Integrated audio/video system run from one computer?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Mitch, Oct 1, 2004.

  1. Mitch

    Mitch Guest

    Hey I posted to rec.video.production and rec.audio.pro I hope that is
    alright.

    This isn't my area but was asked if it was possible and after some
    googling realized I probably wasn't even using the right terms.

    So here I am. :)

    A sports bar (owned by a friend) wants to control all of its TVs
    (Regular and some Plasma, 20 total) and the audio with one computer
    terminal behind the bar. They have a setup now with remotes all over
    the building and want to centralize control and incorporate some of
    their own content.

    They understand they may need a file server and some computers todo
    processing, but what they want to end up with is one computer that
    controls the tv channels, individual audio levels, zone audio levels,
    and allows for audio/visual content stored on the computers to be
    displayed on specific tvs/audio system. They are talking about running
    their security cameras on the same system and displaying that as well.

    Is it possible to control all these features using one machine (super
    remote)? Are there prepackaged solutions? Where should they start
    looking? They were talking Macs but whatever would work would work.

    tks for any help/ideas
    Mitch
     
    Mitch, Oct 1, 2004
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  2. Mitch

    MSu1049321 Guest

    Look at V-tel, sounds like you want to adapt the controllers used for
    tele-conferencing. it's a start, anyway.
     
    MSu1049321, Oct 1, 2004
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  3. Mitch

    Mike Rivers Guest

    Sounds like a job for a good X-10 programmer. That's a household
    remote control system and I'm pretty sure they have an infra red
    module that can be controlled from a computer.

    They (X-10 users) have a newsgroup and some forums.

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    Mike Rivers, Oct 1, 2004
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  4. Mitch

    quietguy Guest

    Sounds like an elaborate system

    As a start I think I would be looking at something like PCI TV cards in
    the computer, the output of these being sent to the carious TVs.
    Otherwise I cant see how you could control the TVs by their own remotes, remotely.

    David - who thinks there are big bucks involved here
     
    quietguy, Oct 2, 2004
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  5. Mitch

    gothika Guest

    The OP might try asking someone who works behind the scenes in
    something like a casino or in the theme entertainment business.
    I have seen what he was talking about when I was involved in shooting
    videos in said venues.

    Try these links for starters:

    http://www.zandar.com/

    http://www.controlanything.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=SFNT&Store_Code=NCD

    http://dir.yahoo.com/Business_and_Economy/Business_to_Business/Computers/Multimedia/Video/

    http://www.bcdusa.com/
    The above link is to a company that designs video control systems and
    software.
    This one is for a multi dispay computer, might get you on the right
    track.
    http://digitaltigers.com/index.shtml
     
    gothika, Oct 3, 2004
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  6. Mitch

    MSu1049321 Guest

    the DMX protocol is no longer just for controlling lights.
     
    MSu1049321, Oct 3, 2004
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