Originally Posted by mikewhyatt
Where did you place your projector? I’m going to have to put it to the left or right of the beam and see if I can lens shift?
If you're looking at the screen, standing in the back half of the room so you can see your ceiling beam a few feet in front and above you, and the post is several feet in front of you at let's say 11:00 o'clock, the projector is ceiling-mounted off-center to the right of the post by about 2 to 2.5 from center, about 3.5 to 4 feet from the right wall, and about four feet out from the back wall. It's about 20' from the screen. My post is off-center to the left by about eight inches so that's why I put the PJ to the right. The PJ light beam therefore sneaks by to the right of the post, and it drops down below the beam, no problem.
It was risky, I put the PJ on top of a tower of boxes and spent alot of time experimenting, sliding the PJ around until I found a good spot. My wife thought I was nuts to put such an expensive toy on top of boxes
but they were all heavy-duty boxes like my subwoofer box, the PJ box, my receiver box and my 4K player box. They were stacked largest on the bottom to smaller on top. I put the PJ on top and I "fine-tuned" the height of the PJ with magazines underneath until I got it to match the exact height I wanted. Risky, but it worked. I was VERY careful sliding the tower around!
The center of the PJ lens I would say is about 6 inches down from the drop-ceiling. The beam is also about 6 inches down from the ceiling. The top of the screen is about I would say 14 to 16 inches below the ceiling, therefore the light beam from the PJ is angled downward slightly and it sneaks by the ceiling beam with an inch or two to spare.
It was all experimentation, moving the tower of boxes around. I did consult the tool on ProjectorCentral, and it did confirm that I was in the right range to have the PJ about 20' away.
To complicate matters further, I'm getting a 2nd screen, a drop-down screen, in front of the front speakers. The PJ beam will just BARELY sneak by the pole for that screen because the screen will be 2.35 and therefore wider.
It was fun to experiment with the PJ of my dreams that I've been saving for, for so many years. Have fun!