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Draper@Home Newsletter

Issue 6 – April 2016


ISF Imaging ScienceBack before CEDIA 2015, I had the opportunity, along with Terry Coffey from our Marketing Department, to participate in an Imaging Science Foundation certification class.

It was an eye-opening experience. By that I mean that I knew about ISF certification, and what it meant for our screens. But what I learned in Dallas was just how much color shifting does occur and how badly it can impact the image on the screen.

I left that class with an ISF certification and a determination to help our dealers and customers better understand the importance of color accuracy.

One way to accomplish that is through training! So Draper got together with Tandem Marketing to sponsor an ISF certification class in Chicago in May.

This class will help attendees understand the parameters of calibration, digital imaging and display standards, and includes some great hands-on experience in video calibration. It’s hoped that the class will help you achieve superior service, client retention, superb pictures and superior service in your own market.

We are fortunate to have Joel Silver, President and Founder of Imaging Science Foundation (ISF), as the instructor. Joel is an industry leader and chairs several CEA and CEDIA committees including the Home Theater Standards Group. He’s also very passionate about this, and has a lot of great stories.

Here’s a perfect example… Joel told a story about a theater in the Los Angeles area. It was beautifully done, a large screening theater for one of the production companies. Everything came together until they lit up the screen. It looked terrible (I can emphatically say it was NOT a Draper screen)! The dealer couldn’t understand why. He installed his “favorite” screen…the one he sells all the time (sound familiar). This favorite screen had an ambient light rejecting surface but the theater was completely light controlled. The image looked dim and the colors were off. Installing a favorite screen is very different from installing the right screen. This training can help figure out the difference. And our screens are just one component of a complicated equation.

During the class topics covered will include the Impact of HDR and 10-Bit implementation, video reproduction standards, tools needed for calibration, hands on calibration labs, and the latest technologies in ultra-high definition video.

Whether you’re involved in the AV industry as an installer, in production, engineering, manufacturing, or desire to add calibration to the services you offer, this class is worth attending.

In addition to ISF certification, when this course is completed you also get 12 InfoComm RU’s, and 12 CEDIA Credits.

The class will take place May 10-12 in Chicago. You can register by clicking here (–register.html). Use the discount code “DRAPER” to save 10% on registration!

For more information you can contact Amy Madden at, or Bill Zidek with Tandem Marketing at



Draper has such a wide range of projector lifts—the best selection available in the industry—that we often get calls from dealers wondering which one they should use.

Did you know that one of the items in Draper’s online Pro Toolbox can help you select the right projector lift?

The first step is to tell the Projector Lift Selector where you want the projector to be positioned: directly below the ceiling line, remain above the ceiling, outside a piece of furniture, or descended more than 20″ (50 cm) into the room. There may then be another question or two about usage, and then—voila! The tool recommends the best lift for your desired application!

To give our Projector Lift Selector Tool a spin, go to and go to the Pro Portal by clicking the link at the top of the page. If you aren’t registered, you’ll have to do so to access the portal. Once you’re in, click on the “Draper Pro Toolbox” link. You’ll find the link to the Projector Lift Selector Tool in the “Lifts & Mounts” section.

John Pidgeon


We had quite a proud moment this week at Draper. We found out we were ranked highly on a list of the best workplaces in central Indiana. The list was compiled by the Indianapolis Star in conjunction with a company called Workplace Dynamics. The results were tabulated from questionnaires filled out by employees.

Draper was ranked 11th in the large company category. We were the only manufacturer to even make the list among large companies, and one of only three manufacturers among the total of 90 companies listed in all three size categories.

JohnPidgeon4-e1461261410858-116x150Furthermore, company president John Pidgeon was singled out as the top leader among large companies in central Indiana, based on comments from the employees who participated in the survey.

Employees who participated were selected randomly, and their identities were kept anonymous by the company conducting the survey.

To read the full story on this honor, click here. (

To read a Q & A with John and the other two leaders selected for special mention, click here. (


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