector.

5) Organized screen and screen frame parts. NO ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS! REC to work with assembly tomorrow.

6) Directed local staff on cleaning the two front of house cabinets and mount the two equipment racks therein.

7) Had the local staff make a power cord for the projector and performed a power test of projector. The Christie powered up, and gave a lamp door open error. Thanks Brand X. REC will troubleshoot and repair tomorrow.

Also, REC had a fun experience with electric muscle therapy on the left thumb as he was powering down the unit. Apparently the test power feed (coming through an extension cord, power strip, and temp power box that may be faulty) had a nice level of AC power (ed.240Volt) riding on the neutral causing the thumb muscle to constrict. The point being, REC will await the final power from the electrician before running the projector for any length of time.

8) REC met with the ventilation contractor. Since there is only extraction being supplied to the projector "hush-box", it is irrelevant where the extraction takes place. Currently the extraction duct terminates just above the rear of the projector in its present position. REC OKed the position and no further work is planned on this matter.]

THE FUN BEGINS:


DAY-2 REPORT (17AUG13):

REC on project.

REC is at full-stop due to missing hardware for screen frame and leg assemblies, as well as final power to projector not yet complete. However, we did get some things done this morning, and the local team is working on assigned tasks this afternoon.

REC back at hotel.


Tasks Performed:

1) Assembled screen legs. Required "robbing" screws from the existing mounted plates as there is no hardware for the screen legs or frame on-site. All six legs are assembled and wheels mounted.

One of the local team is out searching hardware stores (on Saturday) for US Inch-standard hardware.

2) Moved large masking frame assemblies (x2) (Left and Right assemblies) into screening room. Ready for assembly once we have hardware. Also, small center link sections are in screening room awaiting assembly. Top and bottom motorized masking units are not yet moved into screening room as there is no space to store them while work is being performed. These units will be moved in when hardware is on-site.

3) Local staff pulled power cable between IS20 and projector. Cable was not yet terminated at either end. REC showed local staff wired remote cable for projector and they will pull that cable this afternoon.

4) Installed front of house racks into cabinets. Removed shipping plates. Cabinets are clean and ready for final wiring and equipment mounting. Racks are not secured to cabinets, hence, the racks can be moved around to accommodate equipment installation. Removed rear doors of racks as they are useless once installed in cabinets.
FYI, cabinet doors were removed yesterday to eliminate the possibility of damage while rack were being installed.

5) Organized projector accessories and placed in projector "hush-box".

Tasks for Tomorrow:

REC plans on being on-site at 09:00 tomorrow morning. However, several things are required to be completed for any progress to be made. These are:

a) Power for projector complete.
b) Hardware for screen on-site.
c) Screen channel speaker cables pulled per Cineramax spec. Cable at rack cabinet end must be long enough to protrude from the front edge of cabinet at least 2 meters.
d) Flooring for behind screen installed.
e) AC power for masking motor system.

If above liste ditems are complete, the following tasks can be performed:

1) Install screen speakers, terminate speaker cables at speaker end. Amplifier end of cables will be labeled.

2) Complete screen assembly and power-up masking system.

3) Repair Christie projector ("Lamp Door" error).

4) Align projector for best image.


All,

First of all, thank you very much M! The installation of the carpet in the screening room was a wonderful surprise this morning! The flooring crew came in this morning and finished taping the protective plastic cover over the carpet. This also has greatly reduced the dust in the room; which is important as we run the projector. M, please refer to the end of this email for a list of things we need to get done tomorrow.

NOTE: The internet connection at the hotel has just been repaired. The internet was dead since 04:00 when I woke up this morning.

It is critical, I believe, that the screen is fully installed and projector alignment completed regarding image position and geometry with final masking positions set before I return to the US. Since it will take the better part of the day to assemble position and align, if we do not have hardware by tomorrow, I will have to extend the visit. If Stewart can ship a kit Monday, perhaps we can receive by Wednesday. I can adjust my schedule; I just need a decision from you gentlemen.

DAY-3 REPORT (18AUG13):

REC on project.

REC arrived at 08:30 to find that the flooring crew installed the carpet in the screening room overnight. This was a very welcomed site as we can now place the screen channel speakers and the dust level in the room has been lowered dramatically. Thanks M!!


Tasks Performed:

1) Connected input 240VAC to IS20 power conditioner.

2) Connected IS20 power conditioner output to New Christie projector.

3) Repaired "Lamp Door" Error on projector.

4) Powered up Christie projector and verified image positioning. (See attached photo) Performed lens shift and brought up aspect ratio target test pattern. Although the screen was not in place, it appears that we can set this system up for a 2.35:1 aspect ratio and make all image ratios work within this image positioning. The image you see in the photo is full-chip image. The 2.35:1 removes about 20% from the height of the overall image and as stated previously, should work with the new screen.

Full alignment will be performed when the screen frame hardware arrives.

Tomorrow we will address the installation of the screen channel speakers.

M Team Tasks:

1) We need to drop an air input into the projector box. I will show the team tomorrow where the duct needs to be placed.
2) We need to have all power to front racks completed.
3) We need to have the speaker cables pulled.
4) Projector wired remote cable needs to be pulled.
5) Move all screen channel speakers into screening room. I will terminate the cables at the speakers.
6) Turn on air conditioning systems in screening room and keep door closed.

All the Best,

Ray Callahan
President
Callahan Digital Cinema, Inc. (CDC)
4510 NW 102 Court
Miami, FL 33178
786-336-8219
rec@callahandigitalcinema.com
www.callahandigitalcinema.com

Gentlemen,

Enclosed is the report for 19AUG13 (Day-4). Good progress today (and I received a treat of great Turkish baklava!). Front of house should be completed as far as we can go today, except for the two speakers that are “high-mounted” at the stage position. Peter, I need your direction on how these two speakers are to be mounted.


DAY-4 REPORT (19AUG13):

REC on project.

REC arrived at 08:00.

Tasks Performed:

1) Moved all five LF cabinets (QSB-1218) into theatre.

2) Moved all five Full-range cabinets (LT-20C) into theatre.

3) Reviewed speaker wiring with local staff. Local staff installing speaker cabling today and will complete today. All speaker cables will have 2-meters of service loop at the speaker, and 4-meters of service loop on at the audio rack end. This will provide enough length on the cables to extract the rack with the cables laced.

NOTE: M's crew decided to go with a flexible cable wrap system ("snake-skin" or equivalent) instead of a cable trough (e.g., Panduit). Hence, no need to provide Panduit cable management systems. I agree fully with their decision.

All speaker cables will be pulled and terminated at speaker end today. All screen channel speakers will be stacked today.

The nomenclature being used for the cables is as follows:

L = Left Channel
LC = Left Center Channel
C = Center Channel
RC = Right Center Channel
R = Right Channel

Refer to the attached drawing for individual speaker wiring, and label template. All cables are labeled at both ends with a Brother label making device (Black on White tape).

4) Corrected cabling for floor racks. Installed lacing braces.

5) Held meeting with M and mechanical trade on cool air input system for projector "hush-box". They will be adding a drop as requested.

6) Met with M and cabinetry craftsmen regarding front of house rack floors. A compromise was reached and although they cannot remove the floors of the cabinets housing the racks, they will build a genlte slop ramp assembly for each. Thereby allowing the rack to be rolled out of the cabinet for servicing.

7) Requested that one more of the side vertical braces for the projector "hush-box" be removed. This is needed to allow the projector to be rotated on the lazy susan a full 90-degrees for lamp replacement and board servicing.

8) Electrician should have power for both of the front of house racks completed today.

9) Forgot to ask M on the mounting specifics for the exterior camera. Will take care of tomorrow.

10) Asked M about extension of stay. They have not yet decided.

11) Requested that air conditioning be turned on in the room. Only the small units mounted in the front of house racks can be used now. Main AC system will not be ready for some time.

12) Searched storage room for various equipment for Cineramax portion of job. Need a list of specific equipment WITH MANUFACTURER, MODEL, & SERIAL NUMBERS before continuing search as there are several Creston, Middle Atlantic, and APC units at the site. I do not want to install the wrong unit.



Gentlemen,

Today produced great progress as the missing hardware for the Stewart screen system was found and delivered to the screening room. I have no idea where this box was, but thankfully the delay was terminated. It certainly did not look like it came from the dusty storage room.

We completed the screen and masking assembly, which took the better part of the day of all crew members and some help from the other trades available.

Although good progress was made, several key issues stopped us from achieving our goals for the rushed last day of cinema expertise on-site. This is unfortunate, yet the decision was made to not extend, and this is what we have.

Although there was a directive given that the screening room must have 3D going tonight, that is impossible as the Christie light engine has failed as you can see in the photos. I could possibly repair this, but as you have decided, I am departing for Miami tomorrow morning.

As both of you are well experienced project managers, you clearly understand that sometimes things happen beyond your control and schedules slip. This is one of those times. The local crew assisting me during this visit were very energetic, kind, and helpful. Yet they had no experience in these systems, and I taught them thoroughly on what to do. The language barrier itself was challenging for all of us. I am personally disappointed that our team was not able to achieve the goals of this visit. Yet as a 30+ year professional in this industry, the goals were unachievable in the original timeframe allotted due to the various challenges.

I believe you all have Mr. Mike Babb coming in to this project in a few weeks. He is a highly skilled Digital Cinema Engineer, and I believe equal to my level of expertise (although he always states he is my junior). He will “carry the ball” for you all quite well and finish this project for you.

DAY-5 REPORT (20AUG13):

*** The light engine (or TI section) in the Christie projector has failed.

REC on project.

REC arrived at 08:00.

Tasks Performed:
*These items are based on a specific list provided by Peter.
1) Complete speaker wiring and stack.
DONE

2) Complete screen and masking assembly and position as far forward in the room as possible.
DONE This took most of the day for all crew involved. around 09:00 this morning a package arrived for us. This package contained the masking motor controller and ALL OF THE BOLTS AND ACCESSORIES WE HAD BEEN MISSING FROM DAY-1.

3) Install power outlets and make them live at:
- Projector hush-box
- Floor rack
- Front two racks
NOT DONE The staff made connections at the makeshift breaker panel, yet they did not have the receptacles on-site to complete.

4) Pull all interface cables between floor racks and projector box.
NOT DONE The staff ran out of time today.

5) Pickup from Storage Room a Crestron processor series 2
NOT DONE Could not find in storage.

6) From Storage Room get Crestron accessory rack
NOT DONE Could not find in storage.

7) 3 x Crestron devices 3 relay cards
NOT DONE Could not find in storage.
8) Find Fiber Optic Transmitter receiver and try to install
NOT DONE Could not find in storage.

9) Install 3D polarizer
NOT DONE Could not mount.

10) Assemble and install screen and push screen as far forward as possible
DONE This took most of the day.

11) Push projector back as far as possible.
DONE

12)Center on screen the lens
ATTEMPTED, BUT... The room is 20'-10" wide as measured from wood trim at lens height and position in the room with a Hilti PD-30 Laser distance measurement device. This places the center at 10'-5". REC moved the projector on the lazy Susan as much as possible to gain the center position, yet the best we could achieve is an offset of 3" to the right (as viewed facing the rear of the room). Hence, as viewed facing the rear of the room, the left-side measurement is 10'-8", and the right-side measurement is 10'-2".

Mehmet, the architect, and the furniture craftsmen all met today in the screening room and also measured with a higher-end laser system and compared to the center of the screen. This confirmed RECs original measurements and they are devising a plan to correct (I believe). See Mehmet for details.

13) Determine Dimensions of Porthole
NOT DONE Since the "hush-box" is in flux, we determined that this measurement must wait until the final position of the projector is determined.
14) Prepare 6 aspect ratios (1.33, 1.77,2.20, 2.39, and 2.65 Ben Hur).
NOT DONE No power to masking motor system.
15) Get 3 x IEC power cords with Schuko plugs (oppo and the XL Mover)
NOT DONE I did not receive any cables.

16) Regarding Height Channels (locate their brackets) and install as shown below and according to Peter’s original blue prints.
NOT DONE Could not find brackets.

REC recommended that this trip be extended to all decision makers early-on as we had a massive delay due to the inability of assembling the screen and masking system due to no hardware. The decision was advised this morning that there would be no extension of the trip. Hence, REC will depart Moscow tomorrow morning bound for Miami.


UPDATE, I have some pictures to show but long story short: I am letting Ray Stay 2 more days and he is instructed to take projector boards out and reseat, apparently the projector took a banging because the lamp door open error message in hindsight was it's very own symptom, that was followed by this crazy ass blue convergence pattern distortion. It looks like the convergence on blu is on, but no, it is a malfunction, most likely a Formatter board loose. Christie gives it a chance (being greater than 75%) that is is a loose board. So the knot on everyone's throats continues for at least 24-48 hours.

I am glad that Ray is staying because we will recenter the projector, and obtain some longer threaded rods that will address the need to extend the polarizer support which due to the swimming pool's soffit (lap pool is above) did not permit to properly line up the polarizer.

Gentlemen,

Today was a productive day for the crew. Although I was not able to fix the projector with materials on-hand, Peter has given direction to move forward with alignment using the broken projector to bring up 3D, etc. The mechanical crew came in today and spent the day installing the exhaust and A/C input into the projector cabinet.

Removed the projector from the projector mount and placed on floor for troubleshooting. While I was troubleshooting, this allowed the mechanical crew space to get their duct work done. I also loosened the mount on the track rail and moved the base to attempt the elimination of the 3” offset of the lens position on center of the screen. I was able to move it in the correct direction about 1.5”. I will have a specific measurement when we put the projector back into the mount. Also, readjusted the top plate of the Brand X mount to allow the proper positioning of the MasterImage 3D z-screen.

NOTE: The wired remote control cable for the projector is too short to reach the floor rack. There are several ways to remedy this issue. Peter, please advise on how you want to fix this matter.

We will reassemble the projector to the mount and should be able to playback rough images tomorrow afternoon. Fine alignment will be performed either tomorrow afternoon, or Friday morning.

We are looking much better than yesterday.


DAY-6 REPORT (21AUG13):

*** The light engine (or TI section) in the Christie projector has failed. The standard connection checks and reseating of cables and connectors was performed without resolving issue. Full report has been provided separately. REC will continue with alignment with the current projector with the issue. Projector will be replaced or repaired later.

REC on project.

REC arrived at 08:00.

Tasks Performed:
*These items are based on a specific list provided by Peter.

1) Complete speaker wiring and stack.
DONE

2) Complete screen and masking assembly and position as far forward in the room as possible.
DONE This took most of the day for all crew involved. around 09:00 this morning a package arrived for us. This package contained the masking motor controller and ALL OF THE BOLTS AND ACCESSORIES WE HAD BEEN MISSING FROM DAY-1.




3) Install power outlets and make them live at:
- Projector hush-box; NOT DONE The staff made connections at the makeshift breaker panel, yet they did not have the receptacles on-site to complete.
- Floor rack; DONE
- Front two racks; NOT DONE The staff made connections at the makeshift breaker panel, yet they did not have the receptacles on-site to complete.


4) Pull all interface cables between floor racks and projector box.

DONE

5) Pickup from Storage Room a Crestron processor series 2
NOT DONE Could not find in storage.

6) From Storage Room get Crestron accessory rack
DONE

7) 3 x Crestron devices 3 relay cards
DONE

8) Find Fiber Optic Transmitter receiver and try to install
NOT DONE Could not find in storage. Asked Mr. M

9) Install 3D polarizer
DONE with power up yet awaiting mount.

10) Assemble and install BRIC masking controller.
DONE Will test and align in the morning.

11) Push projector back as far as possible.
DONE

12) Center on screen the lens

IMPROVED Shifted Brand X hanger on rail channel as much as possible (now snug against the cosmetic box frame. Gained a couple of inches. Will check how close we are when projector is remounted. (Projector had to be taken down to the floor for troubleshooting of the "blue vertical lines" issue.

13) Determine Dimensions of Porthole
NOT DONE Since the "hush-box" is in flux, we determined that this measurement must wait until the final position of the projector is determined.

14) Prepare 6 aspect ratios :1.33 (FULL HEIGHT OF SCREEN), 1.77(FULL HEIGHT OF SCREEN),2.20 (FULL WIDTH OF SCREEN), 2.39 (FULL WIDTH OF SCREEN), and 2.65 Ben Hur (FULL WIDTH OF SCREEN).NOT DONE No power to masking motor system.

15) Get 3 x IEC power cords with Schuko plugs (oppo and the XL Mover)
NOT DONE I did not receive any cables.

16) Regarding Height Channels (locate their brackets) and install as shown below and according to Peter’s original blue prints. NOT DONE, could not find brackets.


**NEW**

17) Mechanical crew (3 guys) came in this morning and began the installation of the duct work for the projector exhaust and A/C feed. They should finish today.

18) Found Oppo player and ready for playback when projector is remounted.[is it the correct one?]

19) Powered-up Master Image 3D system and readied for playback. Modified Brand X mount plate and the system is ready to assemble tomorrow when mechanical crew is completed with their duct work.

20) Mr. A completed the connection of the two air conditioners in the front of house racks. The screening room temperature and humidity has been improved.

Gentlemen,

Today was a productive day for the crew. We have the projection system remounted and assembled in the “hush-box” location. The crew ran power to the locations we needed and the system is running. However, we found a problem with the 3D polarizer panel that we are working with the manufacturer now to resolve.

Final alignment is planned for tomorrow for at least 2D, and we will do our best to resolve the 3D issue with the LCD polarizer. If we are able to resolve the 3D issue, we will alert Mehmet and have a short demo for the client with the Avatar disc tomorrow early afternoon.


DAY-7 REPORT (22AUG13):

REC on project.

REC arrived at 08:10.

Tasks Performed:
*These items are based on a specific list provided by Peter.

1) Install power outlets and make them live at:
- Projector hush-box; DONE The staff made connections at the makeshift breaker panel, yet they did not have the receptacles on-site to complete.
- Floor rack; DONE
- Front two racks; NOT DONE The staff made connections at the makeshift breaker panel, yet they did not have the receptacles on-site to complete.

2) Pickup from Storage Room a Crestron processor series 2
NOT DONE Could not find in storage.

3) Find Fiber Optic Transmitter receiver and try to install
NOT DONE Could not find in storage. I was informed that this device will not arrive in time for installation this week.

4) Center on screen the lens

IMPROVED Shifted MiT hanger on rail channel as much as possible (now snug against the cosmetic box frame. Gained a couple of inches. Will check how close we are when projector is remounted. (Projector had to be taken down to the floor for troubleshooting of the "blue vertical lines" issue.

5) Determine Dimensions of Porthole
NOT DONE Since the "hush-box" is in flux, we determined that this measurement must wait until the final position of the projector is determined.


6) Prepare 6 aspect ratios (1.33, 1.77,2.20, 2.39, and 2.65 Ben Hur).
NOT DONE Need to program masking motor system. Also, since we do not have a reference disc, we will be aligning the various aspect ratios by on-site calculations.

7) Get 3 x IEC power cords with Schuko plugs (oppo and the XL Mover)
DONE The crew made cables, and found some to gather power from the APC power conditioner.

8) Regarding Height Channels (locate their brackets) and install as shown below and according to Peter’s original blue prints.
NOT DONE Could not find brackets.
NEW

9) Mechanical crew (3 guys) came in this morning and finished the A/C tie-in for the cold air feed to the “hus-box”.

10) We are also missing the two small screws that mount the z-screen fan assembly.

11) Re-installed all projector and 3D equipment in “hush-box”.

12) Attempted to install Oppo BluRay player in front right rack. Found that long HDMI cables (that were previously pulled) are non-operational for signal without boosters. Can’t find boosters, hence we moved the Oppo unit to the back of the room and we are using a shorter HDMI cable and signal is good at the projector now.

13) While attempting basic 3D playback of Avatar, found that the MasterImage MI-WAVE 3D unit has a fault with the LCD polarizer screen. Troubleshooting with MasterImage engineering now. Hopefully will resolve in the morning.
Gentlemen,

I have gone as far as I can with what we have here. Please read details below as there are many issues. In summary, the projector is aligned for the Avatar 2.1:1 aspect ratio and 3D is non-operational as there seems to be a failed LCD polarizer panel. Repaired masking system as right side was jamming due to a loose bolt on one of the slides. Set up masking for “USER-1” button on controller.

The A/C and exhaust duct work is done.

The electricians are now working on all of the final connections to the main breaker panel. This should help Peter’s team greatly when they arrive.

I left some basic hand tools and test equipment with Ali’s team. They may need these tools for the various work they are doing, and I wanted to thank them for their gracious assistance during this project.

Also, thanks to you Mehmet for your kind support during the project. I wish you and your team all the best. I am confident that, although we experienced a few equipment failures, you all will have a wonderful screening room in the end. You are off to a good start.

Let me know if there are any questions.


DAY-8 REPORT (23AUG13):

REC on project.

REC arrived at 08:00.

Tasks Performed:
*These items are based on a specific list provided by Peter.

1) Install power outlets and make them live at:
- Projector hush-box; DONE The staff made connections at the makeshift breaker panel, yet they did not have the receptacles on-site to complete.
- Floor rack; DONE
- Front two racks; NOT DONE The staff made connections at the makeshift breaker panel, yet they did not have the receptacles on-site to complete.

2) Pickup from Storage Room a Crestron processor series 2
NOT DONE Could not find in storage.

3) Find Fiber Optic Transmitter receiver and try to install
NOT DONE Could not find in storage. I was informed that this device will not arrive in time for installation this week.

4) Center on screen the lens

IMPROVED Shifted MiT hanger on rail channel as much as possible (now snug against the cosmetic box frame. Gained a couple of inches. Within 1” of center.

5) Determine Dimensions of Porthole
DONE The image dimensions are 14cm x 10cm at the LCD polarizer panel. I would recommend sizing the porthole glass slightly larger than the dimensions of the LCD polarizer glass. This will ensure maximum image width flexibility for future. Also, your porthole position will be positioned approximately 4” forward of the LCD polarizer panel.


6) Prepare 6 aspect ratios (1.33, 1.77,2.20, 2.39, and 2.65 Ben Hur).
NOT ALL DONE Due image alignment characteristics of the Christie Mirage models, the input signal must be input in the correct aspect ratio. Performed an alignment with the only disc available (Avatar). Mike Babb and Peter will perform balance of aspect ratios when they visit.
As I was attempting the alignment of the masking to the various aspect ratios, I noticed to issues:
a. The right side masking was jammed
b. The only way to set the masking and sizing for this model Christie is with an input signal applied.

We repaired the right-side masking. Was a loose bolt which was catching on the masking cable termination. Since this bolt was one that was attached at the factory, was covered over inside the lower right bottom of the screen area, and covered with felt, it took us 2 hours to resolve the issue. We had to disassemble a portion of the masking to get to the bolt and retighten.

As far as the Christie, I used the Avatar 2D playback and resized accordingly. I set the top and bottom masking inward just enough to cover the springs and screen eyelets, then sized the image to this height. Then adjusted side masking inward to match the image width. The measurements comes out to 2.10:1.

I locked the channel configuration and the settings are done for this image. Further ratios will have to be done by Mike, as you will need a reference BluRay with the various aspect ratios on them in their native resolutions.
Programmed the “USER-1” button on the masking motor controller for the Avatar aspect ratio. All others are defaulted to factory.

7) Get 3 x IEC power cords with Schuko plugs (oppo and the XL Mover)
DONE The crew made cables, and found some to gather power from the APC power conditioner.

8) Regarding Height Channels (locate their brackets) and install as shown below and according to Peter’s original blue prints.
NOT DONE Could not find brackets.
9) We are also missing the two small screws that mount the z-screen fan assembly.

10) While attempting basic 3D playback of Avatar, found that the MasterImage MI-WAVE 3D unit has a fault with the LCD polarizer screen. Troubleshooting with MasterImage engineering now. Applied all 3D suggestions from MasterImage engineering, and the 3D issue persists. This will have to be repaired when Peter and Mike come over. Did not receive any information from Brand X Headquarters
11) Measured outdoor camera mount location. The glass safety barrier around the parapet is 135cm high from finished floor.
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Ray Callahan, The very best projector siting Engineer owner of Callahan Digital Cinema's usb drive had problems he has promised lots of pics, but here are some:







THE CROSSOVERS ARE OEM'D XTA DP448 FITTED WITH PHOENIX CONNECTORS XTA_4SERIES_BRO.pdf 566k .pdf file
THE AP950 AMPLIFIERS ARE MC2 S SERIES S800 WITH 950 WATTS 4 OHM
THE AP2800 4 X 2800 D CLASS APPEAR TO BE FROM THE E SERIES E 100WITH 2800 WATTS @ 4 OHMS.



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Unhappy Client's Representative:

We are just losing money because of bolts ... at weekend so many places are closed also

Now 2 days we lost, almost nothing accomplished...


Then I get this from Mr. M's souped up Brabus, nice use of a half million dollar car , looking for imperial standard 50 cent bolts.:Mr. M is the client's right hand man in Engineering responsible for building dozens of projects including the 65 story tower a 70 story tower and the tallest building in Europe GURANTEED by zoning grandfather act for the rest of posterity: 90 stories ( that one gets a 48 seat screening room with d-box).

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Petr, what's the audio set up? Speakers , subs, processing, etc? Very cool!

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What was the rationale on the projector choice?

 

 

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Perhaps size, 3D capability, 20k lumens to optimize (aperture), HDMI, and compatible with some very nice lenses.

That's me taking a shot at it.

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To those that really want to know my decision to not go with Barco despite wanting to give them the business is purely a technical line product change timing related ask Alexander Scwhartskopf at Barco.

They introduced the hdx-w18, and I had designed with it in mind. This is a penthouse with limited space and even though I had designed a stack dp-4kp in a closet in the back of the small room the layout did not work. But this was not a truly hdmi 1.4 3D projector, the fact of the matter is that the HDX series trailed it's competition on the 3D department, at that time I do not know now. If you want triple flash you need a dci barco if you want gaming 120hz double flash you need an HDX series, but not both. WHY?

But when I did there was a huge technical gap in favour of the Mirage. What a joy to plug and play the oppo into two hdmi without hickups.
I am in the business of 4D, of evangelizing 4D, and the only way a system of mine is not going to be 4D AT ALL TIMES is when 4D be pried from my dead hands, AFAIK.biggrin.gif

So when Barco dropped the ball by not having 24hz 3d with triple flash, or hdmi 1.4, I needed a compact high brightness 3D solution, then Christie came out with the mother of all 3D projectors, in the compact form factor.


Here are pics of the christie with our specially designed Lazy Suzan mount that includes the polarizer actuator.(again please no imitators)










Oh No Mr. Bill the image is going to be kind of small , look at the bottom. They are going to love this over there

I am asking to rip the thing down and push it back as far as possible.eek.gifeek.gifeek.gifeek.gifeek.gif













Based on above comment I will request them to push projector against back wall.







So Dan you hit the nail right on it's head, the image on the projector is incredible, that fixed lens is sharp as heck, and no I have nothad any intentions on catering to the CEDIA market since Atlanta, and Neil shot his foot off as I was going toi call him tomorrow to discuss the purchase of one of his units in a job where the dp4p is a perfect match. Who knows maybe I'll turn the other cheek , have been known to that that from time to time.

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Dear Jeff and Dave,

This is a Quested studio system.

The amplfiers are oem's from MC2 a highly respected very musical workhorse. The goal here was to achieve a more musical sound that what is normally achieved with horn speakers. The decision to use quested was a bit capricious, since the client's favorite 4D demo scene id the roller coaster scene from Despicable Me. That soundtrack by Pharell Williams ( who bought a PH that had one of my Torus moons in it, not the best sounding room IMO for it has one of the first 3 JBL Synthesis one systems and quite frankly is a bit harsh) was scored in the most famous 5.1 scoring room system that Quested has created, Hans Zimmer.

Again there was the matter of budget hovering about so I wanted to try a transducer that would not blow so easily, the ribbon tweeter. The dispersion of the ribbons is a bit like a horn horizontally but judging by the ADAM speakers at Cedia not harsh like most horns. I was hoping that the sound would be like the performance of the Zimmer room but instead at 12 feet Midfield at 18 feet Far-field. Those were my instruction, and it had to play VERY VERY loud and clear. Roger has admitted to achieving the later but to not been able to have surpassed the precision and musicality of Zimmer's room (who after all is missing a microperfc screen in front of the speakers, pity.

He is saying I will be very satisfied with the outcome and that it will be very clear and very loud. This I want to hear because I may stay fiddling with ribbons(for the high power handling, dispersion and musicality) but try something more esoteric in the next moon Europa, where After going for KHARMA SWITCHED TO WILSON and ended up settling for RAIDHO (exotic quasi ribbons with Diamond coated woofers biggrin.gif) with PRO subwoofers and amplfiers.

These are the Quested LT (LONG THROW SPEAKERS) Quested LT Series List Prices May 2012 USD for email.pdf 204k .pdf file

LT12 Mains, centre and centre fills a la SDDS.



But ours have a modded cabinetry to facilitate stacking dual subs underneath.



So they look like these:



The height channels ( and this is not auro, or dolby atmos or even NEO x - these are TRINNOV mapped) are created by the ADA Cinema Reference.

The LT10



And 8 LT8's in the surround capacity. These are modified with banana jacks on each side of the speaker to facilitate daisy chaining pairs in parallel 4 ohms.

CINERMAX custom SURROUND LT8 Model.pdf 25k .pdf file



The 16 Channel XLR signal crosses the room behind the screen and feeds the crossovers which are made by a prestigious dsp manufacturer Xta FOR MC2 and are sister companies to MC2
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You know we could have used the convertors in digital mode but RQ felt more conmfortable doing it the tried and true way, analog. Quested's Ollie Shortalnd is coming over the first week of September to work with Mike Babb, another one of my high end Engineers for hire (he does film festival and A list Hollywood Directors home screening rooms) and Curt Hoyt the most expensive guy in the lot .biggrin.gif:D:D

I think having experienced unforseen issues like the missing screws (and tonight I found out the rack caster bases and casters did not make it either which is ok as we have time to procure), but based on these unforeseeables I will double and triple check everything,and am not getting on a plane until these guys are there and have hooked everything up including the Crestron chair control and D-Box, so I think I'll fly over on the 5th or so and catch the calibration at the back end, then I will fire up the rest of the stuff, the MSB stack, the MSB stack isolation base i4 from ACCURION, The 137 x zoom 1080p remote video telescope with Fog elimination and windshield wiper.



See it in action and weep:
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AND TAKING THE CAKE: TADA>>>>41.5 miles away!!!!

This is not a peeping tom's dream implement, nor a security camera on Steroids, this is a CINERAMAX 3D 1080p Video Telescope-$100,000 with the windshield wiper option. Neat?
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JP performing surgery on the ADA piece


This adds a 24/96 8 channel aes ebu input (or is it spdif/)on a 25 pin cable.





CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 90



The multichannel digital in is fed from the MSB UMT+ based on the oppo 103, but with a 4,000 power supply and 5 grand master clock upgrade the stack has also a dedicated sister stack for file playback. we don't want a pesky blu-ray inserted in the tray from interfering with the playback of audio files and family pictures .wink.gif

on top of...


In any event the 93 based unit will feed the 103 via hdmi where it will take advantage of the better audio , video and master clock.

But you do not just shove a thirty something stack on a shelf and expect it to perform it's best. To eliminate the potential for distortion from the 10 x 18 inch subs (countem) we use the coolest servo isolation unit designed for atomic telescopes, I firmly believe that the insertion of this device, for a first time in a home cinema rack will have very positive effects trough-out what is becoming a fantastic audio chain. Truly not as crazy as I would hope with MSB front end and ADA or Datasat in between in digital and MSB at the back-end. MSB List Prices.pdf 651k .pdf file




flyer_halcyonics_i4.pdf 219k .pdf file





Curt and Richard please make sure that mod we performed did not take out the 16 channel output configuration I appear to have half the VU meters as I did before.









HERE IS THE TEST RACK : With the "4D at all times components", it actually has 2 D-box Brains one that jumps from audio mode to FX mode based on the crestron command,
it normaly is in audio mode like to listen to TV and internet stations, or rhapsody using UNOTELY this remote login service to the USA,
but the crestron also monitors the field where the mci unt the second d-box unit displays the CODED MOVIE FOUND FIELD, shown on the CINERAMAX SSD remote server, so the second Motion controller is just a barker that triggers an instantaneous egagement of the fabulous D-Box Motion codes, now even doing catalog tittles like from the James Bond collection.

I give you my video titled : Shaken Not Stirred . biggrin.gif:D
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So no matter what video source, 2d Kaleidescape, MSB UMT+ (that should rock) or 100 grand 1080p HD Video Telescope view of the ring it all gets routed to the Teranex 2D to 3D converter a unit the owner of Doremi could not believe how well it worked and gave it his most enthusiastic praise. Anything shot with a video camera looks outstanding, Imax movies, pornos, BBC news and anything generally shot with plain cameras looks outstandingly holographic, 50 % of the blockbuster movies do look great too (A thin Red Line, Return Of The King) others heavily loaded with CG I loose the boundaries sometimes (2012) but what I can tell you is that I feel so comfortable with the Terry that have no problem to make my system "a 4D at all times". Motion or 3D coded yes or no we will force it, and because the polarized system works very specially synergistic-ally with the TERRY and the MOTION it's all good.

Of course there is a 2D mode,just like you could turn the seat vibration off, I promise you it wont be used often, that much I can bet. And it better because for 400,000 more than Skoll I am promising a system twice as good as it, which in turn, because of the microperf and the lack of Torus and the lack of trully hi end budgets in the audio, for the rotary woofers, thediamond woofed speakers and the D'agostino amps, because of those very important features EUROPA will take the cake at 4 times the performance of skoll. smile.gifwink.gif
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THE MATH in them Moons: EUROPA HAS TO BE 2X ALBIORIX & 4x SKOLL.



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More Pics from Day 4.

As of Today casters were not included in shipment of BRK Mid At Racks by omission of local AVAD Distributors.

The 1/4 " IMPERIAL SCALE Carriage Bolts needed to attach the Director's Choice to the custom 6 Legs WERE OMITTED IN Shipment by Vendor.

All the bolts for the screen per se were included, just the ones that attach the OPTIONAL CUSTOM LEGS were not shipped.

Joaquin fed exed replacement bolts but also an obscure batch of 1/4" was copped in some bazaar, tomorrow we shall see some progress, frustration is in the air.



















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Looks Like Grant sent Joaquin in the corporate jet,biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

"Miraculously a box showed up from stewart. It had all the screws and accessories. We have assembled the screen and when crew finishes lunch we will mount the legs.

Then I am aligning projector. 2D only for now. Don't seem to have mounting parts for MasterImage z-screen.

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Wow, that not what I expected to see inside a Cinema Rhapsody. It looks like it's cobbled together with a bunch of OEM sub assemblies. You can clearly pick out the ITX PC. I wonder who's DSP boards those are on the rear left?

This also explains the long lead times and high upfront costs.

I'm not knocking it but I would have expected a more custom engineered product. But then ADA is a small company and this is probably the best route on a low volume product like this.

Again it's probably still a fine product though I never auditioned one.

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What you see in that picture is the trinnov half of the Cinema Reference. The "Rhapsody" half sits below a plate in the lower sub-chassis.

Remember, Trinnov is PC based, and there isn't any custom tooling to make the two chassis one. PCs tend to look a bit of a mess inside anyway.

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Maybe I missed it, but what screen material is being used for this? I see Stewart and microperf mentioned separately through the thread... so something like Ultramatte 130 perf?
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What you see in that picture is the trinnov half of the Cinema Reference. The "Rhapsody" half sits below a plate in the lower sub-chassis.

Remember, Trinnov is PC based, and there isn't any custom tooling to make the two chassis one. PCs tend to look a bit of a mess inside anyway.

Got it.

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Removing the HT context from your post above, I could see a visit from law enforcement on your return home biggrin.gif

I removed my calendar schedule from your post above because it is TMI (mainly for potential burglars planning a visit to the lab in my absence).

However when my client had me give Lenny Kravitz the demo scene from Despicable Me Roller coaster in 4D at Skoll, his comment was : "this is better than an acid trip".

I could see some future Orwellian society taxing and regulating systems capable of so much fun. But at the present time I am safe Rabident.
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Is that field serviceable or do you need to get a replacement from Christie?

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Dear Dan, as far as I know it is a component, a bad dmd ,a formatter board or something no larger than a shoebox. But this is not Barco, which as you know is 100% modular. I will confirm tomorrow once the diagnostics are run. In the meantime sit back and enjoy the pic fest! which commences in 1/2 hour.

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Here are the pics from walk through evening and Day One.

This is the first thing Ray saw.




And this picture is so cool It is a major historical place as this is where the famous cold war era big boss with the huge eyebrows lived every day for 30 years.



They put a plate on the building last March but some human rights groups complained. Oh Well...

I was able to find more trivia on KP 26... I wonder if the McDonnel Douglass Teranex circuitry now used to convert Blu-rays to glorious 3D was used back then to take a look at the same spot but from Space.



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Meanwhile in the lab, remember that JP physically installed the new backpane for the Cinema Reference with the specially fitted Tascam Female 25 pin receptacle?

Well that was a physical connection but that does not electrocially permit it to do squat until you link up to the Trinnov processors, add and configure the inputs.

Using the one rj-45 whhich is dedicated to the Trinnov half of the Cinema Reference Curt called me and had me power up the unit , 90 seconds later he was logged into it.

Here's a summary from Curt:


Ok, good, we have the profiles working for the inputs on the Reference, with all inputs verified:

· ADA direct sources (internal)

· DB25 Digital in (AES/SPDIF)

· Analog Direct – XLR 7.1


System may be physically modified to take advantage of a total of 16 analog input channels available internally.

DB25 Digital Input:

To summarize the DB25, there are 3 formats, none compatable with the other on the cable: Tascam, Yamaha, Dolby.

The Reference/Trinnov uses the most common format, TASCAM AES, found on dubbing stages and pro audio.

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While the voltage in this country reuires either Franch or German Schuck inlets and outlets
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Mike Babb (the highest in demand technician when it comes to DCI), landed with the replacement Light engine, and replacement blue formatter board. My projector problems at ALBIORIX are over. Hallelujah!!!!!!!
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