Projector manufacturer Christie has acquired 3D compositing and rendering systems developer Coolux.

Coolux’s Pandora’s Box products are used in studios and control rooms for applications such as real-time rendering, 3D animation and object sequences and lighting and illumination control. The company’s clients include the BBC, ZDF and Fox.

Germany-based Coolux will now be integrated into Christie’s Global Market Solutions team.

Christie executive vice president global market solutions Jennifer Smith said: “Christie is committed to deepen its marketplace lead in supplying a total solution for advanced applications such as projection mapping, broadcast delivery and all manner of large-scale digital canvas creation, so the fit between our products and services and those of Coolux is a natural one.

“Pre-visualisation capability when creating stunning, experiential events – including real-time rendering – is increasingly important in the creative plans of entertainment designer and creative visionaries.

“The acquisition is a boon to those who need multiple display technologies to come together to create both continuous and non-continuous digital canvases, but most importantly, to be able to create and manage the content that flows onto these canvases.”

Coolux chief executive Jan Huewel will report to Jennifer Smith in his new position of senior director Processing Solutions.

He said: “In a world where visual and audio experiences are assuming new importance in inspiring and moving audiences, content orchestration and synchronised content delivery is paramount and with today’s news, Christie, with its already impressive presence in this arena, has gained another leading-edge product line and development team to ensure it keeps its lead.”