My name is Ryan, and I work for my church, Crossroads Christian Church as the Dir. of Technology. We're nearing the point where we're hopefully able to purchase new projectors, and we're eyeing on the ability to do "Architectural Projection" inside the sanctuary. Our building use to be a big ol' gymnasium type of building, and slowly but surely we're transforming it into not just a standard Sunday morning church service, but also an avenue to hold concert like worship events.
Here's a short example of what we're trying to do:
I'm looking for some budget minded options on projectors that would do this project some justice. $2,000 or less for each projector (3 total) is our goal. I'm largely interested in the following options.
1) 720p or 1080p/16:9 (or equivalent) native resolution. I'm not interested in anything lower res or 4:3 converted to 16:9 fake crap.
2) I'm hearing about new type of projection tech. using lasers and stuff, but any which way, I would hate to get DLP type of projection. LED is big, and LCD is okay...
3) I'm wondering if I need short throw lenses to do this right. Our Worship Team has a pretty shallow stage to work on...I'm guessing only 20" deep. So to cut the image behind our performers, I'm going to have to get the projector as close to the back wall as possible, but at the same time getting the largest image size possible.
4) Network connectivity would be awesome. Not 100% needed, but desired.
I personally hate it when people are like, "I want the best (insert item), with the best features, from the best manufacturers, but as cheap as possible!" I know the saying, "you get what you paid for" and totally understand that having to work with a $6,000 budget for 3 matching projectors, I may not get what I want with the said 4 options, and I may have to work with what I got. I'm just asking for maybe a brainstorm, and certainly some suggestions on projectors.
The room these will be used in is nearly completely dark. We're working on getting lighting setup so that there is very little splash from them on the back wall.
Also, am I correct in what I heard, that if I paint the back walls (they're totally flat black now) to something in the neighborhood of 75-80% black grey, that would be optimal? As in, when there is no projection, it appears black, but when there is projection, the colors are okay, but still with good darks.
Thanks for any help guys. This is my first time posting on this forum. Been a lurker for a little while.