Barco launches 4K laser projector at CinemaCon


March 24, 2014

Las Vegas—Barco, Guinness World Record holder for the brightest digital cinema projector, will introduction its first commercially available 6P laser-illuminated projector at CinemaCon.

The Barco laser projector is not only the most compact 60,000-lumen projector available, it is also the first DCI-compliant one capable of showing 4K content at 60 fps and 3D movies in full 4K resolution.

Long-time Barco customer Cinemark has announced it will be the first exhibitor to install the Barco laser projector in North America. Barco plans to place its new laser projectors in the U.S. and China during Q2 2014 and throughout the rest of the world in Q4.

“We were the first to demo a high-brightness laser projector in January 2011 and again at the Moody Gardens Digital Cinema Symposium in January 2012,” said Todd Hoddick, VP digital cinema, Barco. “Since then, we have been pushing the envelope to perfect our laser projection technology and build a fully integrated solution.”

The Barco laser projector is unique in its ability to minimize speckle, even on silver screens, eliminating the need for a mechanical screen-vibrating system to achieve the desired image quality. The laser projector can replace a dual-stacked setup of xenon-based digital cinema projectors and still offer double 3D brightness in Color3D, while reducing energy levels by 40%.

“Delivering an outstanding 14 fL brightness level in 3D, nearly no crosstalk, exceptional image quality and color performance, we believe laser projectors, paired with the Dolby 3D color separation system, will wow audiences with a 3D experience like they’ve never seen before,” said Doug Darrow, senior VP, cinema, Dolby Laboratories. “The combination of the Dolby 3D color-separation technology and custom-designed Dolby 3D glasses matches the six primary laser light wavelengths of the Barco Laser3D system to enable a truly immersive viewing experience.”

As part of the CinemaBarco experience, Barco will be demonstrating its laser-illuminated projector showing 4K content at 60 fps and 3D content at 48 fps during multiple sessions from Tuesday, 25 March 25, through Thursday March 27, at the Cinemark Century 16 South Point and XD theater in Las Vegas. 
Barco products are on display at booth 2313A at the CinemaCon trade show in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.