Originally Posted by Robert A. Hill
I really like the detail in these screenshots. They look almost as good as the actual movies on my unmodified Ampro 3600. Really guys, how can I (without a 1080p capable PJ) tell from these low resolution shots are any better than my normal 720p movies?
Easy, get a camera and do the same. Post your images here, and you'll see what it takes to get that same detail in the screenshots.
The shots are not low resolution. they are actually very high resolution shots. Those same high resolution shots are then "resized" to fit your monitor. In that process you'll not going to loose much, because you'll not projecting that resized image on a large screen.
When taking the screenshots, we're really capturing what were projecting on a large screen and trying to reproduce that. So get out your camera and fire away. Then you're see what's going on here. But before you start, let me inform you how difficult it's going to be to recreate what you see on the screen at 1080I into a solid screenshot. It'll be much better with 720P, but you won't get the same detail that you'll see with 1080I.
For instance, post a screenshot of some of the similar images shown here that has a lot of good background detail. And see what happens to that detail when it's in the screenshot form.
No special camera skills are required, nor is a special camera required. Almost any of the later digital cameras should do well. Place the camera to the screen on a tri-pod. Set everything to AUTO. Turn off the flash, and then fire away.
BTW, the screenshots are not a tell all. They just allow us to reveal some interesting things from the camera lens. In some of those images that we capture, at times we're able to show some really neat and difficult to capture things that we saw on the screen. The better the projected image, the better it is to reproduce what we saw. And trust me, we're seeing much better in person.
Would they look better with a 1080p pj?
1080P is better. But it's not easy to do on CRT. And doing 1080P in screenshots is the real challenge, because it's very difficult to recreate whatever sharpness and detail you're seeing on the screen.
This thread is a fun thread. It's not really saying which projector is producing the best image. We can't do that with screenshots. We can only show some things to the trained eye, that would be otherwise difficult to capture with a camera.
Now if you really want to see something blow away that Ampro. Come check out either my 8500 or Cliff's stack. I'm firing on a small screen, so that makes things much easier, but wait till you see the image that Cliff puts on a larger screen..