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1  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: If this site were to close How would we contact each other on: October 13, 2017, 09:41:19 am
I am a member of the facebook group but I know lots of people who still do not use facebook, and it's not the best when trying to search for specific topics. If anyone is interested, here are a couple of other options to rebuild the community. - This subreddit is not very active (currently only 7 subscribers). - I've lurked this forum in the past and saw some good info, but again it's not as active as this site once was.
2  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: everette's Outdoor Theater on: July 07, 2015, 08:14:37 am
Have not yet been able to do an outdoor showing this year. I have been promising my 6 year old son that we would set up and play video games on the big screen so I decided last night to set up and do some testing in the garage. He really had fun with it.
3  Backyard Theater discussions / Pre-show reels, stills, clips, tools and discussion / Thought this was funny on: June 25, 2015, 04:42:34 pm
Not sure if this has been shared before as I think it is a few years old. Enjoy!

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4  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Placing projector on its side???? on: November 25, 2014, 11:56:04 am
I wonder how many owner's manuals say not to use the projector outdoors  Shocked
5  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Placing projector on its side???? on: October 24, 2014, 08:19:11 am
Ive been wanting to do the same thing for a while with those ImaginEERIEing characters but never got around to it. I never thought of using the projector on it's side.

I am with Lincoln, I don't see that it would hurt anything as long as it was mounted securely...
6  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: everette's Outdoor Theater on: July 08, 2014, 09:11:04 am
Here are some pics from my 4th of July set-up using the new projector and mount that I scored for free. The mount is just a ceiling mount screwed to the top of my cabinet. The InFocus IN82 has an awesome picture compared to the PJD5122. I still have some work to do on my equipment buggy. I plan to add a slide out shelf for the laptop.

7  Backyard Theater discussions / Media servers, streamers and networking / Re: XBMC and The Backyard Theater on: July 07, 2014, 09:22:26 am
I am also a big XBMC user. Read through this thread,8126.0.html to see how myself and others here are using the Cinema Experience add-on to automate the pre-show process. I have a dedicated HP G61 laptop that I use for both living room and BYT. So far it has played everything I have without issues.

The Cinema Experience add-on really adds to the whole BYT experience especially if you have trivia slides.
8  Backyard Theater discussions / Receiver specific / Re: Denon 5.1 Receiver on sale today - $169 - thoughts? on: May 24, 2014, 07:43:27 am
Looking through the specs on this receiver, it looks like it would be a good entry level receiver. I was reading some of the reviews and as bdwalker mentioned, the connections on the back are the "cheap" kind and won't be very durable. However, the 165W is max output per channel. You should get 75W with an 8ohm speaker. Here is the spec sheet

9  Backyard Theater discussions / Media servers, streamers and networking / Re: Western Digital WD TV Live Media Player on: May 02, 2014, 04:45:05 pm
Sparge, as a temporary fix, you can use some sort of video editing software (Cyberlink PowerDirector is really good) to string all of your videos together into one file and put that on the USB drive, that should cut out the pause between the videos you are talking about and would allow you to render it in HD and would eliminate the burning to a disk.

I see your point on wanting a drag and drop solution without all of the editing and rendering.
10  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: My Outdoor Theater: Combine Concert & Movie on: April 24, 2014, 08:06:11 am
Yes now that you say that I recognize it! Everyone looks so hypnotized.... Grin
11  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: My Outdoor Theater: Combine Concert & Movie on: April 23, 2014, 09:29:53 pm
Impressive set-up OutdoorGeek! Love the speaker enclosures as well. Nice job on those.

What video is being shown in the last picture?
12  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: InFocus IN82 on: April 22, 2014, 08:53:33 am
Thanks for the info Sparge. I did the longer test last night by showing The Lorax on my kids' bedroom wall. Entire movie played without heat issues so we fired up the PS3 for about another hour after that. This thing has an amazing picture even on a gray wall...

My screen is 9'x16' so the 16:9 native aspect ratio is a definite advantage on this PJ. I have some other projects in mind for the Viewsonic...

I still can't believe it was free.
13  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: InFocus IN82 on: April 21, 2014, 03:25:48 pm
Thanks Frosty. I will do the 3 hour test just to be sure. Even though the claimed brightness is 1500 lumens, I was able to project onto the wall in my bedroom during the day without any problems, however the ViewSonic is noticeably brighter.

I have never tried the adapter on the ViewSonic, always just VGA from my HTPC to the PJ, but I will definitely give it a shot if this freebie ends up dying. The InFocus has a much smoother picture than the ViewSonic too. I believe the PJD5122 is really intended for presentations and stills and not so much a home cinema application. After all, we are comparing a $250 PJ to a $5K PJ.
14  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / InFocus IN82 on: April 21, 2014, 09:51:42 am
Been a while since I posted. Yesterday I acquired a free InFocus IN82 Home Cinema projector. The previous owner said the unit would run for about an hour then shut off with an overheating warning. They took the opportunity to upgrade their media room projector and gave me this one. I took it home and cleaned the dust screen out on the air box and tested the projector for about an hour without any problems.

I was wondering if anyone knew what might have been causing the overheating issue if not just the filter needed cleaning. The total lamp hours read at 1,989 but there was 1 reset. The current hours read at 79 hrs. I don't know if the lamp has been replaced or someone just reset the hours. If I can prevent this thing from overheating it would be a decent upgrade from my ViewSonic PJD5122 (480p) as this one does full 1080p.

Here is a link to the specs:
15  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: $150 Projected Touch Screen! on: August 24, 2013, 08:01:39 pm
I am really interested in this idea. I have a kinect sensor lying around doing nothing and this would be a perfect way to make use of it. I really can't affor $150 just to have a 45" touch screen though.

Tronn, I assume if one were to use rear projection they could still use this as long as the kinect sensor were facing the side of the material being touched?

There is a website that also has other interesting uses for the kinect sensor. I have seen others using the sensor in a similar way as the UBI software but the applications are open source. and

Of course, I do not have much experience with compiling source code and running applications within a development environment, but maybe someone here might be inspired enough to tailor something for BYT use?
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