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Guys, can anyone give me some advice on building my own screen. I have been an AVS member for a long time and in lieu of buying a Dalite or Stewart, I have read many of the posts about DIY screens. And some of them look awesome! Since I have a dedicated HT and the wall will be painted black, I don’t mind trying a DIY. Here is the info I have for my set up if it helps:


I am running a Proxima 9260+ That I got from Projector People. They recommended it last year. It is an LCD and very bright (I think close to 2500 lumens). It is ceiling mounted. I have component cables running from the DVD player and an s video from the Direct TV. We watch mostly movies, with an occasion TV show. In the near future I will have HDTV in the room. I consider myself an intelligent person, but it is very confusing figuring out what dimensions the screen should be. On the remote of the projector I can choose from “Regular†or “Widescreen†and it is always on Widescreen. The DVD is set to 16:9 and I believe the direct receiver is set up properly.


For Direct TV I am getting:

46 5/8 inches tall

86 ½ inches wide

98 7/8 inches diagonal


When I put Star Wars II in, I get:

38 3/8 inches tall with the same width obviously.


The projector has a power zoom. It is in the largest screen possible right now.


1) What materials should I make the screen of? Should I use the parkland plastic? If so, what kind? Also what type of paint should I use considering the brightness of the LCD projector? (There is a Home depot, Lowes and a large fabric store all very close to me)


2) The hard part. What dimensions do I build it too? To I build it taller for the Direct TV and have an area of white above and below the image?


Any help I would really appreciate. I hope I can learn from your guys experience.


Thanks,

Michael

San Diego, CA
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If you're not worried about audio transparency, then a Parkland screen painted with the lite gray Goo would be a really good way to go. Even unpainted isn't bad. I use the coated Celtic cloth from Dazian.com because my 3 front speakers are behind the screen.


If you watch everything in widescreen...For size and aspect ratio, most people build the screen to the 16:9 ratio. Then, anamorphic movies like Star Wars Ep. II will just have black bars at the top and bottom. Other movies will match the 16:9 ratio. 4:3 sources, like cable and DirecTV, can be shown with black bars to the left and right or stretched to fill the entire screen. The main thing is that most things are designed around the 16:9 ratio, so you want to screen big enough to fit your biggest source.
 

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I just finished building my own DIY screen with materials found at

my local Home Depot and local fabric store(JoAnns).

I dont have any photos, as I just finished it yesterday, but

I basically did almost the exact same thing as this guy:
http://tmkask.netfirms.com/


Except I used 1x3 select Pine(the good quality stuff) which was the

straightest and strongest I could find.

Instead of making a second frame for the black felt masking(like the guy

did in the link above), I ordered 4" duvetyne tape from B&H photo, and will

use that for my masking, if it ever arrives(it's been backordered but should

be here in a week), and made my screen/frame 5" bigger than the

viewable area I wanted, In which I will use 2 1/2" of tape for the perimeter

and wrap the rest of the tape around the frame to give it a clean look.


As far as size goes, What I did was look at the common screen sizes

offered by the various screen companies(Dalite) and picked the size that

best fit my room.

I decided that a 45"x80"(92" diag) 16:9 viewable area was perfect for my

HT, so I made the screen 50"x85", and will use the duvetyne tape to make

a 2 1/2" border.

Whether to go with a 16:9 or a 4:3 screen is really up to you, and how

fancy you plan on getting with masking. Obviously if your projector is

native 16:9, then a 16:9 screen is what you should get. If your PJ is 4:3

then you have the option of going with a 4:3 screen and masking the top

and bottom for DVD viewing, or a 16:9 screen and and masking the sides

for 4:3 material.

IMHO, I would go with a 16:9 screen if you watch a lot of DVDs and keep

a constant height variable width setup.
 

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I just finished building my own DIY screen with materials found at

my local Home Depot and local fabric store(JoAnns).

I dont have any photos, as I just finished it yesterday, but

I basically did almost the exact same thing as this guy:
http://tmkask.netfirms.com/Screen.htm


Except I used 1x3 select Pine(the good quality stuff) which was the

straightest and strongest I could find.

Instead of making a second frame for the black felt masking(like the guy

did in the link above), I ordered 4" duvetyne tape from B&H photo, and will

use that for my masking, if it ever arrives(it's been backordered but should

be here in a week), and made my screen/frame 5" bigger than the

viewable area I wanted, In which I will use 2 1/2" of tape for the perimeter

and wrap the rest of the tape around the frame to give it a clean look.


As far as size goes, What I did was look at the common screen sizes

offered by the various screen companies(Dalite) and picked the size that

best fit my room.

I decided that a 45"x80"(92" diag) 16:9 viewable area was perfect for my

HT, so I made the screen 50"x85", and will use the duvetyne tape to make

a 2 1/2" border.

Whether to go with a 16:9 or a 4:3 screen is really up to you, and how

fancy you plan on getting with masking. Obviously if your projector is

native 16:9, then a 16:9 screen is what you should get. If your PJ is 4:3

then you have the option of going with a 4:3 screen and masking the top

and bottom for DVD viewing, or a 16:9 screen and and masking the sides

for 4:3 material.

IMHO, I would go with a 16:9 screen if you watch a lot of DVDs and keep

a constant height variable width setup.
 

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Mr Prat,


What you did is really interesting. I would like to know how you eventually mount the screen onto the wall firmly. I have a kid and want to make sure the screen stayed on (without having some visble screws on the frame.


Barry....
 
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