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post #1 of 5 Old 01-02-2001, 02:38 AM - Thread Starter
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I'm wandering... Wat is the best choise?

My current projector is 4:3 and so it's a logical step to use a 4:3 screen, but I think a widescreenscreen(hehehe) looks a lot better.

But if I would use a 16:9 I would have to overscan the screen to fill it all, but then 4:3 would fall off! I don't want to zoom out each time for 4:3!

If I would use a 4:3 I would have the same problem with letterbox, the black bars would then be projected on the screen thus give a grey reflection(It's a lowfi LCD)

Ofcourse if you have a widscreen capable projecter it would fill a 16:9 automatically wouldn't it?

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SiR,

It sounds like the best screen for your setup and preferences is a 4:3 screen.

You can make a simple lens mask to reduce the lighter letterbox bar look, and/or you can build simple black felt masking bars for the screen.

I built a simple mask for my 16:9 screen for 2.35:1 movies, and I don't mind seeing the sidebars on 4:3 material.

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Thanks Dean,

How did you make the masks for the screen?
Do you have tot take them of all the time wiht all those formats?



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SiR,

I made the mask from Aluminum tubing, wood, and black felt.

I have a HTPC so I can use the computer to put the 2.35:1 picture at the top of the screen so I only need a bottom mask for 1.85:1 and 2.35:1 movies.

I have to manually position the mask now, but will probably motorize it soon. I just have to think of how to build/control the mechanism.

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Aha...

Well I us my pc for playback, but with H+ so not much options...

A positive thing(huh?) however is that my projector has a problem with upside down imaging... A LCD panel refresh bug of some sort, it doesn't have the problem when upright...

With fast pans you see a line in the middle of the screen, and you also see this problem with fast flashes of light(like lightning, gunfire etc.) I've got it ceiling mounted now, but I'm gonna bring it down and build a nice hushbox... Since I have no remote for the thing I should bring it down anyway...

Well, the masking is then a lot easier! I can do it in front of the lens(this is the positive thing)! With a little switch or something for the various formats...

Thanx for giving me that idea, I didn't come up with that one myself yet....



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