projector setup guide / AV equipment hire Glasgow / powerpoint projections / renting data projectors
Projector setup guide: What you will require to setup your data projectors is as follows:
1) A power source.
2) A video / data source.
3) A screen or other suitable projection surface.
4) A projector stand, table, ceiling mount or similar.
5) Video / data cables to connect your projector to your image source.
6) Mains cables & extension (if required).
Projector Screen Placement: With the appropriate equipment available setting up your projector will take approxiamately 10 - 15 minutes.Begin by selecting your screen location (if using a screen) and erect that in situ. You must then consider the placement of your projector. This is dependant upon the desired image size but as a rule of thumb the projector should be placed twice as far back from the screen as the image is wide, placed centrally to the screen. The lens and the bottom of the screen should be in alignment for a perfect rectangular image. If optimum placement either vertically or horizontally is not possible adjustements can be made using the digital keystone facilities, although please note that horizontal keystone adjustment is not standard on all our model range. One factor that should be considered when placing a screen is the the lighting - Projectors, although bright, do not compete well with the sun, so screen placement should ideally not be in dierct sunlight, and if possible, dimming of electric lighting, and / or drawing of blinds / curtains are advised. You will be able to see an image in a room with daylight, but the image will appear far brighter with no sunlight.
Once your projector & screen are in place you must then consider your data and power connections. It may make sense to have the data source next to the projector, or under certain circumstances eg. using a laptop computer, it may be preferable to run an input cable. The projector will require a standard 13 amp socket or extension somewhere within easy reach of the projector, which will be supplied with an IEC power cable (similar to a kettle cable). You will then have to run the video / data input cable from the source to the projector. We will supply suitable cables with your projector hire - In the case of basic cable requirements these will be free of charge. For DVD players a phono cable will generally suffice, connected from video out to video in. We can supply Scart to phono cables if the DVD player is not equipped with phono outs. S-video connections are also common and cables can be supplied. In cases where a computer is being used (eg. a Powerpoint presentation) the computer must have an external monitor output on a standard 15 d-sub VGA output (pictured on the right) - Almost every modern laptop is equipped with one of these, although in most cases it will have to be enabled on the computer itself, which is usually done using computer dependant keys. They will often be on the function keys, used in conjunction with another key. Look for a small icon which looks like a computer screen. We have found that most problems when using a laptop are caused by the external VGA port not being enabled.
Once your projector, screen, data source and cabling are in place then all equipment should be turned on and the data / video should be fed to the projector. Most modern projectors (and certainly all in our hire stock) are plug and play and the projector should autodetect any active input. If for any reason this does not happen there are selector buttons on the control panel. Once an image is being projected onto the screen the focus and zoom should be adjusted on the projector (usually by means of two twisters on the the lens, but occaisionally using button or the remote control, depending upon the model). The image should ideally be adjusted to filll the screen. It may be possible and/or preferable to adjust the screen at this point. Projectors will generally also have adjustable feet allowing small vertical adjustments too.
Once your equipment is in place and working satisfactorily, then it may be advisable to tape down any loose cables, or cover them with a mat to ensure that there are no tripping hazards. At this point you are ready to go, and if the equipment is not for immediate use then it could be turned off, until prior to usage. Once you have finished with your projector, please turn it off into standby - usually you will have to press the the standby button & then confirm an on-screen message by pressing again. The projector should then be left running in standby for several minutes until the fan switches off which means that the projector has colled down and is ready for packing away in the provided carry case. NB: if you put the projector into standby mode inadvertantly and wish to turn it back on it will be 2-5 minutes before the lamp will re-strike.