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Key Material Decision Factors

Material Viewing
Environment
Specialty
Specifications
Screen
Mounting
Outdoor Use
Portable
FlexiWhite Dark Environment Capable of HD & Active 3D Tension-Mount/Pull Tight Yes! Mildew Resistant
FlexiGray Low Light Capable of HD, Bright Projector Preferred Tension-Mount/Pull Tight Yes! Mildew Resistant
ALR Dark - Uncontrolled Light (Most Versatile for Lighting Conditions) High Performance in Dark to Indoor Environments with Lighting Concerns, Capable of HD & 4K, Active and Passive 3D, Bright Projector Preferred Tension-Mount/Pull Tight Not Recommended, Do Not Fold
UltraWhite Dark Environment 4K Ultra HD, HDR & Active 3D Wall Mount, Roll Down,
Non-Tensioned
Not Recommended
White Rear Projection Film Dark Environment Rear OR Front Projection, Wider Viewing Angle Tension-Mount/Pull Tight Yes! Mildew Resistant
Gray Rear Projection Film Dark - Low Light Rear Projection, Narrow Viewing Angle, Bright Projector Preferred Tension-Mount/Pull Tight Yes! Mildew Resistant
Blackout Cloth Dark Environment Budget-Conscience, Entry Level Tension-Mount/Pull Tight Ok with Care
ProWhite Dark Environment Brighter, Clearer Image over Blackout Cloth Wall Mount or Roll Down,
Non-Tensioned
Not Recommended
ProGray Low Light Upgrade over Blackout Cloth, Bright Projector Preferred Wall Mount or Roll Down,
Non-Tensioned
Not Recommended
9% Micro Perforated Acoustic FlexiWhite Dark Environment Sound Transparency Perfect for Backyard Theater and Large Venues Tension-Mount/Pull Tight Yes! Mildew Resistant
7% Nano Perforated Acoustic FlexiWhite Dark Environment Sound Transparency Perfect for Home Theater Tension-Mount/Pull Tight Yes! Mildew Resistant
SheerWeave Dark Environment Acoustic Transparency Perfect for Home Theater Wall Mount, Roll Down,
Non-Tensioned
Not Recommended
ProALR Dark - Uncontrolled Light High Performance in Dark to Indoor Environments with Lighting Concerns, Active and Passive 3D, Bright Projector Preferred Wall Mount or Roll Down,
Non-Tensioned
Not Recommended
SilverScreen Dark - Low Light (2) Passive 3D Projectors Tension-Mount/Pull Tight Yes! Mildew Resistant

Quick Reference

1.  Lighting Considerations

  • Ambient light is any light that exists in your viewing environment. It may be indoor lighting 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 any light in the same room as your screen.
  • Unfortunately, none of our materials are meant for full sunlight.
  • 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 low ambient light concerns. You will not need gray if you have a dark viewing environment. Gray only provides additional contrast if you have ambient light concerns.
  • If you wish to begin the movie at dusk/sunset and 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.
  • Always choose the material that will be best for the majority of your viewing.

2.  Screen Mounting

  • When a screen is pulled tight (or bungeed) evenly all the way around the screen we call this tensioned (like an artist canvas or trampoline). Tensioning provides a flat screen for even light distribution and reduces image waving on the surface. Securing tension-mounted fabrics at the top and bottom, just the sides or only in the corners will not provide a flat surface for even light distribution.
  • If you want to wrap material over your frame, be sure to select a tension-mounted material. You may also need to order extra material to cover the thickness of your frame.
  • Our thicker, stiffer, non-tension materials cannot be stretched and work best when simply held flat. Non-tension materials are usually stapled directly onto the wall. Do not fold or wrap these stiff screen materials. These materials also work well rolled. These products are available in raw material only.

3.  HD Screen Materials

  • 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, materials with little to no texture can provide the sharpest possible picture for your high-definition and 4K projected images.

4.  3D Screen Materials

  • There are two types of 3D; Active 3D (most common) and Passive 3D (2 projectors).
  • Ambient Light Rejecting material is a specialized product for everyday usage, HD & 4K in a brightly lit environment. It also works for both active 3D and with (2) passiveĀ 3D projectors when ambient light is controlled.
  • FlexiWhite and UltraWhite work great for everyday usage, 4K, HD &/or Active 3D in a dark viewing environment.
  • SilverScreen and ProSilver are specialized products for passive 3D movie viewing and are the best solution for the purpose of passive 3D. They are 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 and ProSilver users may experience hotspots when paired with a bright projector.
  • Our other materials are not recommended for 3D usage.