Noise levels were a key issue in the projectors' selection. Technical manager Philippe Beaulieu of Eclair said: "We conducted a long series of tests with a wide range of video projectors in our labs, using specialist equipment, and the projectiondesign products were the only ones which could reproduce all HD formats cost-effectively while running at a very low noise level."
Beaulieu continued: "Our two F1+ projectors are installed in studios C & D at Teletota-Auditel, which is our TV mixing company in Paris. They are outside the studio's air-conditioned, soundproof booth so it was essential that they generate as little noise as possible. The two cineo3+ 1080 projectors are used behind a glass screen in studios 1 and 5 at Jackson, our sound dubbing company of Saint-Ouen, located in the north-western suburbs of Paris.
"We are very happy with the image quality of the projectiondesign units, despite the fact that much of the source material that comes into us is digital video that's been recorded with a very high compression rate."
Thierry Ollivier, sales manager, Central and Eastern Europe, Japan and Korea at projectiondesign, commented: "Our compact and quiet 1920x1080 projectors are rapidly finding their way into professional studios where most 2K machines are far too cumbersome and expensive. At the same time all professionals are enjoying the high contrast, close to defect-free images in high ambient-light working conditions."
As it continues its programme of replacing traditional 35mm sprocket projectors in its facilities, Eclair Group has a further two cineo3+ 1080s on order.