Backyard Movies -- Fun in the Summertime
June 22, 2016,
There is nothing quite like movies under the stars. As the nights get warm people think about setting up a big screen movie rig in the backyard. But the two big questions are -- what projector is right for this? And what about the screen?
Picking the Projector
There is no such thing as a "backyard projector." But there are dozens of models that will work perfectly fine for outside movies. You can find the best projector for your needs by searching the Projector Database with the key criteria that describe your ideal projector. Go to the Database, and enter each of the parameters that you care about, and you'll get a list of the models that work for you.
When searching the Projector Database, here are the key things to think about:
After entering all of these sort criteria into the Database you will end up with a list of projectors that meet ALL of your desired criteria. If there are no projectors listed, that means there are NO projectors on the market that meet ALL of your criteria, and you need to adjust your inputs until it begins to give you models that do.
Picking a Screen
Though you can use a bedsheet or the side of a house for a reflection surface, the best picture quality will be realized with the use of a portable projection screen that you can set up and take down without too much trouble. There are many suppliers of pop-up portable screens that work for temporary outdoor deployment. The key factors are (1) portability, (2) ease of set up and take down, (3) ease of anchoring for stability in the breeze, and (4) price.
We've had good luck with the VApex portable screen from Visual Apex. It is extremely compact, but it assembles into a full metal frame rig with stands in less than ten minutes. They also supply an ingenious portable projector stand that assembles in less than five minutes.
The Elite Yard Master is also a popular option. It is more complex and takes somewhat longer to assemble than the VApex, but it comes in a wider selection of sizes.
There are many suppliers of these screens, and in general the best sources for these are the online projector resellers such as...
These professional resellers not only stock various models but offer projectors and screens bundled for outdoor set ups, helping you to save money on the total package. These professional online resellers have customer service personnel that can help you tailor a solution to your budget.
In the end, setting up an outdoor movie night is a piece of cake with the right equipment. Check our your projector and screen options today, and you can be in the backyard theater business by next week.
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