There were a number of rooms where the clients do not want the TV screens to be on display unless they are being used. Australian manufacturer Ultralift make a number of solutions, including lifts that will raise a screen out of the cabinet, or drop the screen from the ceiling, with both options being used in this project.
One of the advantages of dealing with a local manufacturer such as Ultralift is that they have the means to modify existing design, or build to order, and was the case for this client. In the living area it was necessary to build a swing down lifter that not only dropped the screen from the ceiling, but also was able to fit the sound-bar as well.
With any large scale installation, particular one involving automation, it is necessary to allow space to house the necessary components. It is also essential that these components are housed in a manner allowing easy access, that they are correctly ventilated, that all cables are labelled and that the finished product is neat and tidy.
This was a lengthy and complex process, utilising five full height Middle Atlantic racks, but as you can see the results are impressive, and certainly worthy of the ‘Best dressed system’ CEDIA award.
Almost all video projectors are designed to work with a 16:9 video format screen (the same shape as your TV screens). However most modern movies are filmed in a more stretched format, the most popular being 2.35:1, and appear on your screen with black bars above and below the image.
While we are starting to see the emergence of projectors that will natively display a widescreen image they are still rare, and expensive. The solution is to use a screen with the correct image ratio and then install an anamorphic lens in-front of the projector resulting in the image filling the full screen – just as it does in a commercial theatre.