Here are a few "real life" questions and scenarios posed by church leaders in regard to projectors to enhance the worship experience.
Q: I need to find a low-cost projector for use in our church sanctuary. What should I look for?
We use the projector primarily for displaying lyrics for hymns during our services. Some of the congregation is older, and has trouble reading smaller text, so it would be best if we could get a larger image.
We do not dim the lights during service, and we have a little bit of light that comes in through windows. We may also use the projector for special events, as well, so if the projector can be moved without too much effort, that would be wonderful.
A: Here is a look at what your top considerations should be.
Since you still want the option to move your projector around, consider a ceiling mount with a quick release. That will make for faster, easier removal of your projector. The cables installed can stay in your ceiling, and you can use the cables that came in the box with your projector for your other occasions, so make sure to hang on to them.
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Q: Our church plans to purchase a projector, but we need to position it back several feet from the screen. Our computer will also be several feet away from the projector. How far can we run cable before the picture looks bad?
A: Signal loss due to distance will vary based on the type of cable you are using. In most cases, the signal loss can be prevented by using some additional hardware. Here's a brief look at what length cables can typically run.
Q: I want to start using a projector in our church sanctuary to display images and text before, during, and after services. My concern is that if we install a screen (preferably an electric screen), it will obstruct the front of the sanctuary when it is not in use. Is there anything I can do?
A: You are not the first to encounter this problem, and the good news is there is a relatively inexpensive solution for you. Screen manufacturers can add extra screen material (or drop), which allows you to hang your screen closer to the ceiling and out of site when not in use. When in use, the screen will show some extra fabric at the top of the screen, but the message will still appear in the desired location.
This information is courtesy of Projector People, www.projectorpeople.com.