A lot goes into deciding on the right kind of projection screen to rent when planning an event. Audience size, ceiling height, throw distance, rigging points, type of content being displayed and more, all go into finding the perfect screen. The decision can and will be noticed by the audience, even if they don't realize it. Renting the right projection screen for your event allows you deliver the most engaging and high-end AV experience possible, so let's get to reviewing the best traits to look for, shall we?
What to Consider When Renting a Projection Screen
Size and Ratio
The screen size is going to affect visibility and sight lines for your audience, but bigger is not always better. You need to consider how many people are going to be viewing the screen and how far away it will be from the audience when choosing the size of a projection surface. Try to figure out the "Goldilocks" size—not too small that the projection can't be seen clearly, but not too large and the audience may have trouble taking it all in. Sometimes it makes the most sense to use two or more smaller screens rather than one large screen. By doing this you are taking into consideration audience view points and any site line issues to ensure that everyone in the room can clearly view the screen(s).
A screen's ratio is a measurement of how it is proportioned along its length and width. Matching the ratio to the format of the projected image allows you to make the most of the available space and provides a flush, integrative presentation. A 4:3 “standard” ratio used to be the industry standard for PowerPoint presentations, slides shows, etc.; however, 16:9 “widescreen” ratios continue to be the new norm for any type of presentations, video files, slide shows, etc. While it was once true that the ideal ratio depends on the type of media you will be presenting, the 16:9 widescreen ratio/format continues to be the preferred method of displaying visuals, partially due to the ability to present in HD if desired.
With screens, "gain" refers to how the screen material reflects light. Low gain screens have wider Half Gain Viewing Angles than do high gain screens. This is because low gain screen diffuses light more evenly over a wider viewing angle. A high gain screen reflects more of the projector's light back toward the centerline of the projection path, and less light energy to the viewing angles. Because of this, the brightness drops off more rapidly as you move away from the centre of the projection path and the Half Gain Viewing Angle becomes narrower. High gain screens do have their place in brighter room settings (such as boardrooms or conference rooms) but low gain screens tend to be used significantly more, especially in spaces where the surrounding light is controlled.
"Throw distance" in this case refers to how large the space is between the projector and the projection screen. The throw distance will need to be taken into account when considering how and where to place the screen and projector. Different projector lenses can be used to achieve different throw distances. If you are in tight a space and/or doing rear projection, a short throw lens can be the best option to go with. If you have an open space or need to project across the room, a long throw lens is required.
Projection Screens for Hire in Toronto
bb Blanc is a full-service live event company based in Toronto. We pride ourselves on "Creating Event Magic" through the use of the latest technology for audiovisual display and support. Our top techs have an arsenal of projectors and projector screens available for rent so you can always find the best match for your event needs. Unsure about what will work best? Tap our brains for the advice you need! For more information on bb Blanc and the unique additions we can bring to your corporate gatherings and special occasions, feel free to contact us at 416-360-0440 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.