If you’ve been in the lighting or DJ industry for any period of time, there’s a good chance you’ve used a gobo projector to display a monogram or other image at an event. If you are currently using a traditional gobo projector, leko, or any LED gobo projector, here are some pros & cons of switching to a video projector.
Pros of digital image projection
– No need to buy gobos. So you can either use a service like Projectorgram, or you can design them yourself. Either way you will save over $1000 a year–even if you only do 10 gobos a year.
– If you currently use metal gobos, you will benefit from the improved look of a digital image since it doesn’t have any breaks in the design.
– Ability to keystone the image, so you can shoot at angles not possible with a gobo projector.
– Crisp images!
– Color projections without the huge expense of a color gobo
– You can charge more since a digital image projection looks better. We recommend raising your monogram/image projection rate and promoting the service you are offering as “digital monogram projection” or “digital gobo projection.” Show your clients the difference in quality and they will appreciate the higher quality image you offer!
– Ability to book a monogram or image projection just a day or two before an event without the stress of if the gobo will arrive in time. You can either use our expedite service, or design something yourself.
Cons of digital image projection
– Can’t rotate the image in small increments. With a gobo projector, you can turn the gobo in very small increments until it is where you want it to be. With digital image projection, you can usually only rotate in 90 degree increments on the projector (and that’s only some projectors). However, you can pan/tilt the projector and take advantage of the keystone or corner correction to adjust the image.
– If you have to shoot a far distance, you can get some distortion in the image. The reason why is because you will have to use a small image so it isn’t huge when it gets to the surface where you are projecting it. So you are essentially enlarging a very small image, which can cause distortion. However, you typically will only see that distortion if you’re closer than about 5-7 feet from the projection. Anything further than that and it should look great!