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Alternating 16:9 and 2.35:1 Projector Screens for Anamorphic Projectors

Elite Screens' Blog Team

Elite Screens' Blog Team

Many AV end users take measures to make sure that their projected imaging is properly formatted regardless if they are using 16:9 and 2.35:1 content.  Some go as far as buying anamorphic lenses and “multi-masking” screens.  Elite has developed and used an innovative design that incorporates 2-seperat screens of different aspect ratios. This series is known as VMAX Dual.  End users have a choice between a basic matte white projector screen or a tab-tensioned projector screen.  When running 16:9 content, the screen coordinates its rise and drop in synchronization with the projector’s power cycle.  Ready for the widescreen content of a 2.35:1 cinema presentation, press a button and the screen switch with perfect alignment.

*The discussion below is based on actual chat transcripts with the omission of any personal/confidential material to protect the customer’s privacy.   An example in this case is to change the contact’s identification name/number   to “Customer”.



4:00:00 PM             Johnny - Thank you for contacting EPV Screens Sales department this is Johnny, how may I help you?

11:49:30 AM       Customer - Hi. Which one of your products has two screens into one, @ 2.35:1 and 16:9 ratios?

11:50:18 AM           Johnny - that would be our VMAX Dual and VMAX Tab-Tension Dual Series

11:50:25 AM           Johnny - Watch TV in 16:9 and switch to 2.35:1 when watching movies. Here’s the links:

11:50:29 AM           Johnny - Tab-Tensioned model.  My personal favorite:

11:51:38 AM           Johnny - …and the Non-tensioned basic model:

11:52:58 AM       Customer - Looking at the links.  How do these work? Won’t the difference in distance between the screens affect the projector’s focus?

11:52:58 AM           Johnny - Great question.  That is known as “depth of focus distortion”. Fortunately there is only a 12mm distance between screen materials so this tiny distance negates any negative effects from depth of focus distortion.

11:54:05 AM           Johnny - There are other features like a wireless 5-12v trigger that enables the screen to  drop/rise in synchronization with the projector’s  power cycle.  Press a button and the aspect ratios switch with perfect alignment.

11:54:57 AM       Customer - Great, thanks. Since I am using a standard throw projector, a VMAX Dual will suit me fine.

11:55:15 AM           Johnny - My pleasure, thank you for choosing Elite Screens.