Why Move to a Single Center Screen?
Another component of the platform renovation will involve moving to a single, center mounted projection screen. There are a number of reasons for this – and to a great extent it is related to the evolution of projection technology.
As we upgrade the projection in our sanctuary to provide brighter, clearer text and images – we also realize that most software, videos, and equipment is designed for at least a 16:9 ratio.
As we have spoken with projection specialists, they strongly encouraged us to move to a center mounted widescreen running a High Definition signal. In their experience a center mounted screen is a better fit for the shape and size of our sanctuary.
Click below to read why HDTV makes a centre screen the best option for us.
As mentioned earlier, when Forest Grove Community Church first began projecting lyrics – they made use of an overhead projector. The projection shape of an overhead projector is taller then it is wide. When the move to video projectors was made, we moved to a 4:3 ratio projection. This ratio is almost square – although slightly wider then it is tall. During this time the 4:3 ratio was the standard for videos and televisions.
Older style televisions used this same 4:3 ratio, as did the original computer monitors (some of our staff still use old 4:3 ratio computer monitors).
With the development of HDTV, Flat Screen TV’s and Laptop Computers – the standard shape of video changed again. All of these technologies incorporate at least 16:9 ratio (or some even wider.)
For us to install two 16:9 screens in the sanctuary – they will come remarkably close to touching in the center! The visual effect will be a massive area of screens in the front of the church. By moving to a single center screen, not only would it mean that we would end up with a larger overall screen with larger print and images – but it would also have less square footage of “white screen” at the front of the room then we do now with two smaller screens.
In an attempt to keep up with technology (or at least not fall too far behind) the decision was made to begin planning for the change to a single center screen.