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May 30, 2008 at 2:19 AM #43753mfedericoParticipant
Hi! What do I need to show a DVD in a large party center? All they are providing me with is the big screen?
Last time, I was told I could use a laptop. They had a projector, but there was no sound! I was so bummed!
My video DVD had talking and music and no one could hear it! Please advise what I need to set this up.
Thanks to all!
May 30, 2008 at 1:14 PM #183314AnonymousInactive
you would need some sort of amplifier hooked up to hear the sound, you could use a dvd player and run the video feed to the projector and run the audio cables to a small cube amplifier.
May 30, 2008 at 3:18 PM #183315AnonymousInactive
Some multimedia projectors come with the speakers built in. If you don’t want to do what Johnboy said then the only way I know other than Johnboys idea is to buy a better projector but that can get expensive.
June 5, 2008 at 5:30 PM #183316AnonymousInactive
you would need some sort of amplifier hooked up to hear the sound, you could use a dvd player and run the video feed to the projector and run the audio cables to a small cube amplifier. John
Probably the best plan – that or add an amp to your computer if you run the disc from it
July 18, 2008 at 6:58 AM #183317AnonymousInactive
So how did it turn out?
May 29, 2009 at 4:01 AM #183318mfedericoParticipant
I learned alot from this experience, one being not to depend on others who say they will do it for ya! Next time, I’ll bring the amp.
Meanwhile, I bought a DLP projector. Will connect it to the amp.
May 29, 2009 at 7:12 AM #183319EarlCMember
I do hundreds of memorial montage projections a year for area funeral homes. This is my setup: Samson amplified speaker (I used to set up two, the Sampson with built in amp, and a Sampson slave unit, on stands on each side of the screen, but with the size of the venue it served no purpose so far as true stereo separation – so now I use only the amplified speaker, usually on the floor and not on a stand at all) with a 35′ RCA pin plug cable feeding from a small DVD player unit audio out to the speaker RCA inputs; I feed the S-video output from the player into a Panasonic/or Epson 2000 lumens projector, throwing the image on a 6′ x 8′ t-stand model screen from Screenworks. I use a projection stand with screw-in legs adjustable for height. My total system is set up and tested in less than 20 minutes. Sound is good, and I don’t have to worry about depending on anything from anybody.
Panasonic ran me $1,250; Sampson system about $1,000; Screen & black skirt & projection stand about $1,000; player $27 🙂
I had an earlier model InFocus 1200 lumens that ran me more than $2k, but it got stolen and I replaced it with the Panasonic. I also recently purchased an Epson for about $650 as an emergency (now I have a backup) when the lamp on the Panasonic exceeded its hours and wouldn’t come on. I didn’t have time to change lamps, so ran to Staples and picked up the Epson for a save.
I have projected on sheets hung over a wire, seriously white walls, the wide sides of buildings and even used the side of a white delivery truck at an evening outdoor event after somebody stole my original screen. Whatever works. Once, in an experiment to see if I could do something like what they do at Disneyland, I set up a sprinkler system and actually projected a video onto the cascading water. Yes, was far enough away to avoid oversplash.
I paid for my initial investment in less than six months, and now average $30K or better a year with projection and montage production work. It is a significant part of my monthly cash flow, and business bottom line. Projections bring in between $350 and $500 as a rule, depending, and on the number of hours I have to hang aroujnd until showtime, then wait to break down, if I cannot do so during the next phase of the event due to disturbance, etc. I almost always get another gig during each gig, and the montage productions are anything but fancy, generally bringing in an average of 8 orders at $25 a pop. Nice work when you can get it.
May 29, 2009 at 11:57 AM #183320birdcatParticipant
In a pinch, I have used external PC speakers.
May 29, 2009 at 2:35 PM #183321XTR-91Participant
You can plug PC speakers directly into your computer. The output signal from the computer’s speaker jack is an amplifyed signal, though you may need an external pre-amp for further amplifying. If you are presenting to a large party, I’d go with larger outlet-powered speakers. Just make sure you have an adapter to convert the speaker wiring to 1/8″.
December 18, 2009 at 6:06 AM #183322BrowneParticipant
If you’re not too worried about the quality, you can use a commercial DV camera hooked up to a PC. Get a decent microphone to record the audio and then use Windows Movie maker to edit the resulting sound and video together, before burning to DVD.
December 18, 2009 at 2:55 PM #183323hmuellerParticipant
Thanks Earl for the great post! I have a few questions though:
- What is the resolution of the Panasonic and Epson projectors? Or the model numbers?
- I am assuming that you do SD projections for these events. Do you do wide screen projections?
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