Posted on May 15, 2020 By Phil Jones
Panasonic PT-MZ16KL Laser Projector Review-Special Features 2: Edge Blending and Projection Mapping, Network Management Tools, DICOM Simulation, Mounting Flexibility
Projection mapping which is masking the image digitally to light up non-traditional, often three-dimensional objects. This is used often at concerts, museums, and other digital signage applications. While there are powerful 3rd party software-based projector mapping solutions, the PT-MZ16KL has basic projector mapping features built in. It is also compatible with Panasonic’s free Geometric Manager Pro software which lets you precisely correct image distortion caused by projecting an image onto a curved or right-angled screen.
If you need more light output or want to utilize multiple projectors to display a larger, wider aspect image, the PT-MZ16KL is equipped with several features to make that goal easier. By utilizing Edge Blending, you can split an image over multiple projectors and display it as one large image while reducing the hard transition from one projector to another. Using the Geometric Manager Pro software, you can fine-tune the blend’s starting position and the width of the blended area. The result is an image that looks seamless, like it is being displayed by a single projector.
Panasonic also offers two project software upgrade kits (with paid license keys) for the PT-MZ16KL which further enhances Geometry Manager Pro’s functionality. The ET-UK20V upgrade adds uniformity correction and an extensive creative masking package. The ET-CUK10V upgrade adds Auto Screen Adjustment for simultaneous setup of multiple screens (including curved-screen correction) using a compatible externally connected camera. These kits simplify edge-blending and color-matching images over multiple screens with automatic calibration for black level, brightness uniformity, and stacking.
Since I only had one projector at my disposal, I didn’t have the opportunity to test this feature, but I am confident that it would simplify color matching on multiple blended projectors.
Once you have connected your projector to your network, you can control the PT-MZ16KL using a Windows PC, Smartphone or tablet. Using the Panasonic’s free Smart Projector Control app you can operate and check the status of a Wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) connected projector from your iPhone or Android device. This allows you to access the projector remotely and adjust things like input, focus, zoom, shift, and test patterns. You can also use your mobile device to monitor the status of multiple projectors and get information such as power status, errors, and warnings.
The Smart Projector Control app now includes the Near Field Communication (NFC) function to instantly pair a Smartphone to the projector just by touching two units together (preactivated in the US but upgrade kit may be required in some countries). Lastly the app features an auto-focus function which uses the Smartphone’s camera and app UI to achieve quick, precise image focus.
Panasonic Multi Monitoring & Control software allows you to check the status of multiple networked projectors and perform various projector operations from your computer. You can monitor the status of multiple projectors and get information such as power status and errors so you are alerted to projector abnormalities immediately. You can also select individual projectors or projector groups to check detailed information such as the usage hours of the projector light source, the current input, and any current errors.
If you opt for the paid license (free 90-day trial available) of the software, you will have access to additional early warning features. These advanced functions enable real-time monitoring, abnormality detection, and notification before servicing is required. You can even set up a networked projector to send you an e-mail alert if there is a problem. The email will list the name of the projector experiencing a problem and detailed information about the issue.
DICOM Simulation color mode which is designed to present medical images – such as X-rays, CAT-scans, MRI’s, PETs etc. with enough contrast, detail, and quality along with minimal noise for use in medical schools, at medical conferences, and for education purposes.
DICOM Simulation is not high enough quality nor intended to be used as a substitute for doctors reading original medical films. However, it is ideal to be used in a classrooms or teaching settings for training doctors, nurses, and technicians.
The PT-MZ16KL is suitable for applications where an orientation other than traditional landscape placement is required. The unit can be installed universally at any angle. Tilt-free, roll-free, and portrait installations are supported. The projector can be rotated freely (360°) to point up or down depending on the installation requirements and can be rotated and installed on its side to create a portrait image. By combining a wide range of optional lenses with geometry correction, the PT-MZ16KL can be mounted in any way desired without causing unwanted picture distortion.
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