- On July 23, 2018
One unique but underused Kaleidescape feature is the ability to create a Script. Scripts are useful for tech-savvy customers who want to set up a special movie-night experience and for dealers who want to pre-select the strongest demo content so they can recall and play it at the push of a button.
Fortunately, creating a Script is easy.
1) Scripts are all created using the browser interface, so the first step is to log into your Kaleidescape system with a computer. The default address on a PC is http://my-kaleidescape/scripts, while the address on a Mac or iOS device is http://my-kaleidescape.local. But you can also use the IP address (such as 192.168.1.163/scripts), if known.
2) Once you’re logged in, click on “Create a New Script.” The popup shown above appears. Give your script a unique name, then click the OK button.
3) Next, press the Add Step button. A popup appears that lets you choose which step you want to add. Options include starting with a movie’s cover art, playing another script (which lets you “nest” multiple scripts together), showing a blank screen (which you can add at the end of a scene to give the next scene a bit of a pause), or sending a command to the Kaleidescape system. (For a list of available commands, click here.)
4) Once you’ve selected the step you want, click the Next button.
5) For example, the image above is what you see if you choose “Show the cover art of a movie.” Scroll through the list of titles on your system and select which cover art to display. When you select a title, a preview of the cover art will appear. Once you’ve selected the cover art, click Next.
6) Here you select when this step will end during playback. For cover art, the default setting is to stop when Play or Select is pressed—but you can also set how long you want the cover art to be displayed.
7) When you’ve made your selections, click Finish to add this new step to your script. If you need to make a change, click Back.
8) This popup appears when you select “Play a movie, episode, scene, song, or other video content.” Here you scroll through the list of titles on your system and select which movie or scene you’d like to add to your script.
9) Once you’ve selected a movie, the list of available options appears. You can play the entire movie—a good choice for a “movie night” script but a bad option for a showroom demo—or pick a scene, song, special feature, or trailer, if available.
10) Once you’ve chosen what to play, click Next and a popup will appear. Similar to Step 6, you use this to decide when this step will conclude. For a scene, the default setting is to stop when the scene has played once, but a good option is to also choose to have the script stop if Play or Select is pressed.
11) When you’ve made your selections, click Finish to add the new step to your script, or click Back to return to the movie and scene-selection page.
Here is an image of a “Killer Demo Scenes” script after multiple steps have been added. You can see the pattern of:
—Display cover art
—Show a scene
—Cut to a momentary blank screen
—Display cover art
If you want to change the order of anything, just drag the step to a new position. After you’ve changed the steps to your desired order, click Save Reordered Steps, or click Reset Step Order to revert to the original order.
Note the small check boxes on each step. If a step is checkmarked, you can edit or delete it from your script. You can select multiple steps at the same time. If you would like the script to play repeatedly, click on Script Properties and then click Repeat Script.
Once you’ve created a script, a new Scripts tab will appear in your Collections screen. All scripts will appear alphabetically here. When you select a script, you can either play it or you can review the steps included in the script. (Note: If any of the scenes or cover art selected in the script exceed the parental control level of your player, the step is skipped automatically.)