Re: [Frameworks] video projector recommendations?

From: k. a.r. (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Sep 23 2010 - 22:18:27 PDT

I think it is a bad idea to buy a used video projector, (or almost any expensive used electronics) unless you know the history of it very well.

The main thing to worry about w/ used is you have no way of knowing how it was treated, and what condition the bulb is in.

Many modern projectors, and especially the DLPs that were recommended are VERY expensive to replace the bulbs, and it is not usually something
you can do yourself, unless you are specifically a video projector technician.

If that (used) projector was dropped or worse, the life of it could be very short, and the repair costs so great that you might just as well throw your money away.

If you can buy one new, at least it will come with a warranty of some kind.....

Also, if you are going to buy one, you might try to rent the exact same model first to see if you really like it.

If you are serious about spending a lot of money on buying a video projector, see if there is an A/V rental house where you live, call them up and talk to them in
detail about what you want to do. Be very clear that you are not interested in using it for your average corporate presentation. If they are a good company, and have a few different kinds of video projectors, they should be happy to work with you to find the one you want, at least based on their rental stock; although if they do not have something acceptable you will have to find out some other way which one you like.

The DLP projectors are much more complex than your average projector, you can spend a long tweaking it to make it look like you want. I can't imagine trying to use
one to it's fullest extent if you are not a savvy video technician.

(My opinion is based on my experience doing lots and lots of corporate video jobs, I use a different video projector almost every time I go to work, and I have
had to set up almost every kind of video projector out there.)

Kristie Reinders, B.F.A.

Director of Cinematography, Electric Visions

Curator and Head Projectionist, Electric Mural Project

The Mission, San Francisco, CA

'A first class technician should work best under pressure.'

- - - Issac Asimov

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> Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 08:30:44 -0400
> Subject: Re: [Frameworks] video projector recommendations?
> Ekram:
> IMHO the only kind of video projector worth your time is a 3-chip DLP.
> These are expensive. IMHO, the Panasonic models are among the best.
> Any LCD based projector is likely to have REALLY lousy contrast ratio,
> and they tend to be completely unacceptable projecting monochrome
> (adding uneven color artifacting at the corners especially). A one
> chip DLP employs a rotating wheel to color the image. The color tends
> to be weaker, but more importantly the wheel introduces an strobe
> effect that some people supposedly can't see, but is likely to be
> extremely annoying for those who can.
> Depending on what you mean by 'small space' you might get by with an
> Infocus 777, which you might be able to get used more economically.
> Another thing to consider is native aspect ratio, especially if the
> projector will be installed, rather than moved and set up for each
> showing. If you're projecting any significant amt. of work in 4:3,
> you'll want a 4:3 projector. (When a 4:3 projects 16x9 it cuts off the
> top and bottom, leaving you with the maximum width of your screen
> (which is the fixed factor, no doubt). On the other hand, when a 16:9
> projects 4:3, it cuts off the sides, and you don't get full width of
> your screen unless you move the projector...
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