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Scoreboard projector requirements
« on: January 23, 2013, 06:40:36 pm »
I am looking into buying a projector to use with the CRG scoreboard software, but I'm having trouble coming up with minimum technical requirement needs. Does anyone have any advice or experience on minimum resolution, lumens and/or contrast for a scoreboard projector?

We don't do anything beyond project the scoreboard (no video) so I assume we don't need a 1080p home theater projector, but I don't know how low we can go, 800x600 seems like it would work, even a standard definition 640x480 projector might be suitable.

I see the brightness being the real key factor, as we play in a fully lit venue, and the scoreboard gets projected onto a fairly large surface, once again, I have no idea what would work, and what would be overkill.

As with most things in derby, cost is an issue, so I'm just trying to figure out what the bare minimum needs are.

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Re: Scoreboard projector requirements
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2013, 07:31:08 pm »
Most lumens.
Least expensive replacement lamps.

Make certain it has fully cooled off, before trying to move it.
Multiple sets of video cords, so that other pcs can be used to drive it.
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Re: Scoreboard projector requirements
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2013, 08:50:21 pm »
Multiple sets of video cords, so that other pcs can be used to drive it.

Do you mean multiple inputs, or that it comes with lots of cords/adapters?

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Re: Scoreboard projector requirements
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2013, 08:58:19 pm »
Multiple sets of video cords, so that other pcs can be used to drive it.

Do you mean multiple inputs, or that it comes with lots of cords/adapters?

Multiple inputs on the projector might be handy, but making sure you've got cords and adapters on hand is probably more important. You want to be able to have any random laptop show up and plug into this without bringing their own cord, so if you can have cables that will accept input from HDMI, DVI, VGA, Display Port, S-Video, Composite video, and whatever else there is, it'll save you headaches when your standard laptop gets dropped or somebody spills a beer on it or forgets it in their car. Some of those can be handled by dumb adapters.

It's probably also a good idea to test these different configurations before a bout, so that if you have to change some setting that you don't normally change or work some other juju, you know what works and what doesn't.

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Re: Scoreboard projector requirements
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2013, 12:31:33 am »
Our league has found it to be more cost effective to rent a projector + screen for each bout.
Although, over time, the rental cost will add up to be more than the purchase cost - we feel the benefits outweigh the costs.
- don't need to worry about maintenance, storage, theft
- supplier keeps equipment in good service, up-to-date, modifies projector used dependent on venue conditions
- supplier will set up and break down equipment before and after each bout

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Re: Scoreboard projector requirements
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2013, 01:07:02 pm »
I recommend you skip the 640x480 projectors and go with at least 800x600. I don't know if the CRG scoreboard will have trouble at the lower resolution. However, you're very likely to find alternate uses for the projector. Those other uses will almost definitely be limited at 640x480. It's hard enough to do anything on 800x600.
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Re: Scoreboard projector requirements
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2013, 02:21:41 am »
This is what we bought to project the scoreboard. 

Great deal and the bulbs are inexpensive to replace

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003NMW1HC/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Re: Scoreboard projector requirements
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2013, 05:28:43 pm »
Our league has found it to be more cost effective to rent a projector + screen for each bout.
Although, over time, the rental cost will add up to be more than the purchase cost - we feel the benefits outweigh the costs.
Hear hear!  We're helping a new league get started and this was our advice to them.  Plus, if you decide to purchase a projector later, you'll already know what works best for your venue.

My guess is you're probably looking for something that outputs at a minimum 8000 lumen to project a large scoreboard in a lit venue.  15,000 lumen would probably be ideal.


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Re: Scoreboard projector requirements
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2013, 06:28:26 pm »
My guess is you're probably looking for something that outputs at a minimum 8000 lumen to project a large scoreboard in a lit venue.  15,000 lumen would probably be ideal.

I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not. An 8,000 lumen projector will run you about $6,000, while a 15,000 will run you $15,000-$20,000. If your league is able to afford that, then go for it. (Note: price information is based off quick Google searches, not exhaustive research).

We borrowed a projector from a skater, and it worked fine. The specifics, it was an Epson EX5200, with an output of 2600 lumen. We projected it about 15', onto an off-white wall in a well lit venue, and you could see it from across the room without any problem.

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Re: Scoreboard projector requirements
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2013, 08:46:45 pm »
My guess is you're probably looking for something that outputs at a minimum 8000 lumen to project a large scoreboard in a lit venue.  15,000 lumen would probably be ideal.

I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not. An 8,000 lumen projector will run you about $6,000, while a 15,000 will run you $15,000-$20,000. If your league is able to afford that, then go for it. (Note: price information is based off quick Google searches, not exhaustive research).

We borrowed a projector from a skater, and it worked fine. The specifics, it was an Epson EX5200, with an output of 2600 lumen. We projected it about 15', onto an off-white wall in a well lit venue, and you could see it from across the room without any problem.

Nope, no sarcasm meant.  Every venue has different requirements and needs.  Borrow and see what works for you. 

 

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