COVID 19 NEWS – Equipment Mothballing and Maintenance

Digital Cinema Equipment Storage Recommendations for Maintenance

Digital cinema equipment (projectors, servers, and media blocks) are designed with the expectation that they will be powered up and in use as they would be in a typical movie theater, i.e. for around 10 to 12 hours a day, seven days a week.

In situations when this is not the case, or if a theater is closed for a prolonged period, attention must be paid to some maintenance issues, to ensure that the equipment will work without faults when it is needed again.

This maintenance essentially falls into three categories: 

  • Mitigating the effects of temperature and humidity when equipment is stored with no HVAC running,
  • Mitigating the effects of a prolonged shutdown on liquid cooling systems,
  • Preventing the batteries that maintain security certificates in DCI-compliant components from discharging completely.

Shutdown Procedures 

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Visionary Solutions Meets the Challenges at Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown L.A.

Los Angeles, CA—February 2020… Much more than a cinema multiplex, Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas are a movie fanatic’s movie theater, including the latest digital technology, as well as 35 mm film. It’s a great place to go for a special evening, with dinner from Alamo Drafthouse’s excellent menu; a large selection of local and national beers, as well as wine and mixed drinks; attractive décor; and of course a wide variety of movies.

Digital cinema systems integrator, distributor, and equipment manufacturer Moving iMage Technologies ( designs and installs the cinema and AV systems for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, including one of the chain’s newest facilities at downtown Los Angeles’ The Bloc open-air urban center on 7th Street. Installing a new theater in an old building presented special challenges, which the team at Moving iMage Technologies met in part with Visionary Solutions video networking technology.

“Alamo Drafthouse’s The Bloc location has 12 auditoriums crammed into an existing space,” recounts Moving iMage Vice President of Technical Sales Support Frank Tees. “We had a fixed ceiling height with fixed column spacing, and because we were using the majority of that ceiling height for the auditoriums, most of the utilities and networking and other equipment had to go in the corridor. That meant as much as possible had to be networked, so it could be remotely managed. Also, because of the high-profile nature of the venue, we needed a robust HDMI switching solution.”

That was just part of the challenge, though. “This was a first in that Alamo expressed the desire to put an AV solution in every auditorium,” Tees expounds. “We typically just equip three or four auditoriums with AV capability, but Alamo has high expectations for this location—and it looks like it is going to live up to them.”

To provide AV capabilities, as well as the required networking and remote control, Tees and the Moving iMage team designed and installed an AV network based on Visionary Solutions E4100 encoders and D4100 decoders, managed by QSC Q-SYS Core 510c processors. “Point-to-point HDBaseT was going to be a bit of a challenge in this location,” Tees notes, “and the routers for matrixing HDBaseT are pretty expensive and obviously purpose built. They weren’t quite flexible enough for what I wanted to do. I felt that an HDMI over IP solution was something that we needed to consider, so I did some research and came across Visionary Solutions. I noted that they were already compatible with Q-SYS which was important because we were already committed to using Q-SYS.”

Part of Visionary Solutions’ PacketAV family of products, E4100 encoders and D4100 decoders deliver cinema quality, 4K UHD-over-IP video networking with ultra-low latency and can be powered over Ethernet (PoE) or with an optional DC power supply. The E4100 encoder connects to an AV source via HDMI and converts the signal to a packetized network stream that’s compatible with off-the-shelf, IGMP enabled, Gigabit Ethernet switches. The D4100 decoder converts the IP packets back to an HDMI signal connecting to a display for visually lossless video, along with RS232 controls.

At the Alamo Drafthouse in downtown Los Angeles, Moving iMage equipped each of the 12 auditoriums with a Visionary Solutions E4100 encoder at front-of-house, a second E4100 to accept the output of a BluRay player, and a third E4100 behind the display screen. “People can come in, plug in their laptop, and do PowerPoint and video presentations onscreen in any room or send to multiple rooms,” reports Tees. “We’re using Visionary Solutions for the distribution of video and audio that’s embedded in the video. We’re also using Q-SYS to distribute microphone signals from room to room, giving people the ability to do presentations to multiple rooms at once.” A Visionary Solutions D4100 decoder in each auditorium feeds the room’s 4K Barco Laser Cinema Projector. Yet another E4100 encoder and D4100 decoder is installed in the bar.

“The Visionary Solutions endpoints’ integration with Q-SYS was very important, and we liked their functionality and capability,” Tees avers. “We were able to ascertain the necessary programming based on Visionary’s available documentation, with very little need to contact the company, although they were very helpful when we did contact them. I have quite a few geniuses on my staff, and they were able to get the AV network going quickly and easily.”

One QSC Core 510c processor manages 10 of the auditoriums, while a second Core 510c manages the other two, with the processors integrated into a single network so audio and video can be routed from any space to any space, or combination of spaces, on the network. “We used two processors because we were reaching the limit of the Core 510c’s channel count, with cinema channels, microphone channels, multicasting, and all sorts of stuff, as well as the Visionary Solutions encoders’ HDMI inputs,” Tees explains. A backup pair of Core 510c processors provides redundancy. Audio is streamed to QSC DPA-Q Series amplifiers, which drive QSC DCS Series loudspeakers in each auditorium. Moving iMage installed all new CAT cable for each section of the network, with fiber trunk between network regions.

“To my knowledge, this is the first use of a video-over-IP distribution network for non-cinema presentations in a cinema auditorium,” Tees asserts. “It also was the first time we’ve done a project with Visionary Solutions—but it’s not the last. We are currently expanding an Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn, New York, and the new auditoriums will all have Visionary Solutions equipment. We will likely expand into the original theater space with Visionary Solutions equipment as well. We really like the Visionary Solutions equipment’s capabilities and Q-SYS integration, and it certainly fits within our budget. The most important thing is, it’s working great.”

“One of my primary goals at Alamo is to make all of our locations as versatile as possible in regards to the type of content we can show and the special events we can present,” comments Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas Senior Director of Presentation Mark Louis. “In addition, we need the capability to distribute the AV not only between auditoriums but between venues as well. The Visionary Solutions system with Q-SYS integration that Moving iMage Technologies has provided for us at our downtown L.A. location, has exceeded my expectations and provided a model for not only our future venues but a retrofit plan for our existing venues as well.”


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Moving iMage Technologies Announces The Second U.S. Installation of Samsung’s The Wall Luxury

Moving iMage Technologies (MIT), a leading manufacturer, distributor, and integrator in the cinema exhibition industry, announces along with Samsung, the second installation of The Wall Luxury in the US. The installation was completed in a home theater in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Previously, MIT installed the first commercial Samsung Onyx Direct View LED Cinema Screen in the U.S. for both Star Cinema Grill in Richmond, Texas, and at Pacific Theatres Winnetka in Chatsworth, CA.

The Owner of the home in Rancho Santa Fe shared, “Samsung and MiT did an outstanding job installing the The Wall Luxury on schedule and performed all the critical tasks in a professional manner. I am very proud to have teamed up with Samsung and MiT to own the second Wall Luxury system in the Western Hemisphere. With UHD resolution and a screen size of 10.6 ft wide and 6 ft high, the picture and images are simply gorgeous!”

Bevan Wright, Executive Vice President, Operations at MIT stated, “It was a great experience working with Samsung to install Samsung’s The Wall Luxury.”

Samsung recently introduced the The Wall Luxury, its luxury version of The Wall, the ground-breaking MicroLED, large-format modular display. Ideal for even the brightest areas of the luxury residential space, The Wall Luxury is configurable and customizable to a variety of sizes and ratios from 73” in 2K definition, to 292” in 8K definition. With a depth less than 30mm, the slim, bezel-less infinity design along with customizable décor frames allows the display to blend seamlessly into its surroundings, ensuring no disruption to the desired ambience of its environment.

The Wall Luxury offers a new user interface and experience. Based on research into the lifestyles of target consumers and their preferences, the new luxury model goes beyond just image quality and provides a personalized user experience. A customizable décor frame enhances the display and ensures it fits any luxury space. Thanks to the 100,000-hour lifetime of its self-emitting diodes, The Wall Luxury can be set to never turn off, and to change into a digital canvas best matching the owner`s interior needs and personal mood. When the screen is not used, the Ambient Mode can display a variety of curated art from paintings, photographs and video art to customizable pictures with digital frames – that best suit the homeowner’s tastes.

The Wall Luxury is also equipped with the AI picture quality engine, Quantum Processor Flex. This delivers optimized picture quality scene-by-scene, regardless of the original source format. Quantum Processor Flex is a machine learning-based picture quality engine that analyzes millions of image data to automatically calibrate the original low resolution according to the modular screen resolution.

Whether viewing a classic movie, an anticipated sporting event or the latest console game, AI upscaling, Quantum HDR technology peak brightness of 2,000 nits and 120Hz video rate provide a rich and superior visual experience that is second-to-none.

“MiT continues to raise the bar when it comes to their professionalism and perseverance in making this installation happen,” said Michael Bennett, Business Development Senior Manager, Samsung Electronics America. “Their team was involved in the process since the very first meeting with the owner and played a pivotal role in bringing this sale to a close.”

About Moving Image Technologies (MiT)

Moving Image Technologies (MiT) is a manufacturer and integrator of purpose built technology and equipment to support a wide variety of entertainment applications with a focus on motion picture exhibition. MiT offers a wide range of products and services such as custom engineering, systems design, integration and installation, enterprise software solution, digital cinema, A/V integration as well as customized solutions for emerging entertainment technology. MIT’s Rydt Entertainment Systems Division provides turnkey FFE solutions for new construction and remodels to include procurement, design, consulting, installation and project management. Based in Fountain Valley California, our 28,000 sq ft facility is home to our corporate offices, engineering, manufacturing, distribution, integration as well as service and support divisions. Our primary manufacturing and warehouse location is augmented by a global network of service partners & OEM manufacturers.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovative leader in consumer electronics, mobile devices and enterprise solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA is pushing beyond the limits of today’s technology and providing consumers and organizations with a portfolio of groundbreaking products in appliances, home entertainment, Internet of Things, mobile computing, smartphones, virtual reality, wireless infrastructure and wearables, in addition to offering leading content and services related to mobile payments, 360-degree VR video, customer support and more. Samsung is a pioneering leader in smartphones and HDTVs in the U.S. and one of America’s fastest growing home appliance brands. To discover more about Samsung, please visit For the latest Samsung news, please visit and follow us @SamsungNewsUS.

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SAN DIEGO, California, November 19, 2019:  Branded Seats® has selected Caddy Products, A Moving Image Technologies Company as the exclusive US distributor of their patented in-seat advertising products. Branded Seats® offers a full line of cup holders and seat marketing solutions for teams, venues and corporate partners. These patented products generate revenue opportunities and create unique branding impressions in advertising areas that are closest to fans.

With the announcement of the Branded Seats® distribution agreement, Caddy Products will be able to expand their current offering within the sports and entertainment markets with the introduction of updatable / interchangeable advertising and branding. This is a game changer for Teams, Venues and Sponsors that would like to update their advertising message from game to game or year to year. The Branded Seats® patented advertising method allows for easy, quick and consistent advertising updates.

According to Shad Bruce, Branded Seats® President, “The decision to distribute with Caddy Products was an easy one, they have successfully serviced our industry for three decades and have established a reputation that clients trust. Our products are a perfect extension to their existing line. Most importantly, the Branded Seats® mission is to continue to lead the way with creative innovation and technology integration within the Sports and Entertainment markets.”

Branded Seats® just launched their revolutionary new cup holder with the installation of over 60,000 units at Heinz Field for the Steelers. The installation provided a new, refreshed look for Heinz Field while incorporating the following patented Branded Seats® features:

·        A mounting bracket that includes an adjustable tilt to hold the cupholder / beverage more vertical

·        Larger size cup holder to hold souvenir cups (ie: Mason jar pictured)

·        Two branding opportunities: SnapGraphic insert + Heinz Field 3D logo

·        Updatable SnapGraphic advertising insert

The distribution agreement will allow Caddy Products to take advantage of this momentum and reach new stadiums currently under development and construction. There is also the ability to retrofit hundreds of thousands of existing cup holders. “We are very excited to add the Branded Seats product line to our existing market leading offering. We believe it will be a great opportunity for our current arena and stadium customer base as well as creating more touch points and products to our reseller and OEM partners” says Jim Winebarger, Director Caddy Products.

Branded Seats® is the designer, manufacturer and single source provider for premium stadium marketing to venues throughout the world. Our patented solutions will generate new revenue opportunities for franchises and venues while creating unique branding impressions for corporate partners. Branded Seats™ is proud to design and manufacture all products in the United States of America!

Caddy Products, Since 1989, Caddy Products has proven itself as a great partner within the cinema, sports, grocery, performing arts, worship and retail industries. Their products have been utilized in over 270,000 facilities throughout more than 91 countries worldwide.

CONTACT: Sandy Bruce Co-Founder Branded Seats® (619) 200-2340 /

Video – Branded Seats Cupholder at Heinz Field


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