Carl's White Projector Screen Materials Comparison Chart

Key Deciding Factors

Controlled Light Screens for Dark Viewing Environments

COMPARISON CHART FlexiWhite Ultra-White Blackout Cloth ProWhite
WHY BUY THIS PROJECTOR SCREEN MATERIAL? FlexiWhite is a best seller for a tension-mounted, wooden fixed frame, or portable kit in a dark viewing environment. Ultra-White is the best option for designing your own roll down mechanism, up-to 86-inches tall, or stapling directly onto drywall in a dark viewing environment. Blackout Cloth is our entry-level, budget-friendly option for a tension-mounted, wooden fixed frame, or portable kit in a dark viewing environment. ProWhite is the best option for designing your own roll down mechanism, up-to 126-inches tall, or stapling directly onto drywall in a dark viewing environment.
Installation Type 1 Tension-Mount Non-Tension Tension-Mount Non-Tension
Mount Type DIY Fixed-Frame Ideal for a wall mount or roll down. A fixed frame is also possible but is more challenging to install. DIY Fixed-Frame Ideal for a wall mount or roll down. A fixed frame is also possible but is more challenging to install.
Portable Kit DIY Hanging Kits and Standing Kits, 100% PVC and Mildew Resistant Not Applicable DIY Hanging Kits and Standing Kits Not Applicable
Environment 2 Dark like a movie theater Dark like a movie theater Dark like a movie theater Dark like a movie theater
Gain 1.1 1.0 1.0 1.1
Viewing Angle 180° (90° +/- Left/Right) 180° (90° +/- Left/Right) 180° (90° +/- Left/Right) 180° (90° +/- Left/Right)
4K, HD, 3D 3 4K UHD, HDR Ready, HD and Active 3D 4K UHD, HDR Ready, HD and Active 3D HD and 3D possible, however, in our opinion FlexiWhite and Ultra-White provide more clarity and pop due to its texture and screen color. HD and 3D possible, however, in our opinion FlexiWhite and Ultra-White provide more clarity and pop due to its texture and screen color.
Max Height 126-inches for seamless or
a welded seam >126in.
98-inches 110-inches for seamless or
a sewn seam >110in.
126-inches
Packaging 4 Folded in a Box or
Rolled on a Tube
Rolled on a Tube Folded in a Box or
Rolled on a Tube
Rolled on a Tube
PROJECTOR INFORMATION FlexiWhite Ultra-White Blackout Cloth ProWhite
Minimum Lumens Recommended 1800 Lumens 1800 Lumens 1800 Lumens 1800 Lumens
Standard Throw Projector Yes Yes Yes Yes
Short Throw or Ultra-Short Throw Projector Yes, with fewer chances for hot spots Yes, with fewer chances for hot spots Yes, with fewer chances for hot spots May cause hot spots
Placement Front-Projection Front-Projection Front-Projection Front-Projection

1 Tension-Mounting:  When a screen is pulled tight (or bungeed) evenly all the way around the screen we call this tensioned. Tensioning provides a flat screen for even light distribution. Securing tension-mounted screens 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 choose not to tension-mount applicable materials, you are likely to see waves or ripples in your image. Think of tension mounting like a giant artist canvas or drum.

2 Environment:  Ambient light is any light that exists in your viewing environment that competes with your projector. It may be indoor lighting or streetlights, 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 might be a small light on in the same room as your screen.

If you wish to begin a movie at dusk/sunset and your only ambient light concern is 20 minutes of viewing time at dusk, go with a white material. If you will experience ambient light throughout the entire movie, even after the sun goes down, go with a gray material. 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 and 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. For best results the ambient light should NOT come from the same direction as your projector.

Always choose the material that will be best for the majority of your viewing.

3 All of our projector screen materials are compatible for 4K 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 In the DIY market there is a wide range of comfort levels, skill sets and abilities. If you are at all concerned about folds and wrinkles you may want to consider ordering your raw material rolled on a tube, if available.