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03-09-2010, 02:34 PM
I am wanting to set up a video telling the customers the rules. For my setup I want an actor (who will be the scare after the vid) to trigger the video to play. I would prefer to use something other than a DVD player. I know that there are video repeaters out there. But does anyone have any suggestions? Has anyone worked with any? Obviously I would want this to be trigger-able, not just loop. Thanks in advance
03-09-2010, 03:16 PM
There are few solutions that come to mind when is comes to triggered video playback.
1# A Gilderfluke video playback brick (They should still have them)
2# Use a computer with a hacked keyboard. (I use these for my preshows)
3# Alcorn Mcbride Digital Video Machine
4# A hacked DVD player with a push button soldered to play button.
There some more that I didn't mention because I forgot the names but hopefully other will remember
03-09-2010, 03:26 PM
First you have to decide if you want SD or HD video playback...
Then I would look at gilderfluke gear such as:
BrightSign (http://www.gilderfluke.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_5&products_id=242) (which they have equipped with inputs to trigger video)
or the Alcorn Mcbride DVM...
We are dealers of this equipment and can help you setup, program, and install these pieces. Just let us know how we can help! Contact us through our website...
03-09-2010, 09:42 PM
Light o rama also controls video playback as well sound and lighting and any other effect in your room all from the same controller...
03-10-2010, 08:33 AM
How does LOR do it? I love using their system but could not figure out the video part? Would it need to run off a computer if using video, not off a director unit?
03-10-2010, 09:31 AM
I don't recommend using LOR for video playback, I know some people who have done it for short Christmas runs, but it has to run from a computer... Using a solid state playback device will give you worry free operation for many years to come... Just my two cents :-)
03-10-2010, 11:42 AM
Yes you would need your computer and it is quite simple especially if you already have one of their controllers and you can also trigger it as well via, button, switchmat. Very economical. Have a computer? Have a lor controller already? then why not? lol You would need the latest version of software...If you have any questions you can pm me. Ive been working with LOR for years with huge commercial applications so feel free to hit me up!
04-03-2010, 09:08 AM
I *highly* recommend contacting Randy @ Illusionator. He doesn't have the player on his website (IIRC, he only recently started selling them ala-carte), but he sells a standalone player that I've been EXTREMELY happy with.
I have Ghost Bust's setup in our 2 (parallel) first rooms. The room is fully automated and I was having issues with other brand of video players. Since the APC16+ controller runs the room, it just needs to send a pulse to the video player. Unfortunately the other video players I've tried were "lazy", meaning they might play right away or they might play a second or even 3 after the trigger was sent. Since the room is programmed around the video, this really screwed up sync between everything.
Randy sells a player that is on par with price cost as the others I had tried ($300 if memory serves me), has multiple triggers (with a really nice self adhesive membrane switch included), uses standard CF cards, and they play exactly when you tell them to. Randy was a pleasure to work with as well.
That being said, it looks like Gilderfluke has released some new players since I last looked into them. At the time when I bought these, Gilderfluke's cheapest gear was nearly twice the cost of Randy's unit, that has since changed. I would definitely give Bill a call to discuss the Gilderfluke gear, they manufacture extremely high quality kit.
04-03-2010, 02:33 PM
I use the Solid State players available at Haunted Enterprises. I have had great luck with theses and have used them for several years. It is so easy to program, it is all in how you name the files. 001.mpg for your hold file and 001.mpg for your play file. That's all there is to it.
04-03-2010, 08:55 PM
What players is Randy offering now? I didn't know he was doing anything in video. The website doesn't show anything at the moment.
04-03-2010, 09:29 PM
I believe he is selling this player: http://www.medeawiz.com/products/Dv68.htm
I actually used these to play videos on plasmas in a lobby. Not bad at all.
04-03-2010, 09:38 PM
yes they are the media wiz players, I have been using them for three years now and love them.
04-03-2010, 09:58 PM
I actually have 2 of the MW units, DV-68's with the DV-66K contact closure input.
Word of warning to anyone using them, while they're fine for looping video and for a "single" scare type of deal, those are the units that I had the most issues with for being "lazy", meaning they didn't always start on time. This creates a big issue when you're syncing the rest of a room or scene around a video. It's kind of a buzz kill with the air blast goes off 3 seconds before the video scare plays.
They're well built units and all, but they defintely have their issues.
04-03-2010, 10:08 PM
Thanks for the heads up. I have mainly used them to trigger just video. I used an animation mystro to trigger player and prop a couple of times but it was in a circumstance that I would not have noticed a small delay.
04-03-2010, 11:29 PM
If you want TRUE video sync, look to the Alcorn players...
04-04-2010, 02:53 AM
I put in a request for a quote from Alcorn. Do you know what these players cost?
04-04-2010, 09:50 AM
Absolutely, We are dealers of the Alcorn McBride equipment. Please email me (darktechfx at gmail.com) with what equipment your looking for and I would be happy to give you a price quote. Or if your not sure what equipment you need just let me know what your looking to accomplish and if you need SD or HD video, inputs, triggers, etc. Thanks!
04-04-2010, 02:10 PM
Sent you an e-mail look forward to getting more info.
04-26-2010, 11:38 PM
We use Digital View players. They are cheap and effective. Formatting the video with any one of the players is always kinda fun but once you have it setup these guys work great. We have three of them synched together so we can trigger 3 screens at the same time. Cheap and effective being the operative word with these systems.
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