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Post by DSC » Wed Mar 04, 2015 12:58 am

***Update***
Going to move forward with a very small run of these.
Looking to do a run of six pieces.
LAST RUN is CLOSED.
$185.00 each, includes shipping in US.
PM me if you are interested.

Specs: 5V/500ma - 4HP - A variety of file types can be used, but the best so far have been .mp4 and .mov.

I also would recommend using a TBC of some sort. I have had problems with a few of them running straight into LZX modules without sync, so count on using a TBC.

***Update***


Video can be on SD card, or USB memory stick, or Hard Drive via USB. Some might not like the remote, but a lot of these built in features make it easy to use it without it. For instance, you can set it up to start playing as soon as it's powered up. It can repeat one title, or all titles. I primarily am stealing clips from Youtube and various sci-fi movies and them applying hard contrast filters and using the output as digital keys through a Panasonic digital mixer. There is a HDMI port on the back, but obviously I just need the SD, but nice to have. Audio is very clean if you want to use it. I figured I could build these for $185 each and I have at least three now so I can switch easily between sources. These work great with LZX modules!

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Post by tacharon » Wed Mar 04, 2015 4:03 am

:yay:

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Post by lizlarsen » Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:48 am

This is awesome!!! :)
Not a Color TBC replacement though, since it does not decode the outputs to RGB, and there is no genlock input for synchronizing it with the system. As a master video source though, this is so neat. I want one!

What would be even more awesome is if you found one of these with Component RGB output and modified outputs so that you could get 1V DC RGB video out directly. It might be possible by housing it along with an Ambery.com Composite-to-YPbPr converter.

You could also do this using Raspberry Pi, and then you could add some pin headers for playback controls/trigger inputs!
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Post by monads » Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:17 am

This is actually really cool! Interested in what Liz said regarding the Component RGB addition, but it would increase the HP which I like how compact it is already. I guess you could just use the Color TBC with this module to get the RGB and synchronization if required.

Good job :yay:

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Post by lizlarsen » Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:51 am

I bet you could get an IR code reader to get all the play/start/stop/pause codes from the remote. There's got to be a real simple all inclusive Arduino project board for IR code broadcast, that you could combine in a panel with some buttons and trigger inputs! Does it have a "next clip" / "previous clip" button on the remote? Sequencing that would be fun. Of course there will likely be some loading time here, so you probably wouldn't be able to strobe between clips.

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Post by DSC » Wed Mar 04, 2015 12:45 pm

That is a great idea with the IR. I should have qualified my earlier remark. I have found I have to 'condition' most signals I run through my main video input on my LZX modules. Now granted I am using crappy circuit bent NES signals. Usually I run everything thru my Extron, or my Panasonic mixer before outputting to the main video input on my LZX modules.

Switching between different clips via remote is seamless. I even considered breaking out the remote into the same panel making the buttons CV controlled, but as of now I wanted more video sources in a smaller space. 4HP makes this great compared to a full size VHS or even a DVD player.

Once I get this Denver Synth Meet out of my hair I will be able to dedicate some serious time to this. Expect more news soon. If any of you have other methods that fit these specs and space constraints, please let me know!
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Post by daverj » Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:28 pm

Your ebay link doesn't work, but the photo shows the player. There's several brands of identical players on ebay in the $25-$50 range. They were mentioned in another thread last year. I have two different ones and they work great as little players. No genlock or RGB, as Liz mentions, though.

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Post by DSC » Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:49 pm

Link fixed. Sorry.

I am just using these for hard contrast 'key's' so this works perfect for me. Used Panasonic digital mixers are so cheap these days that a few of these little guys and a cheap mixer and you are good to go.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/291394099682
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Post by Ty » Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:42 pm

Very cool! I would be interested in one of these!

In my system, I would probably keep this wired to my Jones MVIP so that I have a different texture to mix with what I have running into the LZX part.

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Post by thebrotherspus » Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:52 pm

I'd be down for one of these too.
They look great!

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Post by sendhelp » Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:45 am

very cool.

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Post by DSC » Wed Sep 16, 2015 3:40 pm

Going forward with a small run of these.
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Post by sendhelp » Wed Sep 16, 2015 3:41 pm

keep us posted

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Post by monads » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:08 pm

I can't tell but is it 'skiff' friendly? Thinking of putting one in a TTA252 case but I don't think it'll fit.

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Post by DSC » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:48 pm

Just checked specs of the tta252 and it looks like it will not fit in that case, The module is 2.3" deep, and that case has a maximum of 2" of clearance.

Ooops, looks like I was wrong, yes it will fit, based on the TTA'a site stating 2.75" at max, but it is worth noting it will not fit everywhere in that case. You may need to have it in only a couple of spots to insure clearance.
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Post by monads » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:26 pm

Thanks DSC! For sure not in the center/middle row. Top/Bottom, off to the far right! I'm in for 1 :tu:

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Post by cskonopka » Thu Sep 17, 2015 4:36 pm

Are these still available?! Veryyyyyy interested. Anyone have info?
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Post by DSC » Thu Sep 17, 2015 4:44 pm

Please PM me, I have 2 left available in this run.
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Post by cskonopka » Thu Sep 17, 2015 4:49 pm

DSC wrote:Please PM me, I have 2 left available in this run.
pm'd for the last 2
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Post by wednesdayayay » Thu Sep 17, 2015 5:11 pm

I thought I was going to pick one of these up but my wife said she hasn't gotten to know her current gear enough to keep purchasing :miley:
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Post by DSC » Thu Sep 17, 2015 6:23 pm

This run is spoken for.
I expect to have them ready in four weeks.
I will post more info soon.
Thanks to everyone for the interest and support.
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Post by cskonopka » Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:48 pm

thank you!! :goo: :goo: :goo: :goo: :goo:
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Post by DSC » Sun Sep 27, 2015 7:54 pm

Panels cut and printed.

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Post by Un1 Piano » Mon Sep 28, 2015 10:56 am

Is it still possible to order one of these modules DSC?

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Post by v8media » Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:06 pm

I'm curious about these, can they loop playback? Or are they hardwired to go to the next clip or back to the menu or something like that?
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