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1  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: Christmas Villages need drive-ins too! on: November 12, 2016, 01:34:08 am
Here's another setup that was quick to make and looks great. Using my spare Optoma pico projector I downloaded some star animations from youtube and projected them to be the star of bethlehem above my nativity scene. Very easy to make and non-obstrusive.

2  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Christmas Villages need drive-ins too! on: November 11, 2016, 08:31:58 pm
I haven't been around here a while but its holiday season again. This year I finally manged to assemble enough components for my Christmas village so here it is.

Yes, even this christmas village deserves a drive in theater! Projector is a AAXA p3 ($30 on ebay) which is connect via hdmi to a media player placed below the table. Screen size is about 17" diagonal. Super sharp image since the native resolution is somewhere between dvd (480p) and HD (720p)

I placed a bunch of clips from movies, youtube, and other sources for my video presentation. Very happy with the result. Happy holidays!

Viewable even in daylight

3  Backyard Theater discussions / Drive-in Theater discussion / Drive-in Artwork on: October 04, 2015, 01:59:25 pm
Some really beautiful drive-in movie artwork by artist Andrew Valko


PS Once you're on the 10th row or so its NSFW  Grin
4  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: projector stacking on: October 08, 2014, 10:06:04 pm
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5  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Projection Bombing Disney Style on: August 26, 2014, 02:09:42 pm
Sweet Thanks!
6  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Projection Bombing Disney Style on: August 26, 2014, 12:29:48 pm
Disney sees that projection is the future on enhancing viewer immersion at their parks. Recently at Disneyland, they have modified the Alice in Wonderland ride to include projected animations to make a good ride even better. Within the next few years, the other rides (Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, etc.) will get a similar treatment.

If you love projection, check out DL is you're in the SoCal area. i'm sure WDW should be doing something similar but DL is only 6hrs away from me.

If you haven't already see them in real life, here are some of the more large scale projection bombings

Its A Small World DL
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Sleeping Beauty's Castle Tokyo DL
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PS I pm'd Randy already but does anyone remember how to embed youtube on this forum? Its not [flash]http://video[/flash] so if anyone can help asap that'd be great
7  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: My overnight Rear Projection Test on: August 20, 2014, 12:30:56 am
Hello, its been awhile  Grin

Tonight I tested what I thought was good material for rear (or front) projection- plastic table cloths. Now you can buy this at any party store or walmart/target/etc. and maybe even in the $0.99 stores. As such, I got these at walmart: $0.97 for the black, and $1.47 for the white 3pack (they ran out of white singles). They measure 54x108, so if you will probably need to trim but they are so cheap if you mess up it'll be only a dollar to resume. I usd my garage for testing with two projectors: An Eiki LC-X990 which I got at a surplus store (with working bulb) for $35. It has a lumen strength of 2200 lumens but considering the age of the projector I can't imagine anymore than half by this point. The other is a nearly new Optoma PK201, which has only 20 lumens. I shelled out $100 for this baby used (I almost bought its newer cousin for only $40, but didn't). The resolution of the Eiki is XGA, 1024x768. The optoma is 858x480, which is native DVD quality.

The connections are clips burned onto a thumb drive and played via a Viewsonic media player, which is connected to the Eiki via component. The  files were saved onto Optoma's internal hard drive, so external media player was needed.

I used a clip from This is Halloween song from Nightmare Before Xmas, Madame leota from Disney, and Hallowindow 3.

The sheets were stapled from the top and placed side by side. I noticed that they are very light, much lighter than the shower curtains so in moderate wind they could easily tear unless you secure them very well. i also notice that the white will hotspot, perhaps not as bad as the frosted curtain liner.

From the inside of the garage

From the outside

With the Eiki- notice the hotspot glow

Note that the black cloth handled the 1000lumen or so image, so clearly it can work for people who want to project but don't want guests to see a projection screen.

More hallowindow

This is Halloween

You can see that the black, not surprisingly, eats up a lot of colors (and pop of the image) so if you want to project on black it has to be white or at least very bright projections

Madame Leota

Here is the Optoma, resting on top of the Eiki

As you can see its very small, just slightly larger than an iphone

From the same distance, I was able to get a similarly sized image, around 88x48 from 16t away. But I past the max I could focus so the image was a little blurry. Pushing the throw down to 11ft, I could get a 32x58 sized image and good sharpness.

Surprisingly, the image is quite good at this size, the the colors play pretty well on the black as well as the white

also notice hotspotting has been reduced.

Here is a good representation of a tiny 20 lumen projector ability to project a good image in spite of it low lumen rating. For people with low lumen projectors you will have a visible image to project. But resolution is also important so images coming from other projectors with lower resolution might have blockier images to contend with at this size.

Hope all this helps for projection options this Halloween

8  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Welcome to the projector forum on: August 13, 2014, 05:47:47 pm
i'm always here. Just don't have much to say Grin
9  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Welcome to the projector forum on: August 13, 2014, 12:38:15 pm
To those thinking of the Galaxy or similar

10  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: youtube straight to projector on: August 13, 2014, 12:37:12 pm
I bought a few of these when they were on sale for $30. Pretty decent media players (not great) but could easily access youtube. Best way is to get a usb keyboard (wired or wireless). They also have wireless antenna so you don't need to hardwire them to internet (unless you are really far away).

The sony SMP-N100 works just as well

11  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving! on: November 28, 2013, 01:12:51 pm
I'm still preparing for tonight and I already have food coma Grin

12  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Happy Hallowe'en! on: November 06, 2013, 05:58:55 pm
I like this pumpkin video. Typically the pumpkins must be sided be side but this one has them staggered. Very cool. Which creator is it- there are numerous ones out there.

13  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Your BYT History on: August 12, 2013, 02:23:52 am
Wow, how time flies. I'm looking at my register date to this website and I realize I'm one of the first 10 members. I didn't know that until now.

And as much testing, suggesting, and advising as I've thrown here the reality is that my outdoor setup is far from ideal. I live in an area that gets too cold because I'm up in the hills and the wind really has nothing to stop it and my viewing habits nowadays are such that can rarely stay to watch a whole movie. Although its always fun helping out a fellow byter I'm about as rarely byt-ing as it gets in this group.

I still have one (or more) more idea for a backyard byt setup, but right now with kids and wife and work and trying to lose weight I find very little time for byt fun. Oh well, still a great website to be a part of, though.

14  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: rear projection on: July 18, 2013, 02:08:37 am
There is another option- I have yet to try it but from my tests with the white shower curtains it should handle rear projection well and not hotspot like the frosted ones did. Available at your local party city:

It also comes in a roll for about $15 but hey, get 4 of these at $2 a pop, 2" clear tape for another $4 at walmart, and you could end up with a massive (108" high -54" x 2- X 212" - 108" x 2- across) 220" 16:9 image.

The only concern I would have is the wind.

Good luck either way
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I used to be so in laserdiscs but once I made the switch to DVD and now mp4/mkv media, i didn't know what to do with my collection either. I knew almost no one would care to watch 480i versions of movies now available on 1080p so the medium itself was worthless. However, the jackets themselves were, to me, priceless and very cool works of arts that no dvd packaging could ever come close to comparing. So with some 1x1 wood strips, black paint, and a staple gun, I made these for my theater.



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