Unique Projector Worldwide
With powerdome®VELVET Carl Zeiss offers the world’s first and only video projection system with an absolutely black backdrop based on the DLP® technology of Texas Instruments. A Carl Zeiss in-house design, VELVET fascinates not only by its native contrast ratio of 2,500,000 : 1 – a tremendous leap compared to other projectors offering up to 30,000 :1 -, but also by its expanded color spectrum. In the projected image, very bright and extremely dark areas are excellently resolved at the same time.
Video projection now compatible with night sky contrast
Carl Zeiss developed the VELVET projector specifically for fulldome projection in planetariums and other domed theaters. For the first time, VELVET implements the capability, long hoped for by planetariums, of a video projection that can be superimposed on the optical sky without spoiling its brilliance. Thus, astronomical objects such as gaseous nebulae and galaxies for the first time appear as if embedded in the velvety black depths of the universe.
Tailored to multichannel dome projection
Carl Zeiss has furnished its VELVET projectors with further properties that make them especially suitable for use in domed auditoriums. The lamp housing is independent of the projector. This permits to employ one or two lamps. The projector can be installed in oblique positions without affecting lamp life. Brightness matching between the projectors in a multichannel system is affected by controlling the lamps rather than the video signals, resulting in an added gain in multichannel image quality. Off-center projection in an oblique angle to avoid shadows of a central star projector is easily possible.