Custom screen size to fit both 16:9 and 2.35 ?
So mid way through parting my (first) budget projector setup I realize that a 2.35 image is what I would look at most of the time. I already have the projector (BenQ W5000 with a brand new lamp) and all the rest of the equipment. I was just hesitant on the screen size... until now !
The timeline went like this : I was first really happy to see that I could shot a good quality 2.35 image with the W5000. Then got really disappointed to learn that I would be stuck with 2.35 and had to forget thinking watching 16:9. Then got really happy again learning that I could zoom and pan the image. And then got super disappointed again to learn that I needed a 1.33x zoom in order to get everything to fit the same screen size (which the W5000 do not have, only has 1.20x).
After depressing for a while I decided to take a pen and start drawing some ideas. And that's when I realize I could fit both aspect ratios on the same screen if I could tolerate a 2" band at the top and bottom instead of scaling down my 2.35 image in a 16:9 frame.
FYI My setup is only limited by the location of the projector : 17 ft, cannot go further back. It will be ceiling mounted and the screen has to be retractable as it will be going down the flatscreen.
I calculated that, shoting from 16'7", my W5000 is able to project a 108" wide image in a 2.35 format (46" high). That's zoomed to the max (1.20x).
If I unzoom to 1.0 and shot a 16:9 image, I get a 51" high image.
So, if I manage to get a 108" wide and 51" high screen, both images would fit with minimal image height adjustments and lot's of zooming !!!
Now that screen size is definitely not standard. I'll be doing some phone calls soon to know if it's feasible or if it would be cheaper to change projector (which I hope not !).
Anybody looked into this before ? Or is there something I am missing which would ruin my plan ?
Thanks for the input.