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Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by (GTV)Chris, Jul 9, 2002.

  1. (GTV)Chris

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    OK, I know this is a bit dumb.
    Got an AE100, with a 7ft electric screen (16x9)
    When I watch 2:35.1 movies it quite obviously doesn't quite fit the 16:9 ratio screen....leaving a bit of light spillage top and bottom.
    Is there a way of eliminating this with a HCPC???
    I suppose I could align my screen better, budge it up a little etc.
    But what about Powerstrip...can Iforce it to mask this area so you don't see the light top and bottom?
     
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    Only satisfactory answer is to find a way of masking the screen. I use black velvet masking bars attached with velcro. (Home made, cost under £20)
     
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    Chris,

    The grey bits above and below are due to the light coming from the pj, so DMs answer is the only way to eliminate it.

    DM -
    I'm thinking of doing the same thing with my screen - it's 7ft wide and I was wondering how to make them so they don't bow.

    Did you make any means of supporting the fabric? Any pics? :)

    Gary.
     
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    Sorry, no pics. The black velvet does its job far too well!

    Yes, I did use supporting material, some plastic sheet usually used for sign making, about 3mm thick. To be honest, its too heavy, but it hasn't fallen off yet!

    The next one I do will use aluminium channel (for rigidity with a thinner and lighter backing board. The stuff they use for estate agents signs if I can get it.

    I left the bottom mask with fabric hanging down (edges sealed) and hinged the top one so I can switch from 16:9 to 2.35:1. Not as elegant as a Stewart but a hell of a lot cheaper.
     
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    Apart from masking the screen how about putting the masking on the lens instead? Would this cause problems with light return etc.??

    Far less farbic required :D

    Anyone try this?

    j
     
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    Unfortunately, you can't mask at the lens, because the edges would be very blurred and indistinct. Thi image is only focussed on screen.
     
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    Sorry but I've got no pics of my solution, but it involves using carbon fibre stiffeners for lightness... Much easier than you think, they're sail battens. I had them in the garage, I'm sure there must be others in that position, but windsurfing/dingy shops sell the stuff. Not that wildly priced these days, and if you get strip rather than rod, they're very stiff in the required direction.
     
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    MAW,

    Thanks for the tip! I'll use those next time - perfect.
     

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