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Projection Question

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ml504    0

I'm setting up a Santa virtual workshop in our display this year.  Since this will all be outdoors (projector included), is it better to do front projection or rear projection?  If rear, I will just use the shower curtain liner, however, if front would be better I can project it onto a sheet of coroplast. 

This will be used as the center piece of our workshop scene, so I have everything ready to go I just need guidance on front or rear.  The projector itself will be in a weatherproof box, however, I am still going to bring it in each night after the lights go off.

 

Thank you,
Matt

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qberg    118

I am doing front projection for a large snowglobe onto coro this year.  I picked up a short throw projector so it only has to be about 6' away for an 8' tall snowglobe.  I am putting it inside a "present" to hide it.  I am also painting the coro with a white base as the coro is too glossy.  This is the article i used to pick the paint....

 

http://www.projectorcentral.com/paint_perfect_screen_$100.htm

I would prefer rear projection, but do to the size and shape it wasn't possible.

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gmac    32

I would definitely  go rear projection  in your case...... I have a 5x8' video screen and I do rear projection on to a shower curtain ........I also have my tune to sign I created as I slide show and I'm doing front projection on to coro and like Qberg said it has to be painted and IMO i'ts a pain having to hide it with say a present and hope someone don't come up and steal it.

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ml504    0

Thank you, so with the right projector there is not a noticeable difference front vs. rear?  This brings me to the next question, is there a certain projector that you would recommend?  The one I have now is on loan from a friend so if not now in the near future I will be buying my own.

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gmac    32

I have 2 different projectors the 5x8' screen (rear projection) is around 3000 lumens and it looks really good and bright even with all the lights around it

The one for my tune to sign (front projection) is around 1200 lumens and it does the job (I have it in a darker area also) but not nearly as vivid, as the 3000 one.

I personally don't think it matters what brand you get just be sure it has a higher lumen for best brightness, this has a lot to do with how brightly lit the

surrounding area is by your screen, also compare to see what the bulb life is cuz bulbs can get expensive on some of them units

 

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Consider how you will run the projector as well.  From a computer, lap top or dvd player.  The connection is important.  HDMI or VGA, etc.  I use a six year old laptop to run an Epson Powerlite S1+  through a VGA connection. No HDMI. The 1200 lumens works great for me as a rear projection on to a white low count thread sheet on a wood frame in a large picture window.  The good news is that you can buy this projector on ebay for 50.00 bucks.  Find one that has low hours on the bulb.  Good Luck!

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qberg    118
17 hours ago, ml504 said:

with the right projector there is not a noticeable difference front vs. rear?

I run my virtual Santa in my  Dining room window as rear projection.  That projector is an old Epson with about 2000 lumens and is plenty bright enough.  For the screen I purchased a roll of rear projection screen material, but there are plenty of people running the shower curtains without issues. 

IMO If you are purchasing a projector the #1 thing is lumens!  #2 is "throw distance".  Projector Central website has a boon of information on every projector for you to compare.  The problem with my Epson is it is not a "short throw" projector so I have to have it on the other side of the room for my Window projection size vs if I upgrade to a short throw projector it will only need to be about 2' away. 

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ml504    0

For reference in future searches, here is the result of a 2700 lumen projector (rear projection) using a 8.5' x 6' shower curtain liner (white).  This is going to work great, thanks again for the help.

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