Our RecommendationProjector Quick Start Guide for Virtual Dryfire Training with CRACKSHOT Virtual Systems

We've tested CRACKSHOT with literally the cheaptest to the most expensive projectors, CRACKSHOT was made to be as versatile as possible.

Budget Option

LED Pico projectors are extremely affordable, usually ranging between $40 - 60.

They typically are functional with CRACKSHOT. One of the challenges with the pico projectors is that they typically are not the same aspect ratio of most phones (many are 4:3 aspect ratio, while most phones are 16:9). CRACKSHOT attempts to account for this but sometimes this can mean tweaking the calibration.

The biggest advantage of this type of projector is its affordability and its portability. They are extremely light weight and can be easily transported anywhere, unlike more expensive large home entertainment projectors.

The biggest drawback of these projectors is they are typically a fixed size (meaning they need to be a fixed length from the wall typically and usually can only be blown up to around 60") and they aren't very sharp resolution.

Short Throw Projectors

Short Throw projectors tend to be the most expensive solution. They are great for home entertainment centers. The big draw of a short throw projector is that it can sit right up against a wall, meaning you can be flexible about where to set up your tripod and CRACKSHOT system. The other big advantage of a high end projector system is that it can be scaled out to extremely wide widths for a more immersive experience. Besides these advantages, they also make a great home entertainment system for anything else.

The main drawback of these systems is how expensive they are. They also are not easily transportable being so bulky, so they don't travel very well.

When selecting a projector, keep these guidelines in mind8 Very Important Guidelines to Consider when choosing a projector

  • Guideline 1: Projectors range anywhere from $40 to over $1,000, so choose your projector carefully. If you plan to use this primarily for CRACKSHOT, the lower end pico projectors are probably your best choice

  • Guideline 2: If you have the budget for it, try to choose a projector whose aspect ratio is similar to your phone's aspect ratio for best shot detection accuracy, although the app does allow you to and tries to account for calibrating most common projector aspect ratios

  • Guideline 3: If using a phone, you will need a quality tripod to keep your phone. Moving the phone at all will throw off the calibration.

  • Guideline 4: Your projector must be projected onto a neutral surface. Eggshell or Matte grey or white painted walls are fine. If the wall is painted with a glossy or brightly colored paint, shot detection can be thrown off. In this case, you may need to invest in a projector screen as well, or some users have reported that using a white bed sheet works fine too.

  • Guideline 5: The projector needs to be exactly perpendicular to the wall, such that the output is a perfect rectangle. Angling the projector can result in the screen taking a trapezoid shape, which throws off shot detection significantly. The device running CRACKSHOT must also be very carefully placed and calibrated to make sure everything is square. This process might be difficult the first time but gets easier with practice. Some higher end projectors have the ability to adjust the edges to square up the projector output, so these may be easier to calibrate than a lower end projector due to this feature.

  • Guideline 6: Extremely high lumen projector systems or bright lighting can cause the laser itself to be drowned out and not visible to the camera, ideal lighting conditions are natural light with low brightness settings on the projector. If you end up buying an extremely bright and high end projector, you might have to turn down the overall brightness settings for the camera to detect the laser hits.

  • Guideline 7: Every projector is different and if your projector is configured to output warmer colors, you might need to tinker with the display settings (as red tint can cause false positives). Our apps do have built in controls for adjusting red sensitivity that can be helpful for this.

  • Guideline 8: Lighting is also critically important. CRACKSHOT works best in natural light, simply because most device cameras work best in natural light. "Soft white" bulbs, which really have a yellowish tint to them, for example can throw off shot detection, as the camera on most phones over compensates to make the picture look more natural. This can sometimes result in false positives as the image is over exposed. Natural white bulbs or outdoor ambient light work best. Similarly, CRACKSHOT typically does not work as well in extremely low light conditions because the device cameras typically have sensors to go into a "low light" mode when there is dark ambient light, which slows down the camera shutter speed significantly

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