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25 May 2018: Interview with Gaumont Pathé Cinemas’ Sévrine Breil on EclairColor HDR Technology, CinemaNext and our Partner Barco/Cinionic

Sévrine Breil, Regional Director of Gaumont Pathé Cinemas for the Paris region, discusses the installation by the CinemaNext teams of the High Contrast Barco/Cinionic projection systems, certified by our EclairColor teams, in three Parisians theatres: Gaumont Marignan Champs-Elysées, Pathé Wepler and Gaumont Opéra Capucines.

She explains how the combination of the Gaumont Pathé Cinemas, the quality of Barco/Cinionic’s 4K Laser projectors, CinemaNext’s expertise and the EclairColor HDR technology offers audiences a unique and immersive cinema experience.

“This (EclairColor HDR) technology makes it possible to offer a clearer image, with more contrast, greater brightness, and as a result, a better sense of immersion in the movie,” she adds. “For directors and for all film crews, it’s important to have the best rendering of their work, of their ideas in pictures, and EclairColor truly contributes to that.”
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May 17, 2018: First cinema equipped with EclairColor HDR in the Drôme-Ardèche region (France)

The “Le Vivarais” cinema in Privas is the first cinema in the Drôme-Ardèche region to be equipped with EclairColor HDR technology. Le Vivarais, located in downtown Privas, now offers locals exceptional projection quality, in a theatre that is friendly and accessible with a diverse programme of films.

“We are proud that our theatre is now able to provide local audiences with the best possible cinema experience and such high standards of quality while remaining a gathering place close to the community of Privas,” said Patrick Dallet, owner of Le Vivarais. “EclairColor HDR significantly improves projection quality with richer colours, more light and definition, more depth of field and more density resulting in images that are closer to what the eye can see. This technology can be applied to big-budget films as well as independent productions, which perfectly reflects the vast array of content Le Vivarais offers.”

“This first step in the equipment of the Drôme-Ardèche region is a source of great pride for us. EclairColor HDR is a formidable opportunity for a theatre to enhance the moviegoing experience at an affordable price,” added Olivier Douet, Sales, Installation and Maintenance Director for CinemaNext France. “With 54 screens currently in France, the EclairColor HDR network of cinemas is expanding and more and more moviegoers, who are increasingly aware and demanding of projection quality, are able to enjoy this new cinema standard.”

There are currently over 130 EclairColor-equipped cinema screens with new content released in EclairColor HDR every week. The complete list of EclairColor-equipped theaters and films mastered is available at www.eclaircolor.com


16 May 2018: CinemaNext equips CinéPlanet (Alès) with France’s first Sony Digital Cinema 4K Laser EclairColor projector

Already equipped with EclairColor HDR technology, the CinéPlanet cinema in Alès, Gard (France) recently upgraded its projection system to a latest-generation Sony Digital Cinema 4K Laser EclairColor SRX-R815P. This installation, performed by CinemaNext, is the first in France. The image thus projected has 4 times the level of details of a standard image. Associated with EclairColor HDR technology and Dolby Atmos sound system, it allows for an unprecedented projection quality.

“It has always been our main goal to offer moviegoers the best possible experience.”, explains Philippe Borys-Combret, owner of Cinéplanet, “The operation was a great success and we know audiences have seenthe difference as we’vebeen receiving a lot of positive comments since the upgrade. EclairColor HDR features exceptional brightness and contrast, and the association with Sony Digital Cinema 4K makes the moviegoing experience even more immersive.”

“This marks the first installation of its kind in France and we hope many more will soon follow.”, adds Maxime Rigaud, Managing Director of CinemaNext France. “The cutting-edge technology that is a 4K laser projector provides outstanding image quality whileenhancing the brightness and fine details of movies mastered in EclairColor HDR, making the audience’s cinema experience incomparable and unique.”


May 16, 2018: HTM (Hybrid Tone Mapping) Technology White Paper Now Available

Ymagis Group and Eclair are thrilled to publish our White Paper on the new HTM (Hybrid Tone Mapping) technology, which enables the optimized storage of two or more versions – SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) and HDR (High Dynamic Range) – of a same feature film in a single SMPTE-compliant (Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers) DCP (Digital Cinema Package).

The patent-pending HTM solution offers a multi-display DCP (MD DCP – Multi-dynamic Digital Cinema Package) that comes with a special software, MD Map (Multi-dynamic Mapping), that is easily integrated in projection systems through regular updates, as well as current and future LED displays. MD DCPs are fully compatible with all types of projection systems and LED cinema screens.

By incorporating specific settings in the DCP, the same content can be played via a standard projection system in SDR format as well as in HDR, whether the equipment is an EclairColor HDR-certified projector or simply HDR-ready. HTM technology allows the system to read the same group of files by automatically selecting the correct version of the film that matches the projection systems’ or existing LED displays’ technical specifications.

Each version of the film gives filmmakers full artistic control over the content knowing that the HTM technology combines an automatic adaptation of the signal with the settings done by the color grader at the postproduction stage.

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14 May 2018: Ymagis Group Reports First-Quarter 2018 Revenue

Planned reduction in VPF activities (-19%)
Start of organic growth for both Eclair and CinemaNext (+4.1%)

CinemaNext and Eclair offset decline in VPF revenue over a rolling 4-quarter period

Ymagis Group (FR0011471291, MAGIS, PEA-PME, TECH 40), the European specialist in digital
technologies for the cinema industry, today reported its consolidated revenue for the first quarter of 2018,
ending 31 March 2018.

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