Originally Posted by Kris Deering
Agree, if the screens are the same, Steve should be fine. He'd have a bit more headroom for as the projector dimmed (or not running it as maxed out), but still, should be fine for brightness now all things being equal.
Yes, I already realize I have excellent brightness as is with Snomatte. But as the new Studiotech G4 is much better than the previous Studiotech material, and I assume gives about a 30% brightness gain, might not that additional brightness gain outweigh any increase in texture? My front row will be about 14' from the screen. I'm sort of thinking of Art here always loving brighter so much that he ended up stacking 2 of my Sony projectors!
My tweak and tweak history is coming to its conclusion with this theater upgrade & renovation. I simply want to get it all DONE, no more tweaking. If I change the screen material I will do it based on objective performance (as noted by Kris, and/or others, comparing and contrasting G4 to Snomatte) and educated guesswork as to how I will like it. I don't want Kris to have to come out twice to calibrate the projector.
Of course my existing Snomatte will perform nicely and I'll be happy. But just as adding the DCR lens should add to my enjoyment, why not also the G4? IF the small increase in texture is hardly or not really noticeable to Kris, then I don't think it will be so to me at all.
However, one more concern also needs to be addressed. Snomatte provides for a uniform projection of light and image off the screen, so with 2 rows of seating, with the 2nd row being a foot higher on a riser, anyone sitting in any seat, or even standing in the theater, gets a uniform identical picture imagewise and brightnesswise. To what extent, if any, does this change with the new G4? If this can noticeably change seat to seat, or due to the top of my projector being about a foot below the 11.93' ceiling height (and my screen bottom starting 52" off the floor), then I should definitely stay with Snomatte.