How to Determine Projector Size for a Church

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How to Determine Projector Size for a Church imageDetermining The Projector Size For Your Church

It is fairly common for churches to want to use projectors during different parts of their church services. If you have been debating what type of projector you should get, then you will want to dig into the particulars. How do you determine what projector size is right for your church? There are many factors to take into consideration, and you want to make sure that the projector works well for your needs. In order to get things right, you want to think about the visibility of the projector, its aesthetic appeal, and the overall practicality of the projector.

Think About the Aspect Ratio

There are still so many churches that are using older types of projection screens. For those who are not aware, the older projection screens have a different aspect ratio than the modern ones. The old aspect ratio of the screens is 4:3 and modern screens have an aspect ratio of 16:9. If you are making use of an older type of screen, then you’re going to look really out of date.

Thankfully, the modern screens are going to be sleeker on average. You can get a really nice screen that is compact when it is rolled up or tucked away. If you are looking for a projector screen that will stay up at all times, then you will still want to use a modern 16:9 screen. This is just something to be aware of, as churches have been using projectors for decades. It isn’t too unusual to walk into a church and see a 4:3 screen, but people are making the upgrades to 16:9 when they get the chance.

This mirrors what has happened to televisions over the last decade. The old CRT televisions (also referred to as tube televisions) had an aspect ratio of 4:3. Modern HDTVs are all in 16:9. It’s just a changing of the times, and technology will always continue to move forward. You can keep your church as up to date as possible while picking out a good screen that will work for your needs.

How It Looks Is Important

The overall look of the projector really matters. When you are choosing a projector for your church, you don’t want it to look silly next to everything else. It needs to feel like it fits in, and it shouldn’t ever be distracting. A good projector screen is going to be used to help complement the service and what is going on, so it needs to be done right.

Your church is not going to benefit from having a projector that is too large for your building. This is going to wind up looking very unusual, and it will be distracting. Likewise, a projector that is too small will not be practical, and it will wind up not helping you out. In order to get the right size and to determine how it will look, you’re going to have to take some actual measurements.

Consider the position of your screen and try to put it in a spot that will create maximum visibility for your congregation. This will help you to be able to make the best use of your projector screen. Take the time to look at the screen from the perspective of the people sitting in the pews. See how it looks, and then make your decision from there.

Multiple Projectors May Work Better

It is also possible that using multiple projectors might be better for your situation. If you have a particularly large church, then you may find that it will work better to have two or three modestly-sized projector screens than having one large one. A very large projector screen may have a tendency to get in your way. Even if it rolls up or can be carted away, storage issues may present themselves. There are definitely times when multiple projector screens will work better than one large one.

Having two projector screens, one on each side of the church can be more pleasant than one large one in the middle. A projector screen in the middle might also be more practical if your church is the right size for it. You have to keep how everything looks in mind at all time. This will allow you to make an informed decision that will work for you.

Generally speaking, you want the screen to be 12 inches high for every 6-10 feet when you are making use of video. If you are not using video with your projector, then you will be able to go between 15 and 20 feet. This is assuming that you have a very good projector that is capable of providing you with top-notch clarity.

If you do not have access to the information about the size of your church, then you should take the time to measure things yourself. Get up on the ladder and make use of your handy tape measure to get the information that you need. It won’t take long to get all of the numbers that you are looking for. You can crunch some data and make a proper determination based on the size of your church.

Conclusion

Picking out a projector screen that is the right size is going to be crucial. This is something that you should take the time to do as soon as you can. If you want to make using projectors a part of your service on a regular basis, then it pays to think about the size. You will be able to get the perfect screen that will work well in your building, and your congregation will be pleased with the results.

The overall aesthetic appeal of your church will remain intact, and the projector screen will only add to the convenience of your services. This gives you new options when you are planning out your services and you will be able to make use of it rather easily. You will find that a good projector can help to add a fun dynamic to certain events and parts of your service. Having a perfect size will ensure that it feels natural, and you’ll never have to worry about things fitting right inside of the building.

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Understanding Aspect Ratio. Retrieved on 1/25/19 from: https://elitescreens.com/front/front/cms/slug/understanding-aspect-ratio

Duke Taber has been a Senior Pastor of various churches since 1988. Prior to that, he was involved in the Christian rock scene opening for such notables as Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill, Rez Band, and once played briefly with Darrel Mansfield. Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.