- On July 23, 2018
Kaleidescape’s Powerful Movie Cues
Because of its sophisticated control API and the rich metadata accompanying every title in its database, Kaleidescape is the only movie playback system that gives you all the tools you need to deliver the same experience at home that you get at your local movie theater.
And that goes well beyond just telling your control and automation system when to power your Kaleidescape system on or off. It also provides information like when the movie starts, what its aspect ratio is, and when the closing credits roll. You can combine that rich automation with Kaleidescape Scripts to easily create a cinematic experience at home. (See “How to Create a Script,” below.)
Consider one possible scenario: You select a movie and the drapes automatically close to block out any daylight, the lights dim to 50 percent, and a cartoon begins. After the cartoon, the masking system on the projection screen automatically adjusts itself to 16:9 so you can watch a series of trailers to get everyone in the mood for tonight’s feature attraction—a big-budget superhero film the entire family has been anxious to see.
As the opening logos for the film appear, the masking system automatically adjusts to 2.39:1 and the lights dim to 15 percent—just enough to allow someone to slip out to the powder room without disrupting the film.
Once the movie is over and the closing credits begin, the lights slowly ramp up to 60 percent over the course of 30 seconds—so subtly that you almost don’t notice.
All of this is possible because Kaleidescape is constantly sending your control system information, not merely about the state of the hardware but also about what’s happening on the screen. And much of that information can easily be used by your control system to trigger personalized automation events. (See “How to Set Up Advanced Automation Events,” below.)
And all of this cinematic magic happens based on a handful of very simple pre-programmed rules. It doesn’t involve labor-intensive programming for every single film in a client’s catalog. By programming cues for lighting, masking, and so on into the titles, Kaleidescape has already done most of the heavy lifting for you.