In November 2016 I bought a used NEC MT 1060 projector (2,600 lumens, Native Resolution 1024 ◊ 768 XGA, Aspect Ratio 4:3) on eBay for £70 and it is the first projector that I’ve used. I had intended to use it for projecting onto a window for Halloween 2017 I but didn’t use it until Halloween 2018.
When I used it for Halloween 2018, I used it with a Honey Bear media player to project a AtmosFEARfx digital decoration onto a window. To be honest, the setup was very rushed as it took a lot of time for me to set it up (because I didn’t have a clue what I was doing) and as a result the aspect ratios of the projector and the media play didn’t match. There was a red background around the image but I put that down to my inexperience. Whilst it wasn’t perfect it, the projection blew the minds of the ToTs (and their guardians) as they’d not seen anything like in our little part of England.
For Halloween 2019, I would like to 3D projection map part of our house with the NEC MT 1060 projector. I can’t do all of the house as I’d need a short throw projector with an aspect ratio of 16:10, however on paper an XGA 1024 ◊ 768 should be better than nothing.
I was testing indoors on a wall. I’ve noticed that before I’d mirrored the aspect ratios of the projector and my laptop there was a red outer box outline. When I connected the media player by VGA cable the red outer box and red background was still there. I thought that it was a colour correction issue but you can’t adjust the colour on the projector when using VGA cable.
I tried adding the video audio cable and then changing sources on the projector but nothing changed. I then put the projector into standby mode to allow the bulb to cool down but when I tried it again the red outer box and red background had gone and the test AtmosFEARfx digital decoration just came out of the wall – where the image was black, the wall was blank i.e. the normal colour of the wall. I shut the projector down and tried again but the red outer box background came back and has continued to be there.
1. Presumable all projectors should project the black background as blank?
2. Is my NEC MT 1060 projector faulty and if so can it be cheaply fixed, preferable by me?