Newbie FP help, what all do i need?

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  1. Krelkor

    Krelkor Auditioning

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    Ok guys
    i think i decided on going digital front projection for my fathers new home theater

    Now then, here are my questions
    what all, besides the projector itself, do i need?
    ive been looking on the forums every day, and i hear mentions of certain things
    so here are my questions in point forum

    1)
    What is this scaler i hear about? do i need one of these. This will be only for digital football and widescreen dvds(with the occasional fullscreen, we try to by widescreen) how much are these guys? can someone recommend a decent brand or model?

    2)
    These felt masks i hear about, are they necessary? i gather they increase black level perceptions. are there any screens with this built in? which leads me to my next question

    3)
    what do i do about a screen!, i dont know how big we need yet, dont even know how big we can get with the projector, i assume this should be the last thing you buy. What are some good brands, how much will this cost me?

    4)
    rainbow effect. Ive heard iffy things about this, i dont even know what it is.... explain please [​IMG]

    5)
    Finally!
    what projector!
    i have not even looked at these guys yet, i dont have time to go audition, but what should i look for when i go audition
    ive heard about the Z1 and X1, so i should definatly take a look at these?


    finally, lets give this a budget of around 3000. for the whole projection setup.
    We want best quality possible. what kind of connectors should i look into
    RGBHV? component video? DVI?
    we will buy the dvd player to match the projector [​IMG]

    thanks guys, im still learning, sorry if yall get these posts everyday.
    --steve
     
  2. mark alan

    mark alan Supporting Actor

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  3. Krelkor

    Krelkor Auditioning

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    sir that was a great reply
    i thank you

    what about inputs
    does the various different ones.....;
    DVI component s-video RGBHV
    really make a difference?
     
  4. Gabriel_Lam

    Gabriel_Lam Screenwriter

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    Yes, the input does make a difference, especially with digital displays. Here they are in order of best to worst:

    HDMI = DVI w/HDCP = DVI = HD SDI
    RGBHV
    VGA (HD15 RGB)
    Component (YPbPr)
    S-Video
    Composite
    RF
     
  5. Krelkor

    Krelkor Auditioning

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    Ok
    do any cheap projectors that fit in my price range have DVI input?
    do any dvd players have DVI?

    what does HDTV boxes have as outputs?
     
  6. mark alan

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    I believe that the new Sanyo and Panasonics have dvi inputs. They should sell around $2,000 when they are available. The Z1 and AE300 just have component and VGA connections.

    There are a couple of dvd players that have dvi outputs. The only model name I know is the Bravo D1.
     
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    ChrisWiggles Producer

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    I wouldn't buy a projector just based on what inputs are available. A crappy projector with DVI is still a crappy projector. Buy based on the PQ, and your needs first.
     
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    Try to view some projectors to see if you like LCD or DLP better.
     
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    A DVD like Dark City will be the real killer test for projectors. Any projector can make Toy Story look good but this dvd will be a real test for shadow detail.
     
  10. Krelkor

    Krelkor Auditioning

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    well lets leave the projector till last
    its much more subjective than the others

    so anyone else have any input on accessories id need to account for?
     
  11. RandyMathis

    RandyMathis Stunt Coordinator

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    You could get a Sanyo Z2 (LCD no rainbows) for a bit less than the msrp of $2000. Shop around on the web and call the business' to get a better price. It works.

    You could get a Bravo D1 (dvd player) for less than $200.

    You could get a HDTV/Directv box with a new customer deal for around $400-500.

    Then make a screen from MDF painted with Misty Evening paint by Glidden for about a total of $50

    Buy a set of component cables to hook up the HDTV box
    Buy a DVI-I cable for the Bravo.

    Done for less than $3K.

    I am not advocating any of these products. I am merely suggesting them. I mentioned the Z2 because it is new, he mentioned rainbows, and it's competition, the AE500 is not available in the U.S. I mentioned the Bravo because it better fits the budget than the others. [​IMG]
     

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