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1  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Anyone in City of Industrial, CA on: June 07, 2014, 12:46:49 am
WHOA!  So many people in So CA.  I had no idea.

Pomona:  P-Town in the house!

I'm in Ventura County, but have a very distinct love for the area.

All the best,

2  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Refurbished Epson 705HD - $329 w/free 2 day shipping on: June 11, 2013, 01:30:06 am
I told my buddy and he jumped on it and got one.  First BYT purchase.

May god have mercy on his soul, and upgraditis not be too harsh.

Amazing deal; thanks for the heads up!

3  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Postponing for weather. When to make the call on: April 14, 2013, 07:49:16 pm
Doh!  Still, garages and completely covered patios can be a saver.

Best of luck.

4  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: New Screen Purchase on: April 14, 2013, 07:22:33 pm
I've had my BOC from Carl's for 4+ years now.  One side is more "fabric," and the other side is more "rubber." 

I project on the "fabric" side.  I assemble it facedown, frame on top of screen material - looking at the back.

Go to Home Depot and buy some 10'x20' plastic painters' tarps.  They are about $3.00/pop.  Saves your screen during assembly/breakdown.  "But why spend $3.00+ each time I want a movie night?"  Dude, protect your investment.  BYT is sacred biz Wink


5  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Postponing for weather. When to make the call on: April 14, 2013, 07:11:26 pm
Agreements upfront should say that events can be cancelled for "windy or wet" conditions.  It's in the best interest of both parties.  No one want to be electrocuted or smotherd by a toppled screen.  And you don't want your equipment ruined.

Have a back up plan - be pro-active.  Ask if they have an open garage or covered patio.  Sometimes you can improvise.  Ask for pics of their property if they have covered areas.

If not, suggest a return on deposit. 

Weather is a sticky one...

My condition was predicted winds over 10 mph or "wet" conditions which was rain, drizzle, or fog that may affect safety.  Luckily clients were always in agreement on weather (a few occasions).

6  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Type of Media You prefer? on: March 07, 2013, 09:53:29 pm
2TB hard drive (or 8GB thumb drive when needed) and a WDTV.

With the right distance and a good wifi setup, i can stream movies from my 2TB out to the street for movie night.  The catch is the bitrate can't be too high.  720P usually does really well.  1080P, not so much.  Those WDTV boxes are the best.

7  Backyard Theater discussions / Website feedback, suggestions, announcements / Re: We're back! on: March 01, 2013, 09:59:52 pm
Must post just to post.

Finally getting my breath back.

...and (considering it doesn't get windy) we'll be doing our first outdoor movie here in Camarillo, CA tomorrow night.

Here's to being back in the saddle,

8  Backyard Theater discussions / Speaker specific / Re: Wireless Powered Speaker Setup on: October 12, 2012, 10:03:38 pm
Game changers:

Now what do we do about the power cord?

9  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: HDMI wireless on: October 03, 2012, 09:49:00 pm
I did a ton of reading on these but haven't used any.  What I've concluded is that...

1) unless there is line of sight between the transmitter and receiver you might have some quality issues

2) the distance between the transmitter and receiver is best under 30'

3) they are expensive to just "give it a try"

I have the WDTV which now has a SlingBox app.  Sling Receivers were discontinued and are near impossible to find at a decent price.  So I'm considering getting a SlingBox which will transmit to my WDTV over cable (or a decent WiFi network).  Sounds like the best solution as the cost is comparable to a good HDMI Wireless kit and it does so much more.

There are more traditional boxes that convert HDMI to a signal that can travel CAT5/6 and those sound pretty good.  But they can get VERY expensive (I think they are for commercial applications like offices, retail, etc).  Probably great quality though.


10  Backyard Theater discussions / Receiver specific / Re: Audio problems on: September 23, 2012, 05:42:07 pm

Don't use the inputs in the bank you photoed.  Use the inputs on the far left of the receiver's back like in this URL.  I recommend this because you said you had a cable box and only used the "front" jacks.  This makes it sound like you're running a basic stereo signal.

Use DVD (or similar) on the left bank.

The ones in the bank of the photo you provided are for those old school DVD players with individual channel outs. 

Hope that works for ya...

11  Backyard Theater discussions / Receiver specific / Re: Mixer on: September 21, 2012, 12:09:47 am
The receiver should have multiple line inputs.  Assuming the gadgets all use 1/8" stereo outputs, get at least two 1/8" stereo to RCA cables.  Have two items plugged in at a time and toggle away.  Unless you mix like a DJ there's no need to blend the signals so a mixer wouldn't be needed.

But you mentioned you have an old receiver so your input options may be limited.

I would consider a new (and/or used) receiver if you're simply selecting between different sources.  Even a low-end receiver should give you about 3 different line options.

A mixer is a cool toy.  If you get one, just be sure to get something with about 4-8 channels so you can have enough stereo signals.  Then run that into your current receiver.

Just an idea...

12  Backyard Theater discussions / Movies you're showing or have shown / Re: Halloween 2012 on: September 04, 2012, 09:28:59 pm
I most likely won't be working this Halloween (first time in a few years) so I'll probably hit my window with this
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It's a 1080 version based on my first video but applying others' suggestions.

If the weather is REALLY nice here in So CA I'll probably do something like Ghostbusters or Nightmare Before Xmas on the big screen.  I do like the list of suggestions in this thread so far.  Definitely something to contemplate over the next few weeks.

13  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: My Outdoor Theater: Combine Concert & Movie on: September 03, 2012, 08:43:54 pm

14  Backyard Theater discussions / Commercial - Rental/service business discussions / Re: client wants better equipment than what I have on: June 29, 2012, 11:56:28 pm
To add to RR's statement....

If it's a reunion and they will be "showing something", then yeah it sounds like a home made slide show.  Maybe the dude is a pro and will deliver a really clean BD-R that is correctly authored.

Don't bet on it though.  Make them give you a disc ahead of time to ensure compatibility.  For all you know the disc is a blu-ray but some yahoo slapped a weak format file on and expects anything to play it.  Nothing worse than the big moment and "disc not read" appears on a giant screen.

Best of luck though.

As for equipment, pick up the blu-ray player for yourself.  It's a cheap yet great toy.  And if the crowd can't read the text, it's probably not a projector/resolution issue, it's an editing issue.  Font size is part of the editor responsibility too.

15  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: What to use for air mattress?? on: June 23, 2012, 01:10:29 am
I didn't read the whole thread.

I just recommended a $3.00 (ish) white vinyl shower curtain to a buddy.  May work well for your use.

They are cheap, pretty darn durable, and if you mess it up who cares?

Wrap that baby around the matress, tape it to pull out the wrinkles and enjoy Smiley

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