Dundas, that's an interesting idea! But I can't make any promises about developing something like that (really busy around here lately). Maybe you could start a cottage-industry business selling aftermarket add-ons for the Masquerade.
Anthony, the Masquerade can be controlled by automation systems like Crestron, AMX, Control Four, Lexicon, Main Lobby, etc. And as mrcaseyb mentioned above, a Kaleidescape system can tell an automation system what the aspect ratio of the movie is so that the automation system can then tell a masking system where to put the masks. At this point we haven't partnered with Kaleidescape to enable their systems to "talk" to our systems, although we may do that at some point in the future if we see enough demand. Other than that I'm not sure how you could make the Masquerade more automated that it already is. Now you could program a programmable remote to send signals to the masking system, although I wouldn't really consider that making the system "more automated" (that's just trading one remote for another). But then again I'm tired and not at my most creative right now, so if anyone has other ideas, please feel free to share them.
Thanks for your comments about pricing Chad. Unfortunately the masking system category isn't exactly a high-volume product category and I'd be very surprised if we ever see any signficant economies of scale. So I'm afraid you won't see Masquerade prices dropping anytime soon. In fact we are very likely going to raise
pricing in the near future. Anyone who has ANYTHING to do with manufacturing can tell you that the cost of virtually ALL raw materials have gone up very significantly in the last year (not to mention the cost of fuel, utilities, insurance, blah blah blah). Current Masquerade pricing was established in the summer of 2007 before
all these price increases, and I may not be the brightest bulb in the box but even I know that we can't hold pricing level forever while cost-of-goods-sold and
overhead is continually escalating.
No it really isn't feasible to retrofit parts from one size Masquerade to another size. If you did move to a different house and needed a different size system, the smart thing to do would be to sell the Masquerade to one of your friends who has been drooling over yours.
Now before anybody asks, no I can't say how much prices will increase at this point, and no I can't say exactly when they will go up (although we probably won't change them for at least another month or so). Don't say I didn't warn you...