Create vibrant image projections that tell a story
Projection is a way to display an image on a large screen using a projector. Due to its low cost and wide variety of applications, projection is one of the most popular ways to display larger-than-life images for live events.
The ease and availability of projection technology have made it a cost-effective way to show images to a large audience from whatever source you may have, whether that’s a camera, laptop, tablet, or other media device. There are endless opportunities to use projection to create memorable audience experiences at your next event.
There is a wide range of equipment available for projection, and the quality of your equipment will greatly affect how your images are displayed on the screen. Here is a breakdown of common projection equipment:
- Projector: Your projector is the main workhorse for your event, as it will determine the quality of the videos and image your audience sees. When choosing a projector, consider the lumens of the projector, where it will be placed in the room, and whether it will be rigged or ground supported.
- Lens: The lens on your projector will determine the amount of throw distance, or how far your projector will need to be from the screen, in order to fill the screen.
- Screen: Your screen will produce a smooth, vibrant picture. Consider things like material, size, and portability when choosing one.
- Video splitter/distribution amp: This allows you to use a single laptop source and split it to show the same image on multiple screens.
- Switcher: Alternatively, you can use a switcher to use one screen for your main presentation and another for a demo or IMAG, or live camera view.
Display your content effectively
Projection is a flexible, cost-effective way to make your ideas come to life. You can display large images and videos in creative aspect ratios or onto different surfaces. You won’t be limited to screen size and positioning, which can be the case with other AV production options like video monitors.
Using projection to display your videos and images will unlock many possibilities to create immersive experiences for your audience that are sure to leave a lasting impression. Here are a few ways to use projection at your next event:
- Single screen projection: This is a great option for a general session or a breakout session. Your AV production team can help you select the perfect screen size for the room to ensure that every member of the audience can see the screen.
- Dual screen projection: Adding more screens will ensure everyone has the same viewing experience as your audience count and room size scales.
- Custom aspect-ratio screens: Projection offers the ability to create a custom screen to make sure your content looks its best when it is displayed.
- Projection mapping: Get rid of screens altogether and use a series of high-lumen projectors to map onto existing architecture. This is a fun way to show off the architecture in a venue without having to invest in screens. You can use 3-D projection mapping on brick walls, fountains, or other scenic pieces to bring them to life.
Projectors need a certain amount of throw distance to fill the screen. Diagramming is key here, as you can determine the best use of space and lensing to project your videos in the highest quality. There are a lot of factors at play, including whether you will be using rear or front projection, or if you will be rigging your projector or using ground support. We can help discuss your unique venue specs to determine the best size screen and throw distance for your projectors.
We typically recommend lumens based on the screen size and the type of ambient light in the room. More ambient light will require higher lumen projectors. For example, a beach-front ballroom with lots of windows will have significantly more ambient light than a conference room without windows. The ballroom will require a higher lumen projector to make sure the images and video still pop, since your projector will be competing with the sunlight. At a certain point, there may be too much sunlight for a projector to remain a viable option, in which case you would want to consider using something like an LED wall or a series of high-bright monitors.