5030ub masks part 3: Up and ready.
So I finally got around to finishing my masks today. Right now I am attaching them with little velcro strips on the frame however that's the shortest of short term solutions - I don't recommend it. Later on I am taking a trip to find some good magnets since the little ones I have aren't quite strong enough. I think the magnet route is the way to go with something like this - 3 of them across so they snap in place.
Here are some pics. We'll start with the mighty 5030ub powering all this:
Excuse my iphone 5 camera - not the best at low light (what camera phone is?). Here's the screen with the lights on and masks in place:
Same image lights off:
Here's the same image masks removed, lights off:
My camera phone may not be showing off the difference as much, but trust me, it's night and day (pun intended).
You'll also notice from these shots one of the drawbacks of masking (and zooming) - menus get cut off. I paused it on the same scene for all these shots, and it's pretty easy to see how much light those masks absorb - you can barely tell the menu is there with them on. Sometimes subtitles (if they are coded to appear below the picture) appear here too - it's just something that you have to live with. The only way to properly "rid" yourself of black bars and not have the occasional issue like this is to spend the money on a scaler/scope/screen and go full on CIH.
Me, I'm happy with this. If I end up doing it a lot I'll either find a way to make my masks flip on/off or buy the Monoprice screen that has them built in. Masks really do make a tremendous difference for 2:35.1 and above material on a 16x9 screen.