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Barco brightest: it’s official

Guinness World Records has confirmed that Barco's DP2K-32B is, at 43,000 lumens, the world's brightest projector.

As everyone knows, no claim to be the highest, longest, fastest or to have eaten more beans in ten minutes than anyone else is worth anything until that claim has been validated by the very highest authority on such things.

Barco has long claimed to have the brightest projector in the world – but now that assertion has been endorsed by Guinness World Records. On 1 December, at the company’s Kuurne, Belgium headquarters, a Barco DP2K-32B digital cinema projector achieved an exact brightness of 43,000 lumens after colour correction to match the DCI colour spectrum, measured at the centre of a 4m² cinema screen at a distance of 5 metres from the projector. The feat was witnessed and verified by Guinness Adjudicator Kaoru Ishikawa, who presented a commemorative certificate to Wim Buyens (pictured right), vice president of Barco Digital Cinema.

“The projector’s brightness is a crucial element in providing moviegoers with a captivating and immersive cinema experience. This is especially true in the case of 3D movies, which require a lot of brightness,” saids Wim Buyens. “This makes it very hard to efficiently project 3D content on larger screens, where only ultra-bright projectors can guarantee an optimal viewing experience. In this respect this world record is more than merely a technological achievement: it is an answer to one of 3D digital cinema’s biggest challenges today.”

“Ever since its launch, we have billed the DP2K-32B as the ‘Brightest digital cinema projector on the planet’,” continued Buyens. “Being recognized by the famous Guinness World Records now makes this title official and once again demonstrates Barco’s technology leadership in digital cinema projection. I would like to congratulate our excellent engineering team and everybody involved in the development of this projector for this accomplishment. More brightness means a more immersive 3D experience, and this is exactly what our technology enables.”