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dave coyle1 Calculating status...
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Nov 29, 2012 4:15 AM

Wanted to ask peoples opinion. We have a screening due for a music video in a few days. The screening will be for 100 people. The venue has a HDMI projector. However im a bit worries about showing it on a projector. In my experience projectors can drain and darken footage. The music video was shot at night and the grading used was pretty dark. Looks great on a plasma but im just a bit worried the look wont transfer to a projector. I wont be able to get to the venue until the screening day so cant even test it first.


Has anyone got experience of showing their work off on projectors? How did it look? Was it dark? Did it wash the colours out? It was shot on a canon 5D mark II and edited on FCP7.


And help or advise would be appreicated.



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  • darbypsnm Level 3 Level 3 (720 points)
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    Nov 29, 2012 12:04 PM (in response to dave coyle1)

    In my experience it really depends on the projector.

    Older SD projectors tend to have more of the problems you described but first and foremost what you are projecting on can effect how well something looks no matter how good the projector is.


    How are you playing it back through the projector?

    Are you unable to get any information about the make and model of the HDMI projector?

  • David Harbsmeier Level 7 Level 7 (29,570 points)
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    Nov 29, 2012 3:43 PM (in response to dave coyle1)

    Right off the bat you're facing three things that can greatly affect the quality of the playback: the projector itself (quality, brightness, lens, etc), the screen and the ambient lighting.  Even a good video can be made to look bad by any of those three (or combination thereof).



  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,935 points)
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    Nov 29, 2012 5:32 PM (in response to dave coyle1)

    dave coyle1 wrote:


    I wont be able to get to the venue until the screening day so cant even test it first.


    As Darby and David  have pointed out there are too many moving parts so say with certainty how it will display.


    You have to test – even if it's not the same venue, you have to approximate it. (I've gone into strange halls with multiple versions to choose from…just in case.) Do the best you can in replicating the environment of the screening and adjust accordingly.


    Good luck.



  • Gary Scotland Level 5 Level 5 (7,565 points)
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    Nov 30, 2012 7:15 AM (in response to dave coyle1)


    What I was really asking is are the HD projectors good enough to showcase this kind of work (providing all the other moving parts are ok) will it drain or darken the colours?


    Your missing the point David and Russ have made.


    Isnt it interesting that the same image showing on 50 HD TV's in the local shop all look different?


    What a camera operator, editor, sound engineer or broadcaster does is send out the best image and sound the complete sytem can offer. Your job is to do the same.


    If the sound or picture is bad in the home,  the playout engineer cant go to every TV in the country and adjust them.



    You might be presented with a portable SVGA projector on a table propped up with a book, or it could be a $75,000 Christie Digital Cinema projector  correctly set up using a video analyser by an engineer.


    The two things you can do;


    talk to the person who looks after the projector, not the venue manager, and find out about the equipment


    go into the venue very early on in the day and see  and hear for yourself what is going to happen to your project and get the person you spoke with, to adjust it if its obviously not right.


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