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Wait what?!? You mean there is more awesomness to this thing? What is this controller you speak of?

For those of you with a GE... Can I set up my Harmony to dim the lights off when I press play when starting a movie? If so... Is there some sort of tutorial for doing such commands. Pressing pause on a movie...it would be cool for the lights to turn on just enough for someone to find there way to the kitchen for more popcorn.

As long as it supports macros, yes, you can definitely do that. Realistically though, I don't know if it would make sense to always tie a lighting function to a control feature like that. I have a Harmony One, and to me it's easier to keep the scene selections as individual buttons for whichever activity I'm using (I keep scenes on page 2 of the custom buttons for most activities).

This way you can set a particular lighting scene to what you would consider 'low lighting' for making a quick snack run. Press pause, then press 'Snack Run' or whatever you want to label that scene, and you're all set.

I'm pretty sure you can program an additional 12 scenes above and beyond the presets, so there's plenty of flexibility.
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I think you right HDvids4all, setting it up on the Harmony for all Activities sounds like a better idea. I will doing this for sure.
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And now for an update!

Tapped and mudded (is that a word?) the upper part of the soffit, just the seams and screws. Finally received all the plugs and adapters to finish all the minor details.

Here is a pic of the new Powerbridge and finished audio video connector/receptacles.



Here is the Grafik Eye fully installed. (That was the hardest part of the build, shoving all those wires into the 3 gang box)

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Sanded and slapped on another layer of mud on the upper portion of the soffit this morning. I also masked off the room in preparation for the texture guy Saturday morning. Just have to mask the slider and the window. I even taped all the base boards... Might as well paint after he is done right?? Would there be any reason why I shouldn't??
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More sanding and mudding... Will it ever end?!?! Mudded the ceiling edge, it was very difficult in the corners due to the amount of room I had to work. I think it will turn out good. Taped EVERYTHING off, after the final sanding, I will be ready for the texture guy to show up.

Here is a pic of the screen wall... Notice the center channel... Had to move it over, didn't want to spend the money to have the wall reframed. The way I built the soffit above the screen wall, leaves room to build a false wall in the future.



Found this on the web. Its a beautiful sky mural at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Vegas. This is a better mural that I will try and have replicated.

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Here is a video I just took with my DroidX, giving you a 360 degree view of the soffit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVb9qiT_urM
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Sanded and slapped on another layer of mud on the upper portion of the soffit this morning. I also masked off the room in preparation for the texture guy Saturday morning. Just have to mask the slider and the window. I even taped all the base boards... Might as well paint after he is done right?? Would there be any reason why I shouldn't??

You'll have to let the texture dry a bit, then prime, then paint. The room is looking great!
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Thanks Badgerpilot... The texture guy showed up a little while ago. I'm very excited to see the soffit finished. I stayed up until 2am last night putting the final touches on the room. Woke up this morning and sanded some last minute areas.

I also went to Lowes yesterday and chose a color scheme. The walls will be Oatmeal, and the trim/doors will be Brown Suede.

Still have yet to choose the theater seats... I've been pondering a set of 4 Berkline Tangiers 13175's. But I really like the Cyrus Theater Collection seats, I could only fit 3 and they are individual seats which is a turn off. Just missed out on a $75 off coupon over at HTMarket... No biggie, they have deals all the time.

The stage and carpeting will probably the next item on the list of to do's though.
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Well the texture is complete. He did a wonderful job, I believe it was the best $200 I've spent on the theater room yet. I'm very happy with how the texture hides my minor imperfections. Especially my patch jobs along the speakers and the Grafik Eye.

Here is a before and after comparison of the Grafik Eye patch job...

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Here is a pic of one of the rear speakers I had moved and patched...


I cant wait to prime and paint. But I need to finish the soffit. I will be installing 1X1 45 degree backers to support the crown molding similar to my final mockup here...

On top of the 1X1, I will finish it off with 1/4 masonite to support the rope lighting and eventual black lights.
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Update

I just got done painting the first coat of the sky blue ceiling. I also just ordered my theater seats... A set of 4 Berkline 13175's which will fit perfectly in my theater. With 5 inches of elbow room from either wall.

I will not be posting anymore pics until I finish painting. Stay tuned!
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Those soffits look like a ton of work but well worth it. Looking forward to seeing it all put together with the ceiling and lights. Amazing what you can do in such a small room with a little ingenuity.

Thanks DavidK442,

I'd say 2 solid weeks @ 12 hour work shifts was needed to complete the soffit... Still not done though. I have to sand the texture on the bull nose, prime, paint and add the crown molding, then paint those as well to fully complete the soffit. All the hard work is starting to really pay off. I catch myself staring at the soffit/ceiling at times.

Can't wait until the sky mural is done.

Looking at your build, a lot of thought and ingenuity has gone into your build also. I agree, your ceiling looks like it was a real headache.
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Looking forward to seeing the mural. You're making good progress.
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Thanks Stockmonkey2000, hope to get it done soon. The sky blue is up. Now I need to put up the crown molding.

Do you guys think a 7.2 surround in my room is doable??
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I was thinking about adding rear surrounds next to the double doors... What do you guys think?? Or would they be to close together?? Eventually I want to have those double doors rehung to open the other direction.

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On top of the 1X1, I will finish it off with 1/4 masonite to support the rope lighting and eventual black lights.

Wow! This is my favorite picture so far. It took me a minute to figure out what was going on but once I got it I had a nice Eureka! moment.
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Thanks jdanforth,

I tried to show a "cut away" view of the soffit. In the midst of putting in the final touches. Should only be a few days away of some new, freshly painted pictures. Stay tuned.
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All primed, near ready to paint. Got the 45 degree crown molding supports in place and ready for the molding installation.

Is there a DIY crown molding jig that you guys know about?? I'd like to make one myself, seems as though the angles for corners are tricky to say the least.
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The key for me is getting the correct angle for the corner. I bought an angle finder. Say the angle measures 92 degrees, then each cut would be 46 degrees for each cut. Most corners are not a perfect 90. When you make the cut, the crown goes upside down on your miter fence, the base represents the ceiling and the vertical fence is the wall. Google cutting crown and you'll find all sorts of tips and tricks. Yes it is a pain to cut but once you get that ah ha moment, it's not so bad. Use some scraps to practice. Good luck!
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Thanks Badgerpilot,

Been watching Google videos for the past hour. But, I understand your description better than any video/article I've seen/read. Thanks for the tip!
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I HATE CROWN MOLDING!!!

That was really difficult. I bought the Kreg Jig Crown Molding tool... Didn't work with my miter saw. Had to add a couple pieces of masonite to the wall of the saw to accommodate the height of the crown molding. I do no recommend the molded foam crown molding, to many imperfections to deal with. But... I turned out FREAKIN SWEET!!! I cannot beleive that "I" built this room. I guess I did learn a few things growing up watching my Dad. I can't wait to show you guys... I will be painting this weekend, I may finish... I'm not sure.

Stay tuned.

By the way... Media Browser "Titan" is in beta, getting ready for a public RC. For those of you that may use Media Browser. I'm one of the Beta testers... Haven't been able to test this build though... My theater isn't done, and my 56" DLP died a couple weeks ago (being repaired tomorrow). Media Browser "Titan" is shaping up to be a killer release. There is a plugin releasing with Titan... Its called Media Browser Trailers. I've tested it quite a bit and is freaking sweet. It will play custom intros and trailers before your movies starts. The icing on the cake for us dedicated theater enthusiasts.
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Ive done crown molding quite a few times but always painted white - that way I can hide all my mistakes with caulk - Not sure what I will do if I do wood finish and cant hide my mistakes.
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Grats on the crown - I tried in our house during remodeling, gave up after a couple rooms and hired someone. Will give it a go again in the HT though most likely.
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Yea, crown is a pain, but I'm getting better at it. I've now hung it in three rooms with more to go. It's worth it in the end though. Looking forward to the Titan release! The custom intros will be nice.
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Congratulations on the crown install. I have struggled with that stuff before and I'm not looking forward to doing it in the new room myself. Can't wait to see the pics and thanks for the tip on Media Browser!
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Yeah... the crown was a pain. Had to fix one junction today... even though it isn't perfect... it still looks great!

Finished painting the walls today... love the color (oatmeal)... can't wait to paint the molding and doors. This room is really looking nice.
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Painted the walls... the screen wall is flat black. Hung the projector and screen... even though the pj is a 1/2 inch lower, the projected image is still good. Used audessy to tune the speakers. All I need to do is paint the trim and doors. I will post some pics Tuesday... when I get my Berkline Tangiers. The room is getting close to completion.
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Wow you are flying right along!! WARNING, do not start watching movies, all progress will stop!!!! I did not follow said advice and now have unfinished tasks! The problem is everything forward of the seating is done, so when you sit down the room looks complete but it is not!! Movies are awesome though!!!!
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Wow you are flying right along!! WARNING, do not start watching movies, all progress will stop!!!! I did not follow said advice and now have unfinished tasks! The problem is everything forward of the seating is done, so when you sit down the room looks complete but it is not!! Movies are awesome though!!!!

This makes me laugh because it sounds exactly like what I'll wind up doing! Sorry for the thread hijack but what build order do you suggest following? I think I want to get the PJ before the screen so I can make sure the screen size is right for my room... Hmmmmm.
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Wow you are flying right along!! WARNING, do not start watching movies, all progress will stop!!!! I did not follow said advice and now have unfinished tasks! The problem is everything forward of the seating is done, so when you sit down the room looks complete but it is not!! Movies are awesome though!!!!
Haha... No, no movies I promise. Besides, sitting on the hardwood floor isn't my cup of tea.
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This makes me laugh because it sounds exactly like what I'll wind up doing! Sorry for the thread hijack but what build order do you suggest following? I think I want to get the PJ before the screen so I can make sure the screen size is right for my room... Hmmmmm.
You could always use the projector calculator. But many people do buy the projector first. Projecting an image on the wall, and using tape to draw the borders. Use the zoom/focus to find the perfect screen size... Good luck.
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