We are guaranteeing a no expense SW upgrade to any of our customers getting one from our first batch. As far as I know, the SW is version 1.0 and that is the version on the one Zombie and I reviewed from that batch. Exactly when the next SW version is coming, I don't know but common perception is sometime this month.
Anyhow, I am very much enjoying the one I have with version 1.0 software. I think it interesting that my initial observations have been validated by Art. This ia one very good projector for the money.
My guess is that the only way software could improve the blacks holding all parts constant, would be iris settings and algs related. Of course one could dim the lamp more but I think having more than 2 lamp modes would require more lamp hardware.
And now Dr. Haflich (remember I do have a Doctor of Law degree to go along with my engineering degree) will cure any ND filter phobias that you may have.
A neutral density filter cuts down all light coming out of your projector uniformly. These filters come in various intensities (intensity here meaning how much light they block). Traditionally in the projector world we use a ND2 filter which cuts the light in half. Since black in our projector world is not black but has some light in it, cutting that black light in half makes the blacks blacker. Now if you were paying attention, it will also cut the white level in half as well. But, thank you Art, the BenQ is a light cannon. So if you have an appropriate screen size, gain, and throw you may have, like I do, more than enough light in 2D to cut the whites in half and improve the blacks by 50%. I am shooting a Studeotec 130 (1.3 gain) 1.78 aspect 110" D at close to short throw. Plenty bright in 2D. Now for 3D I simply remove the ND filter. My wife and I were watcing a 3D movie and I mentioned it was too dark and she said it was fine. I then remembered I had the filter in place. I removed it and to me it was now plenty bright again. My wife said it was fine before.
OK. There are many incarnations of ND filters. You can get screw in round ND filters (but the Benq doesn't have a threaded lens hood). So I use a square plate glass ND2 filter. I purchased through special order a Schneider. The biggest size is 4" by 4". I got a 3 by 3 because it would have taken months for a 4 x 4. It was expensive though, somethimg like $165 but I wanted the best I could get.
I think a cheap one would work just as well but I am, as my departed mother used to continually remind me, a professional.
Now I simply place the filter in front of the lens at an angle like a projection booth piece of glass. Remember the filter only has to cover the chip image shooting through the lens. Look at your lens from the side when you have an image on your screen and you will see that much of the lens glass is not used, only a small portion, the closer the throw, smaller throw ratio number, the more glass is used. When you place the glass filter in front, just make sure it is positioned so that it covers the chip image, you will now see that on the filter surface.
Given the size of the lens hood on the Benq and the size of my filter and that the BenQ lens hood has pretty groves in it for cosmetics, I just use those pretty groves and put the bottom edge of the filter in a grove and lean it back against the lens. Perfect.
Now I have an arm I rigged to my ceiling mounts which I can swing in front of the lens for a ceiling mount projector. Just ordered an extra universal arm and attach the filter to that with a gooseneck and a plastic alligator clip. For shelf mounts, I also have an extra hands gizmo that hobbyists use to hold a small part they are working on. Electronic techs use such things also. Sort of a weighted base with some alligator clips on swivels. Perfect for holding a filter in front of a lens.
Hopes this helps. The doctor is now out. Lucy has promised to hold the football and I plan to practice my field goal technique.