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I am an artist and I want to exhibit my projected work so that it turns on at 9am and off at 5pm. Is there a projector that can hold a small movie and have this function? LED is preferable.
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I believe that NEC has a number of projectors with built in scheduling. Since this is likely in a public venue, which won't be dark, LED won't be bright enough. NEC sells laser based projectors which are around $10,000 or so.

But, if that's not in your budget, they have lesser expensive models with internal scheduling. I'm not sure about video playback.

What you really want is something like a BrightSign digital signage player and almost any acceptable projector.

Projectors are like computer monitors typically. You hook something up to them and then they show it. They aren't computers, they aren't schedulers, they are just monitors, with lousy speakers. That's what the majority of the market is, so that's what they make. So, if you want something that turns on/off the projector and plays videos, then you need something designed to do that for you, and that's where something like BrightSign comes in.

They have players on eBay which are of good quality and at a reasonable price.
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Thanks for this, it is ok if there is some ambient light, I have done this before with a little desktop presentation projector with LED. I am price conscious so less than $1000 would be ideal. Is there anything that does scheduling and playback in that price range?
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As I said - Scheduling and playback are NOT normal features of projectors and you will limit yourself if you narrow things down to those specifications.

Likewise, ambient light will significantly impact your image, so you need to determine your image size. You then must place the projector precisely so it fills the screen accurately.

I would probably get something like this:
http://www.projectorcentral.com/Epson-PowerLite_W29.htm

Then get a BrightSign player for your content...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Brightsign-XD1030-with-SD-card-and-PowerSupply-/252361438773?hash=item3ac1e9f635:g:RdUAAOSw--1WtN2a

The BrighSign will power on/off the projector, it will play back the video content, it will handle all the 'control' of things, and the projector just acts as a monitor.

All in for under $1,000.
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