Originally Posted by Jon V
Hey Rich, it must be difficult being a perfectionist - I just plow ahead, make mistakes and fix 'em later:-) I'm really curious what you are planning for side masking -motorized curtains, painted cardboard?
btw, i've enjoyed many of your posts over the years, especially 'polishing a turd'. I polished mine shortly thereafter, with beneficial effects.
LOL. Nice to be remembered for the "rat" and the "turd."
Yeah, it's brutal being obsessed with good performance, as many on this forum know. A pal of mine just doesn't care as much and gets everything done more quickly and cheaply, and he's happy as a clam.
Since you asked, and in case others are interested:
A design I'm looking at for side masking is to use a sliding panel system to the sides of the screen, in a "come-along" configuration. Sometimes such panels are used as room dividers, which slide out to divide a room, and they are also used as a form of window shades for glass doorways, tall floor-to-ceiling windows etc.
I will have about 12" from the edge of the Carada Masquerade frame to the side wall. The idea is that 3 (or 4) 11 inch-wide side panels will stack behind each other into that space on each side of the screen, attached to an automated rolling panel rail (already sourced - I can even make a bunch of pre-sets to have the panels stop at various image widths). So when they are activated by the remote control one panel starts to slide along the screen, pulling the next one after it, and the next, so they all extend out to one larger side panel.
It's a great way of dealing with limited space to the sides of the screen and should in the end look a little neater and more trim vs
doing the masking with curtains (and also allowing for a closer-to-the-screen edge: see below).
Then there is the issue of the depth of the Masquerade screen frame and trying to get the side masking panels closer to the screen, so as to avoid shadowing. My idea (working with an architect pal on my room) is to have the first panel beveled toward the screen surface - exactly mimicking the bevelling of the side of the Masquerade screen frame. This inner edge of the
masking panel will actually always reside inside the inner edge of the Masquerade frame
. You might say it sort of mimics and replaces (over-top) the side column of the Masquerade frame, becoming the new side of the frame (using the same or similar black frame material to wrap the masking panel).
So the first panel's edge is bevelled, like the rest of the screen frame, right toward the screen surface (but riding just above the Masquerade's vertical masking panels, which will be closest to the screen surface). And it just moves along the screen surface, pulling the rest of the black masking panels, as required for a given required screen width. This bevelled masking panel will likely be made of a thin, stiff metal so it's not a bulky
thick board but fits right over the Masquerade screen frame relatively unobtrusively and hopefully blended in - at least under the darker conditions under which the masking would be deployed. The whole shebang, the screen and masking system, will be covered by curtains when not in use - themselves automated open and closed depending on whether we are watching a movie or not.
Will it work? We'll see. Still working on the design but most things are sourced and it's looking feasible.