LCD Projector for School Auditorium
March 4, 2013 12:22 PM Subscribe
Please suggest to me a specific projector and help me plan this out in general.
posted by etc. to technology (3 answers total)
I'm trying to get a projector installed in our school auditorium, so I don't have to set one on the front row seats and set it up every time I need one. School facilities are installing a new PA system soon, but I don't know what it will look/work like, so I don't have good answers about the main console part of the finished product.
This is a small auditorium (approx. 500 seats).
The PA console/inputs/outputs will be in a unit off stage left. That is where I imagine plugging a DVD player and laptop into the sound system, so that is where I imagine my video signal will be coming from.
I guess I originally imagined a unit hanging from the ceiling about 30' from the stage. The other option, AFAICT, would be a unit mounted to the wall in the back (approx. 100'). That would require a much more powerful unit, no? What about signal loss running those cables that far?
The ambient light is manageable. I've been using a Dell 2400MP on the front row seats and it's been fine.
My facilities folks are asking me (like I know anything): What kinds of input feed do I want? I use Macs, so I would say DVI, but I want to be forward thinking here. My inclination would be to say "HDMI, VGA and DVI." Would that cover me for most uses: Mac, PC, DVD? Is that even a sensible answer.
They are also asking if I want a motorized screen. We have a screen, but it's old. Main thing is: With a new projector, should I consider a new screen for the sake of aspect ratio?
I have lots of questions. But I'm not even sure I'm asking the right ones. Help?