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Monthly Archives: September 2019

  • How to Project Slideshows or Digital Signage at an Event

    In one of our previous blogs we mentioned that we attended the Woolley Beer Festival where we used the Pico Genie M550 Plus and digital signage software to show off all the sponsors messages, event images and more. (Click here to see the blog).

    In this blog we will be helping you set up your Android projector to create a presentation remotely via a digital signage application. We'll also look at how to do this without wi-fi in case you are in the middle of nowhere like we were.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Digital Signage Player Software is essentially a media player which can be controlled through an editor and allows you to add images, videos,  powerpoints, live feeds, change the screen layout and more. You can see this software used on many screens places such as bars, hotels, restaurants and airports.

    You can also add content while you are at the event and take photos of the event like we did here with the band playing and then project it onto the tent walls. So we had our basic sponsor messages and then we added live info such as photos and other content throughout the show.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After looking at many options for digital signage software we found a great solution called onsign.tv that works well with the Pico Genie M550 Plus  although it should work on most Android projectors.  It also has a 14 day free trial account!

    Best Digital Signage App for Android projectors

    You can download the Onsign app which acts a receiver of the content you have created on your laptop. The content is streamed from the onsign website to the projector so you can remotely display whatever you desire on the projector. You can also try Screen Cloud app.

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    If are projecting at an event and you don’t have access to Wi-Fi or a computer to access onsign.tv, there are workarounds that allow you to still be able to display your messages on a large projector screen.

    Creating Digital Signage or Slideshows if if there is no wifi

    A very simple solution to this is to use an SD card, USB or directly connect a mobile device or laptop to the projector (by wire or direct wireless connection for Android or Apple). Then goto the Gallery option which is already installed on the projector. To do this you can follow these steps:

    • If using powerpoint save all the slides from your slideshow as Jpeg files and put them in a folder beforehand, name these according to which ones you would like to show first e.g A Slide 1 and A Slide 2 (put A before as it will out them to the top of the list).
    • Copy onto SD, USB and the projector will recognise it for instant playback
    • Click on the album, click the 3 buttons in the top right corner and click slideshow.

    Using this method is very simple and effective however you cannot change how long the images are shown.

    Changing the slide show timings

    A better solution which allows you to have more control is to use an app called Random Slideshow (please don’t be discouraged by the name, you can set it so the images are sequential instead of random).  To do this you can follow these steps:

    • Download the app Random Slideshow.
    • Save all the slides from your slideshow as Jpeg files and put them in a folder beforehand, name these according to which ones you would like to show first e.g A Slide 1 and A Slide 2 (put A before as it will out them to the top of the list).
    • Copy onto SD, USB and the projector will recognise it for instant playback
    • Go into the Random Slideshow App, select the album you want to use "with this app you are also able to use multiple albums from different sources such as USB, SD or the projectors own internal memory and have it go through them all"
    • Scroll further down before clicking start slideshow to change the time length of each image and to turn the randomising off

    Live Feeds from Social Media (Twitter, Facebook)

    One great option you can use at a party or any event is social media pages. Simply access a browser such as Chrome on the projector and logon to your twitter page. This then displays all tweets displayed so if you ask everyone at the show via the projector to use your # or @ then you can see a live feed of everyone's comments, feedback and photos as the show rolls on. It can be a really powerful tool.

  • Need A Projector/Screen For Your Home Cinema?

    Have you ever dreamed of having your own home cinema? Well now you can, choose from a range of Projector Screens and Projectors and begin binge watching your favourite box sets and movies. Enjoy the big screen experience from the comfort of your home.

    To take your home cinema to the next level, it’s worth looking into getting a screen to project on to. This will stop the imperfections from a wall showing through the image and create an overall better experience.

    Here are some good examples of projector screens for your home cinema.

    The Ambient Light Reduction Fixed Frame Screen - a perfect solution for bright and naturally lit environments. This 100" Diagonal Screen provides a colourful and more vibrant image to enhance your viewing experience with a projector.

    NOW ONLY £929

    ALR Fixed Frame Screen

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Manual Professional 280 x 210cm Screen – A high quality and robust manual screen which can be used with any projector system.

    NOW ONLY £248

    Projector screen

     

     

     

     

     

    80" Ultra Lightweight Tripod Screen - A high-contrast screen specially optimised for ultra-short-throw (UST) projectors and is a perfect solution for ambient and natural light conditions.

    Also options available in electric here

    Only £107.99

    Tripod Screen

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    See more of our Screen Range Here

    Examples of popular projectors with screens bundled as a packaged system for home cinema.

    BenQ W1600UST Projector – Enjoy a pure 1080p HD cinema experience right in your living room with 3300 Ansi lumens. This Ultra short throw projector (UST) can project a huge screen only inches away from the wall.

    NOW ONLY £1,199.99

    BenQ W1600 Ultra Short Throw Projector

     

     

     

     

     

     

    BUNDLE With The BenQ W1600UST Projector And The Ambient Light Reduction Screen

    Get a incredibly bright projector with an ambient light reduction screen for a great price.

    BenQ W1600UST And Ambient Light Fixed Frame Screen Bundle

    Acer P1350W Projector – An affordable but yet high performance projector, Enjoy an impressive image with 3,700 ansi lumens and great sound with 10 watt speakers.

    NOW ONLY £445

    Acer P1350W

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Acer H6810 Projector – Experience an Ultra HD 4K Image from a great price with 3500 ansi lumens and get the authentic cinema feeling with the projector's Silent Mode, designed to offer a more immersive experience as you sink into the rich high contrast displays.

    NOW ONLY £1,038.00

    Acer H6810

     

     

     

     

     

    See more of our Home Cinema Projector Range Here

  • Amazing Obsbot Camera Auto Tracks Subject at 40m

    If you cant get a photographer or videographer for the day then a robot tracking camera might be just up your street. Let this auto tracking camera from Obsbot do all the work for you. You can then beam the images live through Youtube and play them back on an ultra portable projector like the Pico Genie M550 Plus or Pico Genie Polar projectors, even if you are in the middle of a field.


    One-shot video made easy. OBSBOT Tail uses AI technologies like deep visual  subject tracking, recognition, posture estimation and behavioral analysis to achieve smart tracking and focus shooting of target up to 40 meters away. The new Shar-lock function can quickly identify and re-track even if target gets lost in a complex environment. These seem to work at high speed and track even fast movements from performers at some distance away.

    The Obsbot has a high spec, shoots up to 4K at 60fps with slow mo upto 240fps and a 10x optical lens sets (including 4 HOYA aspherical optical lenses).

    For all that tech in one device your probably thinking the Obsbot is going to be sky high in price but its a actually only £450 and when you consider the cost of a gimbal let alone the price of sophisticated fast AI motion tracking, the Obsbot Tail is certainly going to give the GoPro a run for its money.

     

     

     

    The Pico Genie has Android built in so you can log into the YouTube App onboard and live stream direct from the camera. You can also take out the micro SD card from the Osbot Tail camera and drop it into the M550 projector and it will auto play back your images on a huge screen.

    Both the Obsbot Tail and the Pico Genie M550 Plus are ultra portable high end devices that compliment each other well.

  • Maximise Your Event! Project Anywhere

    Recently we attended the Woolley Beer Festival and we brought along the Pico Genie M550 Plus with us as it is ultra portable and lightweight, has android built in with IOS Screen mirroring and has USB and SD card slots for easy transfer of photos from cameras and laptops.

    Its also got a decent enough brightness of 650 ansi lumens and many more features such as android and internet onboard which worked well at this type of festival event in a remote location and with the event being in the middle of the field it really shows that you can project anywhere you want.Pico Genie M550 Plus Being used at a festival

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you do not have access to power, do not worry, the projector has a powerful in built battery and with it being installation free you can virtually place the projector wherever you want!

    As you can see from the images above we used a tripod to project our images on to the wall and ceiling of the marquee. However you can also mount the projector on to the frame of the marquee and have it out of the way and because of the battery you would not have to worry about cables hanging everywhere.

    A gorrilla mount with a standard tripod thread would do the job and tha battery will last 2 to 3 hours. Having said that its always better to power it where you can as its slightly brighter when its on mains rather than eco mode but this can be changed.

    We projected screen sizes of up to 1.5 metres diagonal at this even but it could go as large as 3m wide or a 200" image (at night).

    While at the event a wide range of people could connect to the projector for example...

    • The event photographer was able to use their SD Card and move the images onto the projectors hard drive using an app called “File Manager”. This allowed him to showcase the images on the projector and continue to use his SD Card.
    • The Sponsors were able to put their messages through a PowerPoint onto the built-in memory of the projector using a USB.
    • The Producers could have even used a live twitter feed for others that attended the event to share content of the event which was then projected as well as getting more content online at the same time

     

     

     

     

    There are many connectivity options for the Pico Genie M550 Plus such as VGA, HDMI, SD, USB and Wireless Mirroring for IOS and Android.

    The Pico Genie M550 Plus really is a great all- rounder projector to use for events, festivals and more.

  • 1TB SD Card: Enhance Storage on Your Projector / Camera

    If you take as many photos and particularly videos as we do these days with an SLR, you'll find you quickly run out of storage on your device especially if taking Full HD or 4K videos. Also the device can start to run slower as soon as it fills up the card. Well now Sandisk have brought out a solution to this problem with a 1TB ultra fast SD card to solve these issues.

    Whilst the storage is expensive its very fast and means you can avoid expensive monthly cloud subscriptions by retaining data on your card for longer without overwriting.

    We recently did an exhibition where a fast storage device would have really come in handy allowing large storage of 4k videos from our photographers SLR camera and then direct transfer to the projector for instant playback (although transfer needs to be done via wire as most portable projectors use micro SD or USB but it does mean you have more freedom to take videos without constantly transferring).

    Price: £479 / $435 / $479

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