Instead of asking which material is the best, ask yourself which material is best for my specific needs.
The projection screen material best for you depends on your projector, physical space, projection method, lighting environment and other factors. Always choose the material that will be best for the majority of your viewing. For example, don't base your buying decision solely on price or solely on gain. Learn More:
- Ambient Light Rejecting: The matte finish side faces the audience. The side with the sheen is the back. Quick Look
- Blackout Cloth: The side with a smoother rubber coating faces the audience. Quick Look
- FlexiGray, FlexiWhite, ProGray & ProWhite: The gray or white side faces the audience. The back is black.
- Gray Rear Projection Film: The matte finish side faces the audience. Project onto the shiny side. Quick Look
- White Rear Projection Film: The matte finish side faces the audience. Project onto the shiny side. Quick Look
- SheerWeave: You can use either side. There is no discernible difference.
- SilverScreen: The side with a reflective sparkle faces the audience. Quick Look
Ambient light is any light that exists in your viewing environment. It may be indoor light fixtures or street lights, etc. If you have a dark room where the lights can be turned off we call this controlled light versus dealing with a street lamp, for example, which you may not have control over. An example of a dark viewing environment is a movie theater, low light might be a small light coming from the next room and high ambient light would be a light on in the same room as your screen.
Generally speaking, the darker you can get your viewing environment the better the results. We recommend using white projector screen materials for dark environments & gray projector screen materials for environments with ambient light. You will not need gray if you have a dark viewing environment. Gray only provides additional contrast if you have ambient lighting concerns.
Unfortunately, none of our materials are meant for full sunlight.
Ambient Light Rejecting Projector Screen Material is the absolute best solution for almost any indoor lighting including bright, high ambient light environments! Ambient Light Rejection is great for watching the big game during the middle of the day. This material is our most versatile lighting solution. For best results, avoid ambient light coming from the same direction as the projector.
Dusk/Sunset: If your only ambient light concern is 20 minutes of viewing time at dusk, go with white. If you will experience ambient light throughout the entire movie, even after the sun goes down, go with gray.
Also see our: Key Material Decision Factors page.
All of our projector screen materials are compatible for HD projection, though your projector, of course, will need to be capable of projecting a native HD resolution. That said, because Ambient Light Rejecting, FlexiWhite and FlexiGray projector screen materials have essentially zero texture, they can provide the sharpest possible picture for your high-definition and 4K Ultra HD projected images.
Ambient Light Rejecting material is a specialized product for everyday usage, HD & 4K Ultra HD in a brightly lit environment. It also works for both active 3D and with two passive 3D projectors when ambient light is controlled.
SilverScreen is a specialized product for Passive 3D movie viewing and is the best solution for the purpose of Passive 3D (Passive 3D Glasses). It is highly reflective and not necessarily meant for everyday usage - although we have had some people use it that way - it is not our recommendation. Everyday, Non-passive 3D SilverScreen users may experience hotspots when paired with a bright projector. Passive 3D requires two passive 3D projectors.
Our other materials are not recommended for 3D usage.
The best projection screen material right for you depends on your projector, physical space, projection method, lighting environment, frame and other factors. Instead of asking which material is the best, ask yourself which material is best for my specific needs. For example, don't base your buying decision solely on price or solely on gain.
Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) is a specialized product for bright, high ambient lighting conditions. You may not need Ambient Light Rejection Material if you do not have bright lighting conditions or if you have other specialized requirements. ALR also works for both active 3D and with (2) passive 3D projectors when ambient light is controlled. For best results, avoid ambient light coming from the same direction as the projector.
SilverScreen is a specialized product for passive 3D movie viewing and is the best solution for the purpose of passive 3D. It is highly reflective and not necessarily meant for everyday usage - although we have had some people use it that way - it is not our recommendation. Everyday, Non-passive 3D SilverScreen users may experience hotspots when paired with a bright projector. Passive 3D requires two passive 3D projectors.
Also see our: Key Material Decision Factors page.
Our Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) Material is not recommended for ultra/short throw, edge-blending or PowerPoint because the high gain of the product may result in hot spots in these scenarios.
No, sorry Carl's Projector Screen Materials do not have an adhesive backing, nor are they a static window cling.
We add approximately 1" to our raw material to make sure you have enough screen material to build your screen. For example, if you order 5' - you'll get approximately 5'1". The viewable dimensions of our Finished Edge Screens can be seen on this chart. Hanging and Standing Kits utilize the same dimensions as the applicable Finished Edge Screens.
Our projection screen materials do not expand or grow in size, like say a Spandex material would.
Yes! Our Projector Screen Materials are available By-the-Foot. Here's how to order:
- Start on the Projector Screen Material Page
- Click on the material you desire and allow the product page to load
- Select the item that reads "Starting Price per Ft", in the drop down menu, under the product images
- Once selected, you will see the price goes down, the more feet you order
(Example: Enter 21 Feet in the Qty box and add it to your cart. The shopping cart will display the calculated price. A master roll of Blackout Cloth is 110 inches so you would receive 1 piece which is 110" tall x 21' wide, folded in a box. Packaging options (box or tube) are visible after selecting the size you desire, in the drop down menu, under the product images. If you would like a freight quote because you do not see a rolled on a tube option online see our "Freight Shipping Information" question, here in the FAQ.
- Depending on the product there may be more than one By-the-Foot option. Our ProGray, ProWhite and SheerWeave products will have multiple options visible in the menu. *These three products ship rolled on a tube and cannot be folded.
Also see the "Custom Made Screens" section of our FAQ to learn about purchasing a full Master Roll or our Half Roll options.
Yes definitely! Carl's Blackout Cloth is manufactured to provide a crisp, clear projected image and is available in much larger sizes than fabric stores offer. Fabric store material is often used as a backing material for window curtains. Since the material doesn't show behind the curtain, some imperfections in the rubber coating are acceptable. These imperfections in the rubber coating may drastically impair your image, especially in brighter scenes. You may also experience hotspots, due to these imperfections, where a portion of the screen is just a bright white spot. However, Carl's Blackout Cloth is coated with multiple consistent high-quality layers of thin reflective rubber which will provide accurate color and clarity in a dark viewing environment.
Yes! Our Blackout Cloth will block out light from your window. Several of our customers have used Blackout Cloth to greatly reduce ambient light in their viewing environment. Buy Carl’s Blackout Cloth here.
Yes! Carl's Gray Rear Projection Film and White Rear Projection Film are perfect for AtmosFX Virtual Halloween or Virtual Santa Window Projections. Safely run your projector from inside your home and project through your window or door, using our translucent gray or semi-translucent white projection screen. They work great with Standard and HD Projection Videos.
- For photographic DVDs our Rear Projection Material is best when stretched tight
- For shadow/silhouette DVDs hang the screen loosely over your window or door like a window curtain
Please note, these projection screens do NOT have an adhesive backing and are NOT a static window cling. You can find AtmosFX virtual projections, such as Jack-O'-Lantern Jamboree, here on Amazon.
Yes! Carl's White Rear Projection Film works great for both rear and front, dual-sided projection! It also offers a wider viewing angle and fewer chances for any hotspots due to its semi-transparency. White Rear Projection Film works best in a dark viewing environment.
In short, Gray Rear Projection Film can but it is not its specialty. Our Gray Rear Projection Film is translucent and may work for front-projection; however, compared to an opaque front-projection screen, it will not be nearly as bright. Used in a rear-projection setup environment, though, it will rival any front-projection setup. If you do use Gray Rear Projection Film for both front and rear projection; use a smaller seating viewing angle and make sure there is no light behind the screen as it will show through. Gray Rear Projection Film works best in low ambient light situations.
No, sorry it cannot. Front-projection screen materials are opaque. The image will not show through the screen.
Yes! Order a Sample Pack right here.
Here at Carl's Place we use the word Remnant and Clearance Item interchangably. Occasionally we sell Remnants on our Clearance page. Remnants/Clearance items have slight blemishes, stubborn folds, are lightly soiled, have backward grommets or come in an opened box but should generally be OK for projection. Remnants/Clearance items are NOT guaranteed to be flawless. Remnants/Clearance items are sold as is and are not customizable. Unless specified, Remnants/Clearance items ship folded in a box and cannot be rolled. Remnants/Clearance items are not returnable for refund. All sales are final. Prices are good while supplies last. Also note, we strongly encourage international customers to consider brand new items due to international shipping costs on Remnants and Clearance items.