ImageCue™ is a compact, easy to use image server that provides control of high definition still images and videos with only twelve channels of DMX512. Each ImageCue™ includes a library of 255 images and videos. In addition, users can supply their own images and videos using a USB flash drive or external solid state drive to provide access to over 65,000 image and video files. ImageCue™ is fast – images and videos are selected and displayed/played in less than a quarter of a second.
You can instantly “bump” from image to image, image to video, video to video, or video to image. Still images can also be crossfaded – with crossfade times of ½ second to 109 minutes in 1/10 second increments. ImageCue™ accepts JPEG files for still images, and H264 (AVI) video files. PNG files with transparency can be overlaid onto images and videos. A software utility to convert user content to H264 is available for the following video file types: MOV, MP4, AVI, MPEG, and VOB. ImageCue™ gives the user full RGB mixing control of the background, and the color mixing can also be used in the foreground to tint images and videos. Full dimming control is provided for the output.
ImageCue™ provides the power and elegance to select and display images and videos from your DMX512 lighting console, without the complexity of a media server.
The quality and format of the content you create or use with ImageCue is key to satisfactory performance. We strongly recommend downloading and reading the ImageCue User’s Guide, particularly Section 3 – User Media, BEFORE attempting to use your own content in ImageCue. However, for those of you that just want to jump right in – here are some key points:
Your content should match the output resolution. Typically this is 1920×1080 pixels. In no case should your content be any larger than 1920×1080 pixels!!! Tall and narrow images should be placed on a 1920×1080 background.
Your content filenames must not have any space characters. We recommend the “_” underscore character instead of spaces.
JPEGs cannot be progressive, and should be no larger than 1920×1080 in size. They must be in RGB color space.
PNG overlays MUST be 1920×1080 or 1280×720 pixels in size depending on output resolution.
ImageCue scales JPEGs and Videos to fit the output resolution while maintaining aspect ratio. PNG overlays are not scaled.
Video must be RAW H264. In nearly all cases you will need to use an extraction utility. Renaming a container file such as MOV, MP4, MPEG types to H264 WILL NOT WORK!!
The USB Flash Drive must have the proper folder and file structure. A template is available below.
To set up your external USB drive download this zip file and unzip it to the root of your USB drive (it cannot be inside a folder). It will create the 255 user folders for you so that you don’t have to type them all in. All of the folders are empty, ready for you to drag and drop your images and videos into them. After unzipping to your USB drive you will have a README.txt file that explains how your image and video files need to be named. The file structure also contains the “png” folder for overlays as well as a folder called “image720” that is used by the system. Do not remove the files named “file_error.jpg” as they are used by ImageCue when the USB Drive is active. Flash Drive Template Zip File Download
Controlled with any DMX512 Console
Only 12 Control Channels
No complicated networking setup
Full HD (1920×1080) HDMI/DVI
Boots up in less than 10 seconds
Boots up directly to selected content
No Windows or Mac splash screen
No scrolling text during boot up
NEW! Playback with Audio via HDMI
Smooth Dimming Control
RGB Color Mixing Effects
PNG Overlays with Opacity Control
Up to 65,025 User Images/Videos
Video Playback in less than 1/4 second
Single Layer Crossfades
Standalone Mode – no DMX required
No Additional Software to Buy
Power Supply Included
DVI Adapter Included
Mounting Bracket Included
The third party utilities on this page are provided for you as a convenience only. ImageCue LLC accepts no liability for their use resulting in loss of content or damage to your computer system. While we have conducted limited testing with these applications and found them to be safe, use them at your own risk. A word of caution: We have seen some interesting pop up ads on some of these sites, double check what you are actually downloading BEFORE you click!
Handbrake: This utility can be used to re-encode video files that aren’t encoded as H264, to H264. If your video cannot be properly encoded using the ImageCue Video Utilities, Handbrake may be your solution. Click here to go to the Handbrake download site.
JPEG & PNG Utilities:
Irfanview: This utility is useful to determine if your JPEG file is progressive. It can also resize JPEG and PNG images, as well as image type conversions. Batch resizing is possible. The ImageCue User’s Guide references the use of Irfanview in the User Media section. Click here to go to the Irfanview download site.
ImageMagick: A popular utility for converting image files from one format to another. It is a command line based application, so it is designed for advanced users. Can be used to make PNG files with an alpha transparency channel useful for the ImageCue Overlay feature. Click here to go to the ImageMagick download site.
SD Card Utilities:
HDD RAW COPY TOOL – This tool allows you to back up the ImageCue SD card to your computer and make back up SD cards for ImageCue. Please note that on Windows only the “boot” partition of the SD card will be visible. The application and stock images/videos are in a partition not visible to the Windows OS. The HDD Raw Copy Tool copies the image of the entire SD card. Click here to go to the HDD RAW COPY TOOL download site.