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Searching for the perfect projector for a home cinema? Many options are on the market and it can get tricky to know exactly what you need. Many features are different from one projector to another. You’ll have to look into resolution, contrast ratio among other things to make the right choice.

Here are some things you should know when buying a home projector.

  • Resolution

One of the things to look into when researching the projector that you need is resolution. Different resolutions on projectors can be found on the market. 1080p and 4K UHD are resolutions that are advised. It is also important to make sure that the lumen range is good, so it should be between 1500-3000 lumens.

  • Contrast ratio

Contrast ratio is the ratio between how bright the white image is compared to the black image. A higher ratio is going to allow you to see more detail. It’s important that the contrast ratio has at least 1,500:1 or higher to ensure that the image doesn’t look faint and washed out.  

  • Placement

Before buying a projector, check out where you want to position the projector. Higher-end projectors can usually be further and maintain a good quality image while having a larger lens shift. Lens shift is important if you want to change the angle or height of the projector. If you plan on buying a cheaper projector, plan to position your projector closer to the wall you’ll be projecting on.

  • Light source

You’ll probably see different types of light sources while searching for a projector: laser, LED and lamp. The most common technology is the ultra-high pressure lamps. It’s the most inexpensive option while being the brightest type of light on the market. Other sources are more expensive and are not as bright, so we would suggest choosing a projector with a lamp as the source of light.

Our suggestions

 Here are some of the best projectors for a home cinema:

–       Optoma UHD35

–       Epson Home cinema 3800

–       Optoma UHD50X

–       Epson 5050UB

–       LG CineBeam PH30N


Posted in: After Your Video is Created, Video Production

Have you thought about using stock footage in your next video? For most businesses, the need to access and create brand new, custom video is ideal. Having your own footage makes sense and allows you to create exactly what you need and want. However, factors such as budget limitations, time constraints, and resources make this hard to do. For some companies, this means that accessing stock footage can be an ideal way to still create an engaging, vibrant video for less. Most of the time, stock footage is beneficial to videos, giving you an enhanced, complete look. How can it help you?

#1: It Creates the Movie-Quality Shot

Have you ever watched television and thought you were looking at a movie clip, perhaps one for an upcoming thriller? Then, you realize suddenly it’s really a commercial for a product. As a business, you may wonder, “How can I do that on a limited budget?” Here’s the bottom line. A high-quality, cinematic shot is important to most videos. It is professional, expected, and modern. Stock footage can afford you this high quality without the high costs.

#2: Get the Shot You Otherwise Could Not

Time is a big factor even on the largest budgeted video production sets. You need time to get the perfect shot, but it does not always work that way. More so, there are some instances when you need a time shot – showing the progression of time – that you cannot sit around and wait to happen so you can film it. With the help of stock footage by a professional video company, you can capture those time sensitive shots.

#3: Your Budget Is a Factor

Everyone needs the biggest, grandest type of shot. Of course – this is what your viewer expects of you even if you are a small business. Yet, the process of creating those big budget shots isn’t always within reach. While the pressure is on for your brand to have such impressive shots, you simply may need to turn to stock footage to complete them.

#4: You Need a Conceptual Shot

Here’s another reason why you need to consider stock video – you couldn’t otherwise get the shot you want. Conceptual shots are more complex and often require more innovative thinking and planning. Stock video offers more freedom and the ability to create very different shots and patterns. When you use stock images, you can convey a bigger picture or truth than if you tried to create these shots on your own.

#5: You Need It Yesterday

Shooting custom video takes time. But, sometimes, you should have planned ahead. You may find yourself unable or limited by time when it comes to completing some of the shots for your video. That’s okay. Stock images are available to go at the last minute. This also helps those who are considering more extensive productions but have a limited timeframe to complete them.

You can have the grand scale, impressive looks you want from your video production team. And, in some cases, you can spend more to have a fantastic shot created just for your needs. But in other cases, it is not necessary and may not be worth it in the long term. Stock images and video are very accessible and beneficial in nearly any scenario and should be considered in most cases.


Posted in: Getting Ideas, Making Decisions, Video Production Tips