Duvetyne and aspect ratio mattes. Must do's!!

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  1. Ken Lopata

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    I decided to line my Mits RPTV this Saturday. I found a place that sold duvetyne. They recommended I go with Commando black out fabric. It's blacker then duvetyne, and you can't see throught it. I used staples and then painted them like Chris White. Mine didn't turn out quite as aesthetically pleasing as Chris's, but it got the job done. I then decided to make mattes for the different aspect ratios. I bought some black foam board. It wasn't near as black as the commando black out fabric. I glued the fabric to the foam board. I watched one movie on Saturday before I made the mattes. Just with the black out lined interior, there was a tremendous difference in black level and overall picture. I had to adjust contrast, brightness and color level. Using the mattes on Sunday was awesome. They make a tremendous difference. If nothing else, you need to make aspect ratio mattes. All of this cost less then 35 bucks. The best investment ever.
     
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    Could you go into a little detail as to how you made the mattes? Thanks.
     
  3. Ken Lopata

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    On my RPTV I need to cover 6" on the top and bottom of the screen for 2.35:1 and 3" for 1.85:1 to block out the less then blackbars at the top and bottom of the screen. I bought a large piece of black 1/4" foam board. I cut this to size (6" or 3" X the width of the t.v.), I then covered one side with the commando black out cloth I got to line the inside of my RPTV with. This stuff is blacker the duvetyne. I put velcro on the othe side of the foamboard as well as on the t.v. The result is amazing. Start a movie, then put up the mattes up, anyone watching the movie will be amazed. The picture looks so much more movie like.
    I have alot of the blackout cloth left. Anyone in the Denver area let me know if you need any.
    Ken
     

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