What to Look for When Buying Screens
So much time, energy, and money is focused on research, comparison, and debate on which projector to purchase. After that big decision, screens are more often thn not, just thrown up on the wall or hung from the truss.
5 Keys to Buying a Screen
Much like LCD television screens, extreme angles can affect the perceived brightness, quality, and size of projection screen is affected by the viewing angle. Viewing angle is not simply the side to side (horizontal) viewing angle, but the vertical viewing angle needs to be considered as well. Especially if you’re in a venue with stadium seating or a theatre type room, you’ll need to ensure you can get a quality image from multiple angles.
You’ve probably noticed a “hot” spot on your projection screen before. Essentially this is the spot where the projector is hitting the brightest, center point of your screen. Screens that are built to better disperse light can increase viewing angle, but sometimes sacrifice the pop you may be looking for in your room. Take a look at this guide for different viewing angles based on surface design.
In order to keep the structural integrity of your screen, you need to carefully consider the frame type you need. Wood, metal, fast-fold, stretch, etc. are all options to carefully consider. Regardless of the material, the rigidity and stability of the frame will help keep your screen tight and free of imperfections.
Frame quality must also be considered when looking into portability, which brings us to our next key.
If you are like us, you want to try different setups, configurations, and designs. While permanent screens are good, having the ability to easily move them is important. Portability can mean many things. Your screen should have the ability to be suspended via trussing, grommets, or other options.*
Different manufacturers use different screen surface materials. There’s also a wealth of DIY options when looking at screens so it’s important to choose the screen material carefully. You want materials that adequately reflect the light you’ll be projecting on the surface. Some of the big names in screen manufacturing are Draper, Da-Lite, and Elite. Find the screen type that makes the most sense in your building.
Screen Size/Aspect Ratio
Lastly, but certainly an important element is screen size and aspect ratio. We live in a world where HD and soon 4K are the standard in event production. Understandably, within the multiscreen world, SD aspect ratios are still widely used. In multiscreen, ratio isn’t as important in all circumstances. Having screens of multiple ratios will enable you to be more creative and versatile in your setups.
Projection screens and surfaces can’t simply be an afterthought. Be intentional about the choices you make for your environment. Any questions? Email us!
*Please follow all rigging and safety procedures properly. Utilize certified professionals to install suspended equipment.