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The basic set up for a presentation is simple:  a projector or large screen TV plugged into your laptop or iPad and thrown up on a screen.  But there is more detail to this, some of which can be intimidating and, without practice, an opportunity for embarrassment.  So let's walk through the fine detail and answer all of your questions here.

Projectors

Get your own. Don't rely on someone else's equipment. You want one with HDMI connections, not just VGA (old tech--low resolution image). Here are the basic features to look for:

* HDMI connection

* 1080 dpi resolution

* Bright and Colorful: 1800 lumens

* Epson is a great brand. Pictured here is a refurbished Powerlite Home Cinema projector with amazing performance priced at $540.00

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Screens

In addition to having your own projector, you need a portable screen--one you can carry and set up yourself. Most courtroom screens are located too far from the jury box to be seen effectively. Have the option of positioning your own screen strategically. Here are the basic features to look for:

* Portability

* Flexibility

* Lightweight

* Pictured here is an Epson duet 80-inch dual aspect projection ratio screen for just $120. It meets all of the criteria outlined above, and weighs about 7 pounds.

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Wireless presentation hardware

If you are using an iPad, you want the option of connecting wirelessly to your projector so that you can move around with your device and control the image. You will need two additional pieces of hardware to make this happen:

* An Apple TV

* An AirPort Express or other wireless router. Note that Apple has discontinued making the Airport Express, but they are still available for purchase on Amazon. There are readily available alternatives pictured here.

* There is a separate section that discusses how to connect these devices to your projector for wireless use.

 Apple TV

Apple TV