Columbia College Chicago, an accredited film school, has purchased six JVC U.S.A. DLA-RS35U Reference Series projectors for its screening rooms in an effort to standardize presentation workflow for the instructors, the company says in a written statement.
The college’s Department of Film & Video began technical renovations for its screening rooms during the past summer, and the proliferation of video formats has led to inconsistent interfaces in the rooms, JVC says. However, rather than try and make faculty members “signal flow wizards,” Charles Celander, the department’s manager of technical operations, chose to create a consistent presentation workflow that would be standardized across all the rooms.
Some of the screening rooms had been equipped with JVC’s DLA-G150CL projectors, so Celander was already a fan of D-ILA technology. He said the DLA-RS35U projector was chosen because it provided excellent image quality and ease of use. “It’s a great solution for us in rooms where we’re projecting film and digital video,” he said.
In particular, Celander said the DLA-RS35U’s native contrast ratio of 70,000:1 is an important tool for faculty members who need to assess the quality of student footage. “A cinematographer looking at a raw file wants to see it all – good, bad, or indifferent,” he said.
Celander also said the DLA-RS35U is incredibly quiet (19dB in normal mode), a marked contrast to fan noise issues the school had with older projectors. “We can have the new JVC projectors in the rooms and not have them interfere with the experience,” he said. “They are often quieter than the ambient noise from the air conditioning in the rooms.”
The DLA-RS35U Reference Series D-ILA projector delivers 1920x1080 resolution and 900 ANSI lumens. It also provides two HDMI inputs, as well as component, composite, S-Video, PC, and RS-232 terminals. It supports a variety of video signals – including 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i – as well as PC signals up to WUXGA resolution. For installation flexibility, the DLA-RS35U features motorized horizontal and vertical lens shift, plus a high-performance 2x motorized zoom lens with 16-step aperture.
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