Christie® technology was the clear choice when Atlanta-based PPi was asked to provide the projection technology for the 5LINX company sales meeting at the Las Vegas Convention Center recently. 5LINX is a direct marketing company providing electrical, power, cellular and satellite services to customers throughout America with its head office located in Rochester, New York.
PPi produces corporate events and for the 5LINX meeting, they used the best ideas from award and reality shows – especially American Idol – and combined them. The 64-feet wide by 40-feet deep multi-tiered stage was bathed in colors from numerous spotlights, a Christie YK100 moving yoke system, and several Christie projectors – creating a feast for the eyes.
Geoffrey Platt, event production designer at PPi, used one Christie YK100 yoke with a Christie WX10K-M projectorand was impressed with the result.
“One of the main elements of the show was an opening segment with lighting and pyrotechnics shown behind a center screen measuring 23-feet across by 11-feet high that tracked eight feet up-and-down, from which presenters would emerge,” he said. “The Christie YK100 and projector were tracking to this center screen, which is why we used the yoke solution. The quality of the WX10K-M projector we used in the yoke was great.”
Designed for staging and event productions, the award-winning Christie YK100 supports the Christie M Series 3-chip DLP® platform as well as the Christie LX1500 LCD model, giving AV professionals a range of brightness levels from 5,700 to 15,000 ANSI lumens and a choice of resolutions to fit any event requirements. The flexible Christie YK100 moving yoke includes an interchangeable head system so technicians can swap out one Christie projector for another— on the same yoke. The Christie YK100 can be rigged or set up at floor level with both projector and yoke control from the same console using DMX512 protocol.
“There are some similar moving projection products on the market but they don’t even come close to the quality of the Christie YK100,” he said. “For what we were doing, I couldn’t conceive of a better fit. This was the first time I had used the Christie YK100 and the yoke performed beautifully.”
Christie HD10K-M and Christie HD18K Projectors Complete the Presentation
Platt said that 5LINX used Christie HD10K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors for both a secondary screen and the ‘halos,’ which were tension fabric cut in rings eight feet across that hung 20 feet above the stage. Projected onto the halos were graphic treatments above customized 5LINX logos.
PPi also used four Christie HD18K 3-chip DLP® projectors – one each for four separate, main screens – to display graphics, PowerPoint, video and IMAG.
Planning and executing such an elaborate show is a major undertaking but Platt knew Christie technology would perform as advertised.
“I have never had any problems with Christie projectors and they have always been rock solid,” he concluded. “We had no issues at all. I love the color, contrast and picture quality and everything worked flawlessly out of the box. Christie also has the moving yoke/projector system, which is a big plus and made the decision that much easier. Christie had everything we needed to ensure this event went smoothly.”