Projection Screens Technology Showcase
Aug 4, 2011 11:04 AM, by Mike Keadle
Da-Lite’s new Studio Electrol is designed for large venues such as stages, arenas, and auditoriums. It features an aluminum extruded case in a grey finish, and is available in sizes up to 32ft. wide. The series includes a three-position wall switch and an RF remote control. Surface options include Matte White and Perforated Matte White.
On the opposite end of the size spectrum, Da-Lite’s new 30in. Pico screen offers a very portable and lightweight screen for use with the popular Pico projectors. Operation and setup of the screen is simplified with no latches or stands to fumble with. It is as easy as pulling the two case halves apart and placing the screen on a table. The native format of the screen is HDTV. Due to the simple design of the screen, NTSC format may easily be accommodated by varying how far the halves of the screen are spread apart. The Pico comes standard with Video Spectra 1.5 fabric, and weighs only 5lbs. and measures only 19in. long in its closed position.
DNP Screen’s new Zenith rear-projection screens were designed specifically for today’s high-performance projectors. The Zenith series features a gain of 2.2, more tint in the material than is typically used, and an anti-glare surface coating. These features minimize the reflected light while maximizing the contrast and uniformity of the screen. With this design, hot spots are eliminated. The Zenith series screens are designed for markets requiring larger (100in. and larger) screens such as simulation and control rooms, TV studios, and large conference rooms.
DNP’s Supernova Flex Classic screen line was designed to target mid- to high-end meeting spaces. It has a sleek white housing, which can be mounted from either the ceiling or on a wall and features a noiseless motor to ensure smooth and silent operation. The Supernova Flex Classic uses a dark gray drop above the screen material, and is mated with DNP’s ISF-certified 08-85 Supernova Projection film. The 08-85 Supernova film contains high-contrast filters, which absorb ambient light; this delivers bright, clear images without the need to darken the room. Screens are available in 16:9 format in 84in., 100in., and 118in. diagonal sizes, and in 16:10 format in 100in. diagonal.
With many applications now requiring a curved screen surface, Draper has stepped up to the plate and delivered with its new Curved Onyx and Curved Clarion series series. Standard sizes for the Curved Onyx range up to 19ft. wide. The Curved Clarion ranges in size up to 13ft. wide. Both the Curved Onyx and Clarion screens come standard with mounting brackets to attach the center of the screen to a wall and extension brackets to attach the sides to the wall. Custom sizes and custom curves are available.
Draper’s new StageScreen was created in response to rental and production dealer requests. The screen is designed to be flown, but it also allows the use of legs on a stage. The framework of the screen provides a color-coded method of assembly, and it also allows the creation of NTSC, HDTV, or 16:10 format screens by using different sections of the frame. This allows a minimal investment in only the screen fabric in a different size rather than additional frame material to accommodate multiple aspect ratios. The framework is also over 60 percent stronger than that of a folding truss screen, and due to the design, it can be assembled in about half the time. StageScreen is available in M1300 , Cineflex, Low-Gain Cineflex, Uniflex White, M2500, and HiDef Grey surfaces.
The Access XL/Series E screen takes the familiar design of the standard Access/Series E screens and enlarges it for use in larger venues. It features the same white extruded aluminum case with built-in trim flange for easy finishing of the ceiling. Like its smaller sibling, the XL series allows the installation of the case and screen at the same time, or allows the pre-installation of the case during construction to avoid any damage to the screen surface. It is available in sizes up to 20’x20’, or to 295in. diagonal NTSC. The Access XL/Series V adds tab tensioning and is available in sizes to 18’x18’, or 270in. diagonal NTSC.
The new Insta-RP series series screen material from Elite Screens turns any glass or window into a rear projection screen. The Insta-RP is a self-adhesive film with a 2.2 gain, which can be easily applied to any glass surface. It offers 180-degree wide diffusion uniformity. The material is easy to cut and easy to maintain with periodic cleanings. It is ideal for window displays, or for creating other custom projection surfaces. Custom sizes may be created up to 3,000 meters long.
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