Harkness Screens debuts new version of Digital Screen Modeller


Harkness Screens has released version 4.0 of its innovative 3D real-time simulation tool, the Digital Screen Modeller.

Available as a free download on the iOS and Android platform as well as via the Harkness website, the Digital Screen Modeller is a 3D simulation tool that allows architects, engineers and exhibitors to visualize and optimize digital-cinema scenarios in a virtual environment.

“With an install base of over 1,500 in just over 14 months, the Digital Screen Modeller has quickly established itself as the leading industry tool for accurately simulating onscreen brightness levels in cinema,” says Richard Mitchell, head of global marketing at Harkness Screens. “The latest release brings a greater depth of clarity and visual understanding to issues that affect onscreen viewing performance.”

At the backbone of the release are two new simulation tools for optimization. The Visual Performance Indicator highlights all seats within the auditorium that fall within an acceptable tolerance (50%+) of peak center-screen brightness and displays these seats visually in a seat map. The Lamp Life Simulator allows users to simulate visually the effect of lamp-life degradation and projection features such as light-lock to show brightness levels throughout the life of a lamp.

“In the case of the Visual Performance Indicator,” Mitchell explains, “it highlights clearly the impact various design elements such as auditorium width, throw distance, seating rake and screen specification have on presentation quality. The new tool enables exhibitors to focus on improving the viewing experience throughout the auditorium, which in turn can have a positive effect on increasing customer satisfaction and boosting box-office revenue, either from increased occupancy rates or through premium seating.”

Version 4.0 also includes other user-requested modifications such as more flexible seating options and new manufacturer content including MasterImage’s Mi-Horizon3D and Mi-Horizon3DS systems, updated lamp data and a number of performance improvements.

The Digital Screen Modeller is one part of Harkness’ suite of screen lifecycle management apps which also include the Digital Screen Calculator and Digital Screen Archiver. To date, the Harkness app suite has achieved over 3,500 downloads since its launch at CinemaCon 2013.

For more information on the Harkness Suite of apps, visit www.harkness-screens.com.