most here know me as the technically anal freak that does measurements, graphs and screenshots all the time, but as a surprise i also watch movies! http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
I still haven't gotten time enough to finish a website of my HT. And the theater isn't 100% ready anyway, still missing the final hands on here and there. The perfectionist in me is hesitating to show any work in progress kind of stuff, so bear with me.
But a few days ago, i decided it would be ok to show some pictures of my rig in action, because you can't see any mess in the room with the lights out. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
I wasn't sure if the pictures would come close to demonstrate what my screen looks like in action, but i am very pleasantly surprised. I knew my semi-professional digicam Canon EOS-D30 is a sensational beast, but i didn't expect it to deliver satisfying results in a task as difficult as screenshots.
I took the pictures at the standard 2160x1440 resolution. D30 on a tripod, 15 feet from the screen, just behind the first seating row. Aperture 3.5, shutter time mostly 1 second. Took the pictures into Photoshop and scaled them down to a quarter of their size: 1080x720. I didn't change the pics in any other way, no color-correction, no brighness change, nothing.
My 4-way custom maskable screen was put in its 'scope' config, yielding a 9' wide totally masked 2.35:1 picture. Image is projected with an 8" CRT (NEC XG110LC) quadrupled.
The pictures show pretty much what i am seeing here. They are a bit soft, on screen there is a fair bit more detail. I chose two excellent transfers (Braveheart and TWINE) that have practically no edge-enhancement which yields a smooth filmlike quality.
The color balance on all pictures is very good, but the color saturation on the TWINE pictures is a tad high, i probably set my Canon's saturation parameter to 'high' instead of 'normal'. Also, color temperature might vary with the display you use to read this. On my referenece monitor its almost dead on.
To optimally view the pictures, check that your black level is set properly on your monitor. The black mask surround the pictures is totally black. Increase your brightness (black level) until the black mask stops looking ink black and gets slightly grayish. Back down a little again, so that its just barely black again. You should be able to clearly see the reflective tops of my front 3 speakers in the pictures.I removed all of the pictures i posted here before. You can see them and lots of others on my screenshots page:http://home.t-online.de/home/bjoern....en/Page_01.htm
[This message has been edited by Bjoern Roy (edited 09-23-2001).]