Front Projector Screen Question?

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  1. Steve F M

    Steve F M Screenwriter

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    I'm looking to try my 1st Front LCD Projector in my basement when it is finished. My question is for the screen can I use my wall as the screen where I plan to shoot the projector at. Is there special type of paint for this? Or would a actual pull down or motorized screen be the way to go.
     
  2. Neil Joseph

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    You can use a wall, yes. You can experiment with various shades of paint. Personally, I have tried some shades of gray and silver, as well as white and I have found that for my LCD projector, silver/gray worked the best as it boosted the levels of black and did not compromise the colours too much. Keep in mind that it can be difficult to do fair a-b comparisons as each sample can require recalibration of the projectors controls.
     
  3. Steve F M

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    Anyone have a good combo for paint or something they can rec'd. I will be using a Sony VPL-HS10 Projector and the basement will have no windows or light interference.
     
  4. Andy_A

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    I would like to use my wall also. I have what looks to be white/off white paint. Am I right in assuming I could tweak the colors using Video Essentials/Avia to take the color of the paint into account? Thanks
     
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    Look at the "Gator Board" thread over at AVSForum.com. Many people also seem to be fond of a particular color of Glidden paint called "Misty Evening" or something like that.
     
  6. ChadLB

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    I use Misty Evening on my wall. Check out my link. A grayish color is best with LCD as it increases black levell and helps decrease SDE.
    If you have extra time there are some mixes of some colors....don't know them off the top of my head but check out screens over at AVSFORUM
     
  7. Andy_A

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    thanks for the help. I read the reviews and I think I will use the Misty evening on my wall. One question: How do you apply the paint? Should I just buy a roller and start rolling it on, or should there be a base coat? Also, I'm in the beginning stages of decision making, but both the Sanyo Z1 and Infocus X1 look good. Any preference? I really care mostly about 480p video/dvd but will be using a scaler such as a DVDO ISCAN for laserdiscs. I'd like to keep my front projector price around $1200 new or used. I'll be able to control room lighting to achieve a completely dark room, too. Thanks
     
  8. ChadLB

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    Andy,
    What is your room size? What will you be using it for..mainly DVD? If so do you mostly watch 16:9? If so I would recommend the Z1 but it may not work if your room is too small.
     
  9. Andy_A

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    Chad, I measured the distance from the projector to the wall and it is 10.5-11 feet. I'll be watching mainly dvds (widescreen) and widescreen laserdiscs, so I think 16:9 projector would probably be the way to go. If possible, I'd like it to have a built in scaler/doubler so I could avoid buying a dvdo iscan for the laserdiscs. Does the Z1 have a feature like that? I'd like to also get the biggest picture possible -- do you know the biggest I could get with the Z1 at 10.5-11 feet? I'll watch some regular tv, but not much. One more thing, does it do HD resolution or close to it? I really only care about 480P video, though. Thanks for your help.
     
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  11. Craig John

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    Goo Systems makes a paint specifically for FP Screen applications. Since I haven't posted enough to allow linking, go to goosystems.com

    craig
     

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