What can a client expect when a professional A/V integrator performs a projector installation? While the answer depends on the specific needs of the client, there are some common elements across the spectrum than can be outlined and discussed.
Meeting with Clients and Determining Location
The A/V integrator (or A/V integrator team) will first meet with a client to discuss the client’s needs. This is followed by a visit to the site to measure and examine where installation is expected to take place. Factors such as the potential of light exposure will influence installation placement decision, and at this time ambient light rejecting equipment may be recommended.
While it’s often the case that only a single wall in a facility is appropriate for projector installation, there may be instances where multiple walls within a room are options. In these cases, an integrator can further advise a client regarding any factors that may influence picture quality or audience experience.
Once a site has been decided on, it’s time to consider screen placement. While there are general rules of thumb about how high the screen is placed, there are other aspects to consider, namely the amount of rows for viewing within a room (and in some instances the size of the room itself).
After the ideal screen position has been identified, next comes the installation of the equipment itself, which is a more complicated task. Projector installation can require a significant amount of adjustment, calibration, and optimization to get the perfect experience, yet with the assistance of A/V integrators, clients can expect professionalism and efficiency at every turn.
By calculating a projector’s throw distance (distance from screen and projector lens), an A/V integrator can decide on exactly where in the room a projector is best placed. If it’s too close, the display is likely to be too small, and if it’s too far away, the display is likely to be too big. In addition, other factors may influence the ideal place for the projector installation, such as:
- Viewing and seating position: Depending on projector models, factors such as machine sound can be a factor in deciding projector placement relative to seating positions.
- Cable Placement and Power Outlets: Nearly everyone has been in a position where power outlets simply aren’t where they would be most convenient. In these cases, cable placement must be considered during installation.
- Image Quality and Preference: Although throw distance can say a lot about image quality, it’s not the only factor that may influence it.
From here, factors such as vertical offset are considered and the projector is mounted to the ceiling followed by the installation of an accompanying screen. Finally, a series of adjustments and alignments may be necessary to provide the audience with the experience that the client has envisioned from the start.