Riley Witiw, Author at River City Events

Community Spotlight: Elemental Expressions

Welcome to River City Events’ inaugural Community Spotlight, a platform to celebrate our extraordinary partners within the Edmonton community. First up is Elemental Expressions, a local catering service known for its culinary creativity and excellence.

Elemental Expressions specializes in a variety of events, from weddings and corporate functions to theme parties and memorials. Their expansive portfolio also includes graduation parties, grand openings, and team-building events. The dedicated team believes in starting each dish from scratch, utilizing local, organic, and free-range ingredients whenever possible.

“You will see and taste that love is really our secret ingredient, which makes a huge difference in catering.”

– Deidre, Head Chef

Whether your event is large or small, themed or traditional, Elemental Expressions can handle it all. Their commitment to quality, dedication to the community, and infusion of love into every dish sets them apart in the industry.

We invite you to discover the Elemental Expressions difference for yourself. Stay tuned to our Community Spotlight series as we continue to celebrate and support the local businesses that make our Edmonton community shine.

How to Set Up a Dunk Tank: A Comprehensive Guide

Are you planning an event in Edmonton, Alberta, and looking for a fun and exciting way to entertain your guests?

Look no further!

A dunk tank is a perfect addition to any event, whether it’s a community fair, a school fundraiser, or a corporate team-building event. We have Twister Display’s Easy Dunkers available in red and blue!

But how do you set up a dunk tank? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of setting up a dunk tank, step by step.

Ready to dive in? Here’s what we’ll be covering in this article:

  • Unhitching and Positioning the Dunk Tank
  • Installing the Backdrop
  • Filling the Dunk Tank
  • Draining the Dunk Tank
  • Dismantling & Storing the Dunk Tank
  • Cleaning the Popcorn Machine

Unhitching and Positioning the Dunk Tank

First things first, you need to unpack your dunk tank!

Start by unplugging the wiring so that the hitch can be removed from the dunk tank itself.

Once you’ve unhooked the electrical, you can remove the two pings holding the hitch in place. Remember to store the two pins from the hitch in a safe place so you don’t lose them.

Next, lift the dunk tank slightly and slide the hitch out towards the bottom of the tank.

Once the hitch is removed, put the pins back in the hitch so nothing goes missing.

Now, you’re ready to hoist the dunk tank up on its bottom and position it where you’d like. The key here is to move the tank where you need it before it’s filled with water. It’ll be a lot more difficult to move afterwards!

Installing the Backdrop

To set up the backdrop frame, start by undoing the chains that are tied for transport.

Afterwards, remove the pin on the top arm so you can remove it and lower the bottom arm down.

Then, reinstall the top arm in its horizontal position and put the pin back in so it’s firmly in place.

With the lower and top arm in position, you’ll notice the trigger arm pinned against the vertical arm. Pull the pin and remove the trigger arm.

The threaded end should face forward when pinned down, and the trigger arm should be positioned behind the trigger of the seat.

Put the pin in and you’re set.

To install the backdrop, unfold it and hang it on the dunk tank with the bungees facing the tank. Thread the top arm on first and then thread the bottom arm. It’s hinged to make it fairly easy to do.

Pull it all snug and you’re ready to raise it.

To raise and tighten the backdrop, pull the pin out of the vertical arm.

This will let you lift the top arm of the backdrop which, in turn, will tighten it.

When you raise the backdrop, the pin hole should line up with the hole as the target arm lines up with the hole in the tarp. Point the pin away from the dunk tank when you’re reinstalling it to avoid any potential snags.

To secure the side of the backdrop against the tank, wrap each bungee around the post and pass the black ball in between the two cords of the bungee.

This should be enough to hold it secure.

Next, thread the target onto the target arm. It should go on easily.

Undo the safety latch on the seat and give it a test by lifting the back of the seat and pulling the trigger arm.

If all goes well, the seat should tip over, and the backdrop is complete!

Filling the Dunk Tank

Before you start filling the dunk tank with water, make sure that the drain valve is closed. The red T should be pointing across the valve.

Filling the tank could take an hour to two hours, so be patient. You’ll want to get the water at least up to the yellow text inside the tank.

Afterwards, the dunk tank is ready for the victims… Let the fun begin!

Dismantling and Storing the Dunk Tank

Once you’ve had your fun, it’s time to put the dunk tank away.

Start by stringing out your hose and plugging the cam lock onto your valve connector.

Open the valve and remove any kinks from the hose to get things flowing.

Now you can dismantle the backdrop. Push the balls on the bungee through the loops to undo them and remove the pin that holds the vertical arm up. Lower the backdrop arm, returning the pin and the clip to their position.

The backdrop should slide easily off of the frame arms and can then be folded up.

Next, take the trigger arm off. To do this, pull the clip that is holding the trigger arm in position and wiggle it out. Then, pin the trigger arm against the vertical frame arm of the dunk where you had initially removed it from.

Pull the pin on the top frame arm. This will allow you to remove the top frame arm. Then, fold the lower arm up and put the upper back on in its vertical position, pinning it into place. Now, secure the safety chains around the folded up frame arms to ensure nothing can fall loose during transport.

When you’re not using the dunk tank, set the safety latch so the seat can’t be tripped accidentally.

When your dunk tank is nearly empty, you can take the hose off. It’ll likely keep draining after you release the cam lock. The last bit of water can come out without the hose.

To get your tank back on its wheels, have someone lift the front of it and pull down on the back to lower it as gently as you can.

Now all that’s left to do is reinstall the hitch!

Grab the hitch and remove the pins that we stored inside of it earlier. Then, making sure the hitch is right side up, lift the tank and slide the hitch in until the pins line up.

Put the pin and the lock in its hole.

Finally, hook up the trailer wiring so that you have signals for when you’re towing the dunk tank around. Roll the hose up, put that in the blue box, and your dunk tank is ready to return.

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We hope this guide has been helpful in showing you how to set up and dismantle a dunk tank!

Setting up and dismantling a dunk tank might seem like a daunting task, but with these step-by-step instructions, you’ll be able to do it with ease. Remember, safety is paramount when dealing with large equipment like a dunk tank. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you’re unsure about any step in the process.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (780) 424-6001 or email us at We’re open 9 AM to 5 PM Monday to Friday, and from 10 AM to 4PM on Saturday!

Happy dunking!

Edmonton Elks Ticket Contest Terms & Conditions

Eligibility: This promotion is open to all clients of River City Events who have completed a transaction with us. Employees of River City Events and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in this promotion.

Promotion Period: The promotion starts on May 26, 2023 and ends on October 13, 2023. Reviews must be submitted during this period to be eligible.

How to Enter: To participate, clients must leave a review on our Google Business page and send a screenshot or other proof of their review to our client specialist via email at

Prize: Clients will be given two tickets to an upcoming Edmonton Elks game, distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The selection of these clients is at the sole discretion of the River City Events client specialist.

One Entry Per Client: Each client is eligible to receive tickets only once during the promotion period, regardless of the number of transactions completed or reviews submitted.

Ticket Distribution: Tickets will be sent to the winners via an email directing users to accept the tickets using their online Ticketmaster account. River City Events is not responsible for any delay or failure in the delivery of the tickets.

No Cash Alternative: The tickets cannot be exchanged for cash, and the prize is non-transferable. Tickets are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute the prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

Review Authenticity: We ask for honest feedback in the reviews. Any review suspected to be false or misleading may be disqualified at our sole discretion.

Privacy: By participating in this promotion, clients agree to our privacy policy. We will not share or sell participants’ personal information with third parties.

Right to Cancel or Modify Promotion: River City Events reserves the right to cancel or modify the promotion if fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond our reasonable control impairs the integrity of the promotion as determined by River City Events in its sole discretion.

Commercial Popcorn Machine Instructions

Hello there popcorn aficionados of Edmonton, Alberta!

I bet you’re here because you’re seeking simple-to-follow commercial popcorn machine instructions. Well, you’re in luck!

River City Events offers four different types of popcorn machines:

While there may be slight differences between these popcorn machines, the overall principles of popcorn making remain the same!

Also, let’s talk about responsibility for a moment. Operating popcorn equipment requires a touch of maturity and safety consciousness. Therefore, this equipment is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.

Ready to pop? Here’s what we’ll be covering in this article:

  • Powering Up Your Popcorn Machine
  • Choosing the Right Popcorn for Your Machine
  • Popping Popcorn
  • Serving Popcorn
  • Cleaning the Popcorn Machine

Powering Up Your Popcorn Machine

Keep in mind that the machine requires a standard 110-volt outlet and always avoid using an extension cord or generator.

This isn’t just a safety guideline; it’s a popcorn law!

Now, we’re ready to get started. At the top of the machine, you will notice three switches that control the heat lamp, agitator, and kettle heat.

Go ahead and flip on the heat lamp. This keeps your popcorn fresh, crisp, and puts it on display.

Next, activate the agitator switch. The agitator is a rotating instrument inside the kettle, and flipping this switch will set it in motion.

Finally, turn on the kettle heat to ignite the pilot light.

Powering Up Your Popcorn Machine

Now, onto the real star of the show – the popcorn itself!

It’s essential to choose an all-in-one popcorn solution for your popcorn maker. But why limit yourself to this? Because not all popcorns are created equal!

Different types of popcorn and various oils react differently to heat, which can result in anything from burning to uneven popping. If you decide to supply your own popcorn, remember that the result might not be ideal. If you experience any issues such as burnt popcorn or smoking oil, turn off the machine immediately, clean out all parts, and then reach out to us for assistance.

For a consistent and successful popping session, we recommend the 8-ounce all-in-one popcorn package from River City Events. You can either purchase these packages in a bundle of 10, or an entire case of 36 packages.

Each package of all-in-one popcorn is guaranteed to work seamlessly with your machine and pack approximately 5 concession bags. One case of popcorn can even yield a staggering 200 servings. Now, that’s a lot of delicious popcorn!

Popping Popcorn

Now open your first popcorn bag and pour the kernels and oil into the kettle and lower the lid.

As the magic happens, listen out for the popping to stop. This will take about 5 minutes for your first batch, and about 3 to 4 minutes for subsequent batches.

Once the popping stopes, immediately dump the popcorn into the cabinet using the handle mechanism.

If you’re going for a second round, simply empty out another bag into the kettle, close the lid, and repeat the process. If you are taking a break in between batches, remember to turn of the kettle heat and agitator while there is no popcorn in the kettle.

For the last batch, remember to turn the kettle heat off midway to prevent smoke.

Serving Popcorn

Be gentle while scooping fresh popcorn into the bags and prop full bags against the side of the cabinet to keep them warm.

Remember, the presentation is key here! And don’t forget, a clean glass is a must to keep that popcorn looking irresistible!

Cleaning the Popcorn Machine

Remember the famous saying: Cleanliness is next to popcorn-ness!

Make sure you remove all unused popcorn from the cabinet and kettle. Wipe down inside and out with a vinegar and water solution, but never immerse the kettle in water. A simple wipe with a soft cloth while still warm is enough for the kettle.

Finally, empty and wipe out the kernels from the bottom tray of the machine.

Also, let’s talk about responsibility for a moment. Operating popcorn equipment requires a touch of maturity and safety consciousness. Therefore, this equipment is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.

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While these instructions make operating the popcorn machine seem like a breeze, we understand if you encounter some unexpected hiccups.

If that happens, don’t panic!

You can always reach out to us at (780) 424-6001. Any reckless handling or operation of the popcorn machine can lead to potential injury. The team at River City Events isn’t liable for any injuries due to mishandling, but we’re always here to guide you through the process!

Lastly, if you enjoyed your popcorn popping experience (and we’re confident you will), do remember to clean the machine before returning it. A $50.00 cleaning fee is applicable for each unit returned unclean. Cleaning your popcorn machine not only helps you avoid the fee, but it also ensures the next popcorn enthusiast can enjoy their experience too!

There you have it, the ultimate guide to commercial popcorn machine instructions. Remember, the best popcorn comes from following these instructions closely, using quality popcorn, and of course, adding a sprinkle of love and patience.

Happy popping!

Choosing the Perfect Sized Tablecloth for Your Table

As Edmonton’s party planning experts, we understand that events require attention to detail, and selecting the right sized linens can make all the difference.

At River City Events, we know the importance of choosing the perfect setup, and offer a diverse selection of tables and linens rentals to suit any occasion. We carry over 2 dozen types of tables, and 10 different sizes of linens.

This blog article will focus on our 5 most popular linens sizes and how they combine with our primary table sizes: 6ft and 8ft rectangle tables, as well as 5ft and 6ft round tables.

Tablecloths for 6 Foot Rectangular Tables

Our 6ft rectangle tables are a versatile option for intimate dinners, cocktail parties, buffet and display tables. These tables can sit 6-8 guests comfortably, and we offer a variety of linens to match.

For a polished appearance, the 90”x132” linen offers complete coverage. Additionally, we have other options available such as the 60”x120”, 90”x156”, and 120” round linens that cater to your event’s distinctive style and budget.

When considering outdoor events or buffet tables, opt for the 60”x120” linens as they do not touch the ground. The linen drapes approximately halfway down the front and back of the table with a few inches of overhang on each end.

Our 90”x156” linen provides full coverage in the font and back of the table. However, there is quite a large amount of fabric draping on either end.

This can easily be fixed by tucking the extra fabric under the table. Clients normally book this size of linen in our variety of overlays for wedding party tables.

The 120” RND linens prove useful for wedding party and sweetheart tables, with a slight overhang at the front and back that can be tucked. A few inches of linen hangs above the ground on either end of the table.

Tablecloths for 8ft Rectangle Tables

For larger events that require more seating, our 8ft rectangle tables are a popular choice. These tables can seat up to 10 guests, but we recommend only seating 8 for optimal comfort. This is the most commonly used rectangle table amongst banquet halls and venues, so we have an extensive collection of linens for this table size.

Our 90”x156” linen offers full coverage with minimal overhang, creating a clean and sophisticated look. However, our 90”x132” and 132” round linens may also be used on this table size.

The 90”x132” linen delivers complete coverage in both the front and back of the table, but only extends halfway down the ends of the table.

A significant amount of overhang in the front and back of the table is present when draping the 132” RND linen over a 8 ft table; however, it can be tucked away. The linen extends approximately ¾ of the way down the ends of the table.

Tablecloths for 5ft Round Tables

Venues commonly choose our 5ft RND tables that can comfortably seat 8 guests, and a 120” RND linen is the perfect fit for this table. Our vast collection of 120” RND linens ensures you will find the perfect fit to complement your event’s style. It’s worth noting that using a larger size may make it challenging to maintain a fold under the table.

Tablecloths for 6ft Round Tables

A 6ft RND is less popular; however, it can fit the greatest number of guests (10) comfortably. If this is something you are looking for, our 132” RND linen will fit this table the best.

Conversely, we hold a limited number of linens in this size. If you are unable to find something that works for your event, we recommend using a 120” RND linen. It leaves a couple inches of space above the ground surrounding the perimeter of the table.

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It’s worth noting that while finding a linen that perfectly fits a table is ideal, there is no wrong way to drape a table. We are always happy to work with our clients to find the perfect tables and linens to suit their needs.

At River City Events, we are committed to providing high-quality tables and linens to make your event a success.

Contact us at 780-424-6001 between 9 am to 5pm on Monday to Friday, or 10 am to 4pm on Saturdays, or leave us a message.

Ugolini Slush Machine Instructions

Are you hosting an event in Edmonton, Alberta and looking for a way to impress your guests with a refreshing treat?

The Ugolini Slush Machine is an excellent addition to any event, offering a variety of flavors that can cater to all taste preferences.

However, before diving into the slushy goodness, it’s important to ensure that you follow the proper setup and operating procedures. In this article, we’ll go through the Ugolini Slush Machine Instructions to help you achieve optimal results and avoid any mishaps. Here’s our roadmap:

  • Setup Considerations
  • Preparing Slush Mix
  • Preventing Leaks & Spills
  • Adding Slush Mix
  • Turning On the Machine
  • Best Practices for Serving
  • Cleaning the Machine

Setup Considerations

The Ugolini Slush Machine weighs up to 180 lbs, so ensure that you place it on a stable surface or use the cart that it comes with to prevent accidents.

It’s also crucial to have a grounded wall outlet nearby, or use a three-prong extension cord if needed. Keep in mind that the cord must be rated for outdoor use and be the correct gauge for the length of the cord.

Preparing Slush Mix

It’s best to prepare and refrigerate the slush mix before the event to save time and ensure the machine works efficiently. At River City Events in Edmonton, we offer a range of flavors, including:

To prepare the mix, mix one jug with four parts water and refrigerate it. A chilled mix will take only 30 minutes to turn into slush, while a non-chilled liquid can take up to 1.5 hours.

Preventing Leaks & Spills

Transporting the machine can cause the hoppers to come loose, leading to leaks and spills if you don’t put them back into place.

To prevent this, simply press down on the hoppers so that the clip, pictured below, clicks into place. The hoppers should now beleveled and fixed. The clip, pictured

Also, remove the two drip trays from the hopper and slide their prongs underneath the front of the machine. The drip trays should be lined up with the edge of the machine.

Adding Slush Mix

Next, add the slush mix to each hopper of the machine, making sure that it covers the auger but doesn’t go above the ‘MAX’ line indicated on the outside.

If adding alcohol to the mix, do so after dispensing the slush. Finally, reattach the hopper lids after pouring in the mix.

Turning On the Machine

To turn on the machine, locate the operations switches beneath the plastic flaps on the front of the machine.

The refrigeration control switch toggles between a liquid drink (‘I’ option) and slush (‘II’ option). Turn on the main power switch and switch the refrigeration control switch to ‘II.’ The machine will hum as the augers start spinning.

(Please note there is no need to touch the thermostat control knob, as it’s already set to the correct temperature).

Now there’s nothing left to do but wait for the mix to turn to slush!

Best Practices for Serving

To keep the machine performing optimally, keep it indoors away from direct sunlight and any other objects that may interfere with it.

Also, ensure that the machine is still on ‘II’ switch mode even when dispensing the slush, or it may revert to a more liquid form.

Finally, make sure you have pre-chilled mix on hand so you can add it as you serve.

Cleaning the Machine

Once everyone has had their fill, toggle the refrigeration control switch from ‘II’ to “I,’ allowing the ice to melt and making it easier to dispense.

To avoid a $50 cleaning fee, ensure that all product has been emptied from the hoppers. To do this, add warm (not hot) water to the hoppers and let them run for another minute.

Once the hoppers are empty, wipe down the outside of the machine with mild soap and water, and empty the drip trays before putting them back into the hopper for transport

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With these Ugolini Slush Machine Instructions, you’re ready to create a refreshing and delicious treat for your guests.

Whether it’s a backyard party, corporate event, or wedding celebration in Edmonton, Alberta, the Ugolini Slush Machine is sure to impress.

However, if you’re still experiencing issues with the machine, don’t hesitate to reach out to River City Events at 780-424-6001 between 9 am to 5pm on Monday to Friday, or 10 am to 4pm on Saturdays, or leave us a message.

If the message is urgent, you may reach out to the same number after hours. We’re always here to help ensure your event is a success.

How to Setup a Projector Screen with a Tripod

Are you looking to set up a projector screen in Edmonton, Alberta but not sure where to start?

We’re here to help! In this post, I’ll take you through the easy steps to set up a projector screen with a tripod. Here’s the overview of the steps we’ll be going over:

  • Extending the Tripod Legs
  • How to Open a Projector Screen
  • Adjusting the Aspect Ratio
  • Packing Up

Extending the Tripod Legs

The first step to setting up your projector screen is to extend the tripod legs!

Locate the red button near the legs of the tripod. Gently lift the tripod as you push down on the button.

Make sure the legs are completely extended before moving onto the next step.

How to Open a Projector Screen

Now that the tripod legs are extended, it’s time to open the projector screen.

Start by rotating the screen until it is horizontal.

Grab the handle at the top of the screen and pull it upwards until you can clip it to the top of the post.

To enlarge the screen, push the red button on the post and raise it to your desired screen size.

As you raise the screen, you will notice there are a few different stops at different heights where the button will click into, meaning the screen will rest safely at this height.

Adjusting the Aspect Ratio

Adjusting the aspect ratio of the projector screen is simple. Grip the handle at the bottom of the screen and push in the button that is attached to it. As you hold the button, simply raise the screen to whatever height you desire.

Your projector screen is now ready for action!

Packing Up

Once you’re done using the projector screen, it’s important to know how to pack it up safely.

To put the screen down, start by ensuring the handle at the bottom of the screen we used to adjust the aspect ratio is lowered into its bottom position.

Next, hang onto the top of the post while pushing the red button on the post to lower the screen. It is important to hold onto the top of the post, or the screen could come crashing down as the pressure releases.

Then, unhook the screen from the top of the post and lower it into its case. Rotate the screen clockwise into its vertical position.

Lastly, pull up on the red button on the tripod legs to collapse them. You’re now ready to put the screen away.

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Setting up a projector screen with a tripod is easy when you follow these simple steps. Whether you’re presenting at a business meeting or hosting a movie night at home, you can rest easy knowing that you’ve got this.

Still have a question about the tripod?

No prob!

Call us at 780-424-6001 between 9 am to 5pm on Monday to Friday, or 10 am to 4pm on Saturdays, or leave us a message. If the message is urgent, you may reach out to the same number after hours.

How to Connect Microphone to Speaker Directly (db Technologies Opera 12)

Are you an event organizer in Edmonton, Alberta looking to connect a microphone directly to your Opera 12 speaker?

Look no further! In this post, we’ll show you exactly how to do it step-by-step. Here’s the overview:

  • Speaker Package Overview
  • Speaker Tripod Setup
  • Mounting the Speaker
  • Powering the Speaker
  • Connecting the Mic
  • Turning the Speaker On
  • Mic On/Off Switch

Speaker Package Overview

Your speaker package comes with a number of elements:

  • Opera 12 Series Speaker
  • Tripod Stand
  • 1 microphone
  • XLR Cable
  • Power Supply Cable

Speaker Tripod Setup

First, loosen the bottom knob of the tripod.

speaker tripod bottom knob

And then push down on the mount above the legs to extend them:

opening speaker tripod

Avoid extending the legs too far—just enough so that the tripod has a broad, firm stance.

Then, to raise the tripod mast, begin by loosening the top knob.

speaker tripod top knob

Next, pull up the tripod mast to your desired height:

raising mast of speaker tripod

And then Insert the mast pin, making sure it goes in the desired hole in the mast and out the other side.

speaker tripod pin

Lastly, push down on the pole so that the pin rests on the mast collar. This pin does all the work in holding the speaker firmly on the tripod, even if the bottom knob is a bit loose.

Mounting the Speaker

To put the speaker on the tripod, find the hole on the bottom of the speaker.

hole at bottom of opera 12 speaker for tripod

Lift the speaker up and line the hole to the tripod mast.

mounting opera 12 speaker onto tripod

The speaker simply sits there.

Powering the Speaker

Connect the speaker’s power supply by plugging it into any standard 110 volt plug.

Hot tip: One circuit can support up to 4 speakers.

Connecting the Mic

Plug in the audio source (in this case, an XLR cable with a microphone on the other end) to channel 1 on the speaker. Rotate the XLR connector until it pops into the speaker.

Make sure that channel 1’s switch is set to “Mic” (as in microphone) and not “Line.”

Then, plug in the microphone to the other end of the XLR cable.

Turning the Speaker On

Before turning the speaker on, confirm that Channel 1’s volume is set to 0 to avoid any accidental feedback.

Turn the speaker on (a flashing LED indicator will indicate the speaker has power). Slowly increase channel 1’s volume. If you hear any feedback as you increase the speaker’s volume, that means you need to decrease the volume a little bit.

Mic On/Off Switch

Some microphones have an ON/OFF switch on them. If you don’t have any sound after plugging the microphone in and turning the speaker on, it may be because you have not set this switch to ON.

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With any luck, your audio should be coming out of the speaker with beautiful fidelity.

Is something still not working?

We’d love to help!

Call us at 780-424-6001 between 9 am to 5pm on Monday to Friday, or 10 am to 4pm on Saturdays, or leave us a message. If the message is urgent, you may reach out to the same number after hours.

How to Setup Projector with Laptop (BenQ MH535FHD)

Sometimes, the trickiest part of a presentation isn’t the delivery, but rather the struggle to get the projector technology working properly.

No problem, we’re here to help.

In this article, we’ll detail how to connect our projector rentals (in this case, a BenQ MH535FHD projector) with a laptop or other HDMI-based video source.

Here’s an overview of what will be discussed:

  • Setup overview
  • Connecting the power cord & HDMI
  • Turning on the projector
  • Adjusting zoom & focus
  • Adjusting height & levelness
  • The projector menu
  • Selecting your video source
  • The projector speaker
  • The projector remote
  • Turning the projector off

Setup Overview

When you get a projector rental from River City Events, it comes with six elements:

  • Silver carrying case
  • Instruction guide
  • Projector
  • Power cable
  • HDMI cable
  • Projector remote

Connecting the Power Cable & HDMI

After you’ve unpacked your projector from the case it comes in, there are two cables you’re going to need to connect.

The first one is the power cable, which is the same typical power cable used in most computer devices. Plug this cable into the large port on the back of the projector.

The second HDMI cable is for connecting the projector to the video source, which is typically the laptop or computer you wish to display via the projector.

There are two HDMI inputs on the projector you can plug this cord in. For simplicity’s sake, we recommend plugging in the HDMI cord to the ‘HDMI 1’ slot.

The next step is to take plug the other end of the HDMI cord into the video source—in this case, a laptop. It is important to note that whatever video source you are using has an HDMI port, as you can see in the photo below:

Plug the HDMI cord into this slot, and you’re good to go!

Turning On the Projector

To turn the projector on, click the on/off button on top of the device.

Shortly, you’ll hear the fan kick on, which will continue as the projector bulb comes up to temperature for brightness.

This process may take a few minutes, so don’t panic if nothing appears on your projector screen immediately.

Adjusting Zoom & Focus

After the projector gets up to the right brightness, you can now adjust both the size and sharpness of the projector’s image using the two wheels above the the bulb:

First, you’ll want to use the ‘ZOOM’ wheel to set the size of your picture:

Once you’ve got the size of the picture to where you want it, experiment with the ‘FOCUS’ wheel so that the image is sufficiently sharp:

Adjusting Height & Levelness

You’ll want to make sure your projector is at the right height and is level.

At the front of the projector, you’ll notice a small, screw-like foot.

This foot can be lengthened by loosening it or shortened by tightening it, allowing you to adjust the height of the picture:

At the side of the projector is another adjustable foot:

However, this foot controls the levelness of the projector’s image. By lengthening or loosening this foot, you can find the correct tilt to fit your projector screen:

The Projector Menu

On the top of the projector, you’ll notice several buttons. The most common button you will be dealing with is likely the ‘menu ‘MENU’ button:

Pressing this button will reveal an on-screen menu with a number of options for display, settings, systems, and information.

The default settings are likely going to be perfect for your application; however, the options are there if you so desire.

To exit the menu, simply click the ‘MENU’ button again and it will go away.

Selecting Your Video Source

The other button you may have to use is the ‘SOURCE’ button.

Now, if you only have one video source connected (which you will if you followed the steps above and plugged the HDMI cord into the HDMI 1 input), your projector will select the correct video source by default.

Should you have multiple inputs plugged into the source (say you are using HDMI 1 and HDMI 2), you may wish to switch between which input the projector is displaying on-screen.

There are also VGA, S-Video, and video sources that the projector is capable of displaying; however, these inputs are pretty much obsolete nowadays. HDMI is the easiest and best choice.

To switch your input, press the ‘SOURCE’ button to reveal another on-screen menu:

Select whatever input you need using the up and down arrow keys on top of the projector, and then click the ‘OK’ button to finalize your choice. The projector will then start displaying whichever input you have selected.

Projector Speaker

The projector has the capability to playback audio to a very small audience—maybe six to eight people at most. The audio can come into the projector via the HDMI cable (along with the video).

You can use the right and left arrow keys on top of the projector to control and manipulate the volume:

Projector Remote

For your convenience, a remote comes with the projector:

It has a wealth of different features, such as:

  • ‘ON’ button
  • ‘OFF’ button
  • Video source buttons
  • Cursor controls
  • Volume controls
  • Freeze button (allowing you to freeze a frame and turn off the projector)

As well as a number of other convenience features.

Turning the Projector Off

After you’re done with the projector for the day, we ask that you turn it off before you unplug it.

You can either turn it off using the ‘OFF’ button on the remote on the projector.

You have to push the button twice—once to bring up a on-screen prompt asking if you want to turn off the projector, and a second time to confirm your choice.

You will notice that the projector fan continues to run, cooling the bulb. Please do not move the projector until the fan has turned off, as this cooling process continues to ensure no damage occurs as a result of touching, overheated components.

Contact Us

We hope this article has helped make your presentation crystal clear!

Have questions?

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