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Projector Terminology, Explained

Become an expert in projectors: check out our handy list of technical terminology for projection!

The most efficient and affordable way to utilize digital scenery as part of your production is using projectors. We often share our recommendations for the right projector for your space, and in doing so, use different technical terms to describe certain projector standards. Below, you'll find a handy list of our commonly-used terms, which are bound to help when learning more about the technology!

Throw Ratio: The relationship between the distance of your projector from the screen and the size of the image it creates.

Your desired image size x throw ratio = distance the projector needs to be hung

Aspect ratio:
The ratio of the width to the height of an image or screen (Our projections follow the standard 16:9).

Short-throw projectors:
Has a throw ratio less than 1, and therefore can be placed closer to the projection surface and project large images. The risk of shadows is eliminated due to its close placement to the projection surface.

Long-throw projectors: Has a throw ratio Can be placed further away from the projection surface, traditionally at the back of the theatre or the center of the ceiling.

Lumens: Lumen equal brightness! The higher the lumen count the brighter the image.

Playback:
The control software or hardware used to cue and deliver images and videos to your projector. Your method of playback also allows you to adjust the timing of cues to fit your show’s needs.

Front Projection:
Your projector is placed facing the stage and the projected image is reflected off of your projection surface.

Rear Projections:
Your projector is placed backstage and the projected image is diffused through the material of your projection surface.

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