Want your guests to think they’re watching the big game from the 50-yard line? If so, tune in to the cost-effective, outdoor AV solutions offered up in this video. In this Done-In-A-Weekend Projects video, host and ESPN commentator Matt Stinchcomb walks you through your options. And he knows what he’s talking about. As a college football Hall of Famer, Stinchcomb has hosted a football gathering or two.
To start, Stinchcomb outlines that while elaborate, hard-wired outdoor AV systems are nice to have, they can come with a hefty price tag. These systems also can have weather-resistance shortcomings, labor-intensive installations and are challenging to relocate once in place. Instead, Stinchcomb outlines cost-effective and flexible electronics alternatives—meaning they are easy to relocate once in place. Some of these are so easy and obvious, it will be hard to believe you’ve never considered it before. Here are some of the options he outlines.
Outdoor AV Solutions + Tips
- First, consider an inflatable or retractable screen-and-projector system. These budget friendly combos are affordable to purchase or rent. Setting up this system is quick and easy. And, setting up this system is quick and easy. It’s simple to position it in a backyard area that best suits your party type and size.
- Just position the screen in the desired area, usually on the outer perimeter of the gathering space. Next, position the projector at the right distance from the screen. Generally, to do this, multiply the screen’s width, in inches by the projector’s ‘throw rate.’
- This screen set-up can be enabled by running a cable line to it or streaming through a laptop. Just make sure the projector’s placement won’t impede foot traffic. And, be sure to tape down any electrical cords securely to alleviate trip hazards.
- Other outdoor AV solutions include simply taking your in-home television and a wireless cable or satellite box outdoors.