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Digital Cinema pioneer Barco has achieved a notable Guinness World Record. Its DP2K-32B digital cinema projector, already recognized as 'the brightest projector on the planet', can now officially claim this title after succeeding in a world record attempt. With a measured and validated brightness of over 43,000 center lumens in color-calibrated mode, the record-holding Barco DP2K-32B is able to perfectly project 3D content even on the largest screens, giving moviegoers all over the world the ultimate viewing experience.

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The successful record attempt took place at Barco's own facilities in Kuurne, Belgium, on 1 December 2010 at 2pm local time. Witnessed and verified by Guinness Adjudicator Kaoru Ishikawa, a Barco DP2K-32B digital cinema projector achieved an exact brightness of 43,000 lumens after color correction to match the DCI color spectrum, measured at the center of a 4m² cinema screen at a distance of 5 meters from the projector. A certificate proving the successful record attempt was presented in person by Miss Ishikawa to Wim Buyens, 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,” explains 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.”
The model used for the record attempt was an off-the-shelf Barco DP2K-32B, equipped with a standard 7 kW Ushio lamp. Featuring the most efficient optical light path, Barco's DP2K projectors are specifically designed to deliver the highest possible brightness on screen. To guarantee undiminished brightness levels over the years they also benefit from Barco's unique sealed light engine to keep dust out.

“Ever since its launch, we have billed the DP2K-32B as the 'Brightest digital cinema projector on the planet',” adds Wim 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.”


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