Originally Posted by Yusuf.0088
There is another option... Motorized 16/9 screen is also smaller diagonal 2.35/1 screen.
So for 2.35/1 content you can use it like below:
- roll up the screen until 2.35 format;
- shift up the image without using lens shift (there is a function in menu);
- save the position in lens memory.
I'm planning to use this setup if I'll go with Panny ae8k.
The screen in the photo is 190" 2.35/1 (rolled up 200" 16/9).
But there are some nuances:
- screen's case must be black. (or you should mask it, like I did)
- screen should be hanged not too high. Otherwise have to look up, when watching movie.
I have also been considering the new Panasonic specifically
due to it's powered lens memory feature...
I'm on the fence for a new PJ and we are facing the same "dilemma" regarding how to best display both (16x9 and 2:35) formats.
If you choose a native 2:35 screen, then you will have some sort of a reduced height 16x9 picture.
The above technique is good if you can hang your screen down to the appropriate height.
Our media room is also a family room and we have to use a ceiling mount electric drop screen.
This puts the "rolled up" 2:35 format too high
The two screens idea is a good fix, if you have motorized lens adjustment or memory.
Many of the new mid priced PJs (like the Sony or Epson) lack motorized lens controls.
For our projector, I need a (cathedral) ceiling mount with a drop tube and manually
adjusting focus and zoom for two different format screens is not an option.
My thinking is to go halfway between the two formats and use a 2.0:1 screen like this: http://www.stewartfilmscreen.com/residential/products/variable_masking_dedicated_fixed/directors_choice_2.0/directors_choice_2.0_residential.html
Then use a modern digital processor, like the Lumagen, to adjust the picture of both formats to 2.0:1, with non linear stretch.
I realize that this will cause a minute amount of distortion, but you end up with the best of both worlds.
I have searched AVS, but aside from a few Optoma owners who use Optomas "SuperWide" feature (which shifts both formats to 2.0:1), I have not seen anyone try this.