I am glad to report that I have decided on what I need to control the masks for my system. Since the screen is 16:9 native - I just need to have one masking position for 2:35:1 & 2:40:1 which each have the same size horizontal black bars. This makes masking a piece of cake. I need 1 open and 1 closed position with IR control.
I have a huge Insteon Network and it would be great to use the Insteon network and my MX980 Universal Remote...I want to be able to control the masking positions (open and close) with the remote. No problem.
Here is what I need:
Insteon Appliance linc:
This can be turned on and off with IR commands through this device that I already use with the MX980 to control the lights:
Here is the actual drape controller I can use plugged into the Insteon on/off for full control over the mask up and down direction.
This unit has a main switch in the middle that gets flipped left and right by two separate limit arms to stop the motor as it travels CW and CCW. This will serve as my limit switches and motor in one device. Once set-up - each time the limit is reached the switch will get flipped and the motor will turn off. The next time the unit is powered back on, the motor will travel in the opposite direction until the other limit switch turns off the motor. With 2 simple macros after setting up the limits on the drape controller...I should be good to go.
Macro 1 (move masks down to 2:XX:1): - turn on Insteon Appliance linc which automatically turns on the drape controller that runs until the limit arm flips the switch to kill the motor after masks travel X inches (9" in my case) defined by the limit switch. Turn off the appliance linc.
Macro 2 (move the masks up - 16:9): - turn on Insteon Appliance linc which automatically turns on the drape controller that runs until the other limit arm flips the switch the opposite direction to kill the motor after masks travel X inches defined by second limit switch. Turn off the appliance linc.
Turning off the appliance linc in necessary each time to make sure the motor doesn't move in the opposite direction while traveling in CW or CCW rotation.
Tonight I was able to cut most of the new furring strips for the new fabric panels and tomorrow I will begin putting them together. I need to run over to Bud's house and borrow his pneumatic stapler so I can attach the fabric and attach the velvet masks.
More pictures soon.