Other Key Considerations
From 4K/Ultra High Definition (UHD), which is four times the resolution of full HD, to XGA, there are quite a few resolutions to choose from. A key consideration is how much HD video content you plan to show.
Remote management is helpful in a classroom environment, especially if there are several classrooms. With remote management, lamp-based projectors can be powered off using a program timer built into the control software in order to conserve bulb life.
Video picture quality varies a lot depending on make and model of the projector. That is because scalar chips and video processors in the projectors are not created equally. This is important because audience expectations are getting higher due to the amount of HD content available.
Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts
- Don’t try to get by with a “floating” projector that goes from room to room
- Don’t plan on turning out the lights. Dimly lit rooms, at times, reduce the audience’s attention. The brightness of the projector needs to be high enough to overcome lighting
- Don’t worry about LCD versus DLP vs. laser phosphor vs. LED light engines – they all perform well
- Do assess whatever multimedia sources and computer sources your presenters will want to connect to the projectors, and map that to available connectors before buying a specific projector model
- Do talk to presenters about how they can integrate more multimedia to get them thinking about improving classroom techniques
- Do look for models with “eco-mode” that will conserve power and bulb life for lamp-based projectors
- Do select projectors that have the compatibility with newer video signal protocols and higher brightness to suit your evolving needs over time
- Do examine your mounting challenges prior to buying mounts and projectors
- Go with a good brand name – it will generally equate to longer product life and better product reliability
- Do ask an expert for advice about your unique circumstances
A Better Facility
Projectors have a big impact on the image your organization sends. You want to make presentations a memorable experience for parishioners, guests and administrators. There are many different options out there for hardware, and up-front planning is the best way to ensure you are happy with your selection. If you follow these tips, you’ll be on your way to a noticeably better facility.