Split Screen Projector: Two, 4 & More. How you can do it easily.
If you plan to split or dual your projector screen or want to project two images simultaneously. Then in this article, I will tell you three ways to split your projector screen.
You may have various reasons to duplicate the screen. Some gaming people want to play games with their friends by splitting the screen.
Or there could be people who want to do office presentations with a quad screen. You may also need to project your CCTV camera.
Expectations could vary from person to person. So in this article, I am going to solve your dilemma related to projector screen splitting.
Let’s get into today’s article.
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What is a split screen projector?
The split-screen projector is projecting two or more images on the screen. Side by side, you can also call it PIP or picture in picture. It gives you the advantage of projecting multiple images on the screen. At once.
Can you split screen a projector?
Yes, it’s possible to split the projector screen. In two, four and more. But it will degrade the quality of the image. There are three ways you can split the projector screen.
If your projector has the ability to split the projector screen like the Epson Home Cinema 760HD. Or you have to invest in the HDMI switch with PIP ability. Or you can try the apple TV with fubo TV.
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How can I split the projector screen into two?
If your projector has native screen splitting features. Then you can split your projector screen into two. Or you can also do it by HDMI switch.
With Split Screen Feature
Here I am giving the example of an EPSON projector. Which has natively split-screen features. There are two ways you can divide the screen.
The first method is just by clicking the split button which is available in the IR remote. For the different video projections on both sides of the screen.
You have to use a different HDMI video signal source for both sides of the screen.
Another way to get the split-screen. You can go to the menu of the projector. Then go to the Settings, then find the split-screen option. Click on that.
To close the screen split, press the escape button on your remote. You will get the option to adjust the split-screen. For the practical overview check out this video.
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Without Split Screen Feature
If you want to do the two images side by side projection. And if you don’t have a split-screen feature. Then I have one product suggestion for you. Which helps you with this 2×1 HDMI switch (Amazon Link).
This HDMI switch has two inputs and one output. By using this you can split your projector screen.
What does this HDMI switch do:
In this HDMI switch, you can connect two HDMI devices at the two HDMI input ports. Then the output will be at one port. And this one output will go in the projector.
(Don’t forget to power all your devices. And to choose the HDMI input port in the projector.)
On the HDMI switcher, you will get the button. To switch between the different projection types.
You can use one screen at once and switch between them. Or you can project both sides by side.
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How to split the screen for the projector into 4 and more?
In case you want four or more split screens. Then you will need another HDMI switch. For the four split-screen, I will suggest this switch Quad Multi HDMI Viewer 4 in 1 Out (Amazon Link).
And for more than four. You should use this one Expert Connect 9-Channel HDMI Multi-Viewer (Amazon Link).
To connect the devices with these HDMI switches and projector will be easy and the same. So there I am showing you the example of a 4×1 HDMI switcher.
To complete the whole setup you will need the five HDMI cables (Amazon Link). Make sure your projector is off.
- Take one HDMI cable. And plug the one end of the HDMI cable with the HDMI switch output port. The other end will go in the projector input port.
- Now ready with the four HDMI cables. And connect the first device you want. Connect one end of the HDMI cable with the HDMI device you want and another end with the HDMI switch. Same thing repeated with the other three devices.
In these two steps, you can connect all four devices with the HDMI switch and projector. And in the HDMI switch, you will also get the 3.5 mm audio out port to connect external speakers.
Now power up all your connected devices, projector and HDMI switch. And also don’t forget to choose the HDMI input port in the projector. If it’s needed.
In this same pattern, you can connect all your devices. With the 2×1 and 9×1 HDMI switch. The process will be the same. There will be only one difference: the number of devices you connect with the HDMI switch. And the number of HDMI cables.
And the number of HDMI ports available in the HDMI switch. You can adjust the PIP using a remote.
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How do you split the projector screen using Apple TV?
If you have an Apple TV. Then you can also play the video’s side by side. Want to know more check out the below video.
How can you split the projector screen in a laptop?
If you want to split the laptop screen and the projector screen. From the laptop. Then press the windows button and p. Another window will open.
Then choose the extended. Now you can use the projector and the laptop as a different screen. Or you can also choose the duplicate. Laptop and Projector screen. Will be the same.
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What is the best projector for split-screen gaming?
If you want to play the games on the split projector screen. For sure you will need a good gaming projector. Because when you split the projector screen. You will need a projector that can handle your hardcore or normal games.
For that here I have two suggestions for a projector. For your, all gaming needs BenQ TK700STi and Optoma UHD50X (Amazon Link).
One from BenQ and another from optoma. Both have low latency rates. And they provide good image quality.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of splitting the projector screen?
At home, if you have friends gathering or in your home have two people play games. And if you guys want to play multiplayer games on the projector. Now you both can enjoy the game simultaneously.
Not only at home. Split-screen features can also be very useful at the office. Various graphics and charts can be presented at presentations at once. This will increase work productivity and save time in the workplace.
People use the projector to project their security cameras. With the help of HDMI switches and a split-screen. Now you can project nine camera footage at once in one projector screen seamlessly.
And also you can watch different sports channels at once.
By splitting the projector screen. You are wasting your projected pixels on the screen. How?
The image you project on the screen will view half of the pixel, natively image has. And both sides of the screen will have fewer pixels than it has natively.
If you are going to use the projector for the office presentation and security camera. Which does not necessarily require audio.
But if you are projecting something that needs audio. Then you can’t get all the split-screen audio at once. You can choose the one screen part of the screen at once.
While gaming you can’t compromise with the audio in any condition. No matter if you are a noob or pro gamer. When you are using the HDMI switch to split the screen for gaming.
You will get only one audio output in the HDMI switcher. You can’t use the audio for both split screens at once. And you may face the lag too. If your projector is not that good for gaming.
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Here you won’t need any software and complicated devices. To split the projector screen. You can split the projector screen easily by using the HDMI switcher.
But, yes there are advantages and disadvantages of the splitting projector screen. Or projecting the multiple images simultaneously.
See you next time…