Window Projection Setup

Window Projection Overall Setup

  1. Setup window screen
  2. Setup video player: DVD player, laptop, tablet, phone, or other video device
  3. Connect video player to the projector
  4. Setup projector
  5. Select video(s) and play
  6. Adjust projector distance, focus, scale, and orientation
  7. Setup audio player: Boom box, powered computer speakers, full stereo
  8. Connect audio player to the video player or projector
  9. Turn off lights
  10. Review and adjust

Setup Window Screen

First, you need to determine which window(s) you will be setting up you projection on. My mummy lives in a track neighborhood at a t-intersection. She loves to see all the neighborhood kids come around with their costumes. To draw people to her house, we setup a projector in a second floor bedroom that faces a long street and allows others to see it from the other side of the neighborhood. Depending on the year, people had to come by and see the ‘eyeball house’, the ‘lightning house’, or the ‘zombie house’. If you are planning on setting up a haunt, placement of your projection will be determined on your theme. You can place projectors on the second story of your house to indicate it’s a haunted house, and then use the first floor, garage, and/or backyard for your actual haunt. You can even place interior projections if you build temporary walls with windows. Or come up with something more creative. The point is, don’t just play your projection in any window. Think about what you want to get out of your efforts; more traffic, a scare, or ambiance.

Determine what type of screen you will be using for your projections. AtmosFEARfx sells vinyl sheets which will give you best results. The sheets are a static cling material that will stick to your windows. If you are on a budget, a white sheet will work as a great alternative. I’ve been using white sheets for my projections and they have worked very well. I use a medium thread sheet and tack the sheet around the window into the dry wall. If you have another alternative, please leave a comment below.

Setup Video Player

Depending on your media type, you may be playing your video on a DVD player, Blu-ray player, game console, iPod/iPhone/iPad, or other smartphone or tablet. If you purchased a disc or digital file, you should attempt to play it prior to your setup just in case it doesn’t work. You don’t want to be in a rush the night of Halloween. For example, the AtmosFEARfx DVDs will not play on a Blu-ray player (as of this writing).

If you are playing a digital file on a laptop, smartphone or tablet, you should verify which video player you want to use. You wouldn’t want to pick a video player that will display the controls and border of the player. You need to have a player that can go full screen so the device software isn’t displayed in your projection. If you can’t avoid the video player display in your video, you can adjust your projector so that the video player display is projecting around the outside of the window and does not project onto the screen in front of the window. Turn the repeat/loop feature on. You don’t want to run back inside repeatedlyto start the video again and again. Watch what the video player does when it starts the video loop again. Do the controls pop up? If so, try another video player. I found that Windows® Video Player does a good job looping single files.

Prepare the audio and video out of the player. Are you using an HDMI cable, component cables, composite cable, VGA, or DVI. Depending on the type of video you use, audio is not carried through all cables. HDMI is the only video/media cable that carries audio. Most setups will require that the audio be run out of the video player into the audio player. Use your audio cables, white (left/mono) and red (right/stereo).

HDMI Component Composite S-Video VGA DVI
HDMI Input Ourput Component Input Output Composite Video Input Output VGA Input Output DVI Input Output
HDMI Cable Componnt Video Cable Composite Video Cable S-Video Cable VGA Cable DVI Cable

Setup Projector

Plug in the video cable coming from the video player into the video inputs on the projector. Turn on your projector and see if it works. Project your video onto the white sheets. Make adjustments as needed. If you are using a laptop or PC, you many have to change the video output options. You can mirror or use your projector as a second monitor. If you will be changing videos often, you may want to use your projector as a second monitor.

If you have never setup a projector before, watch the video below for a 101 tutorial.

Setup Audio Player

Position your audio player to point towards your on-lookers. Connect the video player to the audio player using the audio out (RCA connectors white and red) on the video player to the audio in on the audio player. Some video players and some audio players may have a mini-jack output or input respectively. You can convert an RCA cable to a mini-jack cable with an adapter.

RCA Audio Cable RCA to Mini-Jack Adapter Mini-Jack Size Adapter Mini-Jack 1/8″ Cable Mini-Jack 1/4″ Cable
Mini Jack 1/8 to 1/4
Mini Jack 1/4 to 1/8
TRS Mini Jack 1/8 Cable TRS Mini Jack 1/4 Cable

Review and Adjust

Turn off the lights. Go outside and review your setup. If needed adjust the projector and settings. Check the audio for volume and adjust as needed.


If you have any alternatives or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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Brandon Orth

Brandon Orth

Brandon is a web developer with knowledge in HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, Javascript, and jQuery and has been developing since 2005. He is recently married with one kid, a Chihuahua, name Cisco (he was adopted with that name). Brandon enjoys playing golf, baseball, programming, science, technology, movies, music, and much more. Always make a side dish without onions and cilantro; he's allergic. Isn't that weird?
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