How to Setup a Projector Screen for Home Theater Viewing

It is quite easy to set up a TV-like you only have to insert the switch into the plug, and that’s it, but setting up a projector is a little difficult.

Well you don’t need to worry about that as we present to you our guide on how to setup a projector screen for your home.

Let’s get into the process explained step by step.

It All Starts with the Screen

The first thing to make sure before buying the projector is on what will display the image of the projector. The white screen is the proper and the most suitable place to project the image or video.

Whenever you are buying a projector, make sure that you buy a screen with it. If you have a proper screen, only you will be able to see a clear image and video.

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Note : When you have purchased the basic requirement of the projector which is the white screen, you can move forward and start following the steps below

Projector Placement

The 2nd most important thing that comes after the screen is that where will you place the projector? There are many places where you can position the projector, and you need to determine the right place for it.

There are various positions like the front, ear or even table type platform and ceiling. Apart from all these positions the rear position requires a special rear projection compatible screen.

If you are positioning the projector at the ceiling than the basic thing that takes place is that the projector will be upside down and should have a proper mount that can attach it to the ceiling. This will make such trouble for the user in way that if the image that is to be displayed through that project is not formatted or corrected will be shown upside down but at the same time it is a plus point for them in a way that If the picture is already upside-down can be inverted to show the right side up.

Keeping the project behind the screen or displays from the rear than the picture will automatically display itself in horizontally reverse form. This can be solved only if the projector is rear placement compatible so that it shows the correct right and left on the screen due to the 180-degree horizontal switch.

When you are attaching the mount with the ceiling, you always need to determine the distance of the projector form the screen.

If the projector is far away from the screen, it will show a blurry image. The projector should always be at the accurate distance from the screen. The best way to mark the distance is to mark the exact accurate distance from the table platform as it is above on the ceiling.

Another solution is that you can check the distance charts that come with the projector’s user manual. You can set the distance according to the distance charts. The best thing you can do is call a professional home theatre installer o that the projector is placed in the correct position with the most accurate distance.

Power Source

The next step after adjusting the position of the projector is connecting all the sources with the projector. The sources include the home theater output, game console, media streamer, cable box, etc. the one thing you need to make sure that when you are purchasing the projector, make sure that it has all the input options for all the sources that you want to connect with it. Nowadays the projectors come with all the input options for the sources.

After you have connected all the sources, the next thing you need to do is:

When you will turn on the projector, it will display its brand and logo as an image first and then it will show a message that it is searching an active input source.

The turn on one of the sources that you have connected with the projector so the projector automatically connects itself with the source, if the projector does not connect with the source automatically you can manually connect it through a remote or through source selection on-board.

When the projector will connect to the source, just go to the menu option and properly do the basic setting like the projector placement so that the images and text are perfectly aligned(right side up, and text or labels reading from left to right).

The next main thing to do is to adjust the projected image accurately. This is important so that the image which is displayed doesn’t get unaligned. The best tool for this purpose is available when the projector is turned on, and the tools let you use the built-in test patterns, which are also available on the menu option on the screen.

Picture Settings

Adjusting the image on the screen is the next most important thing to do, you have to properly adjust the image on the screen after turning on the projector, this you can do by lowering or raising the front of the projector through the adjustable foot or feet that are located on the bottom front of the projector or the left and right corners of the projector.

If the projector is attached to a mount on the ceiling, then you will have to take the help of a ladder to adjust the image on the screen. The mount has an ability which is that it can tilt to some extent so that the image is adjusted on the screen. There are also some tools that you can take advantage of, and these tools come with the projector. The tools that come with the projector are:

Keystone Correction

The keystone correction makes sure that the image that is being displayed on the screen by the projector should be a perfect rectangle. This happens because sometimes the images displayed on the screen are wider on the bottom as compared to the top and also taller at one side and shorter on one side. This gives a really bad experience o the one watching the movies or shows.

The keystone correction fixes these kinds of problems. There is a projector in which the vertical and horizontal correction is also available. The keystone correction cannot fix the problem every time, so if the problem is still the same, then you can position the projector on a high place so that it is directly I line with the screen.

Lens Shift

The lens shift is also the tool that comes with the projector, and this can physically change the position of the lens so that the image position is also automatically changed. The lens can be physically changed into horizontal and vertical ways. Some also support the diagonal shift, which means that if the position of the image is vertically and horizontally correct but only needs a diagonal shift, then it is best for it.

The next thing after adjusting the image is to zoom and focus the image so that it looks more clear. You can zoom the image to make it the perfect size, and after zooming the picture, you need to focus on the picture so that it is more visible and clear. These controls are situating on the top of the projector or surrounding the lens protector. The zoom ad focus controls are controlled manually on some projector through a remote.

Optimize Your Picture Quality

The last thing is to make more adjustments so that the viewing experience is improved even more. Setting the default aspect ratio is the first thing you need to do at this stage. There are some options of the default aspect ratio like the native, 16:9, 16:10, 4:3, and letterbox. The ratio for the pc monitor is 16:10 as it is the best for it. For the home theatre, the ratio should be 16:9 as it is the best ratio if you want the best experience. This setting is requiring when the images displayed by the projector look wider or narrow.

Picture Settings

Projector picture setting is the next thing to do after this. The projectors provide various presets like the Vivid, standard, cinema, and others for sports and computer. Here is also the 3D preset option only if the image supports the 3D option.

  • The pc picture setting is the best option for displaying the computer graphics o content.
  • For TV viewing or the movie watching the best option is the standard preset.
  • He contrast and the colour saturation is exaggerated by the vivid too harshly.
  • If you want to watch a movie in a dark room, the cinematic preset is the best option for it as it emits dim light.

There are other additional settings like noise reduction (DNR), Gamma, Motion Interpolation, and Dynamic Iris.

3D Projection

Most of the projectors nowadays are more advances that are why they provide 2D and 3D features with it.

The active shutter glass is required for both the LCD and DLP. The projectors may provide their customers with one or two pairs of 3D glasses with it, but some may not.

This means that the user has to separately buy the glasses that cost around $50-$100 per pair. The glasses surely provide the user with the best experience.

The charging option for the glasses also is different, like charging the battery through the USB port or even through the battery of a watch. This would eventually give you around 40 hours of charge time.

There are some cases that the projector automatically turns into the 3D brightness mode after detecting the 3D content. You can also make an additional picture setting if there is a need to do it.

Sound Settings

After the projector and the screen setting the next most important thing to consider is the sound factor.

The projectors that are introduced in the market nowadays have the speakers already built in them, but those speakers are only good if you are sitting in a small room. The home theatre experience in a big room cannot be given by those speakers. The built-in speakers in the projector are like the tabletop stereotype.

You can add additional speakers if you want to have a really good experience watching a movie or shows with friends and family, especially if you are sitting in a big room. To set up this type of sound system, you can attach the video/audio outputs to the home theater receiver and connect the video output to the video projector.

Another option you can consider if you don’t want to waste your time in all this process is that you can simply attach the soundbar above the screen or below the screen. This will give you an even better experience than the built-in speakers of the projector.

Another option can be attaching the audio-video output to the under TV audio system, and this will also give you a better experience than the built-in speakers.


This is the proper way you can set up the video projector to get the best experience watching movies and TV shows with your beloved friends and family. Follow these steps properly and become a pro in setting up a projector in every condition.