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post #1 of 5 Old 10-05-2012, 09:36 AM - Thread Starter
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Not exactly the type of DIY screens that we usually have in this part of the forums but a DIY screen after all. Just so some of you can have an idea of how a spandex screen can be used. The screen can be either front or rear projected. If used as a front projection screen you get a little brighter picture, however when used as a rear projection the picture still is very decent.

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I don't have any good screen shots with this set up, since that would entailed pausing the movie, and that would not work while kids are watching, but the PQ is very decent, of course nothing like a MMan's painted screens but decent...smile.gif

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I like it! How much brightness do you lose in rear projection? Next summer, I may have to try the spandex.

This summer, I used 2 sheets sewn together, and hung from electrical conduit, with duct tape tensioners. Not very elegant smile.gif

And I have staircase and patio between the screen and the grass where everyone wanted to sit. Maybe next year I'll try rear projection, bringing the image closer to the lawn.


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My wife likes the lights on, even though it ruins the image

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Nothing like the 1,000,000 uses for duct tape... Very nice!

I like the rear projection because you don't have the problem of people, dogs, etc, walking in front of the screen. The brightness you loose can be compensated by adjusting the contrast and brightness. Being outside, to me at least, is more of the outdoor movie experience than the picture quality experience as for inside (permanent) theaters.

Spandex is easy and works great. The only consideration, If it bothers you, you need to set the projector just right above or below the screen to avoid a big hot spot on bright scene. most people don't pay attention to these things... but if it bothers you is something to keep in mind.

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Very nice guys. I'll have to think about an outdoor screen for next summer.

Did you say spandex hot spot?
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Thanks, it was great and the set up and take down wasn't that bad. The kids (and adults) had a great time, there is something magical about watching movies outside.

The hot spot is only if you are rear projecting. There is no hot spot as a front projection. Some people would never even see the hot spot if you don't mention it, so it might not even be an issue.

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