What’s really important is what that surface is. In our 15 years in my 18 years in the business we’ve heard, people shoot it. On plain walls on textured walls, they went an bought custom screen paint.
I have a confession. 15 years ago. I painted a section on my wall and tried it, and I thought it was good until I actually saw screen material.. So when you’re, looking at that screen material and your projection system, what you’re going to use remember the screen material is just as if not more important than the projector itself.
Because as crazy as it sounds and stick with me here, as we go a little bit. Technical, what you’re, actually seeing when you’re watching front projection, is not the image on the wall.. What you’re actually seeing is whatever is being reflected back into your eyes.
That’S the image that we actually see.. So, if you think about that, that means that material is critical.. If it absorbs reds and doesn’t reflect them back well, then your image will be weak in reds.
If that, if that wall surface are shooting on to has a very, very high absorption of blacks, then you’re going to have a very hard time getting true blacks in that image. An example would be a plain white surface.
Plain white is obviously really hard to produce. Black., So the other thing we want to remember is that, when we’re looking at that screen material when the projector is off whatever color, you see whatever brightness you see on that image, that Is your black.
Right B, ecause projectors can’t produce black. They can only produce white. They’re only able to produce light, not remove it.. So in your room, if that screen looks very white, there’s as black as you’re going to get and as black as the image is going to get.
So what we’ve seen is a huge shift in our industry., Where now screen materials, we’re not just seeing gray screens, because gray screens can interfere with white.. What we’re instead seeing are some screens that are referred to as a black screen.
Okay.. I brought a sample with me. A sample. Would me something like this.? This is a screen innovation’s black diamond material.. So if you notice, it is significantly darker than a standard white or a gray screen The fun part about this, and you can see it as I tilt it.
You’Ll actually see the screen change color.. The reason is this screen is actually made up of multiple layers and that filters surrounding light.. So, as I turn the image or turn the screen material, you can actually see it change in intensity.
So these materials are actually designed for when the projection light hits them.. That light will flip back to your eyes.. The ambient light coming from above or coming from the sides doesn’t interfere with that.
Point being that, when you’re looking at front projection, Keep in mind what material you’re shooting that onto., The material can in some situations, be even more important than the projector itself.
Another tip for you. When you’re looking at making that selection between your screen and your projector.. Remember that your projector, contrary to what you think, you’re, probably going to replace it within the next three to seven years.
Your projection material that lasts forever and, in fact all we’ve seen as screen materials go up in price. So if you’re trying to decide you have a little bit left in your budget you’re trying to decide, do I put it on the screen or do I put it on the projector, Put it on the screen.
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