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Barco releases ‘light-on-demand’ projectors for rental and staging



Barco have added three heavy-duty and high-definition three-chip DLP projectors to its rental portfolio. The brand-new HDF-W22 offers 22,000 lumens light output, the HDF-W26 clocks in at 26,000 lumens and the HDQ-2K40 generates no less than 40,000 lumens. What’s more, Barco’s previously released HDX-W18, HDF-W26 and HDQ-2K40 projectors will be available with a unique adjustable brightness feature later this year. Thanks to this ‘light-on-demand’ technology, rental partners have full flexibility to tune the light output of their projector to the specific needs of their customer’s event.

“By adding three new members to our rental projector fleet, we now cover the entire spectrum of large venue projectors, ranging from 10,000 to 40,000 lumens light output,” says Wim Buyens, Senior Vice President of Barco’s Entertainment division. “So, we can meet virtually any customer requirement in the highly demanding rental and staging industry. What’s more, thanks to our unique light-on-demand technology, rental companies can standardize their fleet on a few projector models, tune the light output to the requirements of the event and limit the running cost of their projector fleet.”

Thanks to the innovative light-on-demand technology, rental companies will only need three projector models to generate any brightness level from 10,000 lumens right up to 40,000 lumens. In this way, they have full flexibility to tune an event to their customers’ needs with the smallest possible rental fleet. Barco rental partners can maximize both client satisfaction and return on investment. When programmed to output lower light levels, the lamp will, of course, have a longer lifetime.

The heavy-duty HDF and HDQ projectors are built for the live event industry and have been designed with the road in mind. Thanks to their rugged metal chassis, extended wireless control features, built-in image processing technology, preview mode and Xenon lamp, these high-brightness projectors are perfect for large venues and events.

The projectors equipped with the light-ondemand technology can be programmed for a specific light output using Barco’s Projector Toolset software or by entering a specific code in the user menu on the projector. When combined with the optional GSM module, users can adjust the light output remotely by simply sending a text message (SMS) with the code to the projector.

Like the HDX projector family, the new HDF and HDQ projectors are equipped with on-board image processing technology that’s based on Barco’s renowned ImagePRO signal processor with Athena scaler, offering high-quality and flexible scaling capabilities. A reference in the events market, the state-of-the-art image processing technology boosts creativity and decreases the time it takes to get sources on screen the way users want. All of Barco’s HD rental projectors – including the HDX, HDF and HDQ families – are equipped with Xenon lamps and a high-contrast optical engine that

guarantee vivid colors and present audiences with crisp, stunning images on every occasion. The HDF-W22 and HDF-W26 come with a WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution, while the ultra-bright HDQ-2K40 offers a 2K (2048x1080) resolution. The projectors are controlled via a user-friendly, built-in colour LCD screen with a preview mode – or, users can easily control their projector via a smart phone or tablet computer. And, thanks to the straightforward user interface, they can be set up in no time. The HDF projectors will be commercially available as of Q3 2012, while the HDQ will be available as of Q4 2012. The Barco light-ondemand technology will be available through a simple firmware upgrade as of Q4 2012.


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