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Coming Soon, BlendZilla East Meet!!!

post #1 of 526
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OK

Bulletin!!!! Times and Directions on Page 5!



We can't let Cliffy have all the fun, so we are taking the fun to Middleburg Virginia and the dates have changed to May 5 and 6, the first weekend in May; this is a bit early to announce but those contemplating travel in that time frame may want to plan for this. Expect a large room with a twelve foot screen width, two Supercharged MP 9500 Marquees, and stunning HDTV type sources. I can't wait!


Some of you guys know Gary Fritz huh? Gary visited in December and just for reference, he is 6'4".........
















The centerpiece of this system is the very powerful DVX Processor from Analog France, and we thank the nice Analog folks for the loan of their edge blend processor which we have nicknamed BlendZilla!



The DVX will input and switch up to eight various signals and sources and output to a pair of projectors which overlap, the halves of the images fade into each other for one huge seamless display; CRTs can now look fantastic on screens to twelve or thirteen foot width.

See this exceptionally powerful system for yourself; see what LC CRT contrast ratio coupled with near 500 ANSI lumens can do, the most involving and compelling viewing experience possible. Your personal IMAX......


Exact times and directions will follow; Middleburg is quite near Dulles airport.
post #2 of 526
I'm really hoping to make it there for this one. Will be great to finally meet some of you
post #3 of 526
SWEET. One thing though Tim, post some real screen shots!









I'm really hoping I can make this as well.........

Cliffy
post #4 of 526
I'm in on this one too. I mean I'm really in on this one, and we're hoping to get some others to help out as well (Clarence, JBJR, etc).

This should be another great function for us CRT folk. So though many won't be able to make this event, we should have screen-shots for all. We'll going to strip down the two 9500's and remove every speck of glue and residue from its magnetics, to include a complete rewiring and routing of the internal cabling. These two projectors will be running special boards that are a little different, so the mini RGB cables will be re-routed away from the neck boards. And will enter the VIM from near the mounting plate. This special mod that we'll be using is very touchy, and would require quite a few changes to make them perform well. We're also having all cables and connectors custom made to the length needed. And we're not only going to be showing screen-shots of the images, we plan to show shots of as much as we can on the entire install and setup. And the insides of the projectors.

We're planning to show HDTV in full bloom on these two super beefed up 9500LC's.

I've been working on this project for awhile now, and the following is a shot from my 8500 using something special, that will also be used at this affair. I still have some work do on it, because there's wide vertical bars in the image that are not showing up in the screen-shot. But will be gone by the time of this event.

Marquee 8500 Ultra (HD-145 lens) / Xbox 360 - HD-DVD Troy / 1920x1080P @ 60hz
post #5 of 526
I've heard really good things about your work lately Mike. Looking foward to the hot rodded Marquees....... :^)

Cliff
post #6 of 526
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Looking foward to the hot rodded Marquees....... :^)

Cliff

I'm really looking forward to this, and to be able to meet some of you guys that are not local would make this a blast of an event.

I'm planning to have three of them there. Two for the blending, and a spare of course. But the spare I want to also have pointed at the screen. Hopefully someone will show up with a bulb product..






post #7 of 526
The spare is really the door prize, right Mike?

I know, wishful thinking. . . Might be a good time to go see the in-laws in DC.
post #8 of 526
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Expect a large room with a twelve foot screen width

Tim, do we know what screen surface will be used?
post #9 of 526
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Say Clarence

Something near 1.0 gain works best, Stewart did not have 1.0 in their loaner pool so our host is considering the SMX woven material that Cliff so likes.
post #10 of 526
Guys;

2 screen designs are under consideration at this point in time. The width in either case will be 12 feet. The aspect ratio will probably be either 1.92:1 (Tim's recommendation) or 2.40:1 (Gino's recommendation). The material will almost certainly be Reuban's SmX. Currently the 3 front speakers and 2 front subwoofers are behind an electric Stewart Videomatte (gain = 1.5), 10 foot wide 1.78:1 perforated screen.

There is lots of room, to park, to mingle in the media room, and to view the awesome images that are going to be displayed at this meet. Any and all are welcome: NEC projector owners, AMPRO projector owners, even Sony G90 owners. Hell, we'll also let digital projector owners in to see what they are missing.

Beer and munchies will be provided. The meet will be held on both Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6, to make it as easy as possible for people coming from long distances to make it.

In the near future, I will post a listing of nearby bed and breakfasts, with contact info and pricing, for the out-of-towners.

Soon I will start a list of potential attendees. Each will be provided with driving directions.

There will be door prizes. Already lined up are movie posters. More to come on this topic.

Those who make the effort to come will be rewarded with viewing pleasure of one of the highest quality images on the entire third rock from the Sun.

The Mythical Host
William
post #11 of 526
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Guys;

2 screen designs are under consideration at this point in time. The width in either case will be 12 feet. The aspect ratio will probably be either 1.92:1 (Tim's recommendation) or 2.40:1 (Gino's recommendation). The material will almost certainly be Reuban's SmX. Currently the 3 front speakers and 2 front subwoofers are behind an electric Stewart Videomatte (gain = 1.5), 10 foot wide 1.78:1 perforated screen.

There is lots of room, to park, to mingle in the media room, and to view the awesome images that are going to be displayed at this meet. Any and all are welcome: NEC projector owners, AMPRO projector owners, even Sony G90 owners. Hell, we'll also let digital projector owners in to see what they are missing.

Beer and munchies will be provided. The meet will be held on both Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13 (Mother's Day), to make it as easy as possible for people coming from long distances to make it.

In the near future, I will post a listing of nearby bed and breakfasts, with contact info and pricing, for the out-of-towners.

Soon I will start a list of potential attendees. Each will be provided with driving directions.

There will be door prizes. Already lined up are movie posters. More to come on this topic.

Those who make the effort to come will be rewarded with viewing pleasure of one of the highest quality images on the entire third rock from the Sun.

The Mythical Host
William

Great William. I really hope I can make this. I didn't realize that Mother's day was that weekend. That may hamper the plans.

Can I recommend that you do a 2.35 or 2.40 setup? You will get A LOT more phosphor usage and light output from the projectors. Clarence I'm sure will concur with this after our experience.

Cliff
post #12 of 526
Wow!

I'm really looking forward to this. I want to see what I can aspire to in my theater even if I never go to a stack or a blend.

We have our Relay for Life event that weekend, but should be done midday Saturday. I'd love to help with drinks, munchies and other necessities.
post #13 of 526
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Can I recommend that you do a 2.35 or 2.40 setup? You will get A LOT more phosphor usage and light output from the projectors. Clarence I'm sure will concur with this after our experience.

I've been trying to convince William to go with the 2.4 setup... obviously a big wow factor but I also think that this aspect shows off all the benefits of blending. It will also show something different to your G90 blendzilla meet.
post #14 of 526
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I've been trying to convince William to go with the 2.4 setup... obviously a big wow factor but I also think that this aspect shows off all the benefits of blending. It will also show something different to your G90 blendzilla meet.

Yep. Not only that, but more phosphor usage= MORE LIGHT.

Cliffy
post #15 of 526
Yes.. well that's what I meant Cliff...
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this aspect shows off all the benefits of blending

this includes the big increase in phosphor when watching cinemascope 2.35:1 and less overlap so sharper etc....
post #16 of 526
William - What is the room like? Will you be able to get it completely light controlled like Cliff's?
post #17 of 526
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Originally Posted by Gino AUS View Post

Yes.. well that's what I meant Cliff... this includes the big increase in phosphor when watching cinemascope 2.35:1 and less overlap so sharper etc....

Don't mind me Gino, severe cold just kicked in so my mind isn't all there.......

Cliff
post #18 of 526
Gino;

I understand the "more phosphor usage = more light" advantage of 2.40:1. There are 2 issues with this aspect ratio:

1) If using a scalar: introduces noise into the video chain
2) If not using a scalar, loss of image at top/bottom, when viewing ATSC material. My viewing is roughly 50% movies at 2.40:1 and 50% sports at 1.78:1

Cliffy;

I sent you a PM on Curt's web site a while ago. Would you please read it and respond?

What aspect ratio screen did you use at the Midwest Blendzilla meet?

All;

The screen aspect ratio design decision has not yet been made. I welcome any and all input into the technical advantages/disadvantages of 1.92:1 versus 2.40:1

William
post #19 of 526
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Originally Posted by wkosmann View Post

Gino;

I understand the "more phosphor usage = more light" advantage of 2.40:1. There are 2 issues with this aspect ratio:

1) If using a scalar: introduces noise into the video chain
2) If not using a scalar, loss of image at top/bottom, when viewing ATSC material. My viewing is roughly 50% movies at 2.40:1 and 50% sports at 1.78:1

Cliffy;

I sent you a PM on Curt's web site a while ago. Would you please read it and respond?

What aspect ratio screen did you use at the Midwest Blendzilla meet?

All;

The screen aspect ratio design decision has not yet been made. I welcome any and all input into the technical advantages/disadvantages of 1.92:1 versus 2.40:1

William

Didn't know that William. I'll take a look.

I used 1.78:1 at the meet.

Cliff
post #20 of 526
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Originally Posted by wkosmann View Post

Gino;

I understand the "more phosphor usage = more light" advantage of 2.40:1. There are 2 issues with this aspect ratio:

1) If using a scalar: introduces noise into the video chain
2) If not using a scalar, loss of image at top/bottom, when viewing ATSC material. My viewing is roughly 50% movies at 2.40:1 and 50% sports at 1.78:1

Cliffy;

I sent you a PM on Curt's web site a while ago. Would you please read it and respond?

What aspect ratio screen did you use at the Midwest Blendzilla meet?

All;

The screen aspect ratio design decision has not yet been made. I welcome any and all input into the technical advantages/disadvantages of 1.92:1 versus 2.40:1

William

William, I checked my PM's over at Curt's and dont see anything from you.

Cliff
post #21 of 526
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All;

The screen aspect ratio design decision has not yet been made. I welcome any and all input into the technical advantages/disadvantages of 1.92:1 versus 2.40:1

William

My decision for 1.92 was space constraint in a 16 foot deep room; I tried 1.78 using white canvas and it looked too tall. I watch 50% HD satellite so that is how I elected 1.92
post #22 of 526
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Oops!

Our first weekend selected, May 12-13 seems to conflict with Mother's Day, so we are pondering a change to the weekend before (May 5-6) or the weekend after (May 19-20). Your input is appreciated. We doubt that many will see a conflict with Cinco de Mayo!
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Your input is appreciated. We doubt that many will see a conflict with Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo works best for me... easy to remember, too.

Plus, I'm taking my boys camping on May 19, so I wouldn't be able to attend.
post #24 of 526
May 19-20 is definitely out for me too
post #25 of 526
I guess I'll have to vote number three.

Cliff
post #26 of 526
Looks like it might be CINCO DE MAYO!!!!!!


Uhh yea, both weekends are fine for me...not that I really matter though .
post #27 of 526
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Guys!

We are cooking some additional BlendZilla Meet plans for later this year; those in the Midwest will want to try for Lexington KY, possibly in the September-October time frame, and also for Sunnyvale CA possibly before Lexington, we will go sticky with some announcements when the plans begin to solidify more. I especially want to do something in Los Angeles-San Diego so anyone with an interest, e.mail me to begin some discussions. Meet requirements to include a darkenable room in the 15' x20' range, some clear floor space in front, an HD satellite system and a fridge full of beer!
post #28 of 526
Gino;

The Home Theater room has no windows. It is a completely enclosed room. All painted surfaces are a very dark gray. The floor is carpeted with a very dark gray carpet. With all of the equipment off, you can't even see your hand in front of your face. Dark enough for you?

Cliff;

The screen aspect ratio decision still has not been made yet. It will be made sometime this month. I will select either 2.40:1 or 1.92:1. The material will be SmX. The width will probably be 12 feet.

At the moment, I am leaning towards 2.40:1, under the thinking that I should maximize the theater for movies, and take what I get from HDTV. I really don't want to use a scalar at all, but may be willing to compromise on the HDTV side of the video chain.

I already have a Stewart microperf Videomatte (gain = 1.5) 10 foot wide motorized screen installed. I have recently been thinking about maybe building a 10 foot wide 2.40:1 SmX screen for the meet, and installing it immediately behind the Stewart. That way I could put the Stewart down (in front of the SmX screen) for HDTV, and put the Stewart up (leaving only the SmX screen) for movies. I need to talk to Mike about this, to see if from his point of view, this is even feasible.

William
The Mythical Host
post #29 of 526
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Guys!

It hasn't rained like this since U-571..........

Watching the Superbowl, it looked early like the Bears would run away but the Colts have exacted some revenge......hey, we got a game here!!!!!

The rain made a lot of pix look foggy so I picked the best few:











On my BlendZilla nine foot wide screen...........
post #30 of 526
Yea, this rain is really annoying. I feel like I'm watching through a cloudy window.
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