Fortnite and gaming in general has become a global phenomenon. But have you thought about hosting a gaming night on a huge screen outdoors? It is a phenomenal experience. A large screen provides an incredible immersive gaming experience. With the response rate and angles that are better than a traditional television, it is a truly unforgettable experience.
Everyone loves movie nights outdoors and we have hosted hundreds of them over the years. But may be you can host a Fortnite birthday on a big screen outdoors with all your friends for a very unique and may I say awesome time.
Just connect your favorite gaming console to our HD projector, we also provide a professional grade sound system. Sit back and be amazed. I think your guests will be blown away ;)
Learn Professional Tips to a Perfect Outdoor Movie Event
Part 1: Equipment
Optoma HD142X 1080p 3000 Lumens 3D DLP Home Theater Projector
There is something magical about watching a movie, sporting event or a slide show under the stars. No matter how many times I do that I can’t help but smile. No matter the occasion it is guaranteed to be a special, unforgettable evening for your family and guests of all ages.
Most importantly planning for hours of this incredible entertainment doesn’t have to be overly complicated.
As an owner of my business Outdoor Cinema Events LLC I have hosted numerous outdoor movie events for my customers as well as family and friends. In this series of articles I want to share the experience I have gained so anyone interested can enjoy professional quality movie experience under the stars.
With outdoor movies in your backyard or a company get together the options are endless and aren’t just limited to outdoor movie themed birthday parties for your children:
In this first part of the series we will cover a complete list of all the professional level quality equipment you will need to purchase or rent
Let's Discuss Each one is some detail.
These are some important factors to look for in a projector that you will be using outdoors:
It an exception projector that can be used outdoors and very well priced.
For outdoor screens that are easy to use, provide great quality and stand the test of time I look no further than Elite Screens Yard Master 2
You can select the size you want as well as choice between front or rear projection.
The front projection is when the projector is positioned in the front of the screen and work in most settings. There are cases such as when a screen is position in front of a pool when rear projection screens will be our only choice. Rear projection screens offer other advantages simply because of the fact that all of the wiring will be hidden behind the screen. So as long as we have some space behind the screen (16 to 20 ft) this is a great option.
I have worked with this company for many years and they provide great quality product with excellent support.
Here my recommendation is to get speaker system that is powerful with a lot of connection options and built in amplifier.
You can’t do much better than this set
PRORECK PARTY 15 Portable 15-Inch 2000 Watt 2-Way Powered PA Speaker System
This speaker system offers good sound quality even at high volumes and super simple to set up.
If you are on the budget and don’t need a very powerful sound that comes with speakers that have a built in amplifier. There is a lower priced option that will work very well:
Yamaha NS-AW350B All-Weather Indoor/Outdoor 2-Way Speakers
These speakers also have an added benefit of being weather resistant, so it will work well in an outdoor setting.
Here the options are wide open, whether it’s a laptop, a blue-ray player or Apple TV as long as you have a capability to play or stream the media of your choice.
I use Sony BDPS3700 Streaming Blu-Ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi here you have an option to stream of Netflix or other service online, play your blue-ray disks or DVDs in HD. This is a great reliable product for a very reasonable price.
In order to connect all of our equipment we need to cabling. Here is the list:
Why High a Professional?
Can you run our outdoor movie or presentation yourself? Sure. But consider the cost of equipment which can be well over $1K even if you decide to buy modest equipment. Also consider the storage and maintenance of that equipment if you do not plan to use it on a regular basis. The setup of wiring and equipment takes some time to figure out as well as time every time you need to set it and take it away.
As an alternative, you can contact Outdoor Cinema Events LLC and for $200 we will deliver and setup everything you need for a great outdoor movie weekend, including an awesome professional outdoor screen, bright HD projector, exceptional sound system, BluRay player and adapters that allow you to connect smart devices and stream your favorite content.
If you are interested to have an outdoor movie night, sporting event or any other presentation but may not want to purchase the equipment and go through the setup and takedown process we would gladly do it all for you and for a very affordable price.
All you would have to do is gather your family and friends under the stars and enjoy.
Choosing The Right Projector for the Outdoor Settings
This is probably the most important characteristic for your outdoor projector.
The brightness is measured in ANSI Lumens. Because your projector will be used outside and there is always some light and we can’t completely control or you may want to start your movie before it gets totally dark. The recommendation is to have a projector 3000 Lumen or higher. When you order the projector from Outdoor Cinema Events the projectors we use are professional grade with 3000 Lumens or above.
The most important characteristics that will determine projector’s image quality are its native resolution, image source and contrast ration. For native resolution the most common choices are Wide XGA (1280 x 800) and HD (1920 x 1080) with HD have twice the number of pixels as compared to XGA or roughly 1 million pixels vs 2 million. The best results can be achieved when we match the resolution of the image source with the resolution of our projector. Most blue-ray players, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 put out 1080p image.
Which represents 1,920 pixels displayed across the screen horizontally and 1,080 pixels down the screen vertically. Compared to 720p which is 1,280 pixels displayed across the screen horizontally and 720 pixels down the screen vertically.
So can you tell the difference tween XGA and HD formats? The answer is that in most case you probably will not be able to tell the difference. However, when the screen size is 8 feet diagonal or above the HD formats provide a better viewing experience.
For this reason, when you rent your equipment with Outdoor Cinema Events we always use 1080p resolution projectors.
The last part of the puzzle is a contrast ratio or another words the difference between the darkest and lightest part of the image. Here we are not only looking for a projector with high contrast ratio like 100,000:1 for instance, but also one that can display all the shades of grey in between (I hope you are a fan of the 50 Shades of Grey franchise). But seriously, we want to look for projectors with technology such as BrilliantColor and sRGB. I would say a good recommendation is for the projector to have 50,000:1 or higher contrast ratio, especially if we are dealing with an image projected on a large screen. Here in Outdoor Cinema Events our projectors are 50,000:1 or higher aspect ratio.
Another important question that we often get asked is the image size. How big of an image can I produce with a given projector while maintaining high resolution and overall quality. This is not often listed when we are searching for projector in amazon for instance or a manufacturer website. This is because there are so many factors involved in arriving to this answer. We like to use this calculator made available by the folks at Projector Central. http://www.projectorcentral.com/JVC-LX-FH50-projection-calculator-pro.htm
Here you can specify your projector brand and model and you can a great way to figure out not only the image size but related stats which are equally critical such as recommended seating and throw distance.
Purchasing a high quality projector can be good purchase for your family. But as you can see the projectors that can be used outside to produce an amazing image on a large screen is an investment that will most likely cost over a thousand dollars. Unless you plan to use it on a regular basis it may or may not make sense for you, especially if you add a cost of high quality screen, speakers, and the cabling.
Here at Outdoor Cinema Events we specialize in providing high quality projectors, screens, speakers, Blue-Ray players with all the cabling you need, including adapters you can use to connect your smart devices and stream your favorite content, delivered and setup for $200. You get to use the equipment anytime over the weekend. Friday and Saturday night for example.
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We have never found anyone who doesn’t enjoy an amazing movie experience on a big screen, especially under the stars.
Amazing sporting events are meant to be enjoyed and shared with your friends and family in a way that reflects their true magnitude.
Conor McGregog vs Floyd Mayweather boxing match promises to be the biggest combat sports event ever. Can you image watching it on a big screen with amazing sound sharing it with 50 of your closest friends and family members. If you can stream the video using a streaming device such as Google Chromcast or AppleTV we can project it on a HD screen with powerful sound system. We can make this epic event really epic.
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I get asked this question a lot. Besides a family movie what else can we watch? For families that want to gather their friends and neighbors for an experience that everyone will enjoy I highly recommend Disney Nature Documentaries. These movie are absolutely stunning to watch outdoor on a big screen with a high quality projector. The imagery, the story and sound are absolutely stunning.
Another idea is watching a sporting event. Basketball playoffs, Super Ball, Soccer, Boxing, UFC. The experience is simply amazing and you can share it with dozens of your friends and family members.
When you think of an outdoor movie experience the possibilities are endless.
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I get this question a lot. Why do I need to hire someone to set an outdoor movie for my party if I can actually do it myself and save money? My answer is "Yes" you can, but do you really want to? Let me explain.
Because you are presenting your movie outside and there is always some light, in order to have a crystal clear image you expect the projector you purchase should be very bright. Your projector's brightness is measured in lumens. At 3,000+ lumens you really increase the power of the projector and it becomes possible to start the movie shortly after sunset instead of waiting another 30-40 minutes for it to get much darker. These projectors will cost you around $800. See an example here.
Even though you can get a away with some light colored fabric the image will be much brighter and of better quality if you use an actual screen, which depending on the size will cost over $300. There are also speakers which depending on quality can cost $300 and up. How you need to make sure you have all the cabling including power extensions. All these equipment will need to be stored and maintained.
It will take about 30 min to set up and about the same time to take down this equipment.
If you are hosting these movie nights only a few times a year, it may or may not be appealing to you and your family.
When you plan an event and have to take care of the food, decorations and million other things to take care of your guests and create a unique, unforgettable experience, you typically want to minimize the number of things you have to think about.
We will take care of all the equipment and its setup for an entire weekend.
The summer is made to be spent outside enjoying that warm summer air with your family and friends. There is something about watching your favorite movie outside on a big screen with crystal clear picture and sound that make those summer nights that much more special.
Weather it's a birthday party, graduation or a sporting event, celebrating it outdoors will make it that much more special.
Gather up your friends, family and neighbors and share this magic with them.
In this blog I plan to share my experience of hosting outdoor movies for our clients and what we have learnt over the years. What can be done to make this experience that much more fun and simple for everyone.
If you need help to make this a reality, please don't hesitate to let us know.