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bhays
08-18-2008, 06:40 PM
I have used quite a few different prop controllers in the past years from Cowlacious and others, but this year I need to sync some solenoids with video rather than just audio.

What's the least expensive and/or simplest controller out there that can playback a video file when triggered and also has at least four IO channels?

Or, maybe I'm going at this the wrong way... is there anything like a chipcorder for video, so I could have the controller trigger the playback of a mpg file?

Thanks!

bhays
08-18-2008, 07:28 PM
It looks as though Gilderfluke may have a solution that would work.

http://www.gilderfluke.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=96

Just have to time the controller outputs to work with the video...

Any other ideas?

beardedbil
08-18-2008, 07:35 PM
I hear the viewstream products work well:
http://www.digitalview.com/retailproducts/

Some can handle 720p if your looking for high quality video. Not sure what your going to use it for...some also have 8 event triggers.

Matt Marich
08-19-2008, 11:56 AM
Stan at Digital Sound and Lighting has some very nice and durable controllers and sound units.

bhays
08-19-2008, 06:48 PM
I hear the viewstream products work well:
http://www.digitalview.com/retailproducts/

Some can handle 720p if your looking for high quality video. Not sure what your going to use it for...some also have 8 event triggers.

Priced at $185 for the base unit. Looks like it will do what I need. Thanks!

beardedbil
08-19-2008, 11:20 PM
No problem, let me know how it works out, or if you need any help with anything. I would love to see finished pictures as well!

Phoenix
08-20-2008, 03:26 PM
I have used quite a few different prop controllers in the past years from Cowlacious and others, but this year I need to sync some solenoids with video rather than just audio.

What's the least expensive and/or simplest controller out there that can playback a video file when triggered and also has at least four IO channels?

Or, maybe I'm going at this the wrong way... is there anything like a chipcorder for video, so I could have the controller trigger the playback of a mpg file?

Thanks!



SkullTroniX Exorcist can handle this see www.skulltronix.com

Simple syncing of vid to motion is a pretty lightweight use for Exorcist, so you could use the rest of the system to control the rest of your haunt at the same time.

bhays
08-23-2008, 08:38 AM
SkullTroniX Exorcist can handle this see www.skulltronix.com

Simple syncing of vid to motion is a pretty lightweight use for Exorcist, so you could use the rest of the system to control the rest of your haunt at the same time.

I have heard of the Exorcist system, but the links I found to info on it at skulltronix.com were dead. Is it still available?

Phoenix
08-23-2008, 08:47 AM
I have heard of the Exorcist system, but the links I found to info on it at skulltronix.com were dead. Is it still available?


Absolutely, otherwise the work I've been doing all day today on the latest version is a little wasted ;) try this link

http://www.skulltronix.com/skulltronixFlash.html

you may have to give the flash a little time to load, look under products

lurker
03-20-2010, 05:24 AM
Reviving a dead post....

Has anyone used a prop control relay to trigger a ViewStream 100? And if so how do you go about it? I skimmed over the ViewStream manual on line, but the only input interface they talk about is a touch screen or computer.

SlightlySick Illusions
04-03-2010, 01:06 AM
I have had good luck with the player available through haunted enterprises combined with there animation mystros.

beardedbil
04-03-2010, 03:47 PM
Lurker,
Because this is an old post some new equipment has come to light that may serve your project better. First 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...
Best,
Bill Rod.
www.darktecheffects.com (http://www.darktecheffects.com/)

bhays
04-05-2010, 06:20 AM
Reviving a dead post....

Has anyone used a prop control relay to trigger a ViewStream 100? And if so how do you go about it? I skimmed over the ViewStream manual on line, but the only input interface they talk about is a touch screen or computer.

I have been using a viewstream 100 with a Hauntbots APC8 in a scene for two years now. Simply supply power and it auto plays... works flawlessly for me.

Brandon_K
04-05-2010, 01:08 PM
Like Brett, I'm using a rebranded ViewStream (300, however) with a HauntBots APC16+. The controller runs our first room and triggers the player to play when needed for the Ghost Bust projection.

With some very minor modifications (basically soldering + heatshrink), you can use the pigtail portion of the membrane switch to connect to any controller with a relay. Alternately, DigitalView is now offering a "Button Interface Board" that has terminal blocks on it to connect directly to the controller with no modifications. Unfortunately when I set these up last year, the interface wasn't available yet.

It might not be the cheapest solution, but it depends on what you're looking for. I went this route because it's super flexible and I love Pete's controllers.