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wtmac
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Since I now have the projector I am now in the market for the viewing screen. I am not sure what to be looking for. I have found a site that tells how to make your own screen, With the material on Ebay I may go this route. But not sure if I will be happy with the results. I want this to be as professional as can be. I think I am going to go with a 110" 1.85:1 ratio. This is I think between Hd and 2.35:1 ratio and that it will fill the screen better with these films. Any input will be greatly appreciated with others who have taken on this project. The other option is the Da-lite and Draper screens which are very pricey. Has anyone made their own screen and were you happy with the results.
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Rifter
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Quoting wtmac:
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Since I now have the projector I am now in the market for the viewing screen. I am not sure what to be looking for. I have found a site that tells how to make your own screen, With the material on Ebay I may go this route. But not sure if I will be happy with the results. I want this to be as professional as can be. I think I am going to go with a 110" 1.85:1 ratio. This is I think between Hd and 2.35:1 ratio and that it will fill the screen better with these films. Any input will be greatly appreciated with others who have taken on this project. The other option is the Da-lite and Draper screens which are very pricey. Has anyone made their own screen and were you happy with the results.



Seems to me that after spending the big bucks for a projector and all that, why go on the cheap for the most important part of the system?  A professionally made screen will last longer and work better, and it should be big enough to accomodate ALL the aspect ratios you are likely to encounter on disk.
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wtmac
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I see that most films are 1.85:1 wide screen which would not give the black bars top and bottom for a vast majority of my collection. This is why I am going with this size screen. Using this for screen dimension will produce minimal bars on a true wide screen film with the aspect ratio at 2.35:1. If I get a true wide screen I am afraid the image will bleed off the top and bottom of the screen with films in the 4:3, 1.75:1 and 1.85:1 screen aspect ratio. An anamprophic projector lens would resolve this, but until the price of the Runco's come down, I need to work out the best viewing options that I have available right now. The screen if I buy a ready made fixed screen at 110" (man is that big) I am looking at a few thousand dollars. I can buy the same screen material used to make these same screens, but then I am making my own frame and then having to stretch the material onto the frame and securing it so it stays taunt. I am more than capable of doing it this way and will save me considerably. My question has anyone done this with the material on Ebay and if so were they happy with the results. Right now I am projecting on a white wall and it looks pretty damn good. I know with the screen it will look even better.
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Registered: December 9, 2004
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Home made screens can give as good (if not better) results in under 200 dollars compared to readymade screens bought for a 1000 dollars. It just needs patience and proper preparation before getting down to making a screen. I use a screen made of 1/4" MDF coated with Behr-Ultra pure-white paint. I use crushed velvet to make the borders  so that the movie is framed properly.

PM me and I can point you to some excellent D.I.Y forums (I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post links here).
wtmac
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I just purchased the material (blackout cloth) as well as the lumber to build a 106" screen. I will post pictures of it once it is complete.
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