QED's stunning new HD18K projectors made their UK public debut last month - displaying a digitally re-mastered Indian classic film "Throw of the Dice" (Prapancha Pash) to a packed audience gathered in Trafalgar Square.

The 75-minute long movie was accompanied by a specially written score by musician, producer and composer Nitin Sawhney who also conducted the London Symphony Orchestra performing it live.

Festival Director Tony Jones was determined that the quality of the projection onto the 50ft x 25ft giant inflatable screen should be as good as possible. So the film was specially digitally re-mastered in High Definition by the BFI National Archive and QED was entrusted with the job of projecting it using the brightest HD projectors in their class.

Two 17,500 ANSI Christie HD18K projectors were double-stacked and fed from two synchronized Sony J-H3 HD-CAM players, providing continuous live back-up. There could have been no better environment for the HD18K’s to receive their first really high profile public outing and thousands of people were there to witness the event. The reason that the film looked so impressive was due to the combination of extremely high brightness and high contrast ratio (variable 1600-2000:1).

The event formed part of the Mayor of London's India Now celebrations, and following the screening Helena Mackenzie, Head of International at Film London, commented: “The atmosphere was great, the sound and music extraordinary and the inflatable screen a marvel — it was an evening Londoners won't forget for a while.”
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