SIM2 is offering a tool that assists in projector setup for home theaters, using industry standards and specifically tailored to the individual theater environment.
Called SIM2Calc, this new program is available on the Apple iTunes store for $29.99 USD.
The SIM2Calc program deals with all the tedious calculations involved in a projector install and ensures the user can get the desired information in a very intuitive way—it is a must have for home theater enthusiasts, custom installers, and video professionals alike.
The program offers a collection of calculation tools covering the vital aspects of home theater video design including: Screen Type and Size, Projector Model, Aspect Ratio, Throw Ratio Calculator, Geometry Settings, Viewing Angle Map, and Luminance Levels.
The tools are organized by tabs in an logical progression, guiding the user through the process of designing a SIM2 projection system that adheres closely to industry standards and best practices to achieve reference video quality.
How It Works
According to SIM2, a theater designer would start by defining the screen size. The Screen tool allows for easy calculation of any screen dimension. Support for any aspect ratio is provided, allowing the user to choose from a selection of widely-used ratios or to define a specific custom setting.
The next step provides the parameters for projector placement based on the Screen Size/Ratio previously entered. Alternatively, the user can enter the distance from the screen and desired projector placement and the tool will calculate the required screen size; this is particularly helpful for selecting the ideal lens type on SIM2’s higher-end projectors.
The Luminance tool determines, based on the above–mentioned parameters, the selected projector model’s light output, using the Screen Gain information and Projector’s factory declared Lumens value.
With the Angle tool, the user can validate that the viewing angle is correct for the intended seating position in accordance with industry standards such as THX or SMPTE.
Offering added flexibility, SIM2Calc works in both imperial and metric units and the Settings tab gives you the choice between centimeters, meters, inches, and feet. It also provides luminance information in both Foot Lambert and Nits.
Sim2Calc is compatible with iPhone 3G and higher and iPod Touch latest models. While this application is available to everyone, SIM2 Authorized dealers will receive complimentary downloads and should contact their representative for additional information.