19 Jan 2015

Barco’s “Laser Guy” Bill Beck extolls the virtues of digital cinema laser

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Laser projection is the future of digital cinema, and if you ask Bill Beck – Barco’s very own “Laser Guy” – the future is now! Beck explains the advantages of laser- versus lamp-based movie projection and how 6-color RGB laser primaries create better 3D movie experiences in a recent blog edition of The Beat by PremiumBeat.com. Barco’s single laser projector 6P system has been designed to address some of the challenges relating to white point, brightness and color gamut for each “eye”. Its DP4K-60L projector has been built on a very flexible, versatile laser projection platform for cinema exhibitors, and soon, non-cinema applications, offering premium image quality and very low operating costs.
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15 Jan 2015

Barco’s “Laser Guy” Bill Beck discusses laser projection standards in The Economist

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The Economist took on the topic of digital cinema laser projection in their Technology Quarterly last month, and Barco’s “Laser Guy” Bill Beck addressed the ongoing issue of standards. While the benefits of laser projection are well understood from a movie quality perspective – brighter 2D and especially 3D, more natural color and contrast, and ultra-realistic (fast!) frame rates and higher resolution, the economic reality for many exhibitors and studios is a bit more complicated. “Until Hollywood says what the color gamut, the frame rate and the dynamic range are going to be, and then supports that with production versions of their movies, it’s just going to be technology testing.”
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04 Dec 2014

Barco DP4K-60L: the world’s first integrated RGB Laser Cinema projector to achieve DCI CTP-1.2 level compliance

We are pleased to announce that Barco’s new DP4K-60L is the world’s first integrated RGB laser-illuminated projector that fully complies with the new DCI testing level (CTP-1.2) – confirmed by tests administered by the Aegisolve Cyber Security Laboratories.
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12 Nov 2014

Barco discusses laser projection in Electro Optics magazine

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Electro Optics is Europe's leading magazine for engineers involved in the photonics business, technology and applications. In one of their feature stories for the November issue, the magazine covers how lasers are improving the viewing experience for cinemagoers. For this article, Goran Stojmenovik, our Product Manager for laser projection, shared his view on the technology and how we've integrated laser illumination in our cinema projectors.
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27 Oct 2014

Barco leads industry in digital cinema laser projection

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Laser projection is here, and Barco is the clear frontrunner in installations across the globe. Several top theater chains in the United States, China, Latin America and Europe are embracing Barco laser projectors to deliver an unparalleled moviegoing experience that elevates the immersive realism of motion pictures like never before.
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20 Oct 2014

Watch the video interview with laser guy Bill Beck

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Earlier this month, we organized the Barco laser days at our customer center in Kuurne, Belgium. Needless to say that our laser guy Bill Beck played an essential role in this successful event. We had the chance to get Beck in front of our camera and answer some questions on laser technology. Watch the video below to discover what’s truly unique about the Barco laser-illuminated cinema projector and what the benefits are of laser projection technology for both exhibitors and moviegoers. The laser guy also elaborates on our plans with this revolutionary technology.
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03 Oct 2014

'Laser Guy' to enlighten SMPTE on 7 and 23 October

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Do you remember Bill Beck, the ‘Laser Guy’ who joined Barco in June? Turns out the man is, in fact, a bundle of energy. Apart from supporting our Digital Cinema business units, R&D departments and sales teams, he also takes time to share his expertise and experience in laser technology with the masses. Grab your chance to get inspired on 7 October, when Bill visits the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMTPE) for their Emerging Technology Webcast, or meet our laser hero in person on 23 October, at SMPTE’s 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition.
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26 Sep 2014

Barco’s laser projector wins Lumière™ Award from the International 3D Society!

These are really fascinating times for our digital cinema team! While everyone was excited to shoot the show of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga in our new Barco Escape movie format, five US theaters premiered with Fox’s release of ‘The Maze Runner’ on a Barco Escape installation, just last week. And then on Wednesday, our 4K laser-illuminated projector won a ‘Technology and New Product’ Award from the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society – a welcome recognition for many years of hard work!
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12 Sep 2014

Among the winners, once again, at the BIRTV2014 awards

Barco’s latest 6P 4K laser projector has won an award at the 2014 Beijing International Radio, TV & Film Equipment Exhibition (BIRTV). Being one of the most prestigious in the digital cinema industry, this award underlines Barco’s advanced laser technology and the strength of the company’s R&D accomplishments.
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11 Sep 2014

Barco digital cinema team explores next-generation technologies at IBC

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What’s in store for the future of digital cinema, and is the market ready for these exciting new developments? Bill Beck “The Laser Guy” shares Barco’s insights on the latest trends, technologies and opportunities at the “EDCF Global D-Cinema Update” at IBC 2014 on 14 September, 2014 in RAI Amsterdam. He joins an esteemed group of cinema luminaries who, together, will answer important questions on the industry’s most pressing issues, from screen brightness, to electronic delivery, to how IT systems are changing the way cinemas operate. On September 15, Brian Claypool, Senior Director Strategic Business Development will speak on “Immersive Audio – From the Big Screen to the Small Screen” and Jan Daem, Product Validation Engineer will provide an update on LIPA’s regulatory progress during the “Laser Projectors Part 1: Seeing is Believing” session at the event.
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