Join Date: May 2013
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Goodness, lots of replies since my post... I should clarify I guess...
@Kelvin: My RS46 is mounted about 13' from the screen, putting it about half way through the available zoom for my 115" 2.35:1 screen / 92" at 16:9. I think that is closer than yours if I remember from reading your previous posts. My projector is dead centre as well, but I've noticed that every time a lens memory is called, the projector does move the lens left and right as well as up and down at the start of the movement process. It's almost as if it needs to move the lens to check it's position both horizontally and vertically before it re-locates it. Even if I'm using zero horizontal shift, it still wants to move the lens horizontally left then right just to locate itself.
@fierce_gt: I'd agree that the horizontal shift is always more off than vertical, but both usually require a little adjustment.
@jeahrens: I'm very aware that there are different aspect ratios to content, and I have made up magnetic black velvet masking for 16:9 (1.78:1) content. My screen is 2.35:1, and I'm noticing that quite a few movies are slightly wider than this at 2.39:1 or 2.4:1; I watched Don Jon last night, which is 2.41:1. In these cases though, I don't zoom out further on the screen, I just make do with having small black letterbox bars at the top and bottom of my screen. The sides are still framed accurately to the sides of my screen, with zero overspill and zero gap.
I currently have lens memory settings for 1.78:1, 2.20:1 and 2.35:1, with masking panels, as I said, for 1.78:1 content. I am finding that I'm slightly frustrated by the large amount of content that is 1.85:1, and am considering making up additional masking panels for 1.85:1 and 2.20:1, along with the relevant lens memory for 1.85:1.
I made my masking panels from Elmer's board, and it's difficult to get the large sheets required to make the masking panels locally; it means a trip to San Francisco or Berkley, which I don't have planned for a while. Right now then, I'm making do with letter-boxed 1.85:1 content in a 1.78:1 window, and 2.20:1 pillar-boxed in a 2.35:1 content window.