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    Quote Originally Posted by SkeleTom View Post
    I bought one yesterday intending to see if it would work for the animated pumpkin videos. My overall impression after trying it out last night is a) not nearly bright enough, and b) the low resolution makes the image quality suffer. Projecting onto the orange surface of a pumpkin, it is nowhere near bright enough to sell the effect. It does better on a translucent shower curtain......

    Picked up the WindowsFX from HD yesterday for a window display but haven't had the chance to play with it yet. While there were still units left in the store decided to pick up an extra one just for singing pumpkins (have the Jamboree DVD from a few years back). Saw the above comment and was wondering if it might not be better to use white pumpkins for a singing projection--not unlike using the white foam heads for a Madame Leota projection. Anyone try this with white pumpkins already and can comment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jottle View Post
    This seems to be the most active thread for this prop. So I wanted to post some info that maybe people here with more experience with projectors could elaborate on. First of all, I accidentally stumbled onto the hidden settings on this projector while playing around with the buttons on the remote. This is the admin panel/settings that gets you more options than you would normally find on the regular menu by pressing the menu button. However, I didn't take any pictures and do not know the exact button combination that I pressed to get there I believe it was holding menu or input and pressing the ok button, but I can't reproduce it. Anyway, if someone else finds this menu, please post how to get back to it so that we can figure out if there are some settings in there to boost performance. I do remember seeing settings for the screen, overscan, and a bunch of other acronyms I couldn't make out.

    ALSO! I noticed in the main menu there's an option for "blending." You can set it to Off, Low, Medium, and High. Setting this option to high seemed to really boost the contrast and brightness, but I couldn't tell what negative effects it has on the picture since the resolution is already so low and grainy. Does anyone know what the blending option means/does? I googled to no avail.

    Just set up the unit I bought this week from HD and pretty happy with it. For the cost (especially when on sale or deep clearance) I think it's a great deal for the convenient features like the SD/USB cards, rotating the image, timer, repeat/looping, etc. Haven't played around with every adjustment, just making sure it works in general before storing.

    I remembered reading your above thread Jottle and found when playing around with some of the menus, that the hidden settings referred to above really aren't hidden or require any special secret button combinations to press (I know some DVRs for example do have service code steps that the public doesn't generally access or know about). Anyway I know this is a dated post but since others on here asked about the answer to this too and not seeing a response from anyone thought I would reply. When you access MENU, the right/left white arrow keys will pull up the extra menus you were referring to. The up/down arrows in yellow will scroll through each menu's list of selections available. I assume everyone who's had this unit has figured this out already when playing with it, but for anyone new to the unit and reading through the thread here, thought it was worth mentioning.

    The timer is a nice feature too. Will allow you to set it in set increments up to 330 minutes (5.5 hours). The ROTATE ARROW button will take your image and show it normal, then flipped in the other direction (backwards--for rear projecting?), and then will do the same two steps but with the image flipped vertically or upside down--assume for use of the projector in the vertical mode?

    I saw the blending option and did try out the various settings. HIGH definitely will produce a brighter image with higher contrast. I'm guessing HIGH would be used in brighter settings or where you want the image to jump out more to the viewer. Whereas LOW would be in lower light situations or where you want more of a faint ghostly image.

    The instructions are pretty minimal and it would be nice to have a detailed explanation of each setting since this unit is geared towards new projector users who probably never had to use a projector before.

    BTW the remote has a button battery in it which should be removed before storing the unit. Found this webpage of how not to store your various button batteries and offering some suggestions how to store batteries in general: http://electronics.stackexchange.com...hold-batteries

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    With regards to using the HD WindowFX with a full-size tripod, wondering if anyone has had success using one. If so, what brand? We have a Velbon DF-50 which I had hope to use, only the attaching tripod camera mounting bracket piece won't work mounted on the bottom of the unit due to the placement of the wheel in the front of the projector. The two parts overlaps and prevent securing the tripod part. Next, tried to attach the projector in the vertical mode since there aren't any parts restricting a connection there. However, the screw on the Velbon part seems too long and didn't go far enough into the unit to be flush so the unit wobbled. The screw on the tripod and the screw hole on the WindowFX are otherwise matched. Disappointed.

    With the projector being so light weight and a tripod being adjustable height-wise I'd really like to get it or something else to work. Beats stacking boxes to try to get the right height for the projector.

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    There should be a spin-nut on the tripod to help adjust for different depths. If not, you could always add another nut to that bolt to tighten it up.
    A full size tripod should work fantastic since the projector is a bit large for the cheepo included one. BTW... found a couple more today at my Homedepot for th 17.25 price. Score! Anyway for a single purpose prop, it should work well. I plan on projecting on my 2 mannequin's faces next year. The self contained media player with audio out should work well without running a bunch of cords. I'm happy. I now have 9 projectors... egads! and I didn't pay that much for any of them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Spookie View Post
    With regards to using the HD WindowFX with a full-size tripod, wondering if anyone has had success using one. If so, what brand? We have a Velbon DF-50 which I had hope to use, only the attaching tripod camera mounting bracket piece won't work mounted on the bottom of the unit due to the placement of the wheel in the front of the projector. The two parts overlaps and prevent securing the tripod part. Next, tried to attach the projector in the vertical mode since there aren't any parts restricting a connection there. However, the screw on the Velbon part seems too long and didn't go far enough into the unit to be flush so the unit wobbled. The screw on the tripod and the screw hole on the WindowFX are otherwise matched. Disappointed.

    With the projector being so light weight and a tripod being adjustable height-wise I'd really like to get it or something else to work. Beats stacking boxes to try to get the right height for the projector.
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    My Review- The Home Depot Animated Window Projector Kit- AlmosFX animations
    Wow did you get lucky finding any left this late in the week!

    Thanks for the advice. I sat during dinner bothered by the fact I couldn't get the unit mounted to the tripod and was sure it should. Finally figured out that the middle Front leveling foot on the projector unit is a removal, threaded bolt basically. Once I took it off the machine I had no problem getting the tripod part to go on securely.



    Here's a more detail review of my experience with the unit so far. After spending some more time with it, once you get familiar with navigating through the screens it's pretty easy to set up. I was amazed at the level of adjustments you could make...even program in your own User Set of settings for color, contrast, etc. I did notice there were maybe two menu items grayed out that either were accessible when something was already set or perhaps a setting option for the higher end model that this model didn't have access to. After playing around setting brightness, contrast and some RGB color saturation levels and hue? (cool, medium, warm) and playing a few movies, I reverted back to the manufacturer default settings and actually thought they were pretty good from the factory. The colors were rich, the background pretty black.

    I tried the projector out in both horizontal and vertical mode. I found it easier to do my settings in the horizontal mode because the screen was easier to read and navigate between screens. Unless I was doing something wrong, found that if you put it in vertical first and then went to do your settings you'd have to look at a menu rotated on it's side.

    While the keystone dial on the back was simple it did it's job well enough to "square" out the display when I had it projected on my wall.

    The remote sensor on the machine is on the back so keep that in mind when you are trying to program it or you'll be clicking and wondering why it's not responding.

    I thought the speaker and volume levels were good. Noticed there were a few sound setting options as well. Didn't try connecting any external speakers this go round.

    The Halloween video clips they included are a nice selection from the Atmosfear dvds. One of these day's I'll experiment with importing videos from the DVDs I have already.

    I completely agree with others who commented about the provided stand being pretty bad. When I had it attached to the unit in a horizontal position the legs just kind of gave out after a little bit. Thankfully the unit didn't fall to the floor but anyone trying to use it should be aware of the instability of it. That's why I really wanted to get our tripod to work. You can pick tripods up pretty cheaply during the year at stores like Goodwill btw.

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    I'm happy a lot of you managed to snag this projector at $17.25 when everything went 75% off this Monday. I actually snagged 5 for me for upcoming projects which might not even be Halloween related. Watch this space for updates!

    I think projection displays are a very easy and exciting way to celebrate occasions throughout the year, whether indoors or outside. And when you can do it with a brand new projector for under $20, it makes it even more compelling to dive into.

    Happy New Year everybody

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    My Review- The Home Depot Animated Window Projector Kit- AlmosFX animations
    One of the things I found on sale for a ridiculous price of $9.99 was this



    Whats to like about this? Very low speed but very high torque (enough to rotate 100lbs) a full 360 degrees. And it has a powered plug to boot. I'm thinking something projected that will rotate continously. Haven't sorted out the nitty gritty yet but for under $10 its a win-win option for me.

    Got the last 4 btw :-)

    Victor

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    Very curious there Victor-eyd. I have a few rotating stands like that one that I bought for halloween props. Will be interesting to see how you use it with your projector. Won't you need a domed area to project it onto around the circumference? I can see a plane, rocket or superman or an alien space ship or a meteor circling a "round" room.

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    Testing my second unit today, working well, except when I put the little tripod legs (that comes with the unit) onto the bottom it got stuck in the unit and now I can't remove. It's not sitting flush with the bottom so think if all else fails it can be cut off and then will need to get the bolt out somehow.

    I called their customer service and found out that aside from sending out replacement parts they don't service any of the units so I'm on my own. Of course I could take it back to Home Depot but with no units left they would just give me a credit. Want the unit so that's where I'm at. Definitely seen some quality control issues with the 2 tripod connection on the units. Anyway use care when accessing the tripod area so you hopefully don't find yourself in the same situation.

    While on the phone with customer service I asked about the Backlight Setting and was told it was to adjust the light when using the projector in rear projection mode. Guess to tone down any hot spots. Was told it was different than adjusting brightness. Wondering if it spreads the light differently maybe? Anyway I also asked a few other questions and will get back to everyone once they get back to me. They are in the process of moving to a different location so not sure how soon I'll hear back. I was told that they have possibly 3 projectors for the 2017 season--from basic low end to one for a more techy user with more bells and whistles at the other end. Doesn't sound like Auto On or Save Settings will be available. Was told that the cost to redesign and add them would end up pricing them out of the market they want to stay in.

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    My Review- The Home Depot Animated Window Projector Kit- AlmosFX animations
    I can also relay that they (ProductWorks LLC) have been working on obtaining new content. They are producing some of it themselves (the Alien Invasion was theirs) and as so are trying to address comments from users that they'd like some longer videos. I was told they keep updating their YouTube Channel with preview videos and also post on Facebook.

    Here's a Halloween 2017 sneak peak. I think this looks pretty cool and can see getting a few of the videos:



    BTW downloads are at https://www.totalhomefx.com/shop/

 

 
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