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Barco participates in streaming and laser projection research programs

Nov 21, 2012

In close collaboration with industrial and academic partners, leading digital-cinema company Barco is participating in several research programs funded by the European Union, the Flemish government, and the Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT).

Two of the projects have recently led to successful technology demonstrations. In one project, in which the opportunities of the future Internet are being explored, Barco successfully streamed standard 4K cinema content from a server in one location to a theatre in another location, via a high-bandwidth connection. Barco is also participating in funded research on user acceptance of laser-illuminated projection, in which a test panel has concluded tests on image quality.

“As a digital-cinema technology leader, we continually invest in new technologies that benefit the entire cinema industry and the moviegoing experience—not only by developing our own innovative products and solutions, but also by participating in funded research programs and via strategic partnerships with cross-industry research groups,” said Wim Buyens, senior VP of Barco's Entertainment Division. “Our cinema streaming demo illustrates that—in the cinema of the future—it will be possible to stream cinema content over the Internet from one location to a digital-cinema projector installed remotely. What’s more, our participation in laser research projects is giving us more critical insight into the matter, which will definitely benefit the development of our laser projector.”

To better understand user perception of laser-illuminated projection, Barco engaged in a research project conducted by the iMinds-SMIT research center and the Department of Applied Physics and Photonics (TONA) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). As opposed to earlier laser projection demos, which were conducted with an audience of professionals and cinema owners, this was the first controlled test with actual moviegoers. Set in a real cinema auditorium, the test audience was asked to evaluate the image quality of laser projection via a voting system that included both blind and active testing. The test also included focus-group interviews to capture an in-depth discussion of the quality of the movie experience with laser projection. The results of these tests will support Barco in developing a laser-illuminated projector.

The cinema streaming demo was part of the FI-PPP’s (Future Internet Public-Private Partnership Programme) FI-CONTENT research project on use cases for the future Internet. In close collaboration with research partners from the telecom and networking sectors, Barco designed this technology showcase, which was funded by the European Union. Barco streamed 4K cinema content from a cinema server in Ghent, Belgium, to a Barco d-cinema projector installed at a theater in Kortrijk, Belgium. Using the existing network infrastructure between the two remote locations and inside the theatre, a sufficient quality of service was achieved to stream and project the Digital Cinema Package complying with industry specifications.

Compared to existing content-delivery methods—such as hard disk or satellite connection—streaming over the future high-bandwidth Internet opens up ample possibilities for all players in the cinema industry. For cinema exhibitors using satellite receivers today, building permits and complex installations would no longer be necessary. What’s more, centralized content scheduling, programming and streaming from one location in the cinema chain would also be possible. As it would enable them to centralize content storage and playback, studios and distributors could benefit from the future high-bandwidth Internet as well. They could also set up an online library of back-catalog movie classics that could easily be consulted and programmed by theatre owners.


Barco participates in streaming and laser projection research programs

Nov 21, 2012

In close collaboration with industrial and academic partners, leading digital-cinema company Barco is participating in several research programs funded by the European Union, the Flemish government, and the Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT).

Two of the projects have recently led to successful technology demonstrations. In one project, in which the opportunities of the future Internet are being explored, Barco successfully streamed standard 4K cinema content from a server in one location to a theatre in another location, via a high-bandwidth connection. Barco is also participating in funded research on user acceptance of laser-illuminated projection, in which a test panel has concluded tests on image quality.

“As a digital-cinema technology leader, we continually invest in new technologies that benefit the entire cinema industry and the moviegoing experience—not only by developing our own innovative products and solutions, but also by participating in funded research programs and via strategic partnerships with cross-industry research groups,” said Wim Buyens, senior VP of Barco's Entertainment Division. “Our cinema streaming demo illustrates that—in the cinema of the future—it will be possible to stream cinema content over the Internet from one location to a digital-cinema projector installed remotely. What’s more, our participation in laser research projects is giving us more critical insight into the matter, which will definitely benefit the development of our laser projector.”

To better understand user perception of laser-illuminated projection, Barco engaged in a research project conducted by the iMinds-SMIT research center and the Department of Applied Physics and Photonics (TONA) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). As opposed to earlier laser projection demos, which were conducted with an audience of professionals and cinema owners, this was the first controlled test with actual moviegoers. Set in a real cinema auditorium, the test audience was asked to evaluate the image quality of laser projection via a voting system that included both blind and active testing. The test also included focus-group interviews to capture an in-depth discussion of the quality of the movie experience with laser projection. The results of these tests will support Barco in developing a laser-illuminated projector.

The cinema streaming demo was part of the FI-PPP’s (Future Internet Public-Private Partnership Programme) FI-CONTENT research project on use cases for the future Internet. In close collaboration with research partners from the telecom and networking sectors, Barco designed this technology showcase, which was funded by the European Union. Barco streamed 4K cinema content from a cinema server in Ghent, Belgium, to a Barco d-cinema projector installed at a theater in Kortrijk, Belgium. Using the existing network infrastructure between the two remote locations and inside the theatre, a sufficient quality of service was achieved to stream and project the Digital Cinema Package complying with industry specifications.

Compared to existing content-delivery methods—such as hard disk or satellite connection—streaming over the future high-bandwidth Internet opens up ample possibilities for all players in the cinema industry. For cinema exhibitors using satellite receivers today, building permits and complex installations would no longer be necessary. What’s more, centralized content scheduling, programming and streaming from one location in the cinema chain would also be possible. As it would enable them to centralize content storage and playback, studios and distributors could benefit from the future high-bandwidth Internet as well. They could also set up an online library of back-catalog movie classics that could easily be consulted and programmed by theatre owners.

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