Feb 14

Controller Status Information: We Share!

v16frontIt’s great that our controller products work together and speak Alcorn McBride’s protocols. What’s even better is that we openly share these protocols so that your custom applications can communicate and receive data just like our software!

We’ve recently updated our manual to include a bit more about the V16Pro, V4Pro and VCore’s “Live Mode” protocol. Using this protocol allows for applications to easily get status of hundreds of variables and all of the controller’s sequence status information. You can read more about this in our Knowledge Base or in this section from our Manual.


Feb 14

What’s on the Line?

In an existing attraction, it sometimes seems like the ethernet cable
coming from your V16Pro is a magical mystical wire that controls all
of the equipment. When equipment is re-arranged or removed, this
sometimes leaves the person trying to debug the system scratching
their head and staring at this single wire.
Fortunately, WinScriptLive has some tools to help see what’s going on.
You can go online with the V16Pro and easily pull the script. Going to
the “devices” screen reveals information like IP addresses and type of
connection. You can see the messages going to and from the V16Pro by
going to the “Live Log”. To do this, click on the “Watch” button. Then
add the device’s name (by itself) to the “watch” list. All traffic for
this device will now be reported in the log. Of course, if the  TCP
device isn’t there at all any more, you can see the connection status
by adding the device’s “TCPStatus” variable to the “Watch” list. This
will show information like “Connected” or “Waiting for Response.”
If the device is serial or MIDI, you can always see what message the
V16Pro is trying to send to the device, even if the device doesn’t
exist. But then, if it was serial or MIDI instead of ethernet, Jim
would be giving you a hug, and you probably wouldn’t need to read this
post. :)


Feb 14

Lincoln Heritage Museum Selects Alcorn McBride


The life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln will come alive in the new home of the Lincoln Heritage Museum on the campus of Lincoln College when it reopens in April 2014 in Lincoln, Illinois.  The museum will use Alcorn McBride’s Digital Binloop, A/V Binloop HD, ProTraXX, DMX Machines and V16 Pro to interpret the world in which the 16th president lived, particularly as it pertained to Illinois.

The life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln will come alive in the new home of the Lincoln Heritage Museum on the campus of Lincoln College when it reopens in April 2014 in Lincoln, Illinois.  The museum will use Alcorn McBride’s Digital Binloop, A/V Binloop HD, ProTraXX, DMX Machines and V16 Pro to interpret the world in which the 16th president lived, particularly as it pertained to Illinois.


Sep 13

The Best Synchronized Video Player

by Loren Barrows with an excerpt from Scott Harkless

Alcorn McBride’s Binloops are the best synchronized A/V players on the market.  OK, that’s quite a claim, and yes, I am an Alcorn McBride employee. So saying “Alcorn McBride has the best synchronized video players on the market” may sound a little like “my son is the best football player on the team” (well, he is quite talented). “Proud parent” boasting? Yes. Marketing hype? Perhaps a little. BUT, this is a claim I can back up with sound engineering practices. And since I am not an engineer, let’s turn to an expert who is.


Sep 13

A/V Synchronization Explained

by Scott Harkless

Why Should I Care about Synchronized A/V?

As A/V projects become more extravagant, the ability to synchronize multiple channels of audio and video is becoming critical to the industry.  For companies that are pushing the envelope of technology, it’s not enough to just throw an LCD panel on a wall and call it a day.  Today’s modern A/V projects can involve entire areas covered in flat-panels, LED surfaces, or projection.  With so many display devices side-by-side, it’s critical for the guest experience to ensure that the content being shown on these displays is high-quality and coherent across the display devices.


Jun 13

Cart before the horse? Neigh. Just the leader in the race.

InfoComm is always a high point in the year for us.  We have face to face meetings with our customers and show what our Engineers have been up to for the past year.  So when I read Chuck Ansbacher’s post on 4K I too was left scratching my head.  If you haven’t read it, his article was on the questions surrounding 4K at InfoComm.

Here’s the intro…


May 13

How to Produce QFHD UltraHD 4K Video

Although I spend most of my days designing software for our products, I get to take a few days each year creating video content for our trade show booths.  InfoComm2013 is just a few weeks away, so this is an ideal time to talk about producing 4K videos.  The most important thing I have learned over the past few days developing the content for our booth is:

It is surprisingly easy to create and display 4K video!

The four things you need are:

  1. resources
  2. playback device
  3. editing / encoding software
  4. a display device

There are already lots of choices out there to cover these requirements, so I’ll just talk about what I used.


Aug 12

Alcorn McBride Helps Las Vegas’s New Mob Museum Tell Both Sides of the Story

There are two sides to every story, as the tag line for the Mob Museum in Las Vegas reminds us, and Alcorn McBride is helping the city’s newest attraction tell the tales of both organized crime and law enforcement.  The Mob Museum is utilizing a full inventory of Alcorn McBride equipment for audio, video and show control throughout its historic 1930’s location, a former federal courthouse and post office.

The museum, which opened in February, showcases the notorious battle between organized crime and law enforcement with high-tech theater presentations, iconic artifacts – including the actual brick wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre – and interactive exhibits and environments, including FBI wiretap surveillance and weapons training.  The project was designed by Ray Kent, Westlake Reed LeskoskyAVI-SPL was the primary AV integrator, with programming support by Kevin Ruud.  Ryan Markus and Nester Ramos, Mob Museum’s AV/IT staff, handle ongoing maintenance and system programming.


Jun 12

InfoComm Preview: See us at Booth C9225!

Alcorn McBride Inc. will be making headlines at InfoComm 2012 by introducing three important products, announcing a product upgrade and hosting a Manufacturer’s training session and cutting-edge technology seminar.  The company’s booth, C9225, will be located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In product news, TourTraXX, RideTraxx and AMI/O will make their debut at InfoComm and ShowTouch for Apple iPad will get an update.

A GPS-triggered multi-channel vehicle audio player designed for up to 16 audio tracks, TourTraXX is ideal for pre-recorded bus tours, trolleys, shuttles and trams.  It stores clips in MP3 format on CompactFlash for a rugged, reliable and maintenance-free solution to playback needs.  It is lightweight (4 lbs.), sized to fit almost anywhere and, with no moving parts, works in high-vibration environments.  Once programmed with the free and easy to use GPS Builder, TourTraXX steps through cues automatically as it moves through defined geographical zones.


Jun 12

GPS Passthrough Makes It Easy To Create And Change Routes

The TourTraXX is a 16 channel MP3 audio player designed for installation in vehicles.  The TourTraXX can use its GPS location to trigger any number of commands such as Play, Stop, Set Volume, Write to an External LCD Display, and more.  These commands are entered into a GPS playlist using the GPS Builder software available as a free download from our support software website.

In the past, it was necessary to enter coordinates manually or connect an additional GPS antenna directly to your laptop to retrieve the current location for a GPS trigger.  It is now possible to use the GPS antenna connected to the TourTraXX to retrieve GPS coordinates.  This greatly simplifies the process of creating and changing GPS triggers because there is no need for an additional GPS antenna.