How will Regulations Affect Roll outs of Laser-Based Projection Systems?

Dave Schnuelle (Laser Illumination Projector Association (LIPA))



Dave Schnuelle represents Dolby Laboratories as Senior Director, Technology, and is responsible for guidance in Dolby’s efforts in the television, cinema and consumer imaging areas.  Dave previously held Chief Engineer positions at various post-production facilities such as Editel and Modern Videofilm in Los Angeles.

Working with Lucasfilm’s THX Division beginning in 1991, Dave founded the THX Digital Mastering Program for quality assurance of home video masters and duplicated software.  As Director of Technology for THX, he directed research efforts into new technology for cinemas.  During that period he directly supervised the international digital cinema exhibition of the new Star Wars movies – Episode 1 (1999) and Episode 2 (2002).

As Dolby’s technical program manager for the company’s Chicken Little 3D deployment for the Walt Disney studio, he saw the inadequacies of silver screens for 3D presentations, and brought the spectrum splitting concept of the Dolby 3D System to the company, for which Dolby won the Lumiere Award from the International 3D Society.  He is working now on the company’s high dynamic range concepts, and the new Dolby professional television monitor, as well as the Dolby Atmos cinema sound system.

Dave is an active member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, and is the Chairman of the SMPTE 20F Film Technology Committee.  He also represents the United States as a member of ISO’s Technology Committee 36, which manages the international standardization of d-cinema technology.



As a group of stakeholders invested in bringing the capabilities of laser-based illumination systems to the projection market, the Laser Illuminated Projector Association (LIPA) has been tracking the movement of regulatory and testing agencies around the world since 2011.  Recent activity in standards and regulatory bodies have shown the need for continued education before drawing conclusions that may be inaccurate and harm this economically-friendly step in projection solutions.  Laser-based projection solutions can mean all-laser systems or system that use laser to stimulate a phosphor element.  All-laser systems clearly need regulatory focus, but what about laser-phosphor solutions – which will represent a significant percentage of the market in a few years?  This talk will outline LIPA’s findings on the impact of regulations and efforts to educate the test bodies and regulators for both all laser and laser-phosphor solutions.