Size of screen suitable for both 4:3 and 16:9

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  1. ralphot

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    Hi guys (and girls?)

    I am in the process of making a screen for my proj now.

    As older films are in the 4:3 size and the newer in 16:9 I wonder
    if the width is changing when the format changes?

    That is, if I adjust the proj exactly for the 4:3 size.

    I don't think that is the case but I am not sure.

    If not I would make a screen that is 4:3 and 1,9 meter times
    1,43 meter and mask top and bottom when looking at 16:9 movies.

    The other way around could not work I guess as the 4:3 pic will
    be off the top and bottom in that case.

    Am I rigth or am I wrong?

    Regards,
    Ralph
     
  2. cosmic023

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    Hi Ralph,

    Well it depends on how much material in either format you watch the most ??

    If you watch more 16:9 material than 4:3 then a 16:9 would work, otherwise have a 4:3 screen and make some form of velvet covered board to attach above & below to mask it into a 16:9 screen ??

    I tend to watch more 16:9 material over 4:3 material, so i went for a 16:9 sized screen.

    Hope this helps in your choice ??

    Cheers
    Cosmic023
     
  3. ralphot

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    Will go for a 4:3 screen 190 X 143 cm to get approx 80" 16:9
    and approx 96 4:3 and masking top and bottom when 16:9.

    Thanks Cosmic023
     
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    hi fellows...i am on the same boat too with my barco 801s...just wondering one thing..will an 8" diagonaly screen work in the same way??

    thanks
    Martin
     

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