What type/brand of projector do I need to project AtmosFX digital decorations?

AtmosFX Digital Decorations work with almost any digital projector. Whether you're interested in a high-end home theater projector or a portable micro-projector, there’s a way to use it to display AtmosFX Digital Decorations.

There are three main features to consider while you are selecting the right projector for you:

  • Compatibility
  • Throw distance
  • Brightness

Here's some info about each of these features:


To use AtmosFX decorations on digital download or SD card format, be sure that your projector can play .MP4 files. 

You should also find out what kind of video inputs your projector offers, so that you have options to connect your projector to an external device like a DVD player, media player or computer.

Throw distance

Throw distance describes how much your projector will magnify your video image.

Short-throw projectors produce a larger image at a short distance from the projection surface. 

Long-throw projectors produce a smaller image, and are meant to be used when you have a larger distance between the projector and projection. 

Most decorators prefer short-throw projectors when setting up digital decorations.

Check and see if your projector is rated for a particular "throw ratio."

The smaller the throw ratio number, the larger of an image your projector will produce.


While you are selecting a projector, one very important product specification to look for is ANSI lumens. ANSI lumens are a measurement of how bright the bulb is. A higher number means a brighter projector.

Generally, we recommend at least 300 ANSI Lumens (which translates to about 1800 market lumens, an alternate measurement standard).

Any lumen count will work – but the lower lumen count, the more limited you will be in where you can use your projector. The higher the lumen count, the brighter it will be, and the more we think you will be pleased with your display.

Why does this matter? A higher lumen count will help ensure the detail of your projection will be seen, especially when projecting images across long distances or when there’s competing ambient light.

When it comes to digital decorating, a higher lumen count may provide you with more versatility; you’ll be able to use your projector in a variety of locations, light or dark, and successfully project onto both large and small areas.

That said, you don’t necessarily need have to have the brightest projector to pull off a specific effect. Think about what you’re projecting.

For example, if you want to make it seem like Phantasm’s ‘Demonic Poltergeist’ is bursting through your garage door, you’ll probably want a projector with a higher lumen count – you’ll need some extra muscle to project on a large space with a lot of ambient light.

However, if you want to project a shadow scene from Tricks and Treats in your window, a lower lumen count will be fine. Shadows are less detailed, so fewer lumens are needed.

As a base guideline, we suggest looking for a projector with a lumen count of at least 300 ANSI lumens because we’ve found that this brightness level works great for most people’s needs. However, you could also consider models with higher or lower counts depending on how you plan to use your projector.

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