Originally Posted by lhard77
Curttard, Is there a calculator to use for the mits and a 2.35 screen. Or how do I know how far to go horizontally to get to 2.35? Sorry for the stupid questions, I am brand new to the projector world.
Just figure out the height you want, and multiply it by 2.35 to get the width of the screen. As far as calculating throw distance and offset, to get the 2.35 image size you want, divide the width you calculated of your 2.35 screen by 1.77 to get the height of the imaginary 16:9 image.
Also, I have a dedicated theater room with total light control so I assume that losing the brightness wont be an issue.
Brightness is always an issue :P To calculate the brightness of your 2.35 image, again, plug into the projector calculator the dimensions of your giant 16:9 image -- the 2.35 width as the width, and that width divided by 1.77 as the height.
I really think the 2.35 screen would be a huge hit with my friends and kids for movie watching.
As I've made clear in this and the other thread, I can't say enough good things about 2.35 movie viewing. It's tremendous.
Do most blu-ray movies come in 2.35?
I'd say it's around 50/50, at least in my collection. The more "epic" movies are almost always 2.35 -- stuff like Star Wars, LotR, the disaster movies like 2012, etc, as well as "arty" movies like Black Swan, The New World, and more. As a very general rule, 16:9 movies are typically comedies, documentaries, and "talking head" dramas. Movies with sweeping cinematography benefit enormously from a 2.35 screen.
Originally Posted by richmack
Do you find yourself keeping it "Anamorphic" for most watching? On certain 16:9 material like my AppleTV2 menu, the top and bottom get clipped, but movies seem fine. I don't notice terrible stretching on 16:9 material (Avatar) to fill the 2.35 aspect ratio, but then again this was while projecting a picture during the day onto a blackout screen (with a bunch of wrinkles and seams) so it was difficult to tell.
I'll have to try again tonight with a more critical eye.
For 16:9 material, you can hit the ASPECT button and it displays it accurately in the middle of the screen, leaving black bars on the left and right, no cropping or distorting of the image at all. Personally I made two shelves for the projector, so when I switch to 16:9 material, I move the PJ to the lower shelf and zoom in -- this way I get maximum brightness and resolution. I think most people would be perfectly content just using the Aspect button. I made some styrofoam panels covered in navy sheets that I put up over those left and right areas to keep them nice and black.
Originally Posted by fleaman
So the 16:9 image would be smaller in a 2.35 screen setup with the HC4000, and you will have black bars on the LH/RH side of the screen.
Smaller than what?