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1  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Getting HDTV to projector In the yard??? on: February 20, 2009, 07:02:12 pm
OK you bring up a good point. What antenna's have people used outside for over the air HD?
2  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Theater Improvements and Atmosphere on: January 13, 2009, 01:50:29 pm
What works for me is on a big night to purchase glow sticks / neck rings for the kids. This way we can track all the little one when they start to run around.
3  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / New DIY higher IR, DC powered Wii sensor bar for backyard Screen at over 35 ft. on: June 27, 2008, 07:56:12 pm
For all you outdoor Wii fans, I built this Wii sensor bar that I can use outside and replace the stock version that came with the wii for indoors. It has 2 small boxes that house 5 high power IR LEDs each. Here are some camera pics to see what I built and the difference with IR strengths. Remember only the camera can see what IR looks like. The LEDs are dark to the naked eye.

It works great at 35ft and 4 people standing next to each other a few feet apart worked well.

From all my research here is what I used:
Item: TSAL6100 High-Power Infrared LED [Best Range]
Beam Angle: 10
Wavelength: 940nm
Part Number: TSAL6100 (RoHS compliant)
Price: $0.70 ea

It's important to get the 940nm from what I read.

Now the interesting thing about the original Wii sensor bar is that both side of the bar LEDs constantly blink but my DIY does not blink and it still tracks well. Take a look at your sensor bar with your Digital camera in monitor viewing mode.

I also used a 9v dc power brick transformer. I went with 9v so I could go to battery some day.

Looking at the picture the original sensor bar is in the middle long and skinny and the new boxes are on the outside left and right, just sitting there.

On the third image below you can see the two purple looking LEDs dots at the bottom of the screen. They are 35ft away from the camera on the 10'x20' 1" EMT outside screen. It's playing the Wii game Rayman Rabbid Rabbits2.

4  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Introduction - Timtimes Metroplex on Maria Drive on: May 13, 2008, 06:13:05 am
Your photostream: I Love the booze hound drawing on the fence. Cheesy
NICE touch!
5  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: 3/4 v. 1 inch EMT for 9 x 16 BOC screen on: October 09, 2007, 06:45:20 pm
1" is very worth it IMO. The sag in the screen will become worse over the long haul. If you put it up once in a while, I might say yes. But if you use it alot then go 1".
6  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Cable problem on: October 08, 2007, 01:10:11 pm
I have cablevision and I sometimes have to wait almost 15 to 20mins to get the box to reboot first and then it downloads all the settings back to it's original state. I know it's done when the clock comes back and reads the correct time.

Did you plug it back in the house?
7  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: the beast on: October 06, 2007, 05:24:41 pm
There's nothing wrong with a little "live and learn". My first screen was a 1/2" emt that was the wrong size pipe for the size screen I wanted. It bent all over the place and never worked. So now I have extra tent connectors and plenty of emt to wire my entire garage, one of these days.

Live and learn. Grin
8  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: Next step up after Sima 12' on: September 30, 2007, 05:28:04 pm
It's been almost a week. Any updates?

By the way I might suggest you start a new thread with a proper subject so we can find and search for it properly.

9  Backyard Theater discussions / Commercial - Rental/service business discussions / Re: My website is done... on: September 22, 2007, 12:39:25 pm
The mouse rollover is a nice touch.  My PC is not fast enough to load the image before I clicked on it. So I kept missing it. By changing the color of the font or making it italics on the mouse over users know it's a kind of rollover for something.

That wifi weather look up was quick thinking on your part. I think I will keep my laptop handy outside for those pesky clouds that can show up.
10  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: the beast on: September 21, 2007, 06:25:27 pm
Why are you going with 15'x20'? Do you have alot of viewing content that is in 4:3?

If you project on a 20' width screen on a 16:9 aspect ratio it will only use about 11.7' on the height.

Just wondering? Everything is going 16:9.

I would love to add another 1' down on my 10x20.

11  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: Dazian Coated Celtic Cloth on: September 21, 2007, 06:16:16 pm
Here is what I did: A 16:9 using a 4:3 pj and all the black bars are shown off the screen so it projects 16:9 and no one even knows the pj is 4:3 native. They only see 16:9 in HD.
12  Backyard Theater discussions / Commercial - Rental/service business discussions / Re: My website is done... on: September 21, 2007, 08:41:38 am
The site looks very clean. I would get rid of that stock image of the screen on the services page and use a real photo. Your customers want to know what they are paying for.

Do some before and after shots of a backyard without the screen and then with the screen, chairs, popcorn and projector all hooked up. This gives people the sense that it can be done in my yard. Do a pool setting and yard setting. Use thumbnails for the images with a zoom option.

Your home page needs to say something about booking events.

"We bring the cinema to your backyard!

        Book your next event here"

This is a call to action and tells me upfront its a service website.
Your are not building backyard cinemas. 

I like your logo but it takes up a big part of the homepage. People do not want to scroll down to see what the site is about. How about "Star View Cinema presents backyard movie events".

One little tip I know that is used alot is to hotlink you logo on everypage back to the homepage even thou you have a HOME link. People expect everything to be clickable. 

Please do not take any comments personally. It is a clean site no BS.

13  Backyard Theater discussions / Screen specific / Re: Next step up after Sima 12' on: September 20, 2007, 08:07:26 pm
I really respect that kind of enginuity to get what you want. Of course we want details and a progress report on the performance.
14  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: What I learned from on: September 18, 2007, 11:25:27 am
Great comments. I can relate.

My six year old boy wants to know why we can't do outside TV, everynight.
15  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: TV test run on: September 18, 2007, 11:10:02 am
Yea, I been doing the football and baseball games outside for a while on Trapeze regular screen. The image is great in HD. My neighbors have commented that it looks better than their tv at home, picture wise.

I'm also starting to get request for games from my neighbors to watch their team play. I got the Iowa Hawkeye vs Wisconsin this Sat. at 8:00pm scheduled. Now the upside to this is they bring the food and drinks (coctails). Grin
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