FAQ

Below is an exhaustive list of the most frequently asked questions about setting up your outdoor projector.  If you have any other comments or concerns please contact me via the contact page. Thanks!

Installation

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Can you use it inside? What is the best way to mount it?

Yes, it can be used inside. The screen comes with Velcro for easy installation. Using the dual lock Velcro you can attach to the wall in very strong grip. It depends on where you’re trying to use it. Best way is to use the Velcro included, but it can be mounted using thumb tacks, nails or other similar ways. In these cases make sure you don’t intend to move it around too much, since once pierced it can be damaged.

Can I use this outside, in the backyard in the daytime?

Since this is a projector screen, maybe daytime is not the best moment, but it depends on the projector used. It can definitely be used outside (recommended after dark) and most likely you will need a tripod, unless you use your own engineering technique, like a home-built wooden structure or stand to hold it up. Of course, you can use the very strong Velcro, and build a frame for it if you’re not attaching it to a wall. Some clients prefer to hang hooks to the house and use a grommet kit to make holes so they would not rip the screen.

Can I just leave this outside? Does it withstand severe climate like rain and heat?

Yes, you can, it is an outdoor screen but it requires some care in order to remain usable for a long time. We suggest keeping it covered when not in use, avoiding direct sunlight exposure (it is a plastic, after all) Of course, if you want to enjoy a late night movie or you want to play video outside, you need a stand to hang it on and it will perform flawlessly. We don’t recommend exposure to heat and sun. While rain has no direct impact, if the environment is muddy it can get dirty and require cleaning. Normal operating conditions (at night, in mild weather) should cause no harm to it.

Can this screen be rolled up when it is not in use or would that cause severe damage (wrinkling)? How can I remove wrinkles from transport for a smooth screen?

Yes, you can roll it up around a tube or cylinder and it shouldn’t wrinkle too much, just make sure you don’t squeeze it on a tube that is too small. As soon as you set it up where you want, it should flatten out on its own in a few hours. Some clients said that they hung it with bungee cords and heavy duty clamps, in the desired position and let it sit in the sun to smoothen out. However, we don’t recommend over exposure to sun, as this could damage the screen on the long run.

Can I just leave this outside? Does it withstand severe climate like rain and heat?

Yes, you can, it is an outdoor screen but it requires some care in order to remain usable for a long time. We suggest keeping it covered when not in use, avoiding direct sunlight exposure (it is a plastic, after all) Of course, if you want to enjoy a late night movie or you want to play video outside, you need a stand to hang it on and it will perform flawlessly. We don’t recommend exposure to heat and sun. While rain has no direct impact, if the environment is muddy it can get dirty and require cleaning. Normal operating conditions (at night, in mild weather) should cause no harm to it.

Can I put this on a 6 ft fence in backyard? How tall is it?

Depends on whether you are using the entire width of the screen on your fence. It is about 5 feet tall but more than 8 feet in width (16:9 ratio). If you meant 6′ high it will fit. If you meant 6′ wide you will have screen to spare assuming the fence is 5′ high or higher. Make sure you have a good hanging solution on order not to damage it. Try using double sided Velcro.

I would need to put it on an incline will that be a problem?

Depends on where you’re inclining it and how much. If you’re worried about the picture coming out weird, don’t. It’ll come out just fine. The issue you may run into is if you put it on a steep incline and a strong gust of wind knocks it over. If you’re going to incline it, be sure to use the stakes which were included and maybe a few ties if it is a particularly gusty day.

Are the legs adjustable so it can sit higher? Is the Height adjustable? Like can you make it taller?

No. It is a set height. The legs are not adjustable. You would need to place the whole screen on something elevated. The height is not adjustable. If you wish to make it higher, you could probably rest it on something. It is a fixed height and it stands greater than 8ft when fully assembled.

When used indoors against a wall how is it secured to the wall?

You will use it as you use it outside, you will need to use the legs. The straps are for the wind, indoor you will not have a problem with that. Another way is to avoid putting the very bottom pieces on the frame then secure it to ceiling grid. You can also turn it upside down and place the legs in the ceiling, but that is more work. You can either use stand or install brackets on wall to hang.

Are there instructions how to hang this?

There are simple letter coded instructions in the case. The process is very straightforward, so you really don’t need them anyway. Although one person can manage on its own, you can have someone to help as some of the snaps have to be pulled quite hard to stretch the screen tight and into place.

Technical aspects

What is the total size of this screen (with the stand)? How thick is the screen? If hung on the wall, how far would it stick out?

Add about 1inch around screen and about 2 1/2 from floor (stand height). The OS-144 Screen has H=9′ 7″ W=11′ 8″ Diagonal=12′ The frame is 1″ thick, therefore the total profile would be around 2 inches or so.

Is the screen one piece of material? It looks on the picture like there is a seam about 12 inches from the bottom.

The screen is one large piece. There is no seam anywhere on the screen. There may be some faint fold marks when you first set it up but they go away quickly and aren’t visible when there is a picture on the screen.

Can it be used to watch cable television? Is there a way to hook up video games on this? Can I also watch Netflix?

Since this is a screen (a medium to use as a surface to project), it can show anything that comes out a projector, including movies, news, videogames or even laser shows. It is the projector’s technical characteristics and connectivity that determine what it can be hooked up to (TV, laptop, tablet, smart phone, iPad, cable, satellite, DVD, etc.) The screen itself doesn’t connect to anything. Since this a HD screen (ratio 16:9) we recommend a HD projector or a full HD projector. If you need assistance in choosing the right one please ask.

What about sound for the movies?

Since this is just a screen, the sound depends entirely on the technology of the projector or the originating source (TV, laptop, tablet, smart phone, iPad, cable, satellite, DVD, blue ray, etc.) You can use the native speakers of the source or you can hook-up additional speakers to a projector through either a DC jack or in/out cables.

Is it pure white and is the material reflective? I can’t use reflective materials for my photo booth.

It isn’t pure white and is not shiny, but it is reflective (the whole point of a movie screen). It is mesh-like fabric which allows light to pass through from behind as well. The material is called ‘oxford nylon’. Google that and you can see close-up images of the screen. This image shows a few colors. I think ‘B4’ is the closest color: It is more of a dull gray with a slight sheen.

Is the blower for the Gemmy 39127-32 loud?

In response to your question, if you have just basic speakers (for example computer speakers), and you set it away from you, at least 3 times its diagonal you will have no problems to hear and enjoy your movie just fine:) You must have a projector and connect the speakers directly up to the projector itself. Hope this helps, good luck.

Will this work with rear projections? Will this screen work outside with a standard LCD projector?

Yes, the image shows on both sides with any projector, including a LCD projector. It can be used outside for showing movies in the evening, after the sun goes down. Great screen for the cost!

Will this be viewable in an outdoor environment during the daytime?

The issue here really isn’t the screen; your answer really depends on two things: your projector, which side of the canvas you will be projecting on. The higher the lumens of your projector, the better you will be able to see it – and you will be able to see it fine in sunlight. Projecting onto the canvas from behind is going to cut the brightness in half versus projecting from the front. So, my recommendation is to project from up front with a projector that has 1000+ lumens. If you put it in a darker space during the day you could be fine. If you try to watch during the day and on a sunny day it could be impossible, we recommend using it once the sun goes down.

Is this the best option for HD or should I get something else?

Absolutely, easy to set up, produces great pictures and it is very mobile in easy carrying case. It should work fine; this is suitable for HD, as it has the ratio 16:9. The size dimensions are fine, and there are no better screens if you are looking for HD picture quality. For the price this is a great screen.

Is it Waterproof?

It can withstand a light rain, but we don’t advise to get it fully soaked before getting it in the dry. If that does happen we suggest to lay it out to completely dry before storing. It shouldn’t be out in the rain for very long. Take it down when you think it is going to rain. It has a nice flap that goes over the front of the screen to protect it. It is not meant to get wet. It won’t be unusable if it does get wet, but it will function optimally by staying dry.

For 120″ screen, is this sturdy enough to be used outside with wind?

It’s really light; it comes with pegs and ropes. In heavy wind you can think of using sand bags instead. It’s a large area too so it’s like a sail! Don’t use in a lot of wind, as it can bend the legs. It’s not meant to be used on really windy days. Just use it the same weather you feel comfortable staying outside and watch it and you should be fine. We suggest you fold it up when you don’t need it.

What size screen is best for backyard viewing (about 30-40 guests)?

A 10 ft screen will work out just fine. The 120″ is the first option and worked well for most of our clients, as it is big enough for 30-40 people. The bigger the better, yet the 120″ is perfect size for a group size of starting with 25 people.

Transportation & maintenance

Is it washable? How do you clean the screen?

This screen is available to be spot cleaned (do NOT use abrasives). Just use a smooth cotton cloth which you previously damped in lukewarm water and gently brush it until it is clean. Repeat if necessary. Don’t use detergents, don’t scrub the surface and don’t use any automatic washing solutions (car wash, water hose).

How does this do in the wind? Can this be left outside during rain showers on a somewhat regular basis? – Just the frame or both the frame and screen?

The screen should be fine as long as you use the tie downs that it comes with. We don’t recommend to leave it outside for long time periods, elements could ruin it (bend the frame, tear it apart). It shouldn’t be left out in the sun (especially since very few projectors are bright enough to see the image in daylight) or let it stay wet.z The frame is like metal tent poles so it could be left out, it won’t rust. The screen is just canvas coated in plastic, and can be put up/taken down in 30 seconds and the whole thing can be taken apart and put together in about 10 minutes. The poles are coated with paint and the screen is fabric, so I don’t see an issue with it getting wet. In spite of its size, it’s lightweight and can easily be moved by two people. It can be also taken apart quickly as well, so at least get it to a covered area (garage, indoors).

What are dimensions of the screen when it is in the traveling case unassembled? What is the weight of the screen and frame without the legs (for hanging from the ceiling)?

The screen does fold up/roll up for storage, since it is a fabric material which folds. The rods are a lightweight but a sturdy aluminum. The filled bag is approx 3 foot tall, 1 foot wide and 6-8 inches “thick.” Weight is approx 15-20 lbs.

Can one person set this up and do you have to attach the legs every time you transport it?

It is easy for one person to set up, in about 10-15 minutes. The legs come on and off for easy transport and you have to attach the legs if you have no other way of holding it up. It can be easy to hang if you rig something and I guess you could prop it up or lean it on something if you don’t want to use the legs. The legs are easy to attach, so it is not a time consuming issue to attach them as they have to come off to transport it safely.

Does the screen collapse, roll up or must it stay extended inside the frame? I am looking for a screen for inside seminars and presentations.

It does have feet; you would only have to use the guy lines if you were outside in windy conditions. It does break down nicely and even comes with a case to carry it in. It is perfect for you needs. The screen does fold up/roll up for storage, since it is a fabric material which folds. The rods are a lightweight but a sturdy aluminum. The filled bag is approx 3 foot tall, 1 foot wide and 6-8 inches “thick.” Weight is approx 15-20 lbs.

How long does this take to set up if it has been broken down completely?

Assuming two people have done it before, maximum 10 minutes. Even if doing it for the first time, instructions that are sewn into the tote bag are clear and easy to follow. The 1st time it might take about 20 minutes, but once you get used to it, anyone can do it in about 10 minutes, and it is definitely easier with 2 people, but not necessary.

Is it easy to fold up?

Yes. One person can do it in a few minutes, it is even easier with two people. It fits back into a case that holds the screen and poles, you’ll find it is a breeze to set up and break down, about 15 min. Everything is letter coded which makes it virtually foolproof. It snaps apart pretty easy. I would recommend putting a little wd40 on all the connections that snap together if you plan on leaving it out in the rain. The screen is water resistant and you can roll it up to prevent crease marks, the only downside is it won’t fit in the carrying case if you roll it.

How big is it when packed up? Wondering how big a car I would need to transport it?

When the screen is packed in the portable bag the dimensions are 40″x13″x5″, so it’s small. You could probably carry it on a motorcycle or on your shoulder. It folds up into a very nice case that is approximately 3 feet by 1.5 feet and 5 inches thick.

Thinking of putting this screen in hot weather permanently. Will the screen get damage?

Like any other petroleum-based synthetic fabric, it is not advisable to mount this screen anywhere that receives direct sunlight for any amount of time. Also, cleaning the white screen is not easy so we would be wary of dirt accumulation. Finally, while the collapsing design of the frame is near genius, the frame itself is thin-walled aluminum and could suffer some damage from an unexpected stiff breeze, even after putting in place all the guy lines and stakes through the frame legs too.

Projectors

What is quality of the screen itself? Is it suitable for a HD projector?

The screen is top quality, but the final result depends on the projector used. You may also see HD be used on screens because of the aspect ratio. These screens are 16:9 which is sometimes called “HD FORMAT”

Which movie projector with DVD player do you recommend under $300 for this screen?

Since this is a screen it works with any projector. Depending on your need, budget and technical requirements you could consider a mini Benq. It does not have the rear projection capability but has a pretty short through. If you aim for a rear inexpensive projector, you could choose an Epson from Best Buy. It does not depend so much on the brand, whatever brand you choose you need to consider the lumens and the image ratio, and the speakers. For outdoor you probably will need an extra pair of speakers. Have in consideration that distance where you plan to place the projector and the screen since it could be that the image will be too big and ending going out of the screen.

How close to or far from the screen does the projector need to be set? What the furthest distance back the projector could be from the screen?

We recommend to put the projector about 10-15 feet back from the screen to get a very clear image. Depending on your actual setting you could put it closer or further away. Experiment until you get a clear image, at the best resolution. It also depends on the kind of projector are you using. The throw distance is different for each. I recommend that you go to the website to see the throw distance for your projector: http://www.projectorcentral.com/projection-calculator-pro.cfm It definitely depends on the throw of the projector, for example a Benq W1500 is rated as a 1.07 to 1.71 zoom throw, So I multiply 144″(screen size) x 1.07 and then again x 1.71 and I know that I need to set this projector between 154″(12′-10″) and 246″ (20′-6″) away from the screen.

This screen can only be used from projection/laptop for movies what about for sporting events/football games, if so how does this work?

The screen will work great for whatever you want to project on it. You could use it for whatever you wanted. You just need a darker setting, a good projector, and it has to be connected to the right source. Keep in mind that this in only a projection medium, which replaces a simple white wall. You can project anything you’d like onto the screen as long as you can route that media through a projector. So, if you can hook up your laptop to your projector, you can project anything you could access on your computer–Netflix, streaming sports, YouTube videos, DVDs, etc. However, getting signal from your TV might require an adaptor. What model projector do you have?

What is the best color setup on the projector?

This question relates more to the projector used, than the screen. If you are you wondering about hue settings or the resolution of the display you could use a generic setting like, a 1080i or 1080p setting would be ideal. However, since this is highly related to the projector, we might advise you to try putting this question on the projector forum, as there would be more owners with specific experience with your projector.

What is the gain and how will it look with an Epson 3lcd projector?

The gain number for this model of the Projectoscreens is 1.1. It will look great using Epson LCD Projectors.

Once you receive the product is the screen wrinkly or flat when stretched and mounted. How long does it take to get wrinkles completely gone?

It unfolds with creases, but if the weather is warm it will all work itself out once you set it up over a couple hours. Some stubborn creases can be worked out with a hairdryer on warm setting (high will work well but be careful not to leave it in one spot too long). If you can set it up during the day it should be ready to go by night (might have one or two light creases). Keep in mind the fact that once you put on the projector, due to the bright light you won’t be able to see small creases so don’t worry about them too much.

Miscellaneous

Will this screen be appropriate to be used at the conference of 100 people? Does the screen look cheap?

You can definitely use this piece of equipment. When the screen is set up it looks good and most people are delighted by the quality, but it depends on seating arrangements. The screen does not look cheap. The material is like a heavy gauge canvas. The poles are aluminum and the right size. It’s fairly easy to set up. There is no sound from blowing fans like the blow up screens. The next step up would be using the wall. You’ll be amazed by the magnitude of this screen, should work fine for indoor use or outdoor presentations held later in the evening.