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Match your Projector and Screen’s Aspect Ratio

Elite Screens' Blog Team

Elite Screens' Blog Team

What do you do when your projector does not “fit” your screen?  To someone starting out, this sounds like a real mess but to those starting out but fortunately, this is one of the easiest fixes there is.  Check out the links on how to properly adjust your throw distance.  As long as the aspect ratios match, the only other factor is adjusting the throw distance to match the projection screen’s actual size. 


*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” or a generic name.



[18:28]        Jaime: Hello, how may I help you?

[18:29] Customer: Hello, I mostly just had a question regarding my projector and screen not “fitting”. Both have a matching 16:9 aspect ratio.

[18:30] Customer: I purchased a 100-inch Elite screen, online.

[18:31] Customer: And I have run into a small annoyance, in that my projector is not perfectly centered, so the screen, while it digitally can be moved around to fit perfectly, the projector overshoots some dark (black) light onto the wall outside of the screen.

[18:32] Customer: I know that you make another version that has a wider black matte around the projection surface. But how much bigger is it? and assuming changing the screens is impractical, is there any recommendation you guys have for dealing with that sort of an issue?

[18:33]        Jaime: This is an easy fix since the aspect ratio and the screen match.  Here is a video on aspect ratios 

[18:33]        Jaime: We have a projection screen calculator that tells you how much throw distance is needed between the projector and screen.  All you  need is the make/model and throw distance or preferred screen size.  The calculator will do the rest

[18:35] Customer: I see.  According to this. My projector throws a 100” image at 11’ 8”.  My projector lens is a touch over 12” from the screen.

[18:36]        Jaime: That’s the fix.  Either move your projector forward or your projector manual will tell you how to adjust the image size.

[18:37]        Jaime: Also, here is an article on throw distance: 

[18:41] Customer: Good stuff man. I like that you are a learning resource as well as a manufacturer.  I am adjusting my throw distance right now.

[18:45]        Jaime: If you have any other questions, I’ll be here to help you out.

[19:06] Customer: Much appreciated my friend. I’ll take it from here.