Barco launches 'Barco Alchemy' digital upgrade

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Barco is introducing an update for its digital-cinema projector families. Named “Barco Alchemy,” this new generation of integrated and future-proof projectors combines media server functionalities with cinema processing electronics to further increase reliability and ease of use in the projection booth. The Barco Alchemy technology is fully compatible with all new and installed Series 2 Barco projectors.

The 4K Barco Alchemy projectors are the first to show 4K movies at 60 frames per second and 4K 3D content on a single projector. Thanks to the projectors’ modularity, customers who already own a Barco Series 2 projector can easily upgrade it to benefit from the Barco Alchemy technology. To offer exhibitors the widest choice, Barco will continue to support the integration of GDC and Doremi media servers into its projectors as well. All Barco 4K projectors will be capable of 4K 3D and 4K at 60 fps when the Barco Alchemy technology is added. The current Barco S-, C- and B-series with integrated Barco Alchemy technology will be readily available as of Q2 2014.

“We’ve delivered on the promise of modular and future-proof solutions with many benefits for our customers over the years. The introduction of the Barco Alchemy technology continues to deliver on this promise,” commented Todd Hoddick, VP, digital cinema, at Barco.

The Barco Alchemy projectors combine the functionalities of an integrated cinema processor (ICP) and a media server into a single projector module. The required hardware is reduced to bring more simplicity and reliability into the projection booth. To minimize the risk of mishaps, the Barco Alchemy projectors have been designed to detect potential operational errors and alert users if, for instance, a scheduled show is missing assets or KDMs. What’s more, the onboard media server allows for integrated storage and fast content ingest.

Projectionists can now enjoy an intuitive user interface that seamlessly blends projector control with a full-fledged screen management system. Named “Barco Web Commander,” this interface is readily available on the projector without any additional software installation. It is accessed via a web browser and is also fully supported on iOS and Android tablets thanks to the free “Barco CineMate” iOS and Android app.

Visit Barco’s booth #2313A at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas March 25-27.