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Draper@Home Newsletter

Issue 4 – February 2016


Access FIT CaseEver wish you had the space for a ceiling-recessed screen but can’t find it?

In 1997, Draper became the first screen manufacturer to offer a projection screen where the housing could be installed during the so-called “dirty” phase of construction, and the roller/viewing surface combination later when the site has been cleaned up.

Over the years our Access line of screens became very popular—to the point it was mimicked by other manufacturers.

While the Access line has also been well-received in the residential market, there were always many more instances where it could have been used if only it could fit into a smaller space. So, last year Draper redesigned the product line, and introduced a smaller version called the Access FIT.

The Fit is well named. At less than six inches high (including mounting brackets and ceiling flange) the FIT makes a great ceiling-recessed solution for residential installations. It makes a great companion with our AeroLift line of projector lifts, the smallest of which can close to below five inches (not including the projector of closure, of course).

The Access Fit has also been well-received, winning a Best of Show award from Newbay Media after we introduced it during ISE 2015. This was followed by an Exc!te Award from Technology Integrator and another Newbay Best of Show Award, this time for CEDIA 2015. The FIT was also a finalist for CEDIA’s New Product of the Year—the only other projection screen product to make the finals was our TecVision® line.

The Access FIT can accommodate screen surfaces up to 120 inches wide (non-tensioned) or 104 inches wide (tensioned) in a 7¾” w x 5-11/16”h case. In addition to shrinking the overall profile, we have also re-engineered the bottom closure panel on both the Access FIT  and Access products, adding a hinge attachment to make it easier to access the tube and roller especially on wider screens.

For more information on the Access FIT case:. (


Toolbox-300x92It happens to everyone. You get all of the parts out of the box and something comes up to distract you. By the time you return to the task, you find that you’ve mislaid the installation instructions. If you’re lucky you can get a replacement from the company or by searching the web.

DProduct_Locater-300x167raper has an online tool just for this situation. Our Product Document Locator lets you search for installation instructions or other documents by product. And it’s very likely you’ll find what you’re looking for—it has been Draper’s policy for several years to post all of our installation instructions on our web site. That way, if you misplace them, or if we’ve forgotten them (not likely but we’re human), you can print out a new copy or simply refer to them on your computer or mobile device.

To use the product locator, click here. (


I recently came across a goofy online video called “How to Hook Up Your Home Theater.” No, seriously … it was a Goofy video. As in Walt Disney.

This hilarious animated short starts—as I imagine many home theatre installs start—on the day of the “big game” with a case of envy at the neighbors’ new home theatre system. So it’s away to the local electronics retailer to load up on every gadget and the biggest screen available.

No part of the DIYer’s experience escapes lampooning. Following the purchase of equipment just because it’s the biggest or newest, there’s the long wait for delivery, the unpacking of everything, the mountain of cable connections to be made, speakers to be mounted—but first, Goofy needs to get that darned cable out of its packaging!

Once it’s finally all done, Goofy is faced with the prospect of watching the big game on a system so outsized for his room that the entire house is in danger of going up in smoke when he turns it all on. In the end, Goofy winds up with an immersive theatre experience for Game Day…but perhaps a little TOO immersive.

I love this video because it is very funny, but behind the humor is an underpinning of truth. How many bad installs have we seen where the end user simply went to a “big box” store and bought all the shiny new stuff that the salespeople were trying to get out the door that week? Or mounting and placement scenarios ranging from the silly to the just plain dangerous?

What Goofy’s experience underlines for me is the importance of planning, and working with a professional AV dealer and installer, to get not just the most immersive experience, but the most perfectly immersive experience.

That’s why we at Draper put so much emphasis on our online planning tools, such as the Projection Planner, to help dealers and end users find the perfect solution that will last. Draper’s Projection Planner provides the levels of sophistication and accuracy necessary to not only calculate projection system brightness, but also system contrast. Using InfoComm’s PISCR standard as a baseline, the Projection Planner walks the designer through a series of precise questions—including seating distance, image size, the type of information being projected; ambient light levels at the screen and in the room; and the projector’s format, lumens, contrast ratio, and throw distance—to build a complete system profile. The Projection Planner then calculates system brightness and contrast, and recommends specific projection viewing surfaces that will perform best in actual room conditions.

You’re on your own as far as getting those cables out of their pesky packaging, though.

If you’ve never used our Projection Planner, click here to give it a try! It’s free to use, but you must register for our Pro Portal. (

Meanwhile, you can click here to watch the video. (


Are you always looking for content to post to your Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn accounts? Here are a few social media posts you are free to share!

Post One

Know your projector? Use this @DraperInc tool to determine your screen size. #AVTweeps

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See how various shade colors and openness will look in a room with the @Draperinc simulator: #AVTweeps

Post Three

Need your TV under the bed? Above the ceiling? In a credenza? Let us design a custom @DraperInc solution! #AVTweeps