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Old 12-18-2007, 07:16 AM   #1
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Front Projection Video

Hi folks, I spend alot of time in my 28SO, and I'm thinking about changing out my little Sony LCD into something bigger. I know it sounds nuts, but I'm thinking about a front-projection unit, with a simple pulldown window shade as a start for the screen. There are units out there that even have an integrated DVD player, and I thought it might be cool to occasionally bring outside for "drive-in movie night".

Does anyone have any experience with this? I'm especially concerned about image size vs distance from the screen (probably 8' of distance but no more than 30" of horizontal width).


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Old 12-18-2007, 08:12 AM   #2
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Absolutly a great idea.
Toying with simular setup hanging from ceiling.
We tryed an old 8mm screen and were shocked at how bright it was.
This is outside with the projector sitting on top a cooler.
Thinking if projector left inside, could shoot thru window onto backside of sheet by reversing image.
Then less cable issues...just swing back for inside viewing.


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We are in the process of purchasing a good projector for sharing Rally photos and movie nights at our rallies but once inside our AS we like it cozy. We do use or 17" LCD for news when available or maybe a movie when alone in bad weather. But I think that is far as we will take it. If we wanted to be blown away while watching a movie we could just stay home. Camping is still camping for us even with the AS. Happy Holidays!
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For small groups the rear projection on the front window's perfect. if your using a letterbox dvd the width to height is perfect. we use a sharp projector and reverse the image setting. a set of computer speakers with bass unit give great audio. it's all driven from a Mac laptop.
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Thanks for the Input! Now of course I have to figure out how to do it.

In the 28SO I have some overhead cabinets along the "bow", so I was thinking about putting the projector inside the cabinet and just opening it when I'm using it.

Then I'd get a pull shade and somehow mount it from the ceiling a ways back - though I'm not sure if there's much in the ceiling to mount something to.

I still have to work out how to keep the image size from getting too big (8' of distance creates like a 50" image) and I'll probably have to keep the bottom of the shade stabilized so that my hurricane (sound and wind) of an air conditioner doesn't blow it all over the place. I know that you can get a "zoom" lens for some projectors - usually used to put the projector at the back of a conference room instead of having it in your face in the middle of a conference table.

What's the ceiling like? Is there something up there to mount a pullshade to?
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