Projector Selection Guide

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Projectors have long been a staple of the event industry. From seminars to conferences and product launches, projectors enable event planners to ensure that the audience is able to get the information they need and deliver visuals that are easily seen by every attendee. There are many different factors to consider when selecting which projector rental is right for your event and the wide range of products and features available can be confusing. Have no fear -our handy guide can help you select the right projector rental for your next event.

Projector in a large auditorium

Event space and audience size

The size of your space and audience is one of the most important factors in selecting the right projector for your event. Once you’ve selected the location of your event, measure the space and map out the setup you’ll use on the day of the event. Having this information in hand, you can start to narrow down your projector selection.

Planning a huge presentation or product launch in a massive converted warehouse space? Then you’re in need of a large venue projector rental, with its 5,000 or more lumens designed for projecting oversized images for big audiences. Whether you’re staging a trade show or a concert, large venue projectors can help create the excitement your event demands.

Don’t forget to equip your breakout spaces. If your next conference includes breakout sessions in smaller meeting rooms, our breakout room projection rentals allow your team to quickly and easily deliver information to participants. From slideshows and spreadsheets to short videos, these projectors help move along the discussion while giving your breakout session leaders the ability to disseminate information easily.

Aspect ratio

Aspect ratio is the geometry of the projected image, or the ratio between the width and height of an image. For quick and easy reference, the aspect ratio of a projector is displayed on the equipment itself, with the most common ratios being 4:3 and 16:9.

If your projection media includes video, the most important consideration for aspect ratio is the type of video you’re projecting. If your media is streaming or in widescreen, you’ll want to look for a widescreen projector that offers a 16:9 aspect ratio. When selecting projectors for PowerPoint presentations or video directly from a desktop or laptop, a 4:3 ratio is generally sufficient. While you can project media with a larger aspect ratio on a projector with a smaller aspect ratio, you will lose viewing quality as the projector shrinks or cuts off portions of the image.

Image resolution

Image resolution is the number of pixels used to create an image. You’ll need to find the resolution of your video or other display content. If you’re projecting from a computer screen, you can use the computer’s resolution as a guide for selecting your projector. For streaming TV or video, the resolution is identified using only the number of horizontal pixels followed by the letter ‘i’, such as 720i or 1080i, while recorded content uses the letter ‘p’, as in 1080p. Want to know more about image resolution? Check out our sister site’s recent post Is 4MP the Same as 4K?: And Other Questions about Image Resolution You’ve Been Dying to Have Answered.

For the best quality projection results, you should select a projector whose horizontal number is at least as high as that of the videos or images you want to view. Need to share high-resolution media? High definition projector rentals offer crisp and clear images at an impressive 1080p, important for events that include video, images, and presentation slides.

Brightness and Contrast

In the lingo of projectors, brightness is the amount of light your eyes perceive from a projected image. Conversely, contrast is the difference between the brighter and darker portions of that image. Brightness is typically measured in lumens. The higher the number of lumens, the brighter the projection. Contrast is measured as a ratio of the brightest white and darkest black the projector is capable of producing. The greater the difference between the numbers in the ratio, the better the viewing experience.

Event planner with audio visual

When thinking about the number of lumens and the amount of contrast you need from a projector rental, think about the lighting in your event space. If your projections take place in an entirely dark room, you may not need a high lumen projector. If you’ll have natural lighting coming into the space or have ambient lighting, you’ll need a brighter projector to help event attendees clearly view the media you’re sharing.

Still have questions?

Projector rentals are an ideal way to ensure that the information and images you want to share are seen by all attendees at your events. Making the right choice for your projector rentals can be the difference between muddled images and sending a clear message to your attendees. If you need guidance on the right projector for your next event, the experts at Rentourprojectors.com have a wide variety of projectors to meet the needs of your next event, conference, or project. Get a quote for all of your projector rental needs today!

Need other event equipment rentals or event production services? Our sister company, Rentacomputer.com, offers comprehensive event technology rental solutions for any event big or small as well as event production services for almost any industry or event type. Get expert advice and a quote for all of your event rental needs today.

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The Ins And Outs Of An HD Projector Rental

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

462443715Having a projector doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice picture quality like it did in the past. Projectors are now following the latest trends of high definition media and many HD projectors are now available to everyday consumers for prices that fit almost any budget. High definition (HD) projectors offer full 1920 x 1080 HD resolutions, meaning that they are leaps and bounds above the standard 800 x 600 resolutions of traditional SVGA projectors.

When looking for the right HD projector there are a few things you need to take into consideration, like performance features and characteristics. Each HD projector is different and works differently in different situations so it is imperative that you understand what everything means and how it affects you.

One of the most important aspects of a projector and one that almost everyone notices first is the sharpness and clarity of the HD images. It will be difficult to compare image quality unless the source is 1080p from a Blu-ray player or equivalent device. An HD projector that is incapable of  handling an HD image will have an apparent softness while the images will have a slightly blurry or cloudy look to them while also displaying digital noise. As an example, switch your HDTV to a channel that isn’t an HD channel and that should help put things into perspective.

The de-interlacing capability of the projector is another feature that you should consider. A projector that has poor de-interlacing capabilities will suffer from flickering and motion artifacts.  A projector should provide a solid and stable image with few noticeable faults.

Lumen output is also a huge factor in determining the right projector for your needs. On average a higher lumen output will provide a brighter picture. Higher lumens are needed if you plan on using the projector in well-lit rooms or even outside. Without the proper lumen output your projector will look transparent and dull.

Contrast ratios measure the brightest white compared to the darkest black. The higher the contrast ratio the bigger the difference is between the two colors. Higher contrast ratios will provide more realistic looking pictures for dark scenes and images in addition to more vibrant colors.

Black levels refer to how rich the black will be when displaying the colors. Projectors that have low black levels will have their black colors look less, well, black. They are typically referred to as “bright” black or looking more gray. Black levels need to be taken into consideration, especially when using an HD projector.

Audible fan noise may not seem like that big of a deal but trust me when I say that a quiet fan makes a huge difference. When projectors are being used at max settings they often go into a high lamp mode which requires even more cooling from the internal cooling fan. In a situation where you are trying to watch a movie a loud fan can be a big distraction.

Other characteristics that need to be taking into consideration include zoom lens, lens shift, connectivity and compatibility along with warranty and price. If you take all these factors into consideration and determine which features are the most important to you then you will be completely satisfied with whatever purchase you decide to make.

If you are just at a complete loss then the professional Tech Travel Agents at RentOurProjectors.com can help with any and all questions. Renting an HD projector allows you to get all the benefits of an HD projector for a short term. Simply tell your Tech Travel Agent what you need your HD projector for and they will assist you every step of the way to ensure that you get exactly what you need, exactly what you’re looking for and something that fits your budget.

Why Rent A Projector Screen?

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Projector Screen Rental

If you already have a projector, do you have a screen? You need something to project your important presentation onto other than a non optimized wall.

Consider a Projector Screen Rental delivered to your presentation location.

Projector Screens don’t travel Well
Even if you have a screen, you know they don’t travel well. Have you ever tried to get an 8′ screen on an airplane, bus or train? Projector screens take up large amounts of space in a car, even when they are rolled up. Traveling with a projector screen is a great big hassle.

Projector Rental Screen Types

Renting a projector screen can save you the frustration of making room for the screen during travel without risking your own equipment.

Whatever screen size you need, you will be able to work with an experienced Tech Travel Agents to get the best projector screen rental for your presentation environment.

Get a quote on a projector screen rental here: https://www.rentourprojectors.com/projector-screen-rentals.asp

Can You Rent DVD Projectors?

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

DVD Projectors

Yes we have DVD Projector Rentals!

Whether you want to show an educational film to students or want to have an outdoor movie night with friends and family, a DVD projector is the way to go. DVD projectors require very little setup and are very user friendly. In addition to easy operation, DVD projectors usually have great image quality and size.

A DVD Projector Rental is popular at wedding receptions and other staging events such as conferences and trade shows due to the easy transportation and simplicity in use. DVD Projector Rentals replace the need for renting a laptop to accompany your Projector Rental.

For more information visit: https://www.rentourprojectors.com/dlp-projectors/