Hollywood-based post house Light Iron hosted an open house at its new N.Y. facility at 580 Broadway last night to show off its new 4K DI suite, which is built around a Christie Solaria Series digital cinema projector.
“Ours is the only post facility designed for 4K from the ground up,” said Michael Cioni, CEO, Light Iron. “While working with 4K files is becoming common, viewing pixel-for-pixel results is not. The Christie CP4230 expands Light Iron’s creative freedom by enabling real-time 4K monitoring in a calibrated DCI space. Since that’s where the cinema is headed, that’s where Light Iron needs to be.”
In January, Light Iron acquired of OFFHOLLYWOOD’s post operations, located in the Soho district of Manhattan, and began to upgrade the DI suite for 4K.
Light Iron’s New York screening room has a 35-foot throw and a Microperf screen 16 feet wide by 9 feet. The 4K content is played out of a Quantel Pablo Rio with AJA Corvid Ultra video card, while 4K content is fed via a quad 3G-SDI connection.
“We’ve used other manufacturer’s 4K projectors when 4K projectors first hit the streets, but the fact of the matter is it’s more important to be the best at something than the first,” said Cioni. “With its reliable and proven name, it was an easy decision to make Christie the standard for our screening rooms in both Los Angeles and New York City, with Christie Solaria 2K and 4K projectors in operation at both locations, including a Christie Solaria CP4230, which will be highlighted at the official unveiling of our new facility in New York City tonight.”
Christie Solaria Series digital cinema projectors offer rich, saturated color, high brightness and sharp 4K resolution. Two slots are standard on the Solaria 4K projectors, so users do not have to swap input cards when switching between uncompressed 4K and packaged DCP content.
“Christie’s all-in-one design allows us to view 4K content without an external cinema server,” explained Cioni. “This allows us to stream uncompressed 4K content from our DI color systems directly to Christie projectors in our L.A. and New York facilities. This makes the integration of 4K into our technical pipeline nearly identical to our 2K pipeline, and that’s one of the reasons it’s the best projection solution on the market.”