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Harkness launches Digital Screen Checker luminance meter at ShowEast 2011

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SHOWEAST (STAND 518) HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA, — Harkness Screens, leading manufacturer of projection screens for cinema and events applications globally, launched the Digital Screen Checker, a brand new version of its existing luminance meter, on 24 October at ShowEast 2011.

The new Digital Screen Checker is a low-cost hand-held digital cinema device for accurately measuring screen brightness, expressed in foot lamberts. Harkness promotes it as an ideal tool for projection managers / projectionists or service engineers to monitor screen brightness and lamp life, the Digital Screen Checker helps exhibitors to ensure that their presentations remain at optimum levels and ensure DCI-compliancy.

“Modern Theatre Management Systems are capable of providing a lot of information about the projector, but they cannot determine the screen brightness,” explains David Harrison, Technical Director at Harkness Screens. “The industry is more than aware of Xenon lamp light output degradation and the Digital Screen Checker is a very simple way of confirming this. If an existing screen is not performing to the desired brightness levels, exhibitors are left with several options: to replace the lamp with a new one, to increase the lamp size to a more powerful one or to replace the screen with one which has a higher gain level. ‘Gain’ screens are formulated to direct more light back to the audience.”

The battery powered Digital Screen Checker provides instant readings for both 2D and 3D screens and is calibrated to be accurate even in the lower ranges used in 3D projection. The foot lambert reading is shown on an LED digital display and is expressed to at least one decimal place.

The new Digital Screen Checker ships with a mounting tripod and 3D glasses holder and will be available to view at the Harkness Screens exhibition booth (518) at ShowEast and at CineAsia in December (booth 214), with first units expected to commence shipping in early 2012.

About Harkness Screens
Harkness Screens™ is said to be the world’s largest manufacturer of projection screen surfaces, specialising in the design and production of cinema screens and custom screens of virtually any shape and size.

Harkness Screens is a world leader in cinema, claiming more screens in more cinemas worldwide than any other manufacturer. From single-screen independent theatres to large multiplexes to large format immersive theatre experiences or live events, Harkness supplies thousands of screens every year for cinema, film production, special effects, live events and custom AV applications.

Founded in 1929, Harkness’ corporate office is located in Ireland with other offices and factories located in the USA, UK, France and China. Harkness Screens combines experience with the latest technology and production methods to provide innovative solutions to the company’s key markets worldwide. For more information, visit www.harkness-screens.com.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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