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 1 
 on: Today at 06:11:09 pm 
Started by Ozzy - Last post by movieman
I was thinking the same thing.

rg

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 on: Today at 05:29:33 pm 
Started by Ozzy - Last post by 11visions
That is ridiculously awesome. How long does it take to setup and tear down?

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 on: Today at 06:15:47 am 
Started by Ozzy - Last post by Ozzy
Hi all

My latest creation in outdoor screens is my 315 inch aluminium framed screen. My screens are used with front projection only as the screen material is made from a blockout pvc material with a matt finish. This screen is supported by 4 custom made legs which are designed to pivot and lay flat on the ground to assemble the screen.

Once screen is secured to the legs the screen is then swung up and locked into place. The screen is secured to the ground with the use of ground screw pegs which are screwed into the ground using a 3/4 electric rattle gun. Back brace supports are then attached high up on each leg and braced back to the ground with more screw pegs.

I have designed all my screens which have been in use for the past 6 years for my business.


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 on: August 11, 2017, 07:20:57 am 
Started by movieman - Last post by movieman
Check it out:   www.onlocationdriveintheatre.com

Hope you like it

rg

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 on: August 09, 2017, 07:16:10 pm 
Started by Buzz - Last post by darknite

I certainly spent too much time putting together a playlist of music that didn't have any cuss words, inappropriate topics, etc.  And then there's the time spent figuring out how to put together a short video intro.  The 15 second intro took hours to complete!  But for me all of that is part of the fun.  Kind of like comparing how songs sound through different speakers and things.  Some people don't see the allure, but to me and I'm sure most of you, it's fun.

Now ya gone and dun it!  You mentioned an intro video...  Could you post it, or a link to it? How did you create it? What software?  :-)  Thanks.

 6 
 on: August 09, 2017, 10:43:57 am 
Started by Buzz - Last post by Buzz
Tape jockeying - that takes me back!  Many moons ago I worked at a radio station on an as needed basis.  The music was on reels, but commercials and spots were on cassettes (like 8 tracks).  We had to do the same thing - prep player 2 while 1 was going, swap 1 when 2 was going, and so on.  If you're not paying attention you end up with dead air, which doesn't make the bosses happy!  This was the early to mid 90's so the equipment was a bit dated.  I'm glad I got a chance to experience those machines. 

I'll bet you're the type who can feel a bit uneasy or restless just sitting back while things go on.  That's how I am anyway.  It's nice to have a responsibility to fiddle with while the audience enjoys.  Though, I don't envy you having to unjam tapes and players!

It's really cool how taking the movies outside changes the game a bit.  Sometimes I watch a VHS at home on my TV.  The video quality just sucks after everything being HD nowadays.  But you take a VHS outside, and it doesn't really matter.  There's just so much more to the experience outdoors.

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 on: August 08, 2017, 11:59:56 pm 
Started by Buzz - Last post by SR
Buzz, At both of the BYT I have been heavily involved in have transmitter their sound and asked attendees to bring a portable radio.  If you ever do a showing somewhere that you need to contain your sound requiring the use of headphones could be an option.  Another option is to broadcast to radios you provide and place in strategic locations.  Just a few of my thoughts there.

As far as playlists are concerned back when I had my own BYT theatre I use to do a fair bit of that, but I also had some stuff that I would pre-make in the winter to use during the summer.  I'd also sometimes show movies from DVDs in which case I would do the preshow on the laptop and switch from the laptop to the dvd player for the movie.  I did that because I felt the DVD player was more reliable than the laptop.   

Where I'm at now helping out at the Night-Sky his "media player" is duel deck VHS machine.  It's really quite an experience in timing, and in some ways it's a lot of fun, but you have to pay attention too.  So lets suppose we are going to play an intro tape, followed by two cartoon shorts and then the movie.  So I'd start the intro tape in slot #1, when that is over start the first cartoon in slot #2, followed by rewinding the intro.  When the first cartoon is over in slot #2 the second cartoon can start right away in slot #1.  Repeat until it's time to start the movie.  So basically just jockeying tapes back and forth between the two player slots.  It's a lot more work during the show but it is fun for me at least, unless a tape gets jammed, and yes I have gotten very good at unjamming VHS tapes and players in the dark Smiley  I brought all that up just because it is different way of doing things today.

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 on: August 08, 2017, 03:49:28 pm 
Started by Buzz - Last post by Buzz
Thanks guys.  It was great fun.  Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves and I didn't hear of any complaints or criticism.  Most of the time at home I run 3 channel so I can crank up the center channel for dialogue.  But stereo is less hassle, and I might be doing it more often.  I'm sure all of us who run such things are our own worst critic.  The guests always seem to have a good time.  I don't get to do very many of these each year, but would like to have time to get it done more often.  A few years ago I tried getting 5 channel surround going in the backyard.  NOT worth the effort for me!

I was prepared to answer any questions about all the home equipment and PVC frame with a whole "A scout is thrifty" bit.  I did explain to a couple of people how the frame was built, and about my BOC screen from Carl, probably in more detail than they wanted Wink 

I've been interested in transmitting sound rather than setting up speakers, but haven't tried it.  This was the first venue I've done in a bigger open area, but the shape of the area lent itself well to my lack of amplification and less than optimal speaker setup.  **More Power!**

I certainly spent too much time putting together a playlist of music that didn't have any cuss words, inappropriate topics, etc.  And then there's the time spent figuring out how to put together a short video intro.  The 15 second intro took hours to complete!  But for me all of that is part of the fun.  Kind of like comparing how songs sound through different speakers and things.  Some people don't see the allure, but to me and I'm sure most of you, it's fun.

 9 
 on: August 08, 2017, 03:16:22 pm 
Started by Buzz - Last post by darknite
Hey Buzz, that looks like a lot of fun! Nice setup.

 10 
 on: August 08, 2017, 01:16:07 pm 
Started by kelemvor - Last post by 11visions
I offered a hefty sum to buy the BYT forums. *crickets*

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