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#1 of 15 OFFLINE   Keith M.

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Posted February 04 2004 - 12:53 PM

Does anyone here use a custom ht intro dvd?

How did you automate the process? Do you have 2 dvd players? Are you using a macro in your remote?

Just curious...

Im about to buy a cheapie cyberhome dvd player to be a dedicated intro player, and was interested if anyone else had better ideas...


BTW, my main dvd player is a Sony9000es, so I cant use a 2nd sony player because the ir commands would conflict. And the player needs to output component, to avoid unneeded video switching on the projector...

#2 of 15 OFFLINE   Vic Barry

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Posted February 05 2004 - 03:46 AM

u could always use a HTPC using a playlist
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#3 of 15 OFFLINE   Keith M.

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Posted February 05 2004 - 09:41 AM

working w/ computers all day, I really have no desire to introduce them into my HT hobby. I am not a convergence believer.

Anyways, I ended up ordering the cyberhome 300/s for CHEAP!! And a set of the pyramid ir repeaters from smarthome... The cyberhome will be installed in the equipment room on top of the equipment rack, out of sight. And using the pyramids, I will control the playback of the intros using start/stop movie macros on my pronto.

I will let everyone know the outcome as soon as I receive my new toys and finish setup...Posted Image Posted Image

#4 of 15 OFFLINE   Keith M.

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Posted February 05 2004 - 11:34 AM

BTW:

Which HT intro would you recommend?

a)CinemaWise
b)CustomHT.com

c)other

Im leaning towards the CinemaWise...


Thanks in advance...

#5 of 15 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted February 06 2004 - 05:47 AM

I hadn't seen these before, but there is another company called Digitalforge that also makes them.

#6 of 15 OFFLINE   Keith M.

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Posted February 06 2004 - 05:53 AM

DigitalForge prices are ridiculous...

I guess I will be going w/ Cinemawise...

#7 of 15 OFFLINE   Chuck Bogie

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Posted February 06 2004 - 09:21 AM

Now, what I'd love to do would be to run a short (and a _different_ short) before each feature...

I've already got a second DVD player hooked up to VCR2 on my Denon - it's just a hassle switching. Is there a way to copy both the short and the DVD to a hard drive, and then edit 'em together and play 'em from there?

#8 of 15 OFFLINE   DavidVT

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Posted February 06 2004 - 10:30 AM

Chuck,

Give me a holler via pm or email. I have the answer to your question

#9 of 15 OFFLINE   JawhnM

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Posted February 06 2004 - 12:53 PM

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Anyways, I ended up ordering the cyberhome 300/s for CHEAP!! And a set of the pyramid ir repeaters from smarthome... The cyberhome will be installed in the equipment room on top of the equipment rack, out of sight. And using the pyramids, I will control the playback of the intros using start/stop movie macros on my pronto.

That's exactly what I did? I use 2 different DVD players (Toshiba & JVC). Pyramid IR repeaters send commands to my equipment in another room. My Pronto is programed with a macro to start my intro on DVD1, a delay to the end of the intro, change input to DVD2 (which is cued up to the begining of the movie), start play, stop DVD1.

The delay was the toughest part to get right.

The only problem I have is with my On Screen Display from my receiver (Yamaha), which I need because my equipment is in another room. The OSD can only be turned on/off through the menu (so it's a pain to change and I ). Therefore each command shows up on the screen.
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#10 of 15 OFFLINE   Darren Mortensen

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Posted February 06 2004 - 10:22 PM

Keith,

I have a superb intro DVD from CustomHTcom. Don has done some great work on mine using a professional inpersonator (Arnold Schwarzeneggar)to announce our theater. I use the XBOX for the intro and switch to my Progressive Scan DVD player for the movie which I have cued up prior to the guests entering the theater. Everything is controlled via macros on a ProntoPRO. A seamless transition

My link below will show you a screen shot of my intro dvd.

#11 of 15 OFFLINE   Glenise

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Posted February 06 2004 - 10:38 PM

Love your mylar lightbox Darren.
I don't remember seeing that the last time I went to your website.

#12 of 15 OFFLINE   Darren Mortensen

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Posted February 07 2004 - 10:07 AM

Glenise,

I just updated my site earlier this week, we had gotten a new digital camera for christmas so I wanted some better pics to display. Thanks.

Keith,

A cheepie DVD is a great way to go...BUT be sure it is compatible with the DVD format that your disc will be using, such as DVD-R, etc. Most players today are fine... but some of the very cheap ones may want to spit the DVD back out at you.

#13 of 15 OFFLINE   Sean_avnut

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Posted March 15 2004 - 06:56 AM

I have a cinemawise intro. I have a dvd changer and always keep the intro DVD in the first slot. When its done i just change the disc. It's worked great!

#14 of 15 OFFLINE   Keith M.

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Posted March 16 2004 - 04:26 AM

How are the graphics on the cinemawise intros? I was about to pull the trigger on the cinemawise dvd intro, but was not too impressed with the graphics on the website demos compared to the others available (CustomHT). But they do have the best prices...

I really like the CustomHT intros, but dont like the fact that they dont allow for a set of random intros like Cinemawise. I would tire rather quickly of the same damn intro every time...

Right now, Im simply using the theaterintros demo disc as my intro. It has 4 different generic intros and was only $20. Seems fine, says "Welcome to our theater..." But would really like the full-blown intros offered elsewhere...

The other problem im having is coming up with a good name for my theater. I dont want to fork out the money on a custom disc until I have decided on a good name.


So far, the following names are candidates:

1) Lost Lakes Cinema - (The street we live on is Lost Lakes Drive)

2) CK Cinema - (My wifes name is Carol)


I prefer choice 1, especially if we ever sell the house, It would be more appealing to the potential home owner.

Ideas/Suggestions welcomed...

BTW, Where/How can I post the pics of my theater?

#15 of 15 OFFLINE   Keith M.

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Posted March 16 2004 - 04:34 AM

BTW, The Cyberhome300, pronto macros, and ir repeaters worked out great. The only problem is the Cyberhome dvd players dont allow for dual output. You either get progressive component or s-video. The s-video actually turns to black & white output when the unit is set to progressive component output.

The reason this is an issue is that all my video sources are outputting both to a monitor built into the wall for cueing etc.. and the front projector at same time.

Not a big deal... The wow-factor of the intro are well worth it...