You will agree that knowing how to set up a projector is a boon especially if you are planning to a get a new projector. There are a lot of things you will have to accomplish to set up your entertainment room, and it is not easy to achieve them in first go. We guess you have a brief idea but do you know how to place the projector correctly? How to properly align the image? How to hook all the cables? Well, don’t be appalled by all these queries because we have laid down the path which will ease up the setup process.
So let’s get started with the process,
Table of Contents
We tried to summarize the major process through Infographics:
1. Setting The Location:
The first uncalled rule in the projector setup process is to find out the right location where you would place the device. But remember if you are getting a projector home entertainment then your dining room or a separate entertainment room will be preferable. However, if your primary purpose is an outdoor movie session, then your lawn or backyard space will be perfect. While setting the location, you should adequately measure the area as it will help you to determine what throw distance will ideal for the space. But remember one thing you should arrange a large space so that you can maintain a good between screen and projector.
Larger the space the better it will be for you to fiddle with the image size and fiddle with the throw distance. While setting the location, you should adequately allocate the seating area so that you won’t have an issue while mounting or moving back the projector. If you don’t have any space constraint, you can go for a projector average throw ratio and place them accordingly. However, if there is a space issue, then we would recommend you to go for ultra-short or short throw ratio projector as you will be able to project a 100-150inch image from just 4feet.
Note: It would be smart thinking to shift all the sofa or cushion behind the projector if you are mounting it on a table top. Most importantly try to arrange a space where there is a lot of power connection options.
2. Setting The Screen:
After getting the first step right, now you will have to move to the place where you will have to place the screen. You can use your white wall as a screen but to get the best out of your projector, you need to put a proper screen. A proper screen will reflect back the same quality and sometimes it even notches up overall light output from the projector. For an indoor arrangement, you can acquire a regular screen or retractable screen which can be easily mounted on the wall. However, for outdoor setup, you will have a plethora of options, but we would recommend you to get a regular standing screen.
In the indoor setup, you should entirely free the wall where you will mount the screen because it will create an uninterrupted view. Moreover, it will allow you to expand the screen on the wall according to your mood. However, you should always set the screen within the 150inch as it will offer the best light reflection and clarity. For installation, you just have to drill a hole in the wall or place hook so that it can firmly hold the screen.
Note: Remember the screen should be appropriately stretched otherwise you won’t get the desired quality.
3. Installing The Projector:
Installing the projector at the right place is the most crucial and complicated part of the setup process. Here you to make a lot of permutation and combination to get everything right. When you are installing a projector for indoor setup, you will either have to opt for a front projection or ceiling mount because rear projection takes a lot of space in the room. However, it would be entirely suitable for outdoor setup but remember you should get a rear projection capable model so that it can offer 180-horizontal flip.
The front projection set up is quite easy, and it is applicable for both indoor and outdoor area. At first, you should get a small table to mount the projector and place it such a way that the lens is precisely opposite to the middle of the screen. It would be better if you can go for a small table because the lens is integrated in such a way that the image is right above the bottom of the screen. You should continue to change the height until it reaches the right height which will offer a perfectly squared image on the screen.
You can even install the projector on the ceiling because it offers a lot of space for seating and won’t bother you with packing and unpacking. First, you have to find the ideal distance from the screen before mounting it on the screen, and you can do it by following the front projection installation process. After getting the right place, you need mark the point on the ceiling, and it should be exactly opposite to the spot on the ground. Then screw the mount in that position, and after that, you have to attach the projector in an upside-down position.
4. Connecting All the Cables:
Connecting the cables looks simple right? It seems simple from, but you have to be precise with the connection because one wrong move will delay the setup process. First, you have to connect the projector with the power source. You should always hook the power cable with the help of extensions as you won’t love to have cables lying in the middle of the room.
Now for connecting external devices like PC, laptop, Blu-Ray player, DVD player, DTH box, etc. you have to utilize the HDMI cable, and it is preferable to get a long cable. Apart from HDMI, you can even connect your device with the help of other wires like USB, MHL, DVI, D-Sub or wireless transmission but it entirely depends upon both the devices.
If you want to connect your laptop, then first you have to combine both the device either with VGA or HDMI cable and then power on the laptop. Then for syncing you need to hold display key and press the display key simultaneously which will open a dialogue box where you will have to choose the duplicate option.
Similarly, for hooking your MAC, you will have to use either HDMI or VGA cable. Then for syncing both the device, you need to move to the Apple menu and then select system preference. After that, you need to jump to the arrangement tab which will be located in the Display option. So now you will now you will have to choose mirror display option which will replicate the display on the projector screen.
You can even your tablet to your projector, and then the easiest way to connect them through Bluetooth or wireless connectivity. You just need to switch on the Bluetooth of both the devices and then pair the device for syncing. You can even use MHL or mini-USB for connecting the devices. Likewise, Chromecast and Miracast also serve as a plausible option to hook both the devices.
However, for hooking your iPhone, you will first have to buy an Apple Digital AV adapter and then insert it into the bottom part of the smartphone. And then with the help of an HDMI cable, you will have to connect the projector and the AV adapter. After that you will have select the source option on your projector to locate the device.
Now it is time to switch on both the devices so that you can check if the projector is connected correctly or not. The projector will instantly detect the external but if it doesn’t then you have to go to the menu to search the device manually.
5. Positioning The Image:
After switching on the device, you will now have to fit the image accurately within the projector screen so that can get the whole frame while watching a video. The most prominent way to position the picture is by utilizing the inbuilt test pattern of the projector. However, if your projector doesn’t have test pattern, then you can setup disc to align the image. Apart from these, you can even project a simple image to align the projector although it won’t always provide you the accurate result.
Now you will have to fine-tune the test image or the projected image to make sure you get the best visual quality while watching any content. For front projection, you need to place the lens in the center of the screen and then adjust the height accordingly. For height adjustment, you can put books or any other thing but remember the edges of the image should adequately fit in the screen. Similarly, you should utilize the tilt facility and height adjustment for proper positioning of the image.
Suppose if there is a gap on the side of the screen, you can use the manual zoom or e-zoom facility of the projector to correctly fill the screen but make sure the edges are of the same size. Would love to have a picture without proper clarity? No, right! So during adjustment, you should also use the focus knob and turn it until every part of the image is sharp and clear. After these, if you feel the angle isn’t entirely right, then use the keystone correction or lens shift which will assist you to get the ideal image positioning.
6. Getting The Picture Settings Right:
Fine tuning the picture setting is the last step before you can jump into the couch with your friend to watch a movie or TV series. In this step, you will have to adjust to picture settings so that you get a vivid and vibrant picture quality. During the tuning process, you shouldn’t go overboard with the level because it will degrade the output quality. For fine-tuning, you need to adjust the saturation, brightness, color temperature, contrast, back-light, etc. and the tuning entirely depends your perception. These are the basic settings but you will also find various other configurations, and it would be smart move to read the user manual before turning them.
7. Audio Setup:
In this final step, you will just have set up your external audio device as it would be entirely futile to utilize the inbuilt speaker. The sound volume and quality of the inbuilt speaker are terrible, so it always recommended to use externals. You can use 2.1 speakers, 5.1 home theater system or Bluetooth speakers and it entirely depends upon your budget and taste.
So after getting everything right, turn down lights and enjoy the bright and sharp visuals in the dark.