VIDEO

Video Projectors, Screens, & TVs for Slide Shows and presentations.


DJ Package - mixer, turntable & CD Player

Rear Projection Screens

Video is great medium for getting your message out. There are multiple solutions available for every venue space. We discuss several of these options and considerations below.

Video / Slide Shows:

In our experience of over 5000 events, we have found the best wedding slide shows last 4 minutes and involve lots of laughs, smiles and a few happy tears. The KISS method is a good way to go with a portable pull up screen that can be put away before our DJ starts the dance. If you are looking to step it up with some serious WOW factor, we offer you some of our extensive experience and expertise in professional video solutions.

If you have the space available and choose leave a video screen up for your dance, we can show your wedding monogram as well as some of your fav music videos!

Video Considerations:

Here are a few technical points to consider before deciding on your video.

Aspect Ratio:

The ratio of the width to the height of an image or screen.

Standard TV
4:3 Aspect Ratio
ex: 10' x 7'
Widescreen HD TV
16:9 Aspect Ratio
ex: '12 x 7'

When designing your wedding slide show (ie: powerpoint), you'll need to determine if your media content (photos etc) is more suited to standard or wide screen. For example: scenic vistas suit wide screen whereas portrait shots suit standard. Other considerations include ceiling height, # of guests, sight lines, etc.


Sight Lines:

A hypothetical line from someone's eye to what is seen.

Put some thought into how your guests are seated & will each guest be able to see the screen(s) without having to:

  1. Ban big hair
  2. Stand on someone's shoulders
  3. Steal binoculars from the bird watchers next door

Projector/Screen Orientation:

There are four screen orientations on modern projectors. Front desktop is the most common for weddings (remember KISS). #2 is rear projection as it gives a much more polished and professional feel to your event (read: costs a bunch more).

Front Desktop Projection
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Rear Desktop Projection
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Front Ceiling Projection
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Rear Ceiling Projection
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Front vs. Rear Projection:

Front Projection Screens:

Front projection is quite straight forward. Available on both pull up and fast fold screens. The main disadvantage of front projection video screens is the lowly projector standing 15'-20' in front the screen and all the power and video cables running out to it. Projectors can get jostled around, bumped out of focus, etc. Not to mention kids (and some adults!) making shadow puppets...

Rear Projection Screens:

Rear projection is a technique wherein the image is projected from behind the screen. The screen fabric is designed to efficiently transmit light frequencies from back to front. The main advantage of this method is a clean and professional uncluttered room. In order for the images to display properly, the projector reverses the video. Rear projection screens are significantly more complicated to setup and are NOT an end user DIY rental. A frame must be assembled and the rear projection screen stretched across it and snapped into place. Generally a minimum 2 person job with larger screens such as 16'x9' screens requiring 4 crew.


Pull Up Screens vs. Fast Fold Screens:

Pull Up Screen:

pull up screen
Pros:
  • Quick
  • Lowest Cost
  • Usually come in square sizes
Cons:
  • Front projection only
  • Screen edges are loose
  • Lacks borders for drape dress kits

Fast Fold Screen:

Pros:
  • Both Rear & Front projection
  • Most professional look
  • Wide black borders
  • Easily draped edges
Cons:
  • Cost
  • Setup time

Ceiling Height:

Ceiling height is often the limiting determinant of screen size. Low ceiling height has impeded wedding video concepts on more than one occasion! Compare these 12'x7' wide screen examples:

13' Ceiling:

11' Ceiling:

Note the 11' ceiling. The sight lines are significantly impacted: 43% (bottom 3') of the screen is NOT visible screen to half your guests. Another solution or workaround is required.

Possible Solutions:

Projection Screen Sizes:

These are most common screen sizes we rent. Note that a 6x6 screen is 36sq ft while the 8x8 is 64sq ft of surface area.

Pull Up:

  • 6'x6'
  • 8'x8'
  • 10'x10'
  • 12'x12'

Fast Fold '4:3':

  • 7.5'x10'
  • 9'x12'
  • 10.5'x14'
  • 12'x16'

Fast Fold '16:9':

  • 7.5'x12'
  • 9'x16'
  • 12'x21'

Projectors:

Projectors come in many flavors, if you are following our KISS rule then you likely only need a basic projector. What primarily differentiates projectors is brightness and throw distance.

Projector Lumens (Brightness):

Lumens. A measure of the total quantity of visible light emitted by a source.

Lumens to a projector is like speed to a car. You really have to look under the hood to know what you are getting. We do not recommend anything lower than 2500 lumens. A key concept of light that is often misunderstood: The same light/projection cast on a larger area results in a larger picture of less brightness (lumens). Size vs brightness can be a tradeoff. If you have a dark room, you may be fine. With an overly bright room or daylight coming in, you are going to have visibility issues.

Think about where the sun may be hitting your screen/room at the time you want your slide show!!!

Projector Throw Distance:

Throw is the distance of a projector from the screen. Based on its Throw Ratio.

Every projector has unique glass lens properties and this results in projectors requiring different throw distances to fill your screen of choice. Projectors are usually classified as short throw, long throw and medium/avg. throw. Front or Rear projection makes no difference here. If you are following KISS then this really just means how far the projector will be from your screen (cables and all).

Short Throw Projectors:

Short throw simply means shorter than average distance to the screen. Unless you have an extreme shortage of space, you should not require these type of projectors. These projectors obviously cost more money than regular projectors.

Long Throw Projectors:

Long throw generally means distance of 50'+. Of course these units cost a lot more as well. You might require a long throw projector if we had to shoot from a long distance and there was no space directly in front of the screen. Again, much more expensive than average throw projectors.


Wide Screen TV's:

Wide screen TVs are a great solution to low ceilings and tight spaces. Images are sharp and detailed. TVs are perfect for long narrow rooms along the outside walls.

Some of our wide screen TVs in action:

Calgary Wedding Fair. We also provided the entire truss structure. Our client won best booth.

pull up screen

Dan Levy and Lainey Gossip. Offspring of Eugene Levy.

Amanda and Devon's Wedding. Devon did the gorgeous graphics!

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