How to Choose a Projector Screen for Events
How to Choose a Projector Screen for Events?
Projection screens come in all sorts of shapes, and sizes which are used for various purposes at events. This can make it very difficult to know what screens the best option are when planning an event. The last thing you need is a screen that can’t be viewed by all of your attendees or even worst one that is not compatible with space or a projector.
Fortunately, once you have the vital event details figured out, the decision comes down to a few simple factors. When deciding what projector screen to use for your next event, think about these four questions before you get started.
1. How Many People Are Attending?
For meetings less than 60 people being setup in a theatre seating, a tripod screen is a reasonable choice. Tripod screens are mobile and provide more flexibility during your event. They can be used for both 4:3 or 16:9 content. They also have adjustable legs and don’t require technician set up. For groups of over 60 people, fastfold screens might be the better choice. Fastfolds are very useful when you’re trying to make a visual impact and allow larger audiences to view your content on a larger scale.
If you have an audience larger than 4,000 individuals, you can additionally think about a truss screen or custom sized setup. These sorts of displays can be flown, or ground sustained and are offered in front or back projection. Truss screens are offered in nearly any size you can think of. Therefore, if you don’t see what you want immediately, be sure to ask GSE Audiovisual what other options are out there for you.
2. What’s the Aspect Ratio of Your Content?
Aspect ratio is an essential factor in determining which screen to use for your event. The content displayed on the wrong size screen or monitor creates black bars around the posted content, which can be distracting and take away from your overall message. For the best quality experience, it’s imperative to match the screen to the aspect ratio of your content. You should always determine the aspect of your content and whether you require a 4:3 or 16:9 compatible screen. If your aspect ratio isn’t 4:3 or 16:9, GSE Audiovisual can assist you with finding a perfect display solution for your content.
3. How Much Room Do You Have?
Larger screens can require ceiling heights of 10′ – 15′ depending on the screen height. If your event venue doesn’t accommodate the ceiling height you need, consider multiple smaller screens or additional monitors. The majority of places have room diagrams or layouts online that show the ceiling height. If you can’t find the information, you can always set up a pre-event site survey for a technician to make sure your screen will fit in the venue.
Some venues also have space restrictions that don’t require throw or space in front of the screen. Throw distance is the space needed for the projector lens and the screen. Without the appropriate area to ensure adequate throw distance, your content may not fit within the screen. Make sure you determine the space required by your projector and ensure you secure the space you need.
4. Are Your Screen and Projector Compatible?
If you already have a projector that you plan to use, you need to keep in mind that not all projectors and screens work together. When screens increase in size, the lumens (brightness) required in a projector also should increase. Appropriate projector brightness is essential for allowing your content to be shown clearly on your screen.
These four questions are a great starting point to make sure you are heading in the right direction when choosing a projector screen. Two events are never the same and depending on the full scope of your event; there may be other factors to consider. There are a lot of creative solutions to consider when choosing a projector screen. GSE Audiovisual has the experience and inventory to ensure your content is viewed in the highest quality.