SeaChanger Color Engine Wins TV Technology Magazine’s Mario Award
The “Masked Engineer” taps CYMG color changer for innovative product honor.
Dunedin, Florida (May 8, 2007) – Ocean Optics’ SeaChanger Color Engine has been awarded one of TV Technology Magazine’s 15th Annual Mario Awards. The awards, presented annually at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention, recognize products that represent significant technical breakthroughs in production technology.
The SeaChanger CYMG color changer was chosen for a Mario from nearly 1,500 products at the NAB show. This new lighting technology provides an unprecedented level of color, intensity and saturation control for ETC Source Four® Ellipsoidals. Using Ocean Optics’ patented dichroic filter technology, it creates millions of rich, reproducible colors with white-to-full saturation color transitions in less than one second. The filters provide higher transmission efficiency than gels and other materials, and their resistance to temperature and humidity eliminates the need for noisy fans. Spot and wash versions are available to suit any application in theatrical, architectural and landscape lighting.
Organized in 1993, the Mario Awards were established to recognize manufacturers whose innovative products have the potential to significantly impact video technology. The award is named after Mario Orazio, a pseudonym for a nameless engineer and technology columnist for TV Technology magazine, “The Masked Engineer.” The awards are presented annually at the NAB convention to companies that demonstrate forward thinking and technical excellence in their products.
“Mario scours the NAB show floor for the 10 most innovative products that represent the pinnacle of technical achievement. We are proud to present these awards on behalf of the ‘Masked Engineer,’” said TV Technology Editor Tom Butts.
The SeaChanger Color Engine is a product of Ocean Optics, a leading supplier of solutions for optical sensing — fundamental methods of measuring and interpreting the interaction of light with matter. The company’s Thin Films Division designs and manufactures patented dichroic filters for entertainment, architectural and display products, and produces precision optics and coatings for lighting envelopes, fixtures and scientific applications. The SeaChanger’s patterned dichroic filters are precise enough to project even large-format still images with remarkable resolution and clarity while the “colored light” products use the most robust, highest-transmission dichroic filters available.