Schneider Cine-Digitar Anamorphic 1.33x Lenses for Home Cinema are Now Used to Train THX Professional Video System Calibrators

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2.35 Anamorphic lens system brings a true Cinemascope experience to home theatres

The goal of THX Certified Video Systems Calibration training is to enable video professionals to provide the ultimate home theater experience

Schneider Optics, Inc. , the well-known lens and professional filter manufacturer, has announced that its Cine-Digitar Anamorphic 1.33X Lens System is now being used by THX Ltd. in its recently launched THX Certified Video Systems Calibration workshops. THX instructors use the Cine-Digitar system to educate professional video calibrators to achieve an optimal Cinemascope® (2:35 format) experience on home cinema screens.

THX provides hands-on, industry-leading training for home cinema designers, installers and calibrators, including classes and workshops in Home Theater Design, Video System Calibration and Audio System Calibration. With the growing popularity of Cinemascope® images among home cinema owners, integrating anamorphic lenses into its training programs is a logical next step.

"The goal of THX Certified Video Systems Calibration training is to enable video professionals to provide the ultimate home theater experience," said John Dahl, Director of Education at THX. "Schneider's Cine-Digitar system works extremely well with today's high-end, prosumer digital projectors, and we are pleased to include it in our video training curriculum."

THX offers a 3-day hands-on video calibration workshop, in which participants are trained in the use of all components of home cinema video systems, including how to tell if they're working properly, and how to calibrate them for optimal performance. "Having the right components is only half of the equation -- the other half is how the components are placed and calibrated, and how room design affects the sound and visual presentation," explained Drook. "While the installation and operation of the a Schneider Cine-Digitar Anamorphic Lens System is quite easy, a thorough understanding of how anamorphic lenses integrate with the rest of a home cinema system will enable workshop participants to achieve superior, theatre-quality Cinemascope® images in their clients' home cinemas."

For information on upcoming THX Certified Video Systems Calibration workshops, visit


Schneider's Cine-Digitar Anamorphic 1.33x Lens enables digital home cinema owners to achieve incredible full-screen Cinemascope® images without "letterboxing," (the black bars that appear above and below the image when a 16:9 projector with a conventional lens projects a Cinemascope® movie).

Schneider Optics offers several Cine-Digitar Anamorphic Lens solutions, one of which can be used to expand 4:3 images to a 16:9 aspect ratio. High-definition video that has been down-converted to standard-definition (with the squeeze option) can be projected at the original aspect ratio without distortion of the image's geometry.

Schneider also offers two elegantly simple yet rugged solutions for deploying Cine-Digitar Anamorphic Lenses. Schneider's Kino-Torsion and Kino-Linear deployment mechanisms are constructed for use in even the most demanding home cinema or corporate screening room applications. Both feature adjustments for displacement, pitch, yaw and roll, for easy precision lens alignment. Automatic deployment is possible using a 12 volt trigger or contact closure.

Schneider Optics is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Germany's Schneider Kreuznach. It includes business units addressing the optical needs of a broad range of industries, including professional and consumer photography, cinema projection, motion picture/television production, and industrial optics. The company has offices in New York and California and their products are manufactured and sold under the brand names Schneider, B+W and Century.

THX Ltd. was founded by filmmaker George Lucas to improve the way movie audiences experience the sights and sounds of feature films on the silver screen. The goal, then and now, is to continually improve the entertainment experience through strict engineering performance standards, innovative product designs and breakthrough technologies. Leading companies from around the globe count on THX to help them create better, more innovative products and services. For more information, visit

For more information contact Schneider Optics, Inc., 7701 Haskell Avenue, Van Nuys, CA, 91406 USA. TEL: +1 800 228-1254; FAX: +1 818 505-9865; info @, or visit To contact Dan Drook directly call +1 818-205-3131 or email ddrook @

THX and the THX Logo are trademarks of THX Ltd., which may be registered in some jurisdictions. All rights reserved.

Cinemascope® is a registered trademark of 20th Century Fox Corporation.

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