Originally Posted by progprog
Thanks, Pentium. Your explanation is not only clear and concise, but apparently effective, as this now sounds pretty cool and well...I want it! Just what I need, another pricey item on my wish list.
I won't ask you to indulge me here with all the technical details- I'll read up on it elsewhere. But why is it a problem that you need the three things to get CIH? The screen sounds easy enough, though a nice masking system no doubt adds lots of $$. For the anamorphic lens and projector that can do it, is it a cost or availability issue? (As I recall, you got a JVC projector, right? Assuming you resolved the heat issue, are you pretty happy with it?) If you've taken any pics of your screen set-up, I'd love to see them. Thanks again for the post- it was really helpful.
A true electric with controllable RS232 or IR masking is quite expensive that is why there is a dedicated DIY thread on screen masking.
Screen size ordering is simple, JVC RS2 is by far the best PJ right now for the cost it does do the verticle stretch needed for 2.35:1 image. Anamorphic lens is easy to come by but range in pricing for quality but I'd recommend the new UH440/480 Panamorph best lens for the money to go higher end is 2x-3x the cost, then you can get a motorized sled or manual sled to move the lens in and out of place.
Heat issue is due to my office having too much computer equipment and laser printer generating heat and it rising, I have solved it with using the dedicated room A/C set to fan high without the compressor turned on. I also added some cooling fans above the RS2 that helped but isn't always enough to ensure it is cool enough, the fan blowing across the room is and it is ultra quiet my computers are actually louder. All of which can't be heard in the main viewing room.
I need to take new pics that show my screen masking done soon