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Geek Tip for AV Enthusiasts: How to Check Your IR Remote with Your Smartphone

Geek Tip for AV Enthusiasts:
How to Check Your IR Remote with Your Smartphone

By Dave Rodgers (Marketing Manager of Elite Screens Inc.)

 

When your IR remote fails, it could mean a simple fix but there’s no harm in troubleshooting it Jason Bourne style.

Everyone has dealt with this.  Sight your remote on your electronic device, press the button…and nothing!  Normally, you’ll try a few times before replacing the batteries.

But what if your batteries are fresh and still no dice?   It may be the remote and it may be the receiver but how do you know which?  Here’s a tip; ...

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Black-White Levels or Black-White Dynamic Range, Color and Contrast

Black-White Levels or Black-White Dynamic Range, Color and Contrast
By Dave Rodgers (Marketing Manager of Elite Screens Inc.)

 

I really had to fight off the peer pressure of my associates in the AV world to avoid toning down the complexity of this subject but it needs to be put into more layman-friendly terms.  This topic has been covered in all its glorious intricacy by best minds in organizations like SMPTE, CTA, ISF, & CEDIA.  This version is for the consumer to gain a basic understanding to build from.

To understand Black-White levels  of contrast, here are 3 characteristics of any...

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Tech Tip: Understanding Projector Throw Distance

There may be a lot to know about projection technology but this part’s as easy as 1-2-3.
By Dave Rodgers (Marketing Manager of Elite Screens Inc.)

 

The distance between your projector and screen is another crucial element in setting up your presentation.    The basic rule is the more distance you have between the projector and screen, the larger the projected image will be.  However, even this is limited as defined by the Inverse-Square Law wherein the luminosity decreases intensity, the further a light beam must travel.  In other words, the greater the throw distance, the less bright the image ...

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Tech Tip: The Proper Way to Mount and Watch Your Projector Screen

Like Holding a Wineglass, There is a Correct Way to Mount and Watch Your Projector Screen
By Dave Rodgers (Marketing Manager of Elite Screens Inc.)

 

I have said in various interviews, articles and media appearances that viewing a home theater projection screen is a “sensual” experience just like fine wine and every time, the interviewer has asked for me to elaborate on that.  It occurred to me that this basic bit of advice has been withheld from AV customers and the time for this same elaboration to them is long overdue.

Think about your senses.  Your body actually produces dopamine ...

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Projection Tip of the Month: December

Be a Pro. Know the Terminology of Video Evaluation Metrics 
By Dave Rodgers (Marketing Manager of Elite Screens Inc.)

 

You may or may not be aware of it but every time you sit down to watch a film; you ask yourself “what am I looking at?” and “Do I like this?”  Personal interests regarding subject matter, artistic taste, and personal beliefs aside, I am referring to the quality of the picture itself.  Pretend you like the film and have been looking forward to seeing it. Would you like it if the colors mismatch, the image seems blurry, or the details in ...

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Projection Tip of the Month: November

Installing the Insta DE 2af
By Dave Rodgers (Marketing Manager of Elite Screens Inc.)

 

Installing the pliable Insta DE 2af-projection screen material for the purpose of converting a wall space into a Whiteboard-Projection Screen has been typically the job of a professional signage installer.  However, our in-house installer demonstrates the method of completing a task in a flawless manner.  For DIY installers or signage installers just starting out, this video is for you.  Although this video presents a step-by-step walkthrough of such a product, it is highly recommended.

 

Click on link for full video: http://elitescreens.com/elitetube/Insta_DE_2aF_Installation_web.mp4

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Projection Tip of the Month: October

Centering and Lens Shift: How to Center On-Axis Projection and Why it May or May Not be Best.
By Dave Rodgers  (Marketing Manager of Elite Screens Inc.)

 

Whenever people come into your home or business to enjoy your video display, all they know is the proverbial “lights, camera …action!”  For all they know, you turn on the projector and that’s it.  Anyone who is either in this business or has even put on a projection display before know there is a lot of preparation that goes into it all before hand.   The projector and screen need to be compatible.  ...

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Projection Tip of the Month: September

Projector Placement and Why Vertical Projection Angles Matter

By Dave Rodgers, Marketing Manager for Elite Screens Inc.

 

There are various factors most know about when setting up a projection system but the proverbial “devil in the details” often goes overlooked. I’m talking about a projector’s vertical alignment.  It is a relatively simple function but it has small elements to it that every installer should be aware of  and that goes double for houses of worship.      It may be a small matter but the difference between doing it right and wrong will come with either great rewards or a ...

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Projection Tip of the Month: August

With summertime behind us and the holidays already at our door, are you ready for phase-2 of outdoor projection season?

 

 

Regardless if it is for a warm summer evening or a holiday festival, an outdoor projector and screen setup has become part of the landscape for these times of year. Our culture is so media orientated that a large media display is now expected to be present along with the communal fire of ancient lore if it hasn’t replaced that as well already.  I suppose it is ...

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Projection Tip of the Month: July

Widescreen Cinema Aspect Ratios and Curve Screens
By Dave Rodgers  (Marketing Manager of Elite Screens & EPV® Screens)

 

Question:  “What is the Big Deal about Curve Projector Screens?”

What is Widescreen?

 

To understand why a home theater projector screen should be curved requires you to know a thing or two about aspect ratios.  Mainly, this includes the “Widescreen Cinema Standard” or to be specific, the 2.35:1 Aspect ratio.  Aspect ratios determine the screen’s shape. ...

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