Screen: Screens are an ever-changing topic today. Depending on your application, screens can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, or you can build one. The latest screen technology includes automatic or motorized, rear projection, hidden, high-end curved screens, 3D, different aspect ratios, outdoor, waterproof, inflatable, electric, manual, and portable floor screens.
There are a few screens that will help images pop in bright, sunlit rooms—even if the projector has a lower lumens spec. Depending on the projector and your application, the screen will vary. Images are also projected onto curved surfaces, walls, and floors serving as “screens.” There are also new, spray-on “screens” that do the job. For a lower-end installation, expect to spend at least $2500 on a good, fixed screen. Depending on the application, you may need a motorized, automated roll-up screen, which starts at a $3500 for a respectable one. If the job requires a $13,000+ projector and your images are critical, you need to spend the money on a better screen ($3500+). Try not to compromise on the screen just to save money, but if you are on a very tight budget, you could always frame out and paint a piece of sheetrock.
Mounts: Finally, the support and safety of your projector installation is so important. Using the proper mount is imperative to any install because the full weight of the projector and lens must be supported. Each projector mount has a weight rating and the stability of the mount will keep the image from wobbling and your audience safe.
Your systems integrator or custom installer can help you find the best option for your projector install; this cannot be stressed enough. Your installer usually has decades of experience, so learn from them. They are trained and certified by manufacturers to help you find the best projector option. It is important to have a good relationship with an integrator you trust.
Since each application is different, you may not need the same model projector for each room in your facility. Each room can have a different projector to fit the room’s needs (and your budget). Integrators have access to different brands and models of projectors, lenses, screens and automation control.
The next Projectors 101 article will break down projector and lens requirements for your specific application to help convey your message.