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Neil Joseph

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Just for fun, I thought we could all post links to screenshots from our own personal home theatres. I for one would like to see what methods others here use to capture their favourite images using what kinds of photographic equipment.

http://webhome.idirect.com/~orange1/htpics/image1.jpg
http://webhome.idirect.com/~orange1/htpics/image2.jpg
http://webhome.idirect.com/~orange1/htpics/image3.jpg

Equipment is very humble. Sadly, I used to have a better camera but it was lost. Anyway, I used cdn$90 Nikon Zoom 210AF 35mm camera and 200 speed film from AGFA. I mounted the camera on a tripod and used no zoom and no flash. I then took the film to get developed at Blacks and scanned the photos at 150dpi for internet display. Display is a Sony 11HT @ 96".

Now it's your turn. I am most interested in the methods used and hope to see some nice screen shots.
 

ManW_TheUncool

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Neil,

Sounds like a nice idea (despite what I've said in the past :D). However, maybe we should choose a more standard image size/resolution that works better as a compromise between web presentation AND the cinematic feel of the image. On my PC display (~16" actual at 1024x768), your images look too small besides that the resolution seems far from ideal.

Maybe we should all go w/ 800x600 w/ 100-150KB JPEGs and no touch-ups (to prevent loss of detail due to recompression) as a standard. And also try to frame the movie image to use as much of the entire 800-pixel width as possible. If your digicam can't do 800x600 native, I guess using highest resolution w/ minimal compression, eg. 1600x1200 w/ ~800KB JPEGs in my case, and then resizing to 800x600 for 100-150KB JPEGs would be fine enough.

What do you think?

_Man_
 

Rich H

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Cool stuff Neil.

I actually enjoy looking at people's screen shots. An interesting thing is that, very often, even when a screen shot does not translate all of the detail and clarity of the real image, there is still something of the experience that "speaks" through the screen shot. (Front Projection and RPTV shots look "projected" for instance). So it's fun for a vicarious look at other people's images.

In that spirit, I created a large gallery, organized by film title, of screen shots I took from my Panasonic TH-PWD4UY 42" plasma. I used a Canon S45 4mp digital camera. I used a tri-pod, shot with the lights off from my normal viewing distance, and bracketed to find the best exposure. I used the second highest quality setting on my camera, which yields quite a large picture file. However, since my camera was relatively far away the actual image of the plasma was surrounded by a lot of black room. All I did was crop around the screen-shot, leaving some black border (really my plasma's bezel) and viola! A hi-res screen shot that fits perfectly within your browser window.

Tell me whattya think:

Link To My Plasma ScreenShots Gallery

Oops, I just remembered, the same link is part of my tag line below my name. Oh well...
 

Tim Glover

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Nice pics Neil and Rich. I'm jealous!!! Hope to be able to get the Panasonic L300U soon so I can join in on real home cinema. :)
 

Neil Joseph

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Man-Fai you are correct. I rescanned my photos at 150dpi. You guys with dig cameras are lucky.
 

EdR

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A friend took some shots recently of my projector in action, he used a Nikon Coolpix 5700, no alterations (other than scaling them down) were made to these.

The projector is an NEC LT260 with an 80" diagonal image in 4:3, the screen is a no-name model I got for free, 70" wide. The DVD player is a Panasonic RP82.

From the Animatrix:
http://www.phosfor.com/ht/animatrix1.jpg
http://www.phosfor.com/ht/animatrix2.jpg
http://www.phosfor.com/ht/animatrix3.jpg

From the game MotoGP2 on the Xbox:
http://www.phosfor.com/ht/mgp1.jpg

http://www.phosfor.com/ht/mgp2.jpg
 

Nick Graham

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Man, I think I am going to post pics of my 27" Sony in action, with me in the background flipping you all the bird. Must be nice to have a good display! :angry: ;)

Well, back to watching my parent's 16:9 Panny, and pretending it is mine.
 

EdR

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We took some more shots, this time of live-action movies instead of all animation/GCI, like the first set above. I did higher quality JPEGs this time. Again, these are unmodified, aside from scaling:

From T2 (extreme edition):
http://www.phosfor.com/ht/t2-1.jpg
http://www.phosfor.com/ht/t2-2.jpg

From Themla and Louise (The recent special edition):
http://www.phosfor.com/ht/tandl.jpg
http://www.phosfor.com/ht/tandl2.jpg

From Fear and Loathing (Criterion)
http://www.phosfor.com/ht/fal.jpg
http://www.phosfor.com/ht/fal2.jpg

NEC LT260 Projector
Panasonic RP82
 

CaptDS9E

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Im definatly going with a projector next time. I planned on upgrading to a widescreen RPTV later in the year but now im definatly going with a projector.

capt
 

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I don't know. But do they look so amazing mostly because the images are so small? They don't look any better than what I see on my 17" monitor w/ my ancient Hollywood Plus DVD card. :D

Anyway, I took a bunch of shots of LotR:EE on my Panny 53" using my old Nikon CP800 2MP digicam, but all the shots came out overexposed (w/ no flash and auto shutterspeed of ~1/2 sec). Sucks since it took me a long while to find and take all those shots. Will have to try again later this week.

_Man_
 

EdR

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I don't know. But do they look so amazing mostly because the images are so small?
Partly, yes. Just like watching movies on a decent 19" TV (or your 17" monitor) gives the impression of sharpness vs. watching on a 60" TV. The pixels are closer together.

However, scaling images does not create detail or information where it doesn't exist in the original.
 

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Here is a few from my 110" 16x9 DIY screen with my NEC PG9 Plus CRT PJ running at 1024x768 res.

The digital photos are taken with a 2.1mp Nikon at 1600x1200 then scaled down to 800x600 then made even smaller on my page.
My Screen Shots:

Wes
 

Mark Amayao

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Ill update my website with the new gear and the PLVZ1 once I receive it! I absolutely cannot wait! Nice Screen shots you guys ... peace out!
 

JawhnM

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Nice shots guys! Here's a link to a few screen shots from my web page of my Sony 1031Q CRT. This is on a 72" 4X3 screen, masked to 16X9. Shots were taken by a friend who is a professional photographer (sorry, I have no idea what equipment he used). Click the pic to increase size then click on box in lower right corner to increase size even more.

http://home.pipeline.com/~jawhn/_wsn/page4.html

Jawhn
 

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