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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.

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21
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. :)

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13
Feb 14

Lincoln Heritage Museum Selects Alcorn McBride

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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.

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18
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.

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01
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.

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11
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.

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30
May 12

WinScriptLive Device Variables

In the most recent release of WinScriptLive (version 2.0.0.1), you now have the ability to create your own “device variables”. These variables always begin with a prefix of your device name and a period. For example, “myDVMHD.” These variables are found under the normal “variables view” and then clicking on the “device variables” button.

Previously, device variables were only created automatically using the configuration in the product file. Now, you can create your own.These can be useful if you’d like to keep a set of variables for a particular device. For example, you may already have a “device variable” automatically created for “lamp hours”, but you could create your own for “total lamp replacements” or “lowest lamp hours recorded”. Or, in the case of audio, you may have a “playing” variable, but you could also create a “number of times played today” variable for something like a Touch display.

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06
Feb 12

ISE 2012

Larry and I just got back from ISE 2012 in Amsterdam.  Despite the frigid temperatures, it was a great show.  It’s a big show extending through multiple exhibit halls that are all fairly disconnected but people found us without a problem.  I guess it helps to be next to a pizza stand!

We showed off ProTraXX, V16 Pro, Touch, DMX OverRide, the Digital Binloop HD, the Digital Video Machine HD and our MediaFlow workflow solution.

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25
Oct 11

Immersive Video Game Demo Includes New Special Effect – Pain!

The Gadget Show – a product of the UK’s Channel 5 – built a custom immersive experience revolving around the new First-Person Shooter game Battlefield 3.  The demo – which was estimated to cost around $650,000 – uses an igloo-like dome with 5 HD video projectors, surround sound, LED lighting to augment the video screens, motion tracking and a really cool omni-directional treadmill.  Using all of these elements together, they are able to really put the player right into the game.

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27
Sep 11

SATE 2011 – Personalized Technology Panel

The SATE 2011 Technology panel was a great success.  Special thanks to Dave Cobb from Thinkwell, Mark Gilicinski from MobileXpeditions and Rick Borovoy from MIT Media Lab/Google.

The panel discussed how we as designers can utilize technology to create a unique, personalized experience in a themed environment instead of competing with iZombies.  We all know who the iZombies are (I’m one of them!).  They are the people walking down the street (or in a theme park) texting, tweeting and totally unaware of everything around them.  This is the growing audience we need to embrace.  Our options are either to design around them or to create more compelling experiences that use technologies like mobile, RFID, etc. to engage them in the overall experience.

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