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June 26, 2005 5:38:12 AM

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Stumbled upon this article on Toms Hardware recently. Seems big screen, or
multi screen use for FS2004 is on the upturn, quite apart from Sim usage
I've been a home cinema fan for ages and always wanted a high quality
projector but baulked at the expense.

I've always been wary of those cheap Fresnal lense gadgets, but this looks
like it would work extremely well in FS2004 for projection, well researched
article too.

Worth a look for FS2004 and Home Cinema. I'm seriously thinking about trying
this.

http://www.tomshardware.com/howto/20041113/projector-08...

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Anonymous
June 27, 2005 1:39:22 AM

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"Colin" <Colin@NONEOFTHATSPAMSTUFFkatana1000.plus.com> wrote in message
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> Stumbled upon this article on Toms Hardware recently. Seems big screen, or
> multi screen use for FS2004 is on the upturn, quite apart from Sim usage
> I've been a home cinema fan for ages and always wanted a high quality
> projector but baulked at the expense.
>
> I've always been wary of those cheap Fresnal lense gadgets, but this looks
> like it would work extremely well in FS2004 for projection, well
> researched article too.
>
> Worth a look for FS2004 and Home Cinema. I'm seriously thinking about
> trying this.
>
> http://www.tomshardware.com/howto/20041113/projector-08...

I guess if you are not fussy with picture quality and if the financial
outlay is low then it may be worth a try. You obviously will need a room
that can be screened from all external light.

The only projector systems and large screens that I have viewed and rated as
acceptable have all been expensive. Most of the cheaper ones trade picture
quality for size.

John
June 27, 2005 1:39:23 AM

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"John Ewing" <none@needed> wrote in message
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>
> "Colin" <Colin@NONEOFTHATSPAMSTUFFkatana1000.plus.com> wrote in message
> news:ab379$42bdf84b$545c31d3$15042@nf5.news-service.com...
>> Stumbled upon this article on Toms Hardware recently. Seems big screen,
>> or multi screen use for FS2004 is on the upturn, quite apart from Sim
>> usage I've been a home cinema fan for ages and always wanted a high
>> quality projector but baulked at the expense.
>>
>> I've always been wary of those cheap Fresnal lense gadgets, but this
>> looks like it would work extremely well in FS2004 for projection, well
>> researched article too.
>>
>> Worth a look for FS2004 and Home Cinema. I'm seriously thinking about
>> trying this.
>>
>> http://www.tomshardware.com/howto/20041113/projector-08...
>
> I guess if you are not fussy with picture quality and if the financial
> outlay is low then it may be worth a try. You obviously will need a room
> that can be screened from all external light.
>
> The only projector systems and large screens that I have viewed and rated
> as acceptable have all been expensive. Most of the cheaper ones trade
> picture quality for size.
>
> John

From what I can read between the lines, picture quality is more than
acceptable using this method of projection. I guess the better the quality
of 15" TFT would give the best results ... I guess the quality of the TFT
could be the weakest link in this project? But good quality fast response
15" TFT screens are pretty affordable now, many are going on Ebay for a song
with users looking to upgrade to a larger screen size, same with this type
of projector too, certainly the figure of Lumens the author speaks about is
comparable to many of the best dedicated expensive projectors out there and
as shown in the article, even looks good in a lit room ... But, as always
with projection, best results would be appreciated in a darkened room, this
is also true of my current CRT dual monitor set up, the darker the room the
more immersive the sim experience is ... Also, I do find Sim flying to be a
seasonal thing, best in the long dark winter nights, summer has to be
appreciated by escaping from our virtual reality hobby :)  Maybe its just me?
but flying FS2004 in a darkened room seems the most natural way to enjoy the
sim at it's fullest? especially when flying at night in the sim.

Reading between the lines of the article, it seems a 6 foot wide display
gives the best results for colour and shades, going to 10 foot wide
apparently shows black as a lighter grey. 6 foot wide would be ideal in this
room I have set up for simulation, though I think I would push the boat and
buy a dedicated roll down screen for projection, rather than my wall.

In summary, this project seems quite exciting for both Home Cinema and
immersivness in games like FS2004, one thought that has struck me, that the
author has not touched upon, there would be no performance hit on the PC
calculating the data to display FS2004 for such a large immersive screen
size.

If anyone here has tried this method of projection for Home Cinema or FS2004
(or any game) please chime in, seriously thinking of trying this.

Cheers.

Colin.
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Anonymous
June 27, 2005 1:39:24 AM

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>In summary, this project seems quite exciting for both Home Cinema and
>immersivness in games like FS2004, one thought that has struck me, that the
>author has not touched upon, there would be no performance hit on the PC
>calculating the data to display FS2004 for such a large immersive screen
>size.

It all depends on the resolution the panel/projector natively uses,
speaking of performance I am setting up my sim room and will get
better perf as I am switching from a 1600*1200 TFT to a 1024*768
projector, the size of the projection screen itself is irrelevant as
far as performance goes.

You don't want too big a screen if using XGA only of course, I'd
strongly recommend against any size below (SVGA even with
anti-aliasing does not look very good) You do not want to use
compressed higher resolutions either for PC input, stick to the native
one for best quality display.

===
Best Regards
Katy
June 27, 2005 4:36:30 AM

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Colin wrote:

> Stumbled upon this article on Toms Hardware recently. Seems big screen, or
> multi screen use for FS2004 is on the upturn, quite apart from Sim usage
> I've been a home cinema fan for ages and always wanted a high quality
> projector but baulked at the expense.
>
> I've always been wary of those cheap Fresnal lense gadgets, but this looks
> like it would work extremely well in FS2004 for projection, well researched
> article too.
>
> Worth a look for FS2004 and Home Cinema. I'm seriously thinking about trying
> this.
>
> http://www.tomshardware.com/howto/20041113/projector-08...
>
>
>
>

Back a few months ago we had a thread on this and I thought Bill Leaming
was going to try it and get back to us. Lack of information equates to
a failed test I guess. I sounded good if a good dark area was available.
I would like to see someone try it. Go ahead and let us know. I'm
stuck on this VR Visor thing now but a good inexpensive projection image
would be great also.

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