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post #1 of 6 Old 05-29-2000, 12:51 PM - Thread Starter
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I want to push just ONE button, and have the following happen, in sequence. Lights in front half of theater fade to black, lights in back half of theater fade to black, disco ball begins to rotate, spot comes on (I know, I know ... kinda "hokey", but my kids wanted it, and it adds "atmosphere" while waiting for the show to start), cutains open, projector turns on, scaler turns on, surround sound turns on, DVD player turns on, disco ball and light turn off, and DVD begins to play (previously cued up to the right point before guests arrived). The lights (and the ball) can be controlled by installing RF devices, right? What sort of device would be best for a "macro" like this?

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The device I bought is the Lutron Grafik Eye. Basically a computer for operating up to 6 zones of lighting. Programmed by you to dim at the exact rate of your choice. Several settings for convenience, such as "Movie", "intermission", "all on ", "Pre-movie", etc. All controlled with a single command from a remote like Pronto.

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You could probably find a pc based solution. Otherwise what youre describing is something Crestron and AMX (Phast) do. They are not inexpensive, but if you have a big fptv setup with curtains, etc. then you might find the cost well worth it. I know we do.

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It's not as elegant as some, but I use the X-10 controllers for my HT. I have a Pronto remote and have programmed in this Macro. Assume room is dark and only one overhead spot is on when button is pressed

CRT projector on
Screen down
Front spots come on and increase to full bright
Rear spots ditto.
Wall spots ditto
Receiver on
Satellite (DBS) on
Subwoofer power on
multivision on
DVD player on
VHS VCR on
Beta VCR on
Wall spots off
Front spots over screen fade off
rear spots fade to 20%

The X-10 system is priced pretty reasonably. Most expensive part was the wall switches that control the overhead spots. They were approx $95.00 each. All the other stuff was pretty cheap. In fact I already had several X-10 switches. Some people have had trouble using it, but it works fine for me for over a year.

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Why push a button? Its far more "cool" to just clap your hands and have a sound activated switch set it all in motion. Applause anyone?

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