Projectors are one of the most versatile video devices on the market. Yes, you can display a video in a large format but, as TV prices come down and getting bigger and bigger every year, is there still a need for projectors?
The short answer is yes! Not only can it be used for home theatre rooms to watch movies but there is a relatively new technology called projector mapping. This allows some amazing ways to use a projector. It is one of those things you have to see to believe how amazing it looks.
Check out the videos below to see some creative ways projector mapping has been used.
Different Types of Projectors
Lamp projectors are the traditional projectors you will all be familiar with. Lamp projectors use a giant light bulb to project their images on the screen. The lamp takes time to warm up, loses image brightness after 10 hours, and requires fans inside the projector to deal with all the heat generated.
They deliver better colours, have lower power consumption and virtually zero maintenance costs. Also, LED projectors are smaller and generate less heat. Do keep in mind that LED projectors have limited brightness compared to LCD or DLP so they are not recommended if your room has a lot of light.
Put simply, laser-based projection offers longer lasting brightness, lower maintenance and improved color and contrast over similar lamp-based models. The solid state lasers used in projectors today are very bright, have wider color spaces, deep black levels and never require lamp replacement!
How To Choose Your Projector
There are a lot of things to consider when choosing your projector. What surface is it projecting on to, what is the size of the room, where is the projector mounted, how much ambient light is entering the room and not to mention the budget.
It can be very overwhelming for you to choose what brands are the best and even more complicated to pick which models to choose.
Luckily, the team at NZAV are well trained in projectors and we can recommend the right type of projector for your application. Come talk to one our team for some advice, we would be happy to help.
Do I Need a Screen and What's The Difference?
Do you need to install a projector screen? Can I just project the image onto a white wall? These are very common questions and the answer is that we always recommend installing a projector screen.
The main thing is that traditional paint is not designed to reflect light in an even manner. This results in uneven colour, contrast is sacrificed and overall, it will look very flat.
The first thing to decide is how large do you want the screen and then go from there. There are many variations to the setup of the screen like manual pull up or down, motorised from the top or the bottom and there is the aspect ratio (most common is 16:9). On top of this, there are many different materials and paint that the screens can be made from which will alter the contrast and colour performance of your projector.
There are many great articles online about all of this but if you can not be bothered doing your own research, just give us call and we can recommend the right product for your application and budget.