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DVD's on the Big Screen 17 Jun 2003 21:56 #24262

Someone mentioned just using DVD's....Can you do that on a big screen? I wouldn't think so but then again never doubt technology. If it is possible and there is a machine out there that will put DVD's on a big screen, someone please respond and let me know.
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Re: DVD's on the Big Screen 18 Jun 2003 08:53 #24263

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Current DVDs just do not have the resolution to fill a large screen with the audience sitting 2 to 4 image heights away from the screen, as specified in Standard SMPTE 196M. Show a DVD with even an expensive high-end digital projector, and you still have TV on a big screen, that might support viewing as close as about 4 screen heights (e.g., 40 feet from a 10-foot high screen). Any closer, and the picture just won't look sharp, and you will see the video artifacts.



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Re: DVD's on the Big Screen 18 Jun 2003 09:16 #24264

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also, if you rent a dvd from a video store you are not renting the public showing rights along with it. you can rent dvd's and videos from www.swank.com and www.criterionpicusa.com along with the public show rights but as john pointed out-your just showing a big tv. stick with film. this adds to the movie going experience which people are looking for.

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Re: DVD's on the Big Screen 18 Jun 2003 15:07 #24265

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We had a 10000ANSI projector on rental and plugged in a VHS and it was great. I'll bet 95% would never know the difference. That 95% would not include most of us.

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Re: DVD's on the Big Screen 18 Jun 2003 15:28 #24266

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Mike: You either were sitting in the back of the theatre, or need new glasses!
I can hardly stand watching a VHS tape on my 48-inch rear-projection monitor, much less a theatre screen.

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Re: DVD's on the Big Screen 22 Jun 2003 00:54 #24267

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We had a special screening of a small film called "The Homecoming of Jimmy Whitecloud" here for a local Native American Tribe. We used a digital cassette and a rented projector and displayed it on our standard auditorium screens. It looked pretty darn good, and nobody even noticed it wasn't film. No artifacts, no distortion, nothing.
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Re: DVD's on the Big Screen 23 Jun 2003 08:08 #24268

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Big Guy --- couldn't you interface the DV tape with your DLP-Cinema projector? I've never seen VHS or DV on a big screen look as good as a film print, but at least using an expensive DLP-Cinema projector would be better than a low cost rental unit.

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Re: DVD's on the Big Screen 27 Jun 2003 17:30 #24269

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I have actually asked about this and was told by various sources it would require an add-on card which we do not have. I had dreams of watching the SuperBowl on the BIG screen, but oh well....
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Re: DVD's on the Big Screen 27 Jun 2003 17:32 #24270

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Plus, we could not afford to offer this particular film in the big auditorium where the DLP resides! We put it in a medium sized house, and it filled to about half capacity.
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Re: DVD's on the Big Screen 13 Jan 2004 11:28 #24271

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John,

So you're saying there is no way to make a DVD projector work in a theatre? "Stick with film."

I feel like there has to be a way, especially in a small, single-screen joint. The headaches of learning how to use all the other equipment would be mute.

What new technology exists out there for similar to using a DVD for a small single screen. No more than 150 seat theatre. Anything?
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Re: DVD's on the Big Screen 13 Jan 2004 15:43 #24272

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In a USA location, selling tiks to the public, there is no new product available for a single screen movie theatre. If you want to show older stuff you can barely find someone to talk to about the lisc. to allow a dvd showing. You might as well get a lisc to show tv and screen shows or movies.

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Re: DVD's on the Big Screen 13 Jan 2004 16:14 #24273

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The Revival House ( http://www.revivalhouse.net/ ) in Westerly, RI projects classic movies on DVD in a 60-seat cinema/cafe. Maybe contact the owners there and ask what they use.
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Re: DVD's on the Big Screen 14 Jan 2004 11:54 #24274

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licensing issues aside I can and do show DVDs on the bigscreen. I haven't had any public performances because of the licensing issues but technically it doesn't look too bad at all. I watched Pirates of the Carribean" the other day and it looked crisp and sharp. I go from a DVD player to my DLP projector with an S-Video cable and then take the sound to the audio rack. Voila! I'm still working on TV and VHS and I expect that won't look as good but the DVDs do pretty well.

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Re: DVD's on the Big Screen 14 Jan 2004 14:07 #24275

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Leeler, what projector do you have and how big is the house you did this in?
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Re: DVD's on the Big Screen 14 Jan 2004 22:18 #24276

Defintely get a portable DLP projector with the highest contrast possible. Lumens matter most when the room can't be darkened. We use a projector and DVD player to play our advertising before features. Ads are bought by local merchants and produced by area college media class for a project. Little cost besides projector and player. Auditorium is 300 seat, 85 ft screen to backwall/booth where film and video projector is. Also useful for groups that rent the building for meeting and need to show a powerpoint.

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