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 on: July 27, 2016, 09:29:51 am 
Started by cecilb - Last post by cecilb
Haven't been here for awhile, life keeps getting in the way.

Hopefully doing a dead concert this Friday and was told livedead.co is the place to go. I'm not sure if I should stream off their site or download show I want. Are there any sound issues? Hoping the site isn't skittish. Any thing I should be aware of?

Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated.

 on: July 25, 2016, 11:43:44 pm 
Started by GolfPT - Last post by Sparge
We used a Brother P-Touch labeler to make new labels for our Camp Chef screen frame:


A complete review of the OS132 can be found here:



 on: July 25, 2016, 09:08:24 pm 
Started by SR - Last post by Happykmpr
We have a commercial type popcorn machine with a 12oz kettle (great northern from Amazon). We purchase the proportioned popcorn from gold medal. It is a HUGE hit and we always get compliments on it.

Depending on when sunset is, we will either incorporate dinner in to the potluck concession stand (aka 2 6' folding tables) or keep it a potluck dessert concession table. Whichever the case, we ask the guests to bring something for the table and a 2 liter. We supply the plates, plastic utensils, napkins, cups and ice.

Our pre show entertainment has been trivia recently. There is normally a 10 minute break before the movie starts; this is when we start popping the popcorn. We don't have a warmer for bagged popcorn, so my wife scoops and bags the popcorn for each person.

I recently found some coated popcorn bags on Amazon. 1oz size I believe. I haven't had a chance to use them yet. But will be perfect for the butter-like topping I have.

I'm considering selling movie theater candy as a way to offset the cost of maintenance and upgrades. I haven't convinced myself that it'd be a success with the potluck concession table.  Undecided

 on: July 24, 2016, 11:20:59 pm 
Started by Redsparow1 - Last post by Redsparow1
I was able to find a good 3D Glasses solution for the adults in my house, but it was a little harder finding something that is a good, comfortable fit for kids.  Enter the Quantum G9 Glasses for kids, they have many of the same pros and cons as the Ultimate 3D Heaven Glasses that I thoroughly endorse.  Some reviews for these glasses have indicated compatibility issues with Epson projectors and BenQ projectors, but this has NOT been my experience with the Optoma HD141X.  I have even had adults use them without complaint, so reassures me that the kids haven't just been suffering silently.  Full review here: http://www.backyardmovies.net/?p=301


On/Off button on the glasses.
On/Off button on the glasses.
Rechargeable battery

Comfortable to wear


Long Battery Life

Cheaper than name brand

Maintains great contact with projector



Lenses are dark

 on: July 23, 2016, 02:45:15 am 
Started by Redsparow1 - Last post by Redsparow1
Right now Amazon.com.uk has a bunch of 3D Disney and other kids movies for sale $15.  The movies are region free so you can watch them here no problem and if you have prime, the shipping is free even from the UK.   The thing is that Disney doesn't release their movies in the US in 3D anymore, so this is one of the only ways to get them.  I pulled together a list on my site: http://www.backyardmovies.net/?p=295

I am thinking about getting Man of Steel, I haven't seen it in 3D and for $11 I think it is worth it. It will be a nice companion to Batman vs Superman.

 on: July 22, 2016, 09:19:56 am 
Started by SR - Last post by lowcrawl
We use the popcorn machine in the picture.   We typically pop one batch like 5 minutes before people show up and then about 2-3 more as guests are there and as need depending on demand.   My wife and youngest son will usually be the ones eating that first batch when people show up to entice them into having some... lol.   We buy a ton of the little brown bags (like for school lunches) for my guests.  My wife has gotten into the flavor salt's and the flavored powdered butter shakers, less mess. 

We throw a lot of events at the house so we have a lot of "party" accessories to be flexible in what we can serve.   The popcorn machine has been used in the house during poker nights.  On one movie night, we went all out.  Had nachos, hot dogs (with all the condiments: Relish, onions, sauerkraut, mustard, ketchup, chili, etc...) and some bite size candies.   It was for when we had a large crowd coming for the showing of Independence Day.   We'll probably do that again, just depends on crowd size and event.

I do plan to incorporate the kegerator and other concession like stuff into an outdoor kitchen on my deck so my guests can just walk over and not miss any of the movie.

 on: July 22, 2016, 08:10:52 am 
Started by Redsparow1 - Last post by lowcrawl
I haven't tried a live event... Yet.   This year (the 2nd year doing shows off the deck) I am refining my processes, when my oldest moves out (graduates and "planning" on joining the navy) I will move his brother into his room and turn that room into a projection room.   I will have to get a better projector  Grin for 1 better connections (hdmi) and 2 throw distance (doubling the throw from current location) it will allow for me to easily connect to my satellite box and will protect most of my equipment from the elements.  I'm hoping that unless we have a monster storm I will still be able to do showings (live or Memorex) in rainy weather.

 on: July 21, 2016, 04:34:55 pm 
Started by bugbitten - Last post by bugbitten
I've got the screen hanging between two trees, with quite a bit of foliage overhead. That helps some. I think it's probably as well-sited as I can do. The primary porch light offender is on good terms. I probably just need to invite them over more often, but their cinematic preferences tend to cramp my style! I'd probably be happy with anything 720P or better with a light output similar to the ol' InFocus. But that 4400 lumens is sure tempting!


 on: July 20, 2016, 11:25:14 am 
Started by waverz - Last post by darknite
Here's my setup from the weekend.

Setup was breeze. And everything ran as expected. The customer just wanted to play music videos  from YouTube so I put my chRomecast into party mode and everyone was able to add video's to the queue.

We even did a little karaoke towards the end of the night.

I will be investing in some cam jams for the tie downs, or learn better knots. The clips that came with the screen are a complete joke.

I need more gigs, this stuff is just too much fun.

I wanted a simple way to secure my screen, so I replaced hooks with carabiners on the rachet straps, and found better stakes.  The stakes are Snow Peak, they have a big hook and a ring. I put a 5/16 quick link into the ring to attach the carabiner.  Don't know if this will help on the screen side, but the these work great on the ground anchor side.

 on: July 19, 2016, 01:19:47 am 
Started by DavidCoppola - Last post by Redsparow1
I love this projector, it has been awesome!  I did a whole post about the projector here.  http://www.backyardmovies.net/?p=49 .  I also did a write up about using 3D outside, that is an area where I really the HD141X excels.  The only setting I have changed is muting the internal speaker.

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