Thea Awards Recipients

Thea Awards 2020

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement - Technical Innovation

Christie® Eclipse 4K RGB Pure Laser Projector

The first public use of the Christie® Eclipse true HDR RGB pure laser projector, after five years in development, was in a permanent installation at the prestigious Hayden Planetarium in New York City. It premiered in July 2019, combining six custom units to project a unified image onto the planetarium’s 87-foot diameter dome. Christie Eclipse provides an unparalleled visual experience. This fully packaged and integrated projector is a true step into the future of projection, delivering a highly saturated color range for ultra-realistic, immersive experiences, combining true HDR performance with an expansive color gamut approaching the full Rec. 2020/Rec. 2100 color space.

Audiences are immersed in a degree of detail and depth of color never before possible in any pro AV projection system, with a previously unimaginable 20,000,000:1 contrast ratio. “Video black” has become true black. In addition, this unique projector offers full compatibility with an array of standard 4K projector lenses. It also makes use of Christie TruLife™ electronics, which deliver powrful video processing that supports high frame rate video of 120 frames per second at 4K for detail-rich visuals and 3D processing. The electronics are combined with astable and reliable RGB laser light source that provides 30,000 hours of optimal brightness performance to 80% brightness and up to 26,000 lumens.

This projector was developed by a Christie R&D group focused on projection advancement targeting the specific needs of the themed entertainment industry. The Thea Awards Committee commends this group for its specific contribution and continuing interest to support the industry with uniquely relevant technologies.

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