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Old 06-24-2012, 07:13 PM   #1
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Outdoor Movie Screen

Not sure if this is a tip / trick, or where this belongs. Please help move if necessary.

A couple years ago, I decided it would be awesome to show movies to our youth group on Youth Group Camping Trips (My wife is our church's Full Time Director of Christian Education) I got this idea from a friend who made a make shift movie screen in his basement using king sized sheets.

I took two Walmart brand king sized sheets. We just bought the top sheets, one black, and one white. We sewed them together, with a pocket at the top for a board to hang the unit by and a stitch down the middle to help hold the sheets together. I bought a premium 1x2 (completely straight and sanded) and inserted it through the top pocket, and I use standard awning light hangers / hooks to hang the screen. I used fishing string around the board but I did buy a couple of small eye-hook screws so I can hook it up with those (if I would ever screw them into the board). The whole set-up weighs less then 7 pounds so it doesn't hurt the awning at all. The reason to use a white sheet and a black is so the white projects the image, the black keeps it from continuing. There are some weights sewn into the bottom to keep it from blowing, but if I made a new one, I'd install a packet at the bottom where I could install another board similar to the top, and use tent stakes to keep the wind from moving it.

For the projector, I bought a cheap unit off the internet, and then use an old computer speaker set with subwoofer. We usually use the laptop to play movies/dvd's, or our iphones or ipad if the movie we wish to watch has been ripped to those devices. We bought a cable for the ipad/iphones from Best Buy. We also bought a digital tv converter and use that with the projector for football games or other network tv. We have Dish Network HD as well, but usually only set-up if raining and if raining... usually not outside on the screen.

The whole thing takes about 10-15 minutes to set-up wish it was quicker, but you still have a few things to connect. I have also thought about buying (off Craigslist) a dvd / home theater set-up as they seem to be selling for around 100.00. I think they would sound better then the computer speakers and you get a dvd all in one combo which might take 5 minutes or so off the set-up time.

Nothing like watching a movie or sporting event on 107" out camping!
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:03 PM   #2
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Great idea. Thanks for sharing

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Old 06-25-2012, 06:37 AM   #3
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An elegant solution and will go into my "future mod" bag.

Which projector did you buy?

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Good choice on the speakers. This altec Lansing sets are awesome. I still use the set at home that came with my first Dell computer 12 years ago. Even bought another used set off eBay for the office.
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:57 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by herk7769 View Post
An elegant solution and will go into my "future mod" bag.

Which projector did you buy?
my epson 8350 would light that up like no tomorrow, but aint no way I'm gonna pack it around. I bet you could get a decent used projector off craigslist for less that $150

If you want new, an AAXA M2 would be a great little travel projector, at around $320

AAXA Projectors: AAXA M2 LCoS projector

I would highly recommend an actual projector screen over bedsheets. A good, tensioned (no wrinkles) Da-Lite is only about $100.

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