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Halloween is almost upon us and all your neighbors are doing the same old decorating they do every year – some fake cobwebs, a silly black cat in the front yard and the obligatory carved pumpkin on the porch. You want to do something really different and cool, but you don’t want to spend a ton of money or wind up with giant spiders and witches with no where to put them after the holiday is over.
Well, we have just the solution for you. All you need is a projector, some AtmosFX DVDs and some inexpensive material to project on. We’re going to tell you everything you need to make your Halloween home the talk of the neighborhood this year.
What is AtmosFX and why should I care?
You know in those scary movies, how you’ll see a silhouette of some crazy axe murderer walking past the window, or a terrifying image of a ghost looking down on you from some run-down asylum? Well, the folks over at AtmosFX have dedicated themselves to recreating all of those scary Hollywood scenes and bundling them together in video sets specifically meant for projecting onto surfaces like your windows, your walls, mesh material hanging in open spaces, and even uncarved pumpkins. The results are nothing short of amazing and must be seen to be believed.
What kind of projector do I need?
The type of projector you need depends on a few things, which I’ve listed out for you below:
Lighting conditions – the darker the environment the better, indoors and out. If you’re next to a streetlight, your best bet is to use on a window farthest away from the light or stick to indoor projection effects.
Indoor or outdoor projection – if you’re planning on projecting these Halloween effects on outdoor pumpkins or more advanced hanging mesh displays, you’ll probably want to stick to something more portable, and consider how you’re going to protect it from the elements (or naughty tricksters who might want to grab it on the go)
Will you need a zoom feature? depending on what you’re projecting onto, placement of the projector should be considered. Most projectors come with at least some zoom functionality so you can dial a smaller or larger image, but knowing how big an image you need will help you make sure you don’t get a projector that won’t work for you. (tip: use the projector calculator on our product pages for an accurate measure of each projectors throw range and zoom)
Resolution – we recommend going for a projector with HD resolution (1920 x 1080), though you probably can get away with one that is lower resolution than that if your projected image is far enough away from the viewer. We choose HD simply because we’ll be using the projector for watching movies and sports well after Halloween is over.
For projector lumens, it does depend a lot on your environmental lighting conditions. If you have total control over lighting and can make things dark or at least dim, you can get away with a projector with less than 1500 lumens. If there will be some ambient lighting around, choose a projector with a bit more power. There is probably no need to get a projector with more than 2500 lumens however, unless you plan on projecting very large images. Of course, if you have any questions, give our projector experts a call at 1-888-248-0675. They live for this stuff.
How to create an intense window projection effect
For some of the AtmosFX window projection videos, a more relaxed setup can actually create a more realistic effect (see the Axe guy in the picture above?). Loosely draping a semi-transparent screen material, like the AtmosFX window projection material, creates a great surface for silhouettes and less detailed images. From outside, it really looks like there are creatures lurking around inside your home.
If you want a more shocking and in-your-face effect, then stretch the material tighter across the areas you’re projecting onto. This will create a great canvas for more detailed projections, like witches, ghosts and zombies to pop up and scare the candy out any trick or treaters who dare enter your domain.
Projectors in space? Well, kind of…
By now, you’re probably super-psyched to get this gear and try it out for yourself. But if you’re still on the fence about it and are thinking there’s nothing that revolutionary about projecting onto a window or a wall, then consider projecting ghostly apparitions in the middle of your hallway, or out in your yard. Simply drape some holusion mesh material between a doorway, turn off the hallway lights and then project ultra-creepy videos on life-like spectres. It’s guaranteed to make even the most manly man scream and jump back in fright.
Do you know the difference between aspect ratio and resolution? How about the difference between XGA, WXGA, and HD? Our Projector People Expert, Todd, breaks it all down very nicely for us in the following video. He also demonstrates what it looks like when the native resolution of your computer doesn’t match up with the native resolution of your projector. Great information here – thanks Todd!
Ever wonder how to connect your iPad or iPhone to your projector? Tired of the limited viewing space on your smartphone or tablet? Why not connect to a projector and get the bigger picture. Take a look at our informative video below on how to make this happen and check out our iPad and iPhone page to get more information on which projectors are compatible with your device.
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