- On July 23, 2018
As with any high-performance AV component, the key to unlocking the full potential of Kaleidescape is a well-programmed control system. Unlike other source devices, though, Kaleidescape gives you the ability to program automated events that respond not just to the state of the hardware or specific button presses but also to the movies and TV shows being enjoyed by your customers.
In other words, it’s easy to program a lighting scene that dims the lights the moment a film begins, rather than when Kaleidescape is powered on. You can also raise the lights automatically during intermission, as well as the instant the closing credits roll.
To show you how, we’ll use the Kaleidescape driver for Control4 systems as an example. If you rely on a different automation platform, the details will be slightly different. (For Crestron systems, for instance, you’ll find access to these automation triggers within the OSD control module.) So be sure to check the documentation for your automation platform of choice. Still, these examples will give you a good idea of what’s possible with the Kaleidescape Control API, and what kinds of automated events you can program to deliver your clients an unparalleled cinematic experience at home.
We’re also assuming that you’ve already installed the driver in your project, assigned unique IP addresses to your Kaleidescape device or devices, and made all of the appropriate AV bindings.
Once that’s done, adding personalized automation routines is simple. In the Control4 Composer Pro software, navigate down to the Programming tab, select the Kaleidescape player assigned to the room you want to automate, and go to the dropdown menu at the bottom of the Programming panel on the left.
From that list, select the starting condition for your new automated event (your “If,” in the parlance of conditional programming)—whether it be the beginning of a movie, the start of intermission, the closing credits of a film, or a change in aspect ratio. Pick one of the above from the list, then in the Actions panel at the right side of the screen, select the lights or shades or other devices you want to dim, brighten, or close in response (in other words, the “Then” to your previously selected “If”).
Once you have those devices set, drag the resulting Action to the Scripts panel in the middle of the screen, and you’re done.
Of course, you don’t have to stop at just one automated event. You can set up actions for all of the triggers available in the Kaleidescape driver, starting with an event that dims the lights once the movie starts, draws the shades, and masks the screen to match the aspect ratio of the film, then slowly brings the lights back up and opens the shades once the film is finished.