Projection ScreensProjection screens have come a long way in the last few years. Each year, we see new materials and designs, as well as improvements on existing product. Screen manufacturers have continued to provide 8/04/2010 8:00 AM Eastern
Aug 4, 2010 12:00 PM, By Mike Keadle
Projection screens have come a long way in the last few years. Each year, we see new materials and designs, as well as improvements on existing product. Screen manufacturers have continued to provide us solutions to keep up with the ever-progressing evolution of video. The new offerings available to us provide not only size and image variations, but also diverse design and aesthetic configurations. We can now follow a design concept to completion without worry of limitation by size, brightness, finish, or function. These latest creations allow us to realize our design potential in projection screen integration.
Available in widths larger than 39ft., Da-Lite's new Arena Electrol screen series is designed for hotel conference centers, auditoriums, and worship facilities. It is a large-scale motorized screen with a built-in balancing system and steel cable guides for a smooth and even retraction. The balancing system also ensures a flat viewing surface for optimum clarity of the projected image. The Arena Electrol series features a steel inner frame, a black case, and fixed mounting brackets. It includes a built in RF remote and a three-position wall switch. Joining Da-Lite's large-screen offerings is the new Large Advantage Electrol series of screens. The Large Advantage screen series shares characteristics of Da-Lite's Advantage lineup: a motorized bottom closure panel and a plenum suitable case. It is available in widths up to 22ft. in a tensioned format and 24ft. in a nontensioned format.
Da-Lite's new 3D Virtual Black rear-projection screen offers superior 3D viewing by eliminating the ghosting often associated with 3D screens. It accomplishes this by maintaining 99 percent polarization purity. 3D Virtual Black screens are available in seamless sizes up to 16ft. high at any width. The material folds easily for transportation and storage. Da-Lite and Joe Kane Productions joined forces to offer the JKP Affinity series screens. This year, the companies are offering a third material in the lineup: HD Progressive 1.1. HD Progressive 1.1 gain screens are designed for applications that need a small boost in screen gain because of projector brightness or screen size. They are available in seamless heights up to 16ft.
This year, Draper is offering two new screen surfaces: Low Gain Cineflex and Uniflex White. Low Gain Cineflex is a flexible vinyl rear-projection material with a gain of 0.8 that is ideal for short throw lensesit minimizes hotspots caused by traditional diffusion type rear-projection materials. It also offers a very wide viewing angle and a high contrast ratio. Uniflex White is a flexible screen material capable of both front and rear projection. It is well-suited for edge-blending or edge-matching applications. When used for front projection, Uniflex White offers a gain of 0.5, and a gain of 0.7 when used in rear-projection mode. Since Uniflex White material combines both front- and rear-projection capabilities, it is perfect for rental and staging houses, eliminating the cost and space of storing two separate screens.
Aug 4, 2010 12:00 PM, By Mike Keadle
Elite Screens is now offering its new StarBright 7 series of high-performance fixed-frame screens. The StarBright 7 series is an ultra-high, seven-gain angular reflective material. It is ideal for well-lit applications and situations without control of room lighting. The unique surface coating on the screens maintains color balance and saturationeven in extremely high lighting. The coating also eliminates hot spot artifacts typically associated with high gain screens. The StarBright 7 series is available from 88in. to 206in. diagonal. Custom sizes are available. Elite's Insta-DE screens offer a very easy-to-use instant screen and whiteboard solution in one. The self-adhesive backing easily mounts to textured surfaces creating a screen anywhere one is needed. The Insta-DE screen's VersaWhite surface offers a matte white finish with a 1.1 gain, and it is coated with a scratch-resistant optical resin.
Omega Glas (distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Vislogix) has two new offerings: the Vipro HardScreen and the Vipro FrontScreen. The Vipro HardScreen is a security (tempered) glass gray screen coated with the Vipro Matrix that provides outstanding front- and rear-projection images and offers true 180-degree viewing. Almost any glass surface in a building may be used as a front- or rear-projection surface by applying the Vipro Matrix coating. Standard and custom-sized screens are available. The Vipro FrontScreen is a white glass screen providing excellent front projection images. Combined, the Vipro series offers a wide variety of options for visual presentation in a building by using both traditional and nontraditional screen locations.
Screen Solutions International offers a wide range of screen materials and styles. The company's new Definition film rear-projection material is a film that may be applied to any glass or acrylic surface to create a screen. It offers seamless sizes up to 122in. diagonal in a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 100in. diameter in a 4:3 aspect ratio. It may also be tiled to create larger displays. It may also be cut into different shapes and sizes to create a truly unique display. The material offers rich, bold color and high contrast. It may easily be used in a high-ambient-light environment. The company's new Intrigue film is a clear, colorless (transparent) film that is applied over any glass or acrylic surface. The clear nature of the film provides a holographic effect when an image is displayed. Multiple layers of the film may be used to enhance the color saturation and contrast. Like its sibling, Intrigue film may be cut into unique shapes and sizes to truly customize a display.
Stewart Filmscreen introduced the Gallery Wall screen series at InfoComm 2010. The Gallery Wall Screen series is a collection of front- and rear-projection sculpted, fixed-frame screens in a variety of colors, finishes, and materials. The design is easy to match to any room décor, and it opens the door to use in situations where a traditional screen may be viewed as incompatible with the aesthetics of the room. A new wall-mounting system includes leveling vials to simplify installation. Both traditional and specialty mounts are available for the Gallery Wall series.
Vutec has introduced its Fusion-HD line of scratch-resistant, multilayer, rigid acrylic rear screens. The Fusion-HD line offers 180 degree off-axis viewing and extremely high-ambient-light rejection. The design of the material provides high contrast, clarity, and color saturation even in areas with uncontrolled lighting. The Fusion-HD line offers a pre-assembled frame, or it may be suspended from any ceiling structure. It is available in 16:9, 16:10, 2.35:1, and 4:3 aspect ratios. Custom sizes are also available. Vutec's new Vision-X Dyna-Curve series is a fixed curve screen designed to create an enhanced theater sensation. The Dyna-Curve series is available in Vutec's SilverStar, BrightWhite Opaque, PearlBright, GreyDove, and SoundScreen materials. The screen is a native 2.35:1 aspect ratio and offers fully automated vertical masking for 16:9 and 4:3 images. Since the image height is constant for all aspect ratios, Dyna-Curve screens offer continuous viewing distance no matter the image format.