Projection screen selection can be very confusing given the different types, vendors, and models available. When considering your next screen rentals, these are some factors to keep in mind:

  1. Do I want a front or rear projection screen? Front projection screen rentals are the norm, however rear projection screens offer a clearer and more impressive view of the presentation. If there is a lot of dark space behind the viewing surface, such as an auditorium or riser setting, the rear projection screen option may be best.
  2. Do I want a manual or electric screen? Electric screens rentals are often larger screens and have an electronic motor to raise and lower the screen using a remote control. Manual screen rentals are inexpensive and easy to use. Manual screens come in a variety of sizes and styles. The more common styles are:
    • Fast Fold Screen: Made of a folding aluminum frame that has a snap-on projection fabric. Sizes vary from 5 to 30 feet.
    • Cradle Screen: Pulled up and out of the container and supported by a rod on the back of the screen and a weighted base. These screens are available in sizes up to 12 feet.
    • Tabletop: Usually a small cradle screen for very small audiences of up to 12 people around a conference or rectangular table.
    • Tripod: Three legs and a supporting rod. These screens range in size from 4 to 8 feet.
  3. Do I want a tensioned or nontensioned screen? Tensioned models keep the fabric flat and immobile and nontensioned models have the fabric hanging freely from the support structure. Nontentioned models are subject to air movement in the room and can impact the quality of the presentation. However, nontentioned models are the most portable.
  4. How large of screen do I need? According to Professional Meeting Management, a good rule of thumb is, divide the distance from the screen to the last row of the audience by 8, and use that number as the height needed for the screen. For example, if the distance between the screen and the last row is 120 feet, the height of the screen needs to be 15 feet (120 divided by 8 = 15). This should also provide for maximum viewing angle.
  5. What about screen width? Screen rentals from your Event Solutions Company come in three dimensions:
    • Square: Screen width to height is 1:1. Generally used for data presentations.
    • Video Format: Screen width to height is 4:3. This is the best option if you will be switching between fullscreen and widescreen viewing.
    • HDTV: Screen width to height ratio is 16:9. Best for widescreen viewing.
  6. Which screen make, model, and vendor should I chose from? When consider screen rentals there are so many options! It is best to choose an Event Solutions company, such as SmartSource Rentals, that can offer you a variety of screens to choose from and can provide the best screen for your unique meeting needs.