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What to Know about Adding Lighting

Biltmore Baptist Church in North Carolina. Photo courtesy www.avnetwork.com

Biltmore Baptist Church in North Carolina. Photo courtesy www.avnetwork.com

When Draper talks about lighting, it is usually within the context of either controlling natural light through window shades and other solar control solutions, or choosing the projection screen that works best in the lighting conditions.

However, an article on the subject of lighting from an AV integrator standpoint caught our attention this week. The article, by our friend Matt D. Scott of Omega Audio Video, located in London, Ontario, Canada, is entitled What to Know about Adding Lighting to Houses of Worship.

This might seem a bit off-topic for us, but Matt’s piece underscores something that Draper has been saying for some time, and what InfoComm has been stressing through the development of its ANSI standard: everything is related. Audio, video, and lighting are all key components that need to work together to provide the very best performance. And by considering all aspects of an AVL installation, integrators have another source of revenue, so it’s all good!

You’ll find Matt’s article here at New Bay Media’s AV Network website.

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#DraperInstall Social Media Photo Contest

Over the years, Draper products have been installed in some really amazing worship facilities, as can be seen in the photos that grace this site. We’re hoping you will share some of those amazing installations with us.

We can never get enough photos of Draper products installed in worship facilities. Nice installation photos are an important tool in showing people how our products might fit in with their plans. Although specifications and performance are important in making decisions regarding all of our products, the impact of a powerful visual cannot be denied.

We’re looking for photos of Draper products from any of our product lines—projection screens, projector lifts, videoconferencing solutions, window shades, solar control solutions, and athletic equipment. So we decided to have a contest!

Now through April 30, post a photo of your Draper product to the social media of your choice (limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Flickr, and Pinterest). Make sure your post is publicly visible (not restricted), and include the hashtag #DraperInstall to enter.

This professional photo of the Draper ScreenBoom, installed in the Camp Hill, Pennsylvania United Methodist Church, was commissioned after the dealer shared some of their photos of the installation.

This professional photo of the Draper ScreenBoom, installed in the Camp Hill, Pennsylvania United Methodist Church, was commissioned after the dealer shared some of their photos of the installation.

If you don’t use social media, however, never fear. You can email the photo to mfeeney@draperinc.com.

There are three prize levels in the #DraperInstall contest. Those who submit winning images of Draper products have a chance to win $10 Starbucks Gift Cards, $100 Draper coupons for use on future purchases, or even a Professional Photo Shoot of your installation, including full image usage rights shared by the winner and Draper! Prize level depends on the quality of your photo and the space in which the product is installed.

Whether you take your photo with a cell phone or a high end camera, we hope you will get out there and get shooting! Prize winners will be announced as images arrive, so don’t delay—send them in today!

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Screens for Worship Facilities

When beginning to plan for new or updated AV in a worship facility, one of the first questions is usually, “What screen should I use?” Like many things in life, there is not one definitive answer to that question. The closest thing to an answer is answer is, “that depends!”

There are a lot of technical terms when trying to decide on a screen solution, and it can seem a bit daunting at first. Over on the main Draper blog, we recently posted some information on the process of choosing the right screen for your house of worship. Click here to learn more about “Screens for Worship Facilities!”

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How to Select the Right Size Projection Screen

How to Select the Right Size Projection Screen

One of the most important decisions to make in your audio visual setup is selecting the correct screen. Here are some things to consider to select the right size projection screen.

Determine the correct size based upon:

  1. The dimension of the Audience Area
  2. The Projection Screen Format(s) to be used.

Other key considerations:

Audience Area

The goal is to make the screen large enough so those in the back row can read the subject matter easily, but not so large as to overwhelm the closest viewer.

  • Height—Use the following formulas for calculating screen height for maximum legibility.
    • For 4:3 NTSC/PAL moving video and entertainment, screen height should be at least 1/6 the distance from the screen to the furthest seat
    • For charts and data, as in a conference or lecture room, use 1/4
    • For complex graphics found in a command/control center, use ½.
    • For HDTV projection (16:9), Widescreen, 16:10, or 15:9 formats, screen height should equal or exceed 1/3 the distance from the screen to the optimum seat.
  • Width—Screen width is generally determined by the height of the screen and the projection formats to be used.
  • Ceiling Height—The bottom of the screen should be approximately 40-48″ above the floor in a room with a level floor and several rows of seats. In rooms with theatre seating or only one or two rows, the bottom of the screen should usually be 24-36″ above the floor. Evaluate any barriers, and try to make sure that the lower part of the screen will be visible from all seats. Extra drop may be required to position the screen at a comfortable viewing level in a room with a high ceiling.

Next choose a format: Common Projection Formats

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