How bright is bright enough?

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by Henrik, Feb 21, 2004.

  1. Henrik

    Henrik Guest

    My living room (and HT) has one wall of floor to ceiling windows and no window coverings. The windows are on the shady side of the house so there is never direct sunlight coming in.

    I would like to get a projector that, on occasion, can be used during the day as well. I also prefer to be able to leave at least some lights (dimmed?) on at night.

    The question is how bright is bright enough for this purpose?

    Thanks,

    Henrik
     
  2. Garrett Lundy

    Garrett Lundy Producer

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    Trust me, invest in some curtains first.....
     
  3. ChrisWiggles

    ChrisWiggles Producer

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    Pitch black, black walls is your goal. If you can eliminate any light, do it.
     
  4. Allan Jayne

    Allan Jayne Cinematographer

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    Your calibration using Video Essentials or Avia, etc. will differ for bright room versus dark room. So if you calibrate for a watchable picture in bright room conditions (enough light to read comfortably, or with sun streaming into some parts or corners), you will get a far from optimal picture in a dark room (nighttime).

    This doesn't mean you need absolutely opaque curtains, but the "bright" conditions in the room should not be very bright.

    Video hints:
    http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/video.htm
     

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