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 on: August 20, 2014, 03:34:45 pm 
Started by Oldalgebra - Last post by Corzak
Nope, Sparge, I didn't like hearing that. Decided to go ahead with my own version this year and watch the sales on November 1.

Here's the final result with Torch Directions on the bottom half of this linked page.

The electric knife works like a dream. Thanks!

Going to get ready for Halloween early this year  and thinking about doing something like this. Curious if the grout lines were just painted or if they were cut as well?

 on: August 20, 2014, 12:58:37 pm 
Started by soccer1 - Last post by Jeeperz23

Nice job.. I would love to do something similar but portability is my issue.. I constantly get "Hey, do you want to bring
your movie set up when you come over"  It leaves me stuck with inflatables that fit in the SUV..

But my question is, do you have much welding experience??  I would be nervous to ruin the frame not knowing how to weld. I am a contractor and a fast learner, would you say it is something a novice could handle ??

And again..Nice job


 on: August 20, 2014, 12:51:23 pm 
Started by Jeeperz23 - Last post by Jeeperz23
Hey everyone,
I have just purchased the Gemmy 14.4" screen to replace my open air 16' because I was looking to improve the
picture quality and as anyone who has used the open air knows its basically a sheet type of material and lets a lot of the light through the screen. The Gemmy seems to let no light pass through, so much better reflection than the open air BUT IT SMALLER..ARGHHHHHH not to much smaller but..well, being a guy..BIGGER IS ALWAYS BETTER, RIGHT Huh?

My main issue is trying to get the wrinkles out of the screen...

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated..

Thanks Guys,

 on: August 20, 2014, 12:00:41 pm 
Started by barnoguy - Last post by barnoguy
I found a simple download that will tell you if all your speakers are working;

 on: August 20, 2014, 12:30:56 am 
Started by victor-eyd - Last post by victor-eyd
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


 on: August 19, 2014, 05:48:56 pm 
Started by roryfx - Last post by barnoguy
If it were me, I would move to San Marcos. They have a lot of what you want and less of what you don't want. New Braunfels is probably nice too, but I don't have much experience roaming around there. The big city of San Antonio is delightful in many ways (culture, pace, places), but then again, it's a big city.

 on: August 19, 2014, 02:12:27 pm 
Started by barnoguy - Last post by RoseRanch
Love it, barnoguy!  Very cool and quite RUSTic!  Gives a feeling of the old days.

 on: August 19, 2014, 12:34:17 am 
Started by ranman101 - Last post by ranman101
Here they go. Blu-Ray's releasing tomorrow 8/19/2014

20 Million Miles To Earth / It Came From Beneath The Sea
Alpha House: Season One
Boardwalk Empire: Season Four
Fading Gigolo
Iguana (1988)
Jarhead 2: Field of Fire
Leviathan (1989)
Like Water for Chocolate
Magnificent Doll
Once Upon a Time: Season Three
Only Lovers Left Alive
Rampage: Capital Punishment
Revolution: Season Two
Rosemary's Baby: The Mini-Series
Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy
Sorceress (1982)
That's My Man
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3D
The Flintstones (1994)
The Quiet Ones
The Sacrament
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!: Criterion
Toy Story of Terror
Y Tu Mama Tambien: Criterion

 on: August 18, 2014, 08:46:21 pm 
Started by barnoguy - Last post by barnoguy
Is there a download somewhere for a simple 5.1 (or 7.1) audio test that I could burn on a cd?

 on: August 18, 2014, 07:00:50 pm 
Started by Azure1 - Last post by Azure1
My  fiancee and i are moving back to a town about 53 miles west of Chicago and i would like to Build a New Drive In Theater somewhere back there, even if i have to do it from the ground up. For the last 10 years i have been designing Drive Ins on my computer and have finally run out of ideas. I believe that i have some really good ones, i've found that there are alot of Cool things you can do, besides just showing movies. I have 14 that i would like to show, but can't find anyone to do so. I had the privilege of meeting April Wright last year at The 99W Drive In in Newberg OR and talked to her about what i was doing. She said that she wished she could help but she's just a director. I've been thinking about emailing a few actual Drive Ins to see if anyone might have an idea, then i thought about posting here on BYT and here we are.


And Thanks Again for the Acknowledgment.

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