Help needed, please, in creating a village hall movie projection setup

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  1. Gather

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    We are about to purchase projection and screen equipment for our new village hall facility.
    We want to be able to:
    be able to play DVD and Blue Ray and project to a wall mounted screen.
    Link wirelessly to a laptop/tablet to project images, Powerpoint presentations and the like.
    The hall is large with a high apex ceiling; we wanted too suspend the projector rather than constantly balancing it on piles of books. This seems to imply a remote controlled system.
    We want a screen that is electric so that it is easily deployed and retracted.
    The room has little black out facility and has window on 2 sides and as roof-lights; our projector will need to have high quality projection in all lighting conditions.
    We want to purchase from a company who will supply, fit and commission the system.
    We want after-care so that when things go wrong we can get problems sorted quickly and easily.
    We have no expertise and would welcome ideas about how we progress this purchase safely and securely.
     
  2. Harkon321

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    You need to find a local av specialist I guess. Where are you based?
     
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    Getting some blackout blinds - even electric ones will be cheaper than a more powerful projector. Even 6000 - 10000 lumens will struggle in sunlight on even a small screen. Any direct sunlight onto the screen and the image will be unusable.

    Other things to think about:
    Get a long throw lens so that the projector can be mounted at the back of the room and fitted in a secure box - to prevent theft and also protect against accidental damage. Allow £5000 - £6000 for something around 6500 lumens with a long lens, bracket and security box. We use the Canon Xeed 6010, which is superb and not too expensive.

    It would be much better to hard wire to the projector, as pretty much any wireless system will degrade the image to a certain degree and may also be subject to interference from microwave ovens, wifi, bluetooth etc. Installers will have solutions including Cat5 and fibre optic that will be suitable for your application.

    If you want the flexibility of wireless for a laptop, Allow for a good quality system - Barco Clickshare or similar. £450 - £750 for just this item.

    I would suggest you specify a switching box which can take a variety of inputs and sends them to the projector. This makes operation much simpler, particularly where audio is involved. Kramer, Analog Way and TVOne all make suitable solutions from £1000 to £5000.

    You don't mention audio. Do you also need some speakers? Don't overlook this or assume that a system set up for speech or music will be suitable for film presentations.

    Cards on the table, I think you will be looking at around £15000 for even quite a basic system installed and supported. I would look for a company that specialises in churches, as they will have the experience in working in large public spaces and will be cheaper than commercial installers.
     
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    Or schools.

    We've had various systems installed in my schools over the years. Similar kind of requirements.
     
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    Some great points from noiseboy72.

    Installation - a 'fixed' installation potentially limits you to always using the hall in a certain layout and potentially limits what other activities you can undertake unless the projector is in a protective box. Worth weighing up fixed vs. rig/de-rig as required.

    Suspension mounting is a pain when it comes to service/access - you will need to consult with your H&S team on a suitable access kit and plan (more cost/more kit to store). As nosieboy72 says if going 'fixed' a long throw lens from the rear wall is likely a better option.

    After care can quickly become costly as 9/10 times there is no 'fault' with the kit and it is User Error - which will become a chargeable call out, better to learn your way around the kit and be self sufficient for most situations.

    I look after our local Community Centre where we have all manner of activities which can require a Projected image - we (TMF) use Epson on many of our commercial installs and have supplied a 5,500 ANSI unit with interchangeable lens kit (around £3.1k Inc. VAT) - the projector has an HDBT Input so all it requires is a single CAT6 cable to it (there is an optional Wireless kit if required).

    Audio - again consider fixed vs. Rig/De-rig depending on the 'other' usage scenarios you may have.

    Happy to look over your plans - it looks like you are in Cumbria!

    Joe
     

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