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Current state, can't believe how much it's progressed compares to the original photos I posted at the start of the thread
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From the stage:
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His name is......
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Front row testing.
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Stereoscopic, chair mounted projector disguised as a cat?
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Stereoscopic, chair mounted projector disguised as a cat?

That's the post that you choose to reply to, seriously?
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Further front row testing, 9.5' from a 133" wide (153" diagonal) screen:
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Not exactly HT but video related and it did involve a bunch of tools and swearing....
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Well it's a bit of an improvement, at least it won't all fall over in the next earthquake.
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All I achieved in the HT this weekend.......
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Not exactly HT but video related and it did involve a bunch of tools and swearing....

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All I achieved in the HT this weekend.......

Wider view.
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So after measuring and re-measuring I went back to the projection calculator at Projector Central and I've realized what's happened, the throw range (15') is the limiting factor, the widest image I can project at that distance with the AE4000 is 133".
Given that the curtain wall that the projector is mounted on and the screen wall aren't moving, I guess I've built a CIW.
Anyone have any thoughts?
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So after measuring and re-measuring I went back to the projection calculator at Projector Central and I've realized what's happened, the throw range (15') is the limiting factor, the widest image I can project at that distance with the AE4000 is 133".
Given that the curtain wall that the projector is mounted on and the screen wall aren't moving, I guess I've build a CIW.
Anyone have any thoughts?

dont go all the way to max, youll need a little extra zoom to play with to get the image right. Id recommend 6" buffer......
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dont go all the way to max, youll need a little extra zoom to play with to get the image right. Id recommend 6" buffer......

Darn it, I'm already kind of disappointed that I can't get a wider 2.39:1 image.......
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Temporary screen & screen wall fabric v3:
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Light control and curtains.

Here's the current state of the room, there are three openings back into the house, the main stairs window, the straight stairs opening (that connects to the riser) and the wavy stairs opening (at the back of the room that leads behind the bar).
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So I think the next area I need to tackle is controlling the light into the room, as you can see from the above post there are three ares that light is mainly entering the room (the rear wall doors & windows are covered by blinds).
Does anyone have suggestions about material for curtains to cover them?
1) The main stair window:
This should be relatively straight forward (although it's an odd shape) as I can make a curtain (and fittings) to cover the opening).
2) The straight steps entrance:
This connects to the riser, I think the curtain should be at the top of the two remaining steps as then the light in the ceiling will fall within the HT but I'm debating building a fabric covered panel to cover at lease the first couple of feet as then I can install a fan in it if I need to improve the air circulation (the HT currently has two HVAC input registers but no return).
3) The wavy steps entrance:
This is similar in that there's a light above the steps again but I might just go for floor to ceiling curtains as trying to build an "s" shaped fabric panel at the top to match the shape of the stairs would be a real pain.
Any suggestions are welcome (although I'm not going to sheet rock any of the openings) as currently the light leaking into to room means we only use the HT in the evenings and with the days getting longer I want to address this next.
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Thunderstorm is directly overhead, just unplugged all the HT stuff not connected to a UPS.......
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Don't count on a UPS helping much with a lightning strike. I would disconnect everything.
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Front row installed, awaiting unicorns
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More curtain related images, focusing on how long the blinds need to be and how to build an 'S' shaped curtain rail to match the contours of the wavy steps:
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Needed more power outlets so decided to add another PDC, this time with lights:
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Finished the blinds on the staircase window:
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Is that light leakage killing your picture? Any stray light is very distracting in my HT (with my admittedly dim JVC RS2)

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Is that light leakage killing your picture? Any stray light is very distracting in my HT (with my admittedly dim JVC RS2)

It's getting better with each of the openings I block. and the Panasonic AE4K is a pretty bright projector. I know I need to go back and block the light at the top of the blinds/curtains but I'm just dealing with the big light issues.
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If the light bleed through the material becomes a problem, then you might want to think about replacing those curtains with something thicker. I've done a lot of work with theater drapes for musicals, and those things are almost like a heavy quilt and have a velvety texture. Nothing gets through them.

Something like this might be a good option (though kind of expensive).

http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Signature-Warm-Black-Velvet-96-inch-Blackout-Curtain-Panel/5740481/product.html?cid=202290&kid=9553000357392&track=pspla&adtype=pla&kw={keyword}

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If the light bleed through the material becomes a problem, then you might want to think about replacing those curtains with something thicker. I've done a lot of work with theater drapes for musicals, and those things are almost like a heavy quilt and have a velvety texture. Nothing gets through them.

Something like this might be a good option (though kind of expensive).

http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Signature-Warm-Black-Velvet-96-inch-Blackout-Curtain-Panel/5740481/product.html?cid=202290&kid=9553000357392&track=pspla&adtype=pla&kw={keyword}

Thanks, the current ones are from Ikea, cost $35 a pair and are as much a proof of concept, if I keep them I might just go to JoAnne's fabrics and get material to line them to improve the light blocking but it's a moot point until I block the last opening - the curvy steps one.
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Wow, I take some time off for back surgery and suddenly it's 7 weeks since I've done anything to my HT!
Maybe I need to enlist Logan's help wink.gif
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