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Jack Culpepper
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From: Gulfport, MS, USA
Registered: Jan 2001


 - posted 03-14-2001 12:30 PM      Profile for Jack Culpepper   Email Jack Culpepper   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I HAVE A SMALL SEPERATE SCREENING "THEATRE" BUILT ON TO MY HOUSE. IT IS A 35MM SETUP WITH PLATTER. THE BUILDING MEASURES 16FT X 35FT. ON THE INSIDE, THE SCREENING ROOM MEASURES ABOUT 15FT X 20 FT. THE PROJECTION ROOM IS SEPARATE ABOUT 15FT X 15FT. THE SCREEN MEASURES ABOUT 5.5FT X 12 FT. AND THE PICTURE THROW IS ABOUT 25FT. IF I HAD A DLP PROJECTOR SHOWING AN IMAGE FROM A CURRENT DVD, WHAT WOULD BE THE IMAGE QUALITY ON THE SCREEN. THE REASON OF ASKING IS I LIKE MOVIES. THERE ARE A LOT OF RELEASES ON DVD IN WIDE SCREEN FORMAT. I CAN'T AFFORD TO OBTAIN A LOT OF 35MM PRINTS (EVEN IF ANY WERE AVAILABLE) OF A LOT OF RELEASES THAT ARE NOW ON DVD. I UNDERSTAND THAT SOME DLP PROJECTORS ARE BEING MADE FOR THE HOME MARKET. SO THE BOTTOM LINE QUESTION IS: WOULD A CURRENT DLP PROJECTOR FOR HOME THEATRE USE USING A DVD SOURCE AT A THROW OF 25FT. GIVE ME A SCREEN IMAGE COMPARABLE TO A 35MM SCREEN IMAGE SHOWN IN A REGULAR SIZED THEATRE. INFO WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

John Pytlak
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From: Rochester, NY 14650-1922
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 - posted 03-14-2001 02:37 PM      Profile for John Pytlak   Author's Homepage   Email John Pytlak   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
FWIW, here is a link to Kodak's line of DLP-based Digital Projectors for AV use:
http://www.kodak.com/US/en/digital/av/digitalProjectors/index.shtml

A 1000 lumen projector will only give you about 10 footlamberts on a 12-foot wide screen, so you may want to consider a more expensive projector that uses 3 DMDs and an arc light source.

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John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
Worldwide Technical Services, Entertainment Imaging
Eastman Kodak Company
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7419
Rochester, New York, 14650-1922 USA
Tel: 716-477-5325 Cell: 716-781-4036 Fax: 716-722-7243
E-Mail: john.pytlak@kodak.com
Web site: http://www.kodak.com/go/motion

Tom Sauter
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From: Buffalo, NY, USA
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 - posted 03-15-2001 08:28 AM      Profile for Tom Sauter   Author's Homepage   Email Tom Sauter   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Getting the proper screen brightness will be tricky. Even though many of today's lower end video projectors provide for 16:9 enhancement, a good portion of the projector's light output goes nowhere.

A basic 800 lumen projector these days fetches about $3000, and a nice 1800-2000 lumen jobber (which is likely what you'll need) can quickly run up to $6000. You should pay close attention to the manufacturer's purported contrast ratio.

Also look for native projector resolution, you'll want something at least 1024x768. A lot of projectors advertise that they can accept XGA and SXGA signals, but they are actually using a scan conversion which can be quite lossy. You'll also want a line doubler or video scaler ($1500-$3000 that de-interlaces NTSC 525 line video into a much higher progressive scan rate.

Since you watch 35mm at home, you probably won't be very happy. I've seen well done systems for $10,000 that rival 16mm. Any increase in price beyond here is generally an increase only in lumens. Your local systems integration company should be willing to bring a few models to your home for a side-by-side demonstration.

This link provides an online comparision between many makes and models:
http://www.projectorpeople.com/projectors/projector_comparisons.asp


And here's a nifty online throw distance calculator:
http://projectorcentral.com/projection_calc.cfm

Jack Culpepper
Film Handler

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From: Gulfport, MS, USA
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 - posted 03-15-2001 12:39 PM      Profile for Jack Culpepper   Email Jack Culpepper   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
BIG THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION. MUCH APPRECIATED.

John Pytlak
Film God

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From: Rochester, NY 14650-1922
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 - posted 03-15-2001 01:48 PM      Profile for John Pytlak   Author's Homepage   Email John Pytlak   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Jack --- Another thing to consider, especially if you don't need to view the images at too great an angle and are sitting at least 2 screen heights (about 11 feet) from your 5.5 foot high screen, would be a moderate gain screen. This would give you a brighter image with less power. But because of its directionality, the viewing angle must be restricted or the screen properly curved to get decent uniformity of illumination.

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John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
Worldwide Technical Services, Entertainment Imaging
Eastman Kodak Company
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7419
Rochester, New York, 14650-1922 USA
Tel: 716-477-5325 Cell: 716-781-4036 Fax: 716-722-7243
E-Mail: john.pytlak@kodak.com
Web site: http://www.kodak.com/go/motion



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