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Anonymous
October 1, 2004 2:08:04 PM

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Hey I posted to rec.video.production and rec.audio.pro I hope that is
alright.

This isn't my area but was asked if it was possible and after some
googling realized I probably wasn't even using the right terms.

So here I am. :) 

A sports bar (owned by a friend) wants to control all of its TVs
(Regular and some Plasma, 20 total) and the audio with one computer
terminal behind the bar. They have a setup now with remotes all over
the building and want to centralize control and incorporate some of
their own content.

They understand they may need a file server and some computers todo
processing, but what they want to end up with is one computer that
controls the tv channels, individual audio levels, zone audio levels,
and allows for audio/visual content stored on the computers to be
displayed on specific tvs/audio system. They are talking about running
their security cameras on the same system and displaying that as well.

Is it possible to control all these features using one machine (super
remote)? Are there prepackaged solutions? Where should they start
looking? They were talking Macs but whatever would work would work.

tks for any help/ideas
Mitch
Anonymous
October 1, 2004 10:18:50 PM

Archived from groups: rec.video.production,rec.audio.pro (More info?)

In article <aa974c3b.0410010908.127cb619@posting.google.com> mitchell_hagerty@und.nodak.edu writes:

> A sports bar (owned by a friend) wants to control all of its TVs
> (Regular and some Plasma, 20 total) and the audio with one computer
> terminal behind the bar. They have a setup now with remotes all over
> the building and want to centralize control and incorporate some of
> their own content.
>
> They understand they may need a file server and some computers todo
> processing, but what they want to end up with is one computer that
> controls the tv channels, individual audio levels, zone audio levels,
> and allows for audio/visual content stored on the computers to be
> displayed on specific tvs/audio system. They are talking about running
> their security cameras on the same system and displaying that as well.

Sounds like a job for a good X-10 programmer. That's a household
remote control system and I'm pretty sure they have an infra red
module that can be controlled from a computer.

They (X-10 users) have a newsgroup and some forums.

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Anonymous
October 2, 2004 6:39:57 PM

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Sounds like an elaborate system

As a start I think I would be looking at something like PCI TV cards in
the computer, the output of these being sent to the carious TVs.
Otherwise I cant see how you could control the TVs by their own remotes, remotely.

David - who thinks there are big bucks involved here

Mitch wrote:
>
> Hey I posted to rec.video.production and rec.audio.pro I hope that is
> alright.
>
> This isn't my area but was asked if it was possible and after some
> googling realized I probably wasn't even using the right terms.
>
> So here I am. :) 
>
> A sports bar (owned by a friend) wants to control all of its TVs
> (Regular and some Plasma, 20 total) and the audio with one computer
> terminal behind the bar. They have a setup now with remotes all over
> the building and want to centralize control and incorporate some of
> their own content.
>
> They understand they may need a file server and some computers todo
> processing, but what they want to end up with is one computer that
> controls the tv channels, individual audio levels, zone audio levels,
> and allows for audio/visual content stored on the computers to be
> displayed on specific tvs/audio system. They are talking about running
> their security cameras on the same system and displaying that as well.
>
> Is it possible to control all these features using one machine (super
> remote)? Are there prepackaged solutions? Where should they start
> looking? They were talking Macs but whatever would work would work.
>
> tks for any help/ideas
> Mitch

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Anonymous
October 3, 2004 6:56:57 AM

Archived from groups: rec.video.production,rec.audio.pro (More info?)

On Sat, 02 Oct 2004 14:39:57 +1000, quietguy
<david1133@REMOVE-TO-REPLYoptusnet.com.au> wrote:

>Sounds like an elaborate system
>
>As a start I think I would be looking at something like PCI TV cards in
>the computer, the output of these being sent to the carious TVs.
>Otherwise I cant see how you could control the TVs by their own remotes, remotely.
>
>David - who thinks there are big bucks involved here
>
The OP might try asking someone who works behind the scenes in
something like a casino or in the theme entertainment business.
I have seen what he was talking about when I was involved in shooting
videos in said venues.

Try these links for starters:

http://www.zandar.com/

http://www.controlanything.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?S...

http://dir.yahoo.com/Business_and_Economy/Business_to_B...

http://www.bcdusa.com/
The above link is to a company that designs video control systems and
software.
This one is for a multi dispay computer, might get you on the right
track.
http://digitaltigers.com/index.shtml

>Mitch wrote:
>>
>> Hey I posted to rec.video.production and rec.audio.pro I hope that is
>> alright.
>>
>> This isn't my area but was asked if it was possible and after some
>> googling realized I probably wasn't even using the right terms.
>>
>> So here I am. :) 
>>
>> A sports bar (owned by a friend) wants to control all of its TVs
>> (Regular and some Plasma, 20 total) and the audio with one computer
>> terminal behind the bar. They have a setup now with remotes all over
>> the building and want to centralize control and incorporate some of
>> their own content.
>>
>> They understand they may need a file server and some computers todo
>> processing, but what they want to end up with is one computer that
>> controls the tv channels, individual audio levels, zone audio levels,
>> and allows for audio/visual content stored on the computers to be
>> displayed on specific tvs/audio system. They are talking about running
>> their security cameras on the same system and displaying that as well.
>>
>> Is it possible to control all these features using one machine (super
>> remote)? Are there prepackaged solutions? Where should they start
>> looking? They were talking Macs but whatever would work would work.
>>
>> tks for any help/ideas
>> Mitch
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