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DIY projector mount and portable screen

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Create Digital Motion reader Seej writes:

I do a lot of projection installations, in unique locations, usually with about zero setup time. When I looked into buying a professional 10’x7′ “fast-fold” screen, I was blown away by how much they cost. Instead, I decided to design my own, using easy to find materials.

The Challenge:

1. Fast to set-up

2. Fits in a cab

3. Front or rear projection

4. Affordable

Seej also has a page with advice for making your own projector mount to go with the screen.

10 thoughts on “DIY projector mount and portable screen

  1. That’s waaay too much. Go to a fabric store and look for the curtain backing. It might be textured but that doesn’t affect the picture; plus it’s closer to $10 than $110. There’s plenty of info available with a web search.

  2. That’s not bad for the material. Curtain backing or a blank wall isn’t bad if you can’t afford a real screen, but you should spend the money if you have it. The material is actually specially designed for projection, it has glass microspheres embedded a precise amount into a coating in order to provide the desired amount of retroreflection at the desired angles. This will return more of the projected light to the audience while reducing the effect of ambient light from side sources. A projected image on a real screen material looks waaaaay better than an old sheet, especially in situations where you might not be able to dim the lights.

  3. The whole projection screen material subject goes pretty deep
    http://projectorpeople.com/screens/surfaces.asp

    – and rightfully so. I’m a bit of a quality freak when it comes to video and tell you from experience it makes a big difference (tip: neutral grey will mitigate picture wash-out in semi-lit rooms)

    That being said, there’s no reason to buy the pricey stuff if you’re looking for a quick-n-dirty portable solution.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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